Thursday, July 31, 2008

Summer Cutting Spectacular - Non-Pro Go 2

Today I headed to Ft Worth to Prepare for the Western Bloodstock Sales starting Friday Morning. After getting my strobes set up I went over to the Non-Pro Go 2 of the Summer Spectacular Derby.
I found the cowboy in the top image when I had just come into the coliseum. I took a number of side images at the floor level first. I particularly like when the horse has a good power position with front legs bent and nose level with the cow.
The cows are all against the gate waiting for the cutter to enter and push them out and pick out the best one. One of my favorite locations to shoot in Will Rogers Coliseum is high above the floor behind the working area.
I like to capture the image as the horse is staring down the cow and the horses back legs are buried in the dirt and mane is flying.

Friday, July 18, 2008

New Mexico Vacation - Day 3

My parents home in the Red River Upper Valley is one of the few stucco homes in the Red River area. The morning of July 5, I took this photo showing the contrast of the tan stucco with the blue sky and the reflected sky in the windows. I also took the photo below of the southern ridge and the sky with clouds.

This is the day we were to go to Taos. I had been reading some of the books on the cabin bookshelf about the area and was learned about some of the early Taos Pioneers of Arts and Literature that were known throughout the modern world. Three names that show up in this history are Mabel Dodge Luhan, Dorothy Brett, and Frieda Lawrence. Mabel Dodge Luhan was the a cultural leader in the area and invited many well known writers and artists to her home and ranch in the Taos area, including Georgia O'Keefe and D.H. Lawrence, who lived in the area before moving on to their respected lives in other areas. D.H. Lawrence returned to Europe only to come back to the Taos area in an urn ultimately to have his ashes poured into the cement of his own memorial. Georgia O'Keefe returned to New York, ultimately to come back to Northern NM to paint 20 or so years later and remained the rest of her life.
Road to Mabel Dodge Luhan's Lorenzo Ranch, where she entertained many visual and literary artists. Additional photos including those of the D.H. Lawrence Memorial and Dororthy Brett Cabin may be seen in this Gallery.
Mabel Dodge Luhan's home in Taos New Mexico. This home is now a retreat and Hotel on the east side of Taos. An interesting note is that this home was briefly owned by Dennis Hopper when he was directing movies in the area. Easy Rider was filmed in the Taos area in the mid 60's as the Hippie invasion shook the Taos area. Additional images of this home are also in the gallery link above.

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Red River Fourth of July

I Spent the 4th of July in Red River. At 9am we headed to downtown Red Red River to find a spot to view the annual 4th of July Parade. I think nearly everyone in the Valley was in Red River that morning. We had to go to the west side of town to find a spot. The photo on the right was one of my favorite entries which I call Segway Sam. He wandered up and down both sides of the street handing out treats. There were many great floats and other entries in the parade of which I have posted some highlights in this Gallery.
In the evening of July 4 we went to the Red River Community Center for a concert by Philip John Brooks. It was a wonderful concert. In addition to singing and playing his guitar, he was using his feet to play the percussion instruments.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Moreno Valley Cowboy Evening

My first full evening in Red River We went to the Moreno Valley Cowboy Evening at Bobcat Pass. This was a great evening of cowboy steaks or chicken, Beans, Corn on the Cob, Biscuits, and finished off with a great cinnamon roll. Entertainment started with Dulcimer Dan singing and playing nearly every stringed instrument known. There was also dummy roping, horse shoe tossing, and a great after dinner show of singing, cowboy poetry reciting, stick horse racing, A little cowboy zydeco by a campfire.
I have posted some sample photos in this Moreno Valley Cowboy Evening Gallery.

New Mexico Vacation - Red River Day 2

My parents have a stucco home in the Upper Red River Valley. This is a view from a hill behind the house.

My first full day at the cabin we took a short hike up the Copper Canyon Road. This groundscape is a photo I took during this hike. Additional images may be found in my Day 2 Gallery.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Northern New Mexico Sunsets

On the way to Red River we made a few photo stops to document the dramatic cloud and sunset views.

Pasqual's in Downtown Santa Fe

On arrival in Santa Fe we first stopped at Pasqual's, a great restuarant in downtown Santa Fe. a great restuarant in downtown Santa Fe. Below you will see the dishes we ordered. The first are chicken enchiladas covered with a rich Mole sauce. The second is a combo with a chicken tamale, chili relleno, and a skewer of carne asada. Both of these dishes was served with posole and cilantro rice.

New Mexico Vacation - Georgia O'Keefe Museum

I am back from my first real vacation in about 4-5 years. I will be posting some of the images in the next several posts. After I arrived in Santa Fe, my parents picked me up at the shuttle stop and we headed to lunch and then the Georgia O'Keefe Museum where we visited the current exhibition.

Georgia O'Keefe Museum on Johnson Street in Santa Fe, NM.

Cafe next door to the Museum.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008