Travelled to Lockett Meadow in mid October, just before they shut the area down for the winter. The road to enter this area is only about 20 miles North of Flagstaff. Once there though you do have some dirt trails to deal with. About 7 miles worth, most of it is not bad, but a few parts can be cumbersome, mostly due to other vehicles going in and out. You can get in here with a regular car... or I should say a lot of people too, just be careful! It's worth the golden aspens you encounter once you do get here though!
While in Egypt I went diving for the first time... on the Red Sea no less, incredible! Thought it took me quite a while to get used to being able to breathe underwater. Nothing fancy on this shot, but the little camera I rented is an awesome underwater shooter. I was very impressed with the Canon PowerShot D20. This was taken about 20 feet from the surface.
Egypt was incredible! We visited the in's and out's of Cairo and then fetched a plane to Luxor and Hurghada. We saw numerous pyramids and temples... the same ones you see on Discovery channel and so forth, but seeing them in person is a whole other experience. I will be posting some pics as I get to sorting and editing from Egypt, but you can see a few already on my http://mikeince.com/egypt/.
The photo here was taken at the entrance to the Valley of the Queens. The Valley of the Queens is located on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor. There is more than 70 tombs here. Queen Nefetari is probably the most famous of the tombs here, who was the wife of Ramesses II.
This is an old photo I came across in reorganizing all my pics. Glad I didn't miss this one! When I grabbed this shot, you could go in and out of all the buildings outside of the vulture mines. Now though - most of the buildings are even closer to falling apart, so its a bit too dangerous for the to let you in most of them. I assume someone else arranged all of these on the table before I found them. I snapped them as I found them. Vulture Mine operated from 1863 to 1942, so there is a lot of Arizona history here.
Stopped at a local mall in Tempe, Arizona this morning before they opened to snag this HDR pic. I love all the neon lights and displays you can find at the movie theaters. This picture showcases that well.
I went and ventured out on a lonely road in AZ about 70 miles from my home on the new moon last Monday. The Milky Way came up into clear skies and did not disappoint! But while I was capturing shots I decided to stand my tripod in the middle of the road and do some light painting. This is me swinging a book light in a circle with a red head lamp on. Thankfully there was a few minutes between each car's passing!