Happy New Year to all. I am pretty happy with my 2014. I got to see places from Death Valley on one side of the country to the White House on the other side. 2015 should have more excitement lined up. I know I will be hitting the Pacific Northwest in May with my good friend Rick Sammon and meeting some new people along the way! This pic is one of my favorites from 2014 because of the historical aspect. Taken on Memorial day, at the White House of course. Here's to a great 2015 for all!
Earlier in the month I had the privilege of having a few of my shots used for the Liberty Wildlife publication. A total of three shots were used, which you can see above. The shots were taken last winter in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refugee.
Liberty Wildlife "nurtures the nature of Arizona by providing quality wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education and conservation services for the community. They currently work out of Scottsdale, AZ and I encourage everyone to check out their site to see all that they do. The website is http://www.libertywildlife.org. They run a blog that is very informative and goes in depth to show their daily activities within the organization. Thanks again Liberty Wildlife!
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.