Fall Day On The Lake

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Fausel Jail

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I was helping a friend look at skylights for the historic Herrick building at the Placerville Glass Company, and got drawn to an old structure next door.  It’s on the Fausel property.  The glass lady said it was the jail … Continue reading

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SUPER BIG MOON (somewhere)

Location, location, location.  When you go out to shoot the moon, you have to know where it’s going to come up.  I missed the first moonrise by 20 minutes or so.  Decided at the last minute that I needed to be someplace else. By the time I got there, it was in the sky.   Went back the next night only to have cloud cover obscure it.

Still image I took the first night (June 22, 2013).  I played around with color variations.  This stuff makes nice notecard stock.

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This is an on going cat and mouse game for me.  I do it for fun.  My lens really isn’t long enough to get the stacked shot I want, so I just show up on a ridge top somewhere each year knowing I’ll get some decent shots, but it’s more about enjoying the view.

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Road trips.  The eye really only gets a glimpse of the landscape.  Set my camera at a high shutter speed and snapped some shots while passing through.  Location: Carson Valley, Nevada

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Spent four days in Las Vegas so I could attend the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention with a good friend and fellow VJ.  We had some down time on day three and took a road trip over to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here’s a description of the area from the Bureau of Land Management site:

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area.  Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159.  The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year.  In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.

The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area (NCA), the seventh to be designated nationally. This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. One million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs sponsored by the BLM.

The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the West. It adheres to the policy of multiple use, thereby providing recreational opportunities, protection for cultural sites, and the management of natural resources, including wildlife.

That’s the government’s version.  My description is summed up by saying  it is AMAZING, and one of the most beautiful natural settings I’ve visited that sits so close to a major city.

By the end of the day, after watching the afternoon shadows stretch across the landscape, I was in love with Red Rock Canyon.

This place is beautiful.  If you’re ever in Vegas, make sure to take some time to visit.  If hiking is too much of a challenge, just drive the 13 mile loop, and then pick a spot and watch the sunset.    I only had my tiny SD palm camera with me, but took this hour long video of the shadows blanketing the hillsides. It’s condensed into a :30 second clip.

An added treat on your return trip to Vegas is, it’s dark and the city is lit up in all its Vegas glory… that’s another story.

More information on Red Rock Canyon here: http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/

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Mother Nature is using the rain and wind as her paintbrush today.  Grabbing the camera and heading out to explore.  I have a thing for  monochromatic colors, so the light outside (or lack of it), along with a wet landscape is providing a perfect opportunity to go find something in that spectrum.

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Header Shots

My header/banner shots at the top of my KathleenNewell.com website will change from time to time when something new catches my eye and I’m compelled to put it up top– front and center.

I’ll post a bit of background on the shots on this page too, and since the shots are cropped to fit the banner, I’m posting the entire image (click on it to enlarge).  I’ve taken artistic liberties with some of the images and will label those images as renderings.  Since I can’t draw or paint worth a dang, digital imaging is my medium for artistic expression.  My blog klncreations is all about using digital imaging as a creative outlet.

September 2012: Leafy Stuff

This ‘Leafy Stuff” rendering was taken just outside of the Ishi Wilderness Area in Northern California in 2010.  The tiny creek was in the middle of desolate country.  The photo on the right is the area  looking east towards Lassen.   “Leafy Stuff” was a throw-away shot due to it being too dark.  On a whim, I started playing with it and ended up with this mysterious looking rendering.  For some reason, it’s gotten under my skin.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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