Friday, January 29, 2010

"To the horizon," Wyoming, May 2006

"If you've never stared off in the distance, then your life is a shame," Counting Crows, "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Winter near the mineral springs," Pennsylvania, December 2009

"Pennsylvania" and "resorts" don't often go together in a word association game, but at Bedford Springs in the rolling countryside between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, the natural mineral springs and quiet surroundings have been a draw for centuries, even in winter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Katrina damage," New Orleans, January 2007

In order to depict something damaged, my mind kept going back to New Orleans. The images from that city after Hurricane Katrina aren't just of abandoned ruins crumbling because of neglect, they were thriving, inhabited neighborhoods filled with life and everyday activity one morning, then a desolate, deserted aftermath of a storm path and an ill-equipped government.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"How many licks?" Pennsylvania, July 2009

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? Depends on if you go slowly or risk cracking a tooth after two.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

"Film Forum," New York, November 2008

New York City has no shortage of fabulous neon signs, so a walk around the city at night can take longer than you expected if you're carrying a camera.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

"Bed time down under," San Diego Zoo April 2006

When you're a koala, bed time can come anywhere, anytime.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

"Emerging from the storm," Ohio, July 2009

I'm pretty sure this was in Ohio. We came across this dramatic storm cloud on I-80 as we headed west to Cleveland. It was so-so in color, but I found the black-and-white treatment gave it another layer.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

"Elk Antler Arch, Jackson, Wyoming," May 2006

When my college roommate, Bryan, and I celebrated the year we turned 30 in 2006, we met in Denver for a road trip through the Rockies. He requested nights in Boulder and Jackson and I planned a loop trip through those towns and up into Idaho and Montana before we made our way back to Denver. We hit states we hadn't ever visited and got to national parks I'd long ached to see, namely Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone.

In Jackson, where we spent two nights to allow for a full day touring Yellowstone, we found a hotel near the center of town and walked through the town square on our way to a nice dinner one evening. Entering and exiting the square, we passed through these archways made of elk antlers.

Now that my photo a day project is complete, in order to keep this blog fresh (and perhaps as another resolution), I'm going to shoot for participation in each of this year's Photo Friday challenges, at the least. Hopefully, I'll be able to post one photo a month that is either taken specifically for the challenge or was taken within the past few months, rather than relying on my archives for each one. (And if I can scan in my film negatives with any regularity, perhaps one photo a month will be one from way back.)

So away we go.