I should do something will all the pictures I took in Arizona, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, etc. on that trip I took down there, in, uh, 2003? It was May, I stayed in Flagstaff at a friend's house, the scorpionweed were blooming purple in nice contrast to the rocks. If only the light and angles had been better, I didn't time those very well. Either way, I have a ton of pictures from that trip I've never done anything with, including the one I used for this icon.
It was cloudy that day; good for the color on the wildflowers, but bad for those nice sharp contrasts you get out of rocky desert scenes. On the other hand, it gave a nice sense of depth:
The scorpionweed was pretty nice, although the rocks are washed out, it's probably worth it for the extra deep color:
This would have been a spectacular picture earlier in the day with the sun coming from the other direction. As it was, it's just kind of frustratingly close:
The cactus down around Tucson were all a' bloomin':
Canyon de Chelly is definitely one of my favorite places:
A self-portrait (with a good week of scruffy), and a somewhat non-spectacular shot of Spider Rock. No good shadows, and none of that nice color you get around sunset or sunrise:
I'd love to go back someday -- I know I could nail much better versions of these pictures given enough time.
[And no, believe it or not, none of these photos had the gamma, color, or anything else corrected. Just scaled and cropped. This is how my camera captured them, even if Laurel thinks they totally look fake.]
I've been thinking about re-doing my web pages, too. Although I probably won't bother with my actual home page, maybe with my other web page. Now that I'm fairly close to expert in CSS and all that crap. Or should I leave it as be? (I am kind of a fan of the image-centric minimalist design approach.) Any opinions?