Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Painted Desert

Sub-title: 'Alaska Sunday' - a Travel Adventure

Sorry for the delay in posting Alaska Sunday. I just joined the Friday Sky Watch and with the excitement of that, it completely slipped my mind. Trying to visit all 100+ members and looking at their blog sites and photos was overwhelming. And then visiting all of my favorites…. Whew.

On our circuitous route from Texas to Alaska (our second day of the trip), we stopped by the Painted Desert looking for the once-in-a-lifetime photo op. We got more than we bargained for. We arrived there in the late afternoon just at closing time. It had just recently showered, and the ground was still barely damp. The colors were saturated, vibrant and almost alive. The low angle of the sun behind my back also contributed to the strong colors.

It was serendipity…. right time, right place, the sun was just breaking through the clouds, right angle of reflected light, increased saturation due to rain, and color was everywhere. Notice in the background that the colors appear normal for the desert. With the picture magnified, you can see the various shades of reds, pinks, yellows, ocher, oranges, and white.

The only Photoshopping was a slight adjustment in levels. No further saturation was needed.

We had been to Painted Desert before and had gotten the usual touristy photos. (Nothing even close to this).

So, there is no exciting adventure today, just a photograph (or two) for your enjoyment.

Painted Desert (Using a Nikon for a Brush)

Be sure to click on the Photograph for the full effect

Photo by Troy

Sunset that Day

Photo by Martha

Needless to say, we arrived at out trailer park late that day. It was a Good Day.

'Alaska Sunday' is a collection of photographic remembrances of our driving trip from Texas to Alaska.
18,000 miles, 16 weeks, 16 western states including Alaska and four Canadian Provinces.
No chronological order, just anything of interest that got in front of our cameras.

Troy and Martha


Sandpiper said...

Both beautiful pictures! The Painted Desert looks like a fantastic place.

Duncan said...

Spectacular colours Troy and Martha.
BYW, I'm having trouble viewing your site, a playlist panel is blocking much of the text.

gmj said...

And thats why it is called the Painted Desert. Can you imagine living there? Day and Night such changing views! One of my favorite places.

Patrick Belardo said...


JB's Big World said...

My mom has some painted desert photos on her blog, www.jbsmomsbigworld.blogspot.com
My mom is definitely an amateur photographer, but she loves it!

Duncan said...

Re playlist, Troy, that's done the trick, good move. Cheers.

Anna said...

Wow these are just spectacular. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

John said...

The Painted Desert scene is really beautiful.