Tall Tales From The Field


Never Going Back To Toroweap

For the second time in two trips, I and some friends encounter vehicle issues at the very remote Toroweap section of Grand Canyon National Park. The park service ranger told us it would cost 800 to $1,000 to get towed out of there. My Ford Ranger just stopped running 55 miles from the nearest paved road. My friend’s Subaru got a flat tire so we had to hike the last 3 miles to get to the edge. It was all worth it as the photos show.  My Ranger had a fuel pump issue but Ranger Todd found in the manual that there is a fuel pump reset switch under the passenger side dash.


Fun With Photoshop!

Some Of The Wildlife At Capitol Reef NP

Pronghorn on the run.


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Endangered Species

Balancing Act

These rocks defy modern day physics. I couldn’t believe that these rocks at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona stay upright. But I figured I better help!

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I Recently Dined At USA’s Best Restaurant!

Copper Top BBQ is the  best restaurant in the USA as voted by Yelp in 2015. It’s not the best I’ve ever been to but the food is pretty good. It’s a walk-up joint with five picnic tables and a few bales of hay to sit on.  Copper Top is  located in Big Pine, California and I passed it as I was exiting Death Valley National Park last week.  It has great views of the Sierras but I had to eat in my car in the back lot. I had the Tri-Tip Sandwich($10). Very delicious and layered with about 3 inches of meat. The tri-tip wasn’t quite as tender as I would expect for the best. I’d give it an 8 out of 10.  Spago’s is the best eatery I’ve been to.

What’s the best restaurant you’ve dined at?

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The secret charcoal is now revealed!

The secret charcoal is now revealed!


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The signage was curious

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Why Did The Turkey Cross The Road?

To get to the other side?


So I wouldn’t run it over and have it for Thanksgiving?


I actually shot, eh photographed, this Wild Turkey the other day at Zion NP through my windshield.


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The Photographer’s Cookbook- And You Can Participate!

Photographer's cookbook


I’m in search of recipes for producing dramatic photos.  This cookbook provides the key ingredients needed to maximize your chances at capturing that 5-star image. This cookbook is a work in progress. Recipes will be added on a regular basis. And you Word Press bloggers can participate!!!  All I need is a cup of creativity and a tablespoon of humor on your part to be included. Supply me with your key ingredients, directions, a sample photo for your recipe. You will then do a guest post on my blog and vice versa.

For example:

Producing  Star Trail Photographs:

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1 Digital Camera

1 Cloudless and Moonless Night Away from City Light

1 Shutter Release

1 Tripod

1 Ball Head

1 Headlamp

and 2 tablespoons of patience


Set up camera on tripod, Use headlamp to properly position the camera for the shot and to read camera settings. Set ISO to its highest for a test shot. The test shot will tell you if you’re pointing the camera in the right direction. Then set your f-stop to its lowest number(i.e.. 4.0),  and bake at ISO 400 for 40 minutes or until done!  You should also enable the long exposure noise reduction feature in your camera and have the camera mode set to BULB


You can also write how you processed the image in Photoshop etc. I’ve looked back at a bunch of my photos and have seen possibilities.  It may not involve the camera settings so much but what you had to do to get the shot.  Like freezing your butt off waiting for that full moon to rise. But put it into the form of a recipe and try to keep it short and fun.   Who wants to go first?


Surf’s Up! The only things missing were a surfboard, an ocean and Spicoli’s van!

I was able to secure a permit for The Wave at Coyote Buttes North!  I showed up last Friday at the BLM office in Kanab, Utah to enter the dreaded lottery. During winter months when the BLM office is closed on weekends, they conduct the lottery on Friday for Saturday, Sunday and Monday permits This is the BEST TIME of the year to get a permit. If anyone is interested in going to The Wave, let me know and I’ll try to score one for you during these winter months. I plan to go back a few more times as I continously find more exotic things to shoot out there. All the permits for Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday were selected until they finally picked my number 15.  A group of six jumped up and down and screamed when their number was picked for Sunday. It turns out this was their 3rd day in a row of trying and they were  justly rewarded for their patience. I ended taking about 1,000 exposures so I will present the images in 4 posts. This post is an introduction and shows images of me surfing even though I was about 500 miles from the nearest ocean.

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Do NOT attempt to reproduce this permit!


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Teepees on the trail out to The Wave


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Natural art seen along the trail


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More abstract art.


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Approaching The Wave along with its twisted hoodoos and various teepees.


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Getting closer


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Hang ten!


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Shooting the curl


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The only things missing were a surfboard, an ocean and Spicoli’s van!


Photo OfThe Week- Life Imitates Art

This real jockey seems reluctant to be posing next to the lawn jockey.

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Photo Of The Week- The Dance Of The Snowy Egret


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Another Fred Astaire?

Photo Of The Week- A tale or tail of the squirrel.

This Western Gray Squirrel really wanted his picture taken. And to get my interest, it crept pretty close towards me and in an instant, flashed its big bushy tail. So became the tale of the tail.