A bonus and favorite part of my life as an artist that I have been enjoying the last 31 years, is the flexibility of being independent and able to adjust my schedule on what seems like a daily basis....cause as you know life continues to get in the way! Recently I was showing in AZ out in Fountain Hills as the winter weather turned horrible throughout all of West Texas...thus my route and trip home after my art show was delayed for a couple days. Not to worry as the weather in AZ was postcard perfect :) Fortunately my new found passion for photography is a perfect way to occupy time for 2 days...in this case exploring the Saguaro National Park near Tucson. It was fabulous...offering an auto tour with very good access to the giant Saguaros. I was able to be there for a beautiful dawn sunrise as well capture the drama of a sunset and an evening twilight....all while walking among a forest of Saguaros! Very cool....I'll plan to stop in there any and every time I'm in that area. Here are a few photos from my brief time there....so glad for the weather delay :)
More recently in mid-March I was back on the road showing in Albuquerque, NM. My show there was very successful, but the highlight of the trip was making a planned trip to the National Parks of Zion and Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah.....making the trip with me during Spring Break was going to be my son Rowdy, pursuing and now learning photography as well....that is until he sprainged his ankle with a minor fracture, while playing intramural basketball at Texas State! Rats, that scrubbed our trip....what to do, life just gets in the way sometimes? I decided to postpone our visit to Utah until October when again I'll be back showing out West. Rowdy will be fine....just enduring 6 weeks in a boot, then he'll back hiking and on the court for hoops.
So headed home from Albuquerque after my show I decided to take a very short detour to a most remarkable place here in our Great State of Texas...the Guadalupe Mountains National Park! The weather was great so I planned my drive for a dawn photograph of the iconic Texas landscape allowing plenty of time for a early morning 7 mile hike along McKittrick Canyon. Here are a few photos from the morning light on El Capitan and the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.
As it turned out, being there in mid-March, I was a month early for the spring colors to erupt in the high desert. I'm already making plans for a fall visit and canyon hike...hopefully next November. Now for certain I have a go to place when ever passing through southern NM....the Guadalupe Mnt. NP is only a 30 minute drive south from Carlsbad! I think I will be going there a bunch now :) tw