Spending a day in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico is never enough! This was my second visit here and once again my camera had a big workout! My favorite area to explore is Pueblo Bonito with its reconstructed and well preserved walls, window openings, successive doors and large kivas. Today I captured the crescent moon high in the sky during my late-afternoon excursion.
The light is mesmerizing this time of year. I cannot soak up enough of the colors and ever-changing afternoon light during these early days of autumn. This experience is bittersweet as I know that these moments will not last much longer. Winter follows autumn and with a long, cold season predicted once again I do what I can to prepare for achromatic, snow covered landscapes.
Recently I treated myself by ordering two stunning books from National Geographic. “Dawn to Dark Photographs – The Magic of Light” is a superb compilation of stunning photographs taken anytime from pre-sunrise to post-sunset. Nearly 400 pages of color and texture have drawn me in, each time fully capturing my attention.
From a photographer’s perspective I treasure each image with location and the artist’s name provided. While I am disappointed that not more information is available I consider this a learning opportunity in analyzing the possible settings of the camera.
The second book I purchased is “”Life in Color” also by National Geographic. This book is divided into sections by colors, including silver and gold. A captivating coffee table book that provides not only inspiring images but also offers insightful quotes by scientists and poets.
The cover image is a good indication of how the viewer is drawn in by the individual photographs so carefully selected by the editor. Once again my only criticism with this book is the lack of technical information, however much like in “Dawn to Dark” I carefully examine each image trying to learn from the composition by applying principles and elements of art and design.
Books are a passion of mine, these two additions to my photography library will brighten many upcoming grey winter days.
In mid-August I had one last day of glorious weather and no commitments in Manchester, NH. I grabbed my Nikon AW 1 to give it a good workout during my morning walk. Come along for an excursion across the tracks towards the University of New Hampshire, past the Masonic Temple and a few more historical mansions. I covered several of these mansions in an earlier post. Interested? Here is the link to the post.
Walking the Freedom Tail and exploring the sights along the way makes hungry. Our next destination was Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.
A day in Boston walking The Freedom Trail is a live history lesson not to be missed. I hope you have enjoyed this excursion in three parts and seventy images. I can’t wait to return to this vibrant city – I am not done exploring its sites and museums.
To be continued…