Winter In The West 2019 - Some Where Down The Road

Be sure to check out the Time - Lapse area for the videos of this trip.  

Winter In The West

The following videos are a combination of still Images,time-lapse photography and drone photography

December 18th


The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in southern New Mexico. It was founded in 1939 and is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a favorite spot to watch the migration of the Sandhill cranes in the fall. The reserve is open year-round and provides safe harbor for its varied wildlife.


The name of the refuge means "woods of the Apache" in Spanish, named for the Apache tribes that once camped in the forests along the Rio Grande. The heart of the refuge comprises approximately 3,800 acres (15 km2) of Rio Grande floodplain and 9,100 acres (37 km2) of irrigated farms and wetlands. In addition to this, the refuge contains 44,300 acres (179 km2) of arid grasslands and foothills of the Chupadera and San Pascual Mountains.  About 30,000 acres (120 km2) of this is designated as wilderness.  A twelve-mile-long (19 km) loop road divided by a cutoff into a "Farm Loop" and "Marsh Loop" allows automobile drivers excellent views of wetland wildlife and raptors, and there are several short (1.5 to 10 miles) walking trails. The road affords good views of the fields where crops are grown for the benefit of the birds under cooperative agreements with farmers. Adjacent to the Visitor's Center, a desert plant garden is maintained.

December 30th


I have spent the last few weeks traveling to the Phoenix AZ area and have spent considerable time exploring areas in the general vicinity.  I found a few lakes and mountain ranges that have proven to be worth the effort to explore and photograph.  I have captured still images, shot aerial images with my DJI Phantom 4 Plus and video along with many time lapse videos, of which I will post as the trip progresses and I have time to edit them.  The gallery below consist of several images captured along the way and include The Imperial Sand Dunes in Glamis, CA, Joshua Tree NP in Joshua Tree CA,  and the Salton Sea in Imperial County CA - The Salton Sea is an endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault and is only @ 52 feet deep.

Imperial Light

Imperial Light

The Imperial Sand Dunes are in Southern California near the city of Glamis CA

January 1st


Happy New Year

I spent my New Year's Day shooting in a mountain region North of Phoenix AZ around Pleasant Lake and Horseshoe Lake.  Horseshoe Lake was all but dry.  There was just a small area of the lake with water in it  and where I was shooting is normally 30' underwater The gallery below is a few images from that area.

Video Blog

January 5th

I spent several days in Phoenix AZ and after visiting with my daughter I left to see what other adventures I could find.  I ventured into the Flagstaff area and captured some images and Drone footage before moving on to the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona and although I had been there before I had not spent enough time there to really explore the entire Canyon area.  I suppose no one could do this in a few days so I concentrated on specific view points to maximize the opportunities to capture some images.  


On the second day I was there I spoke with a Park Ranger and he advised me that there wa going to be a substantial snowfall in the next 24 hours - he did not tell me it was going to be 10" !  I woke to a monster snowfall and it was beautiful and cold.  The gallery below will have not only images captured with my D-850's but also Cell Phone images of the Snowfall.  

Grand Canyon Winter


I captured a few images with my cell phone of the area but I was only here after the Snowfall for one day and did not get a lot of images of the Canyon.


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