I’d left Ely (pronounced Eee-lee), Nevada, around 6:30 a.m. for an hour’s drive to Great Basin National Park. I was about 30-ish miles south of Ely when I rounded a corner and started heading down into this wide, flat valley. The wind turbines, ribbon of road that looks like it goes way up into the mountains on the other side of the valley, and the sunlight highlighting the veil of haze captured my photographer’s eye and I just had to pull over and get a few photos.
In reality, that long road going up into the mountains is actually a dirt road on someone’s private property (lucky them). This paved road takes an almost sharp turn to the left and parallels the mountains before rounding the corner to the right.
And those wind turbines made a great geographic marker for me on the way from the park back toward Ely on the day I headed back home to Washington state. I’d left the Baker area at 2 a.m. so it was dark heading toward Ely. Distances are difficult to discern in the dark because you can’t see the landscape. However, when I saw the synchronous blinking red lights, I knew I was driving toward and past that small wind turbine farm and that Ely was closer than I thought.
Nevada has some amazing landscape and geology, and the roads are very good, but the stretches of road through the state are long and out in the middle of nowhere, seemingly far away from civilization (and gas stations).
As I was driving west along Interstate 40, between Amarillo and Adrian, I saw all these cool wind farms. The sun was rising behind me and I just couldn’t resist pulling over onto the shoulder in order to capture some images of the wind turbines and that sunrise.
At 7:20am on July 20th, I officially crossed the border out of Texas. I whooped for joy then burst out crying. My Texas departure and Pacific Northwest return have been 21 years in the making. This is the beginning of an interesting adventure.
The sunrise was a nice send-off.
Today, I’m heading into Petrified Forest National Park. I arrived yesterday afternoon in the Painted Desert area, and after about 2 hours, decided the heat and driving was wearing me down enough that I needed to go on to the hotel down the road. I’ll get back to the park early this morning while its “cooler.”
I just finished reading the latest post to Rob Slaven Photography on what he did over the President’s Day holiday. He was out taking photos.
I too had the Monday off. I spent it before my laptop, working on photos already taken; I uploaded all sorts of photos to my Google+ site, my Facebook Page, and my Flickr site. I also wrote and published a couple of blog posts, as well. I always feel prolific during my days off because my weekdays are so hectic and stressful. All I want to do when I get home in the evening is eat dinner, watch the nightly national news, then go to bed and zonk out by 8PM (hey, I get up at 4AM each morning, so to pack in enough hours of sleep, I go to bed pretty early – it has to be something really special to keep me up past 8PM). That doesn’t leave much room for working on photos or posting them to any site or blog.
Here’s a sampling of photos I uploaded to my various sites.
Enough fun for the time being. Time to log in to my office computer for a little bit of work. After that, I need to figure out what outfit to wear tomorrow, get my breakfast and lunch ready, and in general get back to the workaday world mindset. Sigh.
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