I suspect there aren’t many photographers who wouldn’t enjoy trying to capture the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta if they had the time and resources to do so. Smaller scale alternatives can be found.
Yesterday, SeaFest, a group organized to promote California’s Salton Sea, organized its first-ever early morning hot air balloon race and an evening hot air balloon “glow” event. The name, Lowest Glow on Earth, comes from the fact that the Salton Sea is 226.4 feet below sea level.
Sadly, winds got the better of the event, forcing the morning race to be cancelled and the evening glow to be reduced to three participating balloons. Still, it was an interesting event and I hope they try again next year. And next year, I’ll arrive early to be able to get closer to the balloons.
The first week of October 2017, I took a long-awaited photographic excursion from San Diego up the eastern Sierra to Lake Tahoe. Visited places included the Alabama Hills, Manzanar National Historic Site, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, June Lake, and Bodie State Historical Park on my way to Lake Tahoe.
You can read about the full trip and see more photos on my other website, Travelin’ Dan, but here are a selection of some of the photos along the way. Enjoy!
Aspen Leaf, Lake Tahoe, California
Salmon Run, Taylor Creek, California
Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Sunrise, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California
Bodie State Historical Park, California
Autumn Colors, Grant Lake, California
Aspen Leaves, Silver Lake, California
Ancient Bristlecone Pine, California
Cemetery monument and origami cranes, Manzanar National Historic Site, California
Mount Whitney through Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills, California
Moonrise over San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California
Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California
Enjoying the view, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California
Cabrillo National Monument at the end of Point Loma is one of the first places I’ll take out-of-town guests, with its commanding views of San Diego harbor and the Pacific Ocean, and its history dating back to the arrival of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on 28 September 1542.
The Joshua trees in 2013 were supposed to be in a “once-in-a-century” bloom, so I hopped in my car and drove up from San Diego to check them out. My timing may have been off a tad, but there were still plenty of blossoms to be seen.
Joshua tree, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua tree blossom, Joshua Tree National Park, California
I’ve always loved coastal Maine and this was a great trip back to the region—that is until an approaching hurricane forced me to cut my trip a few days short. Good thing I did. There was significant damage to some of the places I had stayed at just before.
I had to travel to France for work for the first time ever, and I convinced my manager to let me take an additional twelve days of vacation once I was through with my assignment. It was great—especially the food!
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Clock from inside the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Wrought iron railings, Paris, France
Path to Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, France
Ever since I chickened out on a trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland during my freshman year in high school, I had been dreaming of making the trip. It took decades to make it happen, but I finally made it there and even connected with some of our relatives in Germany.