Fort Pickens is one of those massive masonry fortresses built for coastal defense prior to our Civil War. Most of the fortress and its 21,500,000 bricks have survived a war, a massive accidental explosion and numerous hurricanes. My visit extended over three days when the weather was less than ideal, punctuated by periods of rain and heavy fog. Because of these conditions, I spent most of my time photographing the gun casements and bastions. They were in most cases dark, damp and cold, but fascinating. The brickwork with the interlocking massive arches is fantastic!
I am going to post more of this series and an fuller explanation will appear in my next post, the one above this one…
This is a series of infrared photos taken at a friends home. It is not what many people picture as southern New Mexico. I have been working again on adding pages and slide shows using Adobe Muse software in conjunction with WordPress and Dreamweaver. So, I should be adding a link here in the near future for a slide show.
Windmills are certainly not new, but traveling the southwest reminded me that the old versions for pumping water are still alive, well and in use.
I am considering starting a study on deserted, highway, service buildings. I took a series of these while in New Mexico. These would include old truck stops, gas stations and restaurants.
We are staying in a very nicely restored adobe house in an old neighborhood. The house next door is awaiting hopefully a similar restoration. It appears to not have been occupied for some time.
This is one of the most amazing areas I have ever seen. At times you don’t know if you are in the midst of the most pristine sand dunes you have ever seen with the ocean just over the next rise, or looking at a winter wonderland of fresh snow. Reality is that you are in the desert.
This is the first post I have done since I ended my 365 entries. January finds me in New Mexico exploring the countryside. I have been here two days and have already found two weeks worth of potential subjects. A hike in Dripping Springs Natural Area provided this scene out of the Old Southwest.
I have been posting a photo for everyday here for six months. It has been enjoyable and a way to keep up somewhat with my photo editing. However, I have been overtaken with some other fun projects and have decided to reallocate my time. I will be updating the blog here on a more irregular basis to provide information on my latest projects.
Like boating… John Van Horn
It is a hard way to make a living in today’s world!