Archive for June, 2010
Joel’s NEW RELEASE is a shot we did while scouting for our June “Photographing the High Country” workshop… This is a small chapel near Flagstaff run by a group of volunteers. A beautiful spot by day or night!
Please visit us in Wheeler Park this weekend for a juried art show where you can see it in person.
July 4th Art in the Park (7/3-5): Saturday & Sunday 9AM-6PM, Monday 9AM-4PM.
Hope to see you there!
This is a map of the current perimeter of the Schultz Fire (6/23/10). I borrowed it from a federal interagency website. Yellow is the burn area, the crater to the left of the burn area is the “Inner Basin” of the San Francisco Peaks. Notice our Studio/House in the bottom right.
The fire is nearing a couple of our favorite spots, Lockett Meadow and the Inner Basin, a major part of the Flagstaff watershed. However, firefighters may have a little help from mother nature in the form of aspen trees. Aspens are high in moisture and have a thin layer of bark, which makes them less flammable than other species. A wind-driven fire still burns through aspens, but when they are on the edge of a fire and not the front, they tend to stop or slow down a fire in their direction.
This is my way of saying there is hope! Another positive is that fires naturally burn in what we call a “mosaic,” so the forest within a “burn area” (above in yellow) burns at varying intensity or maybe doesn’t burn at all. A low or even a moderate severity burn can be a very healthy thing for our forest.
It has been a sad week for us watching our beloved mountains burn, but there are still beautiful areas that remain for us to photograph on our workshops! Again, we send thanks and positive energy to all those working to keep the fire out of our watershed! And my apologies for my longest post ever!
Well, we all know that June is peak fire season in the north country, but sometimes we get comfortable and try to forget about it… Thanks to some idiots with matches, we now have a couple fires that won’t let us forget about them. The one closest to our house is called the Schultz Fire and is the “biggest, baddest” one.
I saw it Sunday morning shortly after it was discovered and within a couple hours it looked like Armageddon had come to the neighborhood. Windy, hot and dry weather conditions made it perfect for spreading and the smoke plume quickly out-sized the mountains around it. We are safe as the wind is blowing the fire away from us, but many others have been evacuated.
Join us in sending positive energy to all those involved in fighting the fire… We’re hoping this is over soon!
We had a fun weekend with our workshop participants. We shot a couple of sunrises, sunset and played with light in the night! Here are a couple snapshots I took during the workshop- an example of how everyone sees something different to photograph, and one of our sunrise locations.
We’ve also added a couple new workshops at the request of our participants.
July 16-17, 2010- Digital Photo Basics II, the Next Step
August 14-15, 2010- Lightroom- Where are Those Photos? Managing your Digital Life
October 8-10, 2010- Fall Color in Northern Arizona
Please let us know if you have any questions. Also, we still have room in our Villages of Provence workshop- if you refer someone who takes it you get a large framed photograph FREE!
Ciao for now!
This weekend is our Photographing the High Country workshop. We were out checking one of our sunrise spots this morning- absolutely beautiful! Here are a couple snapshots I took while there. We’ll spend the weekend photographing some of our favorite spots around the Flagstaff area with our group.
Maybe we’ll see you around!
After doing an art show within days of our return from Europe, I think we’ll take a day off! Then, this will be our week to “catch up.”
In this post is a mid-day shot of our home base village for our Villages of Provence workshop in September. In fact, the view from our hotel is very similar to this- pretty spectacular! They have a wonderful open air market here that we will photograph with our group, as well as beautiful nearby villages, an abbey, vineyards during the harvest, a winery, oh and did I mention the food? The list goes on…
A tout à l’heure! (See you later!)