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Old 12-15-2006, 07:18 PM   #57
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Two National Park Guidebooks of Interest ...

Here is a recommendation to all Airsteamers interested in the Southwest and West Coast areas for two presently bargain priced guidebooks. The first is "An Architectural Guidebook to the National Parks: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas" by Harvey H. Kaiser, published in 2003 by Gibbs Smith Publishers, Salt Lake City, ISBN 1-58685-068-7. It is a $16.95 trade paperback now being widely sold at the remainder book price of $1.00, plus postage, a true bargain which can be found here:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...iser&y=12&x=71

The second is Harvey Kaiser's companion book "An Architectural Guidebook to the National Parks: California, Oregon, Washington" also available for $1.00 plus postage, another excellent bargain for West Coast explorers and visitors.

Besides providing some unusual ideas, these books should get people excited about visiting the great places described in each book. If you can find one book store that sells both books, you can usually save a little on postage. If you're lucky enough to live close to a listed bookseller, visit in person and eliminate all postage costs. If you're as remote as these parks, consider buying two or more of each book at a time, one for the hearthside arm chair at home and another for the trailer. Enjoy, and get inspired!
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:14 PM   #58
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:29 PM   #59
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So I'll confuse you even more. I know others have already mentioned the desert and Zion in Utah. The Mojave and Zion National Park took my breath away. I didn't own my Airstream at the time so I'm not sure what land is available for boondocking or camping. But if I had 2 months out west with my Airstream, I would certainly revisit these spots.

I'm no photographer, but the sunsets in the Mojave even looked great through my amatuer lens.
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I prefer Zion over the Grand Canyon, more texture, more color, more interest.
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I took the last shot from a bridge at sunset. There were about 25 people with all levels of experience aiming for the same shot. Next to me was an elderly black gentleman, gold wire-frame glasses, mustache, newsboy hat and vest, very elegantly dressed. He looked like he had just stepped out of a kinder gentler time. He had the largest wooden camera, tripod, and set of plates I had seen anyone carry into the great out-of-doors. I asked if he was a professional. He was silent for a moment as he slowly continued his setup. "No . . . . I don't like to call myself a 'professional.'" I commented on his equipment and said that he must take some fine photos with all of that stuff. "It has nothing to do with the equipment my dear . . . good photos come from what's here (pointing to his head), but most importantly what's here." He placed his hand over his heart and smiled.
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Old 12-15-2006, 11:48 PM   #60
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Sugarfoot: Beautiful pictures. Great story! Thanks.
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:14 AM   #61
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Thanks Ron and Debbie. Meeting this distinguished gentleman was one of those serendipitous moments I will always treasure.
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Great pictures Sugarfoot.It remains one of my favorite parts of the country.
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Absolutely amazing pictures! I've only been able to take such nice shots by accident. (Actually, we're trying to learn more. Used your shots as examples for discussion of what elements make a nice pic, part of a little self-guided web-course we're playing with.)

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Hi Sugarfoot,

Breathtaking images, well done indeed!

I too have been to both Zion and the GC, and I made it down to Phantom Ranch for a few days, still, you can get so much closer to Zion. Hiking Zion and Bryce's slot canyons is like traveling back in time!

Of all the places I've been The Grand Canyon knocked me over, I'd like to revisit both this year!

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Of all the places I've been The Grand Canyon knocked me over, I'd like to revisit both this year!

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Rodney had a thread about a photo workshop rally on the north rim in June. I have not heard anything about it recently, but that would be a great place to camp for a few days.
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:21 PM   #66
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Absolutely amazing pictures! I've only been able to take such nice shots by accident. (Actually, we're trying to learn more. Used your shots as examples for discussion of what elements make a nice pic, part of a little self-guided web-course we're playing with.)

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Lynn, my shots WERE by accident. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time in the right light, yada, yada. You should see the 238 other photos, only a few gems out of all. Thank goodness for digital.

Thanks for the nice feedback everyone. Now Rodney, who started this thread, is a real photo artist. Those who haven't checked out his web page should (professor_chaos's Photo Galleries at pbase.com ), and I've seem some fabulous photo posts of his. If he had been standing in my spot those few days I was out west, he would have worked magic. I'm sure his a photo workshop rally would be awesome!
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I spent some time in montana between Missoula and down into the northern part of yellowstone. But I really can't say what the photo ops are as I WAS suffering with an absessed tooth.
But I have spent the past 3 summers in the four corners region and can tell you almost anywhere you can go a great photo can result. Tent Rock north of ABQ, anywhere along the road from santa fe and taos. Across the Brazos between Taos and TA, Any of the area around pagosa springs west back into NM along 64 through bloomfield and Gobenador around shiprock down to Chaco. A wonderfully spritual place. Up to Bisti. The Animas River north of Durango is one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever seen. Southern Utah is beyond belief. Many places to boondock I cannot be specific as we usually stay in developed campgrounds.
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Lynn, my shots WERE by accident. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time in the right light,........ Now Rodney, who started this thread, is a real photo artist. ......... If he had been standing in my spot those few days I was out west, he would have worked magic. I'm sure his a photo workshop rally would be awesome!
I LOVE your shots Sugarfoot! Thanks for the kind words about my work though . I think the main thing where photography is concerned is to do just what you did, you got there in the right light and used your camera. I am hopeful that there will be enough interest to get a photo rally off the ground this year, it would be fun to make it an annual thing that moves around to different sites...........
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Thanks Rodney. I'll be watching for your photo rally info. Keep us posted on your planned route out west. Of course, plans are written in sand, but goals are to be written in concrete! You better promise to share your experiences and photos. Someone mentioned a blog. Now you've got a bunch of us watching in envy.
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The clock is ticking

Here is the update. I will be leaving the middle TN area around May 30th and will drift west to the North Rim of the Canyon by June 8th. I figure to generally drift north free form taking it as it comes. Feel free to give me ideas of places to see.
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