Tag Archives: Desert


I’ve blogged and written about this before… there are truly moments when I just love being a photographer. When the light, the scene and everything around you comes into a “simple” focus. This is such a scene. It’s just the visual representation of the word “peace” in my mind.

Simple sunrise… quiet space around you… crispness in the air… rocks that are millions of years old all around you. I’m privileged at these moments to have the equipment to distill this down to its basic nature. And that’s what it is… Nature, being Nature in all its tremendous glory.

I’ll quit there so I don’t get to preachy 🙂

Enjoy the weekend. I hope you find your own “peace”…

Desert Floor

I love images that take the mundane and make them spectacular. This is an ordinary shot of the desert floor in Utah, big ole’ cactus in the lower left and the sunrise above it. Seems to capture the ‘everyday’ cycle of things…

Shot with a 16mm fisheye lens, thats why the sky has the exaggerated curve to it. Was going to correct that distortion, but I felt it added some dimension to the image and brought focus to the cactus just sittin’ there doin’ its thing. This is actually an HDR composite of 5 frames brought together using Photomatix… trying very hard to make my HDR’s look more ‘natural’ lately… sorta over the overdone thing…


Morning Silence

One of the many benefits of having this passion for photography is you seek out places that you don’t soon forget. This shot was taken right before you enter the Valley of Fire- it’s pure desert. From the tip of your toes to that distant horizon there is nothing, nada, as in, zero.

I remember standing in the Redwood Forest and closing my eyes and feeling “life” around you, you could smell it, hear it, it was almost overwhelming that feeling of living things surrounding you… everywhere.

This place was the direct opposite. It felt lonely. It felt desolate. It felt forgotten. And yet, there was a beauty to it that drew your eye to the colorless ground, the shrubs, the distant mountains and the rising sun.


Morning Silence (c) joseph Rowland 2009