In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, “Today Was a Good Day” I chose to show the end of the day. A week or so ago, we took a short (1 and a half hour) trip out to the Anza Borrego State Park for a one night mini vacation. We stayed at the beautiful Casa Del Zorro in Borrego Springs but we spent most of the evening out in the desert to take photos of the sunset and then the Milky Way. Here are a couple of shots from that trip.
We drove out to a deserted area of the desert and never saw another person. This was a nice little canyon to watch the sun fall below the mountains and create this nice sun star over the cactus.
Another angle at sunset highlighting the local fauna.
And finally, the main event – the incredible views of the Milky Way over the desert. This was actually taken about midnight – the end of a very nice evening and day.
Living in San Diego, I try to get down to Comic-Con for at least one day to see what kind of lunacy is going on there. This year, my wife and our next door neighbors came with me to take in the unusual sights. As we were walking down the main area of town where all the costumed characters roam, this “little piggy” jumped out and approached my wife. By the look on her face, you can see why this guy deserves to be the subject of “Creepy” ….
I had to think a while about “Beneath Your Feet” before I came up with a photo that kinda met the challenge. I finally remembered this photo I took a couple of years ago at a local beach. In surfing, it is VERY important to keep something beneath your feet. Unfortunately, this poor guy was unable to do that and ended up with only air beneath his feet while the rest of him was beneath the wave. I titled this one “the Agony of De-Feet” in honor of the famous lead in to the old sports show, the Wide World of Sports.
There are many things that inspire me to take photographs – a dramatic sunset, a beautiful landscape, an iconic view of the world, an infectious smile, or just a scene of everyday life which captures the feelings of the moment. With all of that being said, the single reason that I got back into photography was to be able to capture nature at its best – through the amazing wildlife that we are privileged to share this planet with. On this week when there has been an overwhelming outcry against the senseless killing of Cecil the Lion, there was only one choice for this week’s challenge, “Inspiration.”
I’ll add my voice to those that are appalled by this act. While there are certainly greater evils in this world (poverty, hate, oppression, and many more), the killing of this noble beast (and the countless other killings of endangered animals in the name of “sport” or commerce) is a very poor reflection on our society. How can one look at a creature like this Lion from Tanzania and not worry that there are supposedly civilized human beings out there that could willfully deprive future generations from this incredible source of Inspiration and awe.