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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Appreciation Day

If you went to Chick-Fil-A today because of their stance on gay marriage, you're a fucking idiot. That is all.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Snow Leopard Fail

Saw this video on Boing Boing and all I can say is that it's sad... It's sad that a grown man would be moved to near-sobbing and exclamations of "Oh God no" when he sees a snow leopard eat a squirrel. Memo to dude: Real life isn't a Disney cartoon. Animals can't "talk," and if they see a squirrel, they're going to eat it. Welcome to the world.

Ah Yeah

You know what I'm talking bout.
Took this bad boy up, man.  Got to the see the whole thing, both rims, the river, everything.  Bird's eye view.  Check it out.
Daaaaaaaaamn! Wing seat and everything.



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I Have Seen the White Buffalo

At Bearizona.





Saguaros Flying By At 80 MPH


The Thunder Rolls

The weather in northern Arizona.

Prick From Albuquerque

If you see this dude, flip him off.  He's an asshole.
Fucking Dilbert-looking motherfff.........

The Jam

I-25 on one unfortunate Albuquerque morning.
This was my attempt at conceptual art during what turned out to be an hours long nightmare.

Ranchos De Taos Plaza

One of the more interesting things I saw in Taos this time around was the Ranchos De Taos Plaza, which we pulled into on a whim.  It was almost like walking into another country, another time.  The church itself was begun in 1772, but finished decades later.  It's old, and unlike so much of the new stuff, it's made of real adobe.  They have to replaster everything yearly, and from the looks of it, they never fail.
It was closed so we couldn't go inside, but you can tell it's a beautiful church.  The perfectly smooth walls, the generous tended gardens, the old Mission style.  Truth be told, it's the churches of New Mexico that has kind of softened a streak of almost evangelical atheism I used to have.  I've come to accept not the faith, but it's existence, that I can appreciate the art and the architecture, the literature and the music, without accepting any of it as True in any real sense.

Even if I must endure some of religion's more ridiculous aspects...such as this cheesy memorial, complete with fetus!

The square surrounding the church was nearly as interesting.  There's of course the house with a blue door, which is still beautiful even, unlike the church, it's faux-dobe.
Then there was this old fixer-upper.  The roof collapsed and the windows were broken out long ago, but I bet this building has been standing for at least a hundred years, maybe even more.
The other ruins were just as ruinous, and maybe even a little more.
The crazy thing is that two doors down is a lovingly tended home with a gift shop in the front room.  And then old ghost town ruins Kit Carson used to ride by, back when he was hunting down Navajos.

Speaking of Kit Carson, here's a pic of his grave.  They turned the old graveyard into a park.





More Grand Canyon Panoramas

Unlike the other Grand Canyon panoramas I posted, I stitched these together from several different photos.  The other photos were all done "in camera."




There were a couple times looking at this thing that I thought to myself, "I can't believe I'm looking at this with my own eyes."  I also thought, I don't think I've seen anything this big in my life...which is bullshit. 

I see the Rocky Mountains every day.

Monument Valley

I've got a lot to share about the vacation, but I hope you don't mind if I let it trickle out.  Digital photography allows you to take hundreds of pictures, but it makes the sorting process arduous.  I'm also putting together a little video, but I'm taking my time to make it interesting.  There's nothing more boring than someone else's vacation movies.

Here's a photo I took of Monument Valley.  You might recognize this iconic vista.(As always, click to embiggen.)
Here's a non-panorama view of the same scene:
Ah hell, one more panorama, this one including a look at the View Hotel, which you might recognize from its appearance in Quantum of Solace.  No, it did not get blown up.  That was Hollywood trickery.




Sunday, July 29, 2012

Grand Canyon Panoramas

Click to embiggen.

Rio Grande Gorge

Just over the Rio Grande Gorge is a community of Earthships. We didn't get to tour one last time, but this time we did.

I think this place is going to be really nice when it's finished.
And check this out.
Now that's what I call a hallway.