This photo was taken while traveling at 75mph. Thankfully, I wasn't driving at the time, else I wouldn't have been able to capture this shot with my trusty DSLR. This area, right outside of Mesquite, Nevada, could be mistaken for somewhere in the Middle East at first glance. The Virgin River, which cuts through the ground in this scene, provides for a narrow strip of green vegetation in an otherwise fairly dry desert. The contrast between these two strong elements, combined with the complementary color of the sky, results in a more-exciting-than-normal photograph. Though I'd never want to actually live here, it's nonetheless interesting to capture what so many travelers on the I-15 speed past without even noticing.
I meant to start posting these photos from day one. Honestly, I did. But that first night on the road was spent in a cheap hotel room that lacked anything even remotely resembling WiFi, and my cell inexplicably refused to show even the slightest sign of a data signal floating around out there. The next couple nights were spent at Snowbird Ski Resort, where I found myself too pampered to want to work (though my definition of pampered basically equates to them offering free coffee). Next thing I knew, I was nearly a week into my short vacation, and I had yet to post anything other than a barrage of Twitter updates. So here I am, making up for my lack of effort.
Snowbird provided countless photo opportunities, and was far from what I expected. Snow was still on the ground and in the mountains, allowing for many winter-esque photos that I never imagined I'd be taking halfway through June. One such cluster of photos came to light via the famous Snowbird Tram, which takes passengers up to the top of Hidden Peak in the resort. At 11,000 feet, the quick ride takes you to a whole new world, as your small group of fellow passengers braves the sudden cold to snap a few quick photos before heading inside the warming hut (which I proudly never set foot in).
And for being the summer season, it was surprising to see how many winter sports enthusiasts refused to give up their passion as long as snow still sat on the ground. Though for someone who doesn't (yet) snowboard like myself, spending a few nights at a ski resort at this time of the year is a great experience. The snow still lingers about, without being too intrusive. And the winter crowds are long gone, while the summer crowds have yet to arrive. The result is a private little snowy wonderland, complete with a complimentary pillow mint.
The Federal Building in San Diego's Balboa Park is an oddity, in that it does not follow the traditional architecture that the park is known for. Now home to the Hall of Champions, the building features a façade reminiscent of ancient Mayan art. Reliefs of the Mayan rain god Chac, with his elephant-like trunk, adorn the building, surrounded by similar pattens of a Maya Revival style. Though the art covers only a small percentage of the building's front, it is nonetheless an intriguing and eye-catching feature that many never take the time to notice. The photograph above was taken with a 70-300mm lens, with post-processing done using Adobe Lightroom 2.