Salisbury, England – Stonehenge (HDR)

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I will admit to being a big fan of the show Ancient Aliens. How these ancient cultures built these amazing structures years ago…make me wonder. Stonehenge was on my bucket list and I had to visit it. After seeing it…nothing special. I imagine years ago it was cool to visit when you could walk amongst the rocks. Now they have it roped off and you walk around in a circle to view the structure. Not much excitement. Maybe the Flintstones built it?

This B&W is thanks to my new fav B&W conversion tool…Perfect B&W by onOne Software. NIK has faded away! Download a trail if you want to try it…it is awesome!!!

Socorro, NM – VLA (Very Large Arrays)


If anyone has ever seen the movie “Contact” you can remember seeing these VLA’s! Some info from the VLA web site…

The Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 36km (22 miles) across, with the sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter.

It was one cool location I always wanted to see. The drive is about 126 miles from Albuquerque – one way! A very dry looking drive and you go thru some small & poor towns. When you arrive to the VLA’s…they are easy to spot in the distance as you drive in. There is a welcome center where you can watch some videos and a shop to buy some collectibles. Here you can buy a pass for the guided tour. I was solo this day and went it alone. They have walkways to follow and one takes you directly right below a VLA! Quite a sight to see!! Workers in trucks were very friendly and always asked if I had any questions. So very nice! I stayed for about an hour taking lots of shots. Unfortunately, you are not able to walk all over…just certain locations…but enough to get great photos!

Ingram, TX – Stonehenge & Easter Island Collide! (HDR)


Recently I was taking the long drive to go check out the fall color at Lost Maples over the weekend and as I was cruising along and to my right I saw Stonehenge!! I made a note to check it out on my way back. I had no idea it was located in Ingram, TX or that I was even driving near it! Too funny! Ingram is about 2 hours away from Austin. I pulled in and there it was…Stonehenge II and two Easter Island heads. Classic! Not the most beautiful location, but hey as a photographer, we can try to make it look better. Hopefully the HDR and texture combo works?

I checked out some info on the web…Stonehenge II was erected as an amusing art project by the late Al Shepperd and his friend and neighbor, Doug Hill. Hill had offered a limestone slab to Shepperd in 1989, unused in his recently completed back patio. Shepperd stood the rock up monolith-style, and then odd thoughts started to seep into his head. He was gripped by what we’ve observed as a rare but not unknown malady — Stonehenge Fever.

Within the next year, Shepperd bankrolled Hill to construct plaster and graphite-covered metal mesh and steel frameworks, replicating the mysterious stones of England, in the middle of Shepperd’s pasture. He opted for a somewhat faithful replica, akin to Sam Hill’s Stonehenge more than Carhenge or even Fridgehenge. The finished product is 90% as wide as the original, and 60% the height. Shepperd added two 13-ft. tall Easter Island heads a year and a half later, after visiting Easter Island.

Great stuff! I had no idea there was such a thing as Fridgehenge or Carhenge…gotta luv this odd world!!

Roswell, New Mexico – Street Lamp


We recently drove through the famous Roswell, New Mexico…on our way back from SoCal to Austin. We stopped in just to grab a bite to eat at McDonalds and walked the Main Street just to grab a few shots, then we were on our way. I had seen these street lamps in a pic before and had to take one. Now do I believe we are not alone in this universe…yes. Do I believe aliens are visiting us and fly over our skies…hmmm, not sure. Did a UFO crash in 1947 in Roswell? Looks like a job for Mulder and Scully to prove or disprove. But this small town is cute and I must admit to loving the alien stuff all over. It gives Roswell character. I stopped and even bought a few knick knacks. I have 3 small bendable aliens on my desk right now! And in our fridge…a 4-pack of Alien Amber Ale! I’ll take a pic of it soon. Here are a few pics for now….will put up a few more in the future. Just streets shots for fun! I heard Aliens love Arby’s!!