Sunday, June 28, 2009

Manifest Destiny.

This year has been the year of knocking-off goals from my life goal list, and these past two weeks have been no exception.



One of my biggest dreams has been to go out to California. To me, California has always seemed to be a wonderland full of opportunity, glamour, fun, diversity and beauty. Also full of famous people!

I had the chance to ride along with my friend Stuart as he drove from his house in the U.P. out to Los Angeles to find a job in Hollywood.

Santa Monica 3

Santa Monica

California was NOT what I expected, and I never thought this would happen, but I added two new states to my favotite places list: southern Utah and western South Dakota. Those two places were amazing. The badlands, the blackhills, Utah's sandstone moutains and clifts.... I can't even describe them. I didn't know places like that exsisted on this planet, let alone in this country!



My 4 day journey taught me soooo much more than any high school US history or geography class ever did. Everyone should travel. I had no idea how diverse this country was. I had no idea that huge stretches of states were literally uninhabited. I didn't know this country had land that grew without grass or trees or any green at all. I never thought that a Mars-like landscape exsisted in Arizona and New Mexico. I'm glad I found out! I had never even seen a desert (Nevada) or a snow-capped mountain (Colorado) or a wild cactus or the Pacific Ocean. I had never been west of Chicago. I'm definitely going back.

Colorado 2


Badlands 2

South Dakota, the Badlands

Saturday, June 13, 2009

On the Maumee

So, I've lived about 15 minutes away from Lake Erie and the surrounding rivers and channels for the past 15 years, but I had been out on a boat in the water. One of my old friends from high school, though, got a boat so we decided to take it out on the Maumee River. We got there at about 9:30--a time I would normally say is bad for outdoor photos and boating--but it turned out to be a good time to get some different shots of downtown Toledo. All my life living here I only see photos of the skyline during the day and from the shore, but here are some photos just after sundown and from the water!



I was so excited when I took this one. The colors were perfect, the framing was perfect. I think it looks like a painting... but I forgot that I switched my lens over to manual, and therefore, it is ruined because it is blurry. Maybe next time.