I love deserts. I lived for five years in the Libyan Desert in Libya and Tunisia and spent a further six months in the desert in Oman. (Hopefully Libya will become a safe places to visit again in the future but I wouldn’t go there now.) The desert south-west of the USA then is a place I love to visit, though it has way more vegetation and life than the Libyan Desert. Today’s photo is of the Titus Canyon Road, or the road to Leadville in Death Valley National Park. On this particular day I was the first one down the road so there were no dust clouds on the road before me. It takes a couple of hours to drive this in a car (4 x 4 preferred). I can’t imagine how long it took the miners on horse back or ox wagon.

Titus Canyon Road - the road to Leadfield, Death Valley.

Titus Canyon Road – the road to Leadfield, Death Valley.

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I’ve always been fascinated by tall buildings. Today’s daily photo is of 811 Main St. Houston, TX at night, taken during a photowalk a couple of years back. With some of the stars in the night sky visible at the top of the frame, I can imagine this view as looking along one of those futurist massive spacecraft you see in movies like Star Wars. I half expect to see some X-wing fighters streaking along this channel hotly pursued by TIE fighters.

811 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 at Night

811 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 at Night

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The last few days here in my corner of Texas have been gray and overcast so I went looking for an image that reminded me of summer. I found this one that, for want of a better title, I’m calling Tree on the Horizon. I took this image in England back in 2012, near where I grew up in the Marlborough Downs. I’d gone for a walk, retracing the steps I’d taken many times some 35 or more years before, up through the farm yard then right at the hay barn. Back then they’d grown wheat or barley in this field but now they were growing flax.

A lone tree on the horizon of a flax field on a summer's day in England

A lone tree on the horizon of a flax field on a summer’s day in England

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Another photo from my recent trip to California. For the first part of the trip we stayed at The Inn at the Cove in Pismo Beach. On the day I took this photo we’d gone down to the Pismo Beach Pier to take photos during the morning twilight – that time when the sun reaches 18 degrees below the horizon and night starts to give way to day. As daybreak neared more surfers appeared near the pier riding such waves as there were. By the time I took this photo, the sun was above the horizon, casting a golden glow over the pier pilings in the background. This surfer, with his McTavish board, was heading back to the shore – perhaps a day at work beckoned, or maybe just a hot cup of coffee though, cold as it was, I doubt he needed anything else to wake him up!

A surfer with a McTavish board returns to the shore at Pismo Beach

A surfer with a McTavish board returns to the shore at Pismo Beach

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This is an image of the moon reflected in the sand at Moro Bay. I’d joined my friend James Brandon on a photo trip on the California coast last November. Unfortunately there were no clouds for pretty much the whole of the five days we were there. The upside of this was that we had to work harder to find images. There’s always something to photograph if you keep your mind open. The moon itself was and thin crescent, not that you can tell from this image.

The moon reflected in the wet sand at Moro Bay

The moon reflected in the wet sand at Moro Bay

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