The Lion of Lucerne

This monument is a rock relief carved into the cliff face of a former sandstone quarry, and features a dying lion. Sculpted during the early part of the 19th century, the purpose of the Lion of Lucerne was to commemorate the Swiss Guards who lost their lives in 1792 during the French Revolution.  It is one of the most moving monuments I’ve ever seen.


Nature at her Best

I’ve posted several landscapes from my recent fly fishing and photo trip to Montana but none of the fish.  So just to prove to all of you that follow my blog, I do fish and occasionally catch them.  This beauty was caught on a fly, played gently, and carefully released as are all the fish I catch.

Smith River
Smith River

What Was It?

Was it a Rabbit?, Death Valley CA  (1 of 1)

I returned last night from three days in the US’s largest National Park not in Alaska.  Death Valley’s 5269 square miles has to be seen in order to understand and appreciate how large, stark, and beautiful it is.  I’m going to post a photo a day for the rest of this week to, in a small way, show you what I saw.  Some are grand and some simple like this one.

There are a series of dunes named Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes that hundreds of people a day visit so by nightfall their foot prints are everywhere.  The good news is the wind often blows hard at night and erases them.  If you hike out a couple of miles at first light you can see where small animals have traveled.  You can also capture those dramatic scene too.  Those are for later.

Montana Horse

Montana Horse

If you follow this blog you may know I like to try B&W film occasionally.  It’s much harder than I thought it would be.  Colors can’t bail you out and the subject has to really be strong.  At least to me it does.  I haven’t shot many animals but having recently been in Montana there were lots of horses and here’s one I liked.  Developed and scanned.  No post processing at all.