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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The "The Amazing Photography Of Dave Newcomer: Part II" Story

Saratoga on the field at Johnson Creek, Idaho.
I have landed here many times.
It was an ordinary day.  Sorting through the many photo- graphs from Dave Newcomer's collection of work that is included in his yearly travel calendar as well as the assortment of images he emailed to me after my asking if he would be willing to share his large body of images with the world through my blog.  He has sent a few emails filled with his work since the files are rather large and can't all be sent in one email.  In an email Dave told me he has been into photography for over 60 years and how he and his dad had a black and white darkroom in their basement when he was a teenager.  He has well over 100,000 photos in digital format as well as the same amount that were taken before 1995 that are slides (transparencies).  Those he can scan if he wishes, but rarely does that.  He told me to stop in his office and he will make sure I get more of his calendars.  I responded with much the same story about having a darkroom in my basement when my children were young and making black and white as well as color photographs.  I also received a call from his medical office, where he is called Dr. Newcomer, offering me calendars from many of the past years which feature some of his favorite photos. Those are the calendars I am now sorting through, marveling at all the great photographs.  Follow along today and see the magnitude of subject matter that Dave has accumulated in his lifetime.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - Remember to click on images to enlarge them.

Iguana in a tree on a golf course, FL.
The rare Key deer...these are about as tall as a large German shepherd dog.  Although they are
rare, they are very tame if you move slowly and be very quiet when you see them.
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay.
Black Canyon in Colorado....so called b/c it is so deep (2,000') the sun never reaches the bottom.
​Blanca Peak near Alamosa, CO.  This is one of CO's fifty-four 14,000' peaks.
​Bryce Canyon, Utah.
Catalina Island 21 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.​  That is the mainland in the background.
Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island.  This is the biggest town on the island.  The big round bldg.
was a casino where celebs rolled the dice in thje 30's and 40' -- Bogart, Becall, Spencer Tracy,
Babe Ruth, etc. all vacationed here.
A spectacular view of all 20 miles of Catalina Island looking southwest --- although I have flown
there over a dozen times, this was the only time it was clear enough to get this photo.  It is
rarely this clear on the island.
Crater Lake, Oregon.  Crater Lake is a collapsed volcano.  The lake is about as deep as the walls
are high above the water on the sides of the lake.
Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island in the background; 10,000 years ago sea levels were 350'
below the level they are today....at that time, there was no SF Bay and Angel Island was
connected to the mainland.
Glen Canyon Dam near Page, AZ....notice how low the water is in Lake Powell behind the dam.
All the reservoirs in the southwest at 100' or more below there full levels.
A "Glory" on a cloud....caused by refraction of the sunlight around the airplane --- pilots see these
several times a year if they fly a lot.
Grand Canyon --- created by the Colorado Rive over 17 million yrs.
Great Sand Dunes National Park (GSDNP) near Alamosa, CO.
High Sierra Mtns. (these are 13,000' high here) at sunset -- the mist is smoke from a forest fire.
Ivanpah Solar Furnace in the Mohave Desert, CA.  This is a closeup view of the furnace on a 475' tower; sunlight is reflected (by 175,000 mirrors) on the three towers to generate steam and drive turbines.
I like this bald eagle becuase you can see the nitatating membrane over the eye.

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