Portrait of an Eagle Hunter

Portrait of an Eagle Hunter

On a recent trip to Mongolia, I spent some time with a group of nomads in the northwestern part of the country who practice traditional eagle hunting. These men capture and train young eagles to hunt and return to their trainer. These are golden eagles, 4-6 kg. with an enormous wingspan and very strong and sharp talons. I actually put on a leather gauntlet and held one on my arm.

This is my best attempt at a portrait. It was shot indoors, inside one of the Gers, or yurts, with a 2-second exposure and a flash that fired near the end of the exposure. There was also a reflector off to the left rear for a bit of fill light.

Divi and the new IMac Pro contest

What a long, strange trip it’s been ….

This site uses themes built on the Divi Page Builder. For the most part, it’s pretty great. Except when you need it to do something it’s not designed to do. Then, trouble!!

It’s quite a learning curve, largely because WordPress itself is so complicated.

Adobe Valley

 

Storm Lifting

Storm Lifting

Tropical Storm Helene roared through the West Highlands of Scotland while we were there. The image above was from the following morning, as the clouds began to lift.

Rain in the Desert

Rain in the Desert

Late afternoon, and a storm is finally gathering at the north end of Panamint Valley. The light is absolutely magical, with the unspeakable longing of the parched sands for moisture. The sun is setting, shining through streaks of rain that may, or may not, ever reach the ground.

Vestrahorn

Vestrahorn

We drove on snow-packed roads, then down a farm road to reach Vestrahorn peak. It is, oddly enough, privately owned because the farmer owns all the land that surrounds it. The sunset was very promising, but then got cut short by another massive snow squall that had been holding off to the south all day.

Vestrahorn pano

Vik Sea Stacks

Vik Sea Stacks

Two views of sea stacks near the little town of Vik, Iceland. The second was shot from up on the hill where an iconic church sits.