Monochrome Madness

Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona at Sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona at Sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Tuesday and time for a black and white image. I have been going through my hard drive, trying to sort, catalogue, keyword and combine two Lightroom Catalogues. While it is a time consuming project, it has it’s rewards, I am finding gems among the forgotten, images that I still love, and memories worth revisiting!

This image for example, taken early one morning at the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma Arizona. We were last in Yuma Feb of 2014, visiting my parents, seeing the sights and enjoying a little time by the pool. I wouldn’t normally process an sunrise photo to monochrome, as it is the colour of the sunrise that inspires me to click the shutter. Here I was drawn to the shadows and lines in the sand and sun-flare. These details were muted and lost in the colour photo, processing the it to black and white enhanced the long sweeping lines along the dunes.

A year of learning, exploring and seeing new things has given me a new perspective, I will be giving at least some of these old photos a new look as I remember where and why they were taken.

I was too late getting this image processed to submit for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness, but hop on  over to her blog to see what the other photographers have been up to this week.

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Sunrise; Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona

Sunrise, Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona
Sunrise, Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona 

I love getting up early to see the sunrise,  we drove out to the north end of the Imperial Sand Dunes, earlier in our visit. There were a few wispy clouds, and for a few moments they caught the colour of the sun and reflected it back. It was quite amazing how far the sunlight was reflected in the clouds. We were 40 miles north-west of Yuma, at the north end of the Imperial Sand Dunes.

What a beautiful way to start the day.

Telegraph Hill, Yuma Arizona

Telegraph Hill, Yuma Arizona.
Telegraph Hill, Yuma Arizona.

With the weather a little cooler we decided to do a little training hike. I have read conflicting reports on just how long the hike up telegraph hill is, I guess it depends on where a person starts and ends the garmin! I was unable to find information the distance from the parking lot to the trail head. From the trail head to the top of telegraph hill the distance varies 3.8 miles to 4.3 miles round trip. The elevation gain information also varies from 1227 feet to 1329 feet.  From the different websites I reviewed the average round trip takes about 3 hrs.

It was a tough grind to the top, the trail seemed to get steeper and steeper as we walked, but I am happy to report that we are average! We took about three hours to get to the top, have a snack, sign the book, take a few pictures, and walk back to the car. Chinese food for lunch, never tasted so good at the Asian Star.

So far we are enjoying our trip to Yuma….

visit “Sunday Post” nature 2014 by Jake.

Imperial Sand Dunes at Sunrise

Imperial Sand Dunes at Sunrise
Imperial Sand Dunes at Sunrise

We woke early Friday morning to drive approximately 40 miles northwest of Yuma Arizona, to the north end of the Imperial Sand Dunes. The Imperial Sand Dunes located in the southwest corner of California, and bordering Arizona the largest mass of inland sand dunes, and is a mecca for ATV’s and off-road enthusiasts

This photo was taken from the Osborn Overlook off highway 78, looking east towards the sunrise we can see the vehicle traffic on highway 78 heading west. Osborn Overlook at the north end of the recreation area, just down the road camping, and ATV rentals. Sunrise is the quietest time to be in the area!

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Imperial Sand Dunes, Arizona and California

Imperial Sand Dunes Arizona
Imperial Sand Dunes Arizona & California

Morning as probably my most favourite part of the day. During sunrise the world is usually quiet, this is a beginning of a new day and new possibilities

The Imperial Sand Dunes are a recreational area for lovers of dune buggies, and all terrain vehicles, and most of them have not yet started their day or their buggies at sunrise.

The shapes and textures of the dunes is much more visible in the early morning light than any other time of the day.

The Plank Road of Imperial County, California

The Plank Road of Imperial Valley, California
The Plank Road of Imperial Valley, California  

Last week we went to Yuma Arizona to visit my parents who “winter” in the warmer climate.  Before our trip I goggled the area and things to do.  I had read about the Imperial Sand Dunes, and the historic Plank Road.  In 1915 the first planks of a one lane road were laid down so that automobiles could be driven across the burning desert of the Imperia County.  maintenance was a problem, and by 1926 ans asphalt concrete highway had been built to replace old plank road.

There is little left of the old road, Bill and I visited the area one morning at sunrise, my favorite time of day! the metal is twisted, torn and rusted, planks are missing, having been used by campers for firewood, torn up to make room for the canal.  What little is left is almost 100 years old, and is slowly being taken over by the same and the plants.   It is a beautiful place to see the sunrise.