WELCOME TO DESERT PHOTOS

Desert Photos is more than a name, it is more than a website...it is a passion. A passion that started with the first photo taken in 1963. 

There have been many many photos taken since then of everything imaginable.  The website was a way to show the world what we had done, what we see, and the adventures we shared. But it grew to large for one person to maintain on a full time basis. 

While the website is changing after 12 years,  the passion remains.  Like the motto of our lives ...it happens burn film.  The passion will go on and the adventures will never stop.  

As one chapter closes another begins. Stay tuned its likely to be a page turner.

   Carlsbad Caverns

 Here we have several photos we have taken over the last 12 years with 5 different cameras and two different photographers.  Now on the old site I have things a little more separated by camera, not so much now as I went back to the original photos and made new photo galleries.  There are many great places in our part of New Mexico we love to photograph but one of our favorites is the caverns.  Nature tends to change things from time to time and we like to get back down there to take new photos.  Also since we are digital now instead of using our old Nikon F 100 we can do more without changing filters and settings as often.  Well not really settings as we do tend to get a little crazy there as well.  You will notice we may take a colored photo and turn around and shut off the color for the next shot, just to see how it will turn out.  We also change other settings that I won't go into here as it kind get technical and it is different for different cameras.  We like Nikons as they fit us well and we have used them for 13 years.  Many other brands do just as well, my wife tends to use her iPhone 5 once in a while just to see what it will do.  So I will hush and let you go take a gander at our photos and please make a visit to Carlsbad Caverns with your camera or just to visit.

Caverns 1 | Caverns 2 | Caverns 3 | Caverns 4 | Caverns 5 | White City

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To Honor Our Veterans

What do the following things have in common?


Sunshine, gentle breezes, black leather, Tate Branch, motorcycles, Carlsbad Radio, and the American Flag.
The answer is simple Sgt Richard Ryes Welcome home.
Sgt Rye is one of ours; he knows this town and the people in it. Went to our schools and fought for our country and Carlsbad know this and wanted to show him and his family just that. So in a rush of excitement they is just what they did. They gathered and decorated and waited. Waited for the arrival of a True American Hero, waited for one of their own.
With flags fluttering in the breeze, Sgt. Rye, his wife and daughters perched on the back of a white convertible, lead by the American Legion and followed by dozens of bikers, they drove through town. With cheers of “welcome home and we love you” being shouted from the sidelines, Sgt Rye came home. Home to a town where he is known and loved. Loved for who he is and all that he has done.
So today with Sgt Rye wrapped in the loving arms of his family, Carlsbad is grateful for all that he is home, and thankful for all he has done. Camera 1 | Camera 2


Freedon isn't Free

Close your eyes and take yourself back. Back to the 1600’s, back to a time when the country was young and filled with the brave souls who wanted a better life. A life they fought for it seemed like every day. Not only against nature and this foreign land, but against the place and people they came from.
Year after year, decade after decade the courage of husbands, fathers, brothers and sons and more recently wives, mothers, sisters and daughters, gets tested. Year after year, decade after decade that courage never fails.
They stand up and they walk into battle, to defend home and family, for a better tomorrow and a place to raise their children and grandchildren. A place where courage, pride, dignity and strength are in every heart.
Today especially we make note of those who have stood, stood in front of those who would take from all of us the very thing that makes us who we are. That thing is this land, this country that for centuries has been defended with the lives of those we love. Those who would not for an instant hesitate to stand again and defend home.  Thank you for all you have done and all that you continue to do. We humbly salute you, cherish you and hold you close to the hearts and wait for your return to the loving homes you defend.
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We walk through our lives, we carry on with daily things. Life happens, and the days go by. We elect people to run our country and make the important decisions for us. We as citizen try to make the best decision on whom those people are.
There are many says through out the year when we stop and remember. We remember those who fought for us to have the right to vote and choose those people who represent us. Once and a while someone stand up and makes a plan, and takes it to the next level. From a dream, a simple thought, comes forth a place. A place for you to walk, reflect and remember. All of those who came before and who today are out there. Out there making sure that we have the right to plan and dream. To vote and makes those choices. A place that was fought for, dreamed of and remembered on nights under foreign skies. When the only thing that keeps them going is the dream of coming home and walking with their loved ones. Some come home. We are blessed that they are here to share with us our daily lives. Some gave everything for their loved ones and home. Those are who we remember as we reflect and we build and we dream. Dedication Photos 11-11-11

One year ago the day started with tears of goodbye, sadness and promises of “I will come home”. On May 11th 2010 that day finally ended with tears of joy, love and promises kept. Carlsbad came together and welcomed home the 920th Engineers Division.

Bikers gathered to lead them in, high school bands prepped for the welcome. People lined the street and flags fluttered. The street was adorned with ribbons and balloons.
The entire event was surrounded with positive energy and love. Love for a nation, a community and most of all for the men and women who, although gone for a year, were never out of our hearts or minds. We as a community are blessed to have these wonderful people home and to be able to come together and show them just how much they mean to all of us.

The photos are downloadable; If you click on help after opening the "Photos" window it will explain how to open the "Original" Photos. Then just right click the photo you want and "save target as" to you computer. I reduced the size of the photos to 1024 x 780 for easier loading. If you want to print a larger size please email us and we will email you the photo in full size. Also I have video of the event and I will edit it for size and put it here for your viewing in a couple days, please come back and check.
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Amid flying flags and the thunder of motorcycles "The Wall that Heals" The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall arrives in Carlsbad.  This much anticipated event pulled into town on May 3, 2006.  Thanks to a lot of people who want to honor those who did not make it home.  Different groups gathered early on the morning of May 3 to travel to Roswell and escort The Wall to Carlsbad. When they pulled into the rendezvous area in Roswell, they were met with several more groups as well as independent riders in Roswell.  After leaving Roswell the procession picked up more riders in Artesia.  During the escort to Carlsbad the riders were honored by a woman and a small boy, parked on a farm road and waved a small flag as they went by. The riders in return started honking and waving back.  They then came upon a man standing by an oil field truck about 1-2 miles north of 7 Rivers, Standing at attention with his hat over his heart. No body else around.  These are the images that make all of this worth doing.
During the same time back in Carlsbad others were at the set up area by the beach making sure all was in order for the arrival.  Each and every one working for something close to their hearts.  To honor the memories of family members and friends.
The truck and their escort of police and motorcycles pulled into the beach at 10:00 a.m. and the set up of the wall began.
Through out the day and well into the night there are people watching over this wall and honoring those who are not here to share it with us.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund - The Wall That Heals


The Viet Nam Traveling Wall Memorial PHOTOS
Arriving in Carlsbad
Opening Day
Nighttime Photos
Saturday
Closing Ceremony Photos


VIDEOS of The Viet Nam Traveling Wall Memorial

(videos are Located on You Tube)
Arriving
Video 2
Video 3
Video 4
Mayor Bob Forest
Steve Pearce
Viet Nam Veteran's Poem
Final Closing

Sunday Taps

Welcome Home Chris Rodriquez
Chris Rodriquez Homecoming

Photos camera 1
Photos camera 2

Operation Wounded Warrior

Wounded Warrior Photos
Jimbob's Pics
Pirate Stu's Pics
Select Snapdragon Pics
Wishbone's Pics
Photos By American Legion displayed here as a courtesy

Mesothelioma Center
Asbestos.com According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 25 million living individuals who have served in the United States' armed forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service.  According to a revealing statistic, more than 30 percent of Americans beset with a terrible disease called mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos during military service. What is mesothelioma?  It is a rapacious cancer that attacks the internal lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart.
Widely used by every military branch, asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. In fact, asbestos was so valued that the military even mandated widespread usage before eventually phasing out the material in the 1970s.
Most military divisions utilized the caustic substance mainly for insulation purposes, but more than 300 products containing asbestos were used by the military, primarily by the Navy from the 1930s through the 1970s. Every ship and shipyard built by the Navy before the mid-70s was fitted with numerous asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos.com offers information on mesothelioma & veterans, as well as a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing a mesothelioma disease.  Additionally their Veterans Assistance Department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and can help any veteran coping with mesothelioma receive benefits from the VA system.

 Carl Jewett


Two things to preface the tale -- Navy SEALS are always taught:
1) Keep your priorities in order and
2) Know when to act without hesitation.

A Navy SEAL was attending college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the ACLU.
One day he shocked the class when he came in, looked to the ceiling, and flatly stated, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 minutes."
The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am God. I'm still waiting."
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the SEAL got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform.
The professor was out cold. The SEAL went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were stunned and sat there looking on in silence.
The professor came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the SEAL and asked, "What the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?"
The SEAL replied, "God was busy today protecting America's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an wanker. So He sent me."...
A Navy SEAL was attending college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the ACLU.
One day he shocked the class when he came in, looked to the ceiling, and flatly stated, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 minutes."
The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am God. I'm still waiting."
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the SEAL got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform.
The professor was out cold. The SEAL went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were stunned and sat there looking on in silence.
The professor came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the SEAL and asked, "What the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?"
The SEAL replied, "God was busy today protecting America's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an wanker. So He sent me."...

 

 

DEDICATED TO THE CARLSBAD FIRE FIGHTERS

We see them in their trucks as they race along with the sirens blaring and red lights flashing.  We hope they are safe and save those they are going to help and then thoughts are replaced with what we have to do in our own lives.

But once and awhile someone will ask "What do they do when there is no emergency?"

The truth is they are all around us.  We do not notice because there is no flashing lights.  They are your neighbors, they are the guy at the next table in your favorite restaurant, and they are all over town. 

There are events in the community and these guys are there.  From the Ducky A Fair and the Chili Cook Off.  From the Schools and the Health Fairs.  They give us a safe 4th of July, and watch over us as we play at the beach. 

Chances are if you are at an event and you look around, you will see a Fire Truck or an Ambulance.  If you look closely you will see the guys either sitting quietly or talking with the people of the community.  All the time waiting and hoping they are not needed.  But if they are you can be assured they will respond with the strength, commitment and a calming personalities that make the Fireman one of the greatest unsung heroes of our time.

We at Desert Photos are honored to be able to capture these fine and caring Firemen as they contribute to the community they call home.  Come take a look at what they do for you.

 

 

About Desert Photos


Funny thing about life... you never really know where it is going to take you, You have dreams and thoughts of who you will become. But does it always happen, If your lucky and really really honest with yourself it can. This is a short story about Dreams coming true... but it is a dream we did not realize we had. Desert Photos actually started in 1963, which just for those keeping track is YEARS before one of the Desert Photos team was even born. The place was Brazil Indiana and the person was a inquisitive 12 year old boy. One day he was handed a Kodak Browing camera. With the imagination this man has today.. you can guess how he was at 12. Thus the Love for photography was born. To see what other did not... to see the things overlooked.. and the love of moments in time forever caught on film. With a keen eye and lots of time some wonderful photos were taken and memories made.. but it is not all about the pictures taken but lessons learned in the field... lessons he still carries with him today and HARPS about when someone else, by someone else I mean me, is behind the camera. Fast forward to 1978. A young woman gets a 110 Kodak camera. Problem is this young woman has a little sister. A little sister who every chance she got took that camera and took photos of goodness knows what. So many pictures developed and then tossed with the words "You little brat Don't touch my stuff" You would think lesson learned, but this is me that you are talking about, so no lesson NOT learned. For years the young woman yelled at her sister and for years the little sister continued to snag the camera and take very random photos which continue to get tossed away. Fast forward again... I do hope you are wearing your seatbelts as these jumps happen often. Anyway fast forward to 1990. The young woman has now become fully grown and her little sister, NOT so little anymore, still borrowing her sisters stuff.


The young man from Indiana as well as these two women are living in.. where else.. the desert. Kinda tells you where the name way up at the top comes from huh. So anyway the older of the two sisters falls in LOVE, thus creating a moment that will forever change 2 lives. After introducing the younger sister to the man from Indiana the older sister moves away and the little sister moves in and rents from the man from Indiana. Thus forming a friendship that still carried on today. Fast forward a year, the formerly little sister now a full grown woman, comes home and discovers under the porch... A CAMERA. She waits for the man and tells him his camera had arrived. The man said "what camera" the woman hands him the camera and he said " not mine you can have it" BAM the world of Photography comes back in to play. Fast forward 10 years to 2001. Hundreds of photos taken.. lots of laughter... still best friends. Living in ARKANSAS. The woman is taking photos of places and events for two main reasons. The first reason is for the one that she loves, who can not longer get to some places but wants to see what the woman sees. The second reason is for the joy and love of photography. Through a series of events the man and the woman, now married for 10 years by the way, decide to go camera shopping. As they have decided that the camera is playing a much larger part in their lives then they thought it would. Off to the local camera shop. The husband tells the wife "Lets get you a very good camera that will last you years and years." Little did he know the falseness of that statement.


So the purchase of the original F100 Nikon Camera and the original lens took place, this creating the person that is known to many as Nikonlady. That would be me for those of you following the story. Hang on Fast Forward to 2003. The man and woman have now been living in NEW MEXICO for 2 years.  The words were said "Honey can I try digital" The honey said "Sure baby whatever you want" Then there was a Sony Digicam. For about 7 months and the the words "Honey... can we get a Nikon?" were uttered. The honey said "Ummmm OK sweetie" Now we have a Nikon D70. Fast forward a few more months and then we are in Odessa Tx. At a Camera shop and low and behold there was a 70-300 lens. OHHHH it was like Christmas. A bitten lip and Honey said "OK sweetie but you might as well get this other stuff too." Fast forward another year and OH there is a NEW NIKON D200 on the market. Once again the woman bites her lip and looks at honey and honey said "OK sweetie but get a new bag and a tripod too." We had already created the Web sites and bought the Business License and this was just the next step. Now we have added two new cameras, a Nikon D7100 and a Nikon D7000.  With this you have the story of Desert Photos.  Dreams we did not know we had and love we share have created what is now a large part of our lives. The events of the area we live, the people, the places and a shared love of cameras, photography and each other carry us through our lives day by day. Laughing and doing what we can to bring the things we see and the beauty that surrounds us to the rest of the world through the lens of Desert Photos.