Preparing for the Day’s Outing
The weather can change fast from one part of town to another in the spring, so we knew we had to be extra prepared for the weather to change out in the gorge. We packed our water, snacks, jackets to layer, and our Discover Pass. Tip: If you don’t have a pass yet, you can stop at one of the local shops on your way out to Lyle and buy one. Just bring cash since they don’t take credit cards when buying the pass.
When I went to pack my camera gear, I was over excited and packed way too much. But in my defense, it was my first trip out to the site and I wanted to make sure I had what I needed. I mean, I had several lenses, reflectors, extra batteries, and a second camera body. Just in case! Lesson learned. Next time, I’ll just grab my Nikon D750, extra battery pack, and go!
Hiking Groups Save the Day
I guess one big reason why I never made it out to this spot before was that I had no idea where it was located. But hiking groups on social media help us track down the location. It was so easy to find once you knew where to look it was almost embarrassing. Surprisingly it isn’t far off the road but when you see some of the images, you expect a big hike in order to be rewarded with the sight. Thanks to fellow hikers who shared notes about where to pick up the trail and instructions to easily find it.
I’ve seen photos of this car in the field more than a dozen times and each image is a little different. A different angle, time of day, or cropping makes the image unique. In fact, my husband and I were both taking photos on the same day, at the same time, and we ended up with completely different images with a different feel.
The photos usually circulated with this spot is one of the pretty wildflowers and in color. When I see this car and the setting, I immediately picture it in my head in winter with brooding skies, tall grass (no wildflower), and in black/white. I am definitely coming back this fall or winter to see what kind of images I can make in a different season.
How Are You Spending Your Spring?
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