I’ve known Glenn and Heather for quite some time now, but for the past three years, they have allowed me to pull my trailer onto their land, and stay at their place. Even though I end up giving a monetary donation, they have never really asked for it. I try to contribute my time as what I would like to call “ranch hand” even though most of my time is spent either rock climbing, or taking photos. Glenn is a bit of a renaissance man. Makes anything from kneepads and dog collars, and builds anything from truck storage boxes to straw bale houses and yurts… It always reminds me of the old SNL skit with Paul Simon and Victoria Jackson where she smelted copper to make him a watch while they were stuck on a deserted island. “Oh that, I made it…” Heather is equally as great. Keeping Gleatherland (their ranch name) maintained, helping out with all of the work, and super strong on the rocks easily bagging really hard hueco lines every season. During a recent stay, they asked me to grab a couple of head shots of them for their use, which I was happy to do.
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If you are planning to head out to Hueco anytime soon, and you are looking for something quieter, and away from the crowds, Gleatherland is offering a couple of options of places to stay. They have The Bomber Inn (an old RV painted like a bomber) and The Mongoli Inn (314 sq ft yurt), both pictured below. Contact Heather Johnson via Facebook for more info:
Just in-case anybody was curious, that is how many photographs I took in 2011. Or at least how many actually made it into Lightroom. That includes all jobs, all climbing trips, all events, all shooting just for fun, all test shots, all location scouting etc etc, as well as some of the throw-a-ways too. I wonder how many I actually deleted in camera? This number is 2037 less images than I took in 2010. I’d have to say that 2011 has been one of the best years for me and my business. It was super fun and I feel fortunate and blessed to be able to be doing what I am doing. Thanks to everyone for the word of mouth, thanks to all my clients, thanks to my photo mentors, and thanks to everyone who stepped in front of my lens to let me take their photo, even if you didn’t know it… I couldn’t be doing what I am doing with out you.
My very first image of 2011 was taken :18 min after midnight. I guess I was to busy celebrating and wishing everyone a Happy New Year to be taking photos of the actual drop, but you can tell the people are still partying!
My very last image of 2011, although will definitely not ever win me an award, will always be a great memory of the time I got spend with really great friends (new and old ones) wrapping up a wonderful year, and bringing in a new one. This one was taken at 3:59 pm after a day of some great bouldering and just before we headed back to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the Ozarks of Arkansas for the night festivities:
I should probably save my first image of 2012 for next years blog post, but I’m to excited about it and I feel that it’s a great image to start of 2012.
Thanks again to everyone, and I am looking forward to 2012 being a great year!