10/11/13 - The Boneyard, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson; parts of planes with places that might allow animals and insects in are sealed with a special material. The extremely low humidity (around 3%) in Tucson prevents rust from occurring. I took this shot last winter but just got around to processing it. All of the shots at the Boneyard have to be made from the bus that takes you on the tour of the facility, so you don't get much choice in terms of perspective and you usually have to contend with reflections in the windows that you are shooting through. It is a fascinating tour, though. Not only does the U.S. military store and dismantle planes there, but other countries pay the U.S. to store some of their aircraft, as well. When you think of the original cost of each plane and see row upon row of various models of aircraft, you realize that it represents an amazing amount of investment over time.
Thanks for your warm response to my shot of the Garden of the Gods. Ilene asked how the drive there compared to the drive up Steptoe Butte in the Palouse area. There is really no comparison; the drive up Steptoe Butte is quite steep with sharp dropoffs all the way up. You do not have to climb any mountains to visit the Garden of the Gods. It is located at the base of the Colorado Front Range, so the mountains behind it provide a lovely backdrop for the dramatic rocks. Ilene also mentioned she wanted to photograph the wild mountain goats. To see them, you would probably have to drive up Mt. Evans (near Denver). I think that climb is considerably more scary!