West of Here: Chisos Mountains at Dawn

Chisos Dawn

Chisos Dawn

In mid-November I spent five days in the Chihuahuan desert at Villa de las Minas and this was the dawn view looking mostly east, southeast outside my adobe. Night temperatures were in the low to mid-40s which made porch sleeping mighty pleasant.

Daytime temps hit the low 80s, so day hikes in the national park were a breeze. For the first time, I saw Cattail Falls with water actually falling. The falls don’t run year round but there’d been sufficient recent rainfall and that allowed me to make the photo below.

Geophysicist Cedric Snyder at Cattail Falls in Big Bend National Park on November 16, 2014.

Geophysicist Cedric Snyder at Cattail Falls in Big Bend National Park on November 16, 2014.

Doug Wright at Theater Three

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Doug Wright on the set of his play "Hands On A Hardbody" at Theater Three in Dallas, Texas on September 27, 2014. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright on the set of his play “Hands On A Hardbody” at Theater Three in Dallas, Texas on September 27, 2014. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Doug Wright grew up in Dallas and is home for Theater Three’s production of his play “Hands On A Hardbody.” Doug won the Pulitzer Prize in drama in 2004 for “I Am My Own Wife,” which deals with the life of german transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who survived both the Nazis and the communists.

Waiting In The Rain

A young woman waits in the rain for an outdoor concert to begin in Fort Worth, Texas. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

A young woman waits in the rain for an outdoor concert to begin in Fort Worth, Texas. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Rain.

We miss it here in north Texas. We’ve had far too little for far too long.

I shot this photo as part of a DallasNews.com slideshow at the Most Good Music Festival in Fort Worth on September 6, 2014. Nobody, even devout concert-goers, was complaining about the rain. Jack Ingram and Stoney LaRue headlined and although several bands were rained out in the afternoon, Ingram and LaRue went on to perform in a constant drizzle.

I heard no whining.

Jemez Falls By Night

Jemez Falls, in the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, on August 31, 2014. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Jemez Falls, in the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, on August 31, 2014. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

This shot of Jemez Falls came from a small workshop I taught on night photography this past Labor Day weekend on the Jemez River in northwestern New Mexico. We all enjoyed the respite from the 100-degree Texas temperatures and the four days with no cell phone or Internet reception. Even the small town of Jemez Springs has no cellular service.

The waxing gibbous moon wasn’t a factor in these shots and the Milky Way provided more than enough light for our group. A blue-filtered flashlight provided the color.

We saw elk and mule deer from our camp at 7,800 feet. Our return home featured a Sunday morning breakfast at Cafe Pasqual‘s in Santa Fe and a tour of the Monroe Gallery where legendary photojournalist Steve Schapiro‘s work is featured.

The Monroe Gallery is, in my opinion, the finest gallery for photojournalism on earth and I never miss the opportunity to spend an hour there looking at the work of my photographic heroes and, increasingly, my photographic contemporaries.

Speaking of contemporaries, John Filo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning shot from the Kent State Massacre is available for purchase in a limited edition of 50 signed prints.

Soon, my friend and teacher Joe McNally’s work will go up at Monroe Gallery through Nov. 26 and I’m looking forward to making a return trip to Santa Fe to see Joe’s first one-man show in that fabulous gallery space.

From the NYT:

Writer Jay Root's  TexasTribune.org/NYT story on Jeff Miller, the man behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry's  new image.

Writer Jay Root’s TexasTribune.org/NYT story on Jeff Miller, the man behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s new image.

I frequently shoot for TexasTribune.org and was delighted to have the opportunity to illustrate writer Jay Root‘s story on Jeff Miller, the California political consultant behind Texas Governor Rick Perry’s new image.

‘Within/Without’

Dallas Stands With Israel demonstration July 30, 2014. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Dallas Stands With Israel demonstration July 30, 2014. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

While hundreds of Israel supporters rallied in front of Dallas City Hall yesterday, July 30, 2014, one lone protester stood well outside the fray to make his voice heard.

Robert “Bobby” Newhouse at Work

Robert "Bobby" Newhose doing what he did best--moving the ball. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Robert “Bobby” Newhouse doing what he did best–moving the ball. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, 64, died Tuesday July 22, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

West of Here: And The Drought Goes On

A sign encouraging passersby to pray for rain is attached to a ranch gate on Highway 1954 just south of Wichita Falls, Texas where the area is dealing with severe drought conditions. Measures are underway in Wichita Falls to convert waste water into drinking water. Some residents say they'll pass on wastewater. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

A sign encouraging passersby to pray for rain is attached to a ranch gate on Highway 1954 just south of Wichita Falls, Texas where the area is dealing with severe drought conditions. Measures are underway in Wichita Falls to convert waste water into drinking water. Some residents say they’ll pass on wastewater. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

Choreographer Chris Vo in Rehearsal With DBDT

Choreographer Chris Vo rehearses "touch (listen)" with Dallas Black Dance Theatre company on May 7, 2014 at Dallas Black Dance Theatre studio in Dallas, Texas.

Choreographer Chris Vo rehearses “touch (listen)” with Dallas Black Dance Theatre company on May 7, 2014 at Dallas Black Dance Theatre studio in Dallas, Texas. ©2014 Robert W. Hart

West of Here: BLM Dispute On The Texas-Oklahoma Border

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst accepts the microphone from Texas landowner Tommy Henderson during a gathering of politicians, landowners, law enforcement and media at the bridge over the Red River on Highway 79, northeast of Byers, Texas. Dewhurst was present to voice support for Henderson in his fight with the BLM over land he says he paid for and owns.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst accepts the microphone from Texas landowner Tommy Henderson during a gathering of politicians, landowners, law enforcement and media at the bridge over the Red River on Highway 79, northeast of Byers, Texas. Dewhurst was present to voice support for Henderson in his fight with the BLM over land he says he paid for and owns. ©2014 Robert W. Hart