art, photography, travel

my september in wyoming | your 50% gain

i leave for wyoming this weekend, and i couldn’t be more excited… it has been a few years since i’ve been up in the autumn to shoot.

the chill of winter coming in the air, elk bugling in the distance, the wildlife teeming with energy and vigor… ah, it can’t be aptly described.

so, to my point.  for the entire month of september, i’ve decided to really give an incentive to all of you out there who may have been waiting to buy a limited edition print from my storefront

to commemorate my blessed time in wyoming this month, i am offering A HUGE 50% discount off EVERYTHING!!!  but the sale ends september 30 at 12 a.m. CST… so don’t wait.

and since i make all of my prints by hand (except for the huge ones) and sign and number them, they will not ship until the first week of october.

so scratch your Christmas presents off the to-do list early, and buy everyone a beautiful and unique gift!  at 50% off no less!!

oh, i almost forgot…. use “AUPA2012” at checkout for your discount :)

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all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2012

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new limited edition prints available

we are really ramping up our prints for the upcoming busy season.

if you haven’t checked it out in a while, go see our storefront on etsy.com… we have a few new limited edition prints, and some awesome new GIANT sizes.

and we’ll be adding more images everyday, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, check back daily, it won’t be long.

but hurry, because these fine art, hand-made prints are on a limited availability.  and trust me, they make great Christmas gifts…

as a special thank you to the faithful, enter EARLYBRD12 at checkout for a 10% discount!  feel free to share with your friends and family too :)

thanks so much!

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all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2012

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pdn’s great outdoors contest

i don’t enter contests very often.

but this year, we decided to make it a goal to enter a few, and hopefully win more awards.

our first for 2012 is pdn’s great outdoors competition.

here are our 7 entries…

along with traditional judging, they have a people’s choice award as well…

if you feel so inclined, please vote for me!!

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2012

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nuevo big bend birthday

well, it’s that time of year again…

my wife’s birthday week(s) started at the beginning of november with our annual big bend birthday trip.

but this year was different.  we invited friends!

we had a little fun with long exposures…

erik waded over in to mexico.  illegal alien!!!!

  

my wife likes to make me nervous.

i thought i’d take the group out to cattail falls, one of my favorite places in the park.

i could have never imagined what we all were soon to experience.

we hiked our way through the desert.  soon the trail funnels it’s way into a small, dark canyon.

carol was ahead of all of us.  erik and i were hiking together, and the other girls were brining up the rear.

as we entered the lush oasis lining the small stream that carved this canyon, carol came running up to erik, terrified.

“something just growled at me,” she said.  “the most guttural sound i’ve ever heard!”

so erik and i went ahead.  nothing.

but as we walked around, i started to notice scat everywhere and mangled small trees.

then i heard my wife, who was up on a huge rock, say, “i see a bear,” in a whisper-scream.

we all jumped up on the rock, and sure enough, there was a big, beautiful black bear downstream where we just were…

i didn’t have the right lens on my camera, so you can barely see him (pardon the unintentional pun).

then i made everyone do a bear-spotting portrait.  yeah, i’m like a cheesy dad on vacation…

self explanatory.  but really, it is VERY rare to see a bear in texas.

i’ve been to big bend dozens of times, and never seen any solid evidence of a bear, much less a bear in the flesh.

it was a real treat.

carol chasing deer.  not sure what she would’ve done had she caught them…

happy birthday morning!

birthday cupcake eating, coffee drinking, and dancing!

so someone (carol & elle) had the bright idea to hike the entire south rim in a day.

that’s 16-18 miles round trip with 2000+ ft elevation gain.

so, off we went…

it was definitely worth it.  the views are amazing, but the hike is tough, for sure.

we really enjoyed our trip this year.  getting to know new friends better, and gasp, sharing a place we love with others!

what is it about this whole “sharing” concept that keeps coming up??  first family, then marriage, now friends?

next it would seem children are on the horizon….

…..hmm……

nah.  let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2011

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*vermejo stars*

my obsession with star trails continues….

this year in vermejo, new mexico i really got after it.  and i’m pretty happy with quite a few of them.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2011

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