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Saline Valley – Thanksgiving 2009

I have been going to Saline Valley for the last 12 years. Last year was my first Thanksgiving there… I normally go for Christmas and New Years. There are hot springs and great people there. I usually do a lot of yummy cooking. Brought my antique three burner stove with oven out there to aid in my culinary creations.

Saline Valley is pretty hard to get to – it is very common to hear talk of “the road” (the 50 or so miles of fairly horrible dirt road that lead to the springs) and talk of the weather (a couple of years ago my friend was snowed in for a month before the park service came and rescued him and the other people stuck out there). The nearest grocery store is 3-7 hours away, depending on how you drive. But, despite how difficult it is to get there and the various weather conditions that can harsh your mellow in about 2 seconds, Saline Valley Hot Springs remains one of my favorite places to go.

So, here are some pictures. With petite commentary. Enjoy!

Okay, Winnie is so cute in her cashmere sweater, how could I not take pictures of her.

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  • Eric - Hi there!

    i’ve been to Saline Valley many times and love the place.

    great photos – i have a question though. how do you get that “white-washed” look of your dog photos? i really like the way it looks and would like to try to take some of my photos like that…any help is appreciated.

    thanks in advance – happy holidays!

    eDecember 21, 2009 – 4:48 pm

  • gabrielharber - Eric-

    The pictures of my dog, Winnie, were done with a high syncing flash zoomed in to the right of the dog at almost full power. My aperture was wide, ISO as low as possible, and super fast shutter speed.December 22, 2009 – 9:05 pm

  • Eric - Thank you so much for explaining – great shots! Happy holidays Gabriel.December 23, 2009 – 11:34 am

  • Promotional Business Gifts - Your pictures look so clean and professional. Really great job. I’ve seen the pictures of the dogs before and I loved them but I love the one with the three kids too. People like you show why not everyone with a camera can call themselves photographers.May 11, 2010 – 7:48 am

  • Music Festivals - What stunning pictures. Looks like you met some real characters along the way too. And Winnie is incredibly cute.May 12, 2010 – 3:22 am

  • Portrait Photography - Love the picture of the donkey and the kids. So candid and different. I’ve went to Saline Springs about 5 years ago and you capture the atmosphere perfectly. Keep it up.May 21, 2010 – 2:08 pm

  • Hugo - Gabriel, gergeous pictures I couln’t wait to get home to see them,
    Thank you….
    Congratulation to you and your wife, “Ellis” is perfect….
    Hugo,Andreas and RockyNovember 30, 2010 – 11:50 am

  • Katie Beyer Phototgraphy - You had great fun during the festival. I like the last two photos. It is so serene and peaceful. The light and color blends dramatically.December 2, 2010 – 10:47 am

  • sarah @Lauren Clark Photography - what a great shots!Your pictures look so clean and professional, keep it up!January 10, 2011 – 3:01 pm

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