Yucca Valley Geoglyph - aerial photos [ OT], kite related


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Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Original Post - May 8, 2011 - 01:58am PT
Modern geoglyph, just north of Yucca Valley:

This is on Hwy 247, at Aberdeen.

An Ausie named Andrew Rogers builds these all over the world. This is his first American work. It was built in 2008.

I took these shots to contribute to the Worldwide Kite Aerial Photography Week ( http://www.flickr.com/groups/wwkapweekend/pool/with/5696913051/ ) where those of us who do this make an effort to get pictures this week. The good ones are published in a book, assuming someone steps forward and volunteers to edit the book.


Trad climber
May 8, 2011 - 11:53am PT

May 8, 2011 - 01:53pm PT
Chaz, thanks for posting. Your photos are always interesting; it's inspiring.

The geoglyphs are a great idea. What is that symbol? Is it just an abstract? It seems like a lot of work for an abstract symbol. Such is art.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2011 - 11:47pm PT
I'm not sure what it represents, Sempervirens.

It has to mean something to Rogers, because he's building them all over the world.







Sri Lanka:

And at least one sculpture:

I know what you mean, locker. If I wasn't into taking aerial photos, I wouldn't even give something like this a second glance.

Something I didn't expect when I took this up, I'm learning all kinds of stuff about things I never cared about - or flat out didn't know even existed ( like this ).

Like lighthouses. Three years ago, I didn't even know there were any lighthouses here on the West Coast. Now, I've been to a couple dozen of them, have aerial shots of ten of them, and in my spare time I'm trying to find out everything I can about Fresnel lenses, ball vents, daylight signitures, etc.


Gotta keep the curiousity stoked.


Social climber
May 8, 2011 - 11:53pm PT
hey there say, chaz.... three cheers for your kite photos again...

say,i wonder how various waterfalls would look from kite...
have you seen any such pics, from others...
or do you have any?

just curious...

thanks again, for all your shares....
*as always, loved those lighthouses... :)

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2011 - 12:16am PT
Thanks, Neebee!

We ( the kite-aerial photography community [ KAP] ) just finished up our World Wide KAP Week, when we all make an effort to get shots the same week.


The results are published in a book each year. It's a great way to see who's active. Last year, in September, 48 of us managed to get pictures, and maybe that many tried and were skunked.

But these shots came from all over the world. We have the globe covered, albiet thinly!

Check these out:

This guy up in Seattle got some great shots of the tulip fields in Skagit County, WA - close to La Conner:


Another guy, up in the Bay Area took a cool shot of the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier retired into a museum:


I was in Long Beach on Monday, hoping to get a shot of the Lane Victory, a WW2 Victory Ship tied up in the Port of Los Angeles. But I had to pick the day after we killed Bin Laden to take pictures at the port, and I was stopped before I even got started. I was told that the day before would have been no problem, and maybe sometime in the future would be OK. Story of my life, though. A hundred years ago, or a hundred years from now, I'd be in Fat City.


But I got to tour the old ship - snoop around was a better description - for an hour waiting for the wind to come up, and at that time a huge container ship was being guided by. It barely made it under the Vincent Thomas Bridge. THAT would have made a good shot!

I've tried to get pictures of a couple local waterfalls. I want to get shots of the Vivian Creek falls, because they're kind of tough to hike to, and all you see when you do is the view straight down, and shots of Big Falls, right next door, just to get pictures from different angles than everybody else gets. So far, no luck. Mill Creek Canyon has some tricky winds. But if I'm there at the right time, I'll get my shots!

Captain...or Skully

or some such
May 9, 2011 - 12:28am PT
Wow, that guy is really diggin' his funky shaped thing, huh?
I'm a big fan of your kite pics, as always. Looks like some fun stuff, too.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
May 9, 2011 - 01:02am PT
Chaz, thanks - still thinking of photographing some BC lighthouses this year? You could also do some stuff at Squamish - afternoon inflow winds are a safe bet during the summer.

Does Rogers have a website about his geoglyphs?
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