Category Archives: Landscapes

Time Travels

Time Travels from Thayne Shaffer on Vimeo.

Four years, five states, fourteen locations, 8,130 photos and countless miles driven! Continue reading »

The Onaqui Mustangs

In 1971 Congress passed a law requiring the Secretary of the Interior to preserve, protect, and manage wild, free-roaming horses and burros on public lands in the West. Subsequently the BLM established herd management areas in all but one western state. Throughout the state of Utah there are 24 designated areas managed for wild herds. Those herds are mostly comprised of descendants of animals that strayed from Native Americans, explorers, pioneers and ranchers over time. However, the ancestry of some Utah animals can be traced to stock brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s. Some Utah populations are believed have the purest bloodlines tracing back to those early Iberian animals. Continue reading »

The Lost Images

Los Cuernos over Lago Pehoe

In 2005 my wife and I planned a two-week trip to Chilean Patagonia. I decided to sell my beloved Nikon N90 body and lenses to invest in a digital camera. I chose a Canon EOS 20D, which came with a 17-85mm kit lens. I also bought a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 for the trip. It would prove to be an awesome adventure.

On our last day in Torres del Paine National Park, Linda and I got up before sunrise and drove to a spot we had scouted above Lago Pehoé (Pay-oh-AY). The spot overlooked a breathtaking panorama of Los Cuernos, a striking group of glaciated Andean peaks. In addition if I were lucky, the glacier-blue lake just might provide a reflection of the peaks, conditions permitting of course.

Conditions however could be tricky. Patagonia is one of the windiest places in the world. We had been in the park three days, and the wind hadn’t stopped blowing. But as the sun rose that morning everything came together. The clouds cleared enough to show the peaks, and alpenglow flooded the east face of the mountains.

I had gone there with a vision of returning with a striking panorama of these mountains to hang in our living room. The view I had before me exceeded my every expectation. Then magically the wind calmed just enough to reflect the golden light of the peaks in the lake. It was the perfect morning. Continue reading »