News from Rod Barbee Photography
July 2017


You would not believe how nice our backyard is looking! Grass is green, flowers are blooming, birds are fat and happy (and the neighbor's cat was liking that so much that we had to move the bird feeders).
But most importantly, we might be seeing the light at the end of the fixing-up-the-yard tunnel. (Who am I kidding?)

On to this month's newsletter.

Palouse notes

One of my favorite locations in the Palouse may now be off limits to photographers. Tom Hennigar’s collection of old trucks and restored gas station has long been a prime destination for photographers and photo workshop groups. But on my latest visit (June 2017) there were barriers and angry looking signs stating "NO TRESPASSING, NO PHOTOS."

From what I was able to piece together, a photo workshop group showed up at 6 a.m. one morning and may have even gone into the Hennigar's front yard. I heard rumor that other disrespect was shown to Tom's property at that time, perhaps even climbing on equipment. I don't know the whole story. But having met Tom, and knowing how proud he is of his collection and how generous he was about allowing people to come out to see and photograph his collection (he even had a guestbook for people to sign), the offense given must have been egregious. (Read a story about Tom here.)

Hopefully Tom will once again allow folks to visit and photograph is collection. But I won’t blame him if he doesn’t.

I've been hearing other stories of trespassing photographers and it's becoming an issue with the local farmers and land owners. If you do visit the Palouse, be sure to show the respect you would expect from others visiting your neighborhood.

Tony Sweet has written more about the increase of this kind of behavior here.

Oh, and I have a post over on my blog about my recent visits to the Palouse. Take a look at the pictures here.

Crossroads opening

There's been a cancellation in our upcoming Crossroads Sitka workshop. As this workshop sells out every year, this spot could get scooped up soon. If you're interested, visit the Sitka page on the Crossroads site then click through to Santa Fe Workshops to sign up.


It's not too late to sign up for this year's Aurora photo tour based out of Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Yellowknife is one of the best places in the world to see and photograph auroras.
If you're interested, drop me an email. If you can't make it this year but might like to try in the future, drop me an email. I'll put you on a list for next year's trip.

Next year’s workshops

I’ve got a tentative schedule of workshops up on my Workshops site now. I may be adding more.

So far, here’s what I’m thinking of:

  • April: Columbia River Gorge waterfalls
  • May: Olympic National Park, Forks, WA. Forests and coast.
  • June: Palouse
  • July: Olympic National Park 2 1/2 day? Covering the high country, wildflowers, lavender in Sequim
  • August: Crossroads Sitka (probably)
  • August: Mt. Rainier?
  • Early September: Auroras in the Northwest Territories
  • Late September: Iceland
  • Late October, early November: Zion
I may try to add more. Let me know if any of those spark an interest and I'll put you on a list for early notification.

Just a big toad

The other day Bailey crawled under the steps to my office and started to growl. I though perhaps there was a snake or a bird under there.

No, just a big toad.

A couple of weekends ago we had the hottest two days of the year, into the 90s! And our air conditioner was out. I had ordered and received a new fan motor to fix it, but the problem with that was the fan has been on that motor shaft for 20 years and was rust-welded to it. So I had to order a fan as well. It showed up the day after the hottest day of the year.

But the air conditioner works again and I’m a happy camper. Not only because I’m now comfortable, but because, once again, I’ve proven my maleness by fixin’ somethin’.

And buildin’ stuff. Now that the back yard is looking good, it’s time to fix things up in the front. The ground under the amazing gate I built in the amazing fence I built slopes, so I needed to level things up. To that end I built a little wall so I could add some dirt for leveling and to also contain a garden area. There’s just no end to my male cleverness. (Actually, and don’t tell Tracy I told you this, I had another plan for that area and Tracy didn’t like it and she was right – DON’T TELL HER—and wanted this wall instead. So I built it this way and everything is better because of it.)

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