Photography by Gary Gray
Harris 11 meter C-Band Satellite Dish

The way it was…

I was digging through a catalog from 2004 to find a particular image for the blog when I ran across this image. It caused me to pause and reflect, so I’ll share that today.

I began my professional life as an Earth Station Engineer. Meaning I went to military school, college and worked in Satellite Communications ground stations for most of my adult life.

My radio station was always on the air. We didn’t make mistakes.

This photo was taken a couple of years before I retired from the WSJ. It was the last time I painted our satellite dish. It was the near the end of my professional career in Radio & Satellite Communications, but not the end of my involvement.

My wife, Trudy, recently retired from her job as a Space Systems Engineer for Lockheed and I was lucky enough to revisit my previous field through her in the time since my retirement. It’s nice to have things in common with the love of your life.

These days, this is all a memory my wife and I can now enjoy. I am proud of what I learned and did for most of my life and this shot reminded me of that.

These days, We’re drifting on our inner tubes into the great sea of retirement. All of this technical stuff is long gone and some other company now owns that property. I heard they bought the old building for 3.5 million.

Kentucky Thoroughbred photograph by Gary Gray
Kentucky Thoroughbred

It is no surprise that this image has by far been my best selling stock photo for the month of March. I took this shot on April 27th, 2008, almost 10 years ago to the month. It was Kentucky Derby time then and it’s coming up again on the first Saturday in May.

Horse photos sell if they are good shots of interest and demand and was one of my reasons for going back to Kentucky two weeks before the Derby last year. Get more photos of Kentucky horses at the prime time to get them. I do know a little bit about Kentucky horse country. It was my backyard growing up. If I lived there today, thoroughbred horses would be high on my priority list for photographs.


Photography by Gary Gray
Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain

On Owl Creek Pass in the Cimarron Mountains near Ridgway, Colorado.

This is the field where the climactic scene of the 1969 John Wayne movie True Grit was filmed. Robert Duvall and his gang lined up here on horse back and John Wayne charged, waving his rifle in the air as he cocked it, from directly behind me.

Interestingly, in the movie, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby were watching from a hill above to the left.

Campbell made his heroic rifle shot from a hill the doesn’t exist. It’s just a dirt parking lot along road that takes you to Silver Jack reservoir.

A large portion of that movie was filmed in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains near Ridgway/Ouray

Here’s a link to the scene on YouTube.