I've shot at the Alvord playa in southeast Oregon over 20 times now. It's always incredible and always different. But this particular trip was even more special than the rest. It was less of a photography trip and more of a "flight" trip. My father and I, joined by family friends, headed out to the playa with Ultralights and Gyrocopters in tow. My father has been an Ultralight adventurer for many years, so riding in one wasn't new to me. Getting to pilot one... that was new! We spent a handful of days camped out on the playa enjoying laughs, flights, naps under the wing, and a little bit of photography.
Seeing the Alvord Desert and Steens Mountains from the air was truly something special. You can tell this desert is large from the ground, but from the air, it's monsterous... and almost unbelievable in it's diversity. I shot a lot of video and images from the air, but wasn't able to do the view any justice. So I'll settle for a fairly standard sunset shot from the ground here, taken a few miles from our camp while out on the mountain bike looking around.
Anyways, like everyone else in this crowded nature photography scene, I lead workshops, I teach processing instruction in person or worldwide via Skype or Google Hangout screen sharing, and have a website with images, workshop info, prints, and yadda, yadda, yadda. www.ryandyarphotography.com