Midnight at the Oasis is a classic car show held in Yuma, AZ every year in March. Car enthusiasts flock to the Southwest from miles around to show off their classic cars or simply view them all parked together on the many baseball fields of the Desert Sun Stadium. The event takes place over an entire weekend and includes a parade, concerts, and great food and crafts from local vendors. That is all in addition to the Show and Shine of over 800 cars and trucks made before 1972.
Yuma, AZ is known as the “Gateway to the West” because it was the first place the railroad and highway bridges crossed the Colorado River that separated California from the Yuma Territory, long before Arizona was a state. Although Yuma is steeped in history, what Yuma is most known for today is it’s agricultural influence (Yuma is the largest producer on winter vegetables in the country) and it’s heat. The Guinness World Records determined Yuma to be the sunniest place on earth – 91% of daylight hours are sunny! Also according to Guinness, Yuma is the driest place in the nation with an average of 3 inches of rain a year. To this day however, Downtown Yuma is a great place to step back in time and experience some of Yuma’s ‘Old West’ history. It is one of two National Heritage Areas in the nation west of the Mississippi. I recently took a nighttime stroll through the Downtown area with my family. Below are some of the images from that night.
Well it’s that time of year in Arizona again. Rodeos are passing through town and people take to the bleachers to see the cowboy’s and cowgirl’s skills in the arena. I once again attended the Silver Spur Rodeo in Yuma, Arizona. The theme every year is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink,” where proceeds from the rodeo go to fight breast cancer. Seeing all the tough, dirty cowboys in pink always puts a smile on my face. Well I have dusted off my camera and myself and below are some of my photos from the afternoon.
With the holidays, I have been able to see a lot of family that I do not get to see very often. My cousin Jessica is currently living in Chicago and this was her first visit home since moving away. I enjoy photographing her as we always have a great time and she is quick to say “OK”, if I ask her to climb a tree, lay in weeds and so on. This year, I photographed her in the backyard.
This weekend I went with my family to the Yuma Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo. Going to the rodeo every year is a tradition in my family and it is always a great event. As I only had my 50mm lens with me, I had to get up close to the arena. I got covered in dirt and scared by a bull, but it was a lot of fun to shoot.
As I have been staying in Yuma, AZ for the holidays, I decided to take my cousins Cassie and Jessica and do an impromptu photo shoot. We live way out in the country surrounded by lettuce fields so I had them trekking through the mud and lettuce, but I got some amazing photographs. My beautiful cousins were great models and the whole shoot was a lot of fun. These photos are lightly edited, but I love the natural, bright look.