John Levandoski: Blog en-us (C) John Levandoski (John Levandoski) Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:33:00 GMT Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:33:00 GMT John Levandoski: Blog 96 120 Gettin' Some Booty(s) From Old Mexico Since we're workamping in Tucson, AZ for the winter, we couldn't resist the temptation to go to Mexico and see what the hoopla is all about. We heard about cheap dentists, pharmacies, leather goods, knickknacks and more. And yes, we also heard about the drug smuggling and human trafficking that goes on around these border towns. Some research told us to stay on the main tourist streets during daylight hours. So we got together with another couple and headed south to the border.



Nogales Letters Sign, Nogales, MexicoNogales Letters Sign, Nogales, MexicoNogales spelled out in large letters in the park.


Our point of entry was Nogales. The town was split by the border so there is a Nogales in the U.S. and Mexico. We parked in the U.S. at Ed's for $5.00 a day and walked across the border. Ed's had a lot of good reviews and it was the first lot we came to. Crossing the border was easy, no questions asked and no one to ask them.


Buses, Nogales, MexicoBuses, Nogales, MexicoBuses parked on the street in Nogales, Mexico

You could easily see why they call it "Old Mexico". The bus in the above photo is the public transportation bus. Buildings are old, stores are closed and there are holes in the sidewalk. A lot of merchants stand outside and try to sell you right from the sidewalk, even yelling from across the street.

Coca-Cola Light, aka Diet Coke, In A Bottle, Nogales, MexicoCoca-Cola Light, aka Diet Coke, In A Bottle, Nogales, MexicoTourist drinking a Coca-Cola Light, aka Diet Coke, from a bottle in Nogales, Mexico, December 2017.

Another warning was to not drink the water which includes ice in your margaritas. We found a nice looking restaurant at the Olivia Hotel in the middle of that district. We ordered bottled drinks and Marie's Diet Coke was a Coca-Cola Light in a bottle. We haven't seen Coke in a bottle for quite some time. The fish tacos were great but the tostadas had way too much lettuce on them. Even a rabbit couldn't have eaten it all. But all in all, it was good and we would eat there again.

Pro Photo Express Sign, Nogales, MexicoPro Photo Express Sign, Nogales, MexicoAn old Kodak sign, Pro Photo Express, hangs on Avenida Obregon street in Nogales, Mexico. December 2017.

Being a semi-retired photographer and having owned a camera shop, I got a big kick out of the old Kodak signs still hanging around town. This first one was at a small wedding studio. They had some very nice framed portraits hanging on display. I think that camera on the sign looks like a Mamiya 645.

Street Scene With Kodak Sign, Nogales, MexicoStreet Scene With Kodak Sign, Nogales, MexicoAn old Kodak sign hangs on Avenida Obregon street in Nogales, Mexico. December 2017.

We were warned there may be lines when crossing back to the U.S. so we planned on getting there early. We finished our shopping and headed back. Our time in line was about a half an hour, from 3:30 to 4:00. Entry was easy, just showing your passport to the agent and if he asks, just tell him what you bought. At no time during our trip did we feel we were in any type of danger. Naturally though, being in a foreign country with such a reputation we were very cautious.

Booty(s) From MexicoBooty(s) From MexicoTourists show off the Mexican boots they got in Nogales, Mexico.

Here's us back in the U.S. after "gettin' some booty(s) in Old Mexico". We both bought a pair of leather boots at a great price. There are a number of boot stores with good prices. We also got some tequila at a good price. But here in Tucson the grocery stores have sales on hard liquor. On sale, prices are about the same. We couldn't communicate with the liquor merchant because of language. Personally, I'll leave the dentists and pharmacies for someone else. We had a really great experience and now we can say we did it. With such a great price on boots and tacos, maybe we'll go back for more. And yes, that is "the wall" behind us.

Thanks for reading and we'll see you soon.



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Workamping in Tucson, Winter 2017/18 After a while on the road from Yellowstone, WY to PA and from PA to AZ, we're finally settled in Tucson, AZ  for the winter working for Far Horizons Resort in Tucson, AZ. Far Horizons is a 55+ community with mostly snowbirds and a lot of perks and activities for the residents. We work in the activities department and are always setting up or taking down for the many different clubs and groups. After a month, it's a great place to live and work.

Tucson is certainly different from Yellowstone. We've gone from two to twelve lane highways and traded bears, bison and thermal features for stores, casinos and shopping plazas. A good point is that a pizza isn't an hour away.

The first photo is us serving up dinner at the welcome back party. Hard work but somebody's gotta do it. Also there are photos of the pool area and the lobby.

The last photo is a Saguaro cactus at sunset in Saguaro Ntl Park, just 8 miles away. So we'll be working on some cactus photos over the season.

See you soon.


Workamping, Far Horizons, Tucson, AZ, 12/17Workamping, Far Horizons, Tucson, AZ, 12/17John & Marie serving up the "Welcome Back" dinner at Far Horizons RV Resort, Tucson, AZ.

Pool Area, Far Horizons, Tucson, AZPool Area, Far Horizons, Tucson, AZThe pool area at Far Horizons Resort, Tucson, AZ at sunset.

Lobby, Far Horizons, Tucson, AZLobby, Far Horizons, Tucson, AZThe lobby at Far Horizons Resort in Tucson, AZ


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Elk Rut In Yellowstone Elk Rut #1, YellowstoneElk Rut #1, YellowstoneA bull elk appproaches a cow during the September rut in Yellowstone

It's September. As we sit around the campfire with a million stars above you can hear the elk bugling off in the distance. September is the rut or mating season here in Yellowstone.  As soon as the sun goes down they start and continue until morning. This bull has a harem of at least six cows that I can see and about four yearlings.


Elk Rut #2, YellowstoneElk Rut #2, YellowstoneA bull elk gets close to a female during the rut in Yellowstone


The bulls bugle to challenge other bulls for the females and then engage in battle for dominance. The stronger bull gains access to the females while the loser wanders off usually only hurting his pride. Calves are born in the spring, usually May and June, and are walking within an hour.


Young Elk Eating GrassesYoung Elk Eating GrassesA young female elk with her winter coat eating grasses in Yellowstone Rocky Mountains in the spring


During the summer there are between 10,000 and 20,000 elk in Yellowstone but less than 5,000 in winter. Because snowfall and colder temperatures make food scarce the elk migrate to lower elevations to find better food sources.


Bull Elk, Cow And Yearlings, YellowstoneBull Elk, Cow And Yearlings, YellowstoneA bull elk watches as 3 yearlings run and a cow grazes during the rut in Yellowstone.


The bulls have antlers which start growing in the spring and fall off in March or April. They are usually symmetrical and are the biggest when a bull is between eleven and twelve years old. The bulls with large antlers are one of the most photographed animals in Yellowstone.


Bull Elk In An Autumn Field, YellowstoneBull Elk In An Autumn Field, YellowstoneA bull elk stands majestically in an autumn field in Yellowstone.


Well, the campfire's out and the stars are fading under the brightness of the moon so I guess I'll leave you with this tip; bring a few extra memory cards and a long, long lens when coming to Yellowstone.


Thanks for taking the time to read my travel blog and I wish you the best!


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And the Raven says "Here comes an Eagle!" We've been in Yellowstone four days and there's an Elk carcass about a quarter mile from our campground. There's ravens, eagles and a coyote getting their fill of protein. And that's the pecking order. The eagles chase away the ravens and the coyote chases away the eagles. There's two score of photographers with big lenses waiting patiently for the next one up the pecking order, the grizzly bear. He doesn't show tonight but we'll be there bright and early the next morning with a new memory card and hopes of more excitement and great images. The Raven Cries "Here Comes An Eagle"The Raven Cries "Here Comes An Eagle" Hunting Bald EagleHunting Bald Eagle Juvenile Bald Eagle Moving InJuvenile Bald Eagle Moving In Coyote Moving InCoyote Moving In

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Yellowstone 2017 & Sale We are very excited to be starting our 2nd year working in Yellowstone National Park. Seeing last years friends, majestic mountains and magnificent wildlife makes us feel blessed and lucky to be here.

I am also reopening my website for displaying my photo work and the sale of my images. To kick this off I am offering 25% off any order from my Yellowstone National Park images until 5/14/17. Use the code " Yellowstone 2017 " at checkout. You can find the images under " Fine Art ". Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks.

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Adios Amigos! Adios Amigos! We're saying goodbye to our friends at The Mustang Hollow CG (photo below) in South Texas and heading to Yellowstone NP for another season there. Our first stop is San Antonio and then on to The Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. We also hope to see the slot canyons of Page AZ and Lake Powell.

Best wishes to everyone!

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Thank You


After approximately 38 years in the photography business I am closing and retiring. I am extremely grateful for the patronage and everything everyone has done for me. I couldn't have done it without you. It has been a wonderful life and career.


Hopefully my future life will be just as exciting. My wife and I bought an RV, are selling the house and plan to travel and work in our National Parks. We are awfully excited about this and hope to be working at The Grand Canyon next summer. Everyone is telling me I'll still be taking photos so this will be the place to find them, under Blogs and special galleries in my Portfolio page. We welcome you to follow our adventures here on my new blog and website and soon to be Facebook page.


If anyone would like their files, at no charge, please contact me at 570-283-0795 by July 6th, 2015. Also I have some of my b&w art available for sale at retirement prices along with studio gear for photographers and hobbyists.


Once again, thank you and hope to see you here. And please stay in touch.


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Fine Art Sale!

Call John Levandoski @ Camera Pro Studio for more information 570-283-0795.

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