Vera

(Vera wouldn’t mind if you clicked on the image to see it bigger)

My reliable, two-door, sporty, 1999 Toyota Solara is now a thing of the past.  It served its purpose, but in reality…there were only so many dirt roads it could get me down. And with the upcoming monsoon season just over three months away…it was time to make a change.

Enter Vera, my “new” 1994 4Runner with over 190,000 miles on it. And the thing is beautiful. Yes…I had some work done on it after I bought it, but the guys that looked at it said the thing is in great shape. Plus you know these 4Runners and Land Cruisers…they go on forever and ever.

I’ve been driving it around the last few weeks I’ve had it and it’s been a blast. I’m dying to take it down a few trails this summer (or maybe even before that).

Two things you must know about Vera: First, her name was inspired by Jayne’s gun on Firefly, so before anyone gives me crap about it, this is the gun:

Secondly…for someone to waste a pretty epic Arizona sunrise photographing their truck instead of something that might make a sellable print…well, that’s love baby.

Looking forward to where Vera takes me the rest of the year. I think this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

(canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/10, iso 100)

  • http://axphotography.wordpress.com/ Scott Ackerman

    Really dig the shot! I have a feeling your just going to ‘Dominate’ this year at storm chasing! 🙂

  • jina

    Should I be jealous? 🙂

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Is that Matiash in the screen grab??? Congrats on the new cruiser!

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    It is so awesome that you named your new ride after a Firefly reference. I think your cool points just doubled on that alone 😉 Have fun going down those dirt roads! One item I’d strongly suggest you keep in your vehicle is a good tow strap. I had one in my Jeep just in case I got stuck on the trail and needed some help getting out of a “puddle.” Can’t wait to see the shots this ride helps you get 😉

  • http://www.nuwomb.com Scott Webb

    Sky is dope. Not sure I’m diggin’ the structure coming out of the hood of Vera – reminds me of pole popping up from behind peoples heads.

    I think an ever so slight light trail would have been super sick from behind her. Looks like a beast!

  • Capnschwartz

    You know I clicked on the picture to see Vera bigger and I got a pop up “I’m not in the mood…” ….my life story!

  • http://photostry.com Kristi Hines

    Nice wheels and great sky backdrop! I’ll have to post what I call a glory shot of my husband’s truck as well – it’s very photogenic when we take it off-roading. 🙂

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Nice. You gotta show the girl some love.

  • http://www.nomadicpursuits.com Jim Nix

    Ha, cool shot Mike, well done and that is some sky back there! Jim

  • http://cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Nice Mike! Great clouds, as usual – this could be in the 4Runner brochure! Those storms aren’t going to know what hit them! I guess I need to look into this Firefly show too… @Jessie – LOL

  • Mike

    @ Jessie – MATIASH couldn’t hold Vera, he’d be trying to iron her 🙂

    @ Jina…well, maybe not worry, but definitely keep in the back of your mind.

    Thanks guys…this was mostly just a fun photo 🙂

  • http://www.myuglyphotos.com/ Ryan Sexton

    Hey could you please tell Vera move, shes blocking my view of that fantastic sunset. Just kidding congrats on the new ride.

  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Nice ride man. Haha – Matiash is NEVER going to live that down… as well he shouldn’t! 😛

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    sweet wheels. great shot.

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    I am a car NUT, Mike, so to me the truck is the highlight here and it’s just nicely lit by a sunset. LOL Great capture, I love it!!!

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    You cracked me up with that blown sunset comment.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Nice new whip brotha! Vera, great Pink Floyd tune too 🙂 – and of course a sick sky!

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Sweet. My love of Toyota’s is no secret, and being a huge Firefly fan, I love the name.