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2015-12-07 20:29:01 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

The small Kintla Lake campground, Glacier National Park’s most remote frontcountry campground, is right at the edge of the water of the fourth largest lake in the park.

From: "Accessible Wildness: Glacier National Park's North Fork": http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g

Most reshares: 8

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2015-11-30 19:54:30 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

Thanks to the abundant rain, the West Side of Glacier is characterized by extensive old growth forests reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. Deciduous trees mix with them, so foliage displays the brilliant golds juxtaposed against the greens of the conifers, here on the shore of Lake McDonald at dusk.

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)


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2015-11-25 20:26:55 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

In my quest to photograph fall foliage in each of the National Parks, I traveled to Glacier National Park this autumn. In the latest blog post, I report on the superb and relatively unknown color I found in the park, breaking it down region by region: qtl.us/1XrwBK3


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2016-02-09 18:42:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The most visited spot in Joshua Tree National Park lies somewhere near the meeting of Park Boulevard, the Hidden Valley picnic area, and the Barker Dam road. When I parked my car a hundred yard east of the intersection, nobody was around, because the time was one hour before sunrise. I walked in the dark towards the large rock formation nearest to the south east corner of the intersection, and circled around it, looking for a path of least resistance. My first two attempts at climbing the rock led to ledges from which a steep and featureless wall blocked progress. I eventually found a route to the top. Although I stood at essentially the same spot – the top was just a few yards wide, the position and changing light allowed me to make a diverse set of photographs. http://qtl.us/1PDv8Md 

The most visited spot in Joshua Tree National Park lies somewhere near the meeting of Park Boulevard, the Hidden Valley picnic area, and the Barker Dam road. When I parked my car a hundred yard east of the intersection, nobody was around, because the time was one hour before sunrise. I walked in the dark towards the large rock formation nearest to the south east corner of the intersection, and circled around it, looking for a path of least resistance. My first two attempts at climbing the rock led to ledges from which a steep and featureless wall blocked progress. I eventually found a route to the top. Although I stood at essentially the same spot – the top was just a few yards wide, the position and changing light allowed me to make a diverse set of photographs. http://qtl.us/1PDv8Md ___

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2016-02-04 19:20:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

At a ground-level perspective, it is difficult to capture the density of the Joshua Trees. To do so, you’d want to use a telephoto lens to compress the perspective and bring many of them closer to each other. Because the valley’s floor is flat, from the ground, the nearby plants hide those situated faraway. This is why I climbed the rock. A relatively small change in elevation yielded a totally different perspective.

"From a Rock, Joshua Tree National Park" : http://qtl.us/1PDv8Md 

At a ground-level perspective, it is difficult to capture the density of the Joshua Trees. To do so, you’d want to use a telephoto lens to compress the perspective and bring many of them closer to each other. Because the valley’s floor is flat, from the ground, the nearby plants hide those situated faraway. This is why I climbed the rock. A relatively small change in elevation yielded a totally different perspective.

"From a Rock, Joshua Tree National Park" : http://qtl.us/1PDv8Md ___

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2016-01-15 20:02:58 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Dominated by conifer forests, Sequoia National Park is certainly not a place one thinks about for fall foliage, yet I found beautiful color accents in the fall, which I report in this post: http://qtl.us/1Q69bKB


Dominated by conifer forests, Sequoia National Park is certainly not a place one thinks about for fall foliage, yet I found beautiful color accents in the fall, which I report in this post: http://qtl.us/1Q69bKB
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2016-01-13 22:57:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Last days to catch my National Parks exhibit at the Fullerton Museum in Southern California, however it is traveling next to the SF Bay then Boston. Details here: http://qtl.us/1OQ1EjX
(photos courtesy Peter West Carey)

Last days to catch my National Parks exhibit at the Fullerton Museum in Southern California, however it is traveling next to the SF Bay then Boston. Details here: http://qtl.us/1OQ1EjX
(photos courtesy Peter West Carey)___

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2015-12-29 18:35:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Santa Barbara Island is renown for its large colonies of playful sea lions. Sea lions are awkward on land, but their grace and speed underwater was a sight to enjoy. Swimming with the sea lions is a fantastic experience, as they are quite curious. A few of them swam towards me at great speed, blowed a few bubbles and veered sharply at the last second to avoid hitting me.

From "Diving Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park" http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt

Santa Barbara Island is renown for its large colonies of playful sea lions. Sea lions are awkward on land, but their grace and speed underwater was a sight to enjoy. Swimming with the sea lions is a fantastic experience, as they are quite curious. A few of them swam towards me at great speed, blowed a few bubbles and veered sharply at the last second to avoid hitting me.

From "Diving Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park" http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt___

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2015-12-25 18:22:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

To all of you who celebrate the day, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! To everybody, I wish you a happy holiday, full of peace, joy, love, and inspiration.

To all of you who celebrate the day, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! To everybody, I wish you a happy holiday, full of peace, joy, love, and inspiration.___

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2015-12-23 23:30:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Faster shutter speeds freeze the motion of the abundant school of fish, however, it was still necessary to use the strobe to bring bring back the bright color of the Garibaldi fish. They are not shy! Many got too close for me to focus, and one of them even bumped my camera housing.

From "Diving Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park" http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt

Faster shutter speeds freeze the motion of the abundant school of fish, however, it was still necessary to use the strobe to bring bring back the bright color of the Garibaldi fish. They are not shy! Many got too close for me to focus, and one of them even bumped my camera housing.

From "Diving Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park" http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt___

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2015-12-21 21:06:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Santa Barbara Island is surrounded by extraordinary underwater kelp forests. They are the fastest growing plants on earth, adding as much as 3 feet per day. Diving in the giant kelp forest is like being able to fly in a tall forest.

Read about this amazing experience in the new blog post: http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt

Santa Barbara Island is surrounded by extraordinary underwater kelp forests. They are the fastest growing plants on earth, adding as much as 3 feet per day. Diving in the giant kelp forest is like being able to fly in a tall forest.

Read about this amazing experience in the new blog post: http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt___

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2015-12-17 20:48:58 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, one has eluded me for a while. The smallest of the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara is only one square mile in size. However, I couldn’t be pleased with my explorations of the park until I visited each of its five islands.

This fall, I found at least a satisfying way to photograph Santa Barbara Island. Read about this amazing experience in the new blog post: http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt

(Update: Link fixed, sorry for earlier mistake)

Of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, one has eluded me for a while. The smallest of the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara is only one square mile in size. However, I couldn’t be pleased with my explorations of the park until I visited each of its five islands.

This fall, I found at least a satisfying way to photograph Santa Barbara Island. Read about this amazing experience in the new blog post: http://qtl.us/1UBY3Vt

(Update: Link fixed, sorry for earlier mistake)___

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2015-12-14 20:48:27 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

During my previous autumn visit, Medano Creek was totally dried up near the dunes, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it was still flowing a bit last September. I photographed at the edge of the light, just minutes before the sun would reach the water, to preserve the reflections while avoiding excessive contrast.

Great Sand Dunes National Park gallery: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.great-sand.html

During my previous autumn visit, Medano Creek was totally dried up near the dunes, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it was still flowing a bit last September. I photographed at the edge of the light, just minutes before the sun would reach the water, to preserve the reflections while avoiding excessive contrast.

Great Sand Dunes National Park gallery: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.great-sand.html___

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2015-12-09 22:12:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

For the fourth consecutive year, I have compiled a Meta-List of best 2015 photo books from multiple "Best photobook of the year" lists available on the Internet. Not the type of photography for which I am known, but worth a look to see what's going on in the photography world. Check it out: http://qtl.us/1QfUsgQ

For the fourth consecutive year, I have compiled a Meta-List of best 2015 photo books from multiple "Best photobook of the year" lists available on the Internet. Not the type of photography for which I am known, but worth a look to see what's going on in the photography world. Check it out: http://qtl.us/1QfUsgQ___

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2015-12-08 22:07:07 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

The 15-mile drive from Polebridge to Kintla Lake, on an unpaved road, takes about 45 minutes. Even if you didn’t visit the lake, it would be a rewarding journey through scenery not not found in the rest of Glacier National Park such as large meadows, and the North Fork of the Flathead River. Autumn colors along the way were beautiful at the beginning of October.

From: "Accessible Wildness: Glacier National Park's North Fork": http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g


The 15-mile drive from Polebridge to Kintla Lake, on an unpaved road, takes about 45 minutes. Even if you didn’t visit the lake, it would be a rewarding journey through scenery not not found in the rest of Glacier National Park such as large meadows, and the North Fork of the Flathead River. Autumn colors along the way were beautiful at the beginning of October.

From: "Accessible Wildness: Glacier National Park's North Fork": http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g
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2015-12-07 20:29:01 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

The small Kintla Lake campground, Glacier National Park’s most remote frontcountry campground, is right at the edge of the water of the fourth largest lake in the park.

From: "Accessible Wildness: Glacier National Park's North Fork": http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g

The small Kintla Lake campground, Glacier National Park’s most remote frontcountry campground, is right at the edge of the water of the fourth largest lake in the park.

From: "Accessible Wildness: Glacier National Park's North Fork": http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g___

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2015-12-03 20:15:53 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

Glacier National Park is renowned for its wildness, and the wildest part of Glacier is the North Fork. The most isolated section of the park that can be reached by vehicle, the region offers the adventurous photographer a chance to enjoy an experience away from the crowds.

Read more on new blog post:http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g


Glacier National Park is renowned for its wildness, and the wildest part of Glacier is the North Fork. The most isolated section of the park that can be reached by vehicle, the region offers the adventurous photographer a chance to enjoy an experience away from the crowds.

Read more on new blog post:http://qtl.us/1NqDN3g
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2015-12-01 19:43:13 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

The hillsides that form the North shore of St Mary Lake had an abundance of color. However, my favorite images of the area contrasted the color of lakeshore cottonwoods with the greys of a burned forest on overcast conditions.

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)

The hillsides that form the North shore of St Mary Lake had an abundance of color. However, my favorite images of the area contrasted the color of lakeshore cottonwoods with the greys of a burned forest on overcast conditions.

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)___

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2015-11-30 19:54:30 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

Thanks to the abundant rain, the West Side of Glacier is characterized by extensive old growth forests reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. Deciduous trees mix with them, so foliage displays the brilliant golds juxtaposed against the greens of the conifers, here on the shore of Lake McDonald at dusk.

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)


Thanks to the abundant rain, the West Side of Glacier is characterized by extensive old growth forests reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. Deciduous trees mix with them, so foliage displays the brilliant golds juxtaposed against the greens of the conifers, here on the shore of Lake McDonald at dusk.

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)
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2015-11-27 01:05:33 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

Happy Thanksgiving !

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)

Happy Thanksgiving !

(from "Photographing Fall Foliage in Glacier National Park": qtl.us/1XrwBK3)___

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2015-11-25 20:26:55 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

In my quest to photograph fall foliage in each of the National Parks, I traveled to Glacier National Park this autumn. In the latest blog post, I report on the superb and relatively unknown color I found in the park, breaking it down region by region: qtl.us/1XrwBK3


In my quest to photograph fall foliage in each of the National Parks, I traveled to Glacier National Park this autumn. In the latest blog post, I report on the superb and relatively unknown color I found in the park, breaking it down region by region: qtl.us/1XrwBK3
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2015-11-24 21:24:49 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Ouzel Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. In cloudy weather, I focussed on a close-up of Ouzel Falls, whereas in more sunny conditions, I would have tried to include it as part of a larger landscape: http://qtl.us/1j8aYAQ


Ouzel Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. In cloudy weather, I focussed on a close-up of Ouzel Falls, whereas in more sunny conditions, I would have tried to include it as part of a larger landscape: http://qtl.us/1j8aYAQ
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2015-11-23 21:10:23 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

In the Wild Basin of Rocky Mountain National Park, following a peaceful forested stream, you can photograph four diverse waterfalls within a 6 mile RT hike (950 feet elevation gain).

Read "Wild Basin: Trail of the Waterfalls": http://qtl.us/1j8aYAQ


In the Wild Basin of Rocky Mountain National Park, following a peaceful forested stream, you can photograph four diverse waterfalls within a 6 mile RT hike (950 feet elevation gain).

Read "Wild Basin: Trail of the Waterfalls": http://qtl.us/1j8aYAQ
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2015-11-21 19:15:24 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

My exhibit "Treasured Lands" with large format prints of all 59 US #nationalparks opens tonight @ Fullerton Museum. Check it out if you are in SoCal! More details: qtl.us/1kCHCfG (pictures in this post are from a previous installation)

My exhibit "Treasured Lands" with large format prints of all 59 US #nationalparks opens tonight @ Fullerton Museum. Check it out if you are in SoCal! More details: qtl.us/1kCHCfG (pictures in this post are from a previous installation)___

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2015-11-18 19:55:48 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Away from the main road and communities, the relatively little-known Wild Basin area offers a quieter experience in Rocky Mountain National Park, perfect for a cloudy day if you enjoy photographing moving water. Read more:  http://qtl.us/1j8aYAQ

Away from the main road and communities, the relatively little-known Wild Basin area offers a quieter experience in Rocky Mountain National Park, perfect for a cloudy day if you enjoy photographing moving water. Read more:  http://qtl.us/1j8aYAQ___

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2015-11-16 22:01:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Of all lakes in the area, Dream Lake (2.2 miles RT, 425 feet elevation gain) is at the ideal distance from Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak, which are prominent from there, but not too close.

From: "Four lakes in four miles, a Rocky Mountain National Park classic": http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR

Of all lakes in the area, Dream Lake (2.2 miles RT, 425 feet elevation gain) is at the ideal distance from Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak, which are prominent from there, but not too close.

From: "Four lakes in four miles, a Rocky Mountain National Park classic": http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR___

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2015-11-13 23:23:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

From the north shore of Bear Lake, if you are up to scrambling up the boulder field, you‘ll discover a fine view from high above. From an opening between trees, you can photograph the lake in the middle ground, and Longs Peak in the background. The spot is most remarkable in the autumn, when yellow-colored aspens border the field to the west, and orange-colored aspens border it on the east.

 From "four lakes in four miles" location guide:  http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR

From the north shore of Bear Lake, if you are up to scrambling up the boulder field, you‘ll discover a fine view from high above. From an opening between trees, you can photograph the lake in the middle ground, and Longs Peak in the background. The spot is most remarkable in the autumn, when yellow-colored aspens border the field to the west, and orange-colored aspens border it on the east.

 From "four lakes in four miles" location guide:  http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR___

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2015-11-12 20:36:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Compared to the lakes along the trail, Bear Lake feels a bit ensconced. However, if you walk counter-clockwise a short (0.25 miles RT) distance to a boulder field on the north shore, you’ll find a more open view which includes Longs Peak in the distance. Rocks provide a foreground and cut the waves for better reflections. Longs Peak is better lit at sunset, but sunrise can sometimes work.

Read more in "four lakes in four miles": http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR

Compared to the lakes along the trail, Bear Lake feels a bit ensconced. However, if you walk counter-clockwise a short (0.25 miles RT) distance to a boulder field on the north shore, you’ll find a more open view which includes Longs Peak in the distance. Rocks provide a foreground and cut the waves for better reflections. Longs Peak is better lit at sunset, but sunrise can sometimes work.

Read more in "four lakes in four miles": http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR___

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2015-11-11 19:21:11 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Bear Lake is one of the classic locations in Rocky Mountain National Park. The popular destination is the start of a moderate trail that takes you to four lakes of different character in less than four miles (RT). Read this post for photography tips along the not-to-be-missed trail: http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR

Bear Lake is one of the classic locations in Rocky Mountain National Park. The popular destination is the start of a moderate trail that takes you to four lakes of different character in less than four miles (RT). Read this post for photography tips along the not-to-be-missed trail: http://qtl.us/1ODF7pR___

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2015-11-10 22:52:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Rocky Mountain National Park has plenty of aspen, but the groves are more limited than in some other areas in Colorado. After several visits, this unmarked area along the Bear Lake road remains one of my favorite spots for photographing fall color in Rocky Mountain National Park: http://qtl.us/1KXZ1UE

Rocky Mountain National Park has plenty of aspen, but the groves are more limited than in some other areas in Colorado. After several visits, this unmarked area along the Bear Lake road remains one of my favorite spots for photographing fall color in Rocky Mountain National Park: http://qtl.us/1KXZ1UE___

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2015-11-06 23:46:18 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

In the fall of 1998, I spent several hours at a mere boulder field surrounded by aspen on both sides in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was particularly attracted to a few small trees growing close together out of the boulders, which had colorful leaves. I did not take notes, nor did I memorize the location. Fast-forward to last September: http://qtl.us/1KXZ1UE

In the fall of 1998, I spent several hours at a mere boulder field surrounded by aspen on both sides in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was particularly attracted to a few small trees growing close together out of the boulders, which had colorful leaves. I did not take notes, nor did I memorize the location. Fast-forward to last September: http://qtl.us/1KXZ1UE___

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2015-11-04 20:48:29 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

Bear Lake Road is the most popular area of Rocky Mountain National Park because it gives quick access to locations which are representative of the beauty of the park. In this post, seventeen years later, I revisit in detail two contrasting spots along the road: http://qtl.us/1KXZ1UE

Bear Lake Road is the most popular area of Rocky Mountain National Park because it gives quick access to locations which are representative of the beauty of the park. In this post, seventeen years later, I revisit in detail two contrasting spots along the road: http://qtl.us/1KXZ1UE___

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2015-11-03 22:47:53 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Medano Lake is situated in a dramatic cirque of mountains below Mount Herard. Morning light illuminates the cirque of mountains around the lake best. When I arrived at Medano Lake, the cirque was backlit and the sky cloudy. I didn’t try to photograph it. Instead, I planned to use the same trick as before: photographing with the rising moon as a substitute for morning light: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi

Medano Lake is situated in a dramatic cirque of mountains below Mount Herard. Morning light illuminates the cirque of mountains around the lake best. When I arrived at Medano Lake, the cirque was backlit and the sky cloudy. I didn’t try to photograph it. Instead, I planned to use the same trick as before: photographing with the rising moon as a substitute for morning light: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi___

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2015-11-02 19:54:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

From the summit of Mt Herard, I took in an extraordinary perspective on the dune field – the best high view in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. From there, the 750 feet dunes look small. Read more about this seldom-visited peak, and find detailed directions to navigate to the summit: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi

From the summit of Mt Herard, I took in an extraordinary perspective on the dune field – the best high view in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. From there, the 750 feet dunes look small. Read more about this seldom-visited peak, and find detailed directions to navigate to the summit: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi___

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2015-10-31 21:08:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Possibly the most rewarding destination in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Mount Herard offers to off-trail hiker fantastic views over the the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the dune field. Read more about this seldom-visited peak, and find detailed directions to navigate to the summit: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi

Possibly the most rewarding destination in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Mount Herard offers to off-trail hiker fantastic views over the the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the dune field. Read more about this seldom-visited peak, and find detailed directions to navigate to the summit: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi___

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2015-10-30 19:28:34 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Although information about hiking up Mount Herard – the prominent 13,345 feet mountain that dominates the Great Sand Dunes – is scarce, I figured it out that the summit would provide a striking view: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi

Although information about hiking up Mount Herard – the prominent 13,345 feet mountain that dominates the Great Sand Dunes – is scarce, I figured it out that the summit would provide a striking view: http://qtl.us/1RCOaoi___

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2015-10-23 19:02:31 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

One of the rewards of driving tricky Medano Pass Road are the great views of Mt Herard near Medano Pass, with the best light being at sunrise and early morning: http://qtl.us/1GUojm4

One of the rewards of driving tricky Medano Pass Road are the great views of Mt Herard near Medano Pass, with the best light being at sunrise and early morning: http://qtl.us/1GUojm4___

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2015-10-23 01:49:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Medano Pass Road in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve was particularly rewarding in late September, when the golden aspen provide some of the most colorful fall foliage I’ve seen in any of the western national parks. Read more about the adventurous drive: http://qtl.us/1GUojm4

Medano Pass Road in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve was particularly rewarding in late September, when the golden aspen provide some of the most colorful fall foliage I’ve seen in any of the western national parks. Read more about the adventurous drive: http://qtl.us/1GUojm4___

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2015-10-22 03:33:12 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

If you are wondering what you’ll find in the mountains behind the Great Sand Dunes, and don’t care for hiking on trails, you may consider driving the primitive Medano Pass road. Not your vanilla scenic drive, traversing its tricky terrain requires the proper vehicle and a bit of planning. The reward is the opportunity to discover the often overlooked mountain environment of the park, particularly glorious in autumn: http://qtl.us/1GUojm4

If you are wondering what you’ll find in the mountains behind the Great Sand Dunes, and don’t care for hiking on trails, you may consider driving the primitive Medano Pass road. Not your vanilla scenic drive, traversing its tricky terrain requires the proper vehicle and a bit of planning. The reward is the opportunity to discover the often overlooked mountain environment of the park, particularly glorious in autumn: http://qtl.us/1GUojm4___

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2015-10-20 20:19:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Contrarily to what the ranger had told me, morning light would have been preferable. However, not to worry, it was a full moon. What I like about full moon nights is that if I wait less than an hour after sunset, the rising moon will illuminate the landscape the way the rising sun does. I can photograph sunset and the equivalent of sunrise within an hour! Read more: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY

Contrarily to what the ranger had told me, morning light would have been preferable. However, not to worry, it was a full moon. What I like about full moon nights is that if I wait less than an hour after sunset, the rising moon will illuminate the landscape the way the rising sun does. I can photograph sunset and the equivalent of sunrise within an hour! Read more: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY___

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2015-10-19 17:53:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

As I got out of the dense forest, the sight of towering Tijeras Peak less than half mile from the lakeshore was impressive. However, I photographed mostly intimate scenes on the shore of the lake.  In the late afternoon, the lake was entirely shaded.

 If you are curious about the mountains behind the Great Sand Dunes, read: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY

As I got out of the dense forest, the sight of towering Tijeras Peak less than half mile from the lakeshore was impressive. However, I photographed mostly intimate scenes on the shore of the lake.  In the late afternoon, the lake was entirely shaded.

 If you are curious about the mountains behind the Great Sand Dunes, read: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY___

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2015-10-17 17:36:00 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is much more than sand! A sub-alpine lake surrounded by shrubs in autumn foliage is one of the surprises you'll find in the Preserve part: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is much more than sand! A sub-alpine lake surrounded by shrubs in autumn foliage is one of the surprises you'll find in the Preserve part: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY___

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2015-10-16 21:38:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is much more than sand! A sub-alpine valley surrounded by 13,000 feet high peaks are one of the surprises you'll find in the Preserve part: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is much more than sand! A sub-alpine valley surrounded by 13,000 feet high peaks are one of the surprises you'll find in the Preserve part: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY___

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2015-10-15 20:20:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

If you interested in little-photographed and beautiful mountain terrain in Colorado, read about my foray in Sand Creek Valley, the remote corner of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, where I found scenery very different from what you’d expect from the park: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY

If you interested in little-photographed and beautiful mountain terrain in Colorado, read about my foray in Sand Creek Valley, the remote corner of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, where I found scenery very different from what you’d expect from the park: http://qtl.us/1Ll1oSY___

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2015-10-14 21:03:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

The merging of the trees and the water was what made those forests unique to this part of the world. I sought of ways to merge visually the above water and the underwater. 

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/everglades-mosquitoes-and-cypress-domes/

The merging of the trees and the water was what made those forests unique to this part of the world. I sought of ways to merge visually the above water and the underwater. 

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/everglades-mosquitoes-and-cypress-domes/___

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2015-10-12 22:02:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

In addition to water visits, I spent an hour in the air to photograph Biscayne National Park from an airplane, and another one from a drone. This post offers quick aerial photography tips, illustrated with photographs that reveal perspectives on the park not visible from the ground: http://qtl.us/1KPnKht

In addition to water visits, I spent an hour in the air to photograph Biscayne National Park from an airplane, and another one from a drone. This post offers quick aerial photography tips, illustrated with photographs that reveal perspectives on the park not visible from the ground: http://qtl.us/1KPnKht___

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2015-09-21 20:03:06 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Mangrove shores are not thought of as swimming areas, but there is much to see underwater by snorkeling. Besides dense schools of juvenile fish, I was surprised to spot the largest angelfish I’ve ever seen below the root system of the mangroves.

From "A Day on the Water in Biscayne National Park" http://qtl.us/1io13XU

Mangrove shores are not thought of as swimming areas, but there is much to see underwater by snorkeling. Besides dense schools of juvenile fish, I was surprised to spot the largest angelfish I’ve ever seen below the root system of the mangroves.

From "A Day on the Water in Biscayne National Park" http://qtl.us/1io13XU___

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2015-09-18 22:13:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Water occupies 95 percent of the Biscayne National Park surface area, and in September 2013, the park’s concessionaire went out of business. However, last Saturday, I visited the two parts of Biscayne National Park that had eluded me before thanks to MCDS and the Larson family: http://qtl.us/1io13XU

Water occupies 95 percent of the Biscayne National Park surface area, and in September 2013, the park’s concessionaire went out of business. However, last Saturday, I visited the two parts of Biscayne National Park that had eluded me before thanks to MCDS and the Larson family: http://qtl.us/1io13XU___

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2015-09-07 20:44:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Ignited by advances in digital cameras, natural landscapes (as opposed to man-made structures) have become a popular subject for night photography. Making a natural landscape photograph that captures at the same time the beauty of the night sky requires much knowledge, and more careful planning and technique than daytime photography. In this post, I review three excellent books where you can learn those skills: http://qtl.us/1Uvs3Rp

Ignited by advances in digital cameras, natural landscapes (as opposed to man-made structures) have become a popular subject for night photography. Making a natural landscape photograph that captures at the same time the beauty of the night sky requires much knowledge, and more careful planning and technique than daytime photography. In this post, I review three excellent books where you can learn those skills: http://qtl.us/1Uvs3Rp___

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2015-09-02 23:52:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Fishing boats at sunrise, Con Son harbor. Read "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn

Fishing boats at sunrise, Con Son harbor. Read "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn___

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2015-09-02 16:43:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

The coastline of Bay Canh, entirely protected by Con Dao National Park, is quite varied. One of the last primeval mangrove forest in Vietnam grows there, home to tank-crabs foraging for food. Read "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn

The coastline of Bay Canh, entirely protected by Con Dao National Park, is quite varied. One of the last primeval mangrove forest in Vietnam grows there, home to tank-crabs foraging for food. Read "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn___

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2015-08-31 23:14:07 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Nhat Beach is maybe the most beautiful beach on Con Son Island, with its fine white sand, rocks, and backdrop. I didn’t see a soul on the wind-swept and pristine beach. Read "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn

Nhat Beach is maybe the most beautiful beach on Con Son Island, with its fine white sand, rocks, and backdrop. I didn’t see a soul on the wind-swept and pristine beach. Read "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn___

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2015-08-30 22:45:40 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Calm evening on seafront promenade, Con Son.

from: "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn

Calm evening on seafront promenade, Con Son.

from: "Con Dao Islands, Vietnam's last unspoiled coastal destination": http://qtl.us/1UbUitn___

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