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2015-06-09 21:49:26 (19 comments, 45 reshares, 415 +1s)Open 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Zion National Park. I wanted to share here one of my favorites, from Pine Creek Canyon. It is difficult to imagine the hidden beauty of Zion's slot canyons when looking at the Zion Plateau terrain from the surface!

If you followed my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/terragalleria/) you would have seen daily updates. It will be a while until I post images from that trip, since I still have a backlog from the two previous ones (Death Valley/Channel Islands and Vietnam). Also, I sprained my ankle on a San Jose sidewalk, after traveling trails, rivers, and wild canyons last week without incident.

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2015-06-09 21:49:26 (19 comments, 45 reshares, 415 +1s)Open 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Zion National Park. I wanted to share here one of my favorites, from Pine Creek Canyon. It is difficult to imagine the hidden beauty of Zion's slot canyons when looking at the Zion Plateau terrain from the surface!

If you followed my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/terragalleria/) you would have seen daily updates. It will be a while until I post images from that trip, since I still have a backlog from the two previous ones (Death Valley/Channel Islands and Vietnam). Also, I sprained my ankle on a San Jose sidewalk, after traveling trails, rivers, and wild canyons last week without incident.

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2015-06-09 21:49:26 (19 comments, 45 reshares, 415 +1s)Open 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Zion National Park. I wanted to share here one of my favorites, from Pine Creek Canyon. It is difficult to imagine the hidden beauty of Zion's slot canyons when looking at the Zion Plateau terrain from the surface!

If you followed my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/terragalleria/) you would have seen daily updates. It will be a while until I post images from that trip, since I still have a backlog from the two previous ones (Death Valley/Channel Islands and Vietnam). Also, I sprained my ankle on a San Jose sidewalk, after traveling trails, rivers, and wild canyons last week without incident.

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2015-07-30 00:36:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Photoshop is my last resort option to remove people from landscapes. At least, there is a way which doesn’t require too much cloning work. Read about that technique in "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY

Photoshop is my last resort option to remove people from landscapes. At least, there is a way which doesn’t require too much cloning work. Read about that technique in "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY___

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2015-07-27 19:55:03 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

If people in the scene are moving, they will not register in an exposure which is much longer than the time they stayed in the scene.

From:  "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY

If people in the scene are moving, they will not register in an exposure which is much longer than the time they stayed in the scene.

From:  "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY___

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2015-07-25 17:06:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Zion Narrows too crowded for photographs ? When there is an almost continuous stream of hikers in the middle of the stream, photograph only one side of the canyon! "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY

Zion Narrows too crowded for photographs ? When there is an almost continuous stream of hikers in the middle of the stream, photograph only one side of the canyon! "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY___

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2015-07-24 18:42:30 (5 comments, 13 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Hiking back in the Zion Narrows at 6:45pm, I was rewarded by the experience of having the whole canyon from Imlay Rock to the trailhead to myself. I didn’t see a single other person, even at the popular Mystery Falls. From "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY

Hiking back in the Zion Narrows at 6:45pm, I was rewarded by the experience of having the whole canyon from Imlay Rock to the trailhead to myself. I didn’t see a single other person, even at the popular Mystery Falls. From "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY___

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2015-07-24 02:46:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Despite being only 0.5 miles from the Orderville Junction in the Zion Narrows, the hiking traffic at Imlay Rock was considerably quieter.

From "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people" http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY

Despite being only 0.5 miles from the Orderville Junction in the Zion Narrows, the hiking traffic at Imlay Rock was considerably quieter.

From "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people" http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY___

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2015-07-22 22:24:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Zion Narrows are amongst the most unique hikes in America. 
The downside of accessibility and awesomeness is popularity.  For photography, this is a problem, because the canyon is the “trail”. Yet, on a summer visit, I was able to make photographs without people in them, and even find some measure of solitude. Here are five ways to do so: http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY

The Zion Narrows are amongst the most unique hikes in America. 
The downside of accessibility and awesomeness is popularity.  For photography, this is a problem, because the canyon is the “trail”. Yet, on a summer visit, I was able to make photographs without people in them, and even find some measure of solitude. Here are five ways to do so: http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY___

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2015-07-21 20:31:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Echo Canyon is a narrow slot, which is little known although you can walk right away into it from the Observation Point Trail - in dry conditions: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc

Echo Canyon is a narrow slot, which is little known although you can walk right away into it from the Observation Point Trail - in dry conditions: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc___

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2015-07-20 18:24:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

On my way into Hidden Canyon in Zion, I found this delightful arch, but it was partly sunlit. I photographed it on my way back, when the sun didn't reach directly into the canyon bottom. The soft glow of light, reflected off the canyon walls, filled shadows with a warm color. Read more about this hiking location here: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc

On my way into Hidden Canyon in Zion, I found this delightful arch, but it was partly sunlit. I photographed it on my way back, when the sun didn't reach directly into the canyon bottom. The soft glow of light, reflected off the canyon walls, filled shadows with a warm color. Read more about this hiking location here: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc___

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2015-07-18 20:46:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Hidden Canyon in Zion is full of beautiful small details, such as those surprisingly lush walls with hanging ferns and wildflowers. Read more about this hiking location here: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc

Hidden Canyon in Zion is full of beautiful small details, such as those surprisingly lush walls with hanging ferns and wildflowers. Read more about this hiking location here: http://qtl.us/1f7J9Hc___

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2015-07-16 23:30:57 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

In the heart of Zion, Hidden and Echo canyons give you a good taste of the varied off-trail adventures to be had in Zion’s backcountry, as you explore a lush hanging canyon and a narrow slot, easy enough for hiking, but wild enough to feel out of the beaten path:  qtl.us/1f7J9Hc

In the heart of Zion, Hidden and Echo canyons give you a good taste of the varied off-trail adventures to be had in Zion’s backcountry, as you explore a lush hanging canyon and a narrow slot, easy enough for hiking, but wild enough to feel out of the beaten path:  qtl.us/1f7J9Hc___

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2015-07-16 03:51:41 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Lava Point, highest elevation in Zion (8,000+ ft), offers a unusual, although distant view of Zion’s domes. From there, with the view encompassing endless flat plateaus, you get a sense of how unique the Zion canyons are. The telephoto (up to 400mm) was useful, but I had to try many frames to get a sharp one due to a breeze.

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html

Lava Point, highest elevation in Zion (8,000+ ft), offers a unusual, although distant view of Zion’s domes. From there, with the view encompassing endless flat plateaus, you get a sense of how unique the Zion canyons are. The telephoto (up to 400mm) was useful, but I had to try many frames to get a sharp one due to a breeze.

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html___

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2015-07-15 00:31:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Even when Zion Canyon is crowded, the Kolob Terrace Road remains deserted. There is much more than the Subway trailhead. The scenery along the way is not only spectacular, it is also at places quite different from the main areas. 

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html

Even when Zion Canyon is crowded, the Kolob Terrace Road remains deserted. There is much more than the Subway trailhead. The scenery along the way is not only spectacular, it is also at places quite different from the main areas. 

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html___

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2015-07-13 23:43:02 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

The view of the Towers of the Virgin from behind the Zion Museum is the most iconic sunrise spot in Zion, and also the most easy to access, so I was surprised that there were no other photographers on that June morning, when the wildflowers added a nice touch to the scene.

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html

The view of the Towers of the Virgin from behind the Zion Museum is the most iconic sunrise spot in Zion, and also the most easy to access, so I was surprised that there were no other photographers on that June morning, when the wildflowers added a nice touch to the scene.

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.zion.html___

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2015-07-11 20:03:20 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

I wanted to make a night photo of Zion for my series of National Parks night photos (http://www.terragalleria.com/pics/national-parks-night.html) but there was a full moon during my week-long stay. As it makes it difficult to convey a night-time feeling, I waited for my last night in the park, when the moon rose at 10.30pm.

I wanted to make a night photo of Zion for my series of National Parks night photos (http://www.terragalleria.com/pics/national-parks-night.html) but there was a full moon during my week-long stay. As it makes it difficult to convey a night-time feeling, I waited for my last night in the park, when the moon rose at 10.30pm.___

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2015-07-10 22:11:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Exploring Zion's Keyhole Canyon: http://qtl.us/1dMVgsf

Exploring Zion's Keyhole Canyon: http://qtl.us/1dMVgsf___

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2015-07-09 21:23:20 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

This image shows how narrow some of the Zion slot canyons get! Our group is wearing wetsuits in anticipation for the second part, but you will not need such gear if you do only the first part of Keyhole Canyon. Details and directions: http://qtl.us/1dMVgsf

This image shows how narrow some of the Zion slot canyons get! Our group is wearing wetsuits in anticipation for the second part, but you will not need such gear if you do only the first part of Keyhole Canyon. Details and directions: http://qtl.us/1dMVgsf___

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2015-07-08 23:55:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Keyhole Canyon, which I describe in detail, may be the best opportunity for adventurous hikers to explore a beautiful small Zion slot without swims or rappels. If the previous posts have awakened your interest for Zion’s slot canyons, but you don’t want to engage in technical canyoneering, read on:  http://qtl.us/1dMVgsf

Keyhole Canyon, which I describe in detail, may be the best opportunity for adventurous hikers to explore a beautiful small Zion slot without swims or rappels. If the previous posts have awakened your interest for Zion’s slot canyons, but you don’t want to engage in technical canyoneering, read on:  http://qtl.us/1dMVgsf___

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2015-07-07 21:58:03 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

In the dim corridor, the high water created a mesmerizing setting. I walked with water up to my shoulders, holding the tripod extended above my head to keep the attached camera out of the water. A waist deep section allowed me to set up the camera for a long exposure. More from Pine Creek Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi

In the dim corridor, the high water created a mesmerizing setting. I walked with water up to my shoulders, holding the tripod extended above my head to keep the attached camera out of the water. A waist deep section allowed me to set up the camera for a long exposure. More from Pine Creek Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi___

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2015-07-06 20:25:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

The easy approach and exit combine with its beauty to make Pine Creek the Zion canyoneering classic. Not to forget the fun of swims and rappels! On the last one, you hang from the rope for 100 feet without touching the rock. More about Pine Creek Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi

The easy approach and exit combine with its beauty to make Pine Creek the Zion canyoneering classic. Not to forget the fun of swims and rappels! On the last one, you hang from the rope for 100 feet without touching the rock. More about Pine Creek Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi___

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2015-07-05 18:44:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

After visiting all the US National Parks, I had started a project to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check out my gallery of pictures of 115 of them at: http://www.terragalleria.com/pics/world-heritage-sites.html
 
Although the project is currently on hold, I was pleased to add a new site today while staying at home, with San Antonio Franciscan Missions joining the list.

After visiting all the US National Parks, I had started a project to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check out my gallery of pictures of 115 of them at: http://www.terragalleria.com/pics/world-heritage-sites.html
 
Although the project is currently on hold, I was pleased to add a new site today while staying at home, with San Antonio Franciscan Missions joining the list.___

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2015-07-03 23:12:45 (7 comments, 17 reshares, 236 +1s)Open 

The highlight of our visit to Pine Creek Canyon was to find a pair of juvenile owls perched on a sculptured log – perfectly still during the 1s exposure. Who said that a wide-angle lens isn’t appropriate for bird photography ? As we moved across the glowing chamber, their body remained totally motionless, but their eyes tracked us intently. More about Pine Creek Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi

The highlight of our visit to Pine Creek Canyon was to find a pair of juvenile owls perched on a sculptured log – perfectly still during the 1s exposure. Who said that a wide-angle lens isn’t appropriate for bird photography ? As we moved across the glowing chamber, their body remained totally motionless, but their eyes tracked us intently. More about Pine Creek Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi___

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2015-07-02 22:44:12 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 198 +1s)Open 

Each of Zion’s canyons have an individual character. Pine Creek offered a hauntingly beautiful subterranean experience in a surprisingly cold slot canyon, very different from Mystery Canyon. Read more: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi

Each of Zion’s canyons have an individual character. Pine Creek offered a hauntingly beautiful subterranean experience in a surprisingly cold slot canyon, very different from Mystery Canyon. Read more: http://qtl.us/1Iw6xdi___

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2015-07-01 20:18:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

This delightful fern-lined spring, far away from the trail, was one of the discoveries we made in Zion's Mystery Canyon. More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS

This delightful fern-lined spring, far away from the trail, was one of the discoveries we made in Zion's Mystery Canyon. More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS___

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2015-06-29 21:25:45 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

One thing that I didn't expect is that even when the temperatures in the desert soar in the 100Fs, the water in the subterranean canyons remains cold enough that without protection such as wetsuits, it is very easy to get hypothermic. More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS

One thing that I didn't expect is that even when the temperatures in the desert soar in the 100Fs, the water in the subterranean canyons remains cold enough that without protection such as wetsuits, it is very easy to get hypothermic. More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS___

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2015-06-29 01:48:37 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Mystery Canyon started on a gentle plateau, but ended in the Narrows with a perfect finale, the rappel along Mystery Falls – the first landmark that you see when you hike into the Narrows. I was elated to see this familiar sight from a new perspective. More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS

Mystery Canyon started on a gentle plateau, but ended in the Narrows with a perfect finale, the rappel along Mystery Falls – the first landmark that you see when you hike into the Narrows. I was elated to see this familiar sight from a new perspective. More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS___

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2015-06-27 21:08:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Besides exploration, the thrill of canyoneering consists in using various techniques to pass obstacles. Rappels are necessary when you encounter large drops. Sounds fun ? More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS

Besides exploration, the thrill of canyoneering consists in using various techniques to pass obstacles. Rappels are necessary when you encounter large drops. Sounds fun ? More: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS___

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2015-06-26 19:41:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Zion is a land of deeply cut and narrow canyons. With a few exceptions, their beauty cannot be seen by hiking. On my last trip to Zion, by descending some of the “technical” canyons that require the use of ropes and harnesses, I sought to experience parts of the park seen only by few visitors. Read more about Mystery Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS

Zion is a land of deeply cut and narrow canyons. With a few exceptions, their beauty cannot be seen by hiking. On my last trip to Zion, by descending some of the “technical” canyons that require the use of ropes and harnesses, I sought to experience parts of the park seen only by few visitors. Read more about Mystery Canyon: http://qtl.us/1Kf6UKS___

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2015-06-25 19:10:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

After nearly getting lost in the desert by myself at night, I gave myself a break by skipping sunrise the next day. With careful positioning, the morning sun was still low enough to reveal textures. More: http://qtl.us/1FPBNPj

After nearly getting lost in the desert by myself at night, I gave myself a break by skipping sunrise the next day. With careful positioning, the morning sun was still low enough to reveal textures. More: http://qtl.us/1FPBNPj___

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2015-06-25 02:42:59 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

The Ibex Dunes are not the tallest nor most extensive in Death Valley. However, unlike other dunes, they do not form a continuous dune field but instead consist of distinct patches that stretch for about two miles. This, combined with their remoteness, makes for a great place to explore. To find your car by dark, be more careful than I was: http://qtl.us/1FPBNPj

The Ibex Dunes are not the tallest nor most extensive in Death Valley. However, unlike other dunes, they do not form a continuous dune field but instead consist of distinct patches that stretch for about two miles. This, combined with their remoteness, makes for a great place to explore. To find your car by dark, be more careful than I was: http://qtl.us/1FPBNPj___

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2015-06-23 21:41:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Amongst the five sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, the Ibex Dunes are the second-easiest to access, however, few visit them. I didn’t see a single other car there, nor did I notice any footprints other than mine. Read about this wild area, and a close call I experienced there: http://qtl.us/1FPBNPj

Amongst the five sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, the Ibex Dunes are the second-easiest to access, however, few visit them. I didn’t see a single other car there, nor did I notice any footprints other than mine. Read about this wild area, and a close call I experienced there: http://qtl.us/1FPBNPj___

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2015-06-22 22:36:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Death Valley is the only National Park to feature extensive salt flats. However, last April, I found the whole Badwater area to be brown and dirty-looking. The salt pan along the West Side Road wasn’t much better. To produce beautiful polygons, the basins need to be flooded, but the last time this happened was 2010. The Cottonball Basin, being close to Salt Creek (the wettest area in the park), fared a bit better. That’s the only place where I could find decent salt formations, although not polygons. More: http://qtl.us/1L1Iapr

Death Valley is the only National Park to feature extensive salt flats. However, last April, I found the whole Badwater area to be brown and dirty-looking. The salt pan along the West Side Road wasn’t much better. To produce beautiful polygons, the basins need to be flooded, but the last time this happened was 2010. The Cottonball Basin, being close to Salt Creek (the wettest area in the park), fared a bit better. That’s the only place where I could find decent salt formations, although not polygons. More: http://qtl.us/1L1Iapr___

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2015-06-21 21:53:06 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Playas are dried lake beds. Many exist in Death Valley, while they are quite rare in other National Parks. The Panamint Playa is quite extensive and much easier to access than the famous Racetrack. It is bisected by CA-190 between miles 3.5 and 4.2 east of Panamint Springs Resort. You can just park on the side of the road and wander for many miles on either side to look for special textures. More: http://qtl.us/1L1Iapr

Playas are dried lake beds. Many exist in Death Valley, while they are quite rare in other National Parks. The Panamint Playa is quite extensive and much easier to access than the famous Racetrack. It is bisected by CA-190 between miles 3.5 and 4.2 east of Panamint Springs Resort. You can just park on the side of the road and wander for many miles on either side to look for special textures. More: http://qtl.us/1L1Iapr___

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2015-06-19 20:15:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

n Mid-April, temperatures on the Death Valley floor already soared in the 100s. At Lee Flat I was barely able to stay warm despite wearing a thick fleece jacket while I was roaming at night amongst the Joshua Trees. The desert is such a place of contrasts! from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.death-valley.html

n Mid-April, temperatures on the Death Valley floor already soared in the 100s. At Lee Flat I was barely able to stay warm despite wearing a thick fleece jacket while I was roaming at night amongst the Joshua Trees. The desert is such a place of contrasts! from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.death-valley.html___

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2015-06-18 23:15:00 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Twenty Mule Team Canyon feature badlands that easily rival those found at Zabriskie Point. Unlike at Zabriskie Point, you are not limited to a platform and its surroundings, and do not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other photographers, but instead drive a 2.8-mile one-way dirt road (passable by any car) which offers you a variety of viewpoints. I saw only a couple of other cars from dawn to well after sunrise. More: http://qtl.us/1L1Iapr

Twenty Mule Team Canyon feature badlands that easily rival those found at Zabriskie Point. Unlike at Zabriskie Point, you are not limited to a platform and its surroundings, and do not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other photographers, but instead drive a 2.8-mile one-way dirt road (passable by any car) which offers you a variety of viewpoints. I saw only a couple of other cars from dawn to well after sunrise. More: http://qtl.us/1L1Iapr___

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2015-06-15 22:08:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Wind-sculptured walls of Lobo Canyon on Santa Rosa Island. Photographing in the soft light after sunset brought out the delicate textures and colors lost in direct sunlight. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr

Wind-sculptured walls of Lobo Canyon on Santa Rosa Island. Photographing in the soft light after sunset brought out the delicate textures and colors lost in direct sunlight. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr___

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2015-06-14 20:21:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Santa Rosa Island is home to two unique forests. Island Oaks, a subspecies found nowhere else on earth, grow below the summit. They form what is called a “cloud forest” because it is sustained by the moisture collected by the island mountaintops. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr

Santa Rosa Island is home to two unique forests. Island Oaks, a subspecies found nowhere else on earth, grow below the summit. They form what is called a “cloud forest” because it is sustained by the moisture collected by the island mountaintops. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr___

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2015-06-11 20:52:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, Santa Rosa Island offers by far the largest area to explore. To take in a measure of the island’s size, on the first afternoon, I hiked to Black Mountain. At 1298 ft high, Black Mountain offers expansive views in all directions. To the north, Santa Cruz island appears close. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr

Of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, Santa Rosa Island offers by far the largest area to explore. To take in a measure of the island’s size, on the first afternoon, I hiked to Black Mountain. At 1298 ft high, Black Mountain offers expansive views in all directions. To the north, Santa Cruz island appears close. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr___

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2015-06-10 20:40:46 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands National Park requires extensive hiking to explore, but if you don’t feel like taking a long hike, Water Canyon Beach is just 1.5 miles RT from the campground. Even though, it is most of the time deserted and has enough subjects to keep you occupied for a while. The 2-mile long white sand beach is bordered by cliffs and adorned with dunes and a stream at the mouth of Water Canyon. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr

Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands National Park requires extensive hiking to explore, but if you don’t feel like taking a long hike, Water Canyon Beach is just 1.5 miles RT from the campground. Even though, it is most of the time deserted and has enough subjects to keep you occupied for a while. The 2-mile long white sand beach is bordered by cliffs and adorned with dunes and a stream at the mouth of Water Canyon. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1IW5HWr___

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2015-06-09 21:49:26 (19 comments, 45 reshares, 415 +1s)Open 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Zion National Park. I wanted to share here one of my favorites, from Pine Creek Canyon. It is difficult to imagine the hidden beauty of Zion's slot canyons when looking at the Zion Plateau terrain from the surface!

If you followed my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/terragalleria/) you would have seen daily updates. It will be a while until I post images from that trip, since I still have a backlog from the two previous ones (Death Valley/Channel Islands and Vietnam). Also, I sprained my ankle on a San Jose sidewalk, after traveling trails, rivers, and wild canyons last week without incident.

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Zion National Park. I wanted to share here one of my favorites, from Pine Creek Canyon. It is difficult to imagine the hidden beauty of Zion's slot canyons when looking at the Zion Plateau terrain from the surface!

If you followed my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/terragalleria/) you would have seen daily updates. It will be a while until I post images from that trip, since I still have a backlog from the two previous ones (Death Valley/Channel Islands and Vietnam). Also, I sprained my ankle on a San Jose sidewalk, after traveling trails, rivers, and wild canyons last week without incident.___

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2015-05-29 20:05:23 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

The Saguaro National Park's East district closes to vehicles at sunset. The scenic roads in the West district often do not close, and the peripheral roads are always open, making it a good location for night photography. EOS 5Dmk3, Nikon 14-24 @ f/2.8, 20s ISO 4000, side illumination by flashlight. More night pictures: http://www.terragalleria.com/photos/?keyword=saguaro-national-park-night

The Saguaro National Park's East district closes to vehicles at sunset. The scenic roads in the West district often do not close, and the peripheral roads are always open, making it a good location for night photography. EOS 5Dmk3, Nikon 14-24 @ f/2.8, 20s ISO 4000, side illumination by flashlight. More night pictures: http://www.terragalleria.com/photos/?keyword=saguaro-national-park-night___

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2015-05-28 20:27:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Unknown to most visitors to the park, Saguaro National Park features a mountain range that culminates above 8500 ft and rises above sub-alpine forests. On average, less than one person/day visits Rincon Peak. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

Unknown to most visitors to the park, Saguaro National Park features a mountain range that culminates above 8500 ft and rises above sub-alpine forests. On average, less than one person/day visits Rincon Peak. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-21 23:11:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Not a single footprint on this perfect white sand beach! Con Dao islands have the last pristine, undeveloped, coastline in Vietnam. Traveling there, you feel you've made it to the end of the country. Less than two decades ago, only link to the mainland was a 24-seat helicopter that flew a few days a week.

Google+ is blocked in Vietnam, wondering why since Facebook isn't, but I just figured it out (after more than a week) that the mobile app works.

Not a single footprint on this perfect white sand beach! Con Dao islands have the last pristine, undeveloped, coastline in Vietnam. Traveling there, you feel you've made it to the end of the country. Less than two decades ago, only link to the mainland was a 24-seat helicopter that flew a few days a week.

Google+ is blocked in Vietnam, wondering why since Facebook isn't, but I just figured it out (after more than a week) that the mobile app works.___

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2015-05-12 03:33:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

Saguaro National Park's East Unit’s 8-mile Cactus Forest Scenic Loop Drive is a paved road with several trailheads, scenic vistas, and pullouts. It is quieter than the Bajada Loop drive, except on weekends, when it is popular with cyclists. Compared to the West Unit, the saguaro cactus are not as numerous, and the mountain views less striking, but the desert environment at places feels more lush. In the south, the first half-mile of the Tanque Verde Ridge trail starting from the Javelina Picnic Area is a beautiful area to catch a sunset, once you climb past a small rocky outcrop. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

Saguaro National Park's East Unit’s 8-mile Cactus Forest Scenic Loop Drive is a paved road with several trailheads, scenic vistas, and pullouts. It is quieter than the Bajada Loop drive, except on weekends, when it is popular with cyclists. Compared to the West Unit, the saguaro cactus are not as numerous, and the mountain views less striking, but the desert environment at places feels more lush. In the south, the first half-mile of the Tanque Verde Ridge trail starting from the Javelina Picnic Area is a beautiful area to catch a sunset, once you climb past a small rocky outcrop. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-08 20:57:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Deserts are underrated as dusty and barren places, however the Sonoran is full of biodiversity and truly beautiful in March with the bloom of the annual flowers. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

Deserts are underrated as dusty and barren places, however the Sonoran is full of biodiversity and truly beautiful in March with the bloom of the annual flowers. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-07 00:48:09 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 189 +1s)Open 

I shot towards the setting sun from the Tanque Verde Trail in the East Unit of Saguaro National Park for an image where the backlight creates a rim around each of the cacti and makes the brittlebush flowers glow. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

I shot towards the setting sun from the Tanque Verde Trail in the East Unit of Saguaro National Park for an image where the backlight creates a rim around each of the cacti and makes the brittlebush flowers glow. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-05 21:44:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Mid-day, when the light is too harsh for landscapes, I try close-ups. How about the harsh light ? I look for shade, and if i don't find any, I make it using whatever is at hand, a reflector, a jacket, my own shadow. Saguaro National Park Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

Mid-day, when the light is too harsh for landscapes, I try close-ups. How about the harsh light ? I look for shade, and if i don't find any, I make it using whatever is at hand, a reflector, a jacket, my own shadow. Saguaro National Park Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-04 19:57:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Photographing the ridges backlit in Saguaro National Park (from the Senderoso Esperanza Trail) created layers by alternating shadows and lighted ridges. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

Photographing the ridges backlit in Saguaro National Park (from the Senderoso Esperanza Trail) created layers by alternating shadows and lighted ridges. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-04 01:02:24 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Instants after the soft light of dawn emphasized lushness and colors over the Red Hills in Saguaro National Park, the shadows of early morning light created depth. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

Instants after the soft light of dawn emphasized lushness and colors over the Red Hills in Saguaro National Park, the shadows of early morning light created depth. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-02 21:16:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

For a few minutes, the setting sun painted the Rincon Mountain slopes red, while the soft light of open shade in the foreground revealed the contrasting greens of the saguaro cactus. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

For a few minutes, the setting sun painted the Rincon Mountain slopes red, while the soft light of open shade in the foreground revealed the contrasting greens of the saguaro cactus. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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2015-05-01 21:06:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

This March, I visited Saguaro National Park in less than five days, including travel from home. To show that an extensive National Park photography trip doesn’t need to be lengthy nor expensive, rather than describing the locations visited, in this post I detail my itinerary, logistics, and costs, which totalled $314 all-inclusive: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6

This March, I visited Saguaro National Park in less than five days, including travel from home. To show that an extensive National Park photography trip doesn’t need to be lengthy nor expensive, rather than describing the locations visited, in this post I detail my itinerary, logistics, and costs, which totalled $314 all-inclusive: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6___

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