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2017-06-14 19:09:03 (65 comments; 3 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Elliott Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

Created by an accumulation of coral thriving in the stunning northernmost reef in North America, the Keys act as tropical barrier islands, allowing the sheltered bay to be lined with the longest mangrove shoreline on the East Coast.


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2017-07-22 18:05:11 (16 comments; 17 reshares; 175 +1s; )Open 

The next day, I hiked to the False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The extraordinary setting inside an isolated alcove hidden in a cliff confers to the site a spiritual atmosphere. The improbable and adventurous trail leading to the location adds to the mystique. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 15s ISO 400 & 20s ISO 1600. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. 

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2017-05-28 01:36:33 (28 comments; 9 reshares; 319 +1s; )Open 

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes floor is mostly flat, except where the rivers have cut gorges up to 100 feet deep. The Ukak River flows in a narrow channel cut into harder rock. Ukak Falls isn’t tall, but due to the narrowness of the stream, the power of the water is quite impressive.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/

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2017-07-23 12:52:31 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

At Grand Canyon National Park, the moon was more than half-full. Although this is great for a stroll, normally this is my least favorite circumstance for night photography, as with a proper exposure, the images look almost like daytime. However, the presence of the Desert View Watchtower added interest. As the building was illuminated, it stood out against the darker landscape, its lights actually providing the nocturne impression. Canon 5Dmk3, 24 TSE, f/4.0 30s ISO 800. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. 

At Grand Canyon National Park, the moon was more than half-full. Although this is great for a stroll, normally this is my least favorite circumstance for night photography, as with a proper exposure, the images look almost like daytime. However, the presence of the Desert View Watchtower added interest. As the building was illuminated, it stood out against the darker landscape, its lights actually providing the nocturne impression. Canon 5Dmk3, 24 TSE, f/4.0 30s ISO 800. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. ___

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2017-07-22 18:05:11 (16 comments; 17 reshares; 175 +1s; )Open 

The next day, I hiked to the False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The extraordinary setting inside an isolated alcove hidden in a cliff confers to the site a spiritual atmosphere. The improbable and adventurous trail leading to the location adds to the mystique. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 15s ISO 400 & 20s ISO 1600. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. 

The next day, I hiked to the False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The extraordinary setting inside an isolated alcove hidden in a cliff confers to the site a spiritual atmosphere. The improbable and adventurous trail leading to the location adds to the mystique. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 15s ISO 400 & 20s ISO 1600. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. ___

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2017-07-22 03:52:23 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 179 +1s; )Open 

After making the previous image, I drove to the Devil’s Garden trailhead. The parking lot is usually full during the day, and the trail packed. It was rewarding to see no nobody else there as I hiked to Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world, 290 feet. I used again the camping lantern to light the span in a subtle way while keeping the Milky Way the brightest object in the photograph. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400 & 4min ISO 800. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. 

After making the previous image, I drove to the Devil’s Garden trailhead. The parking lot is usually full during the day, and the trail packed. It was rewarding to see no nobody else there as I hiked to Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world, 290 feet. I used again the camping lantern to light the span in a subtle way while keeping the Milky Way the brightest object in the photograph. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400 & 4min ISO 800. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards. ___

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2017-07-20 19:25:57 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

One day made quite a difference, as the moon was already high in the sky when I photographed Skyline Arch in Arches National Park the next day, shortly after sunset. There was a measure of balance, as it illuminated the whole landscape, but still left many stars visible. During the first quarter, the moon is present only during the first part of the night. This leaves you with options to photograph either a moonlit landscape or a dark landscape with very bright stars, after moonset. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400 

One day made quite a difference, as the moon was already high in the sky when I photographed Skyline Arch in Arches National Park the next day, shortly after sunset. There was a measure of balance, as it illuminated the whole landscape, but still left many stars visible. During the first quarter, the moon is present only during the first part of the night. This leaves you with options to photograph either a moonlit landscape or a dark landscape with very bright stars, after moonset. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400 ___

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2017-07-18 17:47:32 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

The Maze District of Canyonlands National Parks is one of the most remote areas in the continental US. It gets seriously dark there. The dim light on the rock formations of the Dollhouse is natural. It came from a combination of thin 1st quarter crescent moon, which was appearing for the first time since the beginning of my trip, and residual dusk glow. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, which won six national book awards this spring. 

The Maze District of Canyonlands National Parks is one of the most remote areas in the continental US. It gets seriously dark there. The dim light on the rock formations of the Dollhouse is natural. It came from a combination of thin 1st quarter crescent moon, which was appearing for the first time since the beginning of my trip, and residual dusk glow. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, which won six national book awards this spring. ___

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2017-07-17 22:50:54 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Looking up at the depth of the cosmos through Double Arches in Arches National Park was a magic experience. I lit the arch at a much closer distance. I could have easily illuminated it very brightly with the LED torch, but I used instead a 200 lumens camping lantern because it looked more natural to lit it just enough to bring out some detail, but not overwhelm the stars. I adjusted the illumination by varying the position of the lantern until it felt right, rather than relying on unpredictable and difficult-to-reproduce light painting. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, main frame f/2.8 30s ISO 6400.

Looking up at the depth of the cosmos through Double Arches in Arches National Park was a magic experience. I lit the arch at a much closer distance. I could have easily illuminated it very brightly with the LED torch, but I used instead a 200 lumens camping lantern because it looked more natural to lit it just enough to bring out some detail, but not overwhelm the stars. I adjusted the illumination by varying the position of the lantern until it felt right, rather than relying on unpredictable and difficult-to-reproduce light painting. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, main frame f/2.8 30s ISO 6400.___

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2017-07-16 21:35:17 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

In Capitol Reef National Park, I photographed the landmark Castle. The visitor center lights were enough to accent the opposite cliffs, but not the more distant Castle, so I lighted the sizeable rock formation using a very bright (1000+ lumens) LED torch that was held by a tripod and clamp, as I photographed from a point of view hundreds of yards away to create some cross-lighting. Canon 5Dmk3, 24/1.4, f/1.4 20s ISO 3200.


In Capitol Reef National Park, I photographed the landmark Castle. The visitor center lights were enough to accent the opposite cliffs, but not the more distant Castle, so I lighted the sizeable rock formation using a very bright (1000+ lumens) LED torch that was held by a tripod and clamp, as I photographed from a point of view hundreds of yards away to create some cross-lighting. Canon 5Dmk3, 24/1.4, f/1.4 20s ISO 3200.
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2017-07-16 00:52:48 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 


The next night, I resumed photographing Bristlecone Pine trees, but this time in Bryce Canyon National Park. The moonless night is the best for letting the Milky Way and stars shine brightly, but the landscape is usually too dark. However, for this shot, there was a bit of light pollution, from distant artificial light sources, that was enough to cast a bit of light on the canyon. Since this was enough to give a sense of place, I chose to let the tree be seen as silhouette rather than lighting it. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400



The next night, I resumed photographing Bristlecone Pine trees, but this time in Bryce Canyon National Park. The moonless night is the best for letting the Milky Way and stars shine brightly, but the landscape is usually too dark. However, for this shot, there was a bit of light pollution, from distant artificial light sources, that was enough to cast a bit of light on the canyon. Since this was enough to give a sense of place, I chose to let the tree be seen as silhouette rather than lighting it. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 30s ISO 6400
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2017-07-14 22:56:58 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

In the next series of images, I will take you on a quick tour of the Southwest National Parks by night. I started my trip under a new moon, and finished it with a full moon. The project started with the Bristlecone Pine trees of Great Basin National Park. Since they are the oldest living things, I liked the idea of photographing them with the ancient light of stars. Great Basin is far from major population centers, so its skies are exceptionally dark. However, I wasn’t off to the best start for this project. As I headed by nightfall up the 1-hour trail to the grove, I was met halfway by a team of filmmakers/photographers who were hiking down. It turned out that they had set time-lapse sequences for a NPS-funded project. They asked me not to disturb them with a headlamp. The trail was dark, since there was no moon. I agreed to come back only in the later part of the night, when their sequences would bef... more »

In the next series of images, I will take you on a quick tour of the Southwest National Parks by night. I started my trip under a new moon, and finished it with a full moon. The project started with the Bristlecone Pine trees of Great Basin National Park. Since they are the oldest living things, I liked the idea of photographing them with the ancient light of stars. Great Basin is far from major population centers, so its skies are exceptionally dark. However, I wasn’t off to the best start for this project. As I headed by nightfall up the 1-hour trail to the grove, I was met halfway by a team of filmmakers/photographers who were hiking down. It turned out that they had set time-lapse sequences for a NPS-funded project. They asked me not to disturb them with a headlamp. The trail was dark, since there was no moon. I agreed to come back only in the later part of the night, when their sequences would be finished. I got up before 3am, but it takes a long time to find a subject in the dark, then refine your images. By the time I was done composing this photograph, the sky was already starting to lighten, and the Milky Way was long gone. Since my dark time was so short, instead of deploying my own lights, I used the light of a lantern the team had placed more than a hundred yards away. Canon 5Dmk3, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8 15s ISO 6400.___

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2017-07-10 07:08:02 (19 comments; 11 reshares; 209 +1s; )Open 

Two days ago, I walked to the Hawaii lava ocean entry with my two children. Thanks to the new emergency road, access is considerably easier and safer than it was in 2013, and rangers were even on site with free drinking water. But 2013's ocean entry (pictured here) was considerably better. Currently, it is quite distant from the observation area, which is roped to prohibit hiking further. How far? You now need a 600mm lens to frame it tightly. 


Two days ago, I walked to the Hawaii lava ocean entry with my two children. Thanks to the new emergency road, access is considerably easier and safer than it was in 2013, and rangers were even on site with free drinking water. But 2013's ocean entry (pictured here) was considerably better. Currently, it is quite distant from the observation area, which is roped to prohibit hiking further. How far? You now need a 600mm lens to frame it tightly. 
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2017-07-04 19:56:18 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 


Aloha from Waikiki. "I can’t think of a better way to honor our nation’s birthday than to watch natural fireworks erupting from our newest state. Turn up the volume, make this full screen, and watch Hawaii’s volcanoes celebrate the Fourth of July."



Aloha from Waikiki. "I can’t think of a better way to honor our nation’s birthday than to watch natural fireworks erupting from our newest state. Turn up the volume, make this full screen, and watch Hawaii’s volcanoes celebrate the Fourth of July."
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2017-07-02 18:15:12 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 190 +1s; )Open 

One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature you will witness is glowing lava cascading into the ocean to form new land in front of your eyes. This was taken in Hawaii Volcanoes National in 2013. Lava is entering the ocean again, and I so excited to be headed to the "islands in the pacific" today. This is one of 12 images of Hawaii Volcanoes included in Treasured Lands: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature you will witness is glowing lava cascading into the ocean to form new land in front of your eyes. This was taken in Hawaii Volcanoes National in 2013. Lava is entering the ocean again, and I so excited to be headed to the "islands in the pacific" today. This is one of 12 images of Hawaii Volcanoes included in Treasured Lands: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-06-30 00:02:54 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Mesa Verde became a National Park on this day in 1906. Happy anniversary! This is one of eight images from Mesa Verde National Park included in Treasured Lands: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com


Mesa Verde became a National Park on this day in 1906. Happy anniversary! This is one of eight images from Mesa Verde National Park included in Treasured Lands: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com
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2017-06-26 20:01:06 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Most people in California had not heard about the Carrizo Plain until this year, when the "super bloom" was widely publicized. There is more to discover in Carrizo Plain than wildflowers. Carizzo Plain National Monument is one of the national monuments under review. I hope that the photographs I posted recently help make the case that this beautiful land is worth protecting. Blog: http://qtl.us/2sOP8Zz #carrizoplain #monumentsforall


Most people in California had not heard about the Carrizo Plain until this year, when the "super bloom" was widely publicized. There is more to discover in Carrizo Plain than wildflowers. Carizzo Plain National Monument is one of the national monuments under review. I hope that the photographs I posted recently help make the case that this beautiful land is worth protecting. Blog: http://qtl.us/2sOP8Zz #carrizoplain #monumentsforall
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2017-06-24 17:19:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Thank you to the San Jose Mercury News for covering the "Treasured Lands" exhibit. Exhibt closes on Monday, June 26, and I will conduct a gallery walk and book signing at 7PM. Last chance! More info: http://www.artarkgallery.com

Thank you to the San Jose Mercury News for covering the "Treasured Lands" exhibit. Exhibt closes on Monday, June 26, and I will conduct a gallery walk and book signing at 7PM. Last chance! More info: http://www.artarkgallery.com___

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2017-06-23 08:10:05 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Carizzo Plain National Monument extends for 390 square miles, larger than half of the National Parks, but the boundaries of the monument are quite natural, as they follow the valley and surrounding mountains. The area is unique enough and rich enough in natural resources that there was once a proposal to nominate it for a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blog: http://qtl.us/2sOP8Zz



Carizzo Plain National Monument extends for 390 square miles, larger than half of the National Parks, but the boundaries of the monument are quite natural, as they follow the valley and surrounding mountains. The area is unique enough and rich enough in natural resources that there was once a proposal to nominate it for a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blog: http://qtl.us/2sOP8Zz

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2017-06-21 21:39:32 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Elliott Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

Created by an accumulation of coral thriving in the stunning northernmost reef in North America, the Keys act as tropical barrier islands, allowing the sheltered bay to be lined with the longest mangrove shoreline on the East Coast.


Elliott Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

Created by an accumulation of coral thriving in the stunning northernmost reef in North America, the Keys act as tropical barrier islands, allowing the sheltered bay to be lined with the longest mangrove shoreline on the East Coast.
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2017-06-20 18:38:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Due to popularity, the Treasured Lands exhibit has been extended until Monday, June 26 and there will be two more events:

Friday June 23, noon: Gallery Walk and Book Signing
Monday June 26, 7pm. Gallery Walk and Exhibit closing

More info: http://www.artarkgallery.com

Last chance to see Treasured Lands in San Jose!

Due to popularity, the Treasured Lands exhibit has been extended until Monday, June 26 and there will be two more events:

Friday June 23, noon: Gallery Walk and Book Signing
Monday June 26, 7pm. Gallery Walk and Exhibit closing

More info: http://www.artarkgallery.com

Last chance to see Treasured Lands in San Jose!___

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2017-06-18 22:04:30 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 

This spring, in Carrizo Plain National Monument, I drove the entire Elkhorn Road, and the most remarkable spot I found was a hill located about four miles north of Hurricane Road. From Elkhorn Road, the hill may appear close, but is a steep 1,000-foot elevation gain via a good user trail that starts at a gate. The views and close wildflower viewing made the effort worthwhile. Blog: http://qtl.us/2sOP8Zz

This spring, in Carrizo Plain National Monument, I drove the entire Elkhorn Road, and the most remarkable spot I found was a hill located about four miles north of Hurricane Road. From Elkhorn Road, the hill may appear close, but is a steep 1,000-foot elevation gain via a good user trail that starts at a gate. The views and close wildflower viewing made the effort worthwhile. Blog: http://qtl.us/2sOP8Zz___

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2017-06-15 21:21:50 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Clingsman Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains became a National Park on this day in 1934. Happy anniversary! This is one of six images from Great Smoky Mountains National Park included in my new book (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com). More about this location: http://qtl.us/2rwl6N8


Clingsman Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains became a National Park on this day in 1934. Happy anniversary! This is one of six images from Great Smoky Mountains National Park included in my new book (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com). More about this location: http://qtl.us/2rwl6N8
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2017-06-14 19:09:03 (65 comments; 3 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Elliott Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

Created by an accumulation of coral thriving in the stunning northernmost reef in North America, the Keys act as tropical barrier islands, allowing the sheltered bay to be lined with the longest mangrove shoreline on the East Coast.


Elliott Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

Created by an accumulation of coral thriving in the stunning northernmost reef in North America, the Keys act as tropical barrier islands, allowing the sheltered bay to be lined with the longest mangrove shoreline on the East Coast.
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2017-06-13 02:42:55 (15 comments; 2 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

My exhibit "Treasured Lands: Photographs of National Parks" has been seen by hundreds of thousands during its national tour. It is in San Jose CA for two more weeks. I'd be honored to see you at the Artist Talk and Book Signing: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7pm: http://www.artarkgallery.com

My exhibit "Treasured Lands: Photographs of National Parks" has been seen by hundreds of thousands during its national tour. It is in San Jose CA for two more weeks. I'd be honored to see you at the Artist Talk and Book Signing: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7pm: http://www.artarkgallery.com___

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2017-06-10 22:27:18 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Most of the times a barren-looking grassland, the little-known Carrizo Plain came to life thanks to the abundant rains of last winter, to become the site of a “super bloom”, with some of the best wildflower displays I had ever seen in California. Find out where I discovered the best blooms in this vast and beautiful valley: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/carrizo-plain-super-bloom/


Most of the times a barren-looking grassland, the little-known Carrizo Plain came to life thanks to the abundant rains of last winter, to become the site of a “super bloom”, with some of the best wildflower displays I had ever seen in California. Find out where I discovered the best blooms in this vast and beautiful valley: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/carrizo-plain-super-bloom/
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2017-06-10 02:17:06 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Thanks +Landscape Photography Magazine for the nice review of "Treasured Lands" in the June Issue. Landscape Photography Magazine is the leading online publication dedicated to nature landscape photography. Check them out at https://landscapephotographymagazine.com

Thanks +Landscape Photography Magazine for the nice review of "Treasured Lands" in the June Issue. Landscape Photography Magazine is the leading online publication dedicated to nature landscape photography. Check them out at https://landscapephotographymagazine.com___

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2017-06-07 05:18:20 (33 comments; 5 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Dumpling Mountain Trail, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

On the way back, the rain stopped and the sun peeked from below the clouds for a few minutes, lighting up the Brooks River, which joins Naknek Lake and Lake Brooks. Despite being only one mile and half, the Brooks River is known worldwide for its bears.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/more-than-bears-at-brooks-camp-the-dumpling-mountain-trail-katmai-national-park/

Dumpling Mountain Trail, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

On the way back, the rain stopped and the sun peeked from below the clouds for a few minutes, lighting up the Brooks River, which joins Naknek Lake and Lake Brooks. Despite being only one mile and half, the Brooks River is known worldwide for its bears.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/more-than-bears-at-brooks-camp-the-dumpling-mountain-trail-katmai-national-park/___

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2017-06-05 22:52:33 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 

Dumpling Mountain, Katmai National Park.

Shortly after coming out of the woods, the terrain changed abruptly from forest to tundra. Since it became open, I enjoyed the panoramic views and was relieved not to have to call out for bears. Although the trail starts right from the campsite, for the entire day, I saw only another party up there.

Blog: http://qtl.us/2ppHqD0


Dumpling Mountain, Katmai National Park.

Shortly after coming out of the woods, the terrain changed abruptly from forest to tundra. Since it became open, I enjoyed the panoramic views and was relieved not to have to call out for bears. Although the trail starts right from the campsite, for the entire day, I saw only another party up there.

Blog: http://qtl.us/2ppHqD0
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2017-06-03 19:08:24 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 111 +1s; )Open 

Dumpling Mountain Trail, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Shortly after coming out of the woods, the terrain changed abruptly from forest to tundra. Since it became open, I enjoyed the panoramic views and was relieved not to have to call out for bears. Although the trail starts right from the campsite, for the entire day, I saw only another party up there.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/more-than-bears-at-brooks-camp-the-dumpling-mountain-trail-katmai-national-park/

Dumpling Mountain Trail, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Shortly after coming out of the woods, the terrain changed abruptly from forest to tundra. Since it became open, I enjoyed the panoramic views and was relieved not to have to call out for bears. Although the trail starts right from the campsite, for the entire day, I saw only another party up there.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/more-than-bears-at-brooks-camp-the-dumpling-mountain-trail-katmai-national-park/___

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2017-05-31 17:19:15 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. While the ranger-led group turned back, I poked a bit more downstream of Ukak Falls, and was pleased to discover a viewpoint from which the cliffs towered right above the Ukak River without obstruction from vegetation. Not the landscape you'd expect from Alaska!

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. While the ranger-led group turned back, I poked a bit more downstream of Ukak Falls, and was pleased to discover a viewpoint from which the cliffs towered right above the Ukak River without obstruction from vegetation. Not the landscape you'd expect from Alaska!

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/___

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2017-05-28 19:16:59 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 121 +1s; )Open 

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. In other places, the age of cliffs and canyons would be counted in hypothetical hundred thousand, if not million of years, so it is remarkable that those in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes can be dated precisely to just about a hundred years ago.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. In other places, the age of cliffs and canyons would be counted in hypothetical hundred thousand, if not million of years, so it is remarkable that those in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes can be dated precisely to just about a hundred years ago.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/___

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2017-05-28 01:36:33 (28 comments; 9 reshares; 319 +1s; )Open 

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes floor is mostly flat, except where the rivers have cut gorges up to 100 feet deep. The Ukak River flows in a narrow channel cut into harder rock. Ukak Falls isn’t tall, but due to the narrowness of the stream, the power of the water is quite impressive.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes floor is mostly flat, except where the rivers have cut gorges up to 100 feet deep. The Ukak River flows in a narrow channel cut into harder rock. Ukak Falls isn’t tall, but due to the narrowness of the stream, the power of the water is quite impressive.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/___

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2017-05-26 02:50:31 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 156 +1s; )Open 

Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK

Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK___

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2017-05-23 20:44:00 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 143 +1s; )Open 

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK


Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK
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2017-05-22 17:55:05 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK___

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2017-05-22 01:53:48 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 205 +1s; )Open 

Katmai National Park, Alaska. While nowadays visitors come mostly to see the bears, Katmai National Park was established as a National Monument in 1918 to protect the site of the 1912 Novarupta eruption, the largest volcanic blast of the twentieth century. At an overlook a few miles before the destination, you could see what the once-verdant Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes would have looked like before the eruption.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/

Katmai National Park, Alaska. While nowadays visitors come mostly to see the bears, Katmai National Park was established as a National Monument in 1918 to protect the site of the 1912 Novarupta eruption, the largest volcanic blast of the twentieth century. At an overlook a few miles before the destination, you could see what the once-verdant Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes would have looked like before the eruption.

From: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/day-trip-to-valley-of-ten-thousand-smokes-katmai/___

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2017-05-14 14:02:10 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

See photos of six of them, and speak out for our national monuments under review: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/speak-out-for-our-national-monuments-under-review/



See photos of six of them, and speak out for our national monuments under review: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/speak-out-for-our-national-monuments-under-review/

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2017-05-13 18:20:04 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Maybe the factor that makes an autumn visit at Brooks Camp such a relaxed experience is the relative lack of crowds. Even at midday, the Brooks Falls platform was never full, and therefore never subject to a time limit. Isn't it great that you could move freely from platform to platform and never have to wait for a spot to free up? #katmainationalpark #alaska #nationalparks
From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/

Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Maybe the factor that makes an autumn visit at Brooks Camp such a relaxed experience is the relative lack of crowds. Even at midday, the Brooks Falls platform was never full, and therefore never subject to a time limit. Isn't it great that you could move freely from platform to platform and never have to wait for a spot to free up? #katmainationalpark #alaska #nationalparks
From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/___

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2017-05-13 02:33:56 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Katmai National Park, Alaska.

In the autumn, a lot of bear activity near Brooks Camp takes place at the lower platform near the mouth of the Brooks River, where the behaviors are more diverse. I also find the scenery more appealing there, and in addition, mid-September brings beautiful fall foliage to the area. I prefer photographing wildlife in the landscape rather than close-ups. What about you?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/

Katmai National Park, Alaska.

In the autumn, a lot of bear activity near Brooks Camp takes place at the lower platform near the mouth of the Brooks River, where the behaviors are more diverse. I also find the scenery more appealing there, and in addition, mid-September brings beautiful fall foliage to the area. I prefer photographing wildlife in the landscape rather than close-ups. What about you?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/___

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2017-05-11 16:28:34 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 169 +1s; )Open 

On this day in 1910, Glacier became a national park. Happy anniversary! A favorite spot: qtl.us/2pCWugB

Photo from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

On this day in 1910, Glacier became a national park. Happy anniversary! A favorite spot: qtl.us/2pCWugB

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2017-05-09 16:48:49 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

During the summer, most of the bear activity near Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park, takes place at Brooks Falls, and in the fall, it is still a great place for bear viewing, with an occasional fight even taking place. Occasional means that it's the only one I saw out of 3 days of (part-time) bear-viewing :-)

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/

During the summer, most of the bear activity near Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park, takes place at Brooks Falls, and in the fall, it is still a great place for bear viewing, with an occasional fight even taking place. Occasional means that it's the only one I saw out of 3 days of (part-time) bear-viewing :-)

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/___

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2017-05-08 00:43:42 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Early in the season, the bears look fairly ratty, but after a summer of feeding, they look big and fat again, with more shinny and full coats. Don't you like to see the wildlife at their most magnificent?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/

Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Early in the season, the bears look fairly ratty, but after a summer of feeding, they look big and fat again, with more shinny and full coats. Don't you like to see the wildlife at their most magnificent?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/grizzlies-in-autumn-katmai-national-park/___

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2017-05-06 19:20:15 (18 comments; 12 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

A moonbow is a rainbow produced by moonlight. Unlike rainbows in the sky, those that occur in the mist of waterfalls are predictable. There is no better place to see them than Yosemite National Park, and due to abundant water, next week could be one of the best in memory for photographing moonbows. Learn how: http://qtl.us/2o3zNSW .

Photo from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 

A moonbow is a rainbow produced by moonlight. Unlike rainbows in the sky, those that occur in the mist of waterfalls are predictable. There is no better place to see them than Yosemite National Park, and due to abundant water, next week could be one of the best in memory for photographing moonbows. Learn how: http://qtl.us/2o3zNSW .

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2017-05-05 19:23:26 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 92 +1s; )Open 

Have you heard of Katmai National Park bear viewing during July? The autumn is a much less known time to visit, but it is also great. August is a quiet month along the Brooks River. In September, sockeye salmon are spawned out and dying, making them easy to catch. At that time, bears return to the Brooks River, and they are still fishing. The scientific name for this feeding phase is "Hyperphagia", when the bears try to put on the last pounds before their winter hibernation. Blog: http://qtl.us/2q8SmEQ #katmainationalpark #alaska #nationalparks


Have you heard of Katmai National Park bear viewing during July? The autumn is a much less known time to visit, but it is also great. August is a quiet month along the Brooks River. In September, sockeye salmon are spawned out and dying, making them easy to catch. At that time, bears return to the Brooks River, and they are still fishing. The scientific name for this feeding phase is "Hyperphagia", when the bears try to put on the last pounds before their winter hibernation. Blog: http://qtl.us/2q8SmEQ #katmainationalpark #alaska #nationalparks
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2017-05-01 21:50:36 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 154 +1s; )Open 

Park Point, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Since the whole point of the park is the protected ruins, most visitors head straight to the south of the park, where they are located. I found several scenic opportunities at the beginning of the road, which follows the north rim of the mesa. The grandest vista is from Park Point, the park’s highest point at 8,572 feet. This is entry 29/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com #mesaverdenationalpark #nationalparks

Park Point, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Since the whole point of the park is the protected ruins, most visitors head straight to the south of the park, where they are located. I found several scenic opportunities at the beginning of the road, which follows the north rim of the mesa. The grandest vista is from Park Point, the park’s highest point at 8,572 feet. This is entry 29/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com #mesaverdenationalpark #nationalparks___

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2017-04-30 19:28:52 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Swan Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

The southern Keys in the park are penetrated by water, in the form of creeks, channels, and lagoons. The concessionaire doesn’t provide transportation to the southern keys, so I was grateful that a family who had attended my exhibit and school program in Miami had agreed to take me there on their boat.

This is entry 28/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com #biscaynenationalpark #nationalparks

Swan Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

The southern Keys in the park are penetrated by water, in the form of creeks, channels, and lagoons. The concessionaire doesn’t provide transportation to the southern keys, so I was grateful that a family who had attended my exhibit and school program in Miami had agreed to take me there on their boat.

This is entry 28/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com #biscaynenationalpark #nationalparks___

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2017-04-29 00:49:23 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

I am honored that Treasured Lands won the Gold Medal for the category “Arts and Photography” in the 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), for nearly 30 years, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards have been regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers.

FYI Amazon still the book at a 50% discount but I don't think this will last forever since I doubt they make a profit at that price: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

I am honored that Treasured Lands won the Gold Medal for the category “Arts and Photography” in the 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), for nearly 30 years, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards have been regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers.

FYI Amazon still the book at a 50% discount but I don't think this will last forever since I doubt they make a profit at that price: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-04-27 19:12:02 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

Shipleys Battery, Hassel Island, Virgin Islands National Park. Unknown to most visitors, Virgin Islands National Park has a detached section away from St John. This small island, situated in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island, is home to interesting historic sites. It is separated from St. Thomas by a crossing of only about a hundred yards from Frenchtown, which I did by sea kayak. This is entry 27/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com (currently 50% off on Amazon)


Shipleys Battery, Hassel Island, Virgin Islands National Park. Unknown to most visitors, Virgin Islands National Park has a detached section away from St John. This small island, situated in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island, is home to interesting historic sites. It is separated from St. Thomas by a crossing of only about a hundred yards from Frenchtown, which I did by sea kayak. This is entry 27/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com (currently 50% off on Amazon)
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2017-04-26 17:43:22 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. From the mid-point of the trail up to the top, the trail gets more faint, as the forest gives way to tundra, which also turns shades of gold and crimson in autumn. I love it that the elevation change allows you to experience so different life zones, don't you?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. From the mid-point of the trail up to the top, the trail gets more faint, as the forest gives way to tundra, which also turns shades of gold and crimson in autumn. I love it that the elevation change allows you to experience so different life zones, don't you?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/___

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2017-04-25 18:29:24 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 232 +1s; )Open 


Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. On the side opposite of Lake Clark, the views are over serpentine Kontrashibuna Lake and its turquoise-colored waters. Having such a high viewpoint gave me a different perspective on the park. If you like to climb mountains, isn't it first for the views?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/



Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. On the side opposite of Lake Clark, the views are over serpentine Kontrashibuna Lake and its turquoise-colored waters. Having such a high viewpoint gave me a different perspective on the park. If you like to climb mountains, isn't it first for the views?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/
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2017-04-24 18:37:07 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Mid-way up the trail, views over Lake Clark opened up. I found they all the more rewarding because I'd been hiking hours in the forest. Don't you like it when you have to work for your views?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Mid-way up the trail, views over Lake Clark opened up. I found they all the more rewarding because I'd been hiking hours in the forest. Don't you like it when you have to work for your views?

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/___

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2017-04-22 20:14:58 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. The Tanalian Mountain Trail is 4.8 miles round-trip with a steep 3,250-foot elevation gain. It starts in a lovely deciduous forest. The autumn color display was superb at the end of the second week of September. Blog: http://qtl.us/2nNvHAF

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. The Tanalian Mountain Trail is 4.8 miles round-trip with a steep 3,250-foot elevation gain. It starts in a lovely deciduous forest. The autumn color display was superb at the end of the second week of September. Blog: http://qtl.us/2nNvHAF___

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