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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 292 +1s; )Open 

Balconies Cave, Pinnacles National Park, California.

The Balconies Caves have a different, more wild and natural character than the Bear Gulch Caves. Although not as deep, the Balconies Caves are longer and have more isolated jammed boulders (my favorite subjects there)—rocks the size of houses hung steadily over my head. Packing my tripod so that my hands remained free, I scrambled through narrow passageways, ducked under rocks, and walked carved staircases.

This is entry 14/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com



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2017-02-28 21:13:32 (20 comments; 18 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

The classic tight view of Horsetail Fall, Yosemite's "natural firefall", captured with a 300mm lens from the same vantage point as my previous image. If you have not seen it before, check it out at http://qtl.us/2l4VT97

The point here is that if you are in position for a great wide-angle image, you can always shoot a close-up, but not vice-versa!


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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 292 +1s; )Open 

Balconies Cave, Pinnacles National Park, California.

The Balconies Caves have a different, more wild and natural character than the Bear Gulch Caves. Although not as deep, the Balconies Caves are longer and have more isolated jammed boulders (my favorite subjects there)—rocks the size of houses hung steadily over my head. Packing my tripod so that my hands remained free, I scrambled through narrow passageways, ducked under rocks, and walked carved staircases.

This is entry 14/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com



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2017-04-22 20:14:58 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +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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2017-04-21 19:02:13 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

I greatly enjoyed "Before They're Gone—A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks" (National Outdoor Book Award winner) from +Michael Lanza, with its intersection of parenthood and national parks. Michael maintains the great outdoor blog TheBigOutside.com and has just published an interview with me there: http://qtl.us/2ocBwJ3

I greatly enjoyed "Before They're Gone—A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks" (National Outdoor Book Award winner) from +Michael Lanza, with its intersection of parenthood and national parks. Michael maintains the great outdoor blog TheBigOutside.com and has just published an interview with me there: http://qtl.us/2ocBwJ3___

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2017-04-17 03:02:46 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

After hiking in steady rain, I was elated that the clouds broke for a short instant at Kontrashibuna Lake. But after a quick photo, I had to rush to take opportunity of the dry moment to pitch my tent because I knew the rain would return soon. What would you think of camping ten feet from that lakeshore? Blog: http://qtl.us/2nNvHAF



After hiking in steady rain, I was elated that the clouds broke for a short instant at Kontrashibuna Lake. But after a quick photo, I had to rush to take opportunity of the dry moment to pitch my tent because I knew the rain would return soon. What would you think of camping ten feet from that lakeshore? Blog: http://qtl.us/2nNvHAF

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2017-04-16 07:29:54 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Lake Clark, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska still beautiful with its subtle color on a rainy day. No problem with an umbrella. Don't you find those days soothing?

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

Lake Clark, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska still beautiful with its subtle color on a rainy day. No problem with an umbrella. Don't you find those days soothing?

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

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2017-04-14 16:53:02 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

My main goal this winter in Pinnacles National Park, was to photograph the elusive Moses Spring waterfall. Although it was again just a trickle, the best light conditions would nevertheless maximize the contrast enough to make the scant water sparkle. This meant that the water would have to be directly backlit by the sun against a background rock wall in the shade. Having studied the location on previous visits, I was able to estimate the proper time window precisely enough to make the photograph within half-an-hour of arriving on site.

More: More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/



My main goal this winter in Pinnacles National Park, was to photograph the elusive Moses Spring waterfall. Although it was again just a trickle, the best light conditions would nevertheless maximize the contrast enough to make the scant water sparkle. This meant that the water would have to be directly backlit by the sun against a background rock wall in the shade. Having studied the location on previous visits, I was able to estimate the proper time window precisely enough to make the photograph within half-an-hour of arriving on site.

More: More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/

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2017-04-10 14:28:23 (17 comments; 9 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 


In Pinnacles National Park, which is mostly dry chapparal, the base of Moses Springs forms a lush oasis However, if you don't step out ten yards from the trail, you'd totally miss this spot. It pays to keep your eyes open and be ready to explore!

More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/



In Pinnacles National Park, which is mostly dry chapparal, the base of Moses Springs forms a lush oasis However, if you don't step out ten yards from the trail, you'd totally miss this spot. It pays to keep your eyes open and be ready to explore!

More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/
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2017-04-08 18:20:05 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

I am honored that "Treasured Lands" has won the Gold Medal for the category "Coffee Table Books" in the 2017 Independent Publisher Awards. The "IPPY", as it is known in the book publishing industry, is the world's largest book awards competition, running now for 21 years.

Note that Amazon currently has the book at an incredible 50% discount. If you haven't got your copy yet or would like to stock up for gifts, head to: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn


I am honored that "Treasured Lands" has won the Gold Medal for the category "Coffee Table Books" in the 2017 Independent Publisher Awards. The "IPPY", as it is known in the book publishing industry, is the world's largest book awards competition, running now for 21 years.

Note that Amazon currently has the book at an incredible 50% discount. If you haven't got your copy yet or would like to stock up for gifts, head to: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn
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2017-04-07 19:45:50 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Last winter was the first time I saw the Moses Spring waterfall running that strongly in Pinnacles National Park, California. On both my first and second (here) attempts to photograph it, the waterfall was in the shade. I planned a third attempt, but in the while I used a fast shutter speed to make the water more visible

More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/


Last winter was the first time I saw the Moses Spring waterfall running that strongly in Pinnacles National Park, California. On both my first and second (here) attempts to photograph it, the waterfall was in the shade. I planned a third attempt, but in the while I used a fast shutter speed to make the water more visible

More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/
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2017-04-06 22:52:32 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

For most of the year, Pinnacles National Park is quite a dry place. The high rains of this winter transformed the place. To be sure that I would see the creeks flowing, I made a visit during a period of rain. Do you enjoy hiking on rainy days?

More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/

For most of the year, Pinnacles National Park is quite a dry place. The high rains of this winter transformed the place. To be sure that I would see the creeks flowing, I made a visit during a period of rain. Do you enjoy hiking on rainy days?

More: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/pinnacles-moses-spring-waterfall-at-least/___

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2017-04-03 19:19:15 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 111 +1s; )Open 

Pinnacles, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

For a change from views of the Lake, explore the volcanic terrain of the park. The spectacular Pinnacles spires can be seen from a roadside overlook, but a 1-mile round-trip trail provided more viewpoints and angles.

This is entry 26/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Pinnacles, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

For a change from views of the Lake, explore the volcanic terrain of the park. The spectacular Pinnacles spires can be seen from a roadside overlook, but a 1-mile round-trip trail provided more viewpoints and angles.

This is entry 26/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-31 21:56:26 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Chocolate Drops from Standing Rocks Campsite, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

The Maze District is the wildest and most rugged of the three districts in Canyonlands National Park. Traveled only by 3 percent of visitors to the Park, it is one of the most remote backcountry destinations in the contiguous United States. With the appropriate high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle,, you can drive the 37 miles from the Hans Flat Ranger Station to the Standing Rocks Campsite in about 5 hours, which should give you a good idea of the road difficulty.

This is entry 25/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Chocolate Drops from Standing Rocks Campsite, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

The Maze District is the wildest and most rugged of the three districts in Canyonlands National Park. Traveled only by 3 percent of visitors to the Park, it is one of the most remote backcountry destinations in the contiguous United States. With the appropriate high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle,, you can drive the 37 miles from the Hans Flat Ranger Station to the Standing Rocks Campsite in about 5 hours, which should give you a good idea of the road difficulty.

This is entry 25/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-30 17:05:26 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

John Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park.

John Hopkins Inlet, where four glaciers tumble from 8,000-foot mountains into a sheer-sided fjord, is one of the most stunning locations in Alaska. The inlet is closed to all water traffic (including kayaks) in May, June, and sometimes Mid-July in order to protect unweaned harbor seal pups. Its waters are difficult to navigate by kayak because of numerous icebergs, particularly early in the season. A rising tide can close the channel with icebergs, and it takes only a run-in with one of them to crack the fiberglass bow of a kayak. We found good views of John Hopkins Inlet near its entrance, by hiking up a knoll situated on the north shore.

This is entry 24/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

John Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park.

John Hopkins Inlet, where four glaciers tumble from 8,000-foot mountains into a sheer-sided fjord, is one of the most stunning locations in Alaska. The inlet is closed to all water traffic (including kayaks) in May, June, and sometimes Mid-July in order to protect unweaned harbor seal pups. Its waters are difficult to navigate by kayak because of numerous icebergs, particularly early in the season. A rising tide can close the channel with icebergs, and it takes only a run-in with one of them to crack the fiberglass bow of a kayak. We found good views of John Hopkins Inlet near its entrance, by hiking up a knoll situated on the north shore.

This is entry 24/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-29 17:06:49 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

Denali Summit, Denali National Park, Alaska.

The top of North America, rising 18,000 feet above the surrounding glaciers, Denali is one of the most impressive mountain peaks in the world. Even if you are not a mountaineer, I recommend that you get a glimpse of this surreal world by chartering a scenic flight over the Alaska Range from the small town of Talkeetna. In May 1993, taking off from there, a bush pilot dropped me at the base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier (elevation 7,200 feet) with 100 pounds of gear and supplies, enough for the three weeks I had planned to climb the mountain and come back. Using planes specially outfitted with skis, the same pilots can land you for a brief time on many spectacular glaciers in the heart of the range.

This is entry 23/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Denali Summit, Denali National Park, Alaska.

The top of North America, rising 18,000 feet above the surrounding glaciers, Denali is one of the most impressive mountain peaks in the world. Even if you are not a mountaineer, I recommend that you get a glimpse of this surreal world by chartering a scenic flight over the Alaska Range from the small town of Talkeetna. In May 1993, taking off from there, a bush pilot dropped me at the base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier (elevation 7,200 feet) with 100 pounds of gear and supplies, enough for the three weeks I had planned to climb the mountain and come back. Using planes specially outfitted with skis, the same pilots can land you for a brief time on many spectacular glaciers in the heart of the range.

This is entry 23/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-28 22:49:28 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Papoose Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.

While the Big Room, open to self-guided visits, is well trodden, to see King’s Palace, you need to sign up for a 1.5-hour ranger-guided tour. Along the 1-mile route, you pass through four highly decorated chambers that feel more intimate than the Big Room.

This is entry 22/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Papoose Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.

While the Big Room, open to self-guided visits, is well trodden, to see King’s Palace, you need to sign up for a 1.5-hour ranger-guided tour. Along the 1-mile route, you pass through four highly decorated chambers that feel more intimate than the Big Room.

This is entry 22/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-27 17:24:47 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

Stout Grove, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Redwood National and State Parks, California.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods features the least developed, most pristine and dense old-growth forest of the three state parks. Many consider Stout Grove to be the most beautiful stand of redwoods anywhere. Since the foggy conditions that I prefer for that shot were not available, I photographed instead at night, when I could illuminate the trees using a powerful flashlight, making them stand out against the dark sky.

This is entry 21/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Stout Grove, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Redwood National and State Parks, California.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods features the least developed, most pristine and dense old-growth forest of the three state parks. Many consider Stout Grove to be the most beautiful stand of redwoods anywhere. Since the foggy conditions that I prefer for that shot were not available, I photographed instead at night, when I could illuminate the trees using a powerful flashlight, making them stand out against the dark sky.

This is entry 21/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-27 03:32:50 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 160 +1s; )Open 

Kings Creek Falls, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

The 43-foot tall Kings Creek Falls, which flows year-round, is the most beautiful waterfall in the park. It is the destination of a lively 3-mile round-trip trail passing through meadows and near cascades.A steeper and shorter variant is possible, but it was closed when I was there, causing me to arrive at the falls a bit too late for daylight photographs. Instead, I used my headlamp to light-paint the waterfall at night.

This is entry 20/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Kings Creek Falls, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

The 43-foot tall Kings Creek Falls, which flows year-round, is the most beautiful waterfall in the park. It is the destination of a lively 3-mile round-trip trail passing through meadows and near cascades.A steeper and shorter variant is possible, but it was closed when I was there, causing me to arrive at the falls a bit too late for daylight photographs. Instead, I used my headlamp to light-paint the waterfall at night.

This is entry 20/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-24 20:34:13 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 164 +1s; )Open 

South Rim, Big Bend National Park, Texas.

The South Rim of the Chisos Mountains offers by far the most spectacular panoramic views in the park, from which the desert below stretches as far as the eye can see into Mexico. The South Rim Trail is 13 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. After hiking up to the top of the Chisos, I slept under a large pinyon pine. The next morning, I discovered with delight several beautiful giant agaves, typical plants of the Chihuahuan Desert, growing right at the rim.

This is entry 19/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

South Rim, Big Bend National Park, Texas.

The South Rim of the Chisos Mountains offers by far the most spectacular panoramic views in the park, from which the desert below stretches as far as the eye can see into Mexico. The South Rim Trail is 13 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. After hiking up to the top of the Chisos, I slept under a large pinyon pine. The next morning, I discovered with delight several beautiful giant agaves, typical plants of the Chihuahuan Desert, growing right at the rim.

This is entry 19/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-23 20:44:16 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Point Bennett, Channel Islands National Park, California.

The westernmost of the Channel Islands, San Miguel is for the hardy. Since there is no protection from the open ocean, strong winds and fog are common. The boat trip takes about 4 hours, after which you go to the shore in an inflatable boat through the surf and hike a steep mile to the campground. Point Bennett (15 miles round-trip from the campground) beaches are home to one of the largest congregations of marine life found anywhere in the world.

This is entry 18/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Point Bennett, Channel Islands National Park, California.

The westernmost of the Channel Islands, San Miguel is for the hardy. Since there is no protection from the open ocean, strong winds and fog are common. The boat trip takes about 4 hours, after which you go to the shore in an inflatable boat through the surf and hike a steep mile to the campground. Point Bennett (15 miles round-trip from the campground) beaches are home to one of the largest congregations of marine life found anywhere in the world.

This is entry 18/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-22 21:53:27 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 147 +1s; )Open 

Northwestern Fjord, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

To see a tidewater glacier, you’ll need to take a full-day tour. The shortest such tour visits Aialik Bay. On the longer tour to Northwestern Fjord, you visit a narrower and more scenic fjord, whose peaks tower more dramatically.

This is entry 17/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Northwestern Fjord, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

To see a tidewater glacier, you’ll need to take a full-day tour. The shortest such tour visits Aialik Bay. On the longer tour to Northwestern Fjord, you visit a narrower and more scenic fjord, whose peaks tower more dramatically.

This is entry 17/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-21 20:51:20 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

View from Mount Herard, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

Starting from near Medano Pass (which requires 4WD to reach), a trail takes you to Medano Lake (8 miles round-trip; 2,000-foot elevation gain). From there, it is 1,800-foot gain in elevation cross-country to the summit of Mount Herard for the best view in the park. From there, the 750-foot dunes look small. I lingered on the summit until sunset.

This is entry 16/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

View from Mount Herard, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

Starting from near Medano Pass (which requires 4WD to reach), a trail takes you to Medano Lake (8 miles round-trip; 2,000-foot elevation gain). From there, it is 1,800-foot gain in elevation cross-country to the summit of Mount Herard for the best view in the park. From there, the 750-foot dunes look small. I lingered on the summit until sunset.

This is entry 16/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-21 01:16:00 (13 comments; 11 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

Anderson Bay, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota.

Almost all the views in the park are at water level since the heavily forested land has little elevation. On the shores of Anderson Bay, I enjoyed what could be the best view in the park, as I stood on the top of white granite cliffs that abruptly rise 80 feet from the water. I had rented a small motorboat (15 horsepower) at a resort near the Kabetogama Visitor Center. As this was the first time I had ever driven one, navigating the labyrinth of lakes, islands, and narrows proved a bit challenging because they all looked the same from the water.

This is entry 15/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Anderson Bay, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota.

Almost all the views in the park are at water level since the heavily forested land has little elevation. On the shores of Anderson Bay, I enjoyed what could be the best view in the park, as I stood on the top of white granite cliffs that abruptly rise 80 feet from the water. I had rented a small motorboat (15 horsepower) at a resort near the Kabetogama Visitor Center. As this was the first time I had ever driven one, navigating the labyrinth of lakes, islands, and narrows proved a bit challenging because they all looked the same from the water.

This is entry 15/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 292 +1s; )Open 

Balconies Cave, Pinnacles National Park, California.

The Balconies Caves have a different, more wild and natural character than the Bear Gulch Caves. Although not as deep, the Balconies Caves are longer and have more isolated jammed boulders (my favorite subjects there)—rocks the size of houses hung steadily over my head. Packing my tripod so that my hands remained free, I scrambled through narrow passageways, ducked under rocks, and walked carved staircases.

This is entry 14/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com



Balconies Cave, Pinnacles National Park, California.

The Balconies Caves have a different, more wild and natural character than the Bear Gulch Caves. Although not as deep, the Balconies Caves are longer and have more isolated jammed boulders (my favorite subjects there)—rocks the size of houses hung steadily over my head. Packing my tripod so that my hands remained free, I scrambled through narrow passageways, ducked under rocks, and walked carved staircases.

This is entry 14/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

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2017-03-19 02:32:07 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 155 +1s; )Open 

Gunnison River near the Narrows, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

The Park Service warns that hiking the inner canyon is a wilderness experience, with “extremely difficult, steep, and unmarked routes.” They require a wilderness use permit even for day trips. I hiked the Long Draw route from the North Rim, because it descends right into the Narrows. Because the terrain was treacherous, with loose rocks and a few short ledges to downclimb, it took me an hour and half to cover the short distance.

This is entry 13/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Gunnison River near the Narrows, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

The Park Service warns that hiking the inner canyon is a wilderness experience, with “extremely difficult, steep, and unmarked routes.” They require a wilderness use permit even for day trips. I hiked the Long Draw route from the North Rim, because it descends right into the Narrows. Because the terrain was treacherous, with loose rocks and a few short ledges to downclimb, it took me an hour and half to cover the short distance.

This is entry 13/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-17 22:35:43 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Salt Basin Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.

The little-known Salt Basin Dunes are one of two shimmering white gypsum dune fields in the United States, the other being the nearby White Sands National Monument. You will not be bothered by footprints on the dunes—during my visit, in November, I did not meet another person in this remote and little-known section of the park.

This is entry 12/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Salt Basin Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.

The little-known Salt Basin Dunes are one of two shimmering white gypsum dune fields in the United States, the other being the nearby White Sands National Monument. You will not be bothered by footprints on the dunes—during my visit, in November, I did not meet another person in this remote and little-known section of the park.

This is entry 12/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-17 06:35:18 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 142 +1s; )Open 

Cedar Creek, Congaree National Park, South Carolina.

Congaree combines the watery environment of the Everglades with the towering old-growth forests of the West. As with the Everglades, exploring via water provides you with a unique perspective. The most memorable experience in the park for me was riding a canoe through a narrow channel beneath a canopy of trees on Cedar Creek.

This is entry 11/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com


Cedar Creek, Congaree National Park, South Carolina.

Congaree combines the watery environment of the Everglades with the towering old-growth forests of the West. As with the Everglades, exploring via water provides you with a unique perspective. The most memorable experience in the park for me was riding a canoe through a narrow channel beneath a canopy of trees on Cedar Creek.

This is entry 11/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com
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2017-03-16 18:39:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I was recently interviewed by +Ugo Cei and +Ralph Velasco for their "Traveling Image Makers" podcast of conversations on Travel and Photography. Check it out and see if you are amongst the few who can understand what I say in spite of my French accent! 

I was recently interviewed by +Ugo Cei and +Ralph Velasco for their "Traveling Image Makers" podcast of conversations on Travel and Photography. Check it out and see if you are amongst the few who can understand what I say in spite of my French accent! ___

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2017-03-15 20:30:37 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

Lexington Arch, Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

Natural arches carved from limestone are relatively rare unlike their sandstone counterparts, and Lexington Arch is one of the largest limestone arches in the western United States. It is accessed via an overgrown trail after driving a lonely 11-mile dirt road.

This is entry 10/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Lexington Arch, Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

Natural arches carved from limestone are relatively rare unlike their sandstone counterparts, and Lexington Arch is one of the largest limestone arches in the western United States. It is accessed via an overgrown trail after driving a lonely 11-mile dirt road.

This is entry 10/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-14 21:52:19 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

Skookum Volcano from Skookum Creek, Wrangell St Elias National Park, Alaska.

Situated in a more remote area and lacking the attractions of Kennecott, Nabesna Road, which opens up the northern reaches of the park, is much less visited than McCarthy Road. For a day hike starting from the Nabesna road, I picked the Skookum Volcano Trail, possibly the most rewarding and unique of the several hikes accessed from the road.

This is entry 9/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Skookum Volcano from Skookum Creek, Wrangell St Elias National Park, Alaska.

Situated in a more remote area and lacking the attractions of Kennecott, Nabesna Road, which opens up the northern reaches of the park, is much less visited than McCarthy Road. For a day hike starting from the Nabesna road, I picked the Skookum Volcano Trail, possibly the most rewarding and unique of the several hikes accessed from the road.

This is entry 9/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-13 23:31:29 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Last time Amazon had Treasured Lands at 50%, the sale didn't last two days, and I even placed an order - author copies usually are more than that! To take advantage of this great offer, follow the link: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

Last time Amazon had Treasured Lands at 50%, the sale didn't last two days, and I even placed an order - author copies usually are more than that! To take advantage of this great offer, follow the link: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-03-13 20:08:40 (14 comments; 9 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Little Africa Reef, Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.

Loggerhead Key is separated from Garden Key (which for most visitors is synonym with the national park) by 3 miles of open ocean. Only a maximum number of 24 visitors are allowed each day. In winter and spring, high winds make the crossing problematic. In the summer, tropical storms threaten. Little Africa Reef, named for its shape, had the densest concentration of corals at a shallow depth I saw anywhere. I could hardly find any sandy spots to stand on, and the water was so shallow that I had to swim in a zigzag pattern in order to avoid touching the corals.

This is entry 8/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 

Little Africa Reef, Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.

Loggerhead Key is separated from Garden Key (which for most visitors is synonym with the national park) by 3 miles of open ocean. Only a maximum number of 24 visitors are allowed each day. In winter and spring, high winds make the crossing problematic. In the summer, tropical storms threaten. Little Africa Reef, named for its shape, had the densest concentration of corals at a shallow depth I saw anywhere. I could hardly find any sandy spots to stand on, and the water was so shallow that I had to swim in a zigzag pattern in order to avoid touching the corals.

This is entry 8/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com ___

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2017-03-13 06:59:56 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 92 +1s; )Open 

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Although the main draw for modern visitors is the bear viewing, Katmai 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. In July 2001, together with a friend, I embarked on a weeklong expedition in the valley. It was one of the most barren places I’ve experienced, with no vegetation in sight for miles. This is entry 5/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series.

Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com (Great discount today on Amazon: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn). 

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Although the main draw for modern visitors is the bear viewing, Katmai 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. In July 2001, together with a friend, I embarked on a weeklong expedition in the valley. It was one of the most barren places I’ve experienced, with no vegetation in sight for miles. This is entry 5/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series.

Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com (Great discount today on Amazon: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn). ___

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2017-03-12 06:51:15 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

Easy Pass, North Cascades National Park, Washington.

The dark coniferous forests and imposing mountains of the Cascade Range do not look like an obvious place to look for fall color, but within the park there are places with impressive displays. The most unique is the subalpine larch, a rare Pacific Northwest deciduous conifer whose needles turn bright gold before falling in mid-October. Besides the Northern Rockies, the range of the subalpine larch is limited to a narrow band on the eastern ridge of the Cascades, coinciding with the park’s eastern boundary.

This is entry 6/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 

Easy Pass, North Cascades National Park, Washington.

The dark coniferous forests and imposing mountains of the Cascade Range do not look like an obvious place to look for fall color, but within the park there are places with impressive displays. The most unique is the subalpine larch, a rare Pacific Northwest deciduous conifer whose needles turn bright gold before falling in mid-October. Besides the Northern Rockies, the range of the subalpine larch is limited to a narrow band on the eastern ridge of the Cascades, coinciding with the park’s eastern boundary.

This is entry 6/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com ___

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2017-03-10 20:49:38 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 99 +1s; )Open 

Mount Franklin, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

Greenstone Ridge is the backbone of the island, and its cross-island trail follows the entire ridge for 42 miles. My favorite high view was from Mount Franklin. The rock outcrops provide a foreground for the expansive view towards the north, which is beautiful at sunset. I waited for the last light for maximum color. There is no established campground nearby, but I found a hard surface on which to pitch my tent.

This is entry 5/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Mount Franklin, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

Greenstone Ridge is the backbone of the island, and its cross-island trail follows the entire ridge for 42 miles. My favorite high view was from Mount Franklin. The rock outcrops provide a foreground for the expansive view towards the north, which is beautiful at sunset. I waited for the last light for maximum color. There is no established campground nearby, but I found a hard surface on which to pitch my tent.

This is entry 5/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-09 21:34:46 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 140 +1s; )Open 

Brooks Range from eastern boundary, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.

My friend and I got there by driving from Fairbanks for 8 hours along the Dalton Highway, often on solid ice, using the hamlet of Wiseman as our base. The mostly unpaved Dalton Highway has the reputation of being one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It is one of the northernmost roads in the world, and the only one in the United States crossing the Arctic Circle. Along its 414 miles, there are services only at one place in winter: Coldfoot (population 13). In the middle of a sunny day, the car’s thermometer indicated a temperature of -32°F at one point. At night, we were too mesmerized by the aurora to check the temperature.

This is entry #4 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com


Brooks Range from eastern boundary, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.

My friend and I got there by driving from Fairbanks for 8 hours along the Dalton Highway, often on solid ice, using the hamlet of Wiseman as our base. The mostly unpaved Dalton Highway has the reputation of being one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It is one of the northernmost roads in the world, and the only one in the United States crossing the Arctic Circle. Along its 414 miles, there are services only at one place in winter: Coldfoot (population 13). In the middle of a sunny day, the car’s thermometer indicated a temperature of -32°F at one point. At night, we were too mesmerized by the aurora to check the temperature.

This is entry #4 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com
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2017-03-08 23:53:21 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Unnamed Valley between Turquoise Lake in Twin Lakes, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

North West of Lake Clark, several lakes, which are accessed via chartered floatplane, offer excellent backcountry hiking on a plateau above the tree line. Between Turquoise Lakes where we were dropped by floatplane and Twin Lakes, our floatplane pick-up destination, the tundra was high enough that we didn’t have to contend with unstable tussock ground found in wet areas.

This is entry #3 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Unnamed Valley between Turquoise Lake in Twin Lakes, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

North West of Lake Clark, several lakes, which are accessed via chartered floatplane, offer excellent backcountry hiking on a plateau above the tree line. Between Turquoise Lakes where we were dropped by floatplane and Twin Lakes, our floatplane pick-up destination, the tundra was high enough that we didn’t have to contend with unstable tussock ground found in wet areas.

This is entry #3 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-03-08 00:41:47 (20 comments; 4 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Siu Point, Tau Island, National Park of American Samoa. Of the three islands on which the National Park of American Samoa is located, Tau is the less visited by far. The only accommodation consists of home-stays with families, a great cultural experience. Past Sau‘a, the site of the creation of humanity in Samoan mythology, I saw a totally wild coastline with some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world at Siu Point, and with no shelter nearby had to contend with tropical showers for the whole day.

This entry #2 in #treasuredlands #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com


Siu Point, Tau Island, National Park of American Samoa. Of the three islands on which the National Park of American Samoa is located, Tau is the less visited by far. The only accommodation consists of home-stays with families, a great cultural experience. Past Sau‘a, the site of the creation of humanity in Samoan mythology, I saw a totally wild coastline with some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world at Siu Point, and with no shelter nearby had to contend with tropical showers for the whole day.

This entry #2 in #treasuredlands #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com
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2017-03-06 20:35:57 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 97 +1s; )Open 

Onion Portage, Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska.

Onion Portage is the most significant archeological site found in the Arctic. For some reason, caribou like to cross the river at this location, a fact that hunters have been taking advantage of for millennia. I took advantage of that fact for wildlife photos, by stationing myself on the south shore.

This is the start of a new series identified with the tag #nationalparkssecrets. I will be posting one image from an out-of-the-beaten path location in a new national park each day. The order of the posts will be from the least visited national park (Kobuk Valley), where everything is in fact out of the beaten path, to the most visited national park (Great Smoky Mountains), where such spots are harder to find. Oh, all the images in the series are from my new book http://TreasuredLandsBook.com which has a more detailed write-up about the... more »

Onion Portage, Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska.

Onion Portage is the most significant archeological site found in the Arctic. For some reason, caribou like to cross the river at this location, a fact that hunters have been taking advantage of for millennia. I took advantage of that fact for wildlife photos, by stationing myself on the south shore.

This is the start of a new series identified with the tag #nationalparkssecrets. I will be posting one image from an out-of-the-beaten path location in a new national park each day. The order of the posts will be from the least visited national park (Kobuk Valley), where everything is in fact out of the beaten path, to the most visited national park (Great Smoky Mountains), where such spots are harder to find. Oh, all the images in the series are from my new book http://TreasuredLandsBook.com which has a more detailed write-up about the locations pictured in each image.

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2017-03-06 06:10:55 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

Channel Islands became a National Park on this day in 1980. Happy anniversary!

This is one of thirteen images from Channel Islands National Park, California, included in http://TreasuredLandsBook.com with detailed location information.


Channel Islands became a National Park on this day in 1980. Happy anniversary!

This is one of thirteen images from Channel Islands National Park, California, included in http://TreasuredLandsBook.com with detailed location information.
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2017-03-04 21:00:47 (15 comments; 7 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Hot Springs became a National Park on this day in 1921. Happy anniversary!

Amazon has an incredible 50% discount on Treasured Lands, not sure how long this will last: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn. I placed an order for myself!

Hot Springs became a National Park on this day in 1921. Happy anniversary!

Amazon has an incredible 50% discount on Treasured Lands, not sure how long this will last: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn. I placed an order for myself!___

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2017-03-03 20:24:40 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Isle Royale became a National Park on this day in 1931. Happy anniversary!

As a heads up, today Amazon has an incredible 50% discount on Treasured Lands. Follow the link: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn. They are basically selling at no profit, especially with free shipping. I even placed an order for myself :-)


Isle Royale became a National Park on this day in 1931. Happy anniversary!

As a heads up, today Amazon has an incredible 50% discount on Treasured Lands. Follow the link: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn. They are basically selling at no profit, especially with free shipping. I even placed an order for myself :-)
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2017-03-02 21:56:55 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 160 +1s; )Open 

Mount Rainier became the 4th National Park on this day in 1899. Happy anniversary!

This is one of ten images from Mount Rainier National Park included in my new book http://TreasuredLandsBook.com with detailed location notes.


Mount Rainier became the 4th National Park on this day in 1899. Happy anniversary!

This is one of ten images from Mount Rainier National Park included in my new book http://TreasuredLandsBook.com with detailed location notes.
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2017-02-28 21:13:32 (20 comments; 18 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

The classic tight view of Horsetail Fall, Yosemite's "natural firefall", captured with a 300mm lens from the same vantage point as my previous image. If you have not seen it before, check it out at http://qtl.us/2l4VT97

The point here is that if you are in position for a great wide-angle image, you can always shoot a close-up, but not vice-versa!


The classic tight view of Horsetail Fall, Yosemite's "natural firefall", captured with a 300mm lens from the same vantage point as my previous image. If you have not seen it before, check it out at http://qtl.us/2l4VT97

The point here is that if you are in position for a great wide-angle image, you can always shoot a close-up, but not vice-versa!
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2017-02-27 20:25:02 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

By now you've probably heard of Horsetail Fall, Yosemite's marvelous "natural firefall" and seen countless photos. Read why I didn't attempt to photograph it prior to this year, and the story behind my image that I bet you haven't seen before: qtl.us/2l4VT97

By now you've probably heard of Horsetail Fall, Yosemite's marvelous "natural firefall" and seen countless photos. Read why I didn't attempt to photograph it prior to this year, and the story behind my image that I bet you haven't seen before: qtl.us/2l4VT97___

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2017-02-26 21:17:20 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Iceberg in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park. A helicopter can fly at very low elevations, providing a stronger perspective since the foreground is much closer than the background. Have you tried a low aerial shot from a helicopter before ? 

Iceberg in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park. A helicopter can fly at very low elevations, providing a stronger perspective since the foreground is much closer than the background. Have you tried a low aerial shot from a helicopter before ? ___

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2017-02-22 20:17:28 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Bear Glacier, extending over 10 miles, is the longest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

Bear Glacier, extending over 10 miles, is the longest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-02-21 20:49:00 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park. By shooting backlit, I created a shimmering effect on the water. The window would have caused flare, so removing it was worth it, even though with the doors removed, the back of the helicopter was one of the windiest places I have ever experienced! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park. By shooting backlit, I created a shimmering effect on the water. The window would have caused flare, so removing it was worth it, even though with the doors removed, the back of the helicopter was one of the windiest places I have ever experienced! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ___

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2017-02-20 21:47:15 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 147 +1s; )Open 

In Alaska, much of backcountry access is by small plane. When planning an aerial session in Kenai Fjords National Park, I was excited to notice that helicopter flights have become available there. Read about my experience of shooting the park this way: qtl.us/2m1KIhR


In Alaska, much of backcountry access is by small plane. When planning an aerial session in Kenai Fjords National Park, I was excited to notice that helicopter flights have become available there. Read about my experience of shooting the park this way: qtl.us/2m1KIhR
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2017-02-19 02:49:02 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

Since the terminus of Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords NP) is now much steeper than before, the danger posed by falling ice is considerably higher. If a bloc of ice was to detach itself further high, it could roll down quite a ways, so I stayed at a respectful distance from the terminus. It didn’t take long for the glacier to change. The free standing arch that intrigued me the day before had already collapsed the next day! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

Since the terminus of Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords NP) is now much steeper than before, the danger posed by falling ice is considerably higher. If a bloc of ice was to detach itself further high, it could roll down quite a ways, so I stayed at a respectful distance from the terminus. It didn’t take long for the glacier to change. The free standing arch that intrigued me the day before had already collapsed the next day! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ___

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2017-02-17 23:00:26 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

The flow of the glacial stream of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park was strong. Even in knee-depth water, the force of the flow worried me. I definitively needed my hiking poles for the crossing. Even without listening to the stream’s roar, you can tell its power from the fact that it is now carrying icebergs, which I never saw in my visits of a decade ago. Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

The flow of the glacial stream of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park was strong. Even in knee-depth water, the force of the flow worried me. I definitively needed my hiking poles for the crossing. Even without listening to the stream’s roar, you can tell its power from the fact that it is now carrying icebergs, which I never saw in my visits of a decade ago. Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ___

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2017-02-16 22:15:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

I am thrilled and grateful that today "Treasured Lands" cracked for the 1st time the top 1000 (out of 8,000,000) books on Amazon, as measured by Amazon's own Best Sellers Rank - lower is better. Find out what all this interest is about: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

I am thrilled and grateful that today "Treasured Lands" cracked for the 1st time the top 1000 (out of 8,000,000) books on Amazon, as measured by Amazon's own Best Sellers Rank - lower is better. Find out what all this interest is about: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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