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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 266 +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



Most reshares: 19

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2017-02-13 20:38:58 (7 comments; 19 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 

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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 266 +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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2017-03-22 21:53:27 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 58 +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 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 74 +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 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 181 +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 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 266 +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 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 138 +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; 2 reshares; 115 +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 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 130 +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 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 161 +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; 6 reshares; 131 +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 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +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 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 137 +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 (10 comments; 5 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 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 125 +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; 97 +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; 6 reshares; 136 +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; 105 +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 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 121 +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; 95 +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; 4 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 (13 comments; 6 reshares; 126 +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; 121 +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; 157 +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 (19 comments; 13 reshares; 174 +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; 2 reshares; 116 +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; 3 reshares; 98 +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 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 86 +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; 77 +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 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 142 +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; 6 reshares; 130 +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; 8 reshares; 123 +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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2017-02-16 07:41:28 (12 comments; 9 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

In the late afternoon, Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is in the shade, and under those conditions, the ice takes its characteristic blue tint. Water flowed out of the glacier from underneath an intriguing free-standing ice arch, and carried out icebergs. I immediately wanted to get closer: http://qtl.us/2l5yCmQ


In the late afternoon, Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is in the shade, and under those conditions, the ice takes its characteristic blue tint. Water flowed out of the glacier from underneath an intriguing free-standing ice arch, and carried out icebergs. I immediately wanted to get closer: http://qtl.us/2l5yCmQ
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2017-02-15 01:27:28 (11 comments; 9 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

The combination of easy access, interpretive signage, and dramatic change makes Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park possibly the best place in the world to witness glacial retreat with your own eyes. I last visited Exit Glacier in the fall of 2016. Although I was expecting to see changes, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to the end of the trail. It was enclosed by fence lines to prevent visitors from continuing further since the terrain beyond was too steep to be safe. Standing there, I was separated from the glacier by a distance of hundreds of yards. Yet a sign showed that the glacier reached this point in 2010.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 


The combination of easy access, interpretive signage, and dramatic change makes Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park possibly the best place in the world to witness glacial retreat with your own eyes. I last visited Exit Glacier in the fall of 2016. Although I was expecting to see changes, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to the end of the trail. It was enclosed by fence lines to prevent visitors from continuing further since the terrain beyond was too steep to be safe. Standing there, I was separated from the glacier by a distance of hundreds of yards. Yet a sign showed that the glacier reached this point in 2010.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 
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2017-02-13 20:38:58 (7 comments; 19 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 

Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ ___

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2017-02-13 06:04:49 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

Once inside an ice cave, the floor is quite muddy, and low ceilings require some contortions and crawling. A reward for getting wet and dirty below the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias National Park is to experience the variety of textures and patterns of the walls.

More: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA


Once inside an ice cave, the floor is quite muddy, and low ceilings require some contortions and crawling. A reward for getting wet and dirty below the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias National Park is to experience the variety of textures and patterns of the walls.

More: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA
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2017-02-10 20:51:03 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Glacier caves, often called ice caves, are caves formed within the ice of a glacier, often by water flowing underneath the glacier. Iceland has probably the best ice caves in the world. At lower latitudes, they are often unstable, like the Mt Rainier Paradise ice caves which are now mostly collapsed. By contrast, Alaska's latitude is northern enough to offer stable ice caves even at lower elevations, and a main goal of my exploration of the Root Glacier was to photograph ice caves. The reward is experiencing that mystic blue glow passing through the translucent walls of ice.


Glacier caves, often called ice caves, are caves formed within the ice of a glacier, often by water flowing underneath the glacier. Iceland has probably the best ice caves in the world. At lower latitudes, they are often unstable, like the Mt Rainier Paradise ice caves which are now mostly collapsed. By contrast, Alaska's latitude is northern enough to offer stable ice caves even at lower elevations, and a main goal of my exploration of the Root Glacier was to photograph ice caves. The reward is experiencing that mystic blue glow passing through the translucent walls of ice.
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2017-02-09 00:34:10 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 180 +1s; )Open 

The highlight of the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias National Park was to walk into a crevasse carved via meltwater from the bottom, an experience which reminded me of a slot canyon.

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The highlight of the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias National Park was to walk into a crevasse carved via meltwater from the bottom, an experience which reminded me of a slot canyon.

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

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2017-02-08 02:27:37 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Besides the fact that you are wearing crampons, the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias is not more difficult than a normal hike, and you get to explore an otherworldly environment that you would not expect from looking at the glacier from a distance, such as those walls of ice towering above you. Have you hiked on a glacier yet ?


Besides the fact that you are wearing crampons, the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias is not more difficult than a normal hike, and you get to explore an otherworldly environment that you would not expect from looking at the glacier from a distance, such as those walls of ice towering above you. Have you hiked on a glacier yet ?
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2017-02-06 21:20:26 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Although Wrangell-St Elias is a national park of immense size – the largest of all with immense potential for exploration, perhaps none of the experiences it offers is as accessible and remarkable as exploring its Root Glacier. Find out what I discovered by spending a day wandering above and also under the ice: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA


Although Wrangell-St Elias is a national park of immense size – the largest of all with immense potential for exploration, perhaps none of the experiences it offers is as accessible and remarkable as exploring its Root Glacier. Find out what I discovered by spending a day wandering above and also under the ice: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA
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2017-02-04 23:31:18 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Lakes of various sizes abound along the Nabesna Road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. From a pull-out, the lake is obstructed, but by strolling down a short distance, I found a fine view.

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Lakes of various sizes abound along the Nabesna Road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. From a pull-out, the lake is obstructed, but by strolling down a short distance, I found a fine view.

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2017-02-02 18:38:23 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 


The Nabesna road in Wrangell-St Elias provides access to the expected experience of a national park: a beautiful scenic drive that leads to several trailheads for great hikes, with a campground and lodges available. But unlike on other park roads, you won’t have to share with experience with a crowd. The Wrangell range comprises some of the most voluminous volcanoes in the world.

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


The Nabesna road in Wrangell-St Elias provides access to the expected experience of a national park: a beautiful scenic drive that leads to several trailheads for great hikes, with a campground and lodges available. But unlike on other park roads, you won’t have to share with experience with a crowd. The Wrangell range comprises some of the most voluminous volcanoes in the world.

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

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2017-02-01 22:53:32 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

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. By contrast to the soaring Wrangell mountains, substantial erosion has reduced Skookum Creek Volcano (7,125 feet), an old shield volcano, to a modest size, but also revealed fantastic shapes and colors unexpected in this landscape.

More: qtl.us/2kF3wyq

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. By contrast to the soaring Wrangell mountains, substantial erosion has reduced Skookum Creek Volcano (7,125 feet), an old shield volcano, to a modest size, but also revealed fantastic shapes and colors unexpected in this landscape.

More: qtl.us/2kF3wyq___

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2017-02-01 01:37:25 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

While exploring the Nabesna ghost town in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, I saw a group of cabins that from the outside looked exactly like many others in the area. However, upon entering them, I was astonished by the amount of stuff scattered in there. What is the best ghost town you have visited ?


While exploring the Nabesna ghost town in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, I saw a group of cabins that from the outside looked exactly like many others in the area. However, upon entering them, I was astonished by the amount of stuff scattered in there. What is the best ghost town you have visited ?
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2017-01-27 19:30:40 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

The large Nabesna mill building is still full of machinery and hardware. By contrast with other sanitized sizes, you can wander around everywhere in Nabesna (Wrangell-St Elias National Park) make your own discoveries as if you were the first visitor happening into a lost world, and see what the mines looked like when they just closed. Would you think such a building is too dangerous to enter ?

The large Nabesna mill building is still full of machinery and hardware. By contrast with other sanitized sizes, you can wander around everywhere in Nabesna (Wrangell-St Elias National Park) make your own discoveries as if you were the first visitor happening into a lost world, and see what the mines looked like when they just closed. Would you think such a building is too dangerous to enter ?___

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2017-01-26 23:58:02 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Rocky Mountain became a National Park on that day in 1915. Here is my favorite place to photograph in the park: qtl.us/2k8XD06

This is a photo included in http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Rocky Mountain became a National Park on that day in 1915. Here is my favorite place to photograph in the park: qtl.us/2k8XD06

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2017-01-25 21:19:14 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 147 +1s; )Open 

As I noticed the rain easing off a bit, I led our group up a steep and rather unstable trail along a chute above the Rambler Mine in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. All of the sudden a double rainbow appeared. It was such a transcendent moment because it had been raining most of the day so far. If you want to see a rainbow, you have to get out in the rain!

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX

As I noticed the rain easing off a bit, I led our group up a steep and rather unstable trail along a chute above the Rambler Mine in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. All of the sudden a double rainbow appeared. It was such a transcendent moment because it had been raining most of the day so far. If you want to see a rainbow, you have to get out in the rain!

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX___

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2017-01-25 00:20:06 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 


The entrance of the Rambler mine in the forgotten ghost town of Nabesna, at the end of a 42-mile unpaved road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska. That the national parks preserve some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation make it easy to forget that they also feature many sites where one can learn about the nation’s history. Although I am drawn to the natural beauty, I am also intrigued by the lives of those who came there before.

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX


The entrance of the Rambler mine in the forgotten ghost town of Nabesna, at the end of a 42-mile unpaved road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska. That the national parks preserve some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation make it easy to forget that they also feature many sites where one can learn about the nation’s history. Although I am drawn to the natural beauty, I am also intrigued by the lives of those who came there before.

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX___

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2017-01-22 23:23:02 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

For something a bit different within our national parks, I visited the incredibly raw and well-preserved mining ghost town of Nabesna, an almost unknown gem in the quiet northern corner of Wrangell-St Elias, our largest national park. Who had heard of Nabesna before ?

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX

For something a bit different within our national parks, I visited the incredibly raw and well-preserved mining ghost town of Nabesna, an almost unknown gem in the quiet northern corner of Wrangell-St Elias, our largest national park. Who had heard of Nabesna before ?

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX___

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2017-01-20 05:08:37 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

After the Vegas Valley Book Festival where I launched Treasured Lands, I drove to Bryce Canyon National Park to stretch my legs on the 8-mile Fairlyland Loop trail where I greatly enjoyed the relative quiet and diversity of scenery. The reflected light from sunrise backlight in the image made the hoodoos look almost transparent.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp


After the Vegas Valley Book Festival where I launched Treasured Lands, I drove to Bryce Canyon National Park to stretch my legs on the 8-mile Fairlyland Loop trail where I greatly enjoyed the relative quiet and diversity of scenery. The reflected light from sunrise backlight in the image made the hoodoos look almost transparent.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp
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