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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 294 +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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2017-05-06 19:20:15 (18 comments; 13 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

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

Photo from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 

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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 294 +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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2017-05-26 02:50:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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2017-05-25 00:27:55 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

You are invited to my exhibit "Treasured Lands: Photographs of National Parks", on display in San Jose CA for the next month. I'd be honored to see you during one of the two events, which also serve as book signings for http://TreasuredLandsBook.com:

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 6pm-9pm.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7pm.

1035 South 6th Street San Jose, CA 95112 http://artarkgallery.com

More info: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/treasured-lands-exhibit-in-san-jose-ca-june-2017/

You are invited to my exhibit "Treasured Lands: Photographs of National Parks", on display in San Jose CA for the next month. I'd be honored to see you during one of the two events, which also serve as book signings for http://TreasuredLandsBook.com:

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 6pm-9pm.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7pm.

1035 South 6th Street San Jose, CA 95112 http://artarkgallery.com

More info: https://www.terragalleria.com/blog/treasured-lands-exhibit-in-san-jose-ca-june-2017/___

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2017-05-23 20:44:00 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

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


Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah. One of the 27 national monuments under review. Learn more about them and speak out: http://qtl.us/2pxpxpK
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2017-05-22 17:55:05 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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2017-05-22 01:53:48 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 174 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

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2017-05-14 14:02:10 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

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



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

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2017-05-13 18:20:04 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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2017-05-13 02:33:56 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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

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

Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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

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

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2017-05-11 16:28:34 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 154 +1s; )Open 

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

Photo from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

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

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2017-05-09 16:48:49 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

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2017-05-08 00:43:42 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

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2017-05-06 19:20:15 (18 comments; 13 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

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

Photo from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 

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

Photo from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com ___

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2017-05-05 19:23:26 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

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


Have you heard of Katmai National Park bear viewing during July? The autumn is a much less known time to visit, but it is also great. August is a quiet month along the Brooks River. In September, sockeye salmon are spawned out and dying, making them easy to catch. At that time, bears return to the Brooks River, and they are still fishing. The scientific name for this feeding phase is "Hyperphagia", when the bears try to put on the last pounds before their winter hibernation. Blog: http://qtl.us/2q8SmEQ #katmainationalpark #alaska #nationalparks
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2017-05-01 21:50:36 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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2017-04-30 19:28:52 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Swan Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

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

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

Swan Key, Biscayne National Park, Florida.

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

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

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2017-04-29 00:49:23 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

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2017-04-27 19:12:02 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

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


Shipleys Battery, Hassel Island, Virgin Islands National Park. Unknown to most visitors, Virgin Islands National Park has a detached section away from St John. This small island, situated in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island, is home to interesting historic sites. It is separated from St. Thomas by a crossing of only about a hundred yards from Frenchtown, which I did by sea kayak. This is entry 27/59 in #nationalparkssecrets series. Image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com (currently 50% off on Amazon)
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2017-04-26 17:43:22 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

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2017-04-25 18:29:24 (13 comments; 9 reshares; 214 +1s; )Open 


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

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



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

From: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/lake-clark-national-park-on-the-go/
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2017-04-24 18:37:07 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

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

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2017-04-22 20:14:58 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 106 +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; 2 reshares; 59 +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 (17 comments; 4 reshares; 142 +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; 3 reshares; 122 +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; 1 reshares; 148 +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 (19 comments; 11 reshares; 139 +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 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 81 +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; 1 reshares; 68 +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 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 119 +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 (16 comments; 6 reshares; 180 +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; 3 reshares; 93 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-29 17:06:49 (17 comments; 8 reshares; 132 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-28 22:49:28 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 123 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-27 17:24:47 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 137 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-27 03:32:50 (13 comments; 9 reshares; 165 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-24 20:34:13 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 171 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-23 20:44:16 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 87 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-22 21:53:27 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 149 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-21 20:51:20 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 96 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-21 01:16:00 (14 comments; 11 reshares; 212 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-20 00:04:49 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 294 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-19 02:32:07 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 158 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-17 22:35:43 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 137 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-17 06:35:18 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 143 +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.

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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.

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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! 

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2017-03-15 20:30:37 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 171 +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.

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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.

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2017-03-14 21:52:19 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 140 +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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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