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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-07-05 18:44:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-07-03 23:12:45 (8 comments, 16 reshares, 224 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-07-02 22:44:12 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 196 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-07-01 20:18:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-06-29 21:25:45 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-06-29 01:48:37 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-06-25 19:10:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-06-25 02:42:59 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-06-23 21:41:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-06-18 23:15:00 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-06-10 20:40:46 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-29 20:05:23 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-05-28 20:27:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-08 20:57:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-05-07 00:48:09 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 190 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-05-05 21:44:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-01 21:06:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-04-30 20:12:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

On 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War (called "American War" in Vietnam) end, please check out "HCMC", my project about contemporary Vietnam http://qtl.us/1Evve6a Would love to hear your thoughts.

On 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War (called "American War" in Vietnam) end, please check out "HCMC", my project about contemporary Vietnam http://qtl.us/1Evve6a Would love to hear your thoughts.___

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2015-04-28 23:30:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

 haven't posted last week because I spent National Parks week in Death Valley and Channel Islands.

It was an awesome contrast between the hot desert (high in the 100Fs) and the marine environment. On Santa Rosa Island, I could barely stay warm even hiking fast and wearing three layers because of the constant 30 knot winds.

The common theme, though, was the impact of the drought. In Death Valley, the salt formations were in the worst shape I had ever seen (picture from Cottonball Basin is the best I could find). The Channel Islands turned brown one month earlier than during my past visit.

For more current updates, I suggest you follow my Instagram feed at https://instagram.com/terragalleria since Instagram does not let me post on a G+ page. 

 haven't posted last week because I spent National Parks week in Death Valley and Channel Islands.

It was an awesome contrast between the hot desert (high in the 100Fs) and the marine environment. On Santa Rosa Island, I could barely stay warm even hiking fast and wearing three layers because of the constant 30 knot winds.

The common theme, though, was the impact of the drought. In Death Valley, the salt formations were in the worst shape I had ever seen (picture from Cottonball Basin is the best I could find). The Channel Islands turned brown one month earlier than during my past visit.

For more current updates, I suggest you follow my Instagram feed at https://instagram.com/terragalleria since Instagram does not let me post on a G+ page. ___

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2015-04-19 19:30:49 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

In late March, I returned to Saguaro National Park to hike some of the trails I missed during my previous visits. I found some of the best views of the saguaro cactus forest along the Sendero Esperanza trail. The Sonoran desert can be incredibly lush and beautiful under the right conditions! 

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

In late March, I returned to Saguaro National Park to hike some of the trails I missed during my previous visits. I found some of the best views of the saguaro cactus forest along the Sendero Esperanza trail. The Sonoran desert can be incredibly lush and beautiful under the right conditions! 

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

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2015-04-17 21:12:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

New on the blog, in response to a reader's question: Quick guide to roadside photography in North Cascades http://qtl.us/1Eb2D8Z

New on the blog, in response to a reader's question: Quick guide to roadside photography in North Cascades http://qtl.us/1Eb2D8Z___

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2015-04-13 19:19:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

High magnification photograph of the beach at Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park (more about this seldom-visited location here: http://qtl.us/1FOiHuJ) reveals that the seemingly black sand is made of colorful cinders: http://qtl.us/1InJs9z

High magnification photograph of the beach at Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park (more about this seldom-visited location here: http://qtl.us/1FOiHuJ) reveals that the seemingly black sand is made of colorful cinders: http://qtl.us/1InJs9z___

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2015-04-10 19:23:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Its material composition is similar to yesterday's image, however the sand of Little Lameshur Beach in Virgin Islands has been ground for a much longer time than the shifting Key, resulting in much smaller grains http://qtl.us/1InJs9z

Its material composition is similar to yesterday's image, however the sand of Little Lameshur Beach in Virgin Islands has been ground for a much longer time than the shifting Key, resulting in much smaller grains http://qtl.us/1InJs9z___

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2015-04-09 21:07:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

High magnification photograph of the beach on Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas reveals an assortment of reef animals skeletons: fragments of brightly-colored corals, seashells, and sponge spicules. See more at http://qtl.us/1InJs9z

High magnification photograph of the beach on Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas reveals an assortment of reef animals skeletons: fragments of brightly-colored corals, seashells, and sponge spicules. See more at http://qtl.us/1InJs9z___

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2015-04-08 21:31:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

For most visitors, Virgin Islands National Park is defined by the beaches on the north shore. However, although the whole island of St John is only 20 square miles, it offers a great variety of terrain besides the iconic beaches. In this post, I suggest explorations of the wilder and less visited south shore of St John.

For most visitors, Virgin Islands National Park is defined by the beaches on the north shore. However, although the whole island of St John is only 20 square miles, it offers a great variety of terrain besides the iconic beaches. In this post, I suggest explorations of the wilder and less visited south shore of St John.___

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2015-04-06 19:20:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

High magnification photograph of the Great Sand Dunes from the namesake National Park reveals a kaleidoscope of color, as well as grains smooth and rounded, like tiny pebbles, resulting from centuries of rubbing together. See more at http://qtl.us/1InJs9z

High magnification photograph of the Great Sand Dunes from the namesake National Park reveals a kaleidoscope of color, as well as grains smooth and rounded, like tiny pebbles, resulting from centuries of rubbing together. See more at http://qtl.us/1InJs9z___

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2015-04-03 19:32:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

High magnification photograph of the Sand Beach (aptly named, as others are stone) of Acadia National Park reveals angular shapes and colors of the recently broken down coastal pink granite that makes most of the coast. See more at http://qtl.us/1InJs9z

High magnification photograph of the Sand Beach (aptly named, as others are stone) of Acadia National Park reveals angular shapes and colors of the recently broken down coastal pink granite that makes most of the coast. See more at http://qtl.us/1InJs9z___

2015-04-01 20:28:05 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

One of the wonders of nature is that, if you look close enough at just about anything, you will find unexpected wonder. I am excited to present this new series, where I examine the microscopic world of sand grains. High-magnification photography reveals beauty and variety normally hidden to the naked eye: http://qtl.us/1InJs9z

One of the wonders of nature is that, if you look close enough at just about anything, you will find unexpected wonder. I am excited to present this new series, where I examine the microscopic world of sand grains. High-magnification photography reveals beauty and variety normally hidden to the naked eye: http://qtl.us/1InJs9z___

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2015-03-31 19:42:41 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

The Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach is commonly photographed alone (to emphasize its loneliness I suppose), but what do you think of including some of its siblings for context and rhythm ? 

http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.pebble-beach.html

The Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach is commonly photographed alone (to emphasize its loneliness I suppose), but what do you think of including some of its siblings for context and rhythm ? 

http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.pebble-beach.html___

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2015-03-30 20:50:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

 have images of this exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium on quiet days, but I find that the silhouetted crowd adds interest. Do you agree ?

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.monterey.html

 have images of this exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium on quiet days, but I find that the silhouetted crowd adds interest. Do you agree ?

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.monterey.html___

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2015-03-27 22:40:35 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Because the star attraction of Redwood National Park are the redwood forests, it is easy to overlook the coastal part of the park. However, Redwood National Park is only one of two US National Parks where you can drive to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. With little hiking, you can discover a great variety of settings to photograph. In this post, I describe the highlights of this coastline which stretches for no less than 65 miles in Northern California.

Because the star attraction of Redwood National Park are the redwood forests, it is easy to overlook the coastal part of the park. However, Redwood National Park is only one of two US National Parks where you can drive to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. With little hiking, you can discover a great variety of settings to photograph. In this post, I describe the highlights of this coastline which stretches for no less than 65 miles in Northern California.___

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2015-03-26 21:28:24 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Do you see any clues that this is an exhibit (Monterey Aquarium) rather than the tropical reef itself ?

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.monterey.html

Do you see any clues that this is an exhibit (Monterey Aquarium) rather than the tropical reef itself ?

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.monterey.html___

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2015-03-18 21:42:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

If you take the time to visit Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, you’ll find some of the most scenic redwood groves anywhere in a setting which feels wonderfully remote. In this blog post, I highlight my three favorite trails in this lesser-known park.

If you take the time to visit Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, you’ll find some of the most scenic redwood groves anywhere in a setting which feels wonderfully remote. In this blog post, I highlight my three favorite trails in this lesser-known park.___

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2015-03-18 00:39:14 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

The Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach is possibly the most photographed tree in North America. Most photograph it from the overlook or the platform, from which it tends to merge with the background. I scrambled down the slope to detach it against the sky.

http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.pebble-beach.html

The Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach is possibly the most photographed tree in North America. Most photograph it from the overlook or the platform, from which it tends to merge with the background. I scrambled down the slope to detach it against the sky.

http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.pebble-beach.html___

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2015-03-16 22:17:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

As mentioned yesterday, here is what the scene looked at Gold Bluff Beach in Redwood National Park 10 minutes before the spectacular sunset. I tried to do my best with available elements to keep the eye moving: foreground grasses diagonal to right, then dark to light line towards mysterious receding cliff.
from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.redwood.html

As mentioned yesterday, here is what the scene looked at Gold Bluff Beach in Redwood National Park 10 minutes before the spectacular sunset. I tried to do my best with available elements to keep the eye moving: foreground grasses diagonal to right, then dark to light line towards mysterious receding cliff.
from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.redwood.html___

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2015-03-16 01:02:00 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

The color came seemingly out of nowhere at Gold Bluff Beach in Redwood National Park, as 10 minutes before the whole sky appeared grey, as you'll see in tomorrow's post. I made this photograph just as the wave was receding, leaving some sand wet to create a reflexion of the brilliant sky.

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

The color came seemingly out of nowhere at Gold Bluff Beach in Redwood National Park, as 10 minutes before the whole sky appeared grey, as you'll see in tomorrow's post. I made this photograph just as the wave was receding, leaving some sand wet to create a reflexion of the brilliant sky.

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

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