Beach Walk

The walk to Siesta Key Beach begins here. In the early morning, as the rising Florida sun begins clearing the cloudy sky, the sea grass and wild flowers are minor distractions along the path to the "Best Beach in the USA". The beauty of this scene is made visible in print form by processing the … Continue reading Beach Walk

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Lifeguard Station

Lifeguard Station Early morning. Except for a few dedicated walkers on the shoreline, I had the beach to myself while I waited for the sun to break through the clouds. The sunrise was a non-event, too much cloud cover, but as it got lighter the day looked promising. My patience was rewarded when a few … Continue reading Lifeguard Station

Cell Phone Photo

Sarasota Sunset I've heard a lot about the improved cameras in the latest cell phones, so I decided to see for myself. There are zillions of photos I have taken with my cell phone and then downloaded to my desktop for processing and editing, all with so-so results. This photo was taken with my new … Continue reading Cell Phone Photo

Pathway

The cemetery path was bordered on the left by a fence with questionable durability.  Strong brick pillars connected by an aging woven stick fence made me wonder just what was being kept inside ... or attempting to keep out. Beyond the mysterious fence was a solid brick wall showing signs of its age.   Attempting to … Continue reading Pathway

Cathedral Rock

The sun was up, at least enough to light the peak of Cathedral Rock.  Nothing stirring this early in the morning, no cars, no bikers or hikers, not even a breath of wind to rustle the trees.  So quiet and peaceful, I was afraid the sound of my shutter would upset the entire balance of … Continue reading Cathedral Rock

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

On the west side of San Juan Island is Lime Kiln Point State Park, where a lighthouse guides ships through the Haro Straight between Vancouver Island, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The lighthouse was built in 1919, and the scenic outlook is just a short walk from the parking lot.  … Continue reading Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Roche Harbor

On the northwest side of San Juan Island, off the coast of Washington State, is Roche Harbor.  The harbor is sheltered on three sides making it ideal for small pleasure craft.  Fishing, whale watching, artists and craftsman provide a resort-like atmosphere. Thought for the Day:  Where is there dignity unless there is honesty.      … Continue reading Roche Harbor

Snoqualmie Falls

One of Washington State's most popular scenic attractions is Snoqualmie Falls.  Height of the falls is 270'.  Maybe it's popular because it has easy access ... and free. It was overcast, cold and drizzling the day I visited, but still spectacular. Thought for the Day:  Do what you can with what you have where you … Continue reading Snoqualmie Falls

Beach Walk

"Early Sunday morning, a perfect time for a leisurely stroll on the beach.  My first impression of South Haven, Michigan when I arrived last night was this is a busy resort town.  The beach was packed, people everywhere: swimming, inner tubes and paddle boards, toddlers playing in the sand with plastic shovels, waders, walkers, frisbee … Continue reading Beach Walk

Half Dome from Glacier Point

Glacier Point, elevation 7,214', overlooks the Yosemite Valley providing a 180 degree panoramic view of the Valley floor over 3000' below. In this one-shot image, the Nevada Falls flowing into Vernal Falls below are on the far right, Half Dome dominates the center, and Yosemite Falls and El Capitan are out of the frame at … Continue reading Half Dome from Glacier Point

Tunnel View

This is the place where Ansel Adams took his iconic shot, "Thunderstorm Over the Valley". Yosemite National Park calls it Tunnel View, as it sits at the entrance to a mile-long tunnel on Hwy 41 leading to Glacier Point and Wawona.  There is a nice parking lot and an expansive viewing area for the scores … Continue reading Tunnel View

Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge

Late afternoon and early evening is prime time for photographers in Yosemite Valley, so many iconic subjects bathed in soft, warm, ever-changing light. This shot of Half Dome was taken from Sentinel Bridge, which is a short walk from the Visitor Center.  Easy to find, just follow the people with tripods.  For the three hours, … Continue reading Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge

Yosemite Valley

The most popular part of Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Valley, where a 7-mile long road follows the Merced River and all the iconic sites can be viewed. Looking east, this shot was taken from the far western end of the Valley near the Pohono Bridge.  Six shots were "stitched" together to make this panorama. … Continue reading Yosemite Valley

Pacific Lupine

In the southwest corner of Yosemite NP there is a small town named Wanona, CA.  I was doing a bit of exploring, which is a nice way of saying, "I was snooping around". In the back of this broken down abandoned cabin was a field of purple wild flowers.  I laid down to get a better … Continue reading Pacific Lupine

Foggy Morning

There is little known about this photo; i.e. where or why it was taken.  Perhaps it was the irony of an open sunflower on a foggy day. While cleaning out my 2012 folder, purging  un-starred photos to make more storage space on my computer, I randomly opened this one.  The overcast scene was typical of the last … Continue reading Foggy Morning

Nebraska Landscape

I needed a landscape for the theme of a photo contest.  One of the contest rules was the photo had to be taken after May, 2016.  I have plenty of sunsets, seascapes and landmarks, but no landscapes of exotic places. What's wrong with Verdigre, Nebraska!?   A farming community of Czech heritage in the northeast … Continue reading Nebraska Landscape

Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America.  The floor is 100' below the cliff's rim above.  The circular tower on the right is over four stories tall.  To get a better sense of the scale, there are two men standing on the rim on the far upper left, and there is a … Continue reading Cliff Palace

Star Trails

It wasn't the best night for star gazing, clouds coming and going, but it gave me some idea what is possible. Setting my camera on a tripod in northeast Nebraska, where the night sky is not contaminated with city lights, I tried several combinations of shutter speed and ISO.  My first attempt at making star … Continue reading Star Trails