Day 7 / Nov 9th ~ A large gravel bar underneath one of Mariscal Canyons grande limestone cliffs was our stop to scout the Tight Squeeze rapid. With the water at its current level it would definitely be a tight squeeze!
I was a little slow getting off the sandbar with a loaded boat, but quickly got her turned around. Just to the left of the first rock I pulled my nose to the right, and at the very last second swung my tail around and squeezed through.
Now it was the girls turn! I eddied out on the left side, grabbed a throw line, and scrambled around the large boulders to a beach. Here, I was in a good position to react quickly if they got pinned or flipped. I felt so proud of these two as they took a perfect line!
After the rapid we floated easily with the current, and marveled at the bends of the canyon as it opened up before us with each turn. Too quickly we exited the upper canyon, but who did we see up ahead? The old timers!
They must have seen us too and were soon down on the bank to greet us. Hugs were exchanged and soon we had a gear line going up to camp.
We set up our tents and joined everyone in the kitchen area. Childhood and adventure travels were the topics of discussion, as was the Vietnam War - in which Darryl had served for two years, Larry received a deferment and Cliff had enlisted but left the army prior to the start of the war.
Staying true to form, they fed us until we were bursting at the seams! Dinner was cheese quesadillas and potato soup, with mini chocolate covered oreos and Snickers bars for dessert. The only food we were allowed to contribute were some extra tortillas, and they wouldn’t think of letting us help with dishes. What generosity!
Everyone turned in around 9, but Nat and I lounged by the fire for another 20 mins or so. On our way back to the tent the moon was lighting up the canyon walls - a beautiful end to another amazing day on the river!
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Yesterday’s winter wonderland in the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier National Park!
When I heard that Mt. Rainier received two feet of snow in just 24 hours I could not wait to get to the mountain and ski through some fresh, knee deep powder. Unfortunately, I forgot one very important thing: I didn’t wax my touring skis yet this season. Instead of gliding effortlessly through the powdery goodness like I dreamt, I was cemented to the hill. No amount of pushing or hopping gave me enough momentum to unstick myself from the earth. I had to resort to awkwardly running down the hill on my skis turned snowshoes while everyone else zoomed by, whooping and hollering with glee.
Despite the mishap I still had a great day outside. And I’m getting my skis waxed soon so that I’m 100% prepared for next time!
"Intergalactic Spirit” – The ruins of a bank in a ghost town in Death Valley National Park. As with my previous post, this shot represents another shift for me, in that I’m looking to do a lot more astrophotography going forward. This is a single, 14 second exposure. Often with astro you have to do separate exposures for the foreground (longer exposure to let in enough light to be able to see it well enough) and the sky (shorter exposure to avoid light trails from movement of the stars) and then blend them in post, but in this case I didn’t have to because there was a very bright spotlight a few hundred yards away that cast just enough light on the building, even giving it a bit of an eerie, green tinge, which I quite liked. Let me know what you think; I’ll appreciate your feedback either way. On location with @michael.e.gordon and @saminfotos
First image: 4:5 insta-crop
Second image: 2:3 original
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Gear and settings:
🔘 Canon 6D Mark II | Rokinon 20mm f/1.8
🔘 20 mm | 14 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 6400
🔘 Lonely Speck PureNight Filter
🔘 Gitzo GT3532 Mountaineer Series 3 tripod with Gitzo GH3382QD Ball Head
You should spend a day at #valleyoffirestatepark ! If you’re lucky you might witness how the rocks turn red as if they were on fire. Hence the name😁 Unfortunately the weather conditions weren’t the best back when I visited. Bad luck i guess🤷🏽♂️
We were skeptical about Arches NP at first. Thought it was going to be nothing but a bunch of...arches (there are over 2000!) Which are great! But really, this place has so much to offer. The geology itself is fascinating and the landscape, for us, was totally unexpected. In a very good way, of course!
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"J'ai toujours aimé le désert. On s'asseoit sur une dune de sable. On ne voit rien, on n'entend rien et pourtant quelque chose rayonne en silence..." _____________
Yosemite , California
The National Park We Love & Know. Except Now It’s A Winter Wonderland. ❄️ You Probably Wouldn’t Consider Visiting Yosemite In The Winter, But The Shoulder Season Is An Amazing Time For Photography. If You Can Keep Yourself Warm That Is.🥶 Tag Someone Who Loves The Snow! :)
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Index, Snohomish County, WA
In a clearing in a deep dark wood
In a cave that’s lined with moss
Lives a thing half man half beast
I believe there’s a bigfoot sasquatch
“I Want to Believe” by G.B.H. #wanderwashington
1 3015 December, 2019
Fun explore of Davis Bayou and the Gulf Islands National Seashore William M. Colmer Visitor Center today. Highly recommend for any lover of fun facts. Well done, #NPS ! #findyourpark#getoutside
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Last year on a Bitterly cold “almost winter” morning inside the fire tower on Mount Cammerer in the great Smoky Mountains national Park. Almost an inch of ice was built up on the windows. Check out the sunrise from this morning on my other gallery @adamgravett
4 18414 December, 2019
Pre-dawn Just before the sun makes its appearance for the day is just as beautiful as the very last light of the day. Make your first and last moment of every day special, everything in between is an added bonus.
At the end of every great rainbow is a National Park. •••••
Thanks to Cathy @briteeyes44 for the beautiful day. ・・・
The amazing shot I got of a Joshua Tree as a rainbow appeared in the background.🌈 Joshua Tree National Park is an American national park in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles, near San Bernardino and Palm Springs. The park is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the Mojave Desert. Originally declared a national monument in 1936, Joshua Tree was redesignated as a national park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. Encompassing a total of 790,636 acres an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island—the park includes 429,690 acres of designated wilderness. Straddling the border between San Bernardino County and Riverside County, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and the lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains traverse the southwest edge of the park.