Grand Teton with Clouds, Grand Teton National Park. October, 2019.
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added to the list of places i didn’t believe i would see in 2019. how quickly the universe conspires to bring you what it is that you want, the moment you commit to creating the space for it.
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Today’s featured park is Olympic National Park. According to @nationalparkservice, @olympic_nps is on Washington's Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. The park sprawls across several different ecosystems, from the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to old-growth forests. The summit of glacier-clad Mt. Olympus is popular with climbers, and hiking and backpacking trails cut through the park's rainforests and along its Pacific coastline.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.—Psalm 97:5-6
📷: Olympic National Park, Washington, USA — Photo by kamchatka/DepositPhotos.com
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When Eugene O’Neill looked to the east from the terrace of his study, he saw stunning panoramic views of Mt. Diablo and the San Ramon Valley. When we re-create the view today (swipe) in living color, we see not only that the beauty of the landscape remains, but there are many more nut and fruit trees than when the O’Neills bought the property. It was Eugene who directed that the orchard out back be expanded with more trees, in spite of Carlotta’s protest, and he was known to spend considerable time pruning and tending to them. Because of his father’s acting career, the playwright had spent most of his youth living in hotels—in fact he was born, on October 16, 1888, in a shabby hotel in what is now Times Square. Once nestled in the acreage of the rolling hills of Tao House, O’Neill took delight in the joys of having a “safe harbor” at last. It was the longest he ever lived in one place. He died in Boston on November 27, 1953—in a hotel room.
What do you like to do when you finally make it to base camp and get things all setup? Do you like to just kick back and relax or do you go out and explore? We prefer to explore. One of the ways we do it is via our mountain bikes. Thank you @trekbikes for making such amazing rides! You are appreciated!
📷: Photo by @trekbikes
Probably one of our favorite hikes ever. This amazing alpine valley at the Glacier National Park is one of our memorable places. The whole grinnel glacier hike was a complete treat..
Went rim to river to rim in one day, good for about 15 miles. Funny thing is, when you hike and especially in mountains, you first have the ‘hard’ part, going up, you can rest & then the hike down feels like a breeze.
Going into a canyon, you first get the easy part, going down and with every step you take, you’re thinking, ‘oh boy, i gotta go all the way back up’.
It took me about 3 hours to get to the river (with water & snack breaks), i stayed for about 1 hour & then the challenge really began. I took little breaks every now & then & a bigger break around Indian Garden.
The great thing is, you meet people on trail, people who are going through the same ‘struggle’ as you are, reaching the rim before the sun goes down. I met a woman who hiked the Bright Angel Trail more than 60 times (!!) and I met another guy, Jimmy, who I hiked with, up until we reached the rim. I may never see him again, but I’ll always remember him when I think of that day.
It is not just finishing the hike that gives you a great feeling, but also the people you meet along the way.
Here is another take on a leaf floating in oil that’s released from decomposing leaves. You can actually see several leaves sitting beneath the surface which have lost all their color helping create this scene. I liked this leaf more than the one from my previous photo, but this spot was missing that red glow from a nearby canyon wall. These shots were pretty fun to search for and even easier to process
Every time of day has a unique charm • The blending of soft colors as the sun set behind Shasta was overwhelmingly beautiful and peaceful • As Christmastime sets in and the busyness of life increases, let’s not forget to pause and appreciate the peace that a quiet moment could provide.
If you love wildlife you will love Everglades National Park in southern Florida!
This park is a photographers dream especially in the winter when it is not as hot or muggy.
How can you go wrong photographing gators..with a telephoto lens! You don't want to become BFF's with them even though they are pretty darn handsome..lol!
Check out all of the great things to do in Everglade here - https://www.parkrangerjohn.com/things-to-do-everglades-national-park-in-florida/
While people often associate Death Valley National Park with its deserts, salt flats, mountains, and below sea level altitudes, most people don’t realize that a dormant volcano sits in the middle of the park. Over half a mile wide and 750 feet deep, the Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater in the northern half of Death Valley. While the crater has been estimated to be from 2,000 to 7,000 years old, new data suggests the volcano may be as new as 800 years ago, making it a potentially active volcano. The Ubehebe Crater is one of three remote locations included in the scope of our Death Valley National Park landscape photography workshop.
This was one of the most spectacular mornings I photographed this last year. This image of El Cap is in my 2020 calendar which is available on my website. I only have a handful left and once they are gone, that will be it. Thanks to everyone who has ordered one already!
READ: Please don’t run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.
As a follow-up to our previous post, if you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Bears can run as fast as a racehorse both uphill and down. Like dogs, they will chase ﬂeeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.
Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don’t we all sometimes?
Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.
Find more tips at nps.gov and search “bears.” We apologize to any “friends” who were brought on a hike as the “bait” or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed.
Image: Bear waving paw. Do not wave back unless you’re sure you know the bear. Awkward. / Daniel Dietrich
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"The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.” - Patrick Star
You might think sea stars are an open book. Turns out they’re a little more complicated. For example, how do they eat? Well, the sea star pushes its stomach through its mouth and into a bivalve's shell. It then digests the animal and slides its stomach back into its own body. Deep. Who’s hungry?
Image: Purple orchre stars and green sea anemones in a tidepool at Olympic National Park. NPS/Danielle Archuleta
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We started our morning with a visit to Ho’lei Sea Arch at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.