Had a lovely afternoon up at Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu. The Pinnacles had a lot more snow on them compared to the last time I was there.
I ventured even further south in Utah, to this state park. Was definitely worth the ride, like a mini-sahara near the Grand Staircase Escalante. If you do find yourself in this area (aka the middle of nowhere), worth visiting.
Here's one more shot from our mini storm chase this evening. (A mini storm chase is when the storm is not really large and you spend a lot of time trying to get out of the rain so you can take pictures.) A rainbow for good luck for everyone.
This pelican is soaring high up in the sky directly over the Red River near the locks at Lockport, Manitoba where the fish tend to congregate in large numbers. Fishing is excellent for these birds at a series of locks where the water comes cascading down in a torrent. Watching the birds dive for fish is like watching a well choreographed ballet. American white pelicans are no doubt unmistakable, they are the only white pelicans in North America. Pelicans have a vertebra in their neck, which prohibits them from ever raising their face. The white pelican is 60 in. in length and 107 in. in width, one of the largest of the 8 true species of pelicans. They have a yellowish pouch connected to the lower mandible of the beak that stretches up to six inches. Their bodies are mostly white, with black primaries and outer secondaries, which are hidden until the bird outstretches it's enormous wings. During mating season the male develops a fibrous plate on the upper part of the beak, this is a unique characteristic of the white pelican. Also the bill is bright orange during the mating season. Their feet are orange, and are webbed not only between the four front toes but also between the second toe and the inwardly directed back toe. They have an enormous wingspan of 8 - 9.5 feet. Their legs are orange, and are extremely short.
As I looked out the windows this morning, I was dazzled by what I saw. The most beautiful sunrays streaming down through the trees, lighting up their leaves in one of the most brilliant displays I have seen at sunrise.
A path to Kobariski Stol (G3
Spectacular sunset over Bull Trout Lake, Idaho.
Wolf Creek, Killarney, Ontario
Sunset view of cedar breaks national monument. Brian Head, Ut
as we come to the end of a great tomato summer. . .
The "Old Chief" stands guard over the summer harvest at the Carway Montana/Alberta border crossing during this mid August heat wave, 90+F. Not much in the way of precipitation in those clouds though, just late afternoon heating along the Rocky Mountains where Chief Mountain located on the Montana side of the border shows her eastern face best to southern Alberta.
County fair at sunset and after dark.
Iceland south / along the coast (harashin
Mt. Hood sunrise - Oregon Cascades (Rutabagas
Sunrise from 10,000 feet/3000 meters on Mt. Hood, still well below the summit. Broken Top, Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson (left to right) in the distance.
During Fay, I took a short trip to Paynes Prairie. This is Camp Ranch Road. I love this winding path. Today it was even more interesting with the rain drops and subtle forest light. Thanks to Fay, everything looks so green now. ~
Miniature Rose-they really sre so tiny.
At Glass Beach last evening
I'm back from a short overnighter to Coyote Buttes -- this place is really becoming an obsession for me. I can't get enough of this stuff.
This part of the formation stopped me in my tracks when I first found it, and I made my way over to it during this sunrise shoot and really spent some time working on getting the right shot. Actually think I got a number of good ones, this is just the first to go through the workflow.
This image is a vertorama of 3 horizontal frames stitched vertically, a method inspired by my Flickr friend Panorama Paul
. The final image is 20 megapixels. This is not HDR, and while I really like doing HDR, I am really working on capturing great images without it -- you don't have to be as keen a photographer when always working in HDR...
Beautiful day to visit the falls. Really just a gorgeous place.
"It doesn't matter that it is your oak tree, the acorns are mine... all of them..."
Waves hitting the Navarre Beach Pier
tribute in light, memorial september 11th. 2008
Mt. Rainier at sunrise, mirrored in Reflection Lake.
Sunset at the Lake (Deity
Went on a walk near my house
In Rocky Montain National Park.
Taken in Denali National Park, AK.
Golden trees and low clouds along the river today.
The gull eventually DID finish eating the starfish. My friend and I walked away, and when we returned I got to barely within scoping distance and saw through the lens that the birds crop was full. As we drew closer, the bird flew off (apparently he'd had enough of us, I guess), so we took the trails through the Shorepine forest and back to the car.
...has its own palette of color, from which the canvas comes alive.
Zebra stripes are always interesting, but check out the striped fringe! It looks like it would be very bristly compared to the rest of the zebra. Here's an interesting question!! Is a zebra white with black sripes or black with white stripes?? A conglomeration of fringe and stripes as the zebras nuzzle together at a wildlife sanctuary in Oregon
It was so wonderfull sit on the dock of summercottage and enjoy of this colorfull scenery in the evening at time 19.30.
Weather changes are often very subtle on the California cental coast. The fact that the marine layer did not block the view of the sun setting into the ocean is one of those hints that the pattern is changing. And now if Feather would send down those high clouds. :)
The supply ship comming to Kuummiut... East Greenland
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Fall colors along the Seward Highway in the area of Bird Point.
Autumn brings lots of pelicans to the San Francisco Bay Area :)
Today fall colors were fine, Kuopio town - Kallavesi-lake
Autumn color along the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado
Rainy and stormy, yet, peak fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Some strange clouds over the the ice cap last evening.
Kuummiut, East Greenland.... http://kuummiut.com
Tiny flowers within. (1953
Drove down to Hope, Alaska yesterday. Fall colors were drop dead beautiful.
A grove of aspens at their peak. Taken between Aspen and the parking area for Maroon Lake.
Mt. Baker gleams in the autumn sun in this photo shot from Artist Ridge trail at Artist Point. Nominal exposure set for 1/60 @ f/13, 3-shot sequence with AEB set at +1.6/0/-1.6, blended in Photomatix Pro.
East side of the Wasatch Range reflected in Pineview Reservoir as taken from Huntsville Utah.
These beauties are going to be for the winter soon. I always look forward to the lotus blooms in Late Spring. I will miss them until then.
Gives a spectacular view :)
The Fall transition has begun.
Nightime in the Rocky Mountains from 40,000 feet.
Beautiful start to a stormy day.
This is the first time I have seen a moose actually eat these berries. And if you look closely you will see the remnants of our first snow fall today.
Our little town of Thompson Falls... population around 1400 people. There is not a stop light in our entire COUNTY!!! We are remote, and self reliant, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is a GREAT place to live.
On an early morning walk I found a friend who looked like I feel before coffee.
Silver salmon run the gamut from sea through Ward Lake and up the gravel streams to spawn. Seagulls gorge themselves on this annual banquet.
Steam coming from the ground and colorful clouds in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Fall on the Dearborn River, Montana..