Posts Tagged With: mountains

Wailua River, Kauai, Hawaii

I had heard that shark travel up this river in Kauai once in a while and people have been attacked. So kayaking for me was out. I thought maybe skydiving might be safer. I then decided photographing from the shore was maybe safer, and so, this picture was a result of all that analysis.

Many films since the fifties have been filmed on or around the Wailua river, including Blue Hawaii, “The Lost World”-Jurassic Park, “Outbreak” and more recently the real life story of the girl who lost her arm to a shark attack-“Soul Surfer”. A scene from the movie was filmed just upstream from this location with Carrie Underwood.

The Wailua River winds through several ecosystems.  From forested river banks and tall cliffs to lush green rain forest as you wind upriver.

Wailua River, Kauai, Hawaii
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Goldfield Ghost Town, Arizona

The Superstition Mountains hang majestically over Goldfield’s Ghost Town in Apache Junction, Arizona. One of the rare days last month where the cloud cover created some dramatic results for HDR photography. When clouds come in Arizona I go looking for a photo “op” somewhere. Goldfield’s offer alot of opportunities to grab texture in the old rusty cars, trains, western-style distressed wood buildings and old mining equipment. If you’re  ever in Arizona, it’s worth checking out. They have a great steak house I am told.

Goldfield's Ghost Town, Arizona

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Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

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I sometimes try to scope out an area that I want to photograph a sunrise, the day before, to know where the “sweet spot” will be. In this case I took the hike down to Mesa Arch right before sunset to guess where the sun would rise the next day. The orange glow of the sun was coming in nicely, so I grabbed a few shots through the arch with the snow-capped La Sal mountains in the distance. With my tripod just a few feet from the edge of a 1000 foot vertical drop, keeps you on your toes and ready for any unsuspecting wind gust. After photographing here, I hiked quickly back out to catch the sunset at Green River Overlook a few miles away. Those I’ll show another time. Check out my gallery above for all my daily photos.

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Sunset at Delicate Arch-Utah

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Fifty of us took the mile and half trek up the hill over slick rock and sand, narrow passageways with touchy drop-offs, to sit on the natural amphitheater-like sandstone, all waiting for the big event. Was there going to be the infamous red sunset or not? Most of us had resigned to the “not” side since thick clouds pretty much dominated the western sky. As the sun appeared to set undramatically, people started getting up to take the long trek back down. The “wait ’til the bitter end photographers” stayed put and sure enough for a quick thirty seconds the clouds opened up to allow the sun to blast out it’s magically light display. The “hold-outs” packed their gear and like a grand exodus, we all  headed down the hill satisfied that we had gotten what we came for.

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Aspen Grove-Colorado National Park

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Going west out of Estes Park you run into Colorado National Park. There are so many photo “ops”, it seemed like we were stopping all the time. Our goal was to reach Winter Park by sun down, but not before we trodded through grassy Aspen groves, climbed up to rocky waterfalls, enjoyed herds of elk, wandered aimlessly through bog fields, and breathed the thin wind struck air at the 10,000 foot summit over Milner Pass. Aspen trees with their distinctive white bark created a pleasant contrast to the pine tree forest that dominated the scenery.

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Blackwater Falls-West Virgina

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This is my 2nd trip to Blackwater Falls. I came a few years ago in the autumn but got down to the falls a bit to late in the evening to capture the light, so I vowed to come back. I have visited many falls across the United States but something magical catches you here in Tucker County in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virgina. Maybe it’s just a special feeling of growing up in the hills in southern Pennsylvania not far from here. Or maybe, it’s the fact that this waterfalls is just downright “perty”! “Country road, take me home, to a place, I belong, West Virginia..” John Denver must have felt it too. The off-color hues come from tannic acid which in part is how it got it’s name. The mist spraying on you, the shear power you feel from the roar, something worth the hike down to see this wonderful most photographed spot in all of West Virgina.

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“Fingers From Heaven”- Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia

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As we were leaving Blackwater Falls, West Virgina high in the Allegheny Mountains in central eastern part of the state, this vista opened up between the trees.  Most of the area was covered over with vegetation, so you couldn’t peer out over the edge to see the mountains.  I knew I didn’t have much time, so I pulled off the road and started looking for an opening. I set the tripod up in this narrow opening overlooking the mountains to capture “heaven’s light” shining through the clouds for a very brief moment. The perfect light never waits and you just have to be lucky enough and in the right place to grab the moment. Blackwater Falls I’ll save for tomorrow.

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