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Jun 302012
 

After spending much of the day exploring Hilton Head Island, we settled in for a nice meal at one of the local restaurants.  I don’t remember what I had, but I’m pretty sure I ordered some kind of seafood.  Just so happens I spotted these fishing boats tied up at one the docks.  So, I wandered outside and positioned myself at an angle directly into the sun.  With the sun rapidly setting, the color of the sky was increasing.  It was just another beautiful day in the south.

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Jun 262012
 

I love Joshua Tree National Park.  It feels more like a moonscape, though, than a park.  And that’s really what gives it its flavor.  On this cold February day, after I had packed up my tent in the middle of the night because it was so windy, a bit of a weather system came quickly through.  It began snowing overhead, yet to the east it was still clear with blue skies.  It was awesome to behold.  Snowing in the desert!

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Jun 232012
 

A couple of weeks ago we drove up to Mt. Shasta for a few days.  Upon arrival there wasn’t a lot of snow on the mountain.  But, on day 3 it rained most of the day at the lower elevations and the mountain was not visible at all.  We were concerned that she just might not show up at all this trip.  But, the next day when the cloud cover totally cleared…. Wow!  Blanketed in a full coat of snow she shined through in all her glory.

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Jun 192012
 

First of all, I must say, fires of this type are not fun.  They’re often tragic.  And in this case, a neighbor of mine lost his work shed and all of the tools of his trade.  My heart goes out to him and hopefully his insurance will come through in the long run.  That being said, a fire can be interesting.  The color and wildness of the blaze combined with the human element trying to stop it.  I think nothing more needs to be said.

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Jun 162012
 

I love wandering around Las Vegas.  Every twist and turn can take you into another setting of city art, or into a completely different hotel or scene than the one just left behind.  When I rolled into town on this day I pulled into the first parking lot I found and just started walking.  I found my way into the Mandalay Bay and after some time inside I found myself at the pool, alone.  Though a nice enough day, it was too cold in February for any swimming around.  The late afternoon sun was coming through just perfect so I set up in silence and fired away.

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Jun 112012
 

Hiking up into the Sierra mountains is an awesome experience.  I especially like to start from the eastern slopes off of Highway 395 in eastern central California.  Hiking into the Big Pine Lakes region starts at about 7700 feet and goes up from there to around 11,000 feet.  But, it’s a good kind of up.  Up, certainly, but not as rigorous as some backpacking adventures I’ve taken.  This area is gorgeous with the likes of Big Pine Lakes 1 through 7, along with Summit Lake, which was my ultimate destination about 8 miles from the trail head.  I spent a quick 3 nights in the area, just exploring and taking in the beauty and quiet.  With the lakes, many 14,000 foot peaks of the Inconsolable mountain range and Palisade glacier, it’s a journey that’s well worth the climb.

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Jun 092012
 

It’s hard to beat the summer and fall seasons in the Pacific Northwest.  Other times of year it’s a tossup.  This image of the Seattle skyline was taken in the fall from gasworks park on the north side of Lake Union.  The park is an interesting place in and of itself, and I was there exploring the park in the late afternoon, so I decided to hang out a bit more and see what showed up around sunset.  Voila!  Clouds with color, the moon, and the beautiful Seattle skyline.

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Jun 022012
 

I made sure all the settings were right, then pointed my camera towards the north star, engaged the shutter and just sat down.  And I sat, and waited and took in the growing darkness and the rest of the night sky.  An exercise in patience and the art of self distraction.  It’s kind of like meditation, in a way.  I left the camera shutter open for an hour or more and let myself do other things.  Like gazing at the night sky and sitting.  And every once in a while, waiting and talking to myself.  “Not yet, not yet.  Take a walk around in the dark and look at the beauty of the desert sky.”  Night time in the desert is awesome!

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