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Oct 152016
 

One of the more interesting features of Death Valley is the way the landscape has flipped and folded in on itself to form this unique terrain.  It takes a lot of water as well and being the desert that it is, well, it’s pretty alluring and makes a great subject.  Getting up before the sun rises is always a great choice for catching how the dawning light will play on whatever subject chosen.  That being said, Death Valley has become one of my favorite winter destinations for exploring this grab-bag of spectacular topography.

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Jun 282016
 

It’s summer.  Time for backpacking the high country, wherever that is for you.  For me, that almost always means the mighty high Sierra that runs along the eastern border of California.  For those who’ve never been, it’s so hard to describe the beauty, ruggedness and majesty that lives in those mountains.  Here, we’re approaching the Rae Lakes basin on the eastern side of Kings Canyon National Park, looking down from the almost 12,000 foot Glenn Pass.  An amazing stretch of country and the Rae Lakes area is one great place to make camp and explore.

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May 222016
 

It’s not called the Ahwahnee anymore, but it still is to me.  It’s good old impersonal corporate greed that’s taken the traditional name away.  But, whatever the name, the Ahwahnee is still a beautiful place to be when not enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the park itself.  To call Yosemite a park is even a misnomer of sorts.  It’s so much more.  It’s mother nature at her finest and the way that the Ahwahnee fits in to it all is a beautiful example of how a manmade structure can elegantly harmonize with the beauty of nature.

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Apr 052016
 

Nothing not to like about Joshua Tree.  It’s so unique and ethereal.  Hanging out one evening, the light and change of colors was so dramatic I was laughing for joy.

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Mar 142016
 

No water here, but if oasis means something surrounded by sand dunes, then I think this clump of trees would qualify.  I love going to the desert in the winter.  It’s certainly much cooler and there’s at least a chance of some kind of interesting weather.  There’s so much to explore in Death Valley and one of my favorite attractions are the large sand dunes.  It’s just so hard to find large rolling soft sand dunes in the US.  Got to take advantage of the area, walk up and down, feel the leg muscles work to keep up with the spillage of sand when climbing to the top.  I’m heading to the top.

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Jul 182015
 

Mid summer.  That time of year when the high elevations in the mountains start opening up with many snowless trails.  I can smell the pines now.  Feel the quiet.  Alas, I’ll have to wait another year to get up there.  A little tick bite has curtailed my hiking and exploration life.  Rae lakes in Kings Canyon, high in the Sierra, is always a wonderful destination.  Here, Jo Anne is doing her best impression of high a wire artist to cross the creek as we head out.  One of the lakes and the peak of Painted Lady make for an enticing reminder to come back again.

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Jun 082015
 

Rafting down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon is a monumental experience.  The water’s ice cold and often quite frisky.  The rock most often a rusty shade of red.  But, what’s most impressive is the size of the walls and how small I felt inside this immense cavern.  The timeless quiet, the constant flow of water, the movement of the raft.  Nothing compares to the feeling of being so small inside something so big.

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Apr 212015
 

I love the way Ubehebe rolls off the tongue.  Maybe it’s a native word or tribe from the area.  Not really sure.  It is a somewhat remote destination inside the remote and desolate place of Death Valley.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Death Valley.  It’s immense, beautiful, harsh, varied.  The topography around here, though, is quite stark and quiet.  Wouldn’t want to be here in the heat of summer.  Winter is warm enough.

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Mar 022015
 

I was not prepared for this!  Snow in the desert.  Cold.  Blustery.  I had the wrong gloves and my hands were freezing.  Yet… it was beautiful beyond any expectations I had.  I love when the weather presents a photogenic depth otherwise missing from an already beautiful scene.  This storm didn’t last all that long.  Maybe half an hour.  But, I could have reveled in the conditions for hours, comfortable or not.

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Jan 232015
 

A few days ago a couple of rock climbers ascended the most difficult route up the face of the famous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.  This infamous granite face beauty is an incredible presence but not one I could ever imagine climbing.  They took 19 days to do it, actually sleeping on the face of the cliff, hundreds of feet off the ground.  A spectacular feat in a spectacular setting.

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