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As you move towards the Wave, you encounter the real beauty of this unusual rock formation! Fabulous views are surrounding you everywhere! Remember, do not hesitate to apply for a permit! It is well worth the effort!! It is a real treasure!

Another shot from one of my new favorites places....White Sands in New Mexico.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, WA.


Taking a picture of Mount St. Helens during June blooming season has been on my bucket list for a while. It was very cloudy last Saturday, but the weather man predicted that it would be clear by Sunday afternoon. When we arrived at the Johnston Ridge Observatory late Sunday afternoon, it was very gloomy and the crater was completely covered with clouds. But the Indian Paintbrush and Penstemon were in full bloom. The stormy sky provided dramatic clouds and the setting sun gave glimpses of red. While this is not exactly what I wanted to capture, just being out there in the blast zone looking at all the life around and witnessing the recovery process is certainly worth the trip!


This is a photomerge of four frames. Each frame is a HDR image created from a total of five shots bracketed at 1EV interval. So, this image is the result of combining 20 images. I cropped it to resemble a medium format image.


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The Toadstools of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah


Want to visit another planet while barely leaving your car? If you are traveling on highway US-89 between Lake Powell and Zion National Park, there is an excellent place to do it. Here the Escalante National Monument with its otherworld scenery closely parallels the highway. A very short and easy trail (under a mile) leads to a gorgeous yet surreal setting featuring the bizarre Toadstools.


The alcove at the end of the Toadstools Trail features surreal scenery and a wonderful array of colors.


This roadside stop is not clearly signed on the highway. There is a small parking area, a fence, and an interpretive sign on the north side of the road. (We missed it on the first try and had to do a u-turn.) The site is about 30 miles west of Lake Powell and 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah. Look for a series of white cliffs with vivid chocolate brown striping on the north side of US-89.


From the interpretive sign at the start of the trail: "What is a Toadstool? A toadstool is a spire-like feature with a boulder perched atop a pedestal rock, like a mushroom, or 'toadstool'. It forms when softer rock erodes away, leaving a column sheltered from the wind and water. The route ahead leads to an area where conditions were right for toadstool development".


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Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff, Arizona


Black volcanic ask soil supports the grasslands in the northwestern quadrant of Wupatki. In the distance you can see the San Francisco peaks ( right ) and Sunset Crater ( center ) all dormant volcanos. Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments share the same 35 mile loop access road ( 395 ) entering and exiting on US 89 heading north from Flagstaff towards the Grand Canyon.

I had to do a long exposure here to get rid of those pesky tourists. The place was as ever hoaching like Edinburgh always is.


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Not going to even try to hide how much in love I am with this image. Lately I've been really liking the combination of my Nikon F100 + Portra film, and this one? Sigh.


After an extremely disappointing firework show at Treasure Island SF, we decided to try our luck at Muir Woods National Monument the following morning. Think the missus has much better shots of this place than I do.. =)


Honestly, I think this title is very fitting for this shot. There were so many "inspiring" words of John Muir on signages ALL OVER THE FRIGGIN PARK regarding this 'majestic' place, yadah yadah yadah..


This, is NOTHING compared to the sights and sounds that Oregon has to offer. Period.


No doubt, Oregon's not all that 'sunshine' and might not have as much of the 'coolness' as CA portrays, BUT it holds a class of it's own, un-surpassed.


So ladies and gentleman, Muir Woods.. meh.. nothing interesting.. Scenes like this are a dime a dozen back home in Oregon.


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Night folks! And hope you all have had a great 4th of July weekend!

Two days each month Muir Woods is open after hours for a ranger led tour along Redwood Creek, complete with tall tales to complement the tall trees. It's a real treat to be in the park after most of the visitors leave and to experience twilight in a redwood forest. I liked the early evening light on the stairs to the Canopy View Trail.


Wishing you a good week ahead. Thanks, as always, for stopping by and for all of your kind comments -- I appreciate them all.


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Note all of the crazy amounts of blowing sand, White Sands certainly challenges a camera's weather sealing. A good sand storm is brewing on the horizon (best seen large). ;-)))

Have a great week ahead all!


Image Notes: After my recent postings I bet a few folks might have thought this was snow, heh. Single raw exposure converted in Photo Ninja with a BW Polarizer mounted to my Nikon 24-120 F4.

So I decided to give this one another crack since I wasn't too happy with the over saturation of the hills in the original edit. While putting the new pano together, I realized that I actually captured some anti-crepuscular rays! I never noticed it in the original since I never knew what these were back then. So the new edit tries to bring it out more. The sky was awesome too. Just some things you learn along the way about bringing out color and balance throughout the scene. Hope you like! As always, thanks for the views, comments and favs.


Image - 10 image stitch in portrait mode with the 50mm, single exposure; no filters. Final size came out to 72"x32".

sunset at Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

"Passing Hours"

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, USA



At dusk, as time passed from sunset to night, I captured this 30-second exposure high atop Cedar Breaks National Monument. Reflected light from the passing sunset blazed on the quickly-passing clouds, and the Milky Way shone brightly straight above!

White Sands National Monument overlooking the Sacramento mountains.

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The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, New York, United States of America. This is an abstract version with the sky replaced by a some firework explosions. This image is a collaboration between me and my son, Andrew Cooper.

From an evening of hiking around Mt. St. Helens last summer. I may not like the heat of summer (it's probably my least-favorite season), but I do thoroughly enjoy the long daylight hours... being able to drive for three hours to a place like this, spend all day hiking, and drive back in the early twilight hours.


Image made with a Hasselblad 500 C/M.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, USA


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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (USA)

Greater Canyonlands: Sunrise on the Gooseneck of the Colorado River


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Same place as previous shot but a different perspective

Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona, USA.

Height: 126 ft (38 m). Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, WA


This was captured from one of the lookout points without much effort. I really enjoyed these glowing clouds that day and I thought I would share them here.


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It was an overcast afternoon with thunderstorms when I visited the Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Happily late in the day the sun broke through the storm clouds and illuminated the amazingly colorful badlands there.


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Upper Falls Trail

Bandelier National Park

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My real first attempt to capture star trails. It was a cold windy night...1 degree Celsius, 30 mph of gust. It was quite torturing waiting there for an hour :)


My tripod was blown off the ground after 20 minutes and wasted quite a lot of my shots. Otherwise, the trails would be longer.

White Sands National Monument at Sunrise, NM, USA

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Utah/Arizona, USA


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One more from Utah 12 Scenic Byway for Sliders Sunday

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Devils Tower rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1347 acre park is covered with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are seen.


Also known as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site for many American Indians.


President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument in 1906.


This and additional information can be found on this National Park Service site.


White Sands National Monument dunes at sunset

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Jakarta - Gita scolastica

Jakarta - Memories of a school trip



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Waterfall in Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, between Cayonlands and Bryce Canyon National Parks in southern Utah.

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Utah/Arizona, USA

Some details of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Painted Hills.

A small painted hill in the grasslands of another area of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

White Sands before sunrise, Nw Mexico, USA

White Sands National Monument. New Mexico.

I'm quite busy today trying to get ready for my son to have some friends over. I'll try to get to my contacts & others who comment me as much as possible. I hope you all have a great day!


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Sunset at White Sands National Monument



A hollow arch sits as an opening gateway to the vast snow covered landscape at Bryce Canyon.


Known as the National Bridge, this beautiful landscape was an eyecatcher in this steep & undulating rugged terrain.


Truly one of the most beautiful National Parks in America.


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