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November 14th 2010...young Hotman heads deep into the woods for another nightly adventure...


I came down to a river running out of a small frozen lake. My headlamp was living it`s own life, turning on and off every other second.

I must have looked like a walking disco...


I managed to get out in the middle of the river to these wonderful rocks.

I knew immediately what i wanted. The rocks were frosted so brilliantly. I knew that if i could pull this off, i would have a shot that could be hard to top.

The aurora was dancing vividly across the sky in the exact right direction. Time for the "magic cloth"! I pulled out the yellow kitchencloth from my pack and after i had done some serious compositional thinking,

i held the cloth over the sky and opened the shutter. I was whistling "Find the River" while i watched the aurora put on her show for me. I was tempted to remove the cloth in fear of it disappearing. But i knew that if i completed this one, the reflections would look insane. After a little over 100 seconds i removed the cloth and let the sky expose for another 20 seconds.

When i looked at the display i was no longer whistling random R.E.M songs, i was doing the YMCA dance! It looked fucking amazing...even on the small 5d screen....


The only downside was that there was a single powerline running across the sky. It was more or less right in front of me, so i had calculated with that problem.


When i got home i started the processing. The rawfile looked great. Noise was almost unnoticeable. I could see that the nearest stones were slightly out of focus, but i couldnt avoid that shooting wide open at infinity focus. Then followed the obligatory and crucial whitebalance adjustment. Finetuning the horizon slightly. A little levels and then some dodging and burning.


That was done in a few minutes. Thats just part of the story. Prior to those adjustments i had to remove the powerline. Whats so hard about removing a single powerline, you say? well...actually a hell of a lot!

The line started just under the aurora on the left side, then cutting across the aurora and out up on the right side. The colournuances are so fragile in these auroras. Even the slightest colourchange screams at you. The guys making the advertisement for CS5 content aware fill should have tried this. I can guarantee that advertise would have been fun to watch.

I had to do a mix of healing brush and clonestamp. My arm was hurting after clicking around 2000 times doing microscopical adjustments until everything was completely gone. The worst processingjob i have ever done.


But it was worth it. I have a 22x16 print of this one mounted at home. It looks freaking awesome and screams at me everytime i pass it...smiling and on the inside i`m still doing the YMCA dance....


I present you my own personal the history of ever (to quote little M....hah! theres your dedication)


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Have a fantastic week, folks!




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Marmolada, Fedaia Lake.


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Taken driving home from a weekend trip to Leavenworth and Winthrop in Washington State.


This is the very intimidating Liberty Bell Mountain located on the North Cascades Highway, aka Highway 20, which is a jaw-dropping scenic route that passes through some awe inspiring sights!


More to come.


Song: None Shall Pass

Artist: Aesop Rock

Album: None Shall Pass

Members of the lily family, parrot tulips are some of the largest flowers in the tulipa grouping, with blooms that open to 4 inches or more in diameter. The petals have ruffled, frilled or feathery margins, giving them a delicate appearance that contrasts attractively with standard tulips and other garden plants. Parrot tulips stand out best in the garden when grown as a mass planting. Parrot tulips come in a wide variety of colors, including bicolors. White parrots have some pale vestiges of green in their petals and dark, leathery foliage.


Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age.


Armstrong was a landscape genius and constructed five lakes and planted over seven million trees and shrubs. The estate can be explored either on foot or by car and look out for the increasingly rare red squirrel that has made the gardens of Cragside its home. The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius, was a wonder of its age. Built on a rocky crag high above Debdon Burn, the house was the first in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Cragside is a garden of breathtaking drama, whatever the season. Armstrong constructed 5 lakes, one of Europe's largest rock gardens, and planted over 7 million trees and shrubs.

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Just got home from a 23 hour whirlwind trip to the coast!!!! Met up with Lance down near Newport for some sunset shooting. We were able to get on the backside of these rocks so even though the tide was going out the wave action was still pretty sweet....


We really lucked out with the sky....all day it was crystal clear in Portland and on the way to the coast I could see these little clouds forming off in the distance and they hung around till after sunset!!!!


Hope you are all having a great weekend!!!!


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Aperture: f/13.0

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We were fortunate enough to be able to break away this weekend and stay in Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. We got to get out and do a little shooting, run on the beach with wups (our little dog) and eat some great food that may or may not have been good for us. This is an image captured from the cliffs of Ecola State Park on Sunday morning just before heading home.

Yesterday after work I had the extreme, near-fantasy pleasure of photographing corporate headshots in a bare-white office on a rainy day in Los Angeles. In case you’re as dumb as a bag of used staples, that was sarcasm. So I headed up PCH on the way home in the rain when I started to notice a break in the clouds. I got to this spot which I saved on my GPS a while ago. It was the remnants of an old pier or dock or something from long ago. Just the posts remain. The foundation. And just like life, if we build it on a solid foundation, regardless of the storms that hit our life, we should still be able to stand.

Mainly framing for the exposed rocks within the waterfall. I noticed the waterfalls in the background later at home (provided some more contrast in a nice blue shade), which is on the otherside of the chain of waterfalls.


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On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant Rock which, as you would expect, looks a lot like an elephant. Interestingly, there were four sisters at the turn of the century, but the sea is claiming them one at a time. For great views of the Three Sisters, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down on the sand with the formations, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide you can walk alongside the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

Sometimes you come home thinking you got nothing. Yesterday i had a trip where i found nothing worthwhile shooting. But i gave it a try and took some last minute shots. I was so sure it was garbage that i didnt even care to check them out...


Tonight i was bored and decided to have a look at the shots. To my surprise there was something worth uploading. In fact it turned out to be something i kinda like...


I knew the sky was pretty good because the sun was breaking through a rather dramatic sky. But the foreground surprised me with its crystal clear pond. I actually aprove of it...and that is rather rare for me...


This is a manual 2 exposure blend. 1/4 sec for the foreground and 1/60 sec for the sky. I have toned down the foreground with curves to make the pond stand out even more...


Check the map to see exactly where this is shot. The mountain straight ahead is familiar to those watching my stream, but from a different angle...




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I am currently virtually out of time and light for photographing - up early and late back home. I hope to change this in not so distant future but meanwhile I have to dig in the archives...


This photo is taken at the magnificent stone beaches of Jæren on the southwest coast of Norway. The coast here changes between rock and sand. It is a second take at this composition. The first turned out to become one of my most viewed photographic works - to my surprise I have to say. I was never 100% satisfied with it.


This version is darker with more saturation and less white water. It was actually processed right after the first one and today I probably would have done some things differently but I decided to release this version as is. I like many aspects of it. All the stones were wet from rain and the sea. It was late in the evening and little light available. I had no tripod with me but was lucky to borrow an old one from my father.


I like second takes and some of my works I never seem to be able to mentally finish. So I return to the files and process other takes. It is actually quite rewarding - at least for me.


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One of many birds in Animal Kingdom. Not an expert on bird species but I'm hoping I am right with this one. This bird is known to make its home in the gulf states.


"Into The Mystic" is track no.5 on the album Moondance. It was written by Van Morrison.


We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won

As we sailed into the mystic


Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic


And when that fog horn blows

I will be coming home

And when that fog horn blows

I wanna hear it, I don't have to fear it


And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

Then magnificently we will float into the mystic


When that fog horn blows

You know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows

I gotta hear it, I don't have to fear it


And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will float into the mystic


Come on, girl


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seen at lake constance (near Kressbronn, Germany)

fotografiert am Bodensee in der Nähe von Kressbronn, Deutschland.

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Van Morrison - Live '73 It's Too Late to Stop Now


"Into to the mystic" is track no. 3 on this live album (in my opinion one of the best live albums of all times and universes)


We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won

As we sailed into the mystic


Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic


And when that fog horn blows

I will be coming home

And when that fog horn blows

I wanna hear it, I don't have to fear it


And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

Then magnificently we will float into the mystic


When that fog horn blows

You know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows

I gotta hear it, I don't have to fear it


And I wanna rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will float into the mystic


Come on, girl


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Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.


seen at lake constance (near Kressbronn, Germany)

fotografiert am Bodensee in der Nähe von Kressbronn, Deutschland.


Cloud Suite by David Gates


See the clouds adrift so far below

Everchanging as they come and go

Makes me wonder why I'm up so high

When really I am down so low


Of all the wonders I was one allowed

I think that I would always choose a cloud

Always brings my feelings right out loud

Whether I'm ashamed or proud


On this airplane comin' home to you

Sometimes I think I've flown my whole

life through

My whole life... through

As I wing my way to you


See the clouds they're giving life below

In colors that the canvas cannot show

Keeping secrets no one else could know

For I'm the one who told them so


Now and then I get up close to you

I'd like to stay but I'm just passing through

So I'll have to say goodbye...

Until next time I fly.




Make my bed-light the light

Comin' in on the midnight flight

Touch the ground and soon you will be

Safe inside reality


Change your mind-change your name

Still the music it sounds the same


Rainfall don't bother me at all

You see the world reflected on the highway

Come on rainbow-I can't let you go

Before I reach the end of you someway


So the next time raindrops fall

If it makes you climb the walls just think

of green.


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Left home 2.05am hoping for a sunrise as the tide went out at Birling gap then on to the Beachy Head lighthouse as the photo shows the weather was not worth the trek to the lighthouse - i love this coastline and its chalky rocks - you have to make the most of the conditions when you drive 208 miles - The lighthouse will have to wait for another day .Im here for 4 days Kent & London

The first light of the day is fantastic, so blue :))


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This was shot when I was out chasing the last full moon on Pelvikodden on the Island Snarøya just outside Oslo. The light you see in the distant horizon is the city light from Oslo.


Normally I tweak my shots towards a more warm tone, but Über inspired me to go for a more appropriate blue tone :))

The horizon had a nice yellow/orange tone, it was very hard for me to see that fine tone disappear when I tweaked the white balance :))



Comments and critique are as always welcome. Let me hear your opinion, why do you like this, or even better, how would you approach this scenery. Give me your thoughts... If you can't find anything to critique, a simple "nice" is cool too :))



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The last rays of sunlight kiss the rock formations at White Pocket in Arizona.


Kevin,Gigi and I have returned home after 10 days, 2,700 miles of driving and about 20 miles of hiking from Southern Utah and Northern Arizona a few days ago

This day started out as a cloudless but about 2 PM the clouds moved in a we were treated with a nice afternoon and sunset. Then it was a 2 hour very ruff and bumpy ride on dirt roads back to our camp

Suluban - Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Just another favourite beach for surfers and photographers in Uluwatu, people mostly familiar with Padang Padang and Dreamland beaches but many may not realise that there is this secluded spot Suluban Beach in Uluwatu that is accessible down some 40 metres of steps from Thomas Home Stay B & B. Even on high tides when the surf is up, the beach with white sand is still accessible.


Actually Suluban Beach extends right up to Uluwatu Beach, close to Bluepoint Bay Hotel but this side is the public and crowded side catering to the surfers. So for those who want to enjoy an exclusive beach experience, this is one great find. Besides the clear water from Indian Ocean is very tempting, and with big waves to enjoy, its also most delightful to wade through during low tides as water receeds some 200 metres exposing rocks and seaweed farms. Also you'll get to see locals fishing.


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Exposure Mode + White Balance: Manual

Filters: Lee soft 3stop GND


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♫Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over Till It's Over

After sunrise we headed to Kilkenny for the IPF finals.

On the way we detoured to the Rock of Dunamase... rational being - if you're going to travel a long distance to see your shots get panned you might as well try to come home with some better images!


Thanks to James for navigating & breakfast!


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Driving home and saw this sky, mangaged to pull off the motorway, run up a decent hill (old Volcano), very quick run in fact when I heard a loud dog bark :-) and snap a couple of shots before the sky was gone


got to say Pohutukawa Trees are so great, this one had a stump next to it so its mate has gone

OK I'm a tree freak at the moment :-)

Happy Valentines day to my wife, u r my rock and my tall tree

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On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant Rock which, as you would expect, looks a lot like an elephant. Interestingly, there were four sisters at the turn of the century, but the sea is claiming them one at a time. For great views of the Three Sisters, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down on the sand with the formations, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide you can walk alongside the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

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I'm delighted that this photograph has been included in the 2012 Plus One Collection charity book. The money raised will go to the Kilgoris Project


I loved the quote from Jose Maria OIazabal this week after the close of the Ryder Cup where he said "All men die but not all men live". He went on to thank the players involved for the emotions he felt. The quote has resonance with this photo and photography in general for me and how it makes me feel. Since taking up photography I've enjoyed a wide range of emotions (some good, some not so) as I've searched for locations and tried to develop my skills to be able to capture them. Whilst my skills have a long way to go, there are times when I'm out and relative to my ability everything seems to click.


That's how it happened on this day whilst away on holiday further along the coast in North Wales. The first few days of our holiday hadn't really gone that well for photography. However it all changed when we explored a bit of the coast that I thought I knew well. The discovery of this rock, the tide being in far enough to crash over it, the weather - it all seemed to be just right. Suddenly I was in that position where I knew I loved what I was capturing. It doesn't happen enough but when it does it feels great. I can pick out all of the photos I've taken on days like this and generally speaking, I think they're my best.


Unlike those previous shots though, on getting home and starting work on the image it just wouldn't work. I'd done a quick edit in black and white on my little Nexus tablet and I thought it had promise. A couple of frustrated attempts later I gave in on that idea. The instant I went back to colour, it all started to flow again.


BTW, I was originally going to call this either Neptune's Bowl or Poseidon's Bowl given the ethereal feel but couldn't make my mind up on either so just went for the bowl. What do you reckon?


Shot details

Canon 600D (T3i/Kiss X5)

Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 EF-S USM @ 22mm

Lee Big Stopper

Hoya ND16

Lee Filters 0.6 Hard Grad ND

ISO 100

121 second exposure @ f9

Photoshop CS6


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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

~Ansel Adams

You will never be alone, you hear so deep

a sound when autumn comes. Yellow

pulls across the hills and thrums,

or in the silence after lightning before it says

its names - and then the clouds’ wide-mouthed

apologies. You were aimed from birth:

you will never be alone. Rain

will come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,

long aisles - you never heard so deep a sound,

moss on rock, and years. You turn your head—

that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.

The whole wide world pours down.


~ William Stafford ~

This was an unusual shot for me. I was driving home after a failed photosession in the woods, when i saw the waves crashing in. I parked my car and decided to try some up-close waveshots...too close.

This was shot @10mm so the water is REALLY close to my lens. It was great to see how the setting sun illuminated the waves and the rocks.


This is a single exposure with just a few adjustments..


ND8 filter



1/2 sec

iso 200


Check the map for exact location.


And a huge thanks to everyone leaving comments, favs & tags!


Have a great day!



The Navajo Nation has many amazing sights, but Spider Rock may be one of the most interesting and stunning. This impressive monolith stands around 800 ft tall in Canyon del Chelly and began forming 230 million years ago.


This is the reputed home of Spider Women and as such is incredibly sacred to native peoples. She was the first to weave her web of the universe and taught the Navajo weaving. Spider Woman is also said to be responsible for the stars in the sky, she took a web she had spun, laced it with dew, threw it into the sky and the dew became stars. In some stories, the white rocks on top of the spire represent the bones of misbehaving children she has hauled up there! For more background see here:


Happy Perseid Meteor viewing this weekend all!


P.S. this one if for AZTransplant/Nicki, she has long recommended I visit here and I'm so glad I did! Check out her stream here:



Sunday night July 22nd I had all my backpacking gear packed in the back of my car. I set the alarm clock and went to bed early. Five am, the alarm went off and by 6 am I was driving from my home in Eastern Washington towards Joseph, Oregon.


I had a big breakfast at Denny's in La Grande, Oregon. My food for the rest of the day and part of the next day would be snacks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on whole winter wheat bread...good but not like chicken fried steak, hash browns, and tall glass of cold milk I had at Denny's.


I drove through the "busy with tourists" town of Joseph and on to the trail head south of Lake Wallowa. It was a beautiful morning with an excellent weather forecast. In fact I decided to leave my rain gear in the car. In a pinch I could always make a light rain poncho out of the two 33 gallon garbage sacks I take with me.


High noon, I shouldered my REI Flashpack 65, with only what I needed for a one night backpacking trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Northeastern Oregon. I started up the trail.


My destination would be Ice Lake. I had never hiked there before. I had hiked up the first three miles of the trail with my wife a few years ago as we were enjoying a short hike after spending a few days at a cabin south of Lake Wallowa.


I had no idea how long it would take me from trailhead to Ice Lake but I usually use an hour for every thousand feet gain in elevation + an hour for every mile and a half to two miles of distance from start to destination. I use this as a rough conservative estimate for hiking time with a full pack. The condition of the trail can change that considerably and I usually hike much faster than that.


It would be just under three miles to the bridge across the West Fork of the Wallowa River, then another five miles to Ice Lake. Trail head elevation at 4,700' and Ice Lake at 7,920' - thus a gain of 3,220'.


I saw a string of pack horses and mules and several "with questions" day hikers near the trail head. I talked with some of the day hikers, but once I got a couple of miles up the trail, I pretty much was on my own.


When I got to the trail bridge over the fast flowing white water West Fork of the Wallowa River, I was surprised to see a sign informing me that the "bridge was out". Just past the signs I could see what was left of the old trail bridge. I don't think I would have tried to ford the river had that been my only choice, it was flowing too high and too fast. But there was a huge log jam, where the trail bridge used to be, that offered an easy crossing (I hand carried my backpack across in case I lost my footing so I wouldn't end up in a swift flowing river if I slipped, with a full pack buckled tightly to me).


The elevation gain is under a thousand feet to the river crossing (2.8 miles) and the next five miles involve 37 switchbacks, according to the trail hiking guides, and climb more than another 2,000 feet.


I found the trail very easy hiking with a nice easy grade. The switchback trails seemed to have been designed for stock and it was just the kind of steady gradient I like to hike. There was only once section of about a quarter mile that had a lot of loose rocks on the trail, so care was required here not to twist an ankle...other than that a sweet trail all the way.


It took my four and half hours from trailhead to the camp I selected which was high on a bench above the lake and just above the outlet creek. It provided a good steady breeze, which I knew would serve as a good mosquito deterrent. A small snow field next to my camp made a great ice box for my diet Mt. Dew, which has become my trail beverage of choice (partly because it clinches my thirst even when warm, has lots of caffeine, and has no after taste -- it tastes great).


I used a "cache it and don't carry it" strategy I have used for desert hiking when it comes to beverages. First of all I have given up on the strong but heavy and fixed shape Nalgene bottles of all colors and shapes. Instead I carry bottled water and/or diet Mt. Dew, in their lightweight plastic bottles. These can be refilled OR if not needed, they can be squashed to force all the air out then capped. Once squashed and capped they take up much less pack space and of course, weigh next to nothing.


I took my water filter and FOUR full 20 oz bottle of diet Mt. Dew. Two of these bottles fit well in the lower outside stretch net pockets on each side of my REI Flash 65 pack. They are easy to reach and if one were to develop a leak for any reason, they would not wet anything inside my pack.


Each 20 oz bottle weighs 1 lb. 6 3/4 oz, so the four full bottle weigh over FIVE pounds. I need my caffeine, so I want to be able to drink some, start to finish on a hike, yet not carry extra pounds too far. So...after crossing the log jam across the river at 2.8 miles I dug a hole into some river sand and cached one full bottle of diet Mt. Dew. Two mile farther up the trail I dug another hole and buried a second 20 oz bottle of diet Mt. Dew.


I drank from the two remaining bottles of diet Mt. Dew as I hiked and by the time I reached Ice Lake, I had drank all of one the bottles and about a third of the second. I set up my tent, hung my food sack, and then headed for the lake to filter water. I filled the empty bottle and chugged the nice cold water. I filled it again and did the same. Now I placed half the remaining diet Mt. Dew (with its precious taste and caffeine) in the two bottles and topped them off with ice cold water from Ice Lake. These I placed in a snow bank next to my tent for an ice cold drink any time I wanted it.


This was my first field test for my new Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 solo backpacking tent. I decided to leave the rain fly off at night, since there was zero chance of rain and it didn't look as though high winds would be a problem. Besides, I wanted to go to sleep looking up at the black star filled sky at 8,000 feet. So my lodging and bed for the night consisted of the Copper Spur UL1 with footprint; a VERY comfy Big Agnes Q-Core air mattress; and a light warm weight Marmot Pinnacle 800 fill down bag rated at +15. I stuffed my primaloft jacket inside the compression sack used to transport my sleeping bag as an adequate "pillow".


I spent all my time until night came, wandering the shore of Ice Lake and climbing repeatedly to high vantage points, where I could take photos and enjoy being in such a spectacular setting and a lake I had never before hiked to. It was precious and enjoyable time.


At dark I hung my LED headlamp up in the roof of my tent and broke out some short story reading material I had copied from various editions of Outside magazine and had brought along. It was a beautiful night. No wind, just the constant sounds of the outlet creek from Ice Lake, not far from my camp, and .... silence.


I slept extremely well. The Copper Spur UL1 was much roomier (and lighter) than my other solo backpacking tent. The Marmot down bag always keeps me more than warm; and I am a convert to the BA insulated Q-Core air mattress. With self inflators I have always woke up with a sore hip or shoulder which would seem to always find the hard ground at night, as I tried to sleep on one side of my other. Not so with the Q-Core, "nothing but air". I'm sold.


When I next awoke, the stars had disappeared and I could tell that morning was on its way. I checked my watch and it was five o'clock in the morning 7.24.12. I didn't want to miss sunrise arriving on the peaks above Ice Lake (The Matterhorn and Sacajawea being the two most prominent and highest). I got up, put on my Mountain Hardware primaloft jacket to warm up and headed up the hill behind my camp, camera in hand (I used the G10 on Monday and the G9 on Tuesday).


I hiked the hills above the lake and the shore trails taking photographs. I returned to camp to eat a bite and break camp. I had to place my tent footprint and the tent itself out in the morning sun to dry off as dew had arrived during the night and I even had a thin sheet of ice on some of my gear. By seven in the morning I had everything packed and I started hiking back down the trail.


It had taken my four and half hours coming up and it took me three and half hours hiking out. I'm old, overweight, and out of shape, but have always preferred to hike steadily at a comfortable pace. So with only a few pack off breaks of five or ten minutes to drink or snack, I pretty much hike all the time when on the trail. The exception of course is quick stops for photo ops. I ALWAYS carry a camera on my pack sternum strap, so if I see anything I want to photo it is easy for me to come up with a camera.


When I reached my car at 10:30 am I first grabbed a cold can of diet Pepsi from my ice chest, then changed into jeans, a cotton shirt, and traded hiking boots for Crocs. I drove into Joseph and spent some time walking about town (the fly fishing shop in Joseph is a good one to visit). Then I headed straight for Denny's in La Grande, Oregon for a steak and egg dinner. I figured I had it coming. Home by six Tuesday night....a bit mosquito bites...and very happy to have finally spent a night at Ice Lake in the fabulous Eagle Cap Wilderness.


Here is a link to a day hike that my son and I took and later a backpacking trip my wife and I took in another section of the Eagle Cap Wilderness:


pen and graphite pencil on illustration board.

20" x 14"in

2014 MocAthalon


Team: The Last Brickbenders


Category: A Pirates' Haven

If you were a Pirate, where would you like to call home? Build a sanctuary that a pirate could call his own. No size restrictions.


Year, 1656, somewhere in the mystical blue waters of the Caribbean, a myth arises amongst sailors of a cryptic Island. The Legend has it that the pirates have made a hideout in an old Privateer vessel that has long been lodged atop a shelf of rock...


Yes, the legend is true. The Island, known as Isle De Arco among Pirates has long been home to Red Beard. It is the center of a small chain of islands that are under Pirate control, and trading among the islands is frequent. Pirates patrol the waters surrounding, and attack any merchant ships that come within close range. The captain and crew enjoy a lavish life of relaxation and drinking along the sandy shores and rough cliffs of the Isle De Arco.


My First entry into the 2014 MocAthalon. This took a lot longer than expected, and I'll be kicking it in gear to get the rest of my entries finished. Sadly, I like my close up photos more than the main one itself, so check out the other photos here.


-Stephen Gardiner


The Far End of White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines


Hello there all my flickr friends! Please forgive me for being such a lousy contact for the one billionth time. I promise tonight I shall catch up with all of you!! :D


Happy Holidays!

View On White


Went out shooting two nights ago to Corona Del Mar to shoot with Steve and we had fun. It had been awhile since we went out shooting like this, we got a little adventurous and climbed to the other side of this rock seen here. It was about a 8 foot drop and the tide was a little higher than we liked. However, there was plenty of great shots on the other side so we had to do it. We almost got swallowed up on the way back as it was now dark and hard to see anything. Climbing over wet rocks covered in moss is definitely not a good idea! We managed to make it out just fine before heading home.





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On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant Rock which, as you would expect, looks a lot like an elephant. Interestingly, there were four sisters at the turn of the century, but the sea is claiming them one at a time. For great views of the Three Sisters, turn down Pilot Road, which is on the seaward side of State Highway 3 north of the Tongaporutu Bridge. If you want to get down on the sand with the formations, turn off South Highway 3 down Clifton Road, which is south of the Tongaporutu Bridge. At low tide you can walk alongside the river and around the point to find the formations. In nearby caves you can also view a rock drawing of a curious six-toed foot.

I normally do not write a bunch of stuff on here but I feel that I need to give a little background detail and the reason behind this photo......


in November 2006 I left my house to do the Mount Hood - Columbia Gorge loop like I have done many was pouring down rain and visibility was impossible at times.....I arrived at Gov. Camp and had lunch....After lunch I was trying to decide if I should continue on around to the Gorge or just go home....Well I decided to press on and make the loop........I wanted to see how high the river was so I stopped right here....right where this image was taken.......the mountain was blocked by clouds and rain so I got back in the car and drove the time I got back to my house - an hour later - it was already on the news.....a major washout on Hwy 35 at White River.....The parking lot which is 20 feet above me was piled about 40 feet high with debris.....and the Bridge which is right behind me was gone.....nothing left......The course of the river was changed forever and to think if I would have not left the house when I did, even 30 min's very possible I would not be here today to share this with you......I did not see it happen but I can only image how fast it did happen and with what force it brought. Standing where I am, I would have never been able to get out of the area fast enough. I would have been buried alive.


For that simple reason, this place holds a special amount of respect in my heart.... Today I was lucky enough to capture the mountain and river in the beauty of the early morning light....


below is the story with a little description of what happened......


Thanks for taking the time to read



OR 35 has had a history of washouts dating back to August 1907, with 20 closures due to washouts, five of which have occurred since September 1998.[2]


The most recent closure took place on November 7, 2006, involving a section of the highway from milepost 57 to milepost 80. As in the past, the closure is caused by overflow of the White River and the build-up of debris in the White River Canyon which subsequently flows down and overwhelms the highway.[3] This washout, the worst in memory, cut off access to Mount Hood Meadows in both directions, moved the White River course north and east to the bed of Green Apple Creek, and buried—sometimes 20-30 feet deep—two recreational parking lots, miles of cross-country skiing and hiking trails, and several small Forest Service roads.[2]


Repair work was anticipated to be completed by December 15, 2006.[4][5][6] The route was reopened December 9, a week ahead of schedule.[7]

السياحة في إقليم كوردستان

عندما يفكر المرء في سياحة ترفيهية، خاصة في فصل الصيف تتجه انظاره الى إقليم كوردستان العراق، مدن كوردستان الجميلة، ينابيع مياهها وجبالها الشاهقة وكهوفها التي تحكي قصة الانسان العراقي منذ اقدم الحضارات


منحوتاتها التي تمتلك الساحات، شلالاتها، مصايفها، اشجارها الدائمة الخضرة، مناخها المعتدل صيفا، وحتى شتاؤها جميل حيث يتساقط الثلج والوفر على الجبال ليشكل بساطا ابيض ناصعا كبراءة الاطفال يبدأ الاخضرار مع بداية نوروز عيد الربيع.كوردستان جنة العراق الصيفية بمناخها وتاريخها حيث يفخر الانسان العراقي الكوردي والعربي والتركماني بانه صاحب حضارات وادي الرافدين، الاقدم والاعرق والاكثر تأثيرا على البشرية حتى يومنا هذا.

فهذه الحضارات المدنية وصلت الى اعلى درجات التقدم والرقي في مجالات الحياة كافة، فعلى ضفتي دجلة والفرات وفي قمم جبال كوردستان ووديانها بنيت اعظم المدن: سومر، اكد، بابل، نينوي، نمرود، دهوك، آشور، اور، اربائيلو، الوركاء، وغيرها الكثير ومنها ظهرت الكتابات المسمارية ودونت الاساطير على الالواح الحجرية وسنت اولى القوانين وبنيت السدود على الانهار وتمت دراسة الفلك ورصد النجوم، ووضعت اولى المسائل الهندسية، واشتهرت بفن النحت والعمران، وتكونت اعظم الامبراطوريات وطبعت مدن العراق بطابعها الاسلامي وتزخر بعشرات الآلاف من المقامات والمزارات والمراقد للانبياء والمرسلين والائمة والصالحين.

انها الفردوس حقا، ارض العراق، لكن ما زلنا في خطوتنا الاولى المتوقفة في بناء صناعة سياحية جاذبة واعلام متطور يبدأ بفضائية سياحية ولا ينتهي بفولدر او خارطة، فالسياحة مورد اقتصادي ستراتيجي مثلما هي التواصل بين الشعوب وثقافاتها.

وتشهد السياحة في اقليم كوردستان حركة ونشاطاً يساعدها على ذلك الوضع الامني المستقر في محافظات الاقليم الذي حولها الى متنفس لعوائل المحافظات الاخرى، ترتاح فيها من التوتر وانعدام الامن والسلام، اذ تبحث عن الاستجمام وتهدئة الاعصاب.

واذ يرحب اقليم كوردستان بهذه العوائل، تسعى حكومة الاقليم، ممثلة بوزارة السياحة فيها لتهيئة كل ما يوفر لها الجو السليم للراحة والاصطياف، مبدية كل الاهتمام بالمرافق الحيوية التي تعبر عن ثقافة الكرد المتأصلة جذورهم في عمق التاريخ وحضارة هذا البلد العريق.

ولعل ابرز عامل جذب للسياح هو المواقع الاثارية التي يعد اقليم كوردستان من اغنى المناطق بها اذ يوجد فيه (30152) موقعا آثارياً معلنا، وكل محافظة من محافظات الاقليم تتميز بخصوصية تاريخية، اذ ان محافظة السليمانية تتميز آثارها بطابع الحضارة الساسانية، اما محافظة دهوك فيغلب عليها طابع الحضارة العباسية والعثمانية، ومحافظة اربيل آثارها ذات طابع آشوري وبابلي وسومري.

وأهم المواقع الاثارية في كوردستان نذكر منها في زاخو الجسر العباسي، وفي اربيل قلعة اربيل التاريخية ومنارة (الشيخ جولي) التي يمتد تاريخها الى(700) سنة، وهناك ايضا منطقة (كردي قارنجة) وتقول المصادر التاريخية انها تحتوي على (13) الهاً، وهي من العهد الاشوري، وقد عرفت عبر التاريخ بمعبد الالهة، وكانت زيارتها بمنزلة الحج إذ يتوافد اليها الناس من مختلف بقاع الارض للتبرك بها.. ونذكر من مواقع السليمانية الاثارية كهف (هزار ميرد).

اما من ناحية الاصطياف، فان كوردستان غنية بمصايفها التي يتوافد اليها الناس للاستجمام، وهو ابرز عامل جذب للسياحة الداخلية في فصل الصيف.


المناطق السياحية في إقليم كوردستان:



من اروع مدن كوردستان العراق، بناها ابراهيم باشا ملك امارة بابان سنة 1784م، بعد اعجابه بالمناظر المحيطة بسراية عمه (عثمان باشا)، ويبدو انها بنيت اساساً لتكون عاصمة الامارة البابانية، منذ تأسيسها كانت فيها اسواق كبيرة وحمامات عامة مبنية على شكل حمامات اسطنبول، وقد اثبتت التنقيبات الأثارية ان هناك مايدل على وجود الحياة فيها منذ الالف الثالث ق. م، وكانت تسمى (زاموا) وهي موطن اللولويين والكوتيين القدماء وتوالت عليها الحضارات ومن بين معالمها الجامع الكبير الذي بني في القرن الثامن عشر كذلك جامع مولانا خالد وجامع محوى-وكنسية السليمانية-ويضم متحف التراث في السليمانية عشرات التحف الاثارية.. وغرب مدينة السليمانية مصيف سرجنار ويضم هذا المصيف قرية باخان السياحية، ومن المناطق السياحية في السليمانية سيتك وييري شه وكيل، ومصيف سرسير، وكونه ماسي، وكه ناروى، وسركلو، وميركه بان، وتايين وعشرات المناطق السياحية الاخرى.


اربيل (هه ولير):

تقع اربيل وسط اقليم كوردستان على سهل واسع وهي عاصمة الاقليم يعود تاريخها الى الالف السادس قبل الميلاد، سميت في الكتابات السومرية والبابلية بـ(اوربيلم) و (اربائيلو)، وكانت في العهد البابلي مركزا لعبادة الالهة (عشتار)، ومن معالمها البارزة منارة الشيخ جولي التي بنيت في عهد السلطان مظفر الدين الكو كبري ما بين (543- 586م) وكنيسة ماريوسف والمبنية على الطراز البابلي القديم، وقلعة خانزاد وقلعة دويين، ومصيف شقلاوة ومصايف بيخال وكلي علي بيك، وجونديان، وحاج اومران، ومن كهوفها الشهيرة كهف ييستون وكهف شابندر اضافة الى قلعة اربيل التي تتوسط المدينة وعشرات المعالم الحضارية والدينية والجمالية.



تقع مدينة دهوك بين سلسلتي جبال (بيخير وشندوخا) وهي بالقرب من حدود تركيا وسورية ويعود تاريخ بناء المدينة الى مئات السنين وكانت نقطة عبور تجارية في العهد الاشوري بقي ذلك التراث شامخاً حتى اليوم وتتوفر فيها مناطق سياحية متميزة ونادرة منها:

مصيف انشكي، ومصايف سولاف وسواره توكه وسرسنك واشاوه ومن منحوتاتها : كهف هلامتا وخنس وكهف جارستين ومدينة آميدي-العمادية وعشرات من المصايف والمعالم الحضارية المتميزة التي تحكي قصة تاريخ وحضارة وشعب.


كركوك كه ركووك

من كبرى مدن العراق الشمالية فيها حقول النفط الشهيرة، حيث يتم استخراجه وتكريره، ومن اهم حقول نفط كركوك: حقل بابا كركر وحقل باي حسن، وحقل جمجمال، وحقل جمبور، وحقل حمرين، وحقل. ومعظم الاراضي المجاورة لكركوك سهول ليس فيها تلال او جبال واقرب التلال والمرتفعات المجاورة هي تلال بابا كوركور حيث فيها النار الازلية المجاورة لحقول نفط كركوك وتليها تلال شوان في طريق كويسنجق وتلال قراينجير وقرة حسن تليها جبال بازيان وقره داغ. ويعتبر سهل كركوك من اعظم السهول لو توفرت له المياه الاروائية الكافية..

كما تعتبر كركوك مدينة سياحية لما فيها من آثار قديمة، فنجد قلعة كركوك، التي تسمى (كرخيتي)، فضلاً عن معالم اثرية بارزة منها مرقد الامامين زين العابدين والقاسم اولاد، الامام موسى الكاظم (عليهم السلام)، فضلاً عن مرقد امام الهوى احد اولاد الشيخ عبدالقادر الكيلاني، كما نجد ناحية الدبس السياحية لوجود نهر الزاب وناحية تازة، فضلاً عن معالم آثارية تضرب في جذور التاريخ اهمها (جامع العريان) يعود الى 1142 م، والجامع الكبير الذي يعود الى القرن الثالث الميلادي، وجامع النبي دانيال وكنيسة الحمراء والكنيسة الكلدانية التي تعود الى 1862 م وغيرها من المواقع السياحية العديدة فيها..


Tourism in the Kurdistan Region

When one thinks of recreational tourism, especially in the summer, moving his attention to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Kurdistan beautiful cities, water fountains and towering mountains and caverns, which tells the story of the Iraqi men since the earliest civilizations


Mnhotadtha, which has a courtyard, waterfalls, Massaifaa, the trees are evergreen, moderate climate, summer, and even beautiful winters where snow fall and cross the mountains to form a carpet patented bright white children begin with the beginning of greening Nowruz spring festival. Kurdistan Iraq Commission summer climate, and history and is proud rights of the Iraqi Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen as the civilizations of Mesopotamia, the oldest and longest-established, the most influential of mankind until the present day.

These civilizations, civil and reached to the highest degree of progress and advancement in all spheres of life, for the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates In the mountain peaks and valleys of Kurdistan built the great cities: Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Nineveh, Nimrud, Dohuk, Ashur, Ur, Arbaiilo, Warka, and many others, including appeared cuneiform legends and recorded on stone tablets and enacted the first laws and built dams on rivers have been studied astronomy and the observation of stars, and developed the first engineering issues, and the famous art of sculpture and architecture, and formed the greatest empires and the printed character of Islamic cities in Iraq is rich in tens of thousands of shrines, shrines and shrines of prophets and messengers and Imams and the righteous .

It's truly paradise, the land of Iraq, but we are still in the stalled Our first step in building a tourist industry attractive and sophisticated media Zayyat tourist begins and ends Pfolder or map, tourism strategic economic resource, as is the communication between peoples and cultures.

And Tourism in the Kurdistan Region and active movement to help the stable security situation in the provinces of the region, which turned the outlet to the families of the other governorates, where the rest of tension and lack of security and peace, as looking for relaxation and calm nerves.

Welcoming the families of the Kurdistan Region, the Government of the province, where the Ministry of Tourism to create everything that provides a proper atmosphere for rest and summer, expressing interest in all vital facilities that reflect the inherent culture of the Kurds their roots deep in history and civilization of this ancient country.

Perhaps the most important factor of attraction for tourists is the archaeological sites of the Kurdistan Region is one of the richest areas are as where (30152) announcing the site archaeologically, and all governorates of the region are characterized by historical specificity, as the province of Sulaimaniya, is characterized by the nature of their civilization, enemies, either by the province of Dohuk Vaiglb nature of the Abbasid and Ottoman civilization, and Erbil their nature Assyrian and Babylonian and Sumerian.

The most important archaeological sites in Kurdistan, among them the bridge in Zakho Abbasid In Arbil, Arbil's citadel, historical, and the Lighthouse (Sheikh Jolie), which extends back to the (700) years, and there's also the (Kurdish Qaranjp) and historical sources say it contains (13) God, a Assyrian of the Covenant, has been known throughout history, the temple of God, and they had is like the pilgrimage as people flock to it from different parts of the ground to seek blessing from them .. And recall of Sulaymaniyah archaeological cave sites (Hazar Merd).

In terms of summer, the rich Kurdistan Bmassaifaa that people flock to it for recreation, which is the main factor of attraction for domestic tourists in the summer.


Tourist areas in the Kurdistan Region:



One of the greatest cities in Kurdistan of Iraq, built by Ibrahim Pasha Baban emirate in the king in 1784, after his admiration for the scenery surrounding the hope of his uncle (Osman Pasha), it seems to be built as a capital of the emirate Alababanip, since its establishment was the big markets and public baths built in the form of baths of Istanbul, The archaeological excavations have proved that there is evidence that the existence of life since the third millennium BC. M, were called (Zamoa) and is home to Alloloyen Alkotien ancient civilizations and rolled it between the landmarks of the Grand Mosque which was built in the eighteenth century as well as a mosque and a mosque Maulana Khalid Mhoy - the Church of Sulaymaniyah - includes Heritage Museum in Sulaimaniyah dozens of archaeological artifacts .. And west of the city of Sulaimaniya Srzinar resort and includes the resort village of Bakhan tourism, from tourist areas in Sulaimaniya, Jiri SETTEC Xue agent, Srser resort, and the fact that Massey, Okh Naroy and SARGALO and Mirgah Pan, Taean and dozens of other tourist attractions.


Arbil (ee and Lear): Arbil Irbil Erbil ھەولێر أربيل اربيل Hewlêr Hawler ܐܪܒܝܠ

Is the central province of Arbil, Kurdistan on a broad plain, the capital of the province dating back to the sixth millennium BC, was named in the writings of the Sumerian, Babylonian (b Urbilm) and (Arbaiilo), and the Covenant was the center of the Babylonian goddess (Ishtar), and its salient beacon Sheikh Jolie built in the reign of Sultan Muzaffar Alco major religion is between (543 to 586 m) and the Church of Maryousef and based on the Old Babylonian style, the citadel and castle Khanzad Doyen, and resort Shaqlawah, resorts and holistic Bejal Ali Beck, _undean, and argued Aoumran, and the famous caverns and cave cave Iiston Habandar start to Arbil's citadel, which mediates the city and dozens of landmarks, religious and aesthetic.


Dahuk: dohuk duhok

Dohuk is located between the mountain chains (and in a comfortable Handokha) is near the borders of Turkey, Syria and the construction of the city date back hundreds of years and was a commercial crossing point in the Assyrian remains of that heritage and proud until the day and the tourist areas have a distinct and rare, including:

Ancki resort, and summer resorts Solaf and bracelet Tokh and Sarsank and Achaoh is Mnhotadtha: Hlamta and mans cave and cave Jarstein and the city Amedee - Amadiyah and dozens of resorts and distinctive landmarks that tell the story of the history and culture and a people.


Kirkuk kerkuk Kerkük

Of the major cities of Iraq's northern oil fields where the famous, where they are mined and refined, and most important oil fields of Kirkuk: Field Papa Karkar and Bai Hassan, and the field of the ridge, and field Jambour, and Hamrin field, and field. Most of the land adjacent to the plains of Kirkuk is not the hills or mountains and hills and the nearest neighboring highlands are the hills of Santa Korkor where the eternal fire adjacent to the Kirkuk oil fields, followed by hills in the way of Chuan Koysanjaq Aqraengjir and the hills and mountains, followed by Kara Hasan Kara Dag and Bazian. The easy access of the great plains of Kirkuk, if there is sufficient irrigation water ..

Kirkuk is also a tourist city because of the effects of old, we find the castle of Kirkuk, which is called (Krkhitti), as well as archaeological features, including a prominent shrine Zine El Abidine denominator children, Imam Musa al-Kazim (peace be upon them), as well as the shrine of one of the boys in front of Hawa Sheikh Abdul Kader al-Kilani, as we hand the presence of molasses tourist Zab River and Taza, as well as features of archaeological history to hit at the root of most important (mosque Al-Arian) return in 1142, and the Great Mosque, which dates back to the third century AD, and a mosque of the Prophet Daniel and the Church of the red and the Chaldean Church, dating back to 1862 and other tourist sites where the many ..


Turismo en la Región del Kurdistán

Cuando uno piensa en el turismo de recreo, especialmente en verano, moviendo su atención a la región de Kurdistán de Irak, el Kurdistán hermosas ciudades, fuentes de agua y altas montañas y cavernas, que narra la historia de los hombres iraquíes desde las primeras civilizaciones


Mnhotadtha, que tiene un patio, cascadas, Massaifaa, los árboles son perennes, de clima templado, el verano y el invierno, incluso hermoso donde la nieve caída y cruzar las montañas para formar una alfombra de color blanco brillante patentado los niños comienzan con el inicio del festival de primavera Nowruz ecológica. Kurdistán iraquí clima de verano de la Comisión, y la historia y se enorgullece de los derechos de los iraquíes kurdos, árabes y turcomanos, como las civilizaciones de Mesopotamia, la más antigua y de más larga establecida, el más influyente de la humanidad hasta la actualidad.

Estas civilizaciones, civiles y alcanzó el más alto grado de progreso y avance en todas las esferas de la vida, por las orillas del Tigris y el Eufrates en la cimas de las montañas y los valles del Kurdistán construido las grandes ciudades: Sumeria, Acadia, Babilonia, Nínive, Nimrud, Dehok, Ashur, Ur, Arbaiilo, Warka, y muchos otros, incluyendo aparecieron leyendas cuneiformes y grabado en tablas de piedra y promulgó las primeras leyes y las presas construidas en los ríos se han estudiado astronomía y la observación de las estrellas, y desarrolló los temas de ingeniería en primer lugar, y el arte famosas de la escultura y la arquitectura, y formaron los grandes imperios y el carácter impreso de las ciudades islámicas en Iraq es rico en decenas de miles de santuarios, ermitas y santuarios de los profetas y mensajeros y los imanes y los justos .

Es realmente el paraíso, la tierra de Irak, pero aún estamos en la etapa de estancamiento Nuestra primera en la construcción de una industria turística de atractivos y sofisticados medios de comunicación turísticos Zayyat comienza y termina Pfolder o mapa, el turismo de los recursos económicos estratégicos, como es la comunicación entre pueblos y culturas.

Y Turismo en la Región del Kurdistán y el movimiento activo para ayudar a la situación de seguridad estable en las provincias de la región, que convirtió a la salida a las familias de las otras gobernaciones, donde el resto de la tensión y la falta de seguridad y la paz, en busca de relajación y calma los nervios.

Acogiendo con beneplácito las familias de la región de Kurdistán, el Gobierno de la provincia, donde el Ministerio de Turismo para crear todo lo que ofrece un ambiente adecuado para el descanso y el verano, expresando su interés en todas las instalaciones vitales que reflejan la cultura propias de los kurdos a sus raíces profundas en la historia y la civilización de este antiguo país.

Tal vez el factor más importante de atracción para los turistas es de los sitios arqueológicos que el Kurdistán es una de las zonas más ricas son las que (30152) anunciando el sitio arqueológico, y todas las provincias de la región se caracterizan por su especificidad histórica, como la provincia de Sulaimaniya, se caracteriza por la naturaleza de su civilización, los enemigos, ya sea por la provincia de Dohuk Vaiglb la naturaleza de la abasí y la civilización otomana, y Erbil su naturaleza asirios y babilonios y sumerios.

Los sitios arqueológicos más importantes en el Kurdistán, entre ellos el puente de Abbasid en Arbil, Zajo, Arbil ciudadela, histórico, y el Faro (Sheikh Jolie), que se remonta al (700) años, y también está el Qaranjp (kurdo) y las fuentes históricas dicen que contiene (13) Dios, asiria del Pacto, se ha conocido en la historia, el templo de Dios, y que había es como la peregrinación como la gente acude a ella de diferentes partes de la tierra para buscar la bendición de los mismos .. Y el recuerdo de los sitios arqueológicos Sulaymaniyah cueva (Hazar Merd).

En términos de verano, la Bmassaifaa ricos del Kurdistán, que las personas acuden a ella para la recreación, que es el principal factor de atracción para los turistas nacionales en el verano.


Zonas turísticas de la región de Kurdistán:



Una de las grandes ciudades en el Kurdistán de Irak, construido por el emirato Ibrahim Pasha Baban en el rey en 1784, después de su admiración por el paisaje circundante, con la esperanza de que su tío (Osman Pasha), parece ser construida como la capital de la Alababanip emirato, ya que su establecimiento era de los grandes mercados y los baños públicos construidos en forma de baños de Estambul, el las excavaciones arqueológicas han demostrado que no hay pruebas de que la existencia de vida desde el tercer milenio antes de Cristo. M, fueron llamados (Zamoa) y es el hogar de civilizaciones Alloloyen Alkotien antiguo y lo hizo rodar entre los hitos de la Gran Mezquita, que fue construido en el siglo XVIII, así como una mezquita y una mezquita, Maulana Khalid Mhoy - la Iglesia de Sulaymaniyah - incluye el Museo del Patrimonio en docenas de artefactos arqueológicos Sulaimaniyah .. Y al oeste de la ciudad de Sulaimaniya Srzinar complejo e incluye Almsif Turismo rural Bakhan, y las zonas turísticas en Sulaimaniya, Jiri Settec agente Xue, el recurso Srser, y el hecho de que Massey, okh Naroy y SARGALO y Mirgah Pan, Taean y docenas de otras atracciones turísticas.


Arbil (EE y Lear):

Es la central provincia de Erbil, Kurdistán en una amplia llanura, la capital de la provincia que data del sexto milenio antes de Cristo, fue nombrado en los escritos de los sumerios, babilonios (Urbilm b) y (Arbaiilo), y el Pacto fue el centro de la diosa babilónica (Ishtar), y sus más destacados faro Sheikh Jolie construido en el reinado del sultán religión Muzaffar Alco importante entre (543 a 586 m) y la Iglesia de Maryousef basado en el modelo y el período babilonio antiguo y el Castillo y el Castillo de Khanzad Decano, y el recurso Shaqlawa, complejos turísticos y holístico Bejal Ali Beck, _undean, y argumentó Aoumran, y las cuevas y cavernas famosa cueva Iiston inicio Habandar a la ciudadela de Arbil, que media en la ciudad y decenas de monumentos históricos, religiosos y estéticos.



Dehok se encuentra entre las cadenas montañosas (y en un cómodo Handokha) está cerca de las fronteras de Turquía, Siria y la construcción de la fecha de la ciudad desde hace cientos de años y fue un punto de cruce comercial en el asirio queda de ese patrimonio y orgullo hasta el día y las zonas turísticas tienen una distinta y raros, incluyendo:

Ancki complejo, y centros de veraneo y Solaf Tokh pulsera y Sarsanak y Achaoh es Mnhotadtha: Hlamta y Mans Jarstein cueva y la cueva y de la ciudad Amédée -'Amadiya y decenas de estaciones de esquí y lugares distintivos que cuentan la historia de la historia y la cultura ya un pueblo.



De las principales ciudades de los campos petrolíferos del norte de Irak, donde el famoso, en donde se extraído y refinado, y los campos petroleros más importantes de Kirkuk: Campo Papa Karkar y Bai Hassan, y el campo de la cresta, y el campo Jambour, y el campo Hamrin, y el campo. La mayoría de los terrenos adyacentes a los campos de Kirkuk no se las colinas o montañas y las colinas y las montañas vecinas más cercanas son las colinas de Santa Korkor donde el fuego eterno, junto a los campos de petróleo de Kirkuk, seguido por las colinas en el camino de Chuan Kuisanŷak Aqraengjir y las colinas y montañas, seguido de Kara Kara Hasan Dag y Bazian. El fácil acceso de las grandes llanuras de Kirkuk, si no hay suficiente agua de riego ..

Kirkuk es una ciudad turística debido a los efectos de la antigüedad, se encuentra el castillo de Kirkuk, que se llama (Krkhitti), así como los elementos arqueológicos, entre ellos un prominente santuario niños denominador Zine El Abidine, Imam Musa al-Kazim (la paz sea con ellos), así como el santuario de uno de los chicos frente a Hawa Sheikh Abdul Kader-Kilani, como parte de la presencia de la melaza de turismo río Zab y Taza, así como las características de la historia arqueológica de golpear en la raíz de Al (la mezquita más importante-Arian) de retorno en 1142, y la Gran Mezquita, que data del siglo III dC, y una mezquita del profeta Daniel y la Iglesia de la roja y la Iglesia Caldea, que se remonta a 1862 y otros sitios turísticos donde el .. muchos

seen @ Hanno river last Sunday of Summer.


see you in September,When summer is gone,Have a goodtime but remember,I'll be waiting back home...just love this song ...


Have a Wonderful September to all ...

“We can hear you singing

But it’s a song of pain

An ocean blue this morning

Has turned to red again” – Ian Quinn.

Such is the fate of the world’s most majestic creature, the

whale. If the International Whaling Commission can’t save

it, who can? A commercial fisherman, and a bushwacker?

Award winning singer songwriter, and commercial fisher,

Ian Quinn has released the second single ‘Swimming Home’ photo: Michael Dawes

off his latest album Quinny, a collection of country-folk-rock songs including duets with Bill Chambers and Dobe Newton.

Co-written and produced by Roger Corbett (The Bushwackers) at The Valley Studio ‘Swimming Home’ protests the senseless and brutal slaughter of thousands of whales in the Southern Ocean each year for so called ‘scientific’ reasons.

“It’s not as though I’m a radical conservationist because I’ve had a long association with the commercial fishing

industry for over 20 years, but I think when topics are this important, and this big, I’m quite prepared to throw my weight behind writing a protest song if it helps the cause.”

Although the song pleads for the slaughter to stop Ian Quinn says a compromise must be found before it’s too late.

“We need to also respect the Japanese and the whalers for their right to hunt, and why they have done it for so many years, but we’ve got to find a resolution to make sure we have these creatures in our oceans in 10,000 years time.”

The Golden Guitar winner penned the final words to the whale anthem following a yarn with an old school mate from Bundaberg, and now environmental activist, Madeleine Habib from Greenpeace.

“I found out Madeleine had became the captain of the ship the Esperanza , which is a Greenpeace ship heavily involved in some of these operations, so a conversation with her gave me the catalyst to finish writing the song.”

Although sitting in the final position on his new album Ian Quinn says “the whale song” is definitely one of his favourites.

"Two powerful protest songs grace the album. Leave The Mary Mighty was a rallying call in opposition to the damming of the fragile Mary River. We can only hope that Swimming Home is equally successful in stopping the slaughter of the whales.“

– Deborah Minter, Capital News.



The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (40–50 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The Humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex whale song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.


Found in oceans and seas around the world, Humpback Whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, Humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species' diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the spectacular bubble net fishing technique.


Like other large whales, the Humpback was a target for the whaling industry, and its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks of the species have since partially recovered, however entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution are ongoing concerns. Current estimates for the abundance of Humpback Whales range from about 30,000 to 60,000, approximately one third of pre-whaling levels. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, Humpbacks are now sought out by whale-watchers, particularly off parts of Australia and the United States.


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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

~Ansel Adams





20151001 - Campbell River, White Rock BC Canada


This is not far from my home. I stopped the car just a few blocks after leaving for the airport. The fragility of the passing moment was apparent even through the windshield. The mist cleared after three or four shots.

Another evening of great clouds and good winds, so spent an hour or so back down at White Beach, if for no other reason than its a 10min drive from home...!


The tide had already started dropping by the time I got there, so its a case of taking long 2-3min exposures and then moving down the rocks between each shot to keep close to the water, it drops that fast..


Might even try a time-lapse video of these long exposure shots some day on a dropping or rising tide, wish I'd thought of that at the time this evening!


Sony A550

Tamron 10-24mm lens

B&W 10-stop ND filter

Cokin Hard ND8 Grad filter

Hama tripod

Cable Release


2.5 minute exposure, f/18, 11mm, iso200


New Facebook Photography Page:

Cold, it was cold. Hours of hiking introduced me to the depth of Glacier Lagoon, Iceland. No red dress, no warm colors. Then I remembered I had a red scarf, wrapped it around me. Surrounded by massive glaciers, a deep lake pulling me in, asking me to stay for a while, I began to feel and see.


Into his blue eyes

She fell

Only to rise

A lovestory to tell.


Ice-cold, ice-blue water, the wind was blowing, clouds were forming. Here I stood, breathing in coldness intertwined with immense beauty. Couldn’t take my eyes off the sculptures created by nature in time, the strength of shape - the subtle poetic color of white and blue. So much more exists than the eye can see. Forever I froze this moment in my mind. Contemplating questions of life:


How do you get so close and part?

How do you hold love and set it free?

How do you live and dream?


This beautiful spot on earth seemed to be a different planet -a place faraway. My thoughts travelled into the distance, wondering which sounds, scents, tastes and feelings there are still to be discovered.


Where there is one life there is more

Love does not exist alone

No matter the distance, he is with her and she is with him.


Time creates and builds the shape of these glaciers, strengthens and reinsures its structure and foundation.

She said:


You give me your time

I give you mine

I give you my heart

You give me yours.


Just then a seal emerged out of water, swimming closer to me, twisting and twirling, looked at me, as if to say: ‘You are here, this is the moment that matters, live it.’ This little creature stayed with me until I left, showing me that even in the coldest places there is warmth, joy, and life. This place is his home.

She whispered to her love:


Your arms wrapped around me

Give me warmth

Give me joy

Give me life

In your arms I am home.


Clouds of summer is wonderful and energetic.

I love sky and clouds.

I love blue and white.


From the balcony of my home.

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Built of about 15,000 bricks.

Of these, about 7,000 1x1 round plates.


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This is the beach I used to go to all the time as a nipper,a great beach but a nightmare walk back up the cliff!

Had a great couple of hours with my old mate Robby Green,not for long though as he had to get home to feed and water SPOT the dog :-)

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Epic High Resolution California Pacific Ocean Sunset! Nikon D810 HDR Photos Keyhole Rock (Sunset Through the The Keyhole) on Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur, Dr. Elliot McGucken Fine Art Photography! 14-24mm Nikkor Wide Angle F/2.8 Lens!


New Instagram!


Nikon D810 HDR Photos Window Rock on Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur Sunset Sea Cave Sunset, Dr. Elliot McGucken Fine Art Photography! 14-24mm Nikkor Wide Angle F/2.8 Lens!


The sun sets right through the sea cave at window rock in Big Sur in the winter time! It was stormy all day, but then the sun burst through as it cleared abit, before clouding over again!


Fine Art Landscape & Nature Photography for Los Angeles Gallery Show !


Will be busy printing and framing in nice large, matted formats and frames and museum glass! Five of these photos will be printed on 40" x 60" floating wall mounted metal sheets! I think I know which--will share photos of the photos hanging on the walls!


And I am mounting some on plexiglass/acryllic--front mounting them! Some I am printing on lossy fuji-crystal archival paper too, and then front mounting 40"x60" versions to plexiglass--will send photos!


The secret to HDR photography is that you want people to say, "Woe dude--that's unreal!" And not, "Dude--that's not real!" "Unreal" is the word they use when they're trying to figure out the photo--what makes it cool--is it a photo? Is it painted? How'd it come to be--how'd you bend the light that way? "That's not real," is what they say if you have the saturation/HDR/ etc. turned up too high. :)


Some (almost) final edits for my Los Angeles Gallery Show! Printing them on metallic paper at 13" x 19" and mounting and framing them on a 4mm 18x24 white mat and 2" dark wood frame. Also printing some 40" x 70" which is over three feet by five feet! Wish you all could come (and hang out with the goddesses)!


Let me know your favs.!


New Instagram!




I booked a major photography show at a major LA gallery in December! Will also be giving some lectures on the story--the Hero's Odyssey Mythology--behind the photography!


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Preparing for some gallery shows this fall to celebrate 300,000,000 views! Printing a few dozen photographs in ~ 30"x40" formats and mounting/framing. Here are some close-to-final edits. HDR photography 7 exposures shot at 1EV and combined in photomatix: 36 megapixel Nikon D8010 with the awesome Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens. 45SURF Hero's Odyssey Mythology Photography!


Epic Scenic HDR Landscapes Shot with Nikon D810: Hero's Odyssey Mythology Photography!


Three-Seven exposures @ 1EV finished in photomatix.


Enjoy the Hero's Odyssey Mythology Photography, and all the best on a hero's odyssey of your own making!


High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos rock in capturing the full dynamic range of the scene!


All the best on your epic hero's odyssey from Johnny Ranger McCoy!


New blog celebrating my philosophy of photography with tips, insights, and tutorials!


Nikon D810 Sunset Photos of Malibu Sea Cave! Dr. Elliot McGucken Fine Art Landscape & Nature Photography for Los Angeles Gallery Show !


45SURF Hero's Odyssey Mythology Photography

Homer's Odyssey: Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide. . . Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home; --Homer's Odyssey translated by Samuel Butler


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All the Best on your Epic Hero's Odyssey from Johnny Ranger McCoy! The reflections of the reeds are titled "The Rage of Achilles!" :) Enjoy!


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These two ladies were having fun getting a last afternoon of paddle surfing in before this storm hit. It's called the Pineapple Express because it's warm and wet coming up from Hawaii

The clouds were so wicked I probably shot 300 images as they were changing by the minute.

We're down at White Rock BC .... our favourite place to go for Fish'n'Chips at the best place around, "Moby Dicks" ... to die for fish and home cut fries, the real way they should be made. It's a small always over packed tiny restaurant on the beach. The nicest family in the world own it and make you feel like you're over there for dinner. When there is no room inside you just get it to go and take it across the street up and over the railroad tracks to sit at the picnic tables where the seagulls wait for you to share.

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