While waiting for a table at Rucola, I spied the Tribute in Light overhead and resolved that I would have to go back down to Brooklyn Bridge Park after dinner for at least one more shot of the lower Manhattan skyline.
The food at Rucola, by the way, was amazing; such a neighborhood gem.
Cool dunes at sunrise
Sunrise at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park.
The hike to Chimney Rock from the bus stop where you are dropped off is an easy walk that is fairly flat that overlooks Drake's Bay on the one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. On the Drake's Bay side is the Historic Point Reyes Lifeboat Station and the remaining Point Reyes Fish Dock, which in the winter and early spring can be run by breeding and nursing Elephant Seals.
Lost among the dunes
Bushes lost among the dunes that stretch to the horizon.
With the clouds parting, the windswept landscape was unreal.
Passing Steamboat Point, you get views of the Great Plains extending off to the eastern horizon. With each hairpin turn on the descent, the mountainous west receded into memory as there would be nothing but straight roads and severe cross winds for miles to come.
Sunrise at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park
Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon
I have to admit, I processed this photo. I just can't help myself. But I particularly like how the shading falls on what I think is Tressider Peak and the Echo Peaks behind it.
Warning The spines of the Teddybear Cholla stick instantly and hold tightly by means of minute, backwardly directed barbs. When a joint (which seems to "jump" when detached by a light touch or bump) is severely stuck, the victim's best solution is to cut the spines with scissors or clippers and pull them from the flesh with pliers.(src: goo.gl/dWaMk0)
Rainbow Bridge, Truckee/Donner at sunset
Sunrise @ Temple of the Sun II
Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park-If you have a four wheel drive, go out and explore. If you don't, go on a guided tour.
We spent more time in Capitol Reef National Park than any of the other parks on this trip, and we still only scraped the surface, stopping at what seemed like every 100 yards to take a picture. It is that stunning.
Montauk Point Lighthouse
After lunch, we drove out to Montauk Point Lighthouse and sampled some taffy. Instead of paying a fee to get onto the lighthouse grounds in addition to the parking fee that we had to pay just to park, we found a "path" that skirted the grounds ontop of the breakwater below the lighthouse.
Outside Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve
Half Dome off Big Oak Flat Road
The first view of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is from turnouts along Big Oak Flat Road (if you enter via CA 120). Smoke from fires in the area had settled into the valley largely obsuring the view.Nature, however, is no match for technology so I downloaded a trial of Lightroom to see if the new dehaze slider would do anything. It did; it turned the sky yellow.Ansel Adams is probably turning in his grave.
The fall colors were boomin' just off US 395 southbound approaching Conway Summit. The brilliant blue skies and kiss of snow on the mountains lended themselves to the picutre perfect scene along the roadside.
Emerald Bay is beautiful. It almost makes me wish that I still had my kayak!
View from inside an Aspen grove
Dunes at Dawn
Black and white image of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at sunrise, Death Valley National Park
The Wild Wild West
Monument Valley, Ford Point, cartoon filter and a lot of post processing on the sky; and foreground. I like how the saddle almost looks like it was pasted into the image (it wasn't).
The day of the wedding dawned sunny and breezy east of San Gorgonio Pass, where stands the oldest windfarm in the U.S. So, of course, I had to get up before the dawn to head out there and take pictures in the 50 mph breeze.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at Dawn
Dawn at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park
day at muir beach
View around Round Lake
View from trail around Round Lake in Fishlake National Forest in autumn.
Overall, Red Rock Canyon doesn't have that much red rock nor is it much of a canyon. I suppose like most of Las Vegas, it all sounds better than it really is
along the road
Route 24 stretches to the distance along the waterpocket fold in Capitol Reef National Park
We rose early the next morning getting to the Hope Valley Cafe just in time for the first cup of coffee to come out of the perculator. From there, the goal was to cross over Carson Pass and descend into the Sierra Foothill wine country.
As we rose in elevation up to Hope Valley, a thick fog enshrouded us, casting a starkness across the scenery.
The winds were offshore once again and so it was time to go back to Point Reyes National Seashore for a saunter along Liamantour Spit.
The sun was so bright that even with my neutral density filter stopped down all the way, my ISO down and my aperature small, I still could barely only get a 1 second exposure.