Saturday, June 27, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Nothing better than a walk on the beach at sunset.
Papakōlea Beach One of only two green sands beaches in the world. It gets its distinctive coloring from the mineral olivine, found in the enclosing cinder cone.
This waterfall is located in the Hawaii tropical botanical gardens near Hilo.
A great sunset near Kona Hawaii. Bring your headlamp for the hike back if you ever visit Keawaiki beach (Lone palm beach)
A long exposure of Hawaii's Rainbow falls at high water. I used an 8 stop ND filter for the long exposure
I had to push through 10 foot tall bushes and hang off of a cliff in order to take this shot.
Another beautiful sunset on an Hawaiian black sand beach.
I light painted this turtle sleeping on the beach for the night. It was well after sunset but the sky still had a hint of color.
Lava reflecting off of mist.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Indian ruins are a fun link to the past although hard to find sometimes. Although a tough hike in the wintertime, this turned out to be well worth the hike. "Fallen Roof Ruin"
False Kiva at night lit by three different flashlights and the moon in the background as light sources. This shot was difficult to set up. Expose your light too long, and the shot is overexposed, too short and it does not turn out.
You have to have a little fun when you do photography.
My friend David Swindler (Picture the journey.com) snapped this shot of me goofing off.
This grainery is named house of fire as it looks like it is on fire. The ruin is an easy mile or so walk from the road.
Mesa arch at sunrise.
More fooling around at False kiva as we were waiting for the sun to go down.
This is from the valley of the gods.
The moon behind a cloud makes for an interesting "comet" in an other worldly foreground.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
For a long time I have wanted to travel to Death valley and see the Racetrack. For those who don't know, the Racetrack is a playa or a dry lake bed where the rocks move, leaving "tracks" where they have been. The Racetrack is dry for most of the year. I have never even seen a picture of it wet. Unfortunately when I arrived, it was really wet. The scenic rocks were in the middle of the playa, and walking through the mud was not an option. The mud is thick and builds on itself; within a few steps you would have several inches of mud stuck to your boots and leave damage to the playa for years to come.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Mono Lake is a extremely salty shallow lake located in Mono County California. The salinity is due to the lake having no outlet. The inlet is fresh water but Los Angeles diverted water from it causing evaporation and lack of inlet flow to lower the lake level.
Once the lake was lowered, these tufa's showed up. The tufa's are formed when freshwater springs containing high carbonate levels mix with the salt water creating stalagmite formations.
Some of the formations are small, but many are 10-12' in height.
A sand tufa is lit by the moon while airline traffic flies overhead.
Alpenglow at sunset.
The blue hour after sunset
A quarter moon illuminates the foreground while stars shine brightly.
This is a sand tufa at Mono Lake. Some are so delicate that even a touch will cause them to crumble. Above is a black and white image looking down on a sand tufa —
A flashlight creates shadows on sand tufa's just before sunrise.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Morning at Punchbowl falls. The water was cold but oh so worth getting in, as the view was great.
Dog Mountain had quite the breathtaking view for the name. I have never seen so many wildflowers. The storm that was rolling in had people running down the mountain. I froze with the howling wind in minutes, and retreated half way down the mountain for warmth reasons. After this I always had a hat, jacket, and gloves.
Another view of Fairy falls. The light seemed to dance with the falling water. Great day for waterfalls.
Tunnel falls was a great experience. The whole experience was incredible. I couldn't keep from thinking about Indiana Jones. Great stuff.
The trail was pretty but a fall would have been deadly. It was over a hundred feet to the bottom straight down in some places.
Sea Stars (Starfish) are really neat creatures. Sea stars have a tough covering on their upper side, which is made up of plates of calcium carbonate with tiny spines on their surface. A sea star's spines are used for protection from predators, which include birds, fish and sea otters.
This waterfall required a climb over a slippery log jam that I just about fell off. We were warned that a man had died last year from falling into the log jam. Then once we neared the falls we were required to climb the slippery rock, or wade neck deep through freezing water while carrying our camera's over our heads. Although nerve racking, the climbing worked out.
Ocean Waves roll over a stone in this long exposure near Canon Beach Oregon
Punchbowl falls. I really want to kayak this someday.
I did not think that this one would be even worth seeing due to the size. The scenery at the bottom was great.
I noticed this tiny spider in one of the wildflowers. I think that spiders are the coolest looking insects.
Sea stars move using hundreds of tube feet, which are located on their underside. The tube feet are filled with sea water, which the sea star brings in through the sieve plate, or madreporite, on its top side. Sea stars can move more quickly than you might expect. If you ever get a chance, try visiting a tide pool or aquarium and take a moment to watch a sea star moving around. The sea star's tube feet also help the sea star hold its prey, which includes bivalves like clams and mussels. The sea stars attach themselves so tenaciously to the rocks that it is impossible to pick them up without harming them, even if there are only a few feet holding on.
Instead of blood, sea stars have a water vascular system, in which the sea star pumps sea water through its sieve plate, or madreporite, into its tube feet to extend them. Muscles within the tube feet retract them.