Sieur de Monts

Scene from a forest with the sun highlighting a path through the forest as well as some ferns.
Sunrise in the Forest; Sieur de Monts
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021

Sieur de Monts was a wonderful, unexpected part of Acadia National Park in Maine. There is botanical garden and a lovely forest with trails. We walked the trails a little while after sunrise; after the sun had some time to filter and highlight parts of the forest. It was quiet and peaceful as a forest should be.

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A stand of birch tree trunks highlighted by sunlight.
Sunrise in the Forest; Sieur de Monts
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Sun highlighting a very sculptural tree root lying vertically.
Natural Sculpture, Sieur de Monts,
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Birch tree trunks, one with a large fungus attached, as well as some ferns.
Fungus as Decoration
Sieur de Monts, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Sun highlighting birch trees with their white bark contrasted by green and red leaves.
Early Morning Sun Filtering Through the Forest
Sieur de Monts, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Early morning sun focusing on a birch tree that is shedding and re-growing bark.
Birch Shedding and Regrowing Bark
Sieur de Monts, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
A large, orb style, spider web, highlighted by the sun and attached to a birch tree trunk.
Spider Orb Web on a Birch Tree
Sieur de Monts, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021

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Badlands National Park

Eroded valley at sunrise.
Badlands Sunrise – P5
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021

When you drive through Badlands National Park, on one side of the road is prairie grassland. The other side is a wide, highly eroded valley. You are riding on the edge, the dividing line. Both sides were intriguing. The prairie was green but transitioning to golden brown, flat to the horizon. The valley is flat and desolate occupied only by scrub except where water flows through. Where the prairie meets the valley, the transition zone consists of beautifully eroded sediment layered in gray and rose-colored bands. The rock is crumbly, almost like dried mud. It is the results of how nature sculpted these erosional features that make the park interesting and beautiful.

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Colorful river valley at sunrise.
Badlands Sunrise – P3
Yellow Mounds Area, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Eroded mountains at sunset.
Badlands Sunset – P1
Notch Trailhead, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Eroded valley at mid-day.
Badlands from Sheep Mountain Overlook – P1
Sheep Mountain Overlook, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL2021
Colorful, eroded valley at sunrise.
Badlands Sunrise – P1
Yellow Mounds Area, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Eroded mountains at sunset.
Badlands Sunset – P3
Notch Trailhead, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Grassy edge of prarie transitioning to eroded valley.
Badlands Sunrise – P7
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021

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Devils Tower

Image of Devils Tower at sunset. From Devils Tower National Monument. Devils Tower was orange from the light of the sun. It was surrounded by green trees and grass. The sky transitioned from blue to orange as it merged with the horizon line of trees.
Sun Setting on Devil’s Tower
Joyner Ridge Trailhead, Devils Tower National Monument, SD; JUN 2021

We just returned home from a very long road trip; a trip that took us from California to Maine and back. One of the places we visited was Devils Tower National Monument. I wanted to visit because it is an iconic feature and I hoped to capture a sunrise and night sky shots. Like most of our trip we were in big sky country where the skies are not cloudy all day. That was unfortunate because high clouds would have set the sky ablaze with color at sunrise and sunset. So, I did my best with that I had.

Devils Tower is a small park. The visitors center sits at the end of the only road, and it is a short ride. There is a trail around the monument from the visitor’s center, but it was closed for construction.

Devils Tower is not a solid wall cliff face. It is a beautiful example of columnar joining; something that is typical of volcanic magma that has cooled slowly. In the case of Devils Tower, geologists believe it is an intrusion; i.e. magma pushed up and intruded between other rock. It cooled underground and formed the beautiful columns that make up its rock face. At the bottom of the tower is a boulder field made up of broken pieces from the columns above.

As we explored, we found the dirt road to the Joyner Ridge Trailhead and followed it. There we took a short hike up a knoll and sat on a bench to watch the sun set. I can’t begin to describe the feeling of calm and spirituality I felt up there. I am always awed by the beauty of nature but this was different and more. I often find peace hiking on trails but, again, this was more. Many Native American tribal groups hold Devils Tower as a sacred place for prayer and communing with the spirits. It was a blessing to be there.

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A close up of the rock columns that form Devils Tower.
Some of the Devils Tower Columns
Joyner Ridge Trailhead, Devil’s Tower National Monument, SD; JUN 2021
A close up of the rock face of Devils Tower. The Tower shown predominantly yellow. A small plant was growing to the bottom left of the image while a raven crossed the in front of the Tower in the upper right of the image.
Life at Devil’s Tower; Joyner Ridge Trailhead
Devil’s Tower National Monument, SD; JUN 2021

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Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Early Morning

Sierra Nevada Mountains at Daybreak; Big Pine, Death Valley Road, Big Pine, CA; APR 2021

I’m sharing a few more pictures from our trip to the Eastern Sierra last April. Four of the images were taken at the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, CA. (Alabama Hills National Scenic Area | Bureau of Land Management (blm.gov), @TheAlabamaHillsNationalScenicArea). The other is from Big Pine Death Valley Road.

I hope to go back to the Alabama Hills this fall because there are so many wonderful small vignettes to capture, and I am curious to see it at sunset as well as when some monsoons rains are falling over the Sierra as the backdrop.

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Early morning image of the Sierra Nevada mountains from the Alabama Hills
First Light on the Sierra; Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA; APR 2021
Image of a bolder field from the back of Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills
Mobius Arch from the Backside; Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA; APR 2021
Image of Mt Whitney at sunrise from the Alabama Hills
Sunrise on Mt Whitney; Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA; APR 2021
Image of a shade tree along a path in a desert area of the Alabama Hills
Lone Tree along a Desert Path; Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA; APR 2021

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A Visit to Red Rock Canyon State Park

Sunrise on Red Cliffs Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA; APR 2021

On our trip a few weeks ago, we made our first visit to Red Rock Canyon State Park on Rt 14 near Cantil, CA. We only spent one morning there so we limited ourselves to the Red Cliffs section of the park. We hiked out to the park boundary along the Red Cliffs trail during a cloudless sunrise. The temps were cool, the walk was easy and the red in the cliffs were true to their name.

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Stand of Joshua Trees
Red Cliffs Trail, Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA; APR 2021
Coyote
Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA; APR 2021
Welcoming the Morning
Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA; APR 2021
Red Cliffs
Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA; APR 2021
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA; APR 2021

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Scenes from the California/Nevada Desert

View from Rt 89 Across Unidentified Valley;
Rt 89, Monitor Pass, CA; APR 2021

One of my favorite challenges is photographing the desert. We recently spent a few days enjoying the desert east of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and Nevada. So, I got another opportunity to develop my approach. Most of these images were taken along Route 6, Route 266 and Route 120 in California and Route 264 in Nevada.

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A Desert Vignette
Chidago Canyon, Rd, Bishop, CA; APR 2021
Little Bear Beetle on Sage
Rt 6, Boundary Peak Vista Point; APR 2021
Cold, Cloudy Morning in the High Desert
Rt 6, Boundary Peak Vista Point; APR 2021
A Sculptural Tree
Highway 120, June Lake, CA; APR 2021

Boundary Peak on a Cold, Cloudy Morning
Rt 264, Goldfield, NV. ; APR 2021
A Burning Bush
Highway 120, June Lake, CA; APR 2021
Images from the California/Nevada desert.
A Sculptural Tree
Highway 120, June Lake, CA; APR 2021

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A Few Songbirds

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orangevale, Ca; OCT 2020

I am sharing a few songbirds that I have photographed over the past few months.

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Savannah Sparrow
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows, CA; NOV 2020
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Rollingwood Bluffs, Orangevale, CA; NOV 2020
Oak Titmouse
Sailor Bar American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; NOV 2020
Lesser Goldfinch
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows, CA; NOV 2020

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Scenes from the Eureka Valley

Desert in Autumn
Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020

On our last trip to the Eastern Sierra, we explored Big Pine – Death Valley Road. Twenty-five miles from Big Pine, CA, the pavement ends, and you enter Death Valley National Park.  The route took us through Eureaka Valley, over the Last Chance Mountains to Crankshaft Crossing where we made a right to continue on Death Valley Road. That led us to Ubehebe Road then to Scotty’s Castle Road and further to Stovepipe Wells. It was a fun trip through beautiful desert despite the tire shredding rocks and washboard grating on the road. If you ever take this route be careful. Have really good tires and plan your timing; there are many washes that cross the road. They were all in good repair when we took the trip in early autumn. But, they could be bad in other times of the year.

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A Sunrise in Eureka Valley
Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
View From a Wash
Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
A Wash on a Fan; Last Chance Mountains
Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
Crankshaft Crossing
Death Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020

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Autumn in the Sierra

A Walk Into the Aspen
Along Route 108 near Sonora Pass, CA; OCT 2020

Travelling from Sacramento to the Eastern Sierra are provides many wonderful photo opportunities. Here are two I captured on our recent trip.

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Cloudy Dawn in the Foothills
Latrobe Road Eldorado Hills, CA; OCT 2020
Regeneration
Lee Vining, CA OCT 2020

This stand of Aspen was killed some years ago in a fire. But Aspen are survivors. Though they do produce seeds, they also send up sprouts from their root system. So, the roots allow the next generation of this stand of Aspens to grow again.

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Scenes From Big Pine – Death Valley Road

Sunrise From Death Valley Road
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020

We spent some time exploring Big Pine – Death Valley Road. Along the way, we found some interesting things: A beautiful forest of Joshua Trees, and a wonderful White-tailed Antelope Squirrel. All of this set against the scenery of desert mountains. It was beautiful trip.

Be aware though, if you decide to explore this road, we have read that is one of the most dangerous roads in the country. We found the route to be in good shape but there are some things to consider. We found a lot of tire shredding rocks. There are numerous washes that cross the route so it could be flooded, or the road surface washed out. With photography stops, it took us 7 hours to get from Big Pine to Stovepipe Wells.

This post shares some images from the section between Big Pine, CA and the entrance to Death Valley National Park. I’ll share images from Eureka Valley and Death Valley in a future post.

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A Fan of Joshua Trees
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020
White-tailed Antelope Squirrel
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020
Joshua Trees at an Outcrop
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020

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