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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Acadia National Park

Photograph of a sunrise, with fog, at a tree lined, rocky cliff over the Atlantic Ocean at Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
Sunrise on the Atlantic
Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021

We recently visited Acadia National Park. Overall, I liked the park, but the area had more of the feel of a beach resort than a national park. It is served by Bar Harbor ME, a typical tourist resort town.

The Park Loop Road is a beautiful ride but much of the coastline is obscured by forest. There are several trails and if I ever go again, I need to explore those because I think I missed some scenic views. The weather wasn’t cooperative.

Cadillac Mountain is the go-to place for sunrise; the first place where the sun shines on the United States in the morning. I didn’t prepare well enough. I learned, several weeks ahead of time that reservations are required for any time of day to drive onto Cadillac Mountain. For sunrise, they open 20% of the 3:30AM slots several weeks ahead then open the remaining slots 48 hours in advance. I had a reservation in my sights but didn’t press pay fast enough so I lost it. I took all of 15 seconds but was too slow. I settled for sunset. It was quite nice but not spectacular, again the overcast skies. I did my sunrise on the Park Loop road.

Acadia has 4 units, Northeast which contains the Park Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain, the Southwest Unit which contains the lighthouse, Schoodic Peninsula which provides a drive along the coastline and Isle Au Haute which is available by ferry. Our trip was a good survey trip. We allowed 2 ½ days which wasn’t enough.

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Photograph of sunrise over Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park. Includes pond, forest, and rocks.
Golden Hour at Jordan Pond
Jordon Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Photograph of an American Bullfrog perched on a pink granite boulder.
American Bullfrog on Pink Granite
Jordon Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Photograph of a sunset over an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean. Includes storm clouds glowing orange from the setting sun and reflected in the water. From Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.
Sunset from Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park; JUL 2021
Photograph of a foggy sunrise over a pond, meadow forest, and hillside. From Acadia National Park.
A Pond in the Early Morning
Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA; JUL 2021
Photograph of a sunset over an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean. Includes storm clouds glowing orange from the setting sun and reflected in the water. From Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.
Sunset from Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park; 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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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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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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A Day Trip to the Mountains

Sunrise Tinted by Wildfire Smoke
Peddler Hill Scenic Overlook, Pioneer, CA; SEP 2020

Last week we took a day trip into the mountains. We travelled along RT 88 from Jackson, CA to Rt 89 and followed it over Monitor Pass and down to Topaz then returned. It is a beautiful trip through the Sierra Nevada. While we enjoyed clear skies, at places we could see smoke hanging over distant mountain valleys.

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A Sunrise in the Sierra
Carson Spur Vista Point, Rt 88, Pioneer, CA; SEP 2020
A Sunrise in the Sierra – P2
Carson Spur Vista Point, Rt 88, Pioneer, CA; SEP 2020
Looking Out at a Smoke Filled Valley
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020
Looking Out at a Smoke Filled Valley – Infrared Edition
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020

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A Favorite Spot

Sunrise Over the Foothills
Scott RD, Folsom, CA; JUL 2020

I am sharing 4 images from one of my favorite local spots to photograph. I am drawn to the spot, just outside Folsom, CA, because it is an oak dotted rangeland typical of this area of California.

One of the images is a black and white version of another in the set. I thought it looked very dramatic in black and white.

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Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014
Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014

Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Moonrise over the Sierra Foothills
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA, JAN 2015

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Far-flung Seascapes

Wildflowers on the Rhode Island Coast
Sacheust NWR, Newport, RI ; SEP 2019

Today I am sharing some seascapes from a few places across the globe – Georgia, Rhode Island, Washington and South Africa.

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Sunrise on the Indian Ocean
Mboyti River Lodge, Lusukisiki, South Africa; AUG 2016
Dune on Cumberland Island
Cumberland Island, GA; MAY 2008
Goldenrod at Sunrise
Sacheust NWR, Newport, RI; SEP 2019
A Sunrise on Sequim Bay
Sequim Bay, WA; AUG 2015
Sunset Over Knysna Lagoon
Knysna, South Africa; AUG 2016

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Seal Rock, Oregon

Seal Rock Beach at Sunrise
Seal Rock, Waldport, OR; AUG 2019

We recently spent a few days on the beach at Waldport, OR. It is located in Oregon Dunes area of the coast. Just outside of town sets a beach amongst a craggy, old volcanic lava flow. It is a beautiful beach with many tidal pools left teeming with wildlife as the tide recedes.

On this visit, the birds really took center stage. We saw some seals, but they were offshore and all I could see were heads bobbing. So, they weren’t photo worthy. But we found some Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus); one with a chick on the nest. We found Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis), many of which were recently fledged juveniles.

The Pelagic Cormorant is found along coastal waters and eats fish and marine invertebrates. It roosts and nests on steep, inaccessible rocky cliffs. It swims and dives for food.

The Western Gull is the common gull that you find on US West Coast beaches. They like fish, marine invertebrates, bird eggs and jelly fish. They will also scavenge on carrion and human refuse.

Our experience with the Western Gull brought some amusement. The juveniles were in the water and along the shore. When they wandered too far inland, an adult would chase after and send it back to the shoreline with the others. In the early morning, we even saw adults force the young into the tidal pools to splash and bathe. It was great fun.

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Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Seal Rock, Waldport, OR; AUG 2019
Juvenile Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Seal Rock, Waldport, OR; AUG 2019
Starfish in Tide Pool
Seal Rock, Waldport, OR; AUG 2019
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Seal Rock, Waldport, OR; AUG 2019

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Grand Canyon Monsoon – Part 2

Sunset Over Grand Canyon – P2;
Rim Trail Between Mojave and Hopi Points,
South Rim, Grand Canyon National; Park; AUG 2019

This is the remaining images from the Grand Canyon that I plan to share at this time. Again, I hope you enjoy these images from this amazing place.

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Lightning Over Grand Canyon – P1A;
South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 2019
Rainbow Over Grand Canyon;
Imperial Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; JUL 2019
Sunset Over Grand Canyon;
Rim Trail Between Mojave and Hopi Points, South Rim,
Grand Canyon National; Park; AUG 2019
Sunset From Imperial Point – P1;
Imperial Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; JUL 2019
Lightning Over Grand Canyon – P3A;
Mojave Point, South Rim,
Grand Canyon National; Park; AUG 2019

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