This past winter I spent five full days exploring Yellowstone National Park by snow coach. Passenger cars are not allowed at that time. The only modes of transportation inside the park are snowmobiles or snow coaches. I signed up with Gerlach Nature Photography Workshops led by Barbara Eddy and John Gerlach. It was a wonderful time with two very knowledgeable leaders. We were exploring the park daily from shortly after sunrise to past sunset. Continue reading →
How appropriate to photograph an American bald eagle on the Fourth of July in Alaska. In Hoonah, Alaska I was able to slowly approach this eagle which had apparently just eaten some fish. Yep, we made a return visit to Alaska to visit Denali National Park and cruise the beautiful coastline for a second time in two months.
Japanese macaque monkeys inhabit Iwatayama Monkey Park.
These macaques are cute, but before we visit the monkeys we must visit one of the most famous Shinto shrines in all of Japan, the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto. Inari is the patron God of business, prosperity, rice and sake. Continue reading →
Several cities around the world are defined by a single building or structure. Paris and the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge and Sydney and its Opera House. Because of this strong association, the convenient location of our hotel and the terrible summer heat wave, I did little else in Sydney other than make short excursions exploring various views of the Sydney Opera House. Continue reading →
This photo depicts why Zion is such a popular national park. A view like this and others equally striking are visible from the main road. No hiking required, but for the beautiful glow, you will need to get up before sunrise. Continue reading →
This old Croatian fisherman was fishing and collecting muscles under the main pedestrian bridge into the Zadar shopping area. As commuters and tourists hurried across the bridge to work or shop, this guy had been hard at work for hours. Continue reading →
We had visited Barcelona, what I call Gaudi Town, for a week about 90 days ago as the termination point to our trans-Atlantic cruise. Antoni Gaudi has four wonderful architectural master pieces in Barcelona, including Sagrada Familia which still being built 120 years later, Casa Milá and Casa Batlló. We will now get to see a fourth major work by Gaudi, Park Güell. We are concluding a 90 day, clockwise visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Continue reading →
A coyote keeps an eye on my approach in Theodore Roosevelt NP
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota requires the visitor to search for beauty within the 36 mile vehicle loop, unlike some of the more spectacular national parks such as Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon or Zion. On any random visit, a lucky visitor might possibly be blessed with stormy rain clouds, clearing storms or special light. More typically, on a hot clear blue sky day, you must really search for the attractiveness of the park. Continue reading →
Our previous attempt to visit Yellowstone National Park was thwarted by the sixteen-day government shutdown in the fall of 2013. It was to be a fall color tour with reservations at the beautiful Yellowstone Lodge and four other national parks. For this 2015 trip we felt happy to snag a couple of open nights at Grant Village due to a cancellation. Continue reading →