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valley view yosemite

My friend who started me doing panorama’s took this wonderful photograph.

“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
– John Muir, 1868.

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods…and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

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#50 bison

There are three bison’s in a local park that I visited today. I mostly observed #50.

 


Trochilidae #2

I try every season to capture a hummingbird, last year was probably my best portrait below


drift

I never tire of capturing the current season red tail hawks and hope they survive! This is a composite of the same youngster.

 

It was such a big deal for me to get to Hawksbill Summit that I re-adjusted this pano taken with the gopro for a better print.

 


angels & pupusas

bereavement : I’ve always thought this to be a curious word and am now experiencing it severely!
bəˈrēvmənt,bēˈrēvmənt/
noun
the action or condition of being bereaved.
“there is no right way to experience bereavement”
synonyms: loss, deprivation, dispossession, privation; grief, sorrow, sadness, suffering
“slowly getting over his bereavement”

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How wrong I could be in my past quote, “My only friend is a bird”. Our cat of twenty years who’s unconditional love got me through every major death in my family passed away this week. My face could be qualified as a waterfall.

 

 


Hawksbill Summit Raven

Elevation of 4,050 feet , the summit of Hawksbill Mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park.

 

auto stitch was able to pano my go pro photographs, I hadn’t used this in years. My third time to Hawksbill Summit and first time seeing Old Rag mountain because of clouds.

 

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My portraits of Old Rag below….

 

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One last look from an overlook at Old Rag.

 

 

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We entered the south entrance station at Rockfish Gap and exited Thornton Gap. This was Sawmill Run Overlook one of the few overlooks we stopped at on the way to Hawksbill.

 

O3 posts of the Shenandoah National Park
 

https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/skyland/
https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/skyland-2/
https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/shenandoah/
https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/climb-stony-man/

 
https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/dark-hollow-falls/
https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/dark-hollow-falls-2/


look

Two things caught my eye today. I’ve been using a Tokina AT-X 100-300mm 1:4 lens, so I could see this landscape painting with out bothering the artist who was on the phone anyway, chuckle?

 

Neal Hughes : Plein Air Richmond


good luck

“Frogs have been a symbol of prosperity, wealth, friendship and abundance in many cultures and a symbol of fertility in others. For the Romans, the frog was a mascot believed to bring good luck to one’s home. The native Aborigines of Australia believed that frogs brought the thunder and rain, to help the plants to grow.”
_National Wildlife Federation

The gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) is a species of small arboreal frog native to much of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. On our front porch during last night’s storm.

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Japanese banana

Musa basjoo, known variously as Japanese banana. Thanks to fellow Artist, Arthur Stephens holding a background and moving a leaf for light we got some great shots of day 20 of the bloom. The banana’s just keep coming.

 

 

 

photo : Arthur Stephens

photo : Arthur Stephens


Luna

6/6/2017

Modern science says: ‘The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.’ From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.

_Nikola Tesla

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

_Buddha

May 2010

 

November 2015 : my favorite luna photograph