The expanse of the mesas cliffs and canyons at Canyonlands National Park are immense.
At Yellowstone National Park you will find, in addition to Old Faithful many geysers and hot springs. There are places where the earths crust is very thin and the cauldron below is visible. This is one of those places.
"The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch." Psalm 104:32 NLT
This is the actual inkwell and accessories that was used to sign the Declaration of Independence. I am sure they gave the quills away as remembrances:)
This is a small portion of the FDR Memorial in DC. It is a line of needy men waiting for food, a common scene in the Great Depression. I shot this at night and converted to B&W because I liked the atmosphere.
The statue of Thomas Jefferson at sunset at the Jefferson Memorial. I still find great joy in DC's monuments, history and setting. Walking around the Tidal Basin after dark was a rich experience and I plan to go back the next chance I get. The sights are just beautiful with the soft night lighting.
Looking down from the third floor of the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington DC, a very short walk from the capital, at the statue of Joan of Arc. She was one of the icons of the Suffragist movement at this home was the headquarters of that effort years leading up to the 19th amendment.
The town of Cumberland Gap nestled in the valley below was the starting point for the Cumberland Gap trail that opened Kentucky and Tennessee for thousands of pioneers. It is a great hike and an even better view where you can easily see Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee merge at one point. Cumberland Gap National Historic Park includes trails, a great tunnel and portions of the original trail and lots of remnant structures.
This is a view of the Bass Harbor lighthouse on Mt. Dessert Island in Maine. This is a tiny sliver of the park surrounded here by private lands. Lovely view but one of the few places in Acadia National Park that is full of mosquitos nearly any evening. We like to photograph this at sunset with the sun on the horizon in this shot or with the early morning light striking the building. This is a rarer visit in the afternoon.
At Seawall in Acadia National Park, Maine. I relax just looking at the photos!
"Mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the Lord above is mightier than these!" Psalm 93:4 NLT
To enter the Martin Luther King Memorial you go past this statue carved from what appears to be a mountain of stone. I expect with other similar themes in the memorial it comes from his "I Have a Dream" speech. Not sure about that. He talked often of the "mountains" that needed to be climbed. This shot is taken from the side at night. There were way more people about than I expected as well.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial near the Tidal Basin in DC is even more impressive at night. There are several quotes that remind you how unique he was leading the civil rights movement at the time. I love the Washington Monument is visible from so many spots always rising above the nation's monuments. Someone was very wise when they make it the highest allowable building.
Snow capped mountains viewed from the end of a short trail on the western edge of Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado. The canyon itself is reached by driving up to a high plateau and the hike at this end takes you even higher - wonderful vistas. We also saw a Peregrine Falcon hunting across a small side canyon, very cool.
Sunrise at Arches National Park. Arches is one of those parks everyone should be privileged to see. I found is really fascinating and wonderful hikes. We were there three days and barely touched all it has to offer.
"We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed." Titus 2:13
You can just barely see the road into King's Canyon National Park.
Or at least well out into the ocean at the Channel Islands National Park. Very interesting park and worth the effort to get here. Even the trip over was cool, saw whales and seals and seabirds.
As I was trying out the Fuji XT-1, I shot the photo from yesterday's post and this was my second photo. I was sold. Both at Jamestown Island area.
First enduring British settlement in region, becomes the Colony of Virginia.
I photographed this fellow in Acadia National Park near Witch Hole Pond. The local newspaper ran an article about him and my photo on the front page. Height of my photojournalism experience! It was a treat to see this deer and we watched him for about 10 minutes.
Bison and not Buffalo. Why? American Bison are distinct from the Asian and African cousins, true buffalo. The two varieties in North America are Woods and Plains, they have curved horns, prominent humps and coats vary with the weather, all different from the buffalo of other regions.
In the aerial sense! These are a few more of the Mountain Goats at Glacier National Park. Picking up on a theme for this last week of summer?