12 Photos in This Gallery
I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time I hiked down into it any real distance. It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a different perspective than what is viewed from the rim. My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job. They were photographed before the hike. Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).
The line for the title of this post is from a movie, Dune. Yes, I confess to being a science fiction fan. I also spend a disproportionate time in coastal areas, wetlands, on, or under the water. These photos are from Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. As I shot these there were literally thousands of tourists crowding this place. Somehow I managed to work around the crowds. This collection ranges from offbeat landscapes, to semi abstract and totally abstract water images.
Plitvice is a complex of lakes connected by waterfalls. Perhaps the white noise and spray generated by the falls were my favorite sensations, but there was lots to see and photograph. In some of these I imagine the visions of underwater creatures of an alien world. The park gets crowded, but with effort it is possible to work around the hordes of bus tourists.
One of the things to do while staying in Lake Bled or Ljubljana is a drive up into the alps and Triglav National Park. There are over 50 switchbacks, each one numbered and with precise distance markings. After leaving the park I made it back to Bled on twisty, narrow mountain roads. For a 20k section the power steering in my rented VW stopped working, rendering the vehicle almost undrivable. I asked the rental company for an exchange car, but they would not give me one without charge, their excuse being the power steering started working again.
“The Bells” reminded me of the famous Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, Colorado. The Skiers were getting ready to hike up the snow covered mountain to make a downhill run. That is dedication.
For a while I took off my trusted 24-120 f/4 VR zoom and shot with an ultra wide 20 f/2.8 AF both on a Nikon D800.
Lake Bled is a beautiful mountain town in Slovenia. There are some cheap hostels here but I opted for a 4 star hotel with a lake view room. When near water I look for reflections and optical distortions, then morph these into colorful abstract images. Just to prove I was there, two sort of typical photos of the lake and surrounding mountains are included. Well, they are as typical as I can get.
Photographed at the Japanese garden in Houston’s Hermann park.
Photographed at the reflecting pool in Houston’s Hermann park. The water is less than two feet deep.
Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know. [A fellow blogger who is also a pilot identified "Farmland II". See the comments.]
On my last full day on Kauai I went up to Hanalei Bay to see the high seas. Someone tried to go surfing. Paramedics took him away in an ambulance. Locals say it is possible to get swept off the dock by a rouge wave.
These were photographed on the Mahaulepu Trail, at various beaches or in the hills behind Kapaa. I did eat every bite of the delicious Ronald Burger at Joe’s on the Green in Poipu.
These were photographed around the hotel, in Kapaa or in the hills behind the town.
Here are a few views on the way up and from the top of Wiamea Canyon. I was a bit disappointed when the clouds came rolling in, but managed to make the best of it.
Hanalei Bay was featured in the movie The Descendants. It is the location of some of the most expensive beach homes in the world.
The Kuilau Trail is one of the easier ones on Kauai and offers stunning views of the area surrounding the Blue Hole.
Kapaa is a town in what is called the central area of Kauai. It is about 5 minutes from the airport.
Taken on my Way to LA, over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in the vast Southwest of the USA.
I went to a big New Year’s eve party at a local hotel. They had a nice buffet, a Salsa band, and the deal included a room. At midnight all of the electronic keys stopped working. Apparently, they knew this was going to happen because they had new keys waiting at the desk for hundreds of guests. Those keys did not work and someone had to let everyone in with a hard master key. The hotel gave us a $75 credit, and will remain nameless. I am still there…
Yesterday it rained right up until sunset when the sun appeared, blessing the land with perfect golden light. There were fresh puddles at the curb and leaves were turning colorful.
As I walked around Town Lake I began to gaze into it, and this is what I saw.
It has been raining a lot in Houston. I have been playing in the puddles.
Some of these photo don’t look like they were made at a zoo, and most are about water. What do expect from me? The final 5 photos were shot at the Chicago Botanical Gardens the next day. Both the Tree of Life and Lilly Pads were nominated for an award at Nikongear forum, but did not win.
Rain water collects at the curb in front of my house. Light reflects off these pools and strange things happen.
This series of abstract and semi abstract photographs was harvested from my archives. None have been published before. I have manipulated the colors in all. Hungry Fish won picture of the week at the highly competitive Nikongear forum.
Although these photos were captured in 2009 and 2010, none have been previously published and they did not take on their present form until last night.