These landscapes were captured from a large cruise ship while approaching and leaving Oslo, Norway,
The Big Island is mostly covered by lava fields and volcanic ash. The beaches are no exception. Few of them are sandy.
While visiting the petroglyphs, I spoke to a lady who said “I don’t do drugs, but there are some trippy looking trees up at the North end of this island. Just drive past Hawi until the road ends.” She forgot to mention the steep trail down to the beach.
This is a magical place where molten lava and poisonous gases spew forth from the ground. Nature is at its peak of fury here. The message is we are nothing. In minutes one passes from desolate inhospitable areas at altitude to lush rain forests and pacific beaches. The landscape is unreal often covered by lava flows.
8 Photos in This Gallery
This is mostly about street photography, but I thought I would show this offbeat coastal scene first.
About halfway across the Southern tip of the African continent lies Tsitsikamma Park. Storms River is a major landmark in the area. It is crossed by a suspension foot bridge. This is the only national park that I have ever entered where the gatekeepers made me sign a liability release as if I was engaging into some very hazardous activity. Perhaps waking across a swinging bridge with a bunch of retired Germans is dangerous. Also in the park is the Bloukrans Bridge which is the largest bridge in South Africa and the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Despite it’s reasonable price, I passed on the jump. Besides, they don’t let anyone take cameras or mobile phones out to the platform. They are happy to sell you a CD shot by their photographer. The panoramic photo of the gorge is made up of six 36MP shots with a net 100MP in the stitched image.
The pano is 1600 pixels wide. Click on it to see it large.
What is the difference between a baboon and a wind surfer? Wind surfers are less likely to try and break into your car. This is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Funny, but I could not find a line in the water. I photographed the baboons from too close for safety. They were running around wild in the street.
On the way back to San Francisco the sky was white all day. I was lucky it did not rain but a few drops. By a round about route I traveled to the Point Reys area, Muir Woods and finally, across the Golden Gate bridge. My only hope is these do not look like the usual shots from those places.
The first four images in the gallery are from War’Hous Visual Studios, an art gallery owned by artist Dandy Warhol. It’s located at 4715 Main right off the US 59 Main Street exit while headed East. The show featured works from several emerging photographers and many pieces were fine art nudes. Prices were accessible with most works being under $200.
Just a few blocks away from War’Hous is the new home of Diverse Works, a non profit dedicated to supporting the arts. This installation was produced by Franklin Evans.
Buffalo Bayou is a 53 mile long waterway flowing across Houston, Texas and emptying into the Houston Ship Chanel. Because Houston is only about 50 feet above sea level, the Bayous are the city’s main drainage system. Some say a Bayou is just a fancy name for a ditch. This particular section of the bayou is about a mile West of Downtown Houston and has been developed into an attractive park. The downtown Houston skyline is visible from many spots around here. To the lower right of the downtown image is the massive Federal Reserve Bank building. That is where bureaucrats can create billions of dollars of money simply by pressing some keys at a computer.
Just another day in paradise.
Flying from Houston to Maui makes for a long day because of the 5 hours gained. Over the desert of the Southwestern US one views a rugged, mountainous, inhospitable landscape. It almost looks like sandpaper. Next is the much softer profile of the Big Island of Hawaii from the sky, viewed from the Kona side. Land, jump into a rental car and head straight to the beach in Kihei for R&R and photography. That was my day. Two of these photos were previously published in black and white.
My trip through Northern Michigan continues. Up here they make a big deal about being near the 45th parallel. It is halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, numerically. In the winter it probably feels like the North Pole, and in the summer, neither ever had it this good. While there the highs were in the low 70′s. Traverse City is a the South end of a bay between two peninsulas that jut North into lake Michigan. The Old Mission Peninsula to the East features the better wineries. To the West is funky shopping and little restaurants. I would have to guess these peninsulas were formed by receding glaciers. The name “traverse” comes from the water voyage between the tips of the two strips of land which the French called the grand traverse.
Fiji is all about the sky. First one must spend many hours in the sky to get there from nearly anywhere except Australia. Those flights yielded some wonderful sunsets in the clouds. Travel between the islands is by light aircraft so I captured landscapes from the sky. On the ground or the sea clouds form in a most beautiful way. I did some of the best scuba diving ever there, but I don’t shoot under water. The dive guides are seated facing the camera in the group of Fijians.
After a stop in Honolulu and changing planes in Guam, we landed in Fiji and were picked up at the airport in Nadi for a three hour drive to our hotel. After a few days there we returned to Nadi and flew to the remote island of Taveuni for another week of diving. To get home we had to reverse the process. The tickets were a steal at $1,100. I don’t think I could get there for twice the price today.
8 Photos in This Gallery
This is the second part of the Tour of Kauai. Previously, the South and central parts were covered. We pick up at Kapaa in the central area. There is a nice path along the beach where the skater and yoga gal were photographed. Heading North is the Jurassic Ranch and across the road from it I photographed “Tree and a Fence”. There are spectacular overlooks past Princeville. Drive down the hill to Hanalei and walk on a beach which has some of the most expensive real estate in the US. It was featured in the movie “The Descendants”. At the end of the road is Tunnels Beach where I found an abstract composition in a nearby cave,
This tour contains 16 images in two blog entries arranged as if one started at the highest point of Wiamea State Park and drove back to sea level, and then North around Kauai finishing near Tunnels Beach at the opposite end of a fabulous Hawaiian island. This post contains 8 photos from what are called the South and middle sections of Kauai. The first three photos are at the top, roughly 5,000 feet in altitude looking out over the Napoli Coast, only a few miles away from Tunnels Beach as the crow flies, but over a three hour drive because the roads do not go all the way around Kauai. The stitched panoramic photo of The Grand Canyon of the Pacific was shot on the way down the canyon at an elevation of 4,000 feet. “Wasted Sugar Mill” is at sea level not far from the park entrance. One Tree on a Hillside is near Hanamaulu. The final two photos are off Hawaii Route 580 near Wailua.
These photos were captured around Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State during July, 2011. Included are the Pacific coast, Hoh Rain Forrest, and the Wodden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend.
Lagos is a beach resort several hours South of Lisbon, Portugal by bus. I was there before the season started, so it was quiet. My impression was there is not that much going on, but it is a fine place to kick back, eat a fish dinner, and make your own fun.
Haleakala is the premier landscape photography site on Maui and one of the best in the USA. In only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters). It’s a magical or even spiritual place for sure. The colors start to emerge around 11 AM and become more vibrant as the day goes on. Being above the clouds makes things even more interesting. This location appears in the movie Baraka. The volcano has not erupted in over 200 years, but you never know. Air temperatures are mild or even on the cold side when it is hot at sea level. Several hikes are available.
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The Jungfrau is a mountain near Interlaken, Switzerland which may be reached by a cog railway. The views are spectacular and the price is equally breathtaking. These images were captured in the Summer of 2009 but have been processed at various times right up through January of 2013.
Just a short ferry ride away sits Capri, playground of the rich and famous, while swarming with ordinary tourists like myself. The views are fabulous and the people walking around, amazing. Here is just a little bit of what I saw on the island. I did get to speak with the lady from Miami. She is a down to earth gal.
These photographs are from from Positano and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, a true bucket list destination.