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Originally posted on Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life:
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My travels through Northern Michigan continue. 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, with the high temperatures in the low 70’s. Traverse City is at the South end of a bay between two peninsulas jutting 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.
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These photos were captured world wide including Hong Kong, Macau, New Orleans, Dubrovnik, Kauai, Austin and at home in Houston.
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The arch is literally at the tip of the peninsula of Cabo San Lucas. It is accessible mainly by boat, but a serious rock climb from the Grand Solmar beach will take one within viewing distance of its back side. People must share the area with sea lions. They are cute, but they bite. It’s so closely associated with Cabo that it appears on tee shirts. I used my pseudo IR processing to get a slightly different result from the hundreds of tourists who photograph it daily. While walking through the marina or on the beach boat drivers will offer this trip to you repeatedly for US$10 or $12. I paid 200 pesos for two people, about US$13.50 plus a tip. The entire series was photographed from a small rocking boat.
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Access to beaches on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo is inconvenient at best. For this one walk to the Grand Solmar Resort past the Marina. A bellman will stop you and ask for your room number. Reply that you have come to see the beach and Mexican law requires they allow access. He will delay, then ask where you are staying, and admit you through a service entrance. There is no swimming on the beach due to undertow.
5 Photos in This Gallery These scenes were photographed on a flight from Houston to Los Cabos, Mexico. The desolation of the area is extreme. Due to haze and the shallow camera angle required when shooting from a commercial jet, black and white produces the best results.
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Lake Travis feeds the Colorado River. You may notice the river is low with the bottom is visible. Lake Travis is at 32% capacity after several years of a Central Texas drought. It rained later that day, but the storm barely did anything for the reservoir. This location is downstream near Bastrop, Texas at the Lost Pines Hyatt.
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Hilo is a town on the wet side of the Big Island. It is across the bay from Mauna Kea and surrounded by rainforest. Not that many tourists from the US mainland go there, but it is a regular stop for buses full of Asians.
A few of these photos were taken at locations North of Hilo on the final leg of the trip driving back to Kona.