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Off to See the Wizard - Hollywood Studios, Florida

After spending a week on Florida's east coast, we are headed to Disney World for a couple of days. Disney World has been a go-to trip over the past few years, where we catch up with old friends, relax and eat some great meals. We will also act like kids again and jump on a few rides. One of the fun things to do when we are there is to people watch. It always amazes me what people will wear when in the confines of this place. It is also cool to watch children's excitement when they are there anticipating everything. You sometimes see the same kids near the end of the day passed out from all of the day's fun.

This shot was taken on the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios. I am sure that we will see quite a few wizards when we are there, at least lots of people wearing wizard hats.
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Heceta Head View - Yachats, Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Pacific Ocean. Located just south of Yachats, it is a beautiful sight sitting high above the ocean. It's light can be seen almost 21 miles from the coast. Photographing the light is usually from three vantage points. The first is driving up from the south along the coastal highway. There you are shooting across the cove at approximately the same level as the light. The second (this one) is from a cove near the mouth of Cape Creek. As you stand on the beach, you get a sense of how high it sits - about 205 feet above you. The last is right up next to the light just past the old light keeper's house (now a B&B). Bring a wide-angle lens for that shot as there is very little room. Regardless of where you shoot it from (I shot all three), it is a beautiful place.
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Florida Dreaming - Captiva, Florida

Headed to Florida to escape the New England winter. I never thought that I would be one to escape to Florida so often, but the older I get, the less the snow, sleet and cold appeals to me. This will be a relatively short visit, but welcome nonetheless. We are staying mostly on the east coast, north of West Palm Beach. I haven't spent much time in this area but hope to explore. I am hoping to find great weather and scenes like this one from last year's excursion to Florida. If anyone has any great locations to shoot, let me know.
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Big Sur Beauty - California 1, Monterey, California

When I was in the business world, I was able to travel a bit out to California on business trips. Whenever I was scheduled to go to San Francisco or Los Angeles, I would travel early to the other city on the weekend and then drive up (or down) California Highway 1. I probably have done this two-day drive about 10 times and I couldn't get enough of it. Most of the route north of Santa Barbara is along the coast (Highway 1 is also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) and there are spectacular sights to see. My favorite section of the drive is Big Sur, just south of Monterey. As you can see by this photo, the beauty and ruggedness of the coast is on display. I think this photo was taken just south of the Bixby Bridge.
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Mediterranean Dreaming - Fira, Santorini, Greece

Doing a little dreaming of places that are warm during the winter doldrums of New England. During the winter, I tend to look back on some of the trips that I have been on and select ones to edit that remind me that spring and summer are not that far away. Came upon this view that I took from the town of Fira on Santorini, and it immediately took me to warmer times. 

Santorini is perhaps the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. Photographers love it there for the sunsets and the blue domed churches. Most of the blue domed churches are in the town of Oia on the other side of the island. After shooting them, we headed to the town of Fira and I was able to capture this view.
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Peeking Through the Keyhole - Navajo Nation

I have been posting a few photos from the American Southwest recently, probably due to the fact that I will be visiting there in early March. No trip to Utah is complete without stopping by Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border. Located in the northwestern portion of Navajo Nation, it is a place of great landscapes that have appeared in countless westerns and commercials. It has even been featured in a Metallica music video. The official name of the park is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which is the equivalent of an American National Park.

There are many rock formations that, over the years, have been given names either by the Navajo or early settlers to the area. Many of the rock formations can be seen from the 17-mile dirt road that visitors to the park can drive for a daily fee. To get off of the road and see some of the lesser-known formations, the hiring of a Navajo guide is necessary. The arch in this photo is one of those off-road formations. I have been told it is known as Keyhole Arch, but have also heard it called Pottery Arch. Regardless of its name, the view through the center of it is pretty cool.
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No Tears Here - Monument Valley, Navajo Nation

Did you ever view a photograph that captured your imagination and all you wanted to do is go there and experience it with your own eyes? To me that is what makes a great photo when you move someone else with your art. Back in 2000, I ordered a bunch of travel guides for possible places to visit someday. On the cover of the Utah travel guide, there was a photo of Tear Drop Arch. It was in this place named Monument Valley and I had never seen it before (granted this was before photos on the internet was where it is today). I resolved myself that I would take that photo someday.

In 2004, my son and I headed to Utah for two weeks of exploring, hiking and photography. We hired a Navajo Guide and told him that we wanted to end up at Tear Drop Arch. Turns out that the arch is not in Monument Valley proper (although what you see through it is). It sits way up above the high school, and a jeep and a Navajo Guide is required. The experience was spiritual and I try to get back as often as I can. I took this photo in 2012 on my last visit there. In a few short weeks, I hope to be standing in this same spot with two of my great friends hoping that they feel the same about this location.
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Logan Pass View - Glacier National Park, Montana

Of the many trails that can be found at Logan Pass, the Highline Trail is my favorite one. Starting off near the visitor's center, it travels past the magnificent mountains and the valley looking westward. That is where this photo was shot. We were very lucky that day as the there were some great clouds that had cleared, leaving some low lying ones in the center. Despite the great views that the trail offers, it crosses the valley into the more challenging section. There the trail, just wide enough for one person to pass, towers high above the valley. There is a guideline to hold onto for those afraid of heights. Fortunately, my fellow hiker, Jaki Good Miller, and I didn't have that fear. On the way back, you get a great view of Reynolds Mountain with the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road meandering below. I highly recommend this hike for anyone who visits Glacier.
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Canada Place - Vancouver, British Columbia

On our Alaskan cruise a few years ago, we spent some time exploring Denali and taking the a full-day train ride to our cruise ship in Whittier. It was an awesome experience, but all good things come to an end. On our last morning at sea, we pulled into Vancouver Harbor to dock and disembark at Canada Place. It is one of the main sailing ports, where a steady stream of cruise ships can be seen coming and going. Canada Place, with its iconic white sails, is located in the heart of Vancouver's downtown harbor front. The only thing that made the end of the cruise palatable was that we were staying for three days in Vancouver, which is a fantastic place to visit. I shot this photo as we approached the end of our cruise.
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Rainbow Bridge - Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Arizona

Another post on how certain land formations got their name. The Navajo Indians thought that rainbows were the guardians of the universe and they held this rock formation to be sacred because of it. Prior to the creation of Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge was one of the most remote destinations to visit. Even now, there are two ways to reach it - a two-hour boat ride from Page or a 14-mile hike through Navajo land (a permit is required).

The bridge itself is made of sandstone and is thought to be the world's highest natural bridge. It was formed over thousands of years when the area was alternately a sea and desert. This produced layers of sandstone with different levels of hardness and compressed them so tightly as to withstand time.
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Steeples - Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

One of the advantages of taking a river cruise is that you get to stop in the middle of cities and be close to everything. Most ocean cruises dock outside of a city (usually in a not so pretty place) and bus or tender you in. When we stopped in Cologne, we were within walking distance of all of the sights. One of the tours that we did was to visit the beautiful Cologne Cathedral, a few mere blocks from the boat. We ate lunch at a great beer house and then explored more points of interest. Our wandering was cut short because of rain, so we headed back to the boat. I had planned to go back out into the city after dinner, but it was still raining on and off. I decided to go to the upper deck of the boat with my tripod and hoped that the movement of the boat would not hamper some long exposure night shots. They didn't. This is a photo of the steeples of the Cathedral that night.
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The same for here in Malta, the cruise liners stay in a magnificent well natural shaped Harbour and 2km uphill to the capital city, Valletta.
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Vancouver Color - Vancouver, British Columbia

I recently noticed that I have been a little remiss in posting photos of cities. My love for nature and landscapes often takes over my posts. I also love taking photos of architecture, particularly of large cities. So today I am taking you to the city of Vancouver. We had just completed an Alaskan cruise and spent a few days in Vancouver. On our last night before heading home, we wandered the streets and experienced one of those magical times that photographers dream of: perfect golden hour light. This light lit up the building in a warm soft light that accentuated the colors of everything around us. Being a lover of reflections, I shot quite a number of photos that put the neighboring buildings on display.
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