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Michael Menefee
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Fresh Echinacea Blossoms

There is something so vibrant and special about echinacea flowers, I just love them! They are also quite photogenic subjects, here I went for a narrow depth of field to pop them from the background. While a busy background, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 did a great job in my opinion on the bokeh.
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Exploring Moments in Hawaiian Standard Time

A view of the paradise that is Hanalei Bay in Kaua'i, definitely one of my favorite places we visited and a top spot to watch the sunset on the Island! Have a great Wednesday everyone!
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Wow!
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Waipoo Falls, Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Here we see one of the highlights of Waimea Canyon, the rather cinematic looking Waipoo Falls.

Kauaʻi is quite diverse for its dimunitive size. This 24 mile long island manages to squeeze in both the wettest spot on earth (Mount Waiʻaleʻale) and one of the world's most impressive and scenic canyons in Waimea Canyon. Waimea stretches for 11 miles (16 km) and is up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep. Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific it was formed by the strong errossion of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island's central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Another major factor in its formation was also born from a catastrophic collapse of the ancient volcano that created Kauaʻi. What a fascinating place!

Image Notes: two exposures used for this image, one 30 second exposure for the foreground/waterfall and a shorter exposure for sky. Not long after we viewed this scene, the clouds quickly filled the canyon. Sadly we didn't manage to make it to the top for the ultra-long view before it filled in, but still felt fortunate to get the long looks we did!
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Peak Aspen Scenery in the Colorado Rockies

Here's one of my favorite takes from our trip to the Silver Thread byway this past fall. I am in love with the complex geology on display and couldn't have asked for nicer fall color.

Have a great week all!

#Colorado #Fall #Aspen #Nature #Landscape #Photography
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Awesome as usual Michael.
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Last Light on Last Fall

When I saw the fleeting last light striking these gorgeous aspen-clad mountains along the Silver Thread, I really liked how those last rays amplified the warm colors of the autumn foliage. I went with a simple composition here to help isolate the special light and play off the contrast of the hillside still in shade, it sort of has made me think I need to explore lower-dynamic range/high-contrast compos more often.

Have a great rest of the week all!


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*Moonlit North Clear Creek Falls"

We had an absolute blast exploring the Silver Thread Scenic Byway this last week.  Fall color was peak awesomeness and I finally got to check out North Clear Creek Falls!  Ever since I first saw a photo of these falls years ago I have been wanting to visit.  Now that I have I would have to call this a somewhat hidden gem that easily is one of our finest waterfalls in the state.  

In some ways these falls remind me of a western Colorado version of  Palouse Falls in Washington, which is high praise indeed.  We see them lit here by the full moon that followed last week's lunar eclipse (which was also awesome).

Have a great weekend ahead all!
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+Michael Menefee ok many thanks.   
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Taro Fields of Hanalei Valley

Hanalei Valley in Kauai is said to grow around 60% of Hawaii's taro. Taro is the staple of the Native Hawaiian diet and at the core of the Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians believe the taro plant to be sacred. Taro, called “kalo” in Hawaiian, is central to the Native Hawaiian creation story. It also makes for an incredibly scenic backdrop!
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Stepping into an Hawaiian Sunrise

This was the best sunrise we experienced on our visit to Kauaʻi. This was seen right outside the door of our Airbnb condo just south of Kapaʻa at Islander on the Beach. It was surprisingly affordable for such a killer view, our favorite accommodations of the trip! Oh and it's easy to make sunrise on Kauaʻi thanks to all those chickens waking up and crowing about it before dawn! ;-)))
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We had a wonderful trip to Kauai, what an amazing island! Featured here is Kilauea Lighthouse in nearly perfect conditions. When we were on the north side earlier in the trip it was cool and misty with nearly no visibility, but on our return to this side we got this glorious weather.
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Silver Thread Sunset

While driving back from scouting locations for later in the evening we happened across this fantastic view. Have a great rest of the week all!
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Wonderful light mood
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Lunar Lit Autumn

I couldn't resist sharing another moonlit landscape from the Silver Thread area this fall.  This was the view from where we enjoyed the recent lunar eclipse after the moon returned to normal brightness.

#Fall #Colorado #Landscape #SanJuans  
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Distant Downpour

A distant downpour tracks across the basin and range country of southern Wyoming west of Laramie.

Happy weekend ahead all!

#Photography #Clouds #Nature #Landscape #Wyoming  
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Sounds great +Michael Menefee ! Good to hear that you are doing great! Same here thanks :)
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  • Colorado State University
    B.A. Political Science
  • The Evergreen State College
    Masters of Environmental Studies
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Science geek, conservation biologist, photographer and computer nerd that loves to explore.
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Conservation Biologist and Photographer
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  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program
    Environmental Reivew and Data DIstribution Coordinator, 2002 - present
  • Photographer & Conservation Scientist
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  • The Nature Conservancy
    Field Worker - Weed mapping - GIS technician, 2001 - 2001
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Fort Collins, CO - Greeley, CO - Olympia, WA - Portland, OR - Budapest, Hungary - Denver, CO
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