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Stu Dale
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Retired educator now fully engaged in photography.
Retired educator now fully engaged in photography.

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The Grand Canyon is so vast and beautiful. The colours and textures that it exhibits make for very interesting images. While it seems inhospitable a great many plants and animals make it their home. Trees like this one can be found all along the Canyon's rim. They cling to the rocks somehow surviving the influence of extreme weather conditions.
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Angry storm clouds built and moved over the city of Victoria, B.C. as I was finishing a shoot at Fisherman's Wharf last year. The light was absolutely beautiful. It was a great opportunity to capture a beautiful image of one of my favourite places to visit and photograph.
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A fitting end to our Grand Canyon visit was a stop at the Desert View Watchtower. Designed by Mary Colter and completed in 1932 it was build to resemble an Ancient Pueblo People's watchtower.
The watchtower is 70 feet in height, has a 360 degree view of the Grand Canyon, desert to the east and surrounding area.
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The road east along the south rim of the Grand Canyon is remarkably different than the road west towards Hermit's Rest. Even though our trip to the canyon was in late February the park was fairly busy. I can't imagine the traffic once the main tourist season commenced. The road east to the tower at Desert View was much quieter as were all the wonderful view points. This image captures a much different landscape than others I took that show the depth and enormity of the canyon. Here we see deep slashes, sharp cliffs, individual sentinels and the awesome distances that exemplify this wonderful place.
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Narrow pillars of rock serve as wonderful places to witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Mather's Point is one such location. It is large enough to accommodate many visitors. Mere mortals are dwarfed by the size of these pillars and the distant walls of the canyon .
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Words cannot convey the vast distances, ragged cliffs and depth of the Grand Canyon. Colours, shapes and textures were so beautiful. The sense of geologic history that one experiences at almost all viewpoint is breath taking. Our two and half day trip to the Canyon only served to motivate us to go back and explore more deeply. Truly, it was an amazing experience.
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On a hike through the Boyce Thompson Arboretum east of Phoenix, Arizona last year early morning sunlight seemed to emphasize textures and colours in the rockface.. It also served to separate the Saguaro from its darker background. I find it so intriguing how life is supported in such narrow and inhospitable places. This particular Saguaro seemed to be providing directions to some unknown distant location.
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As a young boy I used to play in Mount Douglas Park near Victoria, B.C. My grandfather lived nearby. Now many years later, I still like walking in its majesty. Bordering Cordova Bay, Mount Douglas Park would be termed an urban park. Its preservation gives us an idea of what the total landscape would have looked like prior to logging and development. It is absolutely beautiful. I captured this image as I walked down a path that lead to the ocean. It was just after sunrise. Fog was beginning to rise. So serene!
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A favourite destination and place to photograph, Chesterman's Beach near Tofino, B.C. is always rugged, always beautiful. As the tide recedes the currents and waves leave a pattern of mini sand dunes across the beach. The setting sun brings a sense of drama to the scene.
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The bloom of desert flowers is imminent. It is a beautiful time of the year. Yellows, blues, reds and purples bring life to a broad, rocky landscape. Heavy rains earlier this year and now warm temperature give me hope that flower season will arrive a bit early this year. 
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