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Every step was measured and calculated, carefully trying to use the least amount of effort in going up and down the rolling white dunes of sand while preventing sand from getting into my boots. And with the rise and fall of every dune, the views changed, horizons shifted, and features modified. The steady winds ensured that footprints disappeared as quickly as they formed. The mass swathes of tourists dwindled down to a steady few.

It was tough going in the loop at White Sands National Monument, dominated by dunes that gave this place its name. But thankfully, there was no real danger: even though visibility was reduced, the frequent and re-assuring trail-markers were ever present; the stewards of the park had ensured that no visitors would go missing.

Nevertheless, the surrealism of the place provided plenty of opportunities to gather some unique compositions against spectacular backdrops - backdrops of the sheer white-washed dunes. This is one such take where the hardy vegetation had taken hold in the tough dry environs that existed at the dunes.

White Sands National Monument
NM USA

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Normally, I wouldn't care too much for a thistle; their spiny stems are a menace while hiking and their prickles leave behind quite a nasty itch. However, as I was making my way through the vibrant spring wildflower patches of Hite Cove, I noticed a proliferation of the budding common thistles. Their beautiful pink inflorescence was quite a contrast against the drab dry-green surroundings.

I observed many such blooms that day, some filled with jeweled insects and bumbling beetles trying to get in on the pollen action, while others were withering in their last days. I found this particular thistle still retaining all its pink pollen-filled stalks, providing a burst of color for this macro image

Hite Cove
CA USA
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Late summer of 2015 found me hiking through the Dolomites in Northern Italy with a bunch of ragtag hikers and (also) an amazing group of friends, sharing and treasuring memories of those 10 days in Italy. And one of those 10 days involved hiking and scrambling through endless vistas, panoramic views, cloud-kissed mountains and sun-drenched meadows, and even relics from World War I which saw heavy combat here.

After a long afternoon of scrambling through scree, our group finally arrived at the welcoming doors of the Rifugio, and our tired selves soon saw to cleaning ourselves up, but not before making a beeline to the bar to consume the medicine of mountains: the local alcoholic aperitifs.

With clouds obscuring most of the views, I gave my camera some much needed rest. But as afternoon turned to the evening, the fog started breaking up, thereby sending streamers of light onto the rocky valley and alpine settlements below. One of the exposures of the ever-changing play of light resulted in this image.

Rifugio Lagazuoi
Belluno Italy

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A recent conversation with colleagues brought about the topic of Grand Teton National Park, and this naturally triggered a walk down the memory lane back to an exciting summer a few years ago, back to a walk along the crest of the Teton range, back to a 32-mile bonanza of staggering beauty amidst jaw-dropping alpine terrain, crystal clear alpine lakes, towering peaks, vibrant wildflowers and amazing company.

Of course, such a backpack isn't without its perils - I still remember walking on a high-altitude plateau under the pouring rain of a heavy thunderstorm with lightning flashing all around, battling buzzing skeeters, sketchy rocks, and slippery snow, and aching with the heavy load of the camera gear. But the reward for all that was sublime unforgettable views.

On the dawn of the 4th and final day of the backpack, I set off bright and early to tackle the "big climb" of 2500ft in 2.5miles to the summit of Paintbrush divide at 10700 ft. It was a slow and arduous ascent, with the promise of good views being the only motivation. And I was not disappointed - as soon as we crested, the valley that forms the headwaters of Leigh creek came into view, replete with lingering snowcaps, distant peaks and rugged ridgelines. I had to stop and capture the panoramic vista that lay in front of me.

And those funny colors are due to the lingering smog from a forest fire somewhere in Idaho.

Grand Teton National Park
WY USA

#tetoncrest #panorama #grandtetonnationalpark #backpacking #paintbrushdivide  
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A recent conversation with colleagues brought about the topic of Grand Teton National Park, and this naturally triggered a walk down the memory lane back to an exciting summer a few years ago, back to a walk along the crest of the Teton range, back to a 32-mile bonanza of staggering beauty amidst jaw-dropping alpine terrain, crystal clear alpine lakes, towering peaks, vibrant wildflowers and amazing company.

Of course, such a backpack isn't without its perils - I still remember walking on a high-altitude plateau under the pouring rain of a heavy thunderstorm with lightning flashing all around, battling buzzing skeeters, sketchy rocks, and slippery snow, and aching with the heavy load of the camera gear. But the reward for all that was sublime unforgettable views.

On the dawn of the 4th and final day of the backpack, I set off bright and early to tackle the "big climb" of 2500ft in 2.5miles to the summit of Paintbrush divide at 10700 ft. It was a slow and arduous ascent, with the promise of good views being the only motivation. And I was not disappointed - as soon as we crested, the valley that forms the headwaters of Leigh creek came into view, replete with lingering snowcaps, distant peaks and rugged ridgelines. I had to stop and capture the panoramic vista that lay in front of me.

And those funny colors are due to the lingering smog from a forest fire somewhere in Idaho.

Grand Teton National Park
WY USA

#tetoncrest #panorama #grandtetonnationalpark #backpacking #paintbrushdivide  
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I had long since dreamt of visiting the Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO. And every year, I let out a small sigh at not being able to capture the brilliant fall foliage amidst the dramatic backdrop of those peaks. While I am not sure if I would be able to make a trip this year, I would at least have my memories from a trip in early spring to the beautiful wilderness area.

With a goal of capturing the deep pink alpenglow on the peaks, I forwent quite a bit of sleep and set off from Aspen in the wee hours of dawn and reaching the Maroon lake well before sunrise. I made my way to the edge of the lake, layering and insulating myself from the freezing conditions outside, which had the side effect of instantly waking me up. And in the early morning glow, bright snow of the peaks stood out in stark contrast to the pale green early spring foliage all around. The still surface of the lake provided a beautiful mirror-like reflection of this calming scene. And in a matter of a few minutes, the tips of the Maroon Bells transitioned from a dull white to a resplendent pink.

Waking up for sunrise shoots like these is quite a challenge: the lack of sleep, the inclement temperatures, the initial disorientation from tiredness, the suspense and the guesswork of the sunrise, all strive to work against you in capturing the moment. Yet, when that photography mindset kicks in, it is like a caffeine shot, and it helps overcome these challenges and be alert and focused towards the that particular task. And this particular shoot is a great example of that.

Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness
CO USA
#maroonbells #sunrise #aspen #colorado #blackandwhite  
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+Jason ON You could always do it as a weekend trip! Its only 5 hrs from Denver
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Every step was measured and calculated, carefully trying to use the least amount of effort in going up and down the rolling white dunes of sand while preventing sand from getting into my boots. And with the rise and fall of every dune, the views changed, horizons shifted, and features modified. The steady winds ensured that footprints disappeared as quickly as they formed. The mass swathes of tourists dwindled down to a steady few.

It was tough going in the loop at White Sands National Monument, dominated by dunes that gave this place its name. But thankfully, there was no real danger: even though visibility was reduced, the frequent and re-assuring trail-markers were ever present; the stewards of the park had ensured that no visitors would go missing.

Nevertheless, the surrealism of the place provided plenty of opportunities to gather some unique compositions against spectacular backdrops - backdrops of the sheer white-washed dunes. This is one such take where the hardy vegetation had taken hold in the tough dry environs that existed at the dunes.

White Sands National Monument
NM USA

#whitesands #surreal #nationalmonument #newmexico #deserts #sanddunes  
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Normally, I wouldn't care too much for a thistle; their spiny stems are a menace while hiking and their prickles leave behind quite a nasty itch. However, as I was making my way through the vibrant spring wildflower patches of Hite Cove, I noticed a proliferation of the budding common thistles. Their beautiful pink inflorescence was quite a contrast against the drab dry-green surroundings.

I observed many such blooms that day, some filled with jeweled insects and bumbling beetles trying to get in on the pollen action, while others were withering in their last days. I found this particular thistle still retaining all its pink pollen-filled stalks, providing a burst of color for this macro image

Hite Cove
CA USA
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Late summer of 2015 found me hiking through the Dolomites in Northern Italy with a bunch of ragtag hikers and (also) an amazing group of friends, sharing and treasuring memories of those 10 days in Italy. And one of those 10 days involved hiking and scrambling through endless vistas, panoramic views, cloud-kissed mountains and sun-drenched meadows, and even relics from World War I which saw heavy combat here.

After a long afternoon of scrambling through scree, our group finally arrived at the welcoming doors of the Rifugio, and our tired selves soon saw to cleaning ourselves up, but not before making a beeline to the bar to consume the medicine of mountains: the local alcoholic aperitifs.

With clouds obscuring most of the views, I gave my camera some much needed rest. But as afternoon turned to the evening, the fog started breaking up, thereby sending streamers of light onto the rocky valley and alpine settlements below. One of the exposures of the ever-changing play of light resulted in this image.

Rifugio Lagazuoi
Belluno Italy

#dolomites #lightplay #rifugiolagazuoi #italy #europe #mountainlight  
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Black and white rendition of dawn at the Maroon Bells in CO
 
I had long since dreamt of visiting the Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO. And every year, I let out a small sigh at not being able to capture the brilliant fall foliage amidst the dramatic backdrop of those peaks. While I am not sure if I would be able to make a trip this year, I would at least have my memories from a trip in early spring to the beautiful wilderness area.

With a goal of capturing the deep pink alpenglow on the peaks, I forwent quite a bit of sleep and set off from Aspen in the wee hours of dawn and reaching the Maroon lake well before sunrise. I made my way to the edge of the lake, layering and insulating myself from the freezing conditions outside, which had the side effect of instantly waking me up. And in the early morning glow, bright snow of the peaks stood out in stark contrast to the pale green early spring foliage all around. The still surface of the lake provided a beautiful mirror-like reflection of this calming scene. And in a matter of a few minutes, the tips of the Maroon Bells transitioned from a dull white to a resplendent pink.

Waking up for sunrise shoots like these is quite a challenge: the lack of sleep, the inclement temperatures, the initial disorientation from tiredness, the suspense and the guesswork of the sunrise, all strive to work against you in capturing the moment. Yet, when that photography mindset kicks in, it is like a caffeine shot, and it helps overcome these challenges and be alert and focused towards the that particular task. And this particular shoot is a great example of that.

Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness
CO USA
#maroonbells #sunrise #aspen #colorado #blackandwhite  
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Sunset at Manarola in the Cinque Terre, under the influence of a Singh Ray Gold-n-Blue Polarizer
 
Cinque Terre, the five lands.
For any traveler who has heard of this beautiful location in the heart of the Italian Riviera, the name immediately conjures up a region of 5 villages where steep mountains meet the azure waters of the Mediterranean, replete with a walking trail that winds alternately through lush green vineyards and the narrow cobble-stone streets of the vibrantly colored villages.

But it is in person you realize that this region is so much more than just this conjured image. In person, you realize why this region is a UNESCO world heritage site: the combination of the well-preserved historic and colorful villages dating back to the 11th century, the tantalizingly delicious food, the traditional farming methods that are still in use, all make it high on any travel guide's top 10 list for Italy.

The easy access to the Cinque Terre also implies that crowds throng this place: they arrive by the trainloads, shuttling from one village to the next. And you can't get away from the crowds even on the innumerable hiking trails that connect the villages. Hence, if you are looking for an un-spoilt and untouched paradise, you have to change your coordinates. Nevertheless, the beauty of this place is a magnet for travelers and photographers, the latter who come to seek the juxtaposition of the colorful buildings against the harsh elements of geology and the calm waters of the Mediterranean.

In this oft-captured scene of the village of Manarola, a Singh Ray Gold-n-Blue Polarizer to highlight the pink hues of the sunset sky and contrast it with the blues we associate with water. I still remember setting up shoulder-to-shoulder with at least 50 other photographers on that narrow walkway over the cliffs overlooking the village.

Manarola
La Spezia, Italy

#cinqueterre #sunse #singhraygoldnblue #manarola #laspeiza #italy  
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Cinque Terre, the five lands.
For any traveler who has heard of this beautiful location in the heart of the Italian Riviera, the name immediately conjures up a region of 5 villages where steep mountains meet the azure waters of the Mediterranean, replete with a walking trail that winds alternately through lush green vineyards and the narrow cobble-stone streets of the vibrantly colored villages.

But it is in person you realize that this region is so much more than just this conjured image. In person, you realize why this region is a UNESCO world heritage site: the combination of the well-preserved historic and colorful villages dating back to the 11th century, the tantalizingly delicious food, the traditional farming methods that are still in use, all make it high on any travel guide's top 10 list for Italy.

The easy access to the Cinque Terre also implies that crowds throng this place: they arrive by the trainloads, shuttling from one village to the next. And you can't get away from the crowds even on the innumerable hiking trails that connect the villages. Hence, if you are looking for an un-spoilt and untouched paradise, you have to change your coordinates. Nevertheless, the beauty of this place is a magnet for travelers and photographers, the latter who come to seek the juxtaposition of the colorful buildings against the harsh elements of geology and the calm waters of the Mediterranean.

In this oft-captured scene of the village of Manarola, a Singh Ray Gold-n-Blue Polarizer to highlight the pink hues of the sunset sky and contrast it with the blues we associate with water. I still remember setting up shoulder-to-shoulder with at least 50 other photographers on that narrow walkway over the cliffs overlooking the village.

Manarola
La Spezia, Italy

#cinqueterre #sunse #singhraygoldnblue #manarola #laspeiza #italy  
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Photographer, Traveler, and an occasional engineer in lovely California
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Talent does what it can.
Genius what it must.

This was the saying scribbled on my hostel / dorm room door back of my undergrad. And I follow it, religiously.

Techie. Computer Lover. Occasional gamer. Bookish. While I am not happily snapping away in my Sony Alpha A99.

But I love the great outdoors. Love Traveling and Love photography.
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Summitted the highest point in the lower 48. Also met with the current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
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The hotel is at a great location, easily accessible by both train and car. The room was comfortable and the automated check-in process was a breeze. The breakfast was also sumptuous and made for a great day for exploring the Black Forest
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