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Bill Sharpsteen
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The Canoodling Selfie
The Coliseum on a rainy night in Rome. I'm trying out a new term: the "canoodling selfie". And I've debuted it in an article for Sleeklens just in time for Valentine's Day. As a matter of fact, my wife, Gloria, and I have been doing it for years. We now hav...

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Vinegaroon Canyon, Death Valley
As we all should know, sometimes the journey is more interesting than the destination. That's certainly the case with Vinegaroon Canyon in Death Valley. The canyon itself is mildly scenic with one nice rappel—the first one is a vertical, 85' wall with a ple...

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Scorpian Canyon, Death Valley
My canyoneering buds and I have been to Scorpion Canyon in Death Valley National Park before, but that's no reason not to see it again. It's a fine place for a half-day excursion. Easy to drive to. Easy on the approach. And only seven rappels, none of which...

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Santa Monica Mountain
Lately, I've been learning how to build a house out of Styrofoam. Got your attention? Actually, it's form of foam called ICF (insulated concrete form), interlocking, hollow blocks that feel like Styrofoam and once constructed into a house, are filled with c...

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Wildflowers, Death Valley
I'm not a big one for taking pictures of wildflowers only because it feels like there's not more I can say about a flower that someone else hasn't already done, often better. But when it comes to flowers in the desert, I can't resist. I think it's the novel...

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Clearing Storm, Yosemite Valley
As I've said before, some times you just get lucky. I was in Yosemite for a wet weekend when I stopped at the famous, iconic Tunnel View with no real intention of getting a decent photograph of the valley. And yet . . . The ugly weather started clearing rig...

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Dewey Point, Yosemite
This is an example of having a wonderful scene but just not getting the photograph right technically. My wife, Gloria, and I had snowshoed out from Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park to Dewey Point in fresh snow from the night before. Above the Point, wh...

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Silver Moccasin Trail
The Silver Moccasin Trail runs 53 miles through the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles and from what I understand it's a rite of passage for many Boy Scouts. I have to admit it's never occurred to me to actually hike the whole thing, a trip that would p...

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Cloudburst, Mexico City
A few minutes before this picture was taken, the streets were filled with people. And then without warning, mega-raindrops started splattering in the pavement and on our heads. The pedestrians disappeared as if vaporized. I and my wife hunkered under our um...

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Piramide del Sol
I'm always looking for juxtapositions in my images. That is, elements in the composition that contrast with each other in interesting ways. In this case, I was getting ready to photograph Piramide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun), which is located in Teotihuaca...
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