In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge “ROY G. BIV”, I took this photo yesterday as we were flying into Anchorage Alaska. We were approaching the landing and flying low over a series of ponds and creeks with the sun coming directly across the water. Between the water’s reflections and the polarizer on my lens, it produced these beautiful effects on the water – a nice fit for this week’s challenge.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I ALWAYS stop and watch the squirrels whenever I see them – it doesn’t matter that they are frequent sightings pretty much anywhere you go in the US. I was out looking for larger subjects in Grand Teton Park when I saw this little guy on the fencepost near the parking lot I was in. Couldn’t resist spending a few minutes with him and taking a few pics. Hope you like him (or her) also……
I recently went to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks precisely because they were “Off-Season.” It was too late for the ski season in Jackson Hole but not too late to get some nice photos of the Grand Tetons. This is shot of one of the very famously photographed mormon barns with the Tetons as the backdrop. You can see the snow is going fast but it is a beautiful sight on a clear spring day.
The second photo is also of an oft-photographed area – Oxbow Bend in the Grand Teton Park. During the fall color season there are hordes of photographers at this spot hours before sunrise to catch the colors. I was pretty much alone as I took this photo. Since it didn’t have the advantage of the fall foliage, I chose to make it a B&W and just feature the scenery and reflections.
This was my first opportunity to try out a new camera at night. This is a long exposure taken of the San Diego skyline from the island of Coronado. I liked the lamp lights, the deserted walkway, and the lone bicycle to give the city some scale and context in the foreground.
There are few scenes as “Vivid” as a sunset over the red rocks areas in Utah. This photo was taken towards the west (obviously into the sun), just as the sun was going down behind the landscape near Dead Horse State Park. At that instant the colors in the sky and in the orange rocks are incredible. This photo is “blown out” by the sun flare but I think it still portrays the drama of the scene and scenery.
I was looking though some old photos for ones that I hadn’t really developed or posted. This photo was taken in the evening at Zion National Park in Utah. I was actually hanging off the side of a steep sandy slope trying to get the “star” effect off the sun setting behind another mountain. It was a lovely evening and I was trying to capture both the beauty and the quiet of the moment.
Two weeks ago I had a great experience “On the Way.” As I was leaving Yellowstone and beginning my journey back home to San Diego. I was driving through the Grand Teton National Park in the evening before a planned stopover in Jackson, Wyoming. I saw a couple of gravel/dirt roads that looked like they needed exploring so I took some time out from my transit to see if I could find some wildlife. At my first stop, I found some Marmots that I posted a photo of earlier this week. On a second dirt road, I went into the woods as far as I could before running into a large “pond” in the middle of the road. Not having a four wheel drive, I turned around and went back the way I came in. I wasn’t expecting to see anything as I had been on the road only 5 minutes before. As I came around a corner, I saw this nice surprise – A grizzly sow with cubs.
They were also “on their way” so I didn’t have long with them but I did get a few quick shots. Here is a view of the cubs as they were leaving – I love that the one cub kept looking back to see what I was doing. This “on the way” interlude made both of our journeys very memorable!
On my way back from Yellowstone I stopped along a dirt road in the Grand Teton National Park to look for bears. Didn’t immediately find any but I found a large colony of Marmots enjoying the gray day. This one was posing for me on a downed tree and there is another that you can see hiding behind the stump. Funny, shy animals that are always a pleasure to find and observe.
When I saw the subject of this week’s challenge all I could think about was the continuing sorrow for the disaster in Nepal. I chose this photo as it shows happier days in the ancient capital area known as Bhaktapur in Katmandu. This area was almost totally destroyed by the earthquake(s). While we were there in 2013, we also discussed the political situation in the country which was struggling to come up with a new constitution and government structure. That situation can only exacerbate the dire need in this devastated country. The city and much of this country are tragically “Broken” and in need of whatever the rest of the world can provide. I stopped short of including a link to relief organizations but I hope that you might consider giving to one of your choice.
I also wanted to include a more human photo to put a face on those in need….
Once again I am late in responding to this week’s challenge: “Intricate.” You have all seen photos of the iconic opera house in Sydney, Australia. It is easily recognizable by its intersecting graceful arches. Have you ever wondered what it looks like on the inside? This is a photo from the lobby of one of the several performance venues within the complex. The architecture is just as incredible from the inside as it is on the exterior. The arches are all formed out of reinforced concrete but with many supports and stringers providing the structure. All of those supports create straight lines which intersect with the arches at a multitude of different angles. The complexity yet beauty of this structure amazed me and I hope you find it interesting also. Have a great weekend!