Monday, May 29, 2017

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

One of the best hikes of the weekend wasn't really a hike at all but a short walk down the hillside to Ruby Beach which we hit at low tide. Getting there at low tide is amazing as you can walk quite a way out on this beautiful firm sand and find all kinds of ocean life. That is for another Shot of the Day but this view is also amazing. I love these land formations called sea stacks that stick out into the ocean and we were able to walk right up to it without getting wet. Pretty cool.

Same shot with a panoramic view:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lake Crescent Olympic National Park

A moment of zen at the end of a long hike in the Olympic National Park. The hike lead to Lake Crescent where we initially parked the car. Got lots and lots of great lakes in the midwest, but tough to get that mountain view in the background.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Olympic National Forest---Know Your Trees

It is frustrating walking through the forest and seeing all of this biomass around you and not knowing the name of anything. So, as a public service, I will give you the names of the four most common trees in the Pacific Northwest rainforest. From left to right we have the Western Hemlock (can live 400 or 500 hundred years), the Douglas Fir (deep ridges on the bark), the Western Red Cedar (the small one there in the background: a slow growing tree that can live 1,000 years) and the Sitka Spruce (found only 20 to 30 miles from the coast). Yes, I am an Arborist now. It also helps to have a conveniently helpful sign sitting right below these 4 trees showing you what is sitting directly in front of you.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Olympic National Forest

Had a great weekend visiting the Olympic National Forest with Michael Jr. Wonderful hikes and amazing views. If you love trees, the Pacific Northwest is the place to be. What an amazing area of the country.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bridal Veil Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Probably a falls best seen after a rain to catch a bigger flow but a nice falls located at an easy walk from the parking spot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Nice, quiet peaceful spot.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Brandywine Falls, Akron, Ohio

Here is a hidden gem. Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Akron, Ohio is a fun place to visit. I saw that I had a national park near my hotel and business finished early enough to get there before the sun set. I enjoyed an unexpected one mile hike in this beautiful area on north central Ohio. The unexpected is what makes heavy travel fun.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Old and New on old Route 66

Most of the gas stations on Route 66 are of the normal every day variety or very old  and closed for decades. This one above is old but open, showing lots of signs of life. The one below is more common on old Route 66.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Route 66 Signs of the Times

Just some random signs of Route 66. The bottom sign is near the Cadillac Ranch where they wanted to keep the graffiti on the cars and not near the road.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Route 66 Blue Swallow Motel splash of color

When you are a photographer looking for color the Blue Swallow Motel is a wonderful place to visit. Next time you are in Tucumcari, New Mexico, you have to stop by.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Route 66 Road Trip: The 1955 Pontiac Chieftain V8

The Blue Swallow Motel had all the stops pulled out with a 1955 Pontiac Chieftain V8 in one of the garages and a 1957 Hudson Hornet out front, as shown in yesterday's shot of the day. Definitely, a nice throwback touch in both instances. I thought the hood ornament on the Chieftain was quite distinctive.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The famous Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66

The iconic Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico is a can't miss sight on US Route 66. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, having survived the by-pass of Route 40 back in the 60's. Now I have to go back one day to catch the sign in twilight, maybe even stay there one day!!! Has to be a wonderful sight. Definitely, a throwback to older days.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Route 66 Road Trip

Back in early April I took a road trip with the camper out west for work and to take a week to see Bryce, Zion and a number of other national parks. Part of the trip took me on Route 66. I was so excited about the national park pictures, I didn't post any from the earlier part of the trip. So, here is a picture of a colorful map that I saw hanging at one of the shops on the trip that includes many of the stops that I took along the way.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Nice placement for the state capitol building in Madison with the building situated on the top of a hill. Makes for a good picture.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Angels Pole To Pole

With this pole-to-pole shot of the Angels ballpark and with the Milwaukee shot I posted yesterday, Shot of the Day is now up to 15 pole-to-pole shots of the major league ballparks.  No other parks on the docket so far but you never know how the travel schedule will pan out. I think I might get to a Seattle game later this month when I happen to be there during a White Sox visit but I already have a pole-to-pole shot there. No problem getting another. Nice to be able to take an evening off and get in some R&R while traveling. It helps to keep the travel fresh as it can be tiring.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Miller Park Pole-to-Pole

Got a chance to add another park to my Pole-to-Pole series as I was able to visit Miller Park in Milwaukee last night. This was my second visit to the park and this time the roof was closed, even though it was a relatively nice evening outside. I definitely like the park better with an open roof, but it is a nice park in any case. I also got to see first baseman Eric Thames, of the Brewers, who is on a home run tear in the month of April. I got to see him hit is 9th and 10th homers of this early season. 

I even got to time the pitch with my cellphone camera and catch his 10th home run, which you can barely see in the white streak in the upper center of the shot below. I hope this guy is not found to be dirty as his story is very inspiring, having come from a couple of seasons playing in Korea. In any case, this ball was crushed.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Red in the Desert and Red at Home

Saw some beautiful red flowers in the desert. Red, or really any bright color, really stands out in the grey/brown desert landscape. The top shot is from Joshua Tree and the red Tulips were from this weekend in my backyard. Looks like our dog Eloise has kept the rabbits at bay, so we go some good bulbs this year. Love when I can find red in nature and the backyard.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Grand Canyon Road Trip

Some shots from the camper taken on the road trip to Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion. All thanks to Michael Jr's road trip planning.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A capture celebrating one of the most beautiful places on Earth

An appropriate post on Earth Day from one of the most amazing places on Earth.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A forest of Joshua Trees, Arms to the Sky

A forest of Joshua Trees is a pretty wide open place. Has to be as each tree desperately fights for its share of water. There is not a lot of shade found in this forest. The Joshua Tree got its name, or so the story goes, as it stands there with its "hands" raised to the sky.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

View from Ryan Mountain

A mile and a half hike up Ryan Mountain gets you this view from the top. A challenging hike straight up but worth it for the view.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Joshua Tree Colorado Desert

Joshua Tree National Park has two main weather ecosystems. The lower elevation eastern and southern portion, pictured here is part of the Colorado Desert and is very dry with no trees, except where you find the occasional desert spring. Makes for a beautiful, severe landscape. While there are plenty of other tourists around, it is easy to find yourself all alone in the desert. The higher northern/western part of the park has more water and the famous Joshua Trees. More tourists as well. So, Joshua Tree gives you two different weather system in one park. Most visitors stop at just the northern part of the park. I was fortunate to come into the park from Indian Wells in the south and come out the northern part, near the town of Joshua Tree. Great way to visit this park.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Lucky Capture

You see this rental RV everywhere on the roads from Cruise America. I caught this one with its painted back advertising sign almost matching the environment in Joshua Tree. Well, I thought it was funny.

The second shot got the camper a little closer to the top of the hill.

I though it would be interesting to match the back of the RV rocks to that seen in Joshua Tree. So, I changed the color of the rocks on the picture, just for fun.....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ocotillo In Bloom

I was lucky to visit Joshua Tree after a wet period so the Ocotillo were still in bloom. Always shocking to see a blast of color in the muted desert landscape.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cholla Cactus Garden

The Cholla Cactus Garden is a wonder and strange area inside Joshua Tree National Forest. The Cholla are very concentrated in this area. Love the backlighted look.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Joshua Tree Portrait

A second trip out west in the past two months got me a free day to visit Joshua Tree National Forest. A couple of days would have been better but getting to spend at least one day was amazing. U2 have to come here one day. Had to work in Indio and Indian Wells and Joshua Tree is right next store. With the camper still out in the west at my Aunt Sue's, I was able to take advantage of the off day today to visit the park.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chain of Snow Caps

Approaching the foothills of the Rocky Mountain range, I caught this snowcapped view out the airplane window. I can report that no passengers were dragged off the plane to get this shot.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Laguna Beach Sunset, Laguna Beach Moonrise

What can I say? Got lucky as I found myself to be in the right place at the right time to catch a beautiful sunset and turn around and get a full moon rising on the way back to the car. This is easier done when it is a full moon as the moon rises just as the sun sets. Had dinner and looked at a map. Thought I would stop at a state park along the beach on the way to the hotel and got there in time for both shots. Taken this evening at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, California. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Boys on a Hike

I thought I would post a bunch of pictures of Bill, Anthony and myself hitting the Watchtower Hike in beautiful Zion. Pretty easy hike which you can do in about 2 to 2-1/2 hours if you take your time. Lots of places to stop and catch your breath as you enjoy the scenery. It was too bad Michael Jr did not join us on this hike (he hit the much more difficult Angel's Landing), as we had a great time and an enjoyed an easy pace.