Incoming
Incoming

Bald eagles get themselves into some interesting flight positions before descending to the water for a fish grab. This is not one of the more extreme positions but realize that bald eagles can have their bodies inverted (upside down to the ground) and can rotate their heads 210 degrees (more than halfway around) in order to focus on their prey.

Bishop Park Reflection
Bishop Park Reflection

A multi shot panorama of Bishop Park Reservoir near Aspendell, CA and just above the town of Bishop, CA.

Yellow River
Yellow River

Photographing the colors in the eastern Sierra. Laurel Creek flows down from the mountains and makes the foliage happen.

Lake Sabrina
Lake Sabrina

Fall colors at Lake Sabrina above the eastern Sierra town of Bishop, CA.

Autumn Walk
Autumn Walk

Leaves covering a hiking trail to Spy Rock outside of Charlottesville, VA.

Whitney View
Whitney View

A view across to the Sierra Nevada mountains and Mt. Whitney from the White Mountains.  The White Mountains are home to the oldest living things on earth, Bristlecone Pines.

Long Lines
Long Lines

Some buckets on the dock in Sitka, AK that have been prepared for long line fishing. Each of the hooks hangs form a long line and is baited individually before going into the water. A long line can have as many as 2000 hooks on it. A lot of time is needed to arrange the hooks in the buckets and then bait them as they go into the water. This happens daily when commercial fishing boats go out.

Flying in the Clouds
Flying in the Clouds

A bald eagle streaking down through the clouds with the trees in the background.  Near Sitka, AK.

Twist and Shout
Twist and Shout

A breaching whale near Tenakee Springs, AK. Apparently it is not known exactly why whales breach but a couple of the leading theories are to remove barnacles and other skin borne items or to better communicate via the breaching sounds with other whales. Maybe that's where the shout comes in.

Fluke
Fluke

A humpback whale dives down under the surface showing us his fluke draining water.

Good Morning Alaska!
Good Morning Alaska!

Just after raising anchor from Crab Bay near Tenakee Springs, AK.

In Flight
In Flight

A bald eagle racing by in flight against an Alaskan background near Tenakee Springs, AK.

Feeding Time
Feeding Time

Two humpback whales coordinate their feeding in Alaska.  A good example of the whales using their baleen to filter the water and collect the krill that is key to their diet.

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Sitting Around in Bodie
Sitting Around in Bodie

An old chair in one of the preserved houses in the ghost/mining town of Bodie, CA.

Upper Gullfoss
Upper Gullfoss

The flow of the river Hvita through the Gullfoss gorge.  This fall is above the main waterfall that flows through the gorge just some meters downstream.

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The Racetrack
The Racetrack

Last week I was able to go to "The Racetrack" in Death Valley, a place I wanted to visit for a long time.  The Racetrack is famous for the mysterious moving rocks whose movements, until recently, were not understood with certainty.  Due to research conducted in the last two years and an actual visual confirmation by two scientists, the rocks are moved with the assistance of rain collecting on the playa, turning to ice sheets which are then blown by the wind.  The rocks are not blown directly by the wind but are "floating" in the ice sheets and move when the larger ice sheets are moved by the wind.  Obviously, the playa soil is very slick mud which makes the whole process work.  Interestingly, it is said that the playa could be 1000 feet deep of this mud material deposited over thousands of years into what used to be a lake.

The other intriguing factor of The Racetrack is that is it a bit hard to get to.  You drive about 40 miles north of Stovepipe Wells on a paved road and then move to a relatively rough rock road for 26 miles.  It took me over 2 hours on the rock road each way and during the day I saw only 6-8 vehicles.

You really feel remote at The Racetrack.

Crateriffic!
Crateriffic!

The Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park.

Grey Day at Seljalandsfoss
Grey Day at Seljalandsfoss

One of the more famous and interesting waterfalls on the south coast of Iceland. You can walk behind the fall for some interesting views back out.

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Blue World
Blue World

Reflection on a blue iceberg in the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon on the south coast of Iceland.

Icy Horizon
Icy Horizon

The glacial ice piled up on the beach in front of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland.

Black Beach Ice
Black Beach Ice

A shimmering piece of ice on the beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland.

Blubergs
Blubergs

Two bluish icebergs on the beach just outside of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland.

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Rusty View
Rusty View

A view over the roof line of traditional, hillside farm houses near Skaftafell, Iceland.

Burning Bliss
Burning Bliss

This is the "Bliss" sculpture (also known as The Dancing Lady sculpture) which now resides on Treasure Island, San Francisco. The statue, by Marco Cochrane, was originally for and displayed at the Burning Man Festival in 2010.

See the Shark?
See the Shark?

An awesome sunset from the (somewhat) famous "Shark Fin Cove" near Davenport, CA.  Most people think the big angled rock to the left just into the surf looks like the fin of a shark.

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Glass
Glass

A large iceberg acting like a collection of poorly made prisms refracting light in many directions. Taken in Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland.

Sunset at the Iceberg
Sunset at the Iceberg

Riding a Zodiac inflatable, we were able to shoot icebergs in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland on a Rick Sammon photo workshop.

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

A shot of the sunset in the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland taken from an inflatable Zodiac.

Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis

Shot in eastern Iceland.  Interesting for me was that the AB on this night appeared to you eye as white clouds in the sky without any real color as you see in the photos.

Pass the Basalt Please
Pass the Basalt Please

Basalt columns near Vik, Iceland.

Skogafoss Colors
Skogafoss Colors

One of the wider waterfalls in Iceland (I think). This one is hard to shoot because it is usually swarmed with people taking selfies down in the mist.

Lake George
Lake George

An early morning shot of the small but pretty Lake George in the Mammoth Lakes area of the eastern Sierra.

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Incoming
Bishop Park Reflection
Yellow River
Lake Sabrina
Autumn Walk
Whitney View
Long Lines
Flying in the Clouds
Twist and Shout
Fluke
Good Morning Alaska!
In Flight
Feeding Time
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Sitting Around in Bodie
Upper Gullfoss
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The Racetrack
Crateriffic!
Grey Day at Seljalandsfoss
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Blue World
Icy Horizon
Black Beach Ice
Blubergs
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Rusty View
Burning Bliss
See the Shark?
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Glass
Sunset at the Iceberg
Fire and Ice
Aurora Borealis
Pass the Basalt Please
Skogafoss Colors
Lake George
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Incoming

Bald eagles get themselves into some interesting flight positions before descending to the water for a fish grab. This is not one of the more extreme positions but realize that bald eagles can have their bodies inverted (upside down to the ground) and can rotate their heads 210 degrees (more than halfway around) in order to focus on their prey.

Bishop Park Reflection

A multi shot panorama of Bishop Park Reservoir near Aspendell, CA and just above the town of Bishop, CA.

Yellow River

Photographing the colors in the eastern Sierra. Laurel Creek flows down from the mountains and makes the foliage happen.

Lake Sabrina

Fall colors at Lake Sabrina above the eastern Sierra town of Bishop, CA.

Autumn Walk

Leaves covering a hiking trail to Spy Rock outside of Charlottesville, VA.

Whitney View

A view across to the Sierra Nevada mountains and Mt. Whitney from the White Mountains.  The White Mountains are home to the oldest living things on earth, Bristlecone Pines.

Long Lines

Some buckets on the dock in Sitka, AK that have been prepared for long line fishing. Each of the hooks hangs form a long line and is baited individually before going into the water. A long line can have as many as 2000 hooks on it. A lot of time is needed to arrange the hooks in the buckets and then bait them as they go into the water. This happens daily when commercial fishing boats go out.

Flying in the Clouds

A bald eagle streaking down through the clouds with the trees in the background.  Near Sitka, AK.

Twist and Shout

A breaching whale near Tenakee Springs, AK. Apparently it is not known exactly why whales breach but a couple of the leading theories are to remove barnacles and other skin borne items or to better communicate via the breaching sounds with other whales. Maybe that's where the shout comes in.

Fluke

A humpback whale dives down under the surface showing us his fluke draining water.

Good Morning Alaska!

Just after raising anchor from Crab Bay near Tenakee Springs, AK.

In Flight

A bald eagle racing by in flight against an Alaskan background near Tenakee Springs, AK.

Feeding Time

Two humpback whales coordinate their feeding in Alaska.  A good example of the whales using their baleen to filter the water and collect the krill that is key to their diet.

Sitting Around in Bodie

An old chair in one of the preserved houses in the ghost/mining town of Bodie, CA.

Upper Gullfoss

The flow of the river Hvita through the Gullfoss gorge.  This fall is above the main waterfall that flows through the gorge just some meters downstream.

The Racetrack

Last week I was able to go to "The Racetrack" in Death Valley, a place I wanted to visit for a long time.  The Racetrack is famous for the mysterious moving rocks whose movements, until recently, were not understood with certainty.  Due to research conducted in the last two years and an actual visual confirmation by two scientists, the rocks are moved with the assistance of rain collecting on the playa, turning to ice sheets which are then blown by the wind.  The rocks are not blown directly by the wind but are "floating" in the ice sheets and move when the larger ice sheets are moved by the wind.  Obviously, the playa soil is very slick mud which makes the whole process work.  Interestingly, it is said that the playa could be 1000 feet deep of this mud material deposited over thousands of years into what used to be a lake.

The other intriguing factor of The Racetrack is that is it a bit hard to get to.  You drive about 40 miles north of Stovepipe Wells on a paved road and then move to a relatively rough rock road for 26 miles.  It took me over 2 hours on the rock road each way and during the day I saw only 6-8 vehicles.

You really feel remote at The Racetrack.

Crateriffic!

The Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park.

Grey Day at Seljalandsfoss

One of the more famous and interesting waterfalls on the south coast of Iceland. You can walk behind the fall for some interesting views back out.

Blue World

Reflection on a blue iceberg in the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon on the south coast of Iceland.

Icy Horizon

The glacial ice piled up on the beach in front of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland.

Black Beach Ice

A shimmering piece of ice on the beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland.

Blubergs

Two bluish icebergs on the beach just outside of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland.

Rusty View

A view over the roof line of traditional, hillside farm houses near Skaftafell, Iceland.

Burning Bliss

This is the "Bliss" sculpture (also known as The Dancing Lady sculpture) which now resides on Treasure Island, San Francisco. The statue, by Marco Cochrane, was originally for and displayed at the Burning Man Festival in 2010.

See the Shark?

An awesome sunset from the (somewhat) famous "Shark Fin Cove" near Davenport, CA.  Most people think the big angled rock to the left just into the surf looks like the fin of a shark.

Glass

A large iceberg acting like a collection of poorly made prisms refracting light in many directions. Taken in Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland.

Sunset at the Iceberg

Riding a Zodiac inflatable, we were able to shoot icebergs in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland on a Rick Sammon photo workshop.

Fire and Ice

A shot of the sunset in the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland taken from an inflatable Zodiac.

Aurora Borealis

Shot in eastern Iceland.  Interesting for me was that the AB on this night appeared to you eye as white clouds in the sky without any real color as you see in the photos.

Pass the Basalt Please

Basalt columns near Vik, Iceland.

Skogafoss Colors

One of the wider waterfalls in Iceland (I think). This one is hard to shoot because it is usually swarmed with people taking selfies down in the mist.

Lake George

An early morning shot of the small but pretty Lake George in the Mammoth Lakes area of the eastern Sierra.

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