Arches National Park

We took a day on our road trip and spent it at Arches National Park. During an evening and a morning, you can see many of the main attractions but there is a lot to see that require short to moderate hikes. I hope to go back and spend a few days hiking.
The park is located over a geologically unstable salt bed. The movement of the salt bed and the earth’s tectonic forces caused large blocks of sandstone to uplift. Over millions of years, the sandstone eroded forming the arches and rock monoliths we see today. The park service claims more than 2,000 arches; some just a 3 foot opening through a mountain to the largest: 306 feet base to base. There are massive stone walls whose size, shapes and eroded faces bring pagan temples to mind. There were lots of wildflowers and some wildlife.

I left thinking that I’d like to spend time watching the sun, moon and stars rise and set over these geologic wonders. To me, it is a spiritual place. Our mistake was not giving ourselves the time to take in the spirit.

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Regards,

Larry

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Great Basin Images

Image of Joshua Tree Forest in Nevada

Joshua Tree Forest

In October, 2015, Donna and I made a tour of the Great Basin area in Nevada.  I recently revisited the images I took during that trip and decided to get them ready to publish.  The first image is of a special Joshua Tree forest.  It is special because, over the mountains,behind the forest, lies Groom Lake, the fabled Area 51.  I wonder what you’d see if you were a bug on one of the trees.  The second image is of a rainstorm over the desert.  It is raining in the distance as crepuscular rays cast their beams over the desert landscape.  The third image is a rainbow over Death Valley.  I’ve published a version of this image before but wasn’t happy with it.  Now it’s back and will be one of the images featured in my show at ACAI Gallery and Studios beginning December 17.  The fourth image is one of Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley.  It too will be displayed in my show.

Image of rain and crepuscular rays over Nevada desert

Clouds, Sun and Rain

Image of a rainbow at sunrise over Death Valley

Wondrous Morning

Image of Sun Set Over Mesquite Dunes - Death Valley

Sun Setting Over Mesquite Dunes – Perspective 1

Wildebeest, Cape Buffalo and Warthogs

Momma Warthog and Babies

Mama Warthog and Babies, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Everybody gets excited about the big cats, the elephants, the hippos and other big game.  But there is a lot more out there and I will be sharing it over the next few weeks.  Today, I’ll share my images of the wildebeest, also known as the Gnu, the cape buffalo and the warthog.

The wildebeest and cape buffalo are grazers, eating the grass that grow in the savannahs.  The warthog grazes on the grass and digs for roots.  Their place in the ecosystem is controlling the plant life so it doesn’t take over and serving as food for the larger prey animals.  Though not as exciting as the big cats, they are each beautiful in their own way.

Regards,

Larry

 

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Cape Buffalo - P1

Cape Buffalo – Perspective 1, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Wildebeest (Gnu) - P4

Wildebeest – Perspective 4, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

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Wildebeest – Perspective 3, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Cape Buffalo - P2

Cape Buffalo – Perspective 2, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

 

 

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Leopards

Karula's Unnamed Cub

Karula’s Unnamed Cub – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

A highlight of our visit was the Elephant Plains Game Lodge tour guided by Tusk Photo.  Elephant Plains is a private game lodge and is the “go to” place for leopards.  It sets on the edge of Kruger National Park and it shares its wildlife with the park.  So, aside from the leopards we saw a lot of other wildlife on that part of our adventure.

We did an early morning and a late/afternoon game drive each day. We traversed the bush in open 4-wheel drive vehicles on rutted dirt roads.  We had a tracker who sat on a jump seat attached to the front bumper who, along with our driver, looked for tracks and other signs of animal life.  When leopard tracks were spotted or another tour group reported a sighting, we went off road with the vehicle to find them.  It was fun and exciting.

It’s hard to describe the awe of our first wild leopard sighting and the wonder of seeing 14 month old Tiyani walk to within 5 feet of our car while her mother looked on.  The wildlife is acclimated to humans and their tour groups.  They went about their business as if we weren’t there.  But, if the guides sensed that the animal was disturbed, we’d back off and leave them in peace.

It was an amazing adventure.  I’d go back in a heartbeat.  I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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Salayexe

Salayexe – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Karula's Unnamed Cub

Karula’s Unnamed Cub – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Karula's Unnamed Cub

Karula’s Unnamed Cub – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Karula with Unnamed Cub

Karula with Unnamed Cub – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Karula with Unnamed Cub

Karula with Unnamed Cub – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Tingana

Tingana – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Tingaia

Tingana – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Salayexe

Salayexe – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Salayexe and Tiyani

Salayexe and Tiyani – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Tiyani

Tiyani – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Titani

Tiyani – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Tingana

Tingana – Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

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