Happy New Year 2017

1 01 2017

New Year’s eve ended up being super snowy here.  It seems that December 2016 was a SNOW MONTH, here in Burnaby BC. (We are technically a TEMPERATE RAINFOREST!!!)
I went out yesterday and shot some pictures of the lights around our neighborhood in the snow.
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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole album of my evening wander in the neighborhood, head over to: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRCdhzw

Happy New Year 2017 to all of my blog readers (about a dozen or so, I think Winking smile )





Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys

26 08 2016

Day 3 of our time on Zanzibar took us down to the Jozani forest reserve to see the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys.  For many years, the local farmers have had an ongoing battle with the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys due to the monkeys’ predilection for unripened fruit.  However, due to the increasing popularity of the tourist center for visiting the monkeys, more money has been able to reach the villages from tourism, meaning that a small crop loss is outweighed by the tourist value of the monkeys. Slowly, more and more locals are becoming accepting of these primates which are endemic to this part of Zanzibar.

1. The little guy, sticking with mom

Safe with Mom
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Wide Eyed

Wide Eyed
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Grabbing a bite

Checking out the food
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Playful – More fun than a barrel of monkeys

More fun than….
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. There’s always ONE stoner in the crowd

Stoned?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Fiddler Crab – bonus

Fiddler Crab (Uca annulipes)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s pictures, including the Mangroves and our wanderings in Stone Town can be found in the Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskFHsYos





First Day on Zanzibar

22 08 2016

After a 7 day Safari, we headed to Zanzibar for some R&R….

1. The coastline as we approached

West Coast of Zanzibar
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. With all those patches, does it float?

Patching the Boat
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset at dinner

Sunset over the Indian Ocean
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Ornate Doors are a Zanzibar tradition

Zanzibar Door
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. The meat market at the Darajani Barzaar

Meat Market at Stonetown Darajani Bazaar
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Corrugated Steel roofs of Stonetown

Stonetown from above
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are many others from our first day on the island. You can see the whole set at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskC7d4Ux

I hope you enjoy them!





Masai Market near Arusha, Tanzania

2 08 2016

On completion of a seven day Safari in Northern Tanzania, we were lucky to have passed by a Masai Market, which we stopped and visited. It was unlike any farmers market in North America, that’s for sure!

1. Whadda ya mean, we look out of place?

Crazy White People at a Masai Market
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Cows, people, colour, dust

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Tradition and technology…

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Yes, those are old pieces of TIRES for sandals!

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Oranges for sale

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Tire Sandals for sale

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. The wares side of the market – super busy, super colourful!

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For more pictures from the day, including the Safari part from Lake Manyara, you can check out the photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEmfT7x

Hope you enjoyed your virtual market visit :)





Animals of the Serengeti–Day 5 on Safari

15 07 2016

Day 5 of our Safari took us from the Northern Serengeti down to Ngorongoro crater, where we finished the day.

Along the way, here are some of the sights:

1. The Pride waching us

The pride watching us…
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Momma Baboon and her baby

Mom and baby
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Standoff

Uneasy standoff
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Generations

Elephant generations
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Goofy Giraffe

Photobomb! by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Contented Lions

How many lions?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole day’s pictures including a beautiful leopard, see:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskEfuhdN

Thanks for taking the time to look and comment!





Safari Day 3–Serengeti Scenery

4 07 2016

1. Sunrise on the Serengeti

Sunrise on the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Ballooning over the plains

Ballooning the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Kopje with a face

Smile!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Tree on the Serengeti

Lone tree on the plain
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. God Rays

Rainy plains
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Desolation in B/W

Desolation – B/W
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Sunset at the end of the day

Sunset on the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For more from the day, feel free to check out the whole album at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskz8fQgo

Thanks for taking the time to check my photos!





Safari Day 2– Tarangire–> Serengeti

26 06 2016

On Day 2 we travelled from Tarangire up to Serengeti…. A sampling of the beautiful beasts we saw that day:

1. The omnipresent Wildebeest

Run free!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The Graceful giants of the Plains

Graceful Giants on the Plains
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Ex-Wildebeest

Once a Wildebeest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Grant’s Gazelle

Grant’s Gazelle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Relaxing

Paws up if you’re content
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. On the lookout

Waiting for food.
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. The Great Migration at sunset…

The Great Migration at sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are many non-animal pictures from the day as well (birds, landscape) – feel free to check them out at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskCHfWQQ

Thanks for taking the time to visit and enjoy!





First Day on Safari–Tarangire National Park

22 06 2016

Some photos from my first day on Safari in Northern Tanzania.

1. Masai Herdsman

Masai Herdsman and the cattle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. A little family time

Family time – in the middle of the road!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Impala checking us out

Male Impala  (Aepyceros melampus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Nobody here but us flowers

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Nile Monitor looking for a meal

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Waterbuck

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. REALLY close

Such nice eyelashes!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Lip smacking good

Itchy nose?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s album can be seen at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA





Lone Tree on the Plain

22 06 2016

One lone tree on the Serengeti Plain.





Birds of Tarangire National Park

19 06 2016

This was my second time visiting the Northern Parks of Tanzania. This time we went with African Wildcats Expeditions, based out of Arusha. I’m pretty sure I saw as many new species (to me) as I did during my FIRST visit in 2009!
Some of the birds from Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, that I saw on my Safari in May:

1. Red-billed Firefinch (what a cool name!)

Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Lesser striped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Yellow-Collared Lovebird

Yellow-Collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. African Jacana

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. African Crake (I didn’t even know that there WAS such a bird as a "crake"!)

African Crake (Crex Egregia)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Water Thicknee (honestly – who comes up with these names? LOL)

Water Thicknee (Burhinus vermiculatus) by the river
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

By my quick count of pics from that day, I have 20 species sighted in the first day… Not a bad day.  Not bad at all, considering it’s not a bird-specific outing.

For the whole set, you can can visit my "First Day of Safari album on Flickr" at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA

Asante Sana!





Elephants of Tarangire National Park

19 06 2016

Magnificent animals.  So powerful and yet at times they walk like they are floating on air.  Not a sound, not even a rumble.  Hard to believe people would kill them for their tusks.

1.  Head-on!

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Single Tusked

One Tusked Elephant
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Those big trunks get heavy sometimes!

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Nothing here but us wildflowers ;)

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Looking after the little one

Looking after the little one
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Elephants get the right-of-way EVERYWHERE

OK – he gets the right-of-way
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed them.

More from our first Safari day are at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA

Safari Njema!





Sunrises and Sunsets in Tanzania

14 06 2016

Was on a 7 day safari with African Wildcats Expeditions up in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and then spent 10 days on Zanzibar.

Haven’t had a lot of time to go through ALL the photos, but some struck me as quick easy winners….  Hope you enjoy.

1. The Boabab and the Sunset in Tarangire

The Boabab and the Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset among the Boababs in Tarangire

Sunset among the Boababs
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset over Muyuni Forest (Zanzibar)

The sun sets over the Muyuni Forest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Sunset and the Fishermen

Fishermen heading out for the night
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. You can almost hear the sun sizzle as it sets.

Another awesome sunset from Stonetown
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Serengeti Sunset

Serengeti Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

And a couple of Sunrises for good measure.

7. Sunrise with Stork

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Sunrise on the plains of Africa

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Thanks for checking them out!

For other shots that I’ve managed to get done, so far, please check out the album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxvgdt3





Pacific Jamboree – 2015

14 09 2015

The Pacific Jamboree – 2015 was held near Sooke BC, in July this year. Here are some shots from our fun filled week, hopefully showcasing the great time we had with 3000 of our closest friends! :)

1. Opening Ceremonies – crowd shot
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

2. The addictive fun of badge trading
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

3. Close Quarters
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

4. Unbelievably, they let ME throw a hatchet! :)
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

5. Learning Scuba
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

6. Pole Climbing
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

7. Rock Climbing
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

And so much more!!! The 7 day event was a blast, and you can see how much fun it was in the whole album:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskha4Pge

I hope you enjoy viewing as much as we enjoyed doing!





4 days at Cape Scott Provincial Park

14 09 2015

Mrs Dragonspeed and I went on a 4 day hiking trip with our Venturer Scouts to Cape Scott Provincial Park. For those that don’t know where it is, here is a map to give you an idea: Cape Scott Hiking Map

Here are a few photos from the beautiful wilderness of Northern Vancouver Island:
1. The lush rainforest
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Winding through the Rainforest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset on Nissen Bight
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Sunset on Nissen Bight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset on Guise Bay
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Sunset on Guise Bay
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The old road
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Old Military Road to Lighthouse
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. White Sand Beach – All to yourself!
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White Sand Beach all to yourself
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole photo album is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157657136513430

I hope you enjoy your short visit to our coastal rainforest :) Comments and Critique are always welcome!





The Fire Wave–Valley of Fire State Park

16 03 2015

Valley of Fire State Park is about 45 minutes drive north of Las Vegas. IMO, it’s the more interesting of the two :) Tucked away ,about a 30 minute walk from a parking lot, is "The Fire Wave" It’s not "THE WAVE", but it’s a little wave of colour that beckons to photographers.. "COME – shoot me!"

We hurried in to the location to beat the impending sunset and potential downpour, only to get a few shots in PRE downpour and then some really fun shots of a temporary waterfall and water flowing through the Fire Wave. What a crazy outing.

1. The Gathering storm.
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Valley of Fire – The FireWave
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Flowing Colours
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Valley of Fire – The FireWave
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Flash "creek" running through the FireWave
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Valley of Fire – The FireWave
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Waterfall from the FireWave
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Valley of Fire – The FireWave
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Brilliant colours as the sun sets.
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Valley of Fire – The FireWave
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More photos available in the Flickr Set:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650920767417

Comments and Critiques are always welcome.





White Pocket–in the Vermillion Cliffs

16 03 2015

The White Pocket Wilderness is a little geological area on the Paria Plateau in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The area feels a bit like the earth ruptured and out came red lava from under a white crust – of course it’s all sandstone so it’s NOT actually the case but it DOES feel that way.

1. Twisted Guardians
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Ruptured Cross-bedding
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Surreal
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Reflected Beauty
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The Sea Turtle
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The Turtle
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. A Perfect Hexagon
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Hexagon!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are other interesting photos in the Flickr set for those that are interested:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157649047044503/

Comments and Critique always welcome!





Coyote Buttes South

15 03 2015

When planning our trip to the canyons of the Southwest, we had planned to hit Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, Arches, Antelope Canyon but I hadn’t really heard much about the Vermillion Cliffs. Once I started doing some looking, I found there was a VERY popular place called "The WAVE". The Wave resides in Coyote Buttes NORTH permit area. Only 10 permits per day are issued ahead of time on the Internet and 10 are issued the day before at the BLM office in Kanab. VERY tough to get into due to the popularity (I think the Internet bookings were solid until October when we looked in Early Feb). Someone on Flickr mentioned that the Coyote Buttes SOUTH may not have "The WAVE" but still had some really cool and probably more varied scenery than the North. Plus, less people try to get in, so the 20 permits that are available daily via the Internet can be easier to get. We checked online and 2 permits were available for ONE of the days of our time in the area… At $5/person we snatched them up!

We learned next that the roads into the area are "dubious" in good weather and downright "scary" when the weather is wet and that we’d be wise to hire a guide. $175/person later we were hooked up with one of the oldest outfits in the area, Paria Outpost and Outfitters.. a decision that I am super glad we took. Well, without much more babbling… here are some pictures from the FIRST half of the day spent at Coyote Buttes South. Another post will have the second half of the day, which we spent at "White Pocket"

1. Southern "Wave"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Precarious Balance of the "Control Tower" or "Dali’s Tower"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Welcome to another world
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Line painters stop for nothing
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Fragile Beauty – Millimetre thick fins of rock in the falling snow
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Amazing patterns
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are so many amazing structures and patterns… More at the Flickr set:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8BfW8X

Comments and Critique always welcome!





Lower Antelope Canyon

11 03 2015

Stop #3 on our Canyons and Cool Places trip was Lower Antelope Canyon – quite possibly the most photographed slot canyon in the world. I felt it was important to do my part to document it as well.  We used a company that is located right at the lower canyon, called “Lower Antelope Canyon Tours” :)We took the “Photographers’ Tour” which meant that we were able to spend 2 hours in the canyon with tripods!  Our guide, a Navajo woman named Quintana was wonderful and patient.  She even let us run overtime a bit Winking smile  The tour was $50USD which was $22 more than the regular tour. Worth EVERY penny!

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Many more (it can get a bit dizzying to look at) at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650891312870

Comments and Critique always welcome!





Bryce Canyon National Park

11 03 2015

 

Stop #2 on our "Canyons and cool stuff" trip was Bryce Canyon National Park. Here are some shots of the time there…

1. Before even getting to Bryce, there was "Red Canyon"
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Red Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The view out from Sunset Point
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Bryce Canyon and Beyond
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Canyon Panorama
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Panoramic View of Bryce Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Thor’s Hammer and the Temple of Osiris
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Thor’s Hammer and Osiris’s Temple
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Navajo Loop Trail
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Looking down into the Navajo Loop
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sunrise over Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon Sunrise
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It’s an amazing feeling to walk down among the hoodoos. For more pictures of this lovely park you can check the album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157651229460246

I hope you enjoy the virtual tour of this National Park.





Zion National Park – Cliffs and Canyons

9 03 2015

I went for a road trip to see a few National Parks and other cool stuff in the Southwestern US. Here is the "Best of Zion"

1. OK – so this one is a cheat. We didn’t get to Zion in time for Sunset but this mountain just lit right up for us
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Sunset on a mountain approaching Zion
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Sunrise on the Towers of the Virgin
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Sunrise at the Towers of the Virgin
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Towers of the Virgin on fire in the morning sunrise
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Sunrise on the Towers of the Virgin
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Zion Canyon from the Overlook
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Zion Canyon from the Overlook
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Silver Trees
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Silver Trees
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Contrasts in colours
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Sheer White Cliffs of Zion and Green Trees of the valley
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set from Zion can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648927376453

I hope you are inspired by the beauty of this lovely National Park.








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