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





Manning Park Birds

10 05 2016

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I’ve ever spent!  A few feathered friends made an appearance.

1. Female Brown-Headed Cowbird

Female Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Steller’s Jay (Our BC provincial bird!)

Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Barrow’s Goldeneye

Male Barrow’s goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The Ubiquitous Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack

Grey jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. My personal favourite bird of the weekend – Audubon’s Warbler

Audubon’s warbler
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of landscape and a couple of starscape attempts in the album, if you’re interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!





Manning Park Beauty

10 05 2016

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I’ve ever spent! Some spectacular scenery – as usual.

1. Morning Mist coming off the lake

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Mount Frosty, near the American Border

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Postcard moment

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A little Columbian Ground Squirrel

Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Starscape with Jupiter and a Satellite

Starscape
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of bird photos in the complete album, if you’re interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!





Hummingbirds!

1 05 2016

I always love it when my hummingbirds come back. They first start appearing here around March, but in late April, early May, I have to add new food almost every few days.  They zip and zoom and argue about who’s “flower” it is. They are such fun to watch!  Today was the first day to get out and shoot the “dominant” male at my feeder.  He seems pretty relaxed around me, so I might get more good shots going forward.

Here are the first shots


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr





Happy New Year

1 01 2016

We started the new year out with an inversion!  Yay!  Fogcouver again Smile

 

Inversion time again!  Yay!

Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

More at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157662466737410/with/23999722382/

Happy New Year!





Remembrance Day – 2015

17 11 2015

Our Scout group goes down to Chinatown every year to help commemorate Remembrance Day with the Chinese community.  It’s a small ceremony that takes place at 12:30pm, after the main one down in Victory Square.  The weather was beautiful this year and made for some good pics.

1. False Creek condos from Sun Yat-Sen gardens

New and Old
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Bomber Flyby

Fly-by
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Formation Fly-by

Fly-by
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Old fighters

Fly-by
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. More old fighters

WWII Veterans
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Proud vets

For their service, I am grateful!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7.Chinese Workers’ memorial
Chinese Worker’s Memorial by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. My Scouts

28th Kitsilano Scout Group
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

9. Soon there will be too few :(

Two WWII veterans
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole set can be found at: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157660712527620/with/22548312747/

I hope you enjoy the pictures.





A walk around Reifel Sanctuary on Sunday

17 11 2015

I went out on Sunday to see if I could find a few willing posers as the weatherman had predicted sun – a rarity in Southwestern BC winters. OT was cloudy and SUPER windy to start, but the sun finally came out around 10-11am. Turns out the birds decided to show up too :)

1) Golden-Crowned sparrow in winter plumage.
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Golden-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2) A pair of Lesser Snow Geese in flight
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Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), in Flight by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3) Male Hooded Merganser
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Male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4) You lookin’ at me?
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Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5) red-shafted Northern Flicker
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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6) Enjoying a berry tasty meal
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Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy the pictures. The whole series can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspe … 0553152037





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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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

3. Close Quarters
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
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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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

6. Pole Climbing
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
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!





A morning down at Burnaby Lake

28 04 2015

Went down to Burnaby Lake Sunday morning and just missed the pair of cinnamon teals that were there. I did, however get a few shots of the usual suspects ;)

1. Brown-headed Cowbird
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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Cackling Goose
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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mr Wood Duck givin’ me some sass.
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Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Glaucous-winged Gull
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Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The set from today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspe … 2142465926

I hope you enjoy them!





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!





Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona

13 03 2015

Near Page, Arizona is a place where the Colorado River forms an oxbow in the Glen Canyon. It’s a massive oxbow, in a very deep canyon. Due to the fact that you need a pretty wide angle lens to capture the magnitude of the bend, some of the depth gets lost in the feel. We were are the bend a couple of times. On the first visit it was late afternoon and we caught a couple of different moods of the river and our last visit came AFTER sunset, resulting in a different feel yet again. I hope you like these different "moods" of Horseshoe Bend

1. Sunny, bright.
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. With Boat and approaching storm
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. After the sand/windstorm
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. After sunset
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. At night with Venus and stars
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It was an interesting challenge to shoot, as you sit on the edge of the precipitous cliff. When the wind started blowing hard, it was a case of grab your gear and hunker down before any of it blows into the canyon. Lovely place, though – and a nice easy walk from the parking lot. Worth the visit if you’re in Page, Arizona.

For more variations on the theme, you can check out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650907071179

Comments and Critiques 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.





US Southwest–National Parks and Monuments

6 03 2015

Still have about 1000 pics to filter through, but I thought I’d share some quick highlights…

Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon National Park
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Zion Sunrise
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Zion National Park
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Antelope – not enough ways to say "Wow!"
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Lower Antelope Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Horesehoe Bend by starlight
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Horseshoe Bend with Stars
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

White Pocket
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White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Coyote Buttes South
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

No Grand Canyon pics due to serious SNOW… All whiteout :(

The "Canyons Sampler" is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648783150083

Each stop will have its own album that I’ll post later though. Thank you all for the advice. If anyone wants any more details of the trip (the what and the where etc) just let me know!

Cheers!








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