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turquoise tides at trunk bay…

Trunk Bay

 

Trunk Bay…oh, that water.  I was mesmerized by the intense turquoise color that the curl of the little waves would take on, just before breaking on the sand.  I will admit, I was squatting in the surf for quite some time while attempting to capture the perfect turquoise wave curl and crest in this photo.  So many photos with the timing just off by a bit…one glorious photo with the timing spot on.  Totally worth it.

In the background of the photo, you can see Trunk Cay…and under the sea surface is the snorkeling trail!  Here is a tidbit for those looking to visit Trunk Bay:  this is the beach that cruise ship tours get dropped off at when the ships dock in St. Thomas, so to avoid those insanely crowded days (why would you want your paradise filled with loud strangers?), get a copy of the USVI informational magazine when you arrive in the islands (its easy to find).  It lists the arrival dates/times of the cruise ships, so you can play your beach day for a day when it is just islanders and the few tourists stationed on the island.  Here is the link to the week’s cruises:  USVI Cruise Ship Schedule

Of course, this photo was taken with the Powershot G12…

Stay tuned for more posts!!!


across the bay…

Jumbie Bay with View of Trunk Bay

 

Ahh, the view of lovely and iconic Trunk Bay and Trunk Cay from Jumbie Bay.  Jumbie Bay is a secluded little beach (its amazing how much a short <1/4 mile path deters beach-goers…) that is a bit different.  There is some beach rock, as well as slightly choppier water that is fun to bob in.  To your front is crystal water dotted with rocks.  To your back is scrub brush, seagrape trees, and cacti…an interesting change of scenery.  The beach is flanked by lots of rocks that just beg you to climb along them and when you do, you are suddenly alone, surrounded by sea, vistas, rocks, with the sun gently warming your skin.  Lovely adventure for those, like me, who cannot resist climbing on pretty much anything that can be climbed upon.  Just wear solid shoes–flip-flops would be asking for a nasty foot laceration (come to think of it, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to start traveling with my suture kit…)

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12, mon.  The only camera fit to bring for limin’ in the sun.

Sorry for the delay in posting!  I promise they’ll come a bit more often!!!!  Stay tuned!


cruz bay sunset…

 

Its Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI!  Lovely sunset, eh?  Well, here’s the very special part…sunsets over St. John are very often silvery sunsets, rather than flame-hued.  Well, on this evening, the sky was shocking shades of pink and orange…and the entire town took notice!  Everyone was packing the streets and balconies to gaze at the sunset…and I was so happy to be a part of it!

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more snapshots of the USVI!


a trunk bay classic…

Trunk Bay Vista

 

Welcome to the beautiful St. John of the US Virgin Islands!!!!!!!!!!!!  Let’s just say that this place is my paradise.  So many wonderful memories, so many amazing experiences, so much serious relaxation.  To kick off the USVI photos, we have THE classic shot of Trunk Bay on St. John.  It was a beautifully sunny and clear day, so the colors in the water were positively mesmerizing!

Enjoy, and I cannot wait to share St. John, USVI from my perspective with everyone!!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12!


swallow falls canyon…

Next up in Maryland:  Swallow Falls Canyon in Garrett County!!  If you haven’t noticed by now, Jay and I like to hunt down waterfalls.  I don’t care if TLC warned “don’t go chasing waterfalls” in 1995…its FUN!!!  So, whenever we travel, if there’s a waterfall that can be found, we will usually try to find it!

Swallow Falls Canyon has a fair number of small cataracts downstream from where this photo was taken.  Each of these is perfectly lovely and you can catch glimpses of them through the hemlock forest.  I thoroughly recommend hiking down to the water’s edge and climbing out on the rocks (as shown above!) for incomparable views.  There is also the highest waterfall in Maryland (53 feet),  Muddy Creek Falls, which will be featured in photos to come!

Luckily, for this photographer, it was a gorgeous sunny day and the trees were just starting to turn.  Such a feast for the eyes!

Of course, this photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  And a quick note for anyone who wants to get out there to shoot waterfalls with a long exposure:  sometimes, your better shots come on slightly cloudy days, so the water doesn’t come out as over-exposed.  If it is sunny, try using a neutral density filter…it works wonders!


angeles aerial…

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls:  this is it!!!!  The end of the California series!!!  Its been an awesome journey, but as all wonderful journeys must, this one has come to a close.  This last image is a an aerial view of  Los Angeles (obviously snapped from the plane shortly after take-off).  Can we say crowded????  And that highway!!  I can safely say that this view made me appreciate my hometown a bit more.  Now, if only dear Pittsburgh had the Pacific coast nearby…

So, adiós California.  It was grand exploring you and hopefully we shall meet again soon for a whole new set of adventures!


adieu, avalon…

Ah, yes.  Our tour of California is drawing to a close.  Here we have the view of the Avalon Harbor, hillside, and mountains.

Taken with the Powershot G12.

1 California photo left.   One.  As in the name of the Highway that I am wholeheartedly convinced is the best drive in the country.

Stay tuned!