Ah, yes. Gibney Beach. I already extolled its wonders in the previous post, so I’ll be brief this time.
Gibney = Paradise.
Here is a rare shot of the photographer…just swinging on the beach…
As usual, pics were taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
Stay tuned for more St. John, USVI!
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Its a two-fer!!! Swallow Falls Canyon in Garrett County, Maryland has one of the oldest hemlock stands in the state, with some trees up to 300 years old. Just think…some of these trees were “born” in the century that we won our independence! The forest itself is very unique. Very cool, damp, and quiet with a canopy of pine. It is a tranquil place with sunlight filtering in through the canopy. A hike along the trails provides glimpses of river and waterfalls through the hemlocks and, if you’re adventurous, a bit of off-trail hiking brings you right to the water’s edge.
For these forest shots, I applied a dreamy-looking filter in Photoshop CS5 to help strengthen that “mystic forest” look. And, of course, the photos were taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
And now, for a rare shot of the photographer. Oh, yes, I dared to do it…its now a three-fer!! I enjoy rock-climbing, so, naturally, I took to the rocks that I found in the forest. And yes, that is a MASSIVE boulder held up by piles of rubble. I like to live life on the edge. I mean, its not fun unless someone is in danger of being squished like a bug 😉
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!
Oh, how I love this photo! Just let the mesmerizing shades of blue draw you in…and just try to imagine the sounds of the ocean mixing with the steady breeze. Sea & sky. **sigh** And, if you look very closely at the horizon, you can see the California coast (Los Angeles area). Click on the photo for a larger view. Taken from Catalina Island, California…looking across the channel to the mainland.
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
And now, for some very fitting lyrics from a great song:
So keep your eyes set on the horizon
On the line where blue meets blue
And I’d bet that silver lining,
Well I know it’d find you soon
‘Cause I have sailed a 1000 ships to you,
But my messages don’t seem to make it through…
~Rachel Platten, 1000 Ships
So, remember that last post? About the adventuresome trek up and over the mountains on what appeared to be little more than a paved goat path? And remember how Jay is super great about halting the car whenever I would squeal “photo!!”? Well, alas. That goat path winding up and up the mountain afforded beautiful views…like this one! Its sort of like a different type of Sunset Boulevard, a very abstract interpretation of “a sunset boulevard.”
Picture it: You’re up on a mountain, overlooking the wild Southern California coast, with the Pacific waves crashing below and not a sole on the road. You gaze ever-so-slightly northward and your face is gently met with the warm setting rays of the golden sun, dipping below the horizon. The colors are hues you’ve only ever dreamed of and the mountain-scape is silhouetted against the star of the show that is gracefully bowing out for the night. As the fading light touches the foggy haze hanging over the ocean, an other-worldly glow fills the foreground of your sight. Deep blue-purple fades into blazing orange, and you watch as your beacon of the day slips away to give way to a moonlit night. It is just you, the sky, the mountains, and the sea.
Ok…now look at the photo? Decent attempt at trying to summarize a photo and all it embodies in less than a thousand words? Read it again for a brief mental vacation and relaxing “guided imagery” moment!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
The Bixby Bridge!!! I just loved the way it spans the mountains and overlooks the coastline! Have I mentioned that I love the Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a. Highway 1)?!?!
I used the Canon Powershot G12 for this one, with a wide-angle lens attached. Enjoy! Stay tuned for more!
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Ladies and gentlemen: Lake Sonoma! It was an afterthought of a trip, but so glad we went! We were heading down to San Francisco from Santa Rosa and had heard talk of a glorious lake atop the mountains in Sonoma. Of course we were game! After a beautiful drive through Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma (see previous post!) we ascended into the hills and mountains and were greeted by a breathtaking view. There were several wooden structures that you could climb up into to get an even better vantage point on the surroundings, but I found a great spot to capture a panoramic shot of the landscape. It was just so lovely up there! And there’s more lake than would even fit in the photo!
Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12. Stay tuned for more Calfornia! And after California…on to St. John, USVI!