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hello hawksnest…

Welcome to Hawksnest Beach!!  I love this silhouetted portal to the sea!  This was one of my first glimpses of the splendor of St. John.  Upon our arrival to the island, it was a torrential downpour, making checking out the beaches a little less than desirable after a full day of traveling.  We settled into our house, Blue Moon Rendezvous, and then went into Cruz Bay to plant ourselves at a cafe to get some beachfront munchies, while watching the rain streaming down through the palms onto the water and sand.  Fortunately, the rain stopped just before sunset, so we raced up to the North Shore and stopped at the first easily accessible beach–Hawksnest!  And, oh how gorgeous it was!  I dipped my toes in the water and then started taking some photos with long exposure since the light was starting to dwindle.  Of course, this one was taken with the  Canon Powershot G12.

Sorry for the long delay between posts!  But stay tuned for more tropical shots!


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!


dock at dusk…

It’s a dock!  At dusk!  Another snapshot from the infamous Deep Creek, Maryland weekend!  For this shot, I left the shutter open for 15 seconds with ISO 100 and f/2.8.  I love the placid look that those settings gave to the water!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12!


angeles aerial…

-click on image for larger view-

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!


yacht yearning…

Avalon Harbor

Here we have *yet another* shot from gorgeous and oh-so-photogenic Avalon, Catalina Island.  The yachts in the harbor!!  Don’t you wish you could chase down the Pacific horizon in one of these?  🙂

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Slight sepia tone added in Photoshop CS5…I love how the filter enhances the vibe of the photo!

Stay tuned for more!


cruising to catalina…

Catalina Island Approach

Click to see the town better (but please don’t steal the image)!

And now we are approaching the final leg of our California adventure…Catalina Island!  This is the view of the town of Avalon on Catalina Island, as seen from the ferry that hails from Long Beach, California.  And the excitement of exploring a Channel Island starts to build…

Of course taken with the Canon G12!  From atop the ferry!  Crossing the Pacific!  Stay tuned for more Catalina Island!