Archive for August 2011

Red Dunes, Monument Valley   Leave a comment

One of the more under appreciated aspects of Monument Valley are the red sandstone dunes.  The winds that sculpted the valley produce intricate patterns, often assisted by random paths left behind by birds, snakes and lizards.  The red color contrasts beautifully with the bright blue skies and green vegetation.  It’s easy to become mesmerized by the iconic rock formations that draw visitors from all over the world.  But if you go, don’t forget to look at the more subtle beauty beneath your feet.

Posted August 31, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Landscapes

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Edinburgh Castle & Balmoral Clock Tower   Leave a comment

I’ve been to Edinburgh three times, but only on the last trip did I make the hike up Calton Hill to see the grand view of the city.  It is well worth a bit of huffing and puffing to get there.  The expansive views included this image of Edinburgh Castle in the distance with the Balmoral Hotel clock tower in the foreground.  It helps to have a zoom lens to bring in the distant views.  This shot was at 280mm, f/5.6, 1/180th of a second with the lens resting on a railing to steady the shot.  Blue sky and puffy clouds would have been nice, but it is Scotland after all!

Posted August 30, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

Street Sign, St. Andrews, Scotland   Leave a comment

Melanie rolled her eyes and pretended that she didn’t know me, but c’mon.  Who wouldn’t snap this shot if they had the chance?

Posted August 28, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Signs of the Times

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Saint Columba, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland   Leave a comment

I waited about half an hour for other visitors to clear out of the chapel so that I could get an unimpeded shot of this stained glass window.

Posted August 28, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

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Queen Street Treat   Leave a comment

I couldn’t resist this photo op on Queen Street in Lancaster.  A lot of people were out this morning ahead of whatever hurricane Irene has in store for us!

Posted August 27, 2011 by ~ Bruce in People, Street

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Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, Utah   Leave a comment

Not scenic, and a bit discomfiting for someone who tries to eliminate the “hand of man” from most photographs.  This is Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon copper mine — the largest open pit copper mine in the world.  To give you an idea of scale, that little white dot to the right and above the green “lake” of water is a fairly large building.  The trucks that haul copper ore out of the pit are about the size of a two-story house.  Difficult to comprehend.  An entire mountain . . . vanished.

Posted August 25, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

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Cascade Mountains, Oregon   Leave a comment

Fog, rain, and beauty while driving through the Cascade Mountains in Oregon.  The soft light really saturated the colors, and the fog made it all slightly surreal.

We didn’t cover a lot of miles because we were pulling over every half mile or so to take pictures.  But then again, the journey was more important than the destination.

Posted August 23, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Landscapes

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