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The Season is Here

April 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's been long coming but it is here. The heavy rains have thoroughly washed salt off the roadways, temperatures reached a very comfortable point, even though mornings can still have a bite, and time came to take the cover off and roll out of the garage. Follow that with a wash and the droplets sparkling in the sunshine and you have this photograph.

Washed and Wet Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Engine in Black and WhiteSportster 1200 CustomHarley-Davidson Engine

Washed and Wet Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Engine

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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Quite an Ad

April 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hawaii became the 50th state to join the United States on August 21, 1959. The capital city is Honolulu (Oahu). The highest point is Mauna Kea at 13,803 feet (4207 meters) (island of Hawaii, aka The Big Island), a dormant volcano last erupting 2460 BC. Mauna Kea is over 33,000 feet (10000 meters) tall, making it the world's tallest mountain measured from its base to the summit; the majority of which is under water. The highest point on Kauai is Kawakini Peak about a mile south of Mt. Waialeale, the volcano that originally built up the island.

Previously from Hawaii: The Beginning - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Tropical Clichés - Windy Drama of a Tropical Morning - Quite an Ad

After a beautiful morning at Shipwreck Beach, what could possibly be better? If you are on Kauai the supply of breathtaking experiences and views is endless and so it was on this day. Even roadside attraction that require absolutely no effort can steal your heart. Just look at the view from a very low-key roadside pullout on Kaumualii Highway (or Hwy 50). How do you not stop and gaze in awe every time you pass by?

Hanapepe Valley Lookout, Kauai, HawaiiHanapepe Valley LookoutKauai, Hawaii

Hanapepe Valley Lookout, Kauai, Hawaii

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

References: Hawaii on 50states.com - Kauai Peaks - Ascent of Kawaikini - A Journey, An Obsession

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Backwards

April 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

USS Litte Rock at Daybreak, Buffalo Naval & Military ParkUSS Litte Rock at DaybreakBuffalo Naval & Military Park When I arrived, the fog I came for was nowhere to be found and it was still very dark. Later, it actually turned out that it was the darkness through which I could not see the fog even though it was there, in some spots. Instead of walking along the marina towards the observation tower I turned the other way as the illuminated ships at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park provided a visual target to go after.

As I walked along the river the southeast sky started showing some light and beautiful blue tones right over USS Little Rock and Croaker. Add the illumination, Skyway with its street lights, General Mills in the distance, and the almost mirror-like surface of Buffalo River and it was quite a view!

I walked all the way to the ships, returned back to the edge of Lake Erie and noticed a strange phenomenon. Some leftover chunks of ice were floating along the shore and birds used them as an island to rest on. That is not the strange part though. What I did find strange was the direction in which the ice was floating. From the lake back into Buffalo River and further inland.

I followed the icebergs and when they were passing under the street lights on the shore noticed the interesting contrast in the cool sky colors and the warm color tone the ice got reflecting the streetlights. The below long exposure further accentuated the effect. Here and there I reached for the Coking Blue / Yellow filter in the past but there was no need for it this morning, it all unfolded right in front on me.

Golden & Blue on Buffalo River, Buffalo Naval and Military Park at DaybreakGolden & Blue on Buffalo RiverBuffalo Naval and Military Park at Daybreak

Golden & Blue on Buffalo River, Buffalo Naval and Military Park at Daybreak

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

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Road Trip through Mars

March 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Colors and Textures around Lake Mead, Nevada Desert near Las VegasColors and Textures around Lake MeadNevada Desert near Las Vegas My spring road trip itch is growing out of control. What we started in 2013 on our first family road trip grew into a passion. And yes, things are in the works for 2017 but we're not there yet. So when I had a recent opportunity to get a taste of a road trip adventure on a short one-day trip into a desert, I could not pass on that. Deserts have so much character and they are so different from the environment I have been used to all my life. Yes, they're dry, desolate, possibly hostile. But when you take a moment to pause, to look, to breathe in the hot air, to notice their grandeur, to notice the details, they're so beautiful at the same time. 

The best idea after arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada? Leaving it as soon as possible. I'll admit, I did lose a little bit of time before doing just that. First, I drove in to a small local diner offering Mexican cuisine. Yes, it was only 10 a.m. Pacific Time, but in Buffalo, NY the clock was already showing 1 p.m. And I did not even have a breakfast yet! Mexican food is another tradition on our road trips, due to the southern destinations of the first two. After getting more than filled with a burrito and an enchilada platter back in the car it was, destination set in Waze, and off. I was happily leaving the city in my rearview mirror.

Once I paid my dues and entered the Lake Mead National Recreational Area it was real, and I was slowly getting into a road trip mood. It was not the true full experience though I must admit. My crew was missing and I could not shed that feeling for the rest of the day. I simply had to accept this was merely a prep for the true next road tripping adventure.

Happy on the Road, Nevada Desert near Las VegasHappy on the RoadNevada Desert near Las Vegas It was not my first time driving the road but it was still as much fun, possibly even more as last time it was merely a way to get to a destination in Southern Utah. This time, it was part of the destination, or destination #1 of 2. With the road moving up and down the hillsides of Lake Mead and left and right to wind among the peaks the road trip feeling was settling in. As I met the first few motorcycles I was a bit jealous that they had the better experience on this wonderful road. Maybe one day.

I stopped at pretty much every pull out area and actually wished for more. The road seemed to look its best when there was nowhere to stop. Yes, I said the road. While the surrounding desert certainly offered wonderful views I actually like the sight of a paved road making its way through beautiful landscapes. In places like this it can create road trip themed billboards.

When I was not trying to integrate the road into the landscape I was on a lookout for one of two things here. Some areas were very rich in textures, others in colors. It was amazing to observe how everything changed from pull out to pull out. And one more thing made the experience more intense. I left Buffalo, NY that morning with temperatures around the freezing point and here, still before noon, it was in the high 80s. Eventually, the thermometer hit 92°F.

Intense Desert Colors, Nevada Desert near Las VegasIntense Desert ColorsNevada Desert near Las Vegas

Lake Mead National Recreational Area near Las Vegas, NV

What was my destination #2? That's for another post.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you (#etbtsy)!

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An Irresistible Urge to Stop

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

... and not for a pit stop.

Previously from the Czech Republic: Of Trains & StationsA Stroll through Moravian CountrysideSunset Stroll through Southern Moravian CountrysideRolling Hills and Poppy FieldsThere are as many pubs as there are poppy seeds ...More Travel Treasures, Drying GarlicTreasures of TravelsThe Power of Simplicity (of the iPhone)Take Me Home, Country Road ...Sound of Music Induced Moment of NostalgiaTravel in Space & TimeOf Trains & StationsRock Cities, Mills, History, and MoreAll About the Rolling HillsAn Irresistible Urge to Stop

St. Jacob Church on Route 432, Moravia, Czech RepublicSt. Jacob on Route 432Moravia, Czech Republic I had seen the view so many times! And I kept my foot on the gas pedal heading further. The light did not seem right, the sky was bland, the weather was terrible, or worst of all, I did not have my camera with me. Places like this have their way of ripening though and at some point just scream stop!

That is what happened here, I just could not bear another missed opportunity. I was also curious about the church seemingly in the middle of nowhere. And once I photograph something I usually take the time to learn at least a little bit about the subject.

I pulled into a nearby dirt road, parked, and headed out to explore. It was a nice warm summer day with some clouds floating overhead, creating a nice colorful scene of blues, oranges, and yellows.

In the end, I left with a few images both including and excluding the road and having stopped already took that opportunity to further check out a few smaller side roads too.

Kostel sv. Jakuba - St. Jacob Church, Moravia, Czech RepublicKostel sv. JakubaMoravia, Czech Republic The morale here? Stop! You can always stop again in the future if conditions improve but that should not be an excuse not to stop. And these days, that is where I find the cell phone cameras useful. If I really do not like the conditions, I at least snap a quick photo with my phone serving as a reminder to add the location to my official shooting list.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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