California Coast is always cold. The vast Pacific ocean brings unexpected fog, strong winds and wind chill. I was there at Redwood National Park last September and the weather was so bad. Rain, wind and fog, all together. I hiked a part of California Coastal Trail in the park.
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
When I visited Columbia River Gorge, I drove a lot on I-84 along the Columbia River. And Was curious to see Mt. Hood. I went driving on Mt Hood Hwy and Mt Hood is one imposing mountain arising high above the surrounding landscape. Awe inspiring scene!
Jun 14, 2013
Zion National Park in Utah is one of the best in USA. It offers great hikes leading to incredible views. Even a drive across the park on Zion Park Blvd (Route-9) is fun! With few hairpin bends and looooong tunnels the drive is interesting. The high standing cliffs on either sides and the blue sky with white scattered clouds, the total scene is a delight to the visitor's eyes.
Jun 7, 2013
May 31, 2013
Alamere waterfalls ... one of the popular waterfalls in the San Francisco Bay area. After falling in three cascades the Alamere Creek flows into the ocean. After hiking 4.5 miles on an almost flat terrain, to see this last cascade one has to scramble down a very steep cliff. Being a popular picnic spot this waterfalls attracts bigger crowds on weekends.
May 24, 2013
I was talking about watching sunsets from my terrace in my post earlier. Here is another one! Sun is looking pretty behind the high voltage towers and lines. The sky was extremely orange which made me run up to the terrace and initially I wasn't happy with those electricity lines. But, thats what I see now-a-days.
May 17, 2013
Many times I consider Grand Canyon as The Canyon as if there is no other canyon in this big world! That could be because of the beauty of the rocks or may be I haven't seen anything better than it yet! I have visited this park more than once and every time I did spend more than 3 days here. I watched sunrise and sunset everyday. And every time from a different viewpoint. This is one of the closeups I captured in my camera from Mather Point. Lovely memories!
May 10, 2013
Bryce Canyon National park in south-western Utah is a land of beauty! Amphitheaters filled with hoodoos of different shapes and sizes and colors, it is one of the mesmerizing landscapes. Thor's Hammer is one of the special hoodoos and I happened to be there at sunrise. It was an unforgettable scene!
May 3, 2013
When we think about beautiful colorful skies always sunrises or sunsets come into mind. For a change I am posting a picture of a moonset on a full-moon night! One October night a couple of years ago I attended a photography meetup at Suthro Baths in San Fancisco. Suthro Baths are ruins of a large 19th century swimming pool which were abandoned almost several decades ago.
Apr 26, 2013
Iao Valley state park is one of the landmarks in Central Maui. This natural beautiful sacred valley is home for the iconic 1,200ft high Iao needle. The needle stands among the green towering cliffs guarding the valley. Mostly the top of these cliffs are covered with a blanket of fog enhancing the natural beauty of the valley. A short walk from the parking on a paved path leads to the lookout. It was too windy when I was there.
Apr 19, 2013
San Francisco Bay is very popular for its ocean fog! At times the fog creates a beautiful view of landscape around but, many times disappointingly obstructs the views. One such case is view of the world popular Golden Gate Bridge. Tourists flock this place just to see this red beauty which is one of the modern day architectural wonders and often get disappointed. The fog covers the entire bridge! This is how my family saw Golden Gate Bridge when they visited San Francisco! One September morning!---
Apr 12, 2013
We often go looking for vista points for watching a sunset or sunrise taking all the pain of driving or hiking early in the morning, be it bone biting cold or mosquito season. We just ignore the beautiful sky while at home. We never think of gazing at the sky from our own terrace, garden ... blah blah ...
Apr 5, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
I would love to post the details of Denali National Park, Alaska asap. About weather, mountains, wildlife, birds and wildflowers. These green mountains are seen all along lining up the at horizon. Isn't it unimaginable that the high snow covered mountains are hiding behind these clouds? Until I post about the park please enjoy this picture ... A cloudy day in Alaska is normal and this is how it looks when there is some sunshine :)---
Mar 22, 2013
One of the most beautiful lighthouses I have ever seen! Listed in National Register of Historic Places (USA), Point Reyes Lighthouse was established in Dec 1870. Point Reyes Seashore being a popular tourist attraction the lighthouse gets great number of visitors.
Mar 15, 2013
In Maui I took an accommodation in Kehei on the western coast for sunshine. To have a peaceful stroll on the Charlie Young beach morning and evening. And it was a perfect place. Not so over crowded and not away from the city life, with beautiful views of blue sky, coconut trees and volcanic rocks! It was lovely. Don't you agree?---
Mar 8, 2013
After a day long rain at the eastern cost I thought of heading west for some sunshine. I reached the Lahaina coast just after sunset. But, still there was that after glow. The black volcanic rocks were glowing by that golden light. Tough it lasted for a few moments it was a lovely sight.
Mar 1, 2013
One more from Santa Cruz, California ... Walton Lighthouse! Less known and small lighthouse but a great place for morning or evening walks. Watching people walking their dogs is a fantastic scene here. I had set up my tripod to catch the design created by waves on the wet sand. At once, the ocean started rising and even before I could react I was standing in the almost knee high waters! You see that in the picture?! It was bit scary! Nature's behavior is very unpredictable!
Feb 22, 2013
Central Park in Fremont, California is a great place for morning/evening walks, picnics and potluck parties. Also one can see many waterfowl, especially canada geese, egrets, common coot, herons and mallards. To walk around the lake it took 30 mins per round and I usually walked two rounds everyday. One early summer evening I thought of going for one more round. By the end of my walk it was sunset time. This is what I saw through the weeds.
Feb 15, 2013
Santa Cruz, California has many beautiful beaches. One of them is Natural Bridges state beach. It is a great picnic spot. Nice beach, tide pools monarch butterfly sanctuary are the attractions. One evening I waited for sunset and got this shot. Natural Bridges SB was one of the retreats for me when there was no group event organized during weekends. Every time I could get a beautiful sunset picture. This evening the colorful rays of the sun were having a show even long after sunset! Beautiful huh?---