What do you see in the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon?

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Taking photographs in the late afternoon is a good time of day for showing dimensions with this sun position.  I really like the gradient horizontal color variations.  It reminds me of an alien landscape.  The individual hoodoos almost look like aliens from another galaxy.

It’s good for us to let our imaginations go and enjoy nature.  Just as each of us may interpret the “ink spot” in a psychological test in different ways, we each probably could see different things as we look at this photograph of the Hoodoos.

Let me know what you see in this photo.  As always, this is a real photograph which is untouched.

Do you remember Candlestick Park’s Red Escalators?

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Candlestick Park on 4/15/15 viewed from Gate A which was the southside of the stadium. The double decker escalator was partially dismantled during this demolition time.  I really liked the bright red color of the escalator.  It was originally just concrete grey, but was painted red later.

I went up and down this escalator many times while going to SF Giants and 49’ers games. When I went to games there, especially night games, Candlestick Park was cool and windy often, and the stadium was old.  But I always enjoyed watching games at Candlestick Park because I liked the layout of the stadium.  The escalators were a good and fast way to get fans into the stadium from the parking lot.

I’m glad I took the different looks of the Candlestick Park escalators.  I never thought Candlestick Park would be demolished.  But I am glad I can remember these escalators thru my photographs.

Where is the Bear & Honey in Antelope Canyon?

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One of the highlights of our trip was taking the tour in Antelope Canyon.  The tour guides were so helpful and efficient to point out the picture perfect sights as they led us thru the canyon.

Can you see the bear in the center lighted area with the dripping pot of honey on the left?

It is amazing how we can see different pictures in nature if we would only take the time to look with our imaginations.  See if you can see any different pictures during the day as you look at your surroundings.

Sun playing peek-a-boo at Merced Grove in Yosemite

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The sun is peeking out from behind the branches of a Giant Sequoia tree at Merced Grove in Yosemite National Park.  This was a very enjoyable hike with the payoff of seeing some Giant Sequoia trees at the bottom of the hill from the trailhead.

This hike is easy walking downward on a slight sloped path.  It is very relaxing and deceiving.  You do not realize the incline until you return and realize the slope is a little steeper than you anticipated.

The reward of enjoying these Giant Sequoia trees is worth the hike.  Some of them were protected with a wooden fence.  Their roots are sensitive, and there were signs to not step close to the trees.  As we have been enjoying the summer at different National Parks, it is a shame when visitors deface nature.  We are learning to take a breath and break from our busy lives to appreciate the beauty around us.

We really enjoyed looking up at these Giant Sequoia trees with the sun’s rays radianting down.  These trees are a reminder to always look up at the “Light” and to desire progressive growth in our life’s journey.

Yosemite’s Friendly Marmot

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We were driving down Tioga Road on Highway 120 in Yosemite.  Our friend, Alan, was getting tired of driving, so we pulled off the side of the road so his wife could take over driving.

As Alan was walking to the side of the road, he spotted this charming Marmot!

The Marmot was sunning himself and posed for a few pictures for us. He was quite a character.  We spent about 10 to 15 minutes as he modeled different poses.  He must have been accustomed to tourists since he did not run off and was pretty friendly.

We had a wonderful time with our Marmot model!

Saint Francis of Assisi Sinking in Candlestick Park

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The Saint Francis of Assisi Statue was located on the front of Candlestick Park on the South side of the stadium. During the demolition, the statue could be viewed from the North side of the stadium (Right Center Field) since most of the stands were torn down.

This demolition picture of Candlestick Park is metaphoric.  It looks like the sun on top of Saint Francis of Assisi is setting in the midst of the rubble.

Fortunately, the Saint Francis of Assisi statue is in safe keeping and is in storage.  I am looking forward to the day when this Saint Francis of Assisi is resurrected to be another reminder of Candlestick Park.

The Last Days of Candlestick Park

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Candlestick Park on May 12, 2015.  It is now completely gone and only lives in our memories.  The Stick received a lot of bad rap because of the cold windy conditions which accompanied many night baseball games for the SF Giants.  Candlestick Park was also one of the oldest stadiums in use before it was torn down, but I have a lot of fond memories going to Giants and 49’er games there and being part of the die hard crowd who did not fear the fierce cold winds and fog that blew in from the Pacific Ocean through the wind tunnel gap on the border of Daly City and San Francisco.

I’m glad I captured a lot of the demolition of Candlestick Park even though it was sad for me to watch.  Watching the bulldozer tear down this beloved stadium was devastating.  But I’m glad I can look back at my old photographs of Candlestick Park to remember the good times watching the SF Giants and the 49er games.

Death Valley Badlands

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Why is this area also called “Badlands”?  Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and soils are eroded by wind and water.

We enjoyed looking at the variations of the ridges in this area.  We were fortunate the temperature was not as hot as it could have been.  It was around 90 degrees where it could have been over 100 degrees, when we were there in June.

Zabriskie Point at Death Valley, CA.  The ridges were formed by a combination of volcanic activities, earthquakes, and rainstorms.  The ridges are more pronounced during the late afternoon as the sun is lower on the horizon creating more shadows.

This was a good time to photograph this area.  The shadows at this time of day in Death Valley will show off the dimensions of the ridges versus earlier in the day.  Some people are afraid of shadows in their pictures.  But shadows are important at the right time of day to show the light and dark in art work.  This is called chiaroscuro.

Seek contrast in your photographs to show off the scenic terrain.

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Detwiler Fire Smoke lights up Half Dome at Yosemite

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We were at Yosemite this week for a few days for our annual trip.  This photograph of Half Dome was taken at sunset on Monday, July 17, 2017.  During the day we watched as the skies gradually increased in smokiness.  By around 7 pm, the sky was almost white from the fire’s smoke.

When there is smoke from a wild fire in the sky, then it acts like a filter to create an orange/red sunlight during sunset.  I’ve photograph sunset photographs from this location previous years, and the setting sun is a combination of pink, yellow and orange on Half Dome.  But this year, the setting sunlight was more deeper orange in color due to the smoke from the wild fire.  We gathered with our friends – Jenny and Alan who discovered this “secret” spot  –  to watch the sunset at Half Dome and constantly shot many photographs.  We shared the serene sunset with a family who also enjoyed their cup of noodles by the river.  It was a bittersweet sunset – beautiful and also sad due to the intense fire burning nearby.

As always, these are “True Colors” from this sunset, and I did not alter the photograph using any software.

We are praying that this fire will be put out sooner than the projected time in the news, and no one will be hurt from the Detwiler Fire.

Gate A to Candlestick Park

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You are looking at the double decker escalator heading up to Candlestick Park from the Gate A entrance of the main parking lot.  I always enjoyed taking the escalator up as this was one of the biggest escalators I ever rode. At the foot of the upper escalator entrance is a souvenir stand.

I’m glad I shot photos of this double decker escalator in the late 1980’s, since it may be rare.  I also like seeing the many cars in the main parking lot.  It is interesting to see the old style cars parked.

When I was photographing Candlestick Park, little did I know that one day this stadium would be demolish.  Also I never thought I would be recording this stadium’s history with my photographs.   This is a reminder for all of us that it is important to take lots of photographs to record the different scenes in our life.

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