Looking over the gunwale of my canoe I’m struck by the peace, quiet and stillness of the scene. My paddle, the clouds, trees and even power lines are all clearly visible in the slow, calm water just inches below me. Continue reading “A Simple Gift Over The Gunwale”
Most of the Rivanna River is like this. It’s a fairly slow, shallow river. The bottom alternates between sandy and rocky portions without much mud or silt so the water is very clear. There aren’t many people on the river particularly during the week. Continue reading “Solitude On The Rivanna”
A Great Blue Heron was flying up the Rivanna River as friends and I were floating the down it. Continue reading “Watching Over The River”
This tree trunk is an example of the ever changing nature of rivers. Continue reading “The Ever Changing River”
Sometimes being a morning person pays off. I took this photo during a trip to the beach last August. I noticed the cloud bank that night and thought it was a shame the clouds probably wouldn’t be there at sunrise. To my great surprise, the clouds barely moved overnight! I awoke before dawn and watched this amazing sunrise slowly transform into morning.
The North Gate to Yellowstone National Park is quite impressive. Although I would guess most visitors no longer arrive through this gate, it struck me as a nearly perfect entrance to the park. It’s large, rugged, and beautiful in it’s own right, much like the park itself. You also have to love the inscription at the top “For The Benefit and Enjoyment Of The People”. It kind of sums up the whole National Park system.
We spent a week in Yellowstone in mid-June which was a wonderful experience. The downside was after a few days the park food starts to get a little monotonous. On our fourth night we left through the North Gate to find pizza for dinner. After getting our fill of non-park food, we returned through the gate and I was pleased to be able to photograph it with some interesting clouds in the sky. Luckily the lighting at the time allowed the same exposure for the clouds and the gate so no HDR trickery was needed to make this image.