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Happy Earth Day 2020!

Autumn Color

Maine in the autumn is one of the most beautiful places to visit for the colors. This particular shot epitomizes what you can see (within and outside of Acadia National Park, which is why I was in Maine in the first place). During the fall, you’ll see tall trees with variagated greens, oranges, yellows and reds, and marshlands with thin ribbons of water weaving its way through the golden grass.

John Ford Country

This image was captured in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park, in Utah. They don’t call it “canyonlands” for nothin’. It’s the “John Ford Country” you’ve imagined in Westerns: arid, deep, broad canyons and tall mesas, buttes, hoodoos and spires, all colored in different shades of red, yellow, pink and orange. The immensity of this place dwarfs the human figure.

Fire Hose From The Air

I’ve visited Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island of Hawaii, twice – once in 2014 and again in 2017. During the 2017 visit, I was with a small photo tour, and one of the highlights of the tour was to take an open-door helicopter ride over active volcanics in the park. In this image, I was flying over the “Fire Hose”, a stream of lava pouring from a lava tube directly into the Pacific Ocean. The land above this is cooled pahoehoe lava. Looks desolate on land, doesn’t it? Probably the way things looked when the earth was still shaping itself.

Sunset Over Wild Goose Island

Sunsets at the Wild Goose Island view area on St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana are as lovely as sunrises, albeit a little more muted. The trees and forests and lower portions of the mountains become silhouetted while the lake reflects the saturated colors of the oncoming “Blue Hour” (which really lasts only a few minutes between sunset and darkness (or between darkness and sunrise).

Full Moon Over The Three Gossips

The next morning after New Year’s Day, I was up and at ‘em super-early, ready to catch the full moon in Arches National Park in Utah. Actually, I was trying to capture some star shots, but as you can see in this image, the moon outshone everything, creating enough light that I could see my own shadow on the park road as I stood in the freezing winter air with my tripod set up for a long exposure of the moon bathing the Three Gossips rock formation and the landscape below.

As I look back on my photos, I realize I have been to quite a few really cool spots in the U.S. and abroad. Each spot has a different ecosystem, and each ecosystem is fragile. While it sounds trite to write this on every Earth Day, we really should take stock of our environments, appreciate what we see out there in nature, and try to take better care of it – even if that just means we are picking up the trash along the trail and nothing else.

Happy Earth Day 2020!

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

 

 

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Bar Harbor from Above

Over Bar Harbor

My previous post showed you an aerial photo of Bass Harbor, which is at the bottom of Mount Desert Island.  This image is of Bar Harbor, where all the action is.  I was told by a Friends of Acadia staff member that as many as 4 cruise ships may pass through the area, depositing at least 5000 cruisers on the shores of this neat little town filled with cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops.

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Bass Harbor, Maine, From Above

Bass Harbor From Above

Because Acadia National Park was closed during the time I visited Mount Desert Island, Maine (thank you, $%##@! government shutdown), I worked on finding alternate avenues for exploring that park.

One of my avenues was to take an open cockpit biplane tour (read my National Parks Traveler article about that trip) with Acadia Air.

During that fun plane ride, I saw more than just Acadia NP.  I also saw – for instance – Bass Harbor from above.  I was staying for a week in Bass Harbor, in a little rental cottage near the waterfront.

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Acadia National Park…..By Biplane

The National Parks Traveler has followed up my previous kayaking article with my article I wrote regarding photography of Acadia National Park from a biplane.  Click on this  link to get to the article where I not only tell my story and have aerial photos of one of the shut down parks, but I also impart  advice on aerial photography should any of you out there ever take a flightseeing tour of an area.

Becky And The St. Augustine

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