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A link to this incredible image of Everest was making its way around the interwebs yesterday. It’s a 2 Gpx image of Mt Everest that is pannable and zoomable, and I spent more time than I probably should have scanning the image for tents, people, prayer flags, and more. It’s like a giant where’s Waldo. Here are a few gems I found:
The Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills is a famous location for photographers. I’ve been here many times and no matter what time of day it is the place is crowded with professionals and amateurs alike. This photo was taken just as the morning light hit the arch. We were camped about half a mile from it and when I woke up I grabbed my camera and ran over to the arch for morning shots. It’s fun to find angles to frame Sierra peaks through the arch. This shot is the classic view of Mount Whitney through the Mobius Arch.
In 2008 the Havasu area had a tremendous flood that destroyed some waterfall formations while leaving behind new ones. This is a newcomer to the collection of Havasu waterfalls, and does not even have an official name. The closest I’ve heard is New Indian Falls or New 50-Foot Falls. Whatever the name, it has features that are fun to explore, from a ‘Hot Tub’ to a hurricane cave to a garden of Eden swimming hole.
I took this photo on last month’s trip to Havasu Falls. We spent a day wandering down the river and swimming in these beautiful turquoise pools. My camera lens was covered with mist but I still managed to get a few shots.
Continuing with the theme of spring wildflowers this Photo Thursday comes to us from Carrizo Plain National Monument, a mecca for wildflower fans each spring.
This is a heavily edited photo cropped tightly from a shot I’d taken with a completely different idea in mind. I liked the soft background and contrast of the blurry purple phaecelia but there were lots of things wrong with the original shot. So I cropped it and fiddled with it in Lightroom until I got something I liked, and I ended up really liking its watercolor painting-like feel. Now it has a place of honor as the background image on my iPad.
So far this year’s wildflower bloom has been somewhat disappointing, but considering how many photos I still have to process from previous years I suppose this isn’t a bad thing.
Since the trails haven’t been providing I have been revisiting some of my favorite wildflower photos from the past couple of years. I hope this provides a burst of spring color to you as well. This photo was taken at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in mid-April 2009. It is a Douglas Sky Lupine photo’d against a California Poppy.