(HDR landscape shot of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia.) The bottom of the ancient volcano, now verdant and dotted with houses and villages, falls away to the new volcano, Mount Batur and its nearby lake. Beyond the lake is Bali’s tallest mountain, Mount Agung.
HDR exposure: Afternoon shot looking west from Lembeh Island across the Lembeh Strait to North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The view is framed by tropical plants. This shot is for all those enduring winter in the northern hemisphere — especially the central USA.
(HDR image of fence and fields at sunset, in Fincastle VA.) Yesterday evening we found ourselves in Fincastle, Virginia, rolling up near closing time at Fincastle Vineyards and Winery (also a B&B). Nancy hurried into the tasting room, hoping we weren’t too late. I had to pause. The long rays of the sunset light brought extra warmth and glow to the early fall scene, turning the white picket fence a little yellow and emphasizing the occasional fall yellow or maroon reds (not yet at full glory, but just a little more dramatic for their sudden appearance in a landscape that is still mostly green).
Every Fourth of July Nancy and I invite a group of friends and neighbors to cruise on a deckboat on Lake Thoreau at sunset, to watch the evening’s impromptu celebrations of Independence Day. Enormous, professional-grade starburst shells go off overhead as bottle rockets inscribe arcs over or between the boats. The whole thing is spontaneous and unplanned. Our music was a mashup of Sousa marches and patriotic country. This is America’s birthday, lake-style.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA Click here to share or send a greeting with this image. Sunrise at the Grand Canyon. Nancy and I are driving across country and have stayed the night at the El Tovar Hotel, a historic hotel perched right on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It is only February […]