Driftwood Sunset – Uvita, Costa Rica

Driftwood Sunset

While down in Costa Rica after a day of exploring, Suzette and I went for a sunset beach walk to see if we might catch any late day light. As the sun was setting and we were running out of time I stumbled upon this interesting piece of driftwood with a giant hole through the center. Anytime you have forests meeting the ocean, beaches are bound to be littered with driftwood. What I love about this piece all of the dimension the driftwood contains. The ribs and valleys that really make you study the driftwood itself instead of just enjoying the color of the sunset.

Uvita Costa Rica is about 50 miles from the Panama border and is still sparsely inhabited compared to the northern more touristy areas. Known as a mecca for surfing, many of the beaches are crowded with American youth trying to escape the responsibility of adult life. The towns mainly consist of sea shack bars and restaurants, as well as hostel type hotels. The road to the south has been significantly improved and I would guess that this area won’t keep its 3rd world charm for long.

 

 

Sea Mists At Sunset – Navarro Beach CA

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Navarro Beach is a small uninhabited park and beach where the Navarro River meets the Pacific. As the tides change, pools of water remain in the black sands and often the hulking remains of once giants of the forests become intricate driftwood. When I see this image I am reminded of the gentle roar of the surf, feel the mists on my skin, and smell the salty air. I love the intricate patterns of the driftwood root structure so much I made it a central feature of this image. Also, the distant clouds over the pacific make colorful sunsets a rare occurrence in Northern California Coastal afternoons.

 

Hope – Sea Cliffs of Mendocino CA

Hope

When exploring Mendocino, we came across many remote beaches and sea cliffs. I happened to be exploring this cave while the sun was setting and the scene struck me. The sun shining looked as it was illuminating a way out, a light at the end of the tunnel, the promise of a new day.

 

Peak Worship – Ute Valley Park – Colorado Springs, CO

Peak Worship

On a remote cliff band in Ute Valley City Park life struggles against the elements and rocky soil. I love photographing trees as I feel they have so much personality that is created by their environment. In this picture, I envision the tree taking in the sunset in awe of the “purple mountain majesty” that is Pikes Peak.

Ute Valley Park is a popular city park and a favorite recreation spot for locals in Colorado Springs. The land was originally donated in 1969 to be protected and kept open to the public. At 330 acres it isn’t the largest park in the city but in the peaceful central valley you feel a world away from the city. In 2015 an agreement was reached purchase 200 additional acres from HP snatching it out of the hands of awaiting developers. The resulting 530 acre park will make it one of the larger parks in the City and keep the open spaces for the public to enjoy for years to come.

 

Garden Of The Gods Sunset – Garden Of The Gods – Colorado Springs, CO

Garden Of The Gods Sunset

As a 20+ year resident of Colorado Springs it becomes easy to take your surroundings and local attractions for granted. With that in mind, I had become accustomed to putting away my camera every time we returned home from our travels to go back into “work” mode. Recently, I have spent more time trying to rediscover the natural beauty that surrounds me daily and capture it through the eye of my lens.

Garden Of The Gods is a 480 acre city park that received its name in 1859 while 2 surveyors were scouting the area for a new town site that is Old Colorado City today. The area was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins with the intent to be a summer home that was never realized and Perkins decided it needed to be a public park for all to enjoy. It was officially donated to the city of Colorado Springs by Perkins’ next of kin in 1909. It has been named one of the most visually inspiring places in the United States and is a main attraction for locals and tourists alike in Colorado Springs.

 

Hoo Doo’s At Sunset – Garden of The Gods – Colorado Springs, CO

Hoo Doo Sunset

This location is an off trail location in the center of Garden Of The Gods. With so many interesting sandstone rock formations all around the park, it’s easy to find a subject to stand in for one of our gorgeous Colorado sunsets.

Garden Of The Gods is a 480 acre city park that received its name in 1859 while 2 surveyors were scouting the area for a new town site that is Old Colorado City today. The area was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins with the intent to be a summer home that was never realized and Perkins decided it needed to be a public park for all to enjoy. It was officially donated to the city of Colorado Springs by Perkins’ next of kin in 1909. It has been named one of the most visually inspiring places in the United States and is a main attraction for locals and tourists alike in Colorado Springs.

 

South Island Sunset

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New Zealand is is a country of vast open spaces and is largely un-populated. The country’s  makeup is small towns strung together by twisting mountain roads and one lane bridges. The rugged west coast of the South Island is predominately undeveloped with a single 2 lane road clinging for life to the mountainside cliffs. This image is looking west from the volcanic shores of the south island. Extraordinary to be sure…but an everyday sight for the locals.

From Wikipedia: New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life; most notable are the large number of unique bird species. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Solitude

This tree is near my parents’ cabin in Fairplay, CO.  I have always been fascinated by this tree.  It stands with no others; steadfast and strong in an otherwise desolate, windswept plain.  This picture was taken at dawn.  I love how the tree appears to be stretching toward the light with the beautiful Rockies as a backdrop.  To me, it has defied all odds to be there and seems as if it will be there long after I’m gone.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor. 

Mattina della Toscana

 

(Tuscan Sunrise)

High above the agricultural hillsides of the Tuscan countryside sits San Gimignano; an ancient walled city from the 1200’s virtually untouched by time.  I happened to wake early one morning and was greeted by the magical image of the sunrise burning through the morning mists of Tuscany. 

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details. All photographs are limited to 500 reproductions.

Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.