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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Archive for the ‘Water and Beach’ Category

July 22nd, 2013 Pacific Park & The Historic Santa Monica Pier

SANTA MONICA,  Calif. (July 22, 2013) - We ended our short, fun trip on the Mother Road last week at the symbolic terminus of Route 66, on the Santa Monica Pier. I can’t imagine a more scenic spot for a historic road to end! It had been more than a decade since I visited Pacific Park, a nice little family amusement park on the pier and it was good to see that it was still looking good and by the look of the crowds, still very popular.  By the way, the Ferris Wheel here is the world’s only solar-powered wheel.  And it was nice to see that some extensive work was being done on the infrastructure of the pier, hopefully guaranteeing that the park, the historic carousel building and the nostalgia will be around for many years to come. Check out the photo gallery.

July 10th, 2013 Two Sides of the Dells – Whimsy and Nature

WISCONSIN DELLS, (July 10, 2013) – The wonderfully tacky and fantastically beautiful areas around the Wisconsin Dells offers photographers a diverse canvas of photo opportunities. From magnificent rock formations  and waterways to oversize gorillas on front of family attractions, this place has it all.  There’s even a plane coming out of the front of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  The proliferation of waterparks and advanced and world-class rides in its amusement parks along with the natural surroundings, makes this a great vacation mecca. Be careful, the police are very vigilant of non-residents going as little as five miles over the speed limit.  Just Saying.  Check out my photo gallery.

January 26th, 2013 The Magnificent Iguazu Falls of Brazil & Argentina

IGUAZU FALLS, Brazil and Argentina (Jan. 15. 2013) – On her first view of Iguazu Falls, Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have whispered, “Poor Niagara,” a reference to how powerful these magnificent falls in front of her compared to what Niagara Falls has to offer.

Just for fun, I murmured the same thing when I first spotted the area known as the Devil’s Throat from the Argentinian side early on this January morning.  Kathleen and I were halfway through what I am calling the “Great South American Birthday Tour of 2013,” and this was our first stop on our day-long exploration of the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Our personal guide, Mercio Fontes, specializes in the falls area and led us to amazing vistas AND introduced us to some new food during lunch!

Framed by lush subtropical rainforests, Iguazu Falls is the largest series of waterfalls on Planet Earth.  A series of 275 different waterfalls, ranging from 197 to 300 feet tall, dump an average of 61,660 cubic feet of water over the cliffs every SECOND!

In fairness, I do need to point out that Iguazu has the second-greatest annual flow of any waterfalls in the world, second only to Niagara Falls, which has an annual average flow of 85,000 cubic feet per second.  The vastness of Iguazu, its pristine location (read no tourist shops surrounding it), the number of falls (you see and hear one in every location), makes this area much more spectacular to my eyes and senses.

Iguazu was named a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and is protected by National Parks that surround it.  Even though I’ve spent a great deal of face time with Niagara, I was totally impressed by the fall’s size, volume of water, strong currents and the awesome, deafening sound.

On Nov. 11, 2011, Iguazu Falls was named as one of the seven winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.

Click here to see this magnificent work of nature!

September 13th, 2012 Maine – A True Piece of Heaven

MOOSEHEAD LAKE, Maine  (Sept. 13, 2012)  - My wife is from Maine and I have chosen to love it and adopt it as my home state. (Sorry Ohio) Each year we make a pilgrimage back to that beautiful piece of paradise and explore different areas.

Aboard the Historic Vessel

This year, we spent nearly a week near Greenville, on Moosehead Lake, and nearly a week on the coast in Ogunquit.  As a photographer, I went crazy in both areas.  Below is a gallery of photos I shot when we took a 4-hour tour on board the Katahdin, a former steamer that was christened on August 20, 1914.  For years, she plied the waters of this behemoth known as Moosehead Lake towing and pushing huge logs from the prolific forestry industry in the area.  It is now owned and rightly operated by the Moosehead Marine Museum.  It’s a neat old ship and I had fun shooting the shoreline, the various parts of the ship and I played with my fisheye and sepia settings as well.  ALL ABOARD FOR THE GALLERY (AND GALLEY).