Travel Theme: Dry

I always like to post something a little off, different, unexpected but the obvious was screaming in my ear…a dry river bed in the driest place in the US – Death Valley National Park, California. I visited there with my girls in 2005 and it has haunted me ever since. I regret that I didn’t return during my second national park tour. At first glance this place appears devoid of anything of value but a closer look reveals an unexpected beauty.

Death Valley is also the hottest place in the US. The day we were there it was 114° in the shade at 10:00 am. As we went on our way that evening we all said “I’ll never go back”. But before we finished the hour and a half drive to Las Vegas my heart was already longing for a return trip.

There is something very special about the desert, the quiet, peace and solitude is the perfect prescription for our over civilized generation.

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Monochrome Monday: Desert Sands

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: GAP

  • Harvey GAP State Park, Colorado

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Sunday Nature Quote: Lonely Snow

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.


Whitewater State Park, Indiana

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Numbers ‘and’ Letters

These numbers indicate how deep the water is during flash floods.

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Sea level. I took this photo at 282 feet below sea level.

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Photos taken at Death Valley National Park, California



Travel Theme: Deep

Deep Underground

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

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Spotlight on Florida: Blind Pass Park

As a follow up to my last Spotlight on Florida, Blind Pass Beach, I’m continuing with Blind Pass Park. The park is across the street from the beach located on Lemon Bay. The park has a nice playground, a shelter with picnic tables and barbeque grills. The park has launches for canoes and docks for fishing. And don’t forget the wildlife: birds, fish, dolphins, manatees, and turtles.

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Waterfalls of Indiana State Parks: Cataract Falls

Upper Cataract Falls


Waterfalls of Indiana State Parks: McCormick’s Creek

McCormick’s Creek Falls


Waterfalls of Indiana State Parks: Brown County

Strahl Lake Falls