One Word Photo Challenge: Dry

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Death Valley National Park, California 

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Cee’s Fun Foto: Perspective

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Coronado National Forest, Arizona

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto: Pairs

A Pair of Lighthouses

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Three Sisters Lighthouses, Cape Cod National Seashore

(Yes, I am missing one)

 

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Sunday Nature Quote: Home

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

Gary Snyder

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Mormon Row, Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

For the Love of Geography: U-Shape Valley

U-Shaped valleys are just what they sound like – a valley shaped like a “U”. These valleys are the result of glaciers carving further into an existing depression created from a river called a v-shaped valley. The valley is transformed from gradually sloping side to steep sides and a flat bottom. Rivers often remain from glacial melting that replace the original river. U-shaped valleys are found at high mountain altitudes worldwide.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crooked & Squiggly

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Crooked layers of earth, Death Valley National Park, California

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Squiggly

Squiggly tree roots, Dr Phillips Community Park, Orlando, Florida

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Sunday Nature Quote: Give them nature

“Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give them nature”
Luther Burbank

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Caribou National Forest, Idaho

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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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: Undulate

 

Undulating Mountains

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Death Valley National Park, California

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Preoccupied

So PREOCCUPIED, this buffalo doesn’t notice the walkers, drivers or cyclists.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Bridges

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