Sunday, April 26, 2009

While at the Lincoln Memorial last night, I caught this shot of the Capital, Washington Monument and the sothern half of the WWII Memorial. This was shot with a D700 and an older upgraded 300mm lens.

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Lincoln Memorial after an evening thunderstorm

Went down to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall around 9:00PM and the 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms settled on the Lincoln Memorial. After a 45 minute rain, we were able to get out and about. (A note for the NPS, it would be great to have a few rocking chairs on the Lincoln's side porch.) The shot below is the obligatory statue shot and the shot above is a view of the Memorial Bridge and the Memorial.

Tributary waterfalls at Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Went to Great Falls National Park on the Virginia side and started scoping out some of the tributaries that feed into the Potomac River. Found a few that had some 'action':

Zion National Park

Zion national Park in Utah is different from all the other National Parks in the area. The bulk of the sites have to be hiked in to and are not the drip up and just view places. Daily 5 miles hikes was typical of this trip with many worthwhile sites along the way.

The above is a view of Angels Landing (5785ft) in Zion National Park, Utah - looking upstream on the Virgin River in the area of the Grotto Picnic Area in Zion Canyon. Left to right: Cathedral Mountain (6930ft), Angels Landing (5790ft), The Organ, Observation Point (6507ft) and Weeping Rock (6100ft).

The above is The Watchman (6545ft) viewed from the Pa'rus Trail, Zion National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon - early spring with snow

We went to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in Utah this spring. Bryce along with Zion are both very different from all the other National and State parks in Utah. Daily 5+ mile hikes which included more elevation change than distance hikes was typical of this park.

The above shot is at sunrise at Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Ponderosa Pine on Wall Street at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. This is part of the Queens Garden Trail beginning at Sunrise Point, descending 320 feet (98m), is considered the least difficult trail entering the canyon from the rim. Traveling this trail you will see many hoodoos, representative of garden like features.

Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and creates a beautiful scene at this viewpoint. This arch, sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals), poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.