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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

View of part of the Upper Terraces showing the calcium carbonate deposits created after the hot spring water has cooled. Getting about the complex is easy as boardwalks cover nearly 1.75 miles around the Upper and Lower Terraces.

Mammoth Hot Springs are located just south of the North Entrance to Yellowstone, near the town of Gardiner in Montana.

 

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Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Mammoth Hot Springs is a complex of hot springs which has been created over thousands of years in Yellowstone National Park. It is on a hill of travertine – limestone deposited by mineral springs where calcium carbonate is formed as the hot water cools and is then deposited.

This is the top of Palette Spring Terraces which are part of the Upper Terraces, which also include: Opal Terrace, Liberty Cap, Minerva Terrace, Cleopatra Terrace, Jupiter Terrace, Main Terrace and Canary Spring.

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Dry Falls in North Carolina

Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina, US

Dry Falls is flowing fast after a series of hurricanes and heavy rainfall that hit the area in late 2017. This weather pattern has also caused many leaves to fall earlier than usual, and so the expected vivid fall colours we are familiar with in these mountains is not being displayed.

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Rustic Country Barn

Nr. Sapphire, North Carolina, USA

This rustic barn still survives despite natures encroaching advance. Located in the picturesque Sapphire Valley in Transylvania county of western North Carolina, it still stands proud.

The area is known for its numerous and diverse waterfalls, such as:

  • Whitewater Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Dry Falls
  • Cullasaja Falls
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Land of the Noonday Sun

Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina, US

The word “Nantahala” is a Cherokee word meaning “Land of the Noonday Sun”.

Dry Falls (aka. Upper Cullasaja Falls) is a popular 65-foot (20.1 m) waterfall located 3 miles northwest of Highlands. Dry Falls flows on the Cullasaja River and is part of a series of waterfalls on an 8.7-mile (14 km) stretch of the river that includes Bridal Veil Falls and eventually ends with Cullasaja Falls.

As the river flows over a protruding bluff, and when the waterflow is low, it is possible to walk safely behind the waterfall and keep fairly dry.

 

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Misty Terraces in Sapa

Lao Cai, Sapa, Vietnam

Mist rolls in over the Sapa rice terraces in northwest Vietnam. The district of Lao Cai is located about 260 miles from Hanoi, and one way to get there is by travelling on an overnight train journey that winds its way slowly through the hills while gaining altitude on the way.

This area is popular for trekking, staying in homestays and generally meeting the local hill-tribe people called the Hmong.

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Sapa Rice Fields

Lao Cai, Sapa, Vietnam

Rice terraces have been built into the mountain slopes for cultivation by reclaiming the land from nature. Views of this epic scenery are frequently subdued by thick mist rolling through the valley’s, but even when it’s cloudy, the local hill-tribe people (Hmong) fill the towns and villages with colour.

 

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Father Time and Mother Nature

Trenton, North Carolina, USA

Spanish moss hangs off the trees in Brock Mill pond at Trenton, Jones County in North Carolina. The mill and 122 acre pond date back to the 1700’s when the first dam was constructed by hand.

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Beyond the Branches

North Carolina, USA

Looking upwards and seeing the divergence of colors merging into a bright blue sky in autumn from a different perspective makes taking pictures fun.

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Virginia Fall Colors

Virginia, USA

Stunning tapestry of fall colors on full show in the mountains of Virginia, near the Wintergreen Mountain Resort.

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Virginia Blaze

Wintergreen, Virginia

A late season show of fall colors on display in the mountains near the Wintergreen Mountain Resort in Virginia.

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Bryce Amphitheater

Utah, USA

Bryce amphitheater viewed from Inspiration Point. The distinctive geological structures are called hoodoos, and have been formed by erosion and frost weathering. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks from which the park’s delicate hoodoos are carved, was laid down as sediments in a system of cool streams and lakes that existed from 63 to about 40 million years ago.

Bryce Canyon is a National Park located in the southwestern part of Utah in the United States.

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Horseshoe Bend

Arizona, USA

This interesting and well-photographed location on the Colorado River is located just a few miles from the town of Page, Arizona. Horseshoe Bend is about 5 miles downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.

To view the bend you'll need to make a short walk (1.5 miles round trip) from the car park on US Route 89. Care must be taken near the cliff edge as the drop is around 1,000 ft (300m) to the Colorado River below.

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A Canyon At Peace

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

There are infinite view points within Lower Antelope Canyon, but I kept on seeing faces of time carved by years of erosion to the Navajo sandstone rock which line the canyon walls.

This set of images portrays the peace and quiet of the slot canyon in the black and white photograph through to the more abrasive windy and dusty aspect.

Photo tours are available at both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon through Dixie Ellis Canyon Tours.

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A Heavenly Moment

Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

The stunning interior of Antelope Canyon allows you to experience many extraordinary views, some of them by occasionally peering skywards. The thin strata of ‘flowing’ Navajo sandstone is caused by millennia of flash flooding and erosion leaving what is now one of the most magical places to visit, experience and photograph.

Lower Antelope Canyon photography tours are available from Dixie Ellis Tours and well worth taking.

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Canyon Blaze

Arizona, USA

A fiery glow in the heavens as dusk falls during our return from the overlook at Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River. Situated near Page in Arizona, this much photographed location is a highlight on anyone’s travels to this part of Arizona.

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Hoodoos | Bryce Canyon

Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon is a National Park located in the southwestern part of Utah in the United States. Bryce is not a canyon at all, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters set along a gigantic plain called the Paunsaugunt Plateau. What’s distinctive about Bryce are its geological structures called hoodoos which have been formed by erosion and frost weathering.

The red, orange and white colors of the rocks from which the park’s delicate hoodoos are carved, was laid down as sediments in a system of cool streams and lakes that existed from 63 to about 40 million years ago.

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Canyon on Lake Powell

Arizona

When Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963 on the Colorado River, it created Lake Powell. This is one of those many inlets which ebb and flow depending on the rainfall upstream. However, in recent years it’s been more ebb than flow due to periods of extended drought.

More than 2 million people a year visit the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area which encompasses Lake Powell.

 

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Canyon Glow – Antelope Canyon

Page, Arizona, USA

Inside a slot canyon are endless surreal rock formations that make up a rich geology. The Upper and Lower Antelope located near Page in Arizona are two of the most spectacular ones to be found within this Colorado Plateau area. Shaped by erosion and the movement of tectonic plates, these extraordinary labyrinths twist and turn through the red slot canyons.

The interplay of shadows and light over the water scarred walls help to turn photographs into wonderful abstracts. There are many open slot areas, where at the right time of day, the sun shines down vertically producing a light trail as it lights up the slot floor area. Water that gushes through these walls flows into Lake Powell, which feeds the Colorado River a short distance away.

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Lower Antelope Canyon

Arizona, USA

Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land close to Lake Powell and the town of Page in Arizona. There is also a second and more visited Upper Antelope Canyon a few miles away. Both are susceptible to flash flooding in the monsoon season and can be completely flooded with little prior warning.

Lower Antelope Canyon, (or “spiral rock arches” as the Navajo describe them), attracts more photographers due to the special ‘photographer tours’ on offer, and also draws larger numbers of casual sightseers than in Upper.