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Erin’s Soft Light

Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland

Derryclare Lough is located about 37 miles (60 km) northwest of Galway city.

North of the lake lies The Twelve Bens mountain range exuding a gentle and magical beauty.

These amazing landscapes are frequented by photographers and artists alike. And keen fishermen arrive to fish for salmon and trout in the peaty and pristine lakes and rivers throughout the area.

 

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Reach for the Sky

Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

These 15th-century temples of Ta Prohm were so well built that even after many centuries in the jungle they still stand today. Trees grow out of the ruins as their extraordinary root structures seek new gripping points wherever possible.

Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument, which includes temples, reservoirs, and canals. The website ‘World Archaeology’ describes Angkor Wat as “the most extensive urban complex in the pre-industrial world.

 

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Historic Roots

Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, the temple of Ta Prohm (the modern name of the temple at Angkor in Siem Reap Province) was abandoned and neglected for centuries.

When conservation and restoration of the temples of Angkor began in the early 21st century, it was decided that Ta Prohm would be left mainly as it had been found, as it was the one which had best merged with the jungle, without becoming part of it.

This tree soars skywards while the roots maintain their reptilian-like grip on the beautifully carved temple structures below.

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Trail of Fall Colors

Wintergreen, Virginia, US

Typical vibrant fall colors near the resort of Wintergreen in the the mountains of Virginia.

 

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Reaching For The Sky

Co. Tipperary, Ireland

A cold Irish winters evening beckons. The sky was clear and uninterrupted by cloud which made the vibrancy of the colours stand out behind the broken or dead state of the trees.

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Tapestry of Microbes

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone exudes such vivid colors around the edges of the mineral-rich water in the spring. These are the result of microbial mats which tend to be mainly orange and red in the summer, and usually dark green in the winter. The center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat.

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Artists Paint Pots

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Situated just three miles south of the Norris Geyser Basin is the generally less active Gibbon Geyser Basin. It is here where several collections of thermal features are found, of which Artists Paint Pots are the most popular.

The Paint Pots are a group of over 50 springs, geysers, vents and active mud pots. These exhibit a wild array and shades of blue, grey and brown colors with varying textures. Their behavior changes during the year depending on the amount of subterranean water.

 

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Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

On hiking and climbing to an overlook behind the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, one is rewarded with an extraordinary view of this special place. The blue center of the pool is sterile due to the extreme heat produced by the hot spring, while the orange around the edges is microbial mat.

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Microbial Mat at Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US and the third largest in the world. The vivid colors around the edges of the mineral-rich water in the spring are the result of microbial mats, while the center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat.

The amount of color in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids (organic pigments produced by plants and algae), and also on the temperature gradient in the runoff.  The mats tend to be mainly orange and red in the summer, and usually dark green in the winter.

 

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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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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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Cullasaja River Gorge

North Carolina, USA

The Cullasaja Gorge is located in North Carolina between the towns of Highlands and Franklin, and is mostly protected as part of the Nantahala National Forest.

The fast-moving Cullasaja River is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River, which ultimately flows into the Mississippi River. It has several waterfalls along its 61 mile length, which include:

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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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A Fall Trail

North Carolina, USA

Fall colors gently changing in the Appalachian mountains near Boone in North Carolina.

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The Land is Theirs

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, USA

Bison graze in the early morning under the magnificent backdrop of the Grand Teton mountain range. The location is close to the renowned Moulton’s Barn on Mormon Row near Jackson Hole.

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Schwabacher’s Landing

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Schwabacher’s Landing is a popular location for photographers to capture the dramatic Grand Tetons with a classic water reflection in the foreground. The site is on the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park around 16 miles north of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. The calm waters of the river, created by beaver dams, allow for those beautiful sunrise reflections.

The area is easily accessible from a dirt road off Highway 89. However, the gravel road had been closed to vehicles resulting in a four-mile hike to the landing spot offering numerous photo opportunities along the way.

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Mallard Morning Flight

Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA

Schwabachers Landing is a boat landing spot on the Snake River located a few miles north of the town of Jackson Hole in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

This location is popular with photographers and naturalists alike, due to the wonderful sunrise reflections of the mountains in the calm waters (created by beavers dams) of the river. Wildlife, which includes moose, pronghorn, bald eagles and several water bird species, are frequently seen in the immediate vicinity.

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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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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.