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Moore Cove Falls

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA

This gentle flowing, 50 foot waterfall is located about 6.5 miles on U.S. Highway 276 from the intersection of U.S. Highway 64, which is near Brevard in the western part of North Carolina.

A charming part of this waterfall is the ability to walk behind it and be under a large overhang of rock . Visitors can walk the 3/4 mile (1.2 km) trail to the falls with ease.

Moor Cove Falls is one of the most enchanting of locations that I have had the privilege to photograph.

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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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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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Symphony In Rock

Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

Rocky outcrops throughout this extraordinary area on the west coast of Ireland are host to an array of plantlife.

This karst landscape is a bed of limestone up to 800 metres thick, and was formed as sediments in a tropical sea around 325 million years ago. Fossil corals and ammonites are found within the strata.

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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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Terraces in Sapa

Lào Cai Province, Sapa, Vietnam

Approximately 236 miles northwest of Hanoi in the northern part of Vietnam lies the district of Sapa.

Known for its extensive rice terracing on the surrounding hills and mountains, travelers, trekkers and photographers are drawn to its overall beauty. Thousands of tourists come every year to trek the hundreds of miles of trails around the villages of Dao, Ta Van and Ta Phin and meet the Hmong people – a local ethnic group.

 

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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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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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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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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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Roundstone Harbour

Connemara, Co.Galway, Ireland

The small village is a popular holiday resort in this remote part of the west of Ireland. At the busy harbour local fishermen ply their trade and deliver the day’s catch, which includes a mix of Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Mackerel and Cod plus a wide variety of other fish. Local restaurants also serve a seafood chowder, a favourite dish of the region.

Roundstone is renowned among artists, photographers and naturalists for the amazing beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes.

Setting Sun on the Wicklow Gap

Co.Wicklow, Ireland

The sun sets on the gentle rolling heather hills near the Wicklow Gap on the east of the country. With sheep in small fields surrounded by stone walls, the island of Ireland as always offers endless beauty.

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Rocks of Ages

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

This is ‘Quiet Man‘ country in the west of Ireland, where the fields are small and the rocky outcrops are immense. Centuries of working the land by generations of farmers has created tiny pockets of green where sheep wander and graze within the man-made stone wall boundaries.