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A Moment of Reflection

Asheville, North Carolina, US

During the fall the lure of greens and reflections studded with the reds and yellows were mesmerizing while I enjoyed a brief moment in time at a lake on the Vanderbilt Estate near Asheville.

This is one of the most amazing properties to visit, so if you’re in the area it’s a must. The Vanderbilts are an American family that through Cornelius Vanderbilt created great success with the shipping and railroad empires. The family expanded into numerous other areas of industry and philanthropy. Cornelius Vanderbilt’s descendants went on to build several grand mansions, one of which was the palatial Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

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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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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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Grand Prismatic Microbial Mat

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

The Grand Prismatic Spring microbial mat, which is a multi-layered sheet of microorganisms, surrounds the hot springs showing off its many vivid colors. The intrinsic blue center of the pool (upper right of the photo) is completely sterile due to the extreme heat. The hot spring discharges an estimated 560 US gallons (2,100 liters) of 160 °F (70 °C) water per minute.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

 

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Irish Cottage at Twilight

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Old stone cottages are a rare sight in Ireland nowadays. Most have been demolished or fallen into disrepair. This wonderful example is located on Mannin Bay near Ballyconneely in the south western part of the Connemara region in the West of Ireland.

On this glorious summer evening the farmers were out making hay in the old traditional way, building haycocks by hand with pitchforks!