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Glendalough in Wicklow

Near Upper Glendalough Lake, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

A moody overcast day with a streak of sunlight backlighting the heather on the hills, near the Early Medieval monastic settlement at Glendalough in County Wicklow.

Glendalough means “Valley of two lakes”.

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Halong Bay Sunrise

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Situated in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its thousands of limestone karst islands in various shapes and sizes of which there are between 1,960 and 2,00 of them. The limestone in this bay has gone through continual change over the past 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.

This particular morning sunrise saw a calm sea swathed in the usual fog (said to be caused by excessive pollution inland). Junk boat tours with companies like Paradise Cruises operate year-round in Halong Bay.

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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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A Stream Gently Flows

Wintergreen, Virginia, US

Fall in the the mountains of Virginia at this slow flowing, chaotic-looking creek where the dead leaves flow gently by.

 

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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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Reflections of Pride

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

A last stand for the dead trees sitting in shallow water at the Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park. They have been killed by a shift in geyser activity.

As the trees mature their root structures search deeper only to be consumed by excess heat and toxicity created by the thermal activity.

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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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Isa Lake Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

In midsummer water lillies cover Isa Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

The lake is situated right on the Continental Divide at Craig Pass between Old Faithful and West Thumb. Geographers call it a drainage divide or boundary between two watersheds, one which flows to the Atlantic Ocean, the other to the Pacific Ocean.

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Off the Trail

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

A flash of color while walking from Artists Point on Uncle Tom's Trail to the Lower Falls in Yellowstone. This steep trail takes you from the top of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon down to the base of the 308-foot-high Lower Falls.

The walk down 500 feet is fairly strenuous, however, in 1905 Uncle Tom lowered you by rope!

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Travertine at Mammoth Hot Springs

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate at the mouth of the hot spring.

The classic fibrous appearance of the travertine at Mammoth Hot Springs with its array of white, tan, rusty and cream-colors can be seen in this image.

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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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Crabtree Falls – In Hurricane Season

Blue Ridge Mountains, Little Switzerland, North Carolina, USA

Crabtree Falls is a 70 ft. cascade located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of Asheville and near to Linville Falls. It’s usually a gentle flowing delicate waterfall, however, after a spate of hurricanes in the fall of 2017, the falls were in full flow.

A park ranger informed us that a mother bear and her two cubs are regularly to be seen playing at the base of these falls – sadly not while we visited!

A PHOTO TOUR OF NORTH CAROLINA WATERFALLS

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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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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: