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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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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.

 

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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.

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Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone is a true wonder of the world. From above it show its breathtakingly beautiful and unbelievable colours made up of a multitude of bacterial mats. This view is taken looking across the outer area of the spring. In the background is the hill that keen photographers and naturalists climb to get a sort of aerial view of this extraordinary place.

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Water Buffalo at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The water buffalo were crossing the river adjacent to the magnificent and ornate South Entrance of Angkor Thom.

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Monks in Tuk Tuk

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

This image came about whilst visiting the temples at Angkor Wat when a tuk tuk* with Buddist monks inside drove past me at speed. I was only able to get a glance of the action as I swung around with my camera, thus the motion blurry effect. I felt the picture conveyed exactly what I saw and experienced – a flash of wonderful orange!

 

*tuk tuk – In Cambodia, two different types of vehicles are called tuk-tuks, one has four wheels and is composed of a motorcycle (which leans), the other a trailer (which doesn’t).

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Angkor Wat Monks

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Buddist monks waiting to watch the sun set over the Angkor Wat temple complex from a high vantage point. Along with hundreds of visitors daily who climb to this elevated temple these monks have joined the throng having spent most of the day moving around between the other temples.

They can be seen in another image riding in a tuk tuk at speed!

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Angkor Wat Buddha Statue

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, or ‘temple city’ as it means, is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. The Hindu temple was originally built as a dedication to the god Vishnu, and was later converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, where statues of Buddha were added to further enrich its artwork.

This god is located within the upper level of the main temple which is accessed by a steep stone staircase and the views of the surrounding area are breathtaking.

 

 

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Angkor Thom Faces

Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This is one of the stone faces at the South Gate of the Angkor Temples and is in itself just one of the five main gates into the ancient Angkor Thom.

Angkor Thom literally means “Great City”, and it covers an area of 9 sq km. It was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire being established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII.

At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the magnificent Bayon.

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Ta Keo Temple, Angkor Wat

Ta Keo Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Ta Keo was possibly the first temple to be built by the Khmers entirely of sandstone. It’s a massive five-layered pyramid which rises 22m (72ft) from ground level.

It was the state temple of Jayavarman V, who as a ten year old boy succeeded his father, Rajendravarman, to the throne in 968. During the early part of his reign times were turbulent and the court officials dominated the royal political scene. However, when he was aged seventeen, he began the vast construction of his own state temple, Ta Keo.

 

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Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat

Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

In contrast to the grand sprawl of the Angkor Wat complex, Bayon was at the heart of the what was the largest known settlement complex of the pre-industrial world. It’s known that the temple once consisted of over 200 smiling stone faces carved into the 50 towers. Today only 37 towers remain.

This stunning and compact temple is located just a few miles from the Cambodian town of Siem Reap.