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Yellowstone Raven

Yellowstone Raven

This raven at Yellowstone Lake is actually trying to devour the sign.  He seems to be saying, “Don’t feed the wildlife, eh…?  Well, here’s what I think about that!”  I didn’t get very many funny shots on my cross-country trip, but this is one which still makes me smile.         (Nikon D200, focal length-105mm, f8.0, iso 400, 1/3 stop underexposed)

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Elk (Actually a Pronghorn) at Grand Teton National Park

Elk (Actually a Pronghorn) at Grand Teton National Park

 

I thought I’d add a few photos (more to come) of some of the wildlife that I saw at the National Parks I visited on my cross-country trip.  I loved this one because he was in motion when I “captured” him with my Nikon D200, f 9.0, ISO 320, focal length 200mm.

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Arches National Park's Double Arch in Utah

Arches National Park

This gorgeous double arch at Utah’s Arches National Park was merely a 10-minute hike over medium terrain.  As you can likely tell, I used my circular polarizer to cut glare and haze and to bring out the blue in the sky.
I probably took about 75-100 photos of this double arch, most of them without tourists showing.  I posted this one, however, because I think that the people included (particularly the young lady with arms extended in the lower arch) help to give it a sense of scale.
I don’t mind admitting that it was a bit of a challenge when I decided that I had to experience the feeling of getting way up there inside that arch.  It was quite a climb over solid rock, but I did experience a feeling of triumph, mixed in with trepidation.
When people ask me what was most surprising about my cross-country trip, I often start with mentioning the sheer beauty of those three Utah national parks:  Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion national parks.  Stay tuned for some photos from the latter.
Photo info:  Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens at 18 mm, f 7.0

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Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs--Part of my In Search of America Cross-Country Trip

Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs

 

This is one of nearly 9000 photos I took on my 27 day whirlwind cross-country trip–one which I call “In Search of America.”   I had to  pull way off the highway and shoot quickly with my Nikon D200 at 20 mm (f10.0)  to get this.  Despite the sun and blue skies, I used a cloudy white balance to bring out the reds.  It is one of many scenes that made me open my mouth in awe and wonder.

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Welcome to my Photo Blog.  I appreciate having the opportunity to share some of my photos.  To find out a little bit about me, please click on “About” at the top of the page.  I am eager to hear your thoughts and responses about my work.  Please feel free to click on Comments to leave a comment of your own.  I intend to update this blog on a regular basis, so there should be new photos every day or two.  Thanks very much for visiting.  Please come back soon.             Warmly,   Mitch

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