Reflection

This watery image is Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park during the waning days of fall color.

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Siena International Photo Awards 2020

Every once and a while I toot my own horn and this is one of those times! All told in this international competition there are almost 50,000 entries from over 150 countries. I’m pleased to say that this image garnered a second place in category! (3 of the 4 images I entered were finalists) It got me an invitation to Sienna for the awards ceremony and month-long festival but alas everything is on hold, of course, until it’s safe to travel again. Even so, it’s very gratifying to place so well in a very competitive international competition where so many cultures and aesthetics are represented! – jg

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Tough Guy

This tough looking guy with a Napoleonic demeanor is a Pacific Slope Flycatcher. He’s probably not more than 4 inches long but he has a great hairdo (featherdo?) and that, “Don’t mess with me!”, expression. The image was captured in the extreme southern foothills of the Sierra where it meets the desert just north of Mojave, CA.

In case you are wondering… While still practicing social distancing, I can still make solo day trips and encounter far less people in close proximity than, say, a trip to Costco. On this day I had an exchange with just one person, who was wearing a mask (as was I), working the drive-through where I picked up a cold drink. (I also have hand sanitizer, gloves and wet wipes in my car)

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Sleepless

It’s one of those views that you don’t forget. It’s quintessential America West. We always hope for weather to make our skies interesting and on this trip, things got very “interesting” indeed. Camping in a small tent during a powerful multi-day rain and lightning storm is not ideal but when things start to clear and you get colors and skies like this, you tend to forget all about the previous wet, thunderous, sleepless nights.

This, of course, as the late afternoon sun finds its way through the broken clouds, is Monument Valley.

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Tetons, No Tetons

A late spring snowstorm blasts the Grand Tetons. Although we were there for several days, we only saw suggestions of the famous peaks. Only three weeks from summer, the storm clouds, blanket of snow and the base of the rugged mountain range made for some beautifully timeless winter scenes.

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