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    Merlin Emrys
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    Most of my photography is meant to document Nature as I see and experience it. So much of the land and wilderness has already been lost, and even more is endangered by those who wish to feed their addiction to greed, power, and control.

    My hope is to inspire people to protect what is left, and to go out and experience it for themselves.

    Other creative activities include abstract expressionist painter, writer, musician, kayaking, hiking, cooking.
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  1. The intense sunlight here often causes shadow/highlight problems. At least some of it can be fixed in pp. The rock faces always inspire lots of projections of faces, etc., especially when viewed close up. But it is all Mother Nature's handiwork!
  2. Thanks very much, Fons! It is an extraordinary place, only an hour away.
  3. A sunny but chilly day for our adventure. The site has numerous sculptured rock formations, many of them conical. They were formed over millions of years by volcanic eruptions and subsequent erosion due to wind and water, a process which is ongoing. 1. 2. 3. The main trail goes through a canyon with steep rock walls, and then through a slot canyon, which is very challenging to negotiate in many places. 4. 5. 6. 7. It then opens up, with incredible formations on both sides. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. The trail then ascends treacherously 630 feet to the top of a mesa, with 360-degree expansive views of mountain ranges, plateaus, and even a lake. 13. 14. The experience of being amidst the rocks was awesome, and tremendously uplifting and inspiring. Contemplating the forces that created this amazing place offered a sense of vastness and magnificence. Such unspoiled beauty, mostly without human traces other than footprints, was nourishment for our souls.
  4. The effects of climate change are very, very obvious to all except the greed addicts and deniers. Although encroaching waters are a non-issue where I live, at 7000 feet elevation, there is generally less moisture and warmer temps, and lower levels in the rivers.
  5. Very, very little, though, especially when compared with other places. A few fixed bolts used for training by the local search-and-rescue team, and some minor mimicking of ancient petroglyphs, but that is it. Nothing carved into the faces of the rock, glad to say! So I wonder what you saw in these photographs?
  6. Still waiting for ours. Sunny and near 50 F for today's hike!
  7. We went in a different direction on today's off-trail adventure, climbing up to and making our way just below the rock cliffs. Amazing, astounding, and jaw-dropping do not begin to describe the landscape. We ended the excursion by ascending the rock chimney we have gone down before, to the top of the mesa at 7200 feet elevation. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.
  8. Most of the seed heads (fuzz) are gone from the huge amount of these plkants in various areas where we hike. What is left is the stalk of the plant, and not much else, not even leaves. Seeing it in person is the way to go, as no photograph can capture the fullness of being. Thanks for viewing and commenting!
  9. Lovely color, detail, and use of DOF.
  10. BTW, the big sage, or sagebrush, whose abundant presence and aroma is closely associated with the American West, is not a true salvia sp. either. It is Artemisia tridentata. As WS wrote, a rose by any name would smell as sweet.
  11. Krascheninnikovia ceratoides, but known as silver sage out here.
  12. We had about an inch yesterday morning, but it is all gone now with the sun. Still rather cold, but warming up soon!
  13. Also, it is sunny here about 300 days a year, so don't let the deep blue skies fool you into thinking it is not cold!
  14. We have low humidity, so it is mostly a dry cold. With Britain's moisture, cold feels more cold than here. It can get down close to zero F occasionally in dead of winter, but for our hike the temps were in the mid-30's. However, we had some snow this morning, and since I had a medical appointment, driving was somewhat dicey. But it is almost all melted now. We do have lots of strong winds, and with the cold, that means windproof shells are a necessity.