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Two Trees Against the Coming Storm

After two weeks of being mostly offline, a return to posting. This incredible cloud formation was just minutes before the sky around Lake Naivasha opened with a massive storm.

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Afternoon Hike

A late afternoon hike near Paarl. It’s not every day that you see warnings to “Beware of Mountain Lions.”

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Thirds

Cold water after a long and difficult hike to the top of Cerro Chato, a dormant volcano near La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The proportions made me think of Mark Rothko.

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Coastal Trees

A hike through a forest near the Kingston ferry terminal where enormous cedars shoot straight into the sky.

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Broken Tree

Along the Billy Goat Trail.

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Escarpment Farm

From a path along the Bruce Trail, near Big Bay, looking south.

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Potomac and Trees

Along the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls Park.

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Cedar Portal

In a silent forest of cedars, poplars and ancient granite, a void worthy of a fantastic fable.

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Blurred Trail

While moving downhill on a trail.

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Cedar Leaves

On the Bruce Trail near Wiarton.

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Tree and Path

Hiking the Bruce Trail near Big Bay.

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Bridges and Rubble

Looking north into Maryland from West Virginia as a freight train rolls south on the leftmost bridge, with the remnants of a third on the right. The rocky outcrop is where Potomac Bridges was taken.

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Potomac Bridges

Looking down on Harper’s Ferry from the trail above the river.

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Clearing

An opening along the trail above Harper’s Ferry.

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Ridgeline Camp

Where in 1862, the Union Army hunkered down for its eventual battle with the Confederates.

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Bruce Trees

The amazing forest of the Niagara Escarpment, along the Bruce Trail, northeast of Owen Sound.

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Curved Trail

Along the Bruce Trail, northwest of Owen Sound.

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Tree Tunnel

Near the entrance to the park, this tunnel marks the beginning of the trail that leads to the first overlook of the falls.

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Evening Rocks

After the last several posts from Toronto, the opposite of the city. Looking north on Georgian Bay.

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Antique Falls

A long exposure of a group of falls on the Argentina side, processed to look like vintage wet-plate photo chemistry.

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Behind the Falls

Nearing the end of the trail on the Brazil side of the falls, a glimpse behind the water. This perspective is from the top left corner of the Devil’s Throat photo.

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The Mouth

The beginning of the falls, at the top of the “Devil’s Throat.”

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Tiers

Looking through the trees on the Brazil side of the falls. The rightmost side of the walkway at the top is where On The Edge was taken.

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Sunset Falls

People departed. Tour boats stopped. Just the roar and the early evening sun over this massive ring of waterfalls.

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Double Falls

A pair of “tiny” waterfalls near the end of the main trail in Iguazu National Park. With hundreds of falls in the park spilling millions of gallons of water per minute, it’s easy to overlook these tiny cascades as afterthoughts.

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On the Edge

Looking west toward the Brazil side of the falls.

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Lit Stream

A stream through the Gunpowder Falls State Park.

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Evening Walk - Steinheim, Germany

Epilogue: The Longest Summer

I ride a school bus every morning now. Again. A big yellow one. With green vinyl seats you peel yourself off of in hot weather. With the fold-out STOP sign. With the flashing lights. With the windows that only slide halfway down, enough to only tease riders about relief from the stifling environs. But my lunch hasn’t been stolen (yet), so things are still good.

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Sunset - Essaouira, Morocco

Upward Bound

Having acquired some kind of cold in Marrakech, I’ve started to cough. I hoped that good food and the warm air would snuff it out before it (and I) became a nuisance. No such luck. I awake today to begin a two-day mountain trek with a full-blown hacking cough.

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Valley I - Imlil, Morocco

Is This Van Going to Asni?

After the insanity of Marrakech, our first stop is the village of Imlil. Because, when in a hot, desert country, what better a thing to do than climb a mountain without any of the appropriate equipment?

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Beach Rocks - Kaikoura, New Zealand

Leavin, on a jet plane…

As I write this from an internet cafe in Auckland, I am awaiting lunch, awaiting my bus to the airport, awaiting my flight home (fingers crossed for a cancellation). New Rule: Buses loaded with Japanese tourists, faces pressed to the glass, all holding cameras (some holding two), can appear at any time, in any location.

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Tongariro Crossing - Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

The Road to Mount Doom

It began this morning in Taupo with a 5 am wakeup call for the bus ride to Tongariro National Park. The bars were still bumping and thumping with New Year’s festivities, but I suited up with cold weather gear, attempting to be prepared for the Tongariro Crossing, billed as New Zealand’s most spectacular one-day walk.

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Dark Sound - South Island, New Zealand

Ready and Abel

Abel Tasman National Park has golden beaches and water so clear that kayaks in shallow water simply appear to be floating in space. I bask in the sun and climb some of the 57 km of trails that wind and twist through dense trees. I wander beaches and explore tiny side trails.

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End of the Road - Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Grounded

The miserable cold and rainy weather of last night is still in full force this morning. It doesn’t look good for heli-hiking. I figured that I would destroy my budget and take the rare opportunity to go on an absolutely extravagant excursion (as if this trip wasn’t already).

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Caution - Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand

Postcard from civilization

It’s been some time since there’s been internet access and an equally long while since things like paved roads, gas stations and towns with populations in the triple digits. We reach the relative metropolis of Fox Glacier by midnight, despite our little car fiasco.

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Glimpse - Near Christchurch, New Zealand

Your karma just ran over my dogma

Two hours from Christchurch, through low, grass-covered hills, we swing around a bend. The road stretches out across a massive plain of grass and flowers and sparse trees, sliced in two by the grey road — a straight shot that stretches out until it disappears at the base of the Southern Alps.