Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, June 18, 2018

Craggy Trail

One of my occasional summer hikes is The Crags, on the other side of Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs. It's a beautiful trail, usually without many people early in the morning.
As you might guess by the name, there are lots of lovely rocks.
I call this one Gnome Rock. Maybe we've walked into Middle Earth?
When you get to the top, the views are divine.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

High Elevation Trees

Here are some shots of high-elevation trees on a Colorado hike; these were taken on a hike in my area, around 10,500 feet (3,200 meters) above sea level. I thought they'd make a fun Shadow Shot Sunday post.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Garrison Dam

For this week's Skywatch Friday post, here are a couple of shots of the Garrison Dam in North Dakota.
At over two miles (3.2 km) in length, it's the fifth-largest earthen dam in the world. We were lucky enough to drive over it on a beautiful day.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Minot - Scandinavian Heritage Park (2)

Continuing with more from the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, North Dakota, this post will explore the magnificent recreation of the Gol Stave Church. If you're ever in the area, this is a must-see.
It's by far the biggest and most elaborate of the park's buildings. The original church, in Gol, Hallingdal (Norway), was built around 1250, and this full-sized replica was completed in 2000.
Of course I had to get a shot with my fisheye lens, which made it look much smaller!
The balconies around the outside were fun to walk around.
The interior is also beautifully recreated.
Impressive details are everywhere.
Always look up!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pikes Peak Sunset

Here are a couple of shots taken towards Pikes Peak and the mountains after sunset.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Minot - Scandinavian Heritage Park (1)

Probably the biggest tourist attraction in Minot, North Dakota is the Scandinavian Heritage Park. It includes several restored buildings, including this house.
You can go inside and see how they used to live.
Everything is in great condition.
This is a stabbur, a building for storing food.
By far the most impressive building is the full-sized replica of the Gol Stave Church originally in Gol, Hallingdal. I'll have another post just for this.
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