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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Dala Horse

From our trip to Minot last year, here's a photo of the Dala Horse at the Scandinavian Heritage Association's park. It's bigger than the wide-angle lens makes it appear - compare it to the trees!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Minot Hike!

Late last summer we drove to Minot, North Dakota to visit family (they're all over the country and overseas). Of course while I was there I had to find a little hike, and I found the Woodland Trail. As you'd expect from the name, it wandered through a wooded area.
It also meandered next to a stream.
It was very different from my usual Colorado hikes, but pretty in its own way.
Especially when the stream fed into a bigger river.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Yerba Buena Gardens

For Weekend Reflections, here are some shots from Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. It includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, pictured here.
It was a pretty spot to wander around in.
I always enjoy a city park surrounded by tall buildings, especially when it's not busy.
I had to try my ultrawide fisheye lens.
Here's one more reflection for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Foggy SF Sky

From last year's trip to California, here's a leftover Skywatch Friday photo from a hotel window. I posted a photo taken a few minutes earlier from the same place a few months ago...

Monday, May 21, 2018

San Francisco Cruise Photos

I'm back, and I'll post some photos from a San Francisco Bay cruise, starting with the skyline.
I love San Francisco and I'll never tire of visiting.
Of course the cruise went under the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Approaching with some high fog...
...passing underneath...
...and coming out on the Pacific Ocean side.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Blog Break

I'll be very busy the next couple of weeks so I'm taking a blog break. I'll leave you with a scanned slide from Montreal in 1988.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Classic San Francisco Sights

I'm so far behind that I'm just getting to last year's San Francisco vacation, but luckily I don't have that many shots from it. I'll start with a couple of classic sights.
Yes, it's Alcatraz. We didn't get to the island but I did snap a couple of shots from a boat ride we took.
And of course you've got to see the famous cable cars.
I love those hilly streets!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Snow Dogs

My city is at the same latitude as Lisbon, or a little further south than Beijing. But since our elevation is so high we can get extremely varied weather. While we've had plenty of warm, sunny weather, it's still snowing on occasion. This has been the scene twice this week - I took these with the cellphone just  few days ago. With his thick fur coat Socks doesn't mind the white stuff.
On the other hand Laika's not a fan, although she's still happy to get outside.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Basilica

For Skywatch Friday, here's a shot of the basilica at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo.
And one more from the same mission.
I had a couple of questions as to why Copper Mountain (and most of the other Colorado ski resorts) close when there's still so much snow. It's a simple matter of economics - tourists don't plan ski trips this late in the season so it's mostly locals. And that won't pay the costs of running a resort.
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