Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, December 10, 2018

Kyoto's Bamboo Forest

One of Kyoto's famous sights is the Bamboo Forest. Last week I showed you a photo looking straight up.
It's exactly what it sounds like, with tree-size bamboo making an impressive sight.
It's one of the many must-see sights in the area.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Unique Skies

For Skywatch Friday, here's a preview of what I'll show you next week, as I'll post more shots from our Asian vacation.

Monday, December 3, 2018


For Our World Tuesday, a few cellphone shots of the Las Vegas Strip as we wandered around (we stayed one night to break up the drive to Los Angeles). It's Paris in the desert!
Here's the famous Bellagio.
The Mirage is always nice to see.
And finally, a random fountain near the Wynn.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dogwalking Sunrise

I've been offline for a while - first we were out of town for a few days, and when we got back we had internet problems. To celebrate my being back online, here's a recent cellphone shot of sunrise, taken while I was walking the dogs. It's for Skywatch Friday.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Driving to Los Angeles

We had to drive to Los Angeles last weekend to drop off a car. On the first day we drove the 800 miles (1,300 km) to Las Vegas; it takes almost exactly 12 hours. It's all on excellent highways with two lanes in each direction, so it's easy to do. Parts are beautiful - here's a photo taken on the highway in Colorado. (All photos are taken with my phone, with a little help from my wife.)
There's a spot in Utah where you climb over an ancient upthrust - the highway snakes between these rocks. It's in the middle of a 110-mile (177 km) stretch with no services or towns.
At the top there's a place where you can stop and admire the view.
I feel like everybody should do this drive at least once if they get the chance.
The road cuts through a corner of Arizona, and it's spectacular.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lake Dillon

For Skywatch Friday, here's a very low Dillon Reservoir, taken a few weeks ago.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fushimi Inari Taisha (2)

Last week I showed you the main area of Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社). This shrine is most famous for it's 10,000 tori gates, presenting a truly unique beauty.
As you walk through the gates up the mountain you encounter many smaller shrines.
And the tori gates continue, an incredible number of them. Looking back you can see Japanese characters on them.
The whole area is stunningly beautiful.
This is one of the world's must-see sights.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fushimi Inari Taisha (1)

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is one of the most famous sights in Kyoto, and indeed all of Japan.
It is the main shrine of the god Inari.
It is incredibly beautiful and no visit to Japan is complete without seeing it.
Next week I'll further explore this shrine, venturing beyond this gate to show you one of the world's most amazing sights.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

More Colorado Fall Colors

Here's another Skywatch Friday shot from my Lilypad Lake hike a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Nijō Castle (2)

Here are more shots of the Nijō Castle (二条城 Nijō-jō) gardens, which include some pretty lakes.
Everything's kept up beautifully.
There's an impressive gate...
or two.
And what would a castle be without a moat?
This is definitely one of Kyoto's must-see sights.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Deer, Deer

I got my flu shot a couple of weeks ago. These little friendlies were sitting outside the doctor's office as I walked in, watching everybody come and go.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Little Rainbow

Here's a recent little rainbow seen from our front porch.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Nijō Castle (1)

Nijō Castle (二条城 Nijō-jō) is one of the main sights in Kyoto. As we approached we saw this tower on the edge of the grounds.
After various disasters, the main building was replaced in 1893 by a prince's residence moved from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, about which I've already posted.
No photos were allowed inside the building but here's the outside.
I also loved this view from the grounds.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Final Beach Bridge Shot

Here's the last of the leftover photos from a trip to San Francisco. This latest series were all taken at China Beach. I must admit, this is one of my favorite shots.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Kyoto Imperial Palace (2)

Here are some more shots of the Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所).
As you'd expect the landscaping is exquisite.
Of course there are water features...
...including lovely bridges.
I'm sure many important people have passed through the main courtyard.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trees & Plane

Here's another Skywatch Friday shot from my Lilypad Lake hike, with evergreens, an aspen tree, and a plane contrail for good measure.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hoosier Pass

When in Breckenridge last weekend I hiked from the top of Hoosier Pass. This mountain road tops out at 11,542 ft (3,518 m) above sea level and is open year-round; in fact it's the road I take when I go skiing, just driving a regular car.
Since it's a mountain pass, that means that it goes over a low point (in this case over the Continental Divide) and is surrounded by higher mountains. In fact, you can see four 14,000-foot (4,267 m) mountains from here, a couple of which I've climbed many years ago.
In North America, the Continental Divide separates the Atlantic and Pacific watersheds; any rain or snow that falls to the east of this pass eventually makes its way to the Atlantic ocean, and any that falls to the west eventually ends up in the Pacific. I hiked my way up a little above treeline, to around 12,000 feet (3,657 m) above sea level, and enjoyed the views very much.
With snow on the way (even at my house), high-elevation hiking season is probably over for this year.
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