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The Bund is lined up with stately colonial-area buildings, but across the Huangpu River lies the modern skyscrapers of the Pudong district, which form the particularly futuristic Shanghai skyline, made iconic by the Oriental Pearl Tower. From approximately half an hour after sunset to 11PM (which gives you half an hour before the sky is dark), the Pudong district skyscrappers are illuminated, with the Oriental Pearl Tower and other skyscrapers enlivened by lights of changing light show. The Huangpu River makes a sharp bend at that spot, which gives the impression that the skyline lies on a Manhattan-like island. More: https://qtl.us/2YgJfqr #shanghai#china
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The Bund is lined up with stately colonial-area buildings, but across the Huangpu River lies the modern skyscrapers of the Pudong district, which form the particularly futuristic Shanghai skyline, made iconic by the Oriental Pearl Tower. From approximately half an hour after sunset to 11PM (which gives you half an hour before the sky is dark), the Pudong district skyscrappers are illuminated, with the Oriental Pearl Tower and other skyscrapers enlivened by lights of changing light show. The Huangpu River makes a sharp bend at that spot, which gives the impression that the skyline lies on a Manhattan-like island. More: https://qtl.us/2YgJfqr #shanghai#china

4 days ago
Because it is not traversed by a road, Pinnacles National Park feels larger than its acreage would suggest. Hiking is the only way to reach the most dense section of volcanic monoliths and crags after which the Park is named. I used to rock-climb there years ago, but that day my goal was to create new photographs of our most recently designated National Park with the large format camera. After gaining more than a thousand feet of elevation on the steep chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, I arrived just in time to marvel at the first light coloring the High Peaks rock spires orange, as a pair of California condors began to soar in the distance. #pinnaclesnationalpark #pinnacles #nationalpark #california #findyourparkImage (from my book Treasured Lands) part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25,2019, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers
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Because it is not traversed by a road, Pinnacles National Park feels larger than its acreage would suggest. Hiking is the only way to reach the most dense section of volcanic monoliths and crags after which the Park is named. I used to rock-climb there years ago, but that day my goal was to create new photographs of our most recently designated National Park with the large format camera. After gaining more than a thousand feet of elevation on the steep chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, I arrived just in time to marvel at the first light coloring the High Peaks rock spires orange, as a pair of California condors began to soar in the distance. #pinnaclesnationalpark #pinnacles #nationalpark #california #findyourpark Image (from my book Treasured Lands) part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

2 weeks ago
In 1993, on my first visit to Death Valley, following Yosemite and Denali, I realized how much of nature’s variety was showcased in the national park system as a whole. Death Valley is the hottest and driest area in the country, a vast and trying place of desert extremes, ranging from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere to tall snow-capped mountains. Many geological wonders – vast sand dunes, one of the largest salt pans on earth, and rocks moving mysteriously on a dry lake bed – highlight it. Growing up in France, I had never seen deserts before. The sight of the dunes set in the vast valley astonished me, as did the distances there. What at first promised to be a short stroll took an hour of trudging in the sand. After visiting the dunes many times, I strived to challenge the notion that no good landscape photograph can be taken there at midday. Low light is usually preferred for the Mesquite Sand Dunes because it creates shadows by hitting the raised edges of the ripples, making them visible. The same effect can be obtained with a high sun provided that the angle of the sun rays is close to parallel to the angle of the slope. Of all the dunes around, I selected those for their steep slope grazed by the sunrays, and shot backlit, which also helped revealed its texture. The background of mountains provides a texture that echoes that of the dune while remaining secondary because of the dark tones, and I made sure to exclude the sky since it would have been brighter than the dunes, therefore pulling the eye away from them. #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalley #nationalpark #californiaImage (from my book Treasured Lands) part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers
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In 1993, on my first visit to Death Valley, following Yosemite and Denali, I realized how much of nature’s variety was showcased in the national park system as a whole. Death Valley is the hottest and driest area in the country, a vast and trying place of desert extremes, ranging from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere to tall snow-capped mountains. Many geological wonders – vast sand dunes, one of the largest salt pans on earth, and rocks moving mysteriously on a dry lake bed – highlight it. Growing up in France, I had never seen deserts before. The sight of the dunes set in the vast valley astonished me, as did the distances there. What at first promised to be a short stroll took an hour of trudging in the sand. After visiting the dunes many times, I strived to challenge the notion that no good landscape photograph can be taken there at midday. Low light is usually preferred for the Mesquite Sand Dunes because it creates shadows by hitting the raised edges of the ripples, making them visible. The same effect can be obtained with a high sun provided that the angle of the sun rays is close to parallel to the angle of the slope. Of all the dunes around, I selected those for their steep slope grazed by the sunrays, and shot backlit, which also helped revealed its texture. The background of mountains provides a texture that echoes that of the dune while remaining secondary because of the dark tones, and I made sure to exclude the sky since it would have been brighter than the dunes, therefore pulling the eye away from them. #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalley #nationalpark #california Image (from my book Treasured Lands) part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

2 weeks ago
Joshua trees and granite boulders characterize the windy high Mojave Desert, while at the Colorado Desert’s lower elevations, cactus and native California palm trees thrive among sandy washes occasionally flooded by unpredictable torrents. I was not sure if I inadvertently brushed against a cholla cactus, or if the piece jumped at me while I was looking for a good viewpoint in Joshua Tree National Park during the predawn darkness, but the result was that I couldn’t dislodge it with my bare hand for fear of getting my fingers stuck as well. A beautiful sunrise below the clouds kept me in the Cholla Cactus Garden, with a cactus clenching onto my behind, until the light was well over. I then strolled back to the car to tease the spiny thing out with pliers. #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #nationalpark #californiaDid you guess correctly that I would post this image? Here is how you could have figured it out with a 50% chance. The series of the six previous images were the California national parks by date of designation, and the particular photos were the main images (full-page chapter openers) for their respective sections in the Treasured Lands book (see profile link for info). This is why there were two possible answers, since the next national parks were Death Valley and Joshua Tree, both designated the same day as part of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Image part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League which opens tonight at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers
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Joshua trees and granite boulders characterize the windy high Mojave Desert, while at the Colorado Desert’s lower elevations, cactus and native California palm trees thrive among sandy washes occasionally flooded by unpredictable torrents. I was not sure if I inadvertently brushed against a cholla cactus, or if the piece jumped at me while I was looking for a good viewpoint in Joshua Tree National Park during the predawn darkness, but the result was that I couldn’t dislodge it with my bare hand for fear of getting my fingers stuck as well. A beautiful sunrise below the clouds kept me in the Cholla Cactus Garden, with a cactus clenching onto my behind, until the light was well over. I then strolled back to the car to tease the spiny thing out with pliers. #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #nationalpark #california Did you guess correctly that I would post this image? Here is how you could have figured it out with a 50% chance. The series of the six previous images were the California national parks by date of designation, and the particular photos were the main images (full-page chapter openers) for their respective sections in the Treasured Lands book (see profile link for info). This is why there were two possible answers, since the next national parks were Death Valley and Joshua Tree, both designated the same day as part of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Image part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League which opens tonight at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

2 weeks ago
Channel Islands National Park’s five craggy islands, isolated from the mainland by turbulent ocean forces, are home to extensive marine mammal rookeries, nesting seabirds colonies, and many plant species found nowhere else. The aptly named Inspiration Point presents the most spectacular view on the Pacific Coast. For a short time in the spring, the endemic giant coreopsis, with its bright yellow flowers, highlights the chain of Anacapa Islands. Turning around, you can see the mainland coast, close, but a world apart. For an entire morning, I was captivated by the dynamic spectacle of waves and soaring seagulls below my high vantage point. #channelislandsnationalpark #channelislands #nationalpark #californiaAfter seeing my 6 last posts, can you guess the next one, down to the exact photo?  There are two correct answers and you can find them in two days at the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and five other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers
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Channel Islands National Park’s five craggy islands, isolated from the mainland by turbulent ocean forces, are home to extensive marine mammal rookeries, nesting seabirds colonies, and many plant species found nowhere else. The aptly named Inspiration Point presents the most spectacular view on the Pacific Coast. For a short time in the spring, the endemic giant coreopsis, with its bright yellow flowers, highlights the chain of Anacapa Islands. Turning around, you can see the mainland coast, close, but a world apart. For an entire morning, I was captivated by the dynamic spectacle of waves and soaring seagulls below my high vantage point. #channelislandsnationalpark #channelislands #nationalpark #california After seeing my 6 last posts, can you guess the next one, down to the exact photo? There are two correct answers and you can find them in two days at the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and five other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

3 weeks ago
Walking among the ancient redwood trees, I felt the stillness of the coastal fog that provides nourishment to the tranquil groves of those giants, the earth’s tallest trees. My visit to the park, which follows forty miles of Northern California shoreline, was well- timed, as in the deep darkness of the forest, rhododendron blossoms provided brilliant accents of color. #redwoodnationalpark #redwood #nationalpark #californiaThe full print will be part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and six other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers (Sorry for previously missing caption!)
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Walking among the ancient redwood trees, I felt the stillness of the coastal fog that provides nourishment to the tranquil groves of those giants, the earth’s tallest trees. My visit to the park, which follows forty miles of Northern California shoreline, was well- timed, as in the deep darkness of the forest, rhododendron blossoms provided brilliant accents of color. #redwoodnationalpark #redwood #nationalpark #california The full print will be part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and six other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers (Sorry for previously missing caption!)

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Groves of giant sequoias grow on the gently sloping west side of the Sierra Nevada range. Although Mt. Whitney’s 14,495-foot peak, the highest in the continental United States, is hidden from the roads of Sequoia National Park, it towers above the Owens Valley in the east. I wandered there the whole morning along the sea of golden granite boulders rising up from the desert floor, their rounded contours contrasting with the snowy ridges of the Sierra Nevada. More than 150 movies used this location as an archetypal “rugged” Western environment. #sequoianationalpark #sequoia #nationalpark #californiaThe full print will be part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and five other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers
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Groves of giant sequoias grow on the gently sloping west side of the Sierra Nevada range. Although Mt. Whitney’s 14,495-foot peak, the highest in the continental United States, is hidden from the roads of Sequoia National Park, it towers above the Owens Valley in the east. I wandered there the whole morning along the sea of golden granite boulders rising up from the desert floor, their rounded contours contrasting with the snowy ridges of the Sierra Nevada. More than 150 movies used this location as an archetypal “rugged” Western environment. #sequoianationalpark #sequoia #nationalpark #california The full print will be part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and five other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

4 weeks ago
Happy 103th anniversary to the National Park Service. It all began 50 years earlier, with the Yosemite Grant,  the 1864 bill signed by Abraham Lincoln – in the midst of the Civil War, which set aside in perpetuity the world’s first parkland for public use. Yosemite National Park is the place that drew me to California, the national park that I visited first and most often. Yet it was more than a decade – and hundreds of days spent in the Park – later that I eventually captured, on a winter sunset evening, the image that best sums up the magic and majesty of the valley for me. The Tunnel View is one of my favorite places to view Yosemite Valley. There are few places where you can see such a valley rimmed by sheer granite walls, monoliths, and waterfalls. Although the location is always stunning, on that cold winter evening, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, when the sun appeared from under the storm clouds to set the tops of the cliffs on fire for a brief moment, creating the contrast that I was seeking for this color homage to Ansel Adams. #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #nationalpark #californiaThe full print will be part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and five other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers
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Happy 103th anniversary to the National Park Service. It all began 50 years earlier, with the Yosemite Grant,  the 1864 bill signed by Abraham Lincoln – in the midst of the Civil War, which set aside in perpetuity the world’s first parkland for public use. Yosemite National Park is the place that drew me to California, the national park that I visited first and most often. Yet it was more than a decade – and hundreds of days spent in the Park – later that I eventually captured, on a winter sunset evening, the image that best sums up the magic and majesty of the valley for me. The Tunnel View is one of my favorite places to view Yosemite Valley. There are few places where you can see such a valley rimmed by sheer granite walls, monoliths, and waterfalls. Although the location is always stunning, on that cold winter evening, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, when the sun appeared from under the storm clouds to set the tops of the cliffs on fire for a brief moment, creating the contrast that I was seeking for this color homage to Ansel Adams. #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #nationalpark #california The full print will be part of the exhibit "The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment" at Pacific Art League Sept 6-25, 2019. Meet me and five other artists at the opening Sept. 6 5:30-8pm, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto. @pacificartleague @nasa @sierraclub @environmentalvolunteers

4 weeks ago
It could have been difficult to know where to start in the largest city in the world, with a population of 24 million. However, Shanghai has a clear focal point, called the Bund, full of iconic photographic possibilities. The Bund refers to a roughly mile-long promenade along the west side of the Huangpu River, where you can glance China’s past on one side and China’s future on the other with plenty of life on the promenade itself. From the mid 19th century to the second World War, the Bund was the site of a foreign concession to the British and American governments. Western interests built a row of magnificent European-style buildings that housed foreign banks and hotels. The Beaux-Arts style architecture is an incongruity in China, and the stately buildings are particularly striking at night when illuminated. More: https://qtl.us/2YgJfqr #shanghai #china
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It could have been difficult to know where to start in the largest city in the world, with a population of 24 million. However, Shanghai has a clear focal point, called the Bund, full of iconic photographic possibilities. The Bund refers to a roughly mile-long promenade along the west side of the Huangpu River, where you can glance China’s past on one side and China’s future on the other with plenty of life on the promenade itself. From the mid 19th century to the second World War, the Bund was the site of a foreign concession to the British and American governments. Western interests built a row of magnificent European-style buildings that housed foreign banks and hotels. The Beaux-Arts style architecture is an incongruity in China, and the stately buildings are particularly striking at night when illuminated. More: https://qtl.us/2YgJfqr #shanghai #china

4 weeks ago
I have provided a steady feed of images from America's public lands, which has been my recent focus, but starting 30 years ago, I have visited a dozen of Asian countries and photographed quite a bit there.  In May, I went back to China on the occasion of the first international (solo) exhibit of Treasured Lands, which took place at the Li Yuan Photographic Art Museum in Ningbo. You probably have not heard of that city before, and neither did I. However, Ningbo has an urban population of 3.4 million, more than any US city besides New York and Los Angeles. Ningbo is one of China’s oldest cities and is located 140 miles south of Shanghai. Although at dawn Shanghai's waterfront is strangely quiet, shortly after sunrise older men show up with elaborately decorated kites. One of them flew three Chinese flags along the kite’s line, prompting salutes to the flag from passerbys. This image illustrates the importance of quick camera positioning. There was only one single spot from which the flag was backlit by the sun and the man's head detached against the sky. From "Treasured Lands in China" https://qtl.us/2Wysln8  #shanghai #china
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I have provided a steady feed of images from America's public lands, which has been my recent focus, but starting 30 years ago, I have visited a dozen of Asian countries and photographed quite a bit there.  In May, I went back to China on the occasion of the first international (solo) exhibit of Treasured Lands, which took place at the Li Yuan Photographic Art Museum in Ningbo. You probably have not heard of that city before, and neither did I. However, Ningbo has an urban population of 3.4 million, more than any US city besides New York and Los Angeles. Ningbo is one of China’s oldest cities and is located 140 miles south of Shanghai. Although at dawn Shanghai's waterfront is strangely quiet, shortly after sunrise older men show up with elaborately decorated kites. One of them flew three Chinese flags along the kite’s line, prompting salutes to the flag from passerbys. This image illustrates the importance of quick camera positioning. There was only one single spot from which the flag was backlit by the sun and the man's head detached against the sky. From "Treasured Lands in China" https://qtl.us/2Wysln8  #shanghai #china

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I felt that the first edition of Treasured Lands was a bit unbalanced towards the West Coast. In addition to the two new national parks, I have also inserted a new two-page spread for four other midwestern and eastern national parks, the result of re-visits I did after the book was first published. One of nature’s most wondrous light shows occurs during the synchronous fireflies mating season, when the bugs flash at once in a silent symphony of sparks. Synchronous fireflies exist only in a handful of places in the world, with Great Smoky Mountains National Park being the most well known. The progress of digital photography allowed me to capture images that eluded me in the past. At another new location in the book, Cataloochee, I photographed the night sky. I normally prefer to depict the night sky with point stars, but because of clouds, they didn’t show up well, so instead, I created star trails, and I think they pair well with the light trails of the fireflies. Swipe right to see the spread. All the additions to the second edition of Treasured Lands bring to total number of additional pages to 24. If you compare both editions side by side, you will notice that the new one is slightly thicker. The additional pages and higher quality materials make the book weight increase from 7.4 lbs to 7.8 lbs (click on my profile link for info and to order). #fireflies #greatsmokymountains #nationalpark #tennessee

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Congress redesignated Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as Indiana Dunes National Park, our 61st, on Friday, February 15. I was initially hoping to reach the park before sunset on Monday, but Chicago International Airport and the park are located on opposite sides of Chicago, and I had landed just in time for rush hour. My destination that day, West Beach, is the most developed of the park beaches, with a parking lot for more than 600 vehicles, a bathhouse, and lifeguards in the summer. As I arrived there after dark, the huge parking lot was empty and snow-covered. Upon walking to the beach, I was astonished by the arctic beauty and the strangeness of the lumpy ice formations illuminated by the full moon. I had seen a lot of ice in the mountains, but this was new to me. The frigid wind and solitude contributed to the impression of wildness, despite the smokestacks present on both sides, and the distant Chicago Skyline. I returned a few days later to West Beach at dawn. More informed about the nature of shelf ice and the potential danger presented by the formations, which are not as stable and solid as they look, I hesitantly and carefully made my way towards an opening in the ice, using my tripod to probe the ice for thin spots and holes. Because in good book design, a unusual layout needs to be repeated rather than singular, to echo the foggy Gateway Arch spread in the previous post, I made a Hiroshi Sugimoto-inspired spread featuring the shelf ice which had impressed me so much. Swipe to see the spread. Because it is a new national park, I have dedicated 4 spreads (8 pages) to Indiana Dunes National Park in the second edition of Treasured Lands, which is just out (click on my profile link for info and to order). #indianadunes #nationalpark #indiana

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Since Treasured Lands's first publication, two national parks have been designated, the first being Gateway Arch National Park in February 2018. After a long day of travel, a light drizzle greeted me in St Louis. Although tired and hungry, I headed immediately to the Arch. The low clouds swirling around enhanced its power. The images I made this evening remain my favorites although I continued to photograph the Arch for 4 days. Swipe to see four of those images, all photographed within one hour of arriving at the Arch for the first time. For the book, I arranged them in a Andy Warhol inspired spread. Because it is a new national park, I have dedicated 4 spreads (8 pages) to Gateway Arch National Park in the second edition of Treasured Lands, which is just out (click on my profile link for info and to order). #gatewayarch #nationalpark #stlouis #missouri

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The second edition of Treasured Lands has just been released (profile link). That it was the fourth printing in three years shows that the book was successful enough to just reprint without changes. Nevertheless, with each new printing, I had been trying to improve the book. Changes in the second and third printing were small and maintained the page count. With the fourth printing, the sum of them became significant enough to warrant calling it a second edition rather than just a fourth printing, with a new ISBN number. Treasured Lands first publication was timed for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the summer of 2016. Since then, two additional parks have been designated: Gateway Arch National Park in February 2018, and Indiana Dunes National Park in February 2019. Because they are the newest additions, even though they are among the smallest national parks, I have dedicated four spreads (8 pages) to each of them and I changed the back cover to an image of our latest national park. As of this writing, Treasured Lands is the only photography book to include all 61 U.S. national parks. #nationalparks #findyourpark
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The second edition of Treasured Lands has just been released (profile link). That it was the fourth printing in three years shows that the book was successful enough to just reprint without changes. Nevertheless, with each new printing, I had been trying to improve the book. Changes in the second and third printing were small and maintained the page count. With the fourth printing, the sum of them became significant enough to warrant calling it a second edition rather than just a fourth printing, with a new ISBN number. Treasured Lands first publication was timed for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the summer of 2016. Since then, two additional parks have been designated: Gateway Arch National Park in February 2018, and Indiana Dunes National Park in February 2019. Because they are the newest additions, even though they are among the smallest national parks, I have dedicated four spreads (8 pages) to each of them and I changed the back cover to an image of our latest national park. As of this writing, Treasured Lands is the only photography book to include all 61 U.S. national parks. #nationalparks #findyourpark

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Twenty year ago, on my trip to Havasu Canyon, packing camping gear and my large-format photography equipment, I was planning to buy food at the village, but by the time I got there at dusk in the short days of winter, I was disappointed to see all stores and restaurants closed. At the campground, I didn’t see anybody else, and as a result, became the prime target for one of the many stray dogs that wander around. It was so aggressive that to keep it quiet, I had to give it one my few energy bars, the only food that I had left. I spent the next day photographing the falls on an empty stomach. After the morning session, I waited until afternoon for soft reflected light. By the time I got back to the village, stores were closed again. Out of food, I decided to hike out at night, but a few miles from the village, I encountered a man and an elderly woman who were having trouble on the trail because their flashlight had died. Since I had only one light, I couldn’t give it to them. I retraced my steps with the villagers to Supai before hiking out, arriving back at Hualapai Hilltop well after midnight. Things are now very different, for a summary of the current regulations and controversies, refer to my Photographer's guide to Havasu Canyon: https://qtl.us/2JnSgWE #havasucanyon #grandcanyon #arizona
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Twenty year ago, on my trip to Havasu Canyon, packing camping gear and my large-format photography equipment, I was planning to buy food at the village, but by the time I got there at dusk in the short days of winter, I was disappointed to see all stores and restaurants closed. At the campground, I didn’t see anybody else, and as a result, became the prime target for one of the many stray dogs that wander around. It was so aggressive that to keep it quiet, I had to give it one my few energy bars, the only food that I had left. I spent the next day photographing the falls on an empty stomach. After the morning session, I waited until afternoon for soft reflected light. By the time I got back to the village, stores were closed again. Out of food, I decided to hike out at night, but a few miles from the village, I encountered a man and an elderly woman who were having trouble on the trail because their flashlight had died. Since I had only one light, I couldn’t give it to them. I retraced my steps with the villagers to Supai before hiking out, arriving back at Hualapai Hilltop well after midnight. Things are now very different, for a summary of the current regulations and controversies, refer to my Photographer's guide to Havasu Canyon: https://qtl.us/2JnSgWE #havasucanyon #grandcanyon #arizona

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