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Goosenecks State Park Utah HDR Photography

Goosenecks State Park Utah HDR Photography

Goosenecks is beautiful but not so famous

From a summer western trip, I present in these photos the less famous bendy river canyon wonder of the southwest, Goosenecks State Park in southern Utah. The size and scope of this natural feature is tremendous, yet it is not apparent at all until you walk to the very edge of it. There is a tiny cabin booth to collect your entry fee, then that’s it. You walk yourself to the edge and behold the expanse of Goosenecks on your own. What must have it been like 200 years ago to be riding your horse and all of a sudden this is in front of you?

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Animas River 4K Drone Video in NW New Mexico

Animas River 4K Drone Video in NW New Mexico

Animas River flanked by mesas

While out on a rural land real estate assignment in northwest New Mexico near the town of Aztec, the client wanted to include some drone video of the nearby Animas River. I have flown over the Animas River before in an area north of Durango, Colorado even catching some people jumping high off the cliffs into the river! The river there had a beautiful matte emerald green color to it. In this area of New Mexico, the river was an unattractive brown, but nonetheless the surrounding mesas still made for a stunning scene. This drone video shows a small, hidden area of New Mexico True.

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Jumping into Animas River in Colorado at Bakers Bridge

Jumping into Animas River in Colorado at Bakers Bridge

Jumping off a cliff into a river!

Me and Jessica and the dogs had some free time on a rural land shoot weekend in Navajo Dam, New Mexico, and saw that Durango, Colorado was not that far away. We took the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk up a scenic highway, and kept on going right through Durango finding first a natural hot spring, and then later a crowd gathered around this small bridge. Not until you get up on the bridge do you have any idea the amazing views of the Animas River from it, and you really get a better look at the beauty of this area from the drone’s eye view! The crowd there, however, were mostly to watch people jump off the cliff bank 30+ feet into the Animas River below! It was tricky to time out and capture with the drone, but in the video you can see two people making the plunge!

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Drone Video San Juan River New Mexico True Aerial Photos

Drone Video San Juan River New Mexico True Aerial Photos

Return to the San Juan River in northern New Mexico

The very green and beautiful San Juan River flows for miles through New Mexico.  This portion of the river is near Navajo Dam, an area I first visited in February.  I only had time for a quick drone flight over the dam area itself, but on this trip I was able to fly over a large stretch of the river!  I was out on another rural land property assignment, but now since I have my own off road capable vehicle (Jeep Renegade Trailhawk), I no longer have to rush back to Albuquerque to return the rental truck to Enterprise so I can stay in places like this with Jessica and the dogs at our leisure!

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Rainbow Springs Florida Landscapes

Rainbow Springs swimming hole - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @ f/11 ISO 200 1/125thI often think how in the hell did people live in Florida before air conditioning was invented?  I have settled on the answer that never having known air conditioning, people did not know what they were missing and therefore intense heat and humidity was just the way Florida life was.  No doubt though a dip in a watering hole such as Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon, Florida would be refreshing in any century.  

Rainbow Springs green waters - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @ f/11 ISO 200 1/160

The spring is always gushing out fresh water at 72F degrees.  I cannot state how refreshing it is to take the plunge (have to jump in as water is deep everywhere) and escape the intense heat of the day.  We went on Memorial Day, which has to be one of the busiest days of the year for Rainbow Springs, but it never felt too crowded with enough space to swim and to picnic on the grass.  The area is very little developed, preserving the feel of swimming at the source of a river deep in a forest.  

Canoe the Rainbow River - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @ f/11 ISO 200 1/200th -0.67 +/-Kayak and canoe rental services are available right next to the swimming hole.  We rented kayaks, which was no simple affair!  It is quite relaxing to lazily paddle downstream in the clear water hoping to spot a manatee or two.  Warning though, there are some beautiful homes along the river and you will find yourself really wishing you had one of them as at least your vacation home, if not wanting to give up city life altogether for the extreme peace of country riverfront life.

view from the top - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @ f/11 ISO 200 1/30th There is much adventure on land as well too.  There are waterfalls, hills, gardens and even haikyo zoos!  The latter discovery was an exciting cap on what had already been a great day.  

Rainbow Springs State Park Information: 

  • 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon, Florida 34432
  • Phone:  352-465-8555
  • $2 entrance fee per person
  • about 2 hours from Tampa
  • dogs on leashes ok! but not in the springs, on kayaks ok
  • official site 

Photo Story: Weeki Wachee River HDR Sunset

Weeki Wachee River HDR Sunset in Hernando County, Florida

We visited old friend Margo at her home in Weeki Wachee yesterday.  Despite heavy rain on the Howard Franklin bridge through to the Veterans Expressway interchange, then heavy traffic into Pasco County, we arrived in plenty of time to capture what sunset there was.  

I was standing on a floating dock to make this image, and was unsure if I could get any kind of sharpness at all in the 5-bracket HDR image I wanted to make.  

This is an extremely peaceful place with many very affordable properties right on the Weeki Wachee River.  The day after the above image was made we rented a flat bottom boat and went up river passing no manatees, unfortunately, but we did get a brief visit from an otter.  I will return to this area soon to photograph a great bayou.  

PURCHASE this image.

Photo published in an AEON ESL textbook

A while back, a long while back, a representative from AEON sent me e-mail asking to use one of my photos in a yet to be published ESL textbook.  They had discovered my photo on flickr.  Of course no financial compensation for using the photo, but they did say I would get full credit.  So I said ok, go ahead and use it.  I requested a copy of the textbook once it was printed.  They said sure.

Well, since that time I had moved from Tokyo to Florida.  And in Florida I moved to a different address than I had originally given them.  In light of all that I was pleased to surprisingly received the finished ESL textbook in the mail!  My photo did not exactly get a full page spread, but it is one of only like five photos in the entire textbook and they gave not just a name credit, but my entire photography website URL (on the book's back page).  This is my second photograph to have published in print.  

This is the original photograph.