Nature Notes

February 18, 2017

Tucson Mountain Park

Filed under: Arizona,Landscape — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Tuscon Mountain Park

Tuscon Mountain Park

Situated west of Tucson, Tucson Mountain Park is a great place to explore the Sonora Desert

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February 10, 2017

Whistler

Filed under: British Columbia,Landscape — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Whistler

Whistler

North of Vancouver, is the town of Whistler, one of the finest ski resorts in the world, and the site of many of the coming 2010 Winter Olympic events. It has a permanent population of about 10,000 but receives about two million visitors a year.

During the summer, there are lifts operating to give tourists a chance to go high and see some wonderful panoramic views.

Whistler Whistler Whistler
Whistler Whistler Whistler

 

 

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February 6, 2017

Tucson sunset from Sentinel Peak

Filed under: Arizona,Landscape — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
The city of Tucson, Arizona at twilight

The city of Tucson, Arizona at twilight

A view from Sentinel Peak of Tucson, Arizona at sunset

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January 26, 2017

Panoramas of Phoenix from Dobbin’s Lookout

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Panoramas of Phoenix from Dobbin's Lookout

 

Panoramas of Phoenix from Dobbin's Lookout

 

Panoramas of Phoenix from Dobbin's Lookout

Sunset of the Valley of the Sun and Phoenix Arizona.

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January 20, 2017

Sonora Desert near Tucson

Filed under: Arizona,Landscape — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Sonora Desert

Sonora Desert near Tucson

Saguaro National Park is split into two large sections, East and West with the city of Tucson between them. The eastern part receives a lot less visitors.

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January 12, 2017

Norse Orkney

Filed under: Landscape,Orkney Isles — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

From the 8th century to the 16th, the Norse held influence over the islands of Orkney and ruled with a series of Earls.

The Round Church of Orphir

Built in the 12th century, it was dedicated to St Nikolas. It is said to be built by Earl Hakon and based on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Earl Hakon was thought to have seen the original on a Crusade done as penance for his murder of St. Magnus

The Round Church of Orphir, Orkney Isles

Earl’s Palace at Birsay

Built in 1570s by Earl Robert Stewart, an illegitimate son of King James V of Scotland, and considered a tyrant and an oppressor by the local people.

Earl's Palace at Birsay, Orkney Isles

St Magnus Cathedral

The cathedral was built to house the relics of the murdered Earl Magnus, canonized in 1135AD. Work commenced on the magnificent red and yellow sandstone structure in 1137 and was not completed until three centuries later.

St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney Isles

The Whalebone at Birsay

A well known artifact, it has been here for over a century although it is unknown when it was originally to be found there. It looks out over the Broch of Birsay, a tidal island which has the remains of Pictish and Norse dwellings as it is a natural fortress.

 The Whalebone at Birsay, Orkney Isles

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December 22, 2016

Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

Filed under: Arizona,Landscape — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.
– John Wesley Powell

Although we only had a few hours to visit this great spectacle, it was still worthwhile. I had not been there for many years, and the crowds had become horrendous, the downside of the experience.

Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

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December 18, 2016

The Road to Hana-Waterfalls

Filed under: Hawaii,Landscape,Waterfalls — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Upper Waikani Falls, Maui

Upper Waikani Falls, Maui

The combination of mountains and high rainfall found on the Road to Hana in eastern Maui have combined to provide a large number of waterfalls which can be viewed just short distances from your car.

Upper Waikani Falls, Maui

Upper Waikani Falls, Maui

Upper Waikani Falls is found halfway between milespost #19 and #20. It is also known as thr Three Bears with the three streams representing the Pappa, Momma, and Baby Bears.

Lower Puohokamoa Falls, Maui

Lower Puohokamoa Falls, Maui

The Lower Puohokamoa Falls can be seen from a lookout accessed by a trail off of a pulloff just past Milepost #11. It is a distant view, but a gorgeous one with red-flowering African Tulip Trees mixed into the forest around it.

Upper Puohokamoa Falls, Maui

Upper Puohokamoa Falls, Maui

A bit farther on is a brdge where a short trail leads to the Upper Puohokamoa Falls which can be seasonal in its flow.

Hanawi Falls, Maui

Hanawi Falls, Maui

One of my favorites is the Hanawi Falls, with multiple flows and large ferns overhanging it. It is right beside the road just past Milepost #24.

Hanawi Falls, Maui

Hanawi Falls, Maui

 

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