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    • Please post your best Nature photos of the day: landscapes, wilderness, scenic views, etc. Tell us the story behind a photo and where it was taken. What camera and settings did you use?

      I'll start with a photo of McWay Falls in Big Sur, California, taken in 2016. The waterfall is right off Pacific Highway 1, and the view is iconic. I took this shot late in the afternoon when the sun illuminated the waterfall directly. 

      Earlier in the day, the waterfall is in the shadow, but the view around it is just as beautiful.

      Camera: Sony A7s

      Lens: FE 55 f1.8

      Settings: f9, 1/500, ISO 100

    • The Whanganui River Valley. North Island NZ. (Pronounced Fong-gan-newie.)

      Looking north to Mt Ruapehu. This is towards the Whangauni Town end of a ride through the Paraparas. A stretch of road that is about 85km running through the Karst landscape at the foot of the North Island.

      "Karst is a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone,
      dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage
      systems with sinkholes and caves. It has also been documented for more
      weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right
      conditions." - Wiki.

      There are many large areas featuring this topography on the North Island and are one of the factors that make NZ one of the best places to ride a motorcycle. (Not to mention incredible scenic beauty, great accommodation, drivers who pull over to let bikes past etc etc). In parts the landscape resembles a choppy sea on an epic scale and roads with seemingly endless corners wend their way through them.

      This is from an Old Konica-Minolta Dimage in the early noughties.

    • This is a very old tree in the volcanic landscape that surrounds Sunset Crate near Flagstaff, AZ. The cinder cone last erupted in 1085AD (as measured by tree rings) and covered an area of 810 square miles with ash - which is still there. Pines and what looks like Senecio grow from the ash. The remains of this tree trunk appears to sit on top of the ash - it's upper portion lies toppled to the right.

      Nikon F80, scanned from a 35mm slide using my Nikon Coolscan IV ED.

    • I spend my Saturday mornings out in the countryside - and today there was finally an early sign of Spring!

      taken with iPhone 11

      Edited on camera