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Looking south to Mt Vincent - Monadnocks National Park by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

This was to be the last training walk before Ibu Anne took on the Oxfam Trailwalker 50km. Just a short one, 12 km circuit over Mt Cuthbert and Mt Vincent. At this point of the walk, we had joined the Bibbulmun Track and were closing in on the summit of Mt Cuthbert, the rain had hit, the southerly wind picked up and it was freezing on the exposed granite outcrops of Mt Cuthbert when I paused to photograph Mt Vincent to our south and our next and last peak for the day.

On a positive note, Ibu Anne having completed the 50 km walk, ticked off the Trailwalker in early October 2018.
 

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Looking south-west from Mt Vincent - Monadnocks National Park, Western Australia by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

This was to be the last training walk before Ibu Anne took on the Oxfam Trailwalker 50km. Just a short one, 12 km circuit over Mt Cuthbert and Mt Vincent. At this point of the walk, we had joined the Bibbulmun Track and were commencing our descent of the western face of Mt Vincent. At least the rain had eased off at this time, but the wind was still blowing fiercely.

On a positive note, Ibu Anne having completed the 50 km walk, ticked off the Trailwalker in early October 2018.
 

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Shenandoah NP. Pinnacles area on a stormy day. first post to this website. constructive criticism welcome. Post Processing is new to
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Budderoo National Park.
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glad you liked them Richard. Yes, it's a great area to de-stress. This is a view of the river that feeds Carrington Falls (see post in waterfall thread).

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Budderoo also has Blue Pool (older photo on a better day than today). Which you can drive straight there, or do the 8km loop walk from Nellies Glenn.
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The views out to the Valley are pretty limited on the walk. It's the same view, from a slightly different perspective about 2km appart. There's 2 ways down to the bottom of the valley, to the bottom of the falls but that's for the hardcore, younger walker (ie, not me!), as per the reminder at the end of the 'easy' walk.
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and a couple more:
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Just 2km south-east as the crow files, and a long walk/cycle (15km loop fire-trail) is Gerringong falls (these are older photos)
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and then from a lookout spot looking at the falls.
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Zion National Park from this month. The astro is somewhere along the road in the park. The landscapes are photos of or from Angels Landing. The final one is my gang hiking in the narrows.
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While out in Utah I was able to stop in at Bryce National Park. It was cloudy and even snowed a little but I did get to see some beautiful scenery. The first photo is from the 7.5 mm Liowa f2 lens. I did not make out too well with that one on this trip. I need more practice. Most of my other National Park photos were with the 12-35mm Panasonic stuck on 12mm.

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Banff National Park (Aug 2020).

View southward from Healy Pass Trail along the Monarch Ramparts towards the Monarch.
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View westward from Healy Pass Trail towards Scarab Peak and the Continental Divide.
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Colorado National Monument

Most visitors to the Colorado National Monument stay close to the road that loops through the Monument. The views from the road are spectacular, but as the road stays above the canyons, most visitors never experience the depths of the canyons themselves. The spousal unit and I spent four days this past week hiking in the Monument and vicinity, and after over 40 miles of walking, experienced the Monument canyons from a different perspective .

Monument Canyon, with it's large proliferation of sandstone towers, is probably the most popular canyon hike in the Monument. One can often see desert sheep in the canyon, but they were a no show this trip. The photos can speak for themselves....

Lower Monument Canyon - Independence Monument just barely poking up in the distance.
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Monument Canyon, on Flickr

Kissing Couple - Monument Canyon
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Monument Canyon, on Flickr

Flowers....

Long Leaved Phlox
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Long Leaved Phlox, on Flickr

Paintbrush and Prickly Pear Cactus
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Prickly Paintbrush, on Flickr

Fishhook Cactus
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Fishhook Cactus, on Flickr

John Otto was the driving force behind Colorado National Monument being created in 1911. He lived alone in the canyons and built many of the early trails himself. He also completed the first ascent of Independence Monument, via a ladder built by chiseling steps and pounding iron pipes into holes drilled into the rock. The pipes had been long removed when the spousal unit and I climbed Independence Monument (Otto's Route 5.8+ YDS) many years ago, though the steps still came in handy on the climb.

Independence Monument - Monument Canyon
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Independence Monument, on Flickr

On the way out from the day's hike, there were climbers on Independence Monument.

Climbers - Independence Monument
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Climbers, on Flickr

Ute Canyon is another canyon in the Monument that is a bit more riparian in nature.

Ute Canyon
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Ute Canyon, on Flickr

Ute Canyon - from above
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Ute Canyon, on Flickr

One of the days we managed to get above the canyons....

Sidewalk in the Sky
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Sidewalk, on Flickr

More flowers....

Hairy Evening Primrose
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Hairy Evening Primrose, on Flickr

Tufted Evening Primrose
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Tufted Evening Primrose, on Flickr

Spider Milkweed
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Spider Milkweed, on Flickr

A bit outside the Monument, Rattlesnake Canyon is in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, and is known for it's natural sandstone arches. Access to the Rattlesnake Canyon trails is by a long dirt road, with the final two miles requiring a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Centennial Arch - Rattlesnake Canyon
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Centennial Arch, on Flickr

Cedar Tree Arch - Rattlesnake Canyon
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Cedar Tree Arch, on Flickr

The Monument is home to a variety of lizards. Sometimes they cooperate, and other times they simply run away, but they still offer a great opportunity to lie down in the dirt and dust!

Their markings and colorings blend so well into the desert environment!

Common Side-blotched Lizard
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Common Side-blotched Lizard, on Flickr

Ornate Tree Lizard
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Ornate Tree Lizard, on Flickr

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, on Flickr

And then, there is the one lizard that just refuses to blend in!

Eastern Collared Lizard
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Eastern Collared Lizard, on Flickr

More Eastern Collared Lizard photos are posted in the Lizards, snakes, toads, frogs, turtles, and other reptiles thread here

All in all, it was a great four days. We were a bit tired, and had some remorse about it being time to leave, but some fine memories were had....
 

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Colorado National Monument

Most visitors to the Colorado National Monument stay close to the road that loops through the Monument. The views from the road are spectacular, but as the road stays above the canyons, most visitors never experience the depths of the canyons themselves. The spousal unit and I spent four days this past week hiking in the Monument and vicinity, and after over 40 miles of walking, experienced the Monument canyons from a different perspective .

Monument Canyon, with it's large proliferation of sandstone towers, is probably the most popular canyon hike in the Monument. One can often see desert sheep in the canyon, but they were a no show this trip. The photos can speak for themselves....

Lower Monument Canyon - Independence Monument just barely poking up in the distance.
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Monument Canyon, on Flickr

Kissing Couple - Monument Canyon
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Monument Canyon, on Flickr

Flowers....

Long Leaved Phlox
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Long Leaved Phlox, on Flickr

Paintbrush and Prickly Pear Cactus
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Prickly Paintbrush, on Flickr

Fishhook Cactus
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Fishhook Cactus, on Flickr

John Otto was the driving force behind Colorado National Monument being created in 1911. He lived alone in the canyons and built many of the early trails himself. He also completed the first ascent of Independence Monument, via a ladder built by chiseling steps and pounding iron pipes into holes drilled into the rock. The pipes had been long removed when the spousal unit and I climbed Independence Monument (Otto's Route 5.8+ YDS) many years ago, though the steps still came in handy on the climb.

Independence Monument - Monument Canyon
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Independence Monument, on Flickr

On the way out from the day's hike, there were climbers on Independence Monument.

Climbers - Independence Monument
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Climbers, on Flickr

Ute Canyon is another canyon in the Monument that is a bit more riparian in nature.

Ute Canyon
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Ute Canyon, on Flickr

Ute Canyon - from above
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Ute Canyon, on Flickr

One of the days we managed to get above the canyons....

Sidewalk in the Sky
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Sidewalk, on Flickr

More flowers....

Hairy Evening Primrose
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Hairy Evening Primrose, on Flickr

Tufted Evening Primrose
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Tufted Evening Primrose, on Flickr

Spider Milkweed
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Spider Milkweed, on Flickr

A bit outside the Monument, Rattlesnake Canyon is in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, and is known for it's natural sandstone arches. Access to the Rattlesnake Canyon trails is by a long dirt road, with the final two miles requiring a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Centennial Arch - Rattlesnake Canyon
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Centennial Arch, on Flickr

Cedar Tree Arch - Rattlesnake Canyon
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Cedar Tree Arch, on Flickr

The Monument is home to a variety of lizards. Sometimes they cooperate, and other times they simply run away, but they still offer a great opportunity to lie down in the dirt and dust!

Their markings and colorings blend so well into the desert environment!

Common Side-blotched Lizard
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Common Side-blotched Lizard, on Flickr

Ornate Tree Lizard
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Ornate Tree Lizard, on Flickr

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, on Flickr

And then, there is the one lizard that just refuses to blend in!

Eastern Collared Lizard
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Eastern Collared Lizard, on Flickr

All in all, it was a great four days. We were a bit tired, and had some remorse about it being time to leave, but some fine memories were had....
Thanks for sharing along with the narrative it shows off those areas and their attributes very nicely.
Beautiful series.

As nice as it is sitting on top of peaks there's something special about walking amongst them staring up at their grandeur.
 

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This is the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park. Cholla are nicknamed "The Jumping Cactus" because it's deceptively easy to get too close, and end up with needles and a stem fragment impaled in your clothing or skin.

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Cholla Cactus Garden, Looking Southeast


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Dead Cholla Stump


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Cholla Blooms Ready to Open


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Cholla Bloom 1


A few more images are in the Flowers thread.
 
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Visited Yosemite for the first time along with my wife. We had a great trip and some great weather. I would love to spend a month there finding great photo spots but did luckily stumble across a few in my short visit.

A few of these are stitched. When I got home and saw the new 8-25/f4 lens, I was wishing I had something like that on this trip.


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Visited Yosemite for the first time along with my wife. We had a great trip and some great weather. I would love to spend a month there finding great photo spots but did luckily stumble across a few in my short visit.

A few of these are stitched. When I got home and saw the new 8-25/f4 lens, I was wishing I had something like that on this trip.


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A terrific series, many thanks for sharing these with us!!
 
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Visited Yosemite for the first time along with my wife. We had a great trip and some great weather. I would love to spend a month there finding great photo spots but did luckily stumble across a few in my short visit.

A few of these are stitched. When I got home and saw the new 8-25/f4 lens, I was wishing I had something like that on this trip.


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Chris these are beautiful images.
Really magnificent landscape.
You've given us a glimpse of what an awesome experience that would be.

The photo of your wife looking out across that vista is a beauty.
One would be in awe sitting there seeing that vista.
 
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