Namibia offers a variety of photography opportunities. It has fantastic wildlife at places like Etosho National Park and Cape Cross Fur Seal Reserve. It also has unique landscapes at Namib-Naukluft National Park. Places like the dunes of Sossusvlei and the trees at Deadvlei, the diamond mine ghost town of Kolmanskop and the trees in the Quiver Tree Forest.
Contestants at a ranch rodeo are not professional rodeo cowboys. Instead, they are usually full-time ranch hands who compete as a team for fun and for bragging rights. The events are similar to the jobs commonly performed on a ranch and the equipment and tack used are the same as those used during everyday ranch work. Events often included are calf branding, steer doctoring, double mugging and ranch bronc riding.
The Galapagos Islands are approximately 600 miles west and a national park of Ecuador. All visitors visiting the islands must be accompanied by a guide. It doesn't matter whether you sail in on your private boat or join a local tour group. You can see wildlife here that are comparatively tame because of the protection afforded them as a national park. Whether it's land or marine iguanas,red-footed, blue-footed, or Nazca boobies, or giant tortoises, there's lots to see on the Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador is the smallest country in South America. It's the home of the Panama hat (though many give credit to Panama because of it's name) and is comprised of mountains and the origin of the Amazon RIver. It's currency is the American dollar. I spent time in Quito, it's capital, an indigenous lodge in the upper Amazon rainforest in eastern Ecuador, a cloud forest in Mindo, the marketplace town of Otavalo and Cuenca in the southern portion of the country. I rode the local buses and stayed in hostels throughout my trip.
South Georgia and the Falklands
South Georgia Island is a small island about 1000 miles east of the Falklands. During the winter the population is about 7 and during their summer the population swells to about 30. South Georgia used to be a whaling station. The last one closed in 1965. Grytviken, the former whaling station is also the burial place of British explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia is home to thousands of King, Chinstrap, Macaroni, Gentoo and Rockhopper penquings along with elephant seals, Antarctic fur seals and albatross and storm petrels to name a few of the birds here.
Alaskan Brown Bears at Brooks Lodge on the McNeil River in Katmai National Park northeast of Anchorage. During the salmon run in July and early August the river is full of hungry brown bears.
Alberta and British Columbia
These images were shot in route to and on the way home from Alaska. Alberta and British Columbia are both extremely beautiful provinces of Canada teeming with beautiful landscapes and wildlife. There's elk, moose and black bear throughout the two provinces.
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta began in 1972 with just 13 balloons. Today, close to 600 balloons show up for the event every October. The original event was a celebration of radio station KOB's 50th anniversary. Approximately 10, 000 people attended. Today more than 800,000 people roam the grounds during the 9 day event.
Good used balloons range from $15,000-$25,000 while new ones can run in excess of $85,000.
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