Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Look UP!

I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Look Up, so venture into nature and point your lens above you!

 

Have you ever wondered what life would look like upside down?  Well, a friend of mine recently experienced this feeling.  This is what happens when you do a Tyrolian Traverse, then letting go and trusting your equipment.  He’s a lot braver than I am, but we had fun that day!

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I’m reminded of a song:

“Up, Up and away, my beautiful balloon…”

 

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Imagine the solitude in one of these!  It must be breathtaking from up there!

 

Here’s a “Bad Moon Rising”

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And the moon coming up over the Eagle’s Crags in Zion National Park, Utah.

 

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Here is the beautiful California Condor in flight, the largest bird of prey in North America.

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Last but not least, the magnificent Peregrin Falcon.

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Flight

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Flying!

Question is, do stingrays really fly?  Or do they swim?  It’s so hard to tell sometimes. IMG_0248

I have seen these fly, but not very often.  The only time they fly is to get into the trees at night to avoid the predators. The almost national bird: The Turkey._RW_0015

Of course, if you really want to fly, you need something to get yourself into the air, but if you want to have a quiet time doing so, you’ll need to inflate a balloon!

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Now, it’s time to get off the ground, but with many balloons, there will be some congestion in the air.

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Now that we’re in the air, we fly among the California Condors, America‘s largest bird of prey.

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Of course, they also need to come in for a landing.  They’re not so graceful on the ground as they are in the air.

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When the Condor is on the ground, they look like the Grim Reaper. Don’t you think?

IMG_1307Of course, continuing with the bird of prey theme; here we have the magnificent Peregrine Falcon.

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But what good is a bird of prey without their prey?  Here we have the Stellars Jay.

 

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And the Mallard Duck:

CRW_0033The beautiful Mallard Duck all so cozy sitting in the sand.  But as the saying goes: “Birds of a Feather Flock Together!” Here we have the peacock and Mallards walking around.

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I found this bird in Mexico at the Mayan Ruins near Tulum.  No idea what kind of bird this is.

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Of course, we can’t forget our domesticated feathered friends like the parrot.

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Peaceful

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Peaceful!

There is nothing more peaceful than contemplating eternity.  It really makes us feel lowly and humble when looking at the Earth and what surrounds us, and what’s above us.orion

This is the Constellation Orion and Sirius, his faithful dog.

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Here is the North Star in Zion National Park.  This is one of my favorites.  It’s simply amazing that mariners have used this Star for millennia for navigation and modern outdoorsmen use it to orient themselves to keep from getting lost.

Also, here on Earth there are places that can take your breath away and contemplate your insignificance when you get troubled by the stress of life.  For example:

_RW_2332This is from Gooseberry Mesa looking west at Pine Valley Mountain, a distance of roughly 30 miles.   I can sit here for hours just contemplating life and getting away from it all.

Birds-Eye-ViewHere is another place you can think about how small we really are.  The world famous Grand Canyon.  This was taken from a helicopter flying over the Canyon.

Then who can forget the peacefulness of a hot air balloon in flight.

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These were taken at a balloon festival at Snowmass, Colorado.  Enjoy!

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I call this one “Reflections”.  One of my absolute favorites.

Last, but surely not least:

033_30aI would love to be up in this balloon.  It’s so quiet up there and talk about solitude and peaceful!