Photography: My Shot – Nature’s Color Palette

There appears to be a little-known gem in near Winslow, Arizona. It is to be found in Navajo County. It is a beautiful natural land mass that unfortunately receives little or no care from the federal, state or local governments. There are volunteers who try to keep the sparkle on this natural wonder.

The area is known as the Little Painted Desert and it is very much as pretty as many areas of the Painted Desert National Park. We happened to stumble upon information about this natural display of formations and colors and decided to visit the property to see it for ourselves.

This is just one small area and you can see how beautiful the colorful hues of purple, grey and brown mix together for a stunning display. Nature truly is the best at providing exquisite vistas upon which we are fortunate enough to gaze.

If you are on your way to Winslow, AZ near the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert Natioinal Parks, I think you would enjoy a brief stop at the Little Painted Desert as well. Just be aware that it is easy to miss as there is no signage and the rim road is in very poor, but drivable condition if you take it slow and exercise care.



File Name: paint_desert_pet_forest_XT2A2810.RAF
Capture time: 2:35:45 PM
Capture date: Sep 9, 2019
Exposure: 1/50 sec @ f/16
Focal Length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Fujifilm X-T2
18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS

Edited in Lightroom


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Video -The Beauty of the Grand Teton National Park

The National Parks are certainly one of America’s great treasures and I have taken advantage of visiting as many as possible while I am still able to trek the trails and see the sights.

One park that I really enjoyed despite the fact it rained every day we were there was the Grand Teton National Park. Even in the inclement weather, there was an abundance of beauty. We hiked in rain and mud and windy conditions; it was amazing.

This video captures the grandeur of the Grand Teton National Park. I hope you enjoy it and are as impressed with it as I was.

GRAND TETON 8K from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

Whale of a Fight – Video

“Swimming with humpback whales was the most magical, humbling, powerful experience of my life,” Karim Iliya writes, but things turned a bit scary when he jumped into the water in the middle of a fight between four adult males competing for the right to mate with a lone female

This video has beautiful, near stunning, pictures of one of earth’s most majestic creatures.

From the YouTube posting:

“Humpback whales are known to be one of the most majestic mammals on earth, but what happens when a diver winds up in the middle of a whale fight?

This weekly storytelling series uses the imagery of photographers and adventurers around the world to give us a deeper connection to and understanding of the human condition.”

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