What a glorious year of travel to such beautiful and interesting places. I re-worked some of the previously posted and some new images with some new photo editing software (Luminar 4) to accent some of the interesting sites we visited. I hope you like the results. Please click on any of the images to see them full screen, and use your back arrow to get back to the blog post.)
From January 2019 posts on crossing the U.S. in winter, this is the central Nevada landscape in winter at sunrise. Stark and barren of life, but gorgeous in morning light.
Sunset light in the Sonoran desert north of Tucson, in Catalina State Park (January 2019). Amazing plant diversity here in a warm desert that gets winter rain.
A very lucky coincidence that we stumbled on a huge concentration of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache in NM, right at sunset. (January 2019)
We visited the town of Ajijic and Lake Chapala, south of Guadalajara, Mexico, for pickleball camp in March. It’s always nice to escape MN winter weather for a while.
A fun rodeo at Fort Robinson, NE, in July. This was a father-daughter team of calf ropers showing off their skill.
Canyonlands National Park at sunset lights up the colorful mesas and rock formations, July 2019. It’s impossible to take a bad photo here.
Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, CA with youngest grandchild dancing on the sea cliff. July, 2019.
Such a pastoral scene in Lassen National Park, CA, of the dormant volcano and meadow. August 2019.
Dramatic cliffs overlooking the Crooked River, north of Bend, OR. With Luminar photo editor, I removed most of the haze from the distance. August, 2019.
Just as we were ready to head out on a boating adventure on the Rio Claro in the Pantanal of Brazil, the sky lit up at sunrise. Now this is why I love photo editing software like Luminar, because it recovered all the highlights and color that I remembered but were a little too dim to see in my original image. September 2019.
Vast tracts of grassland in the Pantanal region of Brazil are devoted to cattle ranches. Pantaneiro cattle are a special hybrid mix of Portuguese and Zebu (South Asian) cattle bred to survive the heat and aridity here. September, 2019.
Beautiful Cloud Lake in the Porcupine Mts State Park, MI at sunset. There were swans swimming in the lake, but I couldn’t resist adding a few to the sky above (easily done with the double exposure feature in SnapSeed). So this is a fake — but a pretty one. 🙂 October, 2019.
The Minneapolis skyline at sunset, enhanced using presets in Luminar. November, 2019.