Our travels will once again return us to the mid-west and western National Parks to capture their summer beauty. This image is from our early days of our photography in film when we crossed the country via the northern and southern routes. We are converting all of our slides and film to digital thanks to the experts who do those conversions and thus retain our libraries of film and slide images.
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.
But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labor you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.
At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. From the Paleo-Indians in 10,500BC to today, Great Falls have been a place for man’s activity, sport, nature, life and photography. See the stunning historical chronology of Great Falls here.
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“The parks do not belong to one state or to one section…. The Yosemite, the Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon are national properties in which every citizen has a vested interest; they belong as much to the man of Massachusetts, of Michigan, of Florida, as they do to the people of California, of Wyoming, and of Arizona.”
“Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.” ___ Stephen T. Mather, NPS Director, 1917-1929
Castillo De San Marcos — The Bunks – Where They Slept
The 333 year-old Castillo De San Marcos is our main historical focus in St. Augustine, Florida. As we document our American history in photographs we again return to this amazing and beautiful national park. This image and the images captured document life as they lived and served in the Castillo. The amazing “Coquina” structure makes a beautiful HDR photography subject so we return again in September to photograph the old City of Augustine, its history and architecture. Truly this is a beautiful place for all to visit to learn about our history and life during this era. See our earlier posts and images here and here. Visit Castillo De San Marcos official site here.
HDR Notes: This is a [3 images @2+-0–2] shot with Canon5DMarkII, EF16-35 @ 16mm; processed Photomatix4, Topaz Adjust & DeNoise, PS-CS & Canvas Texture Overlay.