Today's Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tree Branch Covered in Ice

I captured this photo an ice coated tree branch after an ice storm came through the Cleveland area.
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I captured this photo after an ice storm came through the Cleveland area. The storm provided some great picture opportunities that I was able to capture the following day including this tree branch coated in ice!

Previous Photos of the Day...

Geese on the River

 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I captured these Geese in the Rocky River Metroparks on a calm, snowy day.
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I captured these geese in the Rocky River Metroparks on a calm, snowy day.




Sunrise on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park III

 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Hiking on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park my hiking buddy and I decided to get up early one morning and hit the trail! We were able to see this magnificent, beautiful and colorful sunrise!
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While hiking on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park my hiking buddy and I decided to get up early one morning and hit the trail! I'm glad we did because we got to see this magnificent, beautiful and colorful sunrise! We spent a few nights hiking this trail to the end of the West Rim Trail. We finished up this leg of the trip hiking Angel's Landing and exited at The Grotto.

Here are some links to more articles and hiking info about the West Rim Trail and hiking trails in Zion National Park and a Map of Zion National Park.




Kesugi Ridge Trail - Mountain Top (Portrait)

 - Monday, January 15, 2018
I took this photo near the top of the first ridge that we hiked up on the Kesugi Ridge Trail!
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I was thrilled to be able to go to Alaska for some extended backpacking! A good buddy of mine and myself spent 17 days backing and traveling throughout different parks in Alaska. From ridge trails and Denali National Park (formerly McKinley National Park) to Kennicot and Wrangel-St. Elias, we covered a lot of ground in a short time!

I took this photo near the top of the first ridge that we hiked up on the Kesugi Ridge Trail located in Denali State Park which is just an hour or two south of Denali National Park. This trail offered some fantastic views of Mt. Denali and the surrounding mountains, forests and meadows! We spent 2 nights on this trail and it was a lot of fun! The landscape was always changing as we hiked up the mountain, onto the ridge and back down again!




Mount Denali (McKinley) with Clouds from Kesugi Ridge Trail

 - Sunday, January 14, 2018
I took this close up photo of Mount Denali at the top of the first steep climb on the Kesugi Ridge Trail!
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I was thrilled to be able to go to Alaska for some extended backpacking! A good buddy of mine and myself spent 17 days backing and traveling throughout different parks in Alaska. From ridge trails and Denali National Park (formerly McKinley National Park) to Kennicot and Wrangel-St. Elias, we covered a lot of ground in a short time!

I took this photo of Mount Denali at the top of the first steep climb on the Kesugi Ridge Trail! At this point in the day some clouds moved in that provided a really cool and dramatic setting! This trail is located in Denali State Park which is just an hour or two south of Denali National Park! This trail offered some fantastic views of Mt. Denali and the surrounding mountains, forests and meadows! We spent 2 nights on this trail and it was a lot of fun! The landscape was always changing as we hiked up the mountain, onto the ridge and back down again!




Devils Postpile I

 - Saturday, January 13, 2018
A unique rock formation formed from molten lava
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A unique rock formation formed from molten lava that stretches 60 feet high!




Green Field

 - Friday, January 12, 2018
This field was near Lembert Dome along the John Muir Trail
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This field was near Lembert Dome along the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park.




Canyon And Pillar On The Kolob Canyon Trail II - Portrait

 - Thursday, January 11, 2018
This is a photo near the start of the trailhead for the Kolob Canyon Trail in Zion National Park.
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This is a photo near the start of the trailhead for the Kolob Canyon Trail in Zion National Park. The trail was a beautiful and pleasant 14 mile round trip. My hiking buddy Caleb and I hiked it together and saw the Koleb Arch near the half way point. Interestingly, I noticed the terrain changed quite a bit as we descened. It started off as I expected,... rocky. Their were large sections, however that were quite sandy. That slowed us down a little bit, but not too much. I just didn't expect it! Here are some links to more articles and and hiking info about the Koleb Canyon Trail, Koleb Arch, other hiking trails in Zion National Park and a Map of Zion National Park.




Sunset In Pacific Grove (Portrait)

 - Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Here is a sunset from Pacific Grove, California!
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When I was traveling to Monterey, California I spent a lot of time just walking around the city, Pacific Grove and the sand dunes in the area. Here is a shot of a beautiful, golden sunset in Pacific Grove!




Sailboat on Lake Erie

 - Tuesday, January 9, 2018
On a windy day I was able to snatch a picture of this sailboat.
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On a windy day I was able to snatch a picture of this sailboat.




Mountain, Blue Skies, Blue Lake

 - Monday, January 8, 2018
I took this photo while I was hiking the John Muir Trail
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I took a photo of this lake and mountain while I was hiking the John Muir Trail.




Close up of Path & Trail in Zion National Park

 - Sunday, January 7, 2018
This is a photo of the path and trail on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park.
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This is a photo from the West Rim Trail trailhead in Zion National Park. My hiking buddy and I spent a few nights hiking this trail to the end of the West Rim Trail. We finished up this leg of the trip hiking Angel's Landing and finished up at The Grotto. Here are some links to more articles and and hiking info about the West Rim Trail, hiking trails in Zion National Park and a Map of Zion National Park.




Cannon & Yorktown Onion (Black & White)

 - Saturday, January 6, 2018
Two iconic symbols from the area of Yorktown, Virginia.
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Two iconic symbols from the area of Yorktown, Virginia. The cannon and the Yorktown Onion. These plants and structures remind us of our history. From the settling of British Colonoies to the Revolutionary war, it's important to know our past. The Yorktown Onion is native to York County and likely introduced into the area in the colonial times from England. Seed exchange was common between the colony and the mother country. Source: Remember Yorktown




USS Arizona Memorial Wall Quote

 - Friday, January 5, 2018
While on a trip to Hawaii I made a visit to Pearl Harbor on Oahu. This picture is a quote inscribed on the wall of the memorial for the U.S.S. Arizona.
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While on a trip to Hawaii I made a visit to Pearl Harbor on Oahu. This picture is a quote inscribed on the wall of the memorial for the U.S.S. Arizona. "To the memory of the gallant men here entombed and their shipmates who gave their lives in action on December 7th, 1941 on the U.S.S. Arizona."




Rocky Mountains with a Cairn in the Foreground

 - Thursday, January 4, 2018
During a trip to Colorado (which was actually unrelated to nature photography) I made sure to plan for some extra time so I could make it to the Rocky Mountains and spend a few days camping there!
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During a trip to Colorado (which was actually unrelated to nature photography) I made sure to plan for some extra time so I could make it to the Rocky Mountains and spend a few days camping there!




Flowers - Pink Lilies

 - Wednesday, January 3, 2018
I took this image of these pink lilies on one, sunny afternoon. I walked past these flowers for a few days before finally remembering to bring my camera with me!
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I took this photo on one, sunny afternoon. These pink lilies were nearby my home and I walked past them for a few days, thinking to myself each time, "I need to bring my camera!" Once I did I was able to capture this image of this beautiful flower!




Saint Johns Cathedral

 - Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Saint Johns Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland Ohio
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Saint Johns Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland Ohio! I took this photo when I was actually on assignment for another photoshoot. That photoshoot was in an office to an adjacent building. I took this photo after I parked on the top level of a parking garage.




Macaw Parrot Preening Itself

 - Monday, January 1, 2018
While at a farm photographing some of the wildlife I was able to capture this very colorful Macaw parrot preening itself!
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While at a farm photographing some of the wildlife I was able to capture this very colorful Macaw parrot preening itself!




Gnarly, Withered, Surreal & Cool looking Trees - Black & White

 - Sunday, December 31, 2017
This is a photo of a patch of dead trees in Zion National Park. I thought they looked very unique, cool and ominous.
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This is a photo of a patch of dead trees on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park. I thought they looked very unique, cool and ominous. My hiking buddy and I spent a few nights hiking this trail to the end of the West Rim Trail. We finished up this leg of the trip hiking Angel's Landing and finished up at The Grotto.

Here are some links to more articles and hiking info about the West Rim Trail and hiking trails in Zion National Park and a Map of Zion National Park.




Canyons, Valleys & Trees in Zion National Park

 - Saturday, December 30, 2017
This is a photo of canyons, valleys and trees in Zion National Park.
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This is a photo of canyons, valleys and trees on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park. My hiking buddy and I spent a few nights hiking this trail to the end of the West Rim Trail. We finished up this leg of the trip hiking Angel's Landing and finished up at The Grotto.

Here are some links to more articles and hiking info about the West Rim Trail and hiking trails in Zion National Park and a Map of Zion National Park.




Mount Denali (McKinley) with Clouds from Kesugi Ridge Trail - Portrait

 - Friday, December 29, 2017
I took this close up photo of Mount Denali at the top of the first steep climb on the Kesugi Ridge Trail!
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I was thrilled to be able to go to Alaska for some extended backpacking! A good buddy of mine and myself spent 17 days backing and traveling throughout different parks in Alaska. From ridge trails and Denali National Park (formerly McKinley National Park) to Kennicot and Wrangel-St. Elias, we covered a lot of ground in a short time!

I took this photo of Mount Denali at the top of the first steep climb on the Kesugi Ridge Trail! At this point in the day some clouds moved in that provided a really cool and dramatic setting! This trail is located in Denali State Park which is just an hour or two south of Denali National Park! This trail offered some fantastic views of Mt. Denali and the surrounding mountains, forests and meadows! We spent 2 nights on this trail and it was a lot of fun! The landscape was always changing as we hiked up the mountain, onto the ridge and back down again!