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Soft sunrise

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Great egret

The great egret, also known as the common egret, large egret, or great white egret or great white heron, is a large, widely distributed egret. The four subspecies are found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Recently it is also spreading to more northern areas of Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, it builds tree nests in colonies close to water. Wikipedia
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Red Mountain Ivins Utah

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Desert morning color

Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada about an hour after sunrise.
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A new day begins

Sunrise Wisconsin
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is in Eastern California, in the Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. It is thought to be the hottest place on Earth during summer. Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. It is 84.6 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney — the highest point in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Wikipedia For me it is one of those rare places where black & white photos usually work very well.
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Key West Sunset

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Barely shining through

Sunset last night with plane returning from Fort Jefferson National Park.
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Great horned owl

A powerful, mottled-brown predator, it is often more than 2 feet long, with a wingspan often approaching 7 feet. It usually eats small rodents and birds but has been known to carry off larger prey. Adapted to desert and forest, the species migrates only when food is scarce. Audubon I assume this young one is from a pair that nests on a ledge in a nearby canyon in Utah.
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Front row for a sunrise

Pewaukee Lake Wisconsin
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Black White & Bird

Florida Keys
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Key West FL

Another beautiful sunset
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Joshua Tree

Taken in Nevada at Gold Butte National Monument. This tree is about 10' tall and gets large white flowers when in bloom.
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Key West sunset

Took my camera down to the water last night and as the sun was melting into the horizon these two boats nicely lined up for me.
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Sunrise Key West

Old dock pilings on the Atlantic ocean side.
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Foggy fishing

Not being a fishing guy, I do admire their dedication to the hobby. Pretty much an early morning all weather sport that requires a large investment in equipment. It is similar to photography in that some days you catch a good one but most are just average.
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Temple of Sun and Moon

This is one of the many sites along the 73 mile Cathedral Valley loop which is located partially in Capital Reef National Park. You may be able to make out the people in the shadowy right corner for some scale. The nearest town is Hanksville Utah.
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White-Naped crane

The white-naped crane is a large bird about 4 ft long, and 4.3 ft tall, and weighing about 12 lb, with pinkish legs, a grey-and-white-striped neck, and a red face patch. It breeds in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia, where a program at Khingan Nature Reserve raises eggs provided from U.S. zoos to bolster the species. Different groups of the birds migrate to winter near the Yangtze River, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and on Kyūshū in Japan. They also reach Kazakhstan and Taiwan. Only about 4,900 to 5,400 individuals remain in the wild. Wikipedia I took this photo while visiting the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin.
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Everglades National Park

Egret blending in and slowly making its way through the tall grass looking for a meal.
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There should be music

Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the appearance of indirect sunlight being scattered in Earth's atmosphere, when the centre of the Sun's disc has reached 18° below the observer's horizon. This morning twilight period will last until sunrise, when direct sunlight outshines the diffused light. Wikipedia I think a colorful dawn like this, mirrored by a lake, should come a soundtrack composed by the famous John Williams.
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Sunrise fishing

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Utah sunset

Took this in Gunlock Utah
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Double Rainbow

Wisconsin this past summer.
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Ivins Utah

Ivins is a city in southwestern Washington County, Utah. It is a part of the St. George Metropolitan Area as a suburb. The population was 8,978 at the 2020 census. The elevation is 3100 feet. On the other side of these very red Navajo sandstone mountains lies Snow Canyon State Park.
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Fly Fishing

Ospreys search for fish by flying on steady wingbeats and bowed wings or circling high in the sky over relatively shallow water. They often hover briefly before diving, feet first, to grab a fish. You can often clearly see an Osprey's catch in its talons as the bird carries it back to a nest or perch. I took this at an old quarry now filled with fresh water on Big Pine Key FL.
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Snow Melt

This stream is at about 9,000-10,000 feet near Duck Creek UT which is between Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
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Spring Firework

Took this, amongst others, in my mothers Wisconsin garden.
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Slot canyon

A slot canyon is a long, narrow channel or drainageway with sheer rock walls that are typically eroded into either sandstone or other sedimentary rock. A slot canyon has depth-to-width ratios that typically exceed 10:1 over most of its length and can approach 100:1. Some slot canyons can measure less than 1 metre (3 ft) across at the top but drop more than 30 metres (100 ft) to the floor of the canyon. Wikipedia This Navajo sandstone canyon is in Page Arizona. The ideal time to photograph is between 10 and 2 when the sun is overhead to light up the walls.
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Calf Creek Falls

Calf Creek is a perennial clear stream that descends 126 feet into a pool. It’s located in Utahs Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. During the 6 mile hike you’ll pass two granaries, beaver dams, and a mighty pictograph on the wall opposite the canyon, to name but a few sites along the way.
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The power of Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. This home received the 5' water surge plus wave tops relentlessly pushing until it broke through the house. Everything in the home was swept into the mangroves behind me.
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Mirror

Based on the light sometimes I have to leave the shutter open to capture more light. This one took 6 seconds which had the added benefit of smoothing out the already flat lake.
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Mesquite

Rugged road through some Joshua trees with Mesquite Nevada way off in the distance. Not quite sure if I'm standing in Arizona or Utah because all three states are at this location, pretty close together. Beautiful spot to be for sunset due to the light and silence.
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First light on a rainy morning

Wisconsin sunrise on a rainy morning.
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Colorado River

Over my right shoulder around a bend is the Glen Canyon dam holding back Lake Powell. This is downstream from the dam with the river about 750 feet below me. You may be able to make out a boat about 1/2 way into the photo to give you an idea of scale.
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Bird of Paradise

Desert Bird of Paradise. Can grow as tall as 13 feet as a shrub or trimmed to a tree shape.
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. I walked the entire road and beach and the silence amplified the destruction.
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Zinnias

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Clematis

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Near Zion

Outside of Zion National Park this serves as a background for the abandoned town of Grafton. At the base, and reason for the towns settlement is the Virgin river which carved the landscape here and created Zion Park a few miles away.
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A Close-up

There was enough cloud, fog and Canadian fire smoke to create a natural filter allowing me to take this with a very powerful lens without my camera and eyeball melting. If you are seeing this on a larger device screen you'll even be able to clearly see a sunspot on the right side above trees. I take quite a few photos, especially sunrises and it amazes me that a photo can easily capture trees 5 miles away with a sunspot 93 million miles behind them. This is the kind of stuff that makes this an enjoyable hobby.
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Black Crowned Crane

Black Crowned Cranes are found in eastern Africa, centered in Senegal and Gambia. I took this at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo WI.
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California State Route 1

State Route 1 is a major north–south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. At 656 miles, it is the longest state route in California, and the second-longest in the US after Montana Highway 200. Wikipedia
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Cosmos

Boerner Botanical Gardens
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Morning Sun

Walking through a farmers market bunches of cut flowers can make for a concentrated frame of color and shape.
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Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers. Wikipedia This was taken in my mothers Wisconsin garden.
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Sky fire

Sunrise in Wisconsin with very low clouds resembling fire on the horizon.
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In the back row

I love taking sunset photos in Key West. Sometimes I think I have enough but I'm always proven wrong because every sunset is a little different from all the others. For this one I'm sitting on a beach on a plastic lawn chair, camera with a big lens mounted on a tripod between my legs. I just Googled something like best sunset locations and Key West seemed to be on everyones top 10 list. Every evening there are 10-30 boats carrying their paid customers out for a front row view while I'm sitting in the back row hoping they will partially block my view.
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Monarda

From my mother's garden in Wisconsin.
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. Hard to grasp the force of the storm. Most homes along the street looked similar to this one.
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1880s

South Dakota
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Fall Aspens

Up around 10,000 feet near Cedar Breaks National Monument.
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Maraschino

Pewaukee Lake WI
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Water Power

In a 50' deep slot canyon in Kanab Utah. The very smooth sandstone walls, clean sand floor and 12" log trapped 20 some feet in the air is why they advise staying out of narrow canyons when there is rain anywhere within 100 miles.
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Please

To my right there were a couple fishermen cleaning their catch. Now and then they'd throw some scraps to these guys.
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A mix of things

Rain, clouds, trees and a full rainbow.
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Sunset Key West FL

I used a very wide lens which makes the palm trees look like they are bending towards the center.
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Pacific Coast CA

PacState Route 1 is a scenic highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. At 656 miles (1,056 km), it is the longest state route in California. Wikipedia
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Key West Sunset

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Big sky Utah

I took this in the general area of Bryce Canyon National Park. The 120 mile route from Bryce to Capital Reef National Park is a beautiful trip with ever-changing scenery.
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Leucospermum

Saw it at a farmers market in So California. The guy had buckets of the most exotic cut flowers I've ever seen.
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Water lilies

Water lilies, are beloved for their colorful and exotic-looking blooms, but they are more than just pretty plants. They also contribute to pond health. By covering the water surface, they shade the water and keep it cooler, which helps control algae that thrives in heat. Water lilies also shelter fish from birds of prey and filter out excess nutrients to further inhibit algae growth. When temperatures warm up in summer, water lilies' showy flowers open in the morning and close at night.
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Black-eyed susan

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Quiet Color

It requires clouds for a memorable sunrise or sunset but some sunrises need very little to emphasize the changing color bands as it makes its way closer to the horizon.
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Sunrise Wisconsin

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Sandhill crane

This is a species of large crane in North America. Their large wingspans, typically 6-8 feet, make them very skilled soaring birds, similar in style to hawks and eagles. Using thermals to obtain lift, they can stay aloft for many hours, requiring only occasional flapping of their wings, thus expending little energy. Migratory flocks contain hundreds of birds, and can create clear outlines of the normally invisible rising columns of air (thermals) they ride. Wikipedia This is a family here in WI with their newborn.
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Pastel morning

Looking about 10 miles East on Pewaukee Lake WI.
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One Season Ends

Boating season ends but the light show continues.
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Brian Head Peak

Brian Head Peak overlooks Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. At 11,312 feet it has an alpine subarctic climate. With a mean annual snowfall of over 29 feet it is one of the snowiest inhabited (88 people) places in the United States.
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Fragrant water-lily

Took this at a botanical garden in Milwaukee. It was an overcast day making the water look almost black which is a nice background for the lily to show off its color. Its found in permanent slow moving waters throughout North America where it ranges from Central America to northern Canada as well as Brazil.
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Northern Utah

On a road trip to Park City
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Cayo Hueso

Key West (Spanish: Cayo Hueso) is an island in the Straits of Florida. Together with all or parts of the separate islands of Dredgers Key, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, and the northern part of Stock Island, it constitutes the City of Key West. Wikipedia
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Spring Green Wisconsin

Took this on a visit to The House On The Rock in Spring Green WI, which is also where Taliesin, the 600 acre estate of architect Frank Lloyd Wright is located.
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Argentine cactus

Argentine cactus blooms throughout the day and night with spectacularly large 8" flowers. While the blooms only last 36-48 hours, they are splendid enough to attract eager pollinators during the night, which include bats and moths.
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Patience

Sun rising through a low layer of fog creates some interesting light. This was taken on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin.
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Egret

The largest of the white-colored wading birds in Florida, the great egret is frequently seen in wetlands areas and along waterways.
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White Hibiscus

Soft red and white in the shadows.
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This dawn should last all day

Front row seat silently watching someone paint with spray cans on the other side of a huge pane of glass.
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Double lake sunrise

Interesting clouds can form 50+ miles away over Lake Michigan due to warm air over colder water.These clouds catch the first light of the dawn like a theatre screen, and reflect this light to the ground which is again reflected in the calm 10 miles of inland lake water I'm photographing over here in Wisconsin.
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Orchids

Walking around experimenting with my black & white camera I took this photo of deep blue almost purple orchids growing in deep shade.
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Garden color

Found this beautiful feature walking through a botanical garden.
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Sea Nettle

Those tentacles are a sure sting. A sea nettle hunts by traling those long tentacles, covered with stinging cells. When the tentacles touch tiny plankton, the stinging cells stick tight and paralyze prey. From there, the prey is moved to the frilly mouth-arms and finally to the mouth. I took this photo in the Monterey Aquarium and the text came off their website.
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Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin is an open-air museum located near Eagle, Wisconsin. It depicts housing and the daily life of settlers in 19th-century Wisconsin, with separate areas representing the traditions of different ethnic groups who settled in the state. Costumed interpreters portray the occupations and chores of typical settlers of the time.Wikipedia
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Joshua Tree

It is native to the arid Southwestern United States, specifically California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Based on growth estimates this 8 foot tree is 150-200 years old. If it survives the rigors of the desert, it can live for hundreds of years; some specimens survive a thousand years.
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Sunset Key Sunset

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Daylilies

Daylilies are popular, easy-to-grow, low-maintenance perennials that are tough, long-lived, and tolerant of neglect. They bloom profusely, though individual blooms only last a single day, and varieties number in the tens of thousands. Daylilies grow from fleshy roots, unlike true lilies that grow from bulbs. gardendesign.com
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Indian shot

Canna indica is commonly known as Indian shot. Canna indica has been a food crop cultivated by indigenous peoples of the Americas for thousands of years. Wikipedia I took this photo at the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee.
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Monsoon Season Begins

The desert just woke up … The air smelt of creosote, and the distinctive olive-green bush with oily leaves was filled with bright yellow flowers. Wildflowers and a barrel cactus, withered and dry a few days ago, were blooming… dragonflies and birds filled the air, lizards, quail and roadrunners scuttled on the ground, a jackrabbit hopping across the trail, and a cardinal, with its bright red plumage flying by. Sunset brings bats, the sounds of frogs and the howl of coyotes. The desert awakes…
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Silent Color

Sunrise over my favorite Lake in Pewaukee Wisconsin
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Another Day

Another beautiful sunset sail in Key West FL
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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located in the U.S. state of Utah near Cedar City. Cedar Breaks is a natural amphitheater, stretching across 3 miles, with a depth of over 2,000 feet. The elevation of the rim of the amphitheater is over 10,000 feet above sea level. Wikipedia
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Foggy Sunrise

Wisconsin
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Two Pots of Gold

Pine Mountain Utah
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Dazzling Sunrise

Wisconsin Best
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Fog Frame

This sunrise is nicely framed with fog.
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Shallow Water

Walking on the reef at low tide. The depth here is just a few inches which reveals water plants.
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Joshua Trees in Gold Butte

Gold Butte National Monument is located northeast of Las Vegas and south of Mesquite. The monument protects nearly 300,000 acres of desert landscapes featuring a wide array of natural and cultural resources, including rock art, sandstone towers, and important wildlife habitat for species including the Mojave Desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, and mountain lion. The area also protects historic ranching and mining sites such as the ghost town of Gold Butte. Wikipedia
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Pine Mountain Utah

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Great Blue Heron

The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. They hunt both day and night and can live over 20 years.
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Hibiscus

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Squall

This one sent a strong message to the boaters that day.