Flower Petals

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Flower Petals on the water, Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands. (2018)

Keukenhof is known as the Garden of Europe, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens.  Keukenhof Park,  has approximately 7 million flower bulbs that are planted (by hand) annually in the park covers an area of  about 79 acres that includes several different types of gardens. It also has 10 miles of nice bike paths that encircle the garden. If you are ever in the Netherlands make sure to visit, it’s an amazing place, but is only open from mid March to mid May, April being the best time to see the flowers at their peak. It can also get very crowded due to the well over a million visitors it attracts a year.

Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath Erie County Fieldhouse, Erie, PA. (2/6/77)

Here is an oldie but goodie. I had won two tickets to the show from the local radio show. The Show was on my 16th birthday and I could not get anyone to go with me for some reason, was a school night I think. So I ended up going to the show by myself, bringing my camera. This is one of the few shows that actually had some kind of barrier in front of the stage to keeps the fans back. The security guy saw that I had a camera and must have thought I was somebody there to shoot the show, so he let me into the barrier, I was there for the whole show, two feet away shooting pictures the whole show. It was a great show and got some good pics, I thought it was the best birthday present at the time. When I told my friends in school the next day they were so jealous for sure.

The Lower Falls, Yellowstone

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Red hair at the Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park. (2018)

This photo was taken at Artist point, which was named in 1890 for it’s spectacular views of the falls by photographer F. Jay Haynes. The Lower Falls area is located just to the south and east of Canyon Village in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River.  The  Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, as it leaves the Hayden Valley it plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile downstream is the location of the Lower Yellowstone Falls.

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Palawan Sunset

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_MG_2280A lone boat in the South China Sea, Coron, Palawan (2017)

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Kayangan Lake, Coron

IMG_6846The Islands around Coron, Palawan. (2017)

The limestone cliffs tower above the waters near Kayangan Lake. If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Coron, at some point you will end up here. It was one of the most beautiful views of the islands (that I saw). The lake is one of the popular stopping point for tourists. This area is also home to the Tagbanua tribesmen, the indigenous  people who also act as guardians of the area.

To get to the lake you have to climb about 300 hundred steps up, and down, to get to the lake. Kayagan is said to be one of the cleanest lakes in Asia. Of the eight lakes that are in Coron, only two are open for people, the other six are protected areas and closed to the public. They say they are doing this to save their pristine conditions for the future generations. The lake water a mix of about 70% fresh Water and 30% salt water and is only about 20ft deep.  It’s a refreshing place to stop and relax for a while and just take in the surrounding beauty.

Mona Bean

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MonaBeanMona Bean, Coron, Palawan, Philippines (2017)

While in Coron I  went out to see what kind of photos I could find so I went for walk. While on my journey it wasn’t long until I spotted this “old master” painting along the main street. I did get quite a few great images on the trip as short as it was, but it was hard not to get any great pictures in a place so beautiful, stay tuned for more to come.

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A small boat glides home in Palawan, Coron, Philippines (2017)

So as I mentioned in my previous post I was going back to the Philippines. It was way to short of trip as usual, only 9 days as opposed to 16 days the last time. Part of the trip was back in islands of Palawan, it’s still just as beautiful as I remember. I saw recently it was rated the #1 island as well as the most beautiful place in the world. I think I would have to agree with both of those.

We ended up going to 6 different islands and did some great snorkeling. Saw a few old shipwrecks and lots of giant clams, sea urchins, corals, huge schools of tropics fish (I found Nemo) and perhaps even a whale shark. It was a giant spotted tail in the murky distance and they are known to be in the area. The above photo  was taken off the balcony of our hotel room. It was one of the only places on the water with a view, and it was an amazing view for sure. I was reviewing my pictures when I got back and was surprised how many gret shots I got just from the balcony.

Their was also no shortage of places to find great food, it was everywhere, and cheap. There was fish, grilled squid, lobster, chicken, pork, pizza but make sure to try the crocodile, delicious. I’m curious now about the next trip. Out of the 7,500 islands only about 2,500 have been explored. I was told that some of the most beautiful places unfortunately are not really safe for tourist or even locals, do to extremists. I guess it’s really fortunate that the islands are so roughed and uninhabitable or surely they would be way more developed than they are today. Some Islands like Coron are even trying to limit their development with some islands even off-limits to tourist all together. If you can stand an 18 fr flight, it’s a great place to visit and a trip you won’t soon forget.