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The Chocolate Hills

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As you recently heard, on December 20th of 2019 we finally got to make the two-hour crossing from Cebu City to Tagbilaran at the southwestern corner of Bohol. The final stop on our tour that day was a place where by climbing a long stairway to an observation platform we could look out over the Chocolate Hills. In the summer the hills are more chocolaty, which is to say drier and therefore browner, but all I can show you is how they looked in December; what they lacked in chocolatiness they made up for in mist and overcast. Some of the hills are rounder and others pointier, as a comparison of the two photographs makes clear.

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February 6, 2020 at 4:38 AM

Horse Thief Canyon

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Don’t confuse Horse Thief Canyon with Horseshoe Canyon. Both are a bit west of Drumheller, and both are part of the Alberta Badlands. I photographed Horse Thief Canyon from its rim on August 26th, as shown above.

On September 12th we went back with the intention of walking into the canyon. We got about a third of the way down when the trail abruptly ended and we couldn’t find a safe way to go any further. Below, from part-way into the canyon, is a view that includes a few hoodoos.

Not everything down there was so dry and badlands-y. Take these aspen trees, for example:

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November 6, 2017 at 4:47 AM

Strange clouds

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My introduction to Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park on September 3rd was the clouds you see here, which were strange in the way they apparently cast shadows on the sky. Have you ever heard of or seen anything casting a shadow on the sky? I guess the air held enough water vapor or other particles to create a faint medium on which shadows could register, but my reaction was still that I was seeing shadows where I’m not supposed to be able to see any.

Because the area near the sun was so bright in comparison to everything else, I underexposed by three f/stops to keep from blowing out the highlights. As a result, the badlands hills across the bottom of the photograph appear in silhouette and make the overall image more abstract. That’s fine by me.

UPDATE: Les Cowley of Atmospheric Optics explained the scene this way: “The well defined clouds are casting their shadows onto a lower layer of haze or thin cloud. the lower cloud acts as a translucent screen and you view the shadows — and the upper cloud — through it.”

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October 29, 2017 at 4:46 AM

Horseshoe Canyon

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We flew into Calgary early in the evening on August 24th. The next morning we drove two hours to the Badlands.

The first piece of it we encountered was a little west of Drumheller at Horseshoe Canyon, parts of which appear in these three photographs.

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October 17, 2017 at 4:57 AM

New Zealand: Boulders at Castle Hill

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Heading west on SH 73 out of Christchurch on February 16th bound for the west coast of the South Island, we began after a while to wind and climb into the mountains that make up much of that island. At one point we came to a place where heaps of other drivers had pulled over, Castle Hill, and we joined them. The attraction there is a collection of naturally arrayed boulders, including a few that seem precarious, as you see in today’s photographs.

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To learn more about and see other pictures of this scenic place, check out an online article about it.

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April 10, 2015 at 5:31 AM

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