This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 10 images chosen by readers from my photo files including rocky buttes, caves, boulders, and mountains, plus me using an unusual form of transportation.
Diane and Nigel chose #4447, one of five photos in a panorama. They got to see this amazing view of Wotan’s Throne from Cape Royal overlook, North Rim Grand Canyon during their summer visit last year. This stormy shot was taken the year before. Have you heard me say, I love monsoon?
Jim and Diana chose #5674. Although this photo of a beach cave doesn’t show it, there were so many awesome fossils to be seen at the Mzamba fossil site along the Wild Coast in South Africa including trees, shells, and the biggest ammonite I’ve ever seen.
Donna chose #397, a 2008 shot of my dog Carson hanging out by the old 5th-wheel parked in Yarnell, Arizona. Although this is a happy memory the photo brought tears to my eyes because Carson is gone seven years and the scene looks very different since the Yarnell fire.
Mary Lou chose #1748. An unexpected sighting just before leaving Kruger National Park during my second visit in 2013. Stopped to watch this lioness for a bit and eventually she disappeared into the boulders where there might have been a den with cubs.
Pam and John chose #1067. The high chaparral around Peeples Valley, Arizona is still cowboy country. Yet unlike the “old” west cowboys now carry cell phones. Think John Wayne would have been confused?
Sherry and David chose #2017. They love to spend time at the ocean often swimming if the weather allows. I’d rather just watch and listen to the crashing waves which I did for hours at Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. And here a soft sunset from 3-4-13.
Patti chose #110. Meet Dagwood, one of the Grand Canyon Trail Ride mules. During my first season as a Ranger at the North Rim I was eager to learn and experience as much as possible. So in the fall of 2008 I rode Dagwood five miles down to Roaring Springs, and then five miles back up the North Kaibab trail. Having already hiked this, and more, I learned that no matter how you go down and up at Grand Canyon, something is going to hurt. Just a different something.
Rosemary chose #1950. I’ve hiked in mountains before, but nothing like the Drakensburg in South Africa. This was my morning view after one day of backpacking, even getting drenched along the way, my heart was captured and I long to return.
Yogi let random dot org choose #376. A plant he might remember from his childhood in the Southwest. Sure am looking forward to seeing these iconic saguaro maybe as soon as next week. A special Thank You to Yogi for making the first purchase at the new GLOlmsted Photography. Enjoy your coffee mug with monsoon clouds at Grand Canyon on it.
Sallie asked for “the oldest photo you have with the number 9999.” It’s a limited, but gorgeous, choice of sunrise (rare for me to see) while on safari in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve South Africa from 4-1-14. So not so old.
Many evenings I go out for sunset and shoot looking down the RR tracks. That is if it isn’t too cold. Sometimes I don’t get far and return to the RV quickly. Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to be greeted by this reflection of sunset on my fridge door. And that’s my choice for the week although my favorite is those Drankensburg Mountains.
Please join in next week by leaving a number between 1 and 9999 in your comment below. Thank you for playing along with Foto Friday Fun which allows me to share these photographs and memories.
Do you have a favorite this week?
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