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"Magnolia Bridge" ~ After living in Charleston, South Carolina for seven years and visiting the historic Magnolia Plantation & Gardens many times, this is my favorite photo of one of the seven picturesque bridges located on the grounds. The gardens were first opened to the public in the 1870s, but some sections of the gardens are more than three centuries old. I took this photo one beautiful Spring day during the usually brief Azalea blooming season.
"Koke'e Panoramic" ~ Panoramic photo of the majestic Kalalau Valley from the Pu‘u-o-Kila Lookout in Kauai's Koke'e State Park. Waves crash along the Nāpali Coast 4176 feet below as clouds hover over the Ka‘a‘alahina Ridge.
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"Bridalveil Rainbows" ~ Colorful double rainbows at the base of Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park. The 620' tall waterfall was originally named "Pohono" by Native Americans, which translates to "the spirit of the puffing wind." Notice that the colors of the outer rainbow are in reverse order of the main rainbow. The mist at this location is overwhelming in the Spring, requiring rain gear and camera waterproofing. Even then, it requires a paparazzi-like approach to snap photos quickly while turning toward the spray and then away in an attempt to try to keep the lens as dry as possible. The colorful rainbows have been isolated against a monochromatic background in the digital darkroom in order to achieve my desired visual effect.