The Kings River Falls are located near Witter in North West Arkansas. There wasn’t that much water flowing over the falls when I visited. The trip involves some driving along dirt roads – watch out for locals on tractors – and about a mile or so hike along a well worn footpath along the western river bank. It’s a pretty level hike but as I recall, one or two of the boulders on the path represented considerable steps. This is a view from the top of the falls looking down into the pool at the base. I’ve seen plenty of photos taken in times of greater flow where you just wouldn’t be able to stand where I was standing for this shot.

Kings River Falls, Arkansas

Kings River Falls, Arkansas

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Lobsters and Lighthouses, two excellent reasons to visit Maine. This is the Marshall Point Lighthouse which signals the eastern side of the southern entrance to Port Clyde harbor. In the mid 1800’s, Port Clyde was a major port with shipbuilding facilities and fish canning operations as well as supporting the shipping of granite from local quarries. Today it’s the home of the wonderfully named ‘Herring Gut Learning Center‘ which is a vital educational resource to the surrounding community. Love the headphone-wearing kid in the ‘U Mad Bro?’ t-shirt on their website though I think If I was in that room I’d be covering my nose rather than my ears!

The Marshall Point Lighthouse marks the eastern side of the south entrance to Port Clyde Harbor, Maine. USA.

The Marshall Point Lighthouse marks the eastern side of the south entrance to Port Clyde Harbor, Maine. USA.

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The Chandler River at twilight. When I took this I was on my way to Lubec, the easternmost settlement in the United States. I was a tad concerned as I’d not been able to raise any of the B&Bs in Lubec on my phone during the day as I drove up from Boston. It was a semi planned trip but it was only when I was in the car that I decided to go all the way to Lubec then work my way back to Boston over the next few days. At this point I had about 35 miles to go and the sun had already set. I had passed the scene but decided I had enough time to grab a couple of shots so I turned back and parked up for a few minutes to capture the scene.

Chandler River at Twilight from the Harrington Road bridge, Jonseboro, Maine.

Chandler River at Twilight from the Harrington Road bridge, Jonseboro, Maine.

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Bixby Bridge is one of those must stop locations on California Route 1. About 12 miles south of Carmel or 10-ish miles north of Big Sur it’s well worth the excursion to catch the sunset. The goal had been to capture the scene at twilight but just as British Rail used to complain about the wrong type of snow, we had the wrong type of clouds for what we really wanted. Maybe next time.

Bixby Bridge Sunset. Bixby Bridge silhouetted against the setting sun.

Bixby Bridge Sunset. Bixby Bridge silhouetted against the setting sun.

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Miller Time is the result of one of those, “I wonder what would happen in I…..”. In this case, having downed a few Miller Lites I read on the label that the inside of the bottle neck had a vortex inducing design – to help it pour more smoothly I guess. Looking down the neck I was taken by the way the light from the ceiling fixture was illuminating the bottle. I had a Canon PowerShot S-100 on me at the time and that was the camera I used for this shot. I simply put the lens up against the opening of the bottle, pointed the base of the bottle to the ceiling light and pressed the shutter. I was immediately impressed with the results. You can see the spiral on the inside of the neck that induces the vortex. You might be thinking, “But doesn’t Miller Lite come in clear glass bottles?” And the answer is, of course, “Yes”. The reason the neck is dark is because I was hand-holding this loose arrangement of camera and bottle.

Miller Time - looking down the neck of a Miller Lite bottle

Miller Time – looking down the neck of a Miller Lite bottle

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