Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Locations

Sky On Fire

Sky On Fire

 

As I might have said before, you don’t have to go far to get great pictures. There are plenty near you. This image was made less than 10 minutes from my house. I had previously scouted the location online and was waiting for a good opportunity to photograph the Aurora. I was worried about the cloud cover when we arrived but soon found it was thin enough for the light to partially pass. The smoke in the air gave the night lights a reddish glow.

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Painted Desert

Painted Desert

 

Just north of the Petrified Forest National Park is an area known as the Painted Desert. Much of Arizona and the southwest is desert country and the colour varies from area to area. Here the features show in layers of ochre, terracotta and grey. The odd bit of green shows up as a nice accent to the mostly red palette.

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West Mitten

West Mitten

 

The Mittens are one of the most recognisable and easily accessed features of Monument Valley. We recently re-watched John Ford’s The Searchers with John Wayne. Monument Valley was definitely one of the stars of the movie. Back when the film was shot, the location was even more rustic, with no paved roads to the valley, let alone in it.

This location might be in too many photos, but we should each make what we can from each location. I wanted to include the sage and juniper in the foreground to show the terrain near the monolith.

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Walkway

Walkway

 

There is something about going for a walk that is calming and soothing. It’s great for the soul to wander along a path at your own pace. If it is a new place, your mind wonders “what is behind the next turn?”.

I liked the back lighting on the leaves.

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Mossy Rocks

Mossy Rocks

There are many quiet spots tucked away in Cascade Gardens at the Headquarters of Banff National Park, down at the end of Banff Avenue. With the soothing sound of water splashing over the rocks, this little hideaway is a gem. I liked the way that the sunlight dappled the moss covered rocks.

In the best light…


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