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Super Bloom at Death Valley National Park

In a complete stroke of luck, our group got a chance to visit Death Valley National Park during a rare event known as the “Super Bloom.” The Super Bloom is when the usually barren landscapes of Death Valley are taken over by millions of wildflowers due to fall and winter storms combined with warm spring temps.
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South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Just because I will never, ever grow tired of looking at photographs of the Grand Canyon.
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Stormy Skies Over the Antrim Coast

Antrim Coast – Northern Ireland This is a photograph taken high above the coastline while on the way to Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. I’m still not quite sure how we made it, but we did. More information about this incredible route can be found here.
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Golden Canyon at Death Valley National Park

Back at Death Valley today, here’s a shot of a hike we took. This was part of the Golden Canyon hike, which we stretched out all the way to Zabriskie Point. It was a little challenging but well worth the effort to see this beautiful spot.
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On the way to the Bowl Hike

This was another interesting formation we saw while hiking to The Bowl, an interesting hike outside of St. George. More information about that particular hike may be found here.
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Death Valley National Park and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Just because I’m not fully over my infatuation with Death Valley National Park (and likely won’t be anytime soon), here’s another photograph of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Living in Southern Nevada, as a photographer, I’m like a kid in a candy store with all the beautiful spots just a short drive away. Last night
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Zabriskie Point at Death Valley National Park

Rounding out Death Valley week here on the site, this is a photograph from Zabriskie Point taken just before sunrise. Needless to say, it was a pretty moment, partially evidenced by the three dozen or so other photographers out at the same time. Hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll be back next week.
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Devil’s Cornfield at Death Valley National Park

Devil’s Cornfield at Death Valley National Park During yesterday’s shoot at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, I first had to tromp through Devil’s Cornfield. Little did I know that it was a mile+ hike to the actual dunes, which significantly cut into my shooting time. Between that longer than expected hike and the 30-minute drive to
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at Death Valley National Park

Staying in Death Valley here at jasonlthompson.com, I’m moving onto the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Our group did a sunrise photo shoot here and not only was the light fantastic, there were zero other photographers out. This is unlike the prior day at Zabriskie Point which was overrun with not only other photogs, but a
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Artist’s Palette at Death Valley National Park

After returning from a three-day trip to Death Valley National Park, my hard drive is chock full of images from this gorgeous place. To be honest, before researching my trip to Death Valley, I had only heard about the extreme temperatures and the fact that it’s the lowest elevation in North America. I had no
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Bryce Canyon Sunrise

There are worse ways to start the day than watching the sunrise at Bryce Canyon.
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Sundown in Sedona

     
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Early Morning at the Grand Canyon

It’s not fun getting up when it’s still dark outside, only to stand around in freezing temps in the hopes of getting decent light. This one may have been worth it though.
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Lower Antelope Canyon

The shot above is a photograph of Lower Antelope Canyon, the slightly less famous of the two Antelope Canyons.
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End of Day at the South Rim

If you missed my post from a couple days ago, here’s another shot from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Kolob Canyons at Zion National Park

The only downside to Zion National Park, particularly during in-season, is the crowds. A remedy to this is to consider heading north on I-15 to the Kolob Canyons area of the park.
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An Approaching Storm at the Grand Canyon

While we all love beautiful sunsets at the Grand Canyon, it’s also gorgeous with a massive snowstorm approaching.
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Water Break at the Columbus Zoo

In case you missed last week’s bears from the Columbus Zoo, here’s a different local resident. This is one of the Amur Tigers, just a beautiful animal. Here’s a pro tip for visiting the zoo: do a little online research and determine when feeding times are. It’s pretty cool to watch one of these tigers take
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Valley of Fire

Taking advantage of the new “merge to panorama” feature in Adobe Lightroom, I put this one together from a recent visit to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, Nevada. This shot was taken from the road near the trail that takes you to the Fire Wave, a photo I featured a few days back.
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Grizzly Bears of Dublin, Ohio

I don’t have much to say today, mainly because I think I had some Indian food that was particularly rough on my stomach. Until I have more to say, enjoy these two bears jawing at each other from the Columbus Zoo.
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Pelicans and Party Boats

I photographed this White Pelican a while back down in Ft. Myers Beach in Florida. I took it from a fishing charter, known affectionately as the “Party Boat.” The charter was actually the “Night Snapper Trip”, a 6pm-1am voyage about 30 miles off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The boat is quite large,
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Upper Antelope Canyon

I checked one off my photographic bucket list this past week when we travelled to Page, Arizona to see Antelope Canyon. For those that aren’t familiar, there are actually three different Antelope Canyons; Upper, Lower, and just Antelope Canyon. Upper and Lower are fairly similar, and Antelope Canyon is separate and is only accessible by boat.
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A Beautiful Afternoon at Bryce Canyon National Park

Everyone has an opinion about their favorite national park. Some love Grand Canyon, some think Zion is the most beautiful, and those like me are just in awe of the hoodoos at Bryce.
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Lake Tahoe

Watching The Godfather Epic last week made me a bit nostalgic for Lake Tahoe.
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Valley of Fire – White Domes Trail

Another photograph from Valley of Fire, this one of one of the canyons on the White Domes Trail.
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White Owl Canyon Redux

In case you missed Monday’s post, here’s another shot from our hike at White Owl Canyon near Lake Mead.
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Fire Wave

Still one of my favorite spots in Southern Nevada, Fire Wave in the Valley of Fire State Park.
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White Owl Canyon

White Owl Canyon is an incredible slot canyon right off of Lake Mead in Nevada. Not only is it a gorgeous hike, the canyon is inhabited by the owl for which it’s named. Apparently the tell-tale signs of nearby owls are owl poop streaked down the canyon walls as well as owl barf.
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Culloden, Scotland

This is a photograph of the visitor center at the Culloden Battlefield, home of the last stand of the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Besides being an interesting historical site, the center is a pretty cool-looking building as well.  I won’t you with all the details, but if you’re interested in the history you can
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Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona

The image you see above is of Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is an interesting place; it reminds me a lot of Zion National Park, but with much more expensive homes and restaurants. It’s a gorgeous place and I’m glad I got a chance to see it, but I’m not exactly in a rush
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Early Springtime in Ohio

Upon hearing that back home in Ohio temps were reaching  the low 80’s, I started thinking about springtime and sites like the one above. I’m a little worried, though, does that mean that it’s a mild winter or a delayed one? Either way, I hope it’s that nice when I return back this spring.
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Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

While I’m on the subject of National Parks, I thought I’d share this one of the Grand Canyon. It was a sunrise shot and as you can probably tell by the snow on the rock, it was a chilly morning. It was a cloudy morning with a huge snowstorm rolling in and I assumed the
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Hoodoos and Hot Yoga

Above is Bryce Canyon National Park, home of the famous “hoodoos”. It’s funny, out of all the national parks I’ve seen, Bryce might be my favorite. I’ve seen a lot of red rocks in my time while living in the Southern Nevada area, but Bryce might have the most unique and beautiful formations out of all
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Causeway Road

For those that aren’t aware, or slightly insane about television like me, Northern Ireland and the Antrim Coast have been used extensively in the filming of the show. Right down the road from the photo above is a place called Downhill Beach.
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Camelback Near the Vortex

This photo was shot during our hike to the Vortex, a feature that looks like an extremely large sinkhole in the middle of rock. What you see above is one of the humps of the camelback.
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The Ledges Golf Club – St. George, Utah

I usually leave my golf photographs to my golf website, Digital Fairways, but I liked this one enough that I thought I’d show it here. It’s a photo from The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, Utah.
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A Day in the Scottish Highlands

  Here’s a shot from my recent trip to Scotland. This was during our day trip through the Scottish Highlands; a journey through whiskey distilleries, a search for Nessie, and ended with the beautiful setting you see above.            
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The Beautiful Playa Carrillo in Costa Rica

Just a short bike ride away from its more famous neighbor, Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. You won’t find a lot of amenities on this beach, just a perfect, unspoiled spot to relax, swim, or whatever you like. If you liked the photography in this post, click
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The Watchman at Zion National Park

Here’s a late day shot from Zion National Park of the infamous Watchman. One of the best things about spending a winter is Mesquite is the quick access to Zion. With cool temps and non-existent crowds, it doesn’t get much better out here.
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Outside Snow Canyon

      An important item for photographers to remember, make sure to look behind you. Sometimes that’s where the best light actually is. The shot above was taken during my prior shoot at Snow Canyon as I was walking back to the car. Needless to say, I’m glad I took the time to stop
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On top of the world on Angel’s Landing

This shot was taken from the top of one of the most famous hikes in the world, Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park in Utah. At some point, I’ll do a full write up of the hike, its difficulty, and our experience there. In case it’s not already evident, the view from the top isn’t too shabby.
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Snow Canyon Overlook

Last night I took a little field trip up to Snow Canyon State Park, just outside of St. George, Utah. Turns out I never actually made it into the park, rather I just pulled off just outside of the north entrance to the park to this overlook. It’s pretty impressive and even better considering it’s
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Along the way to Giant’s Causeway

After an extended absence, I am back! This will be a week of shots from the United Kingdom. First up on the list is a shot that was taken on the short hike to Giant’s Causeway. On a note completely unrelated to photography and travel, I just watched the first episode of “The Leftovers”. I
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Shelling along Cinque Terre

Hard to believe this trip was over five years ago. Oh how time flies…
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Sunset at the Grand Canyon

Looking for reasons to be upbeat during a rainy Monday the morning after a tough Cavs loss, there’s nothing like a shot from the Grand Canyon to get back on the right track. If you like this photo and would like to see a full size version of it click here to go to my
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Olde Stonewall Golf Club

If you’d like to see a larger version of this photograph or more from this golf course, click here for the full gallery.
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The Wilds – Cumberland, Ohio

From wiki: The Wilds is a private, non-profit wildlife conservation center located in Muskingum County, Ohio. It is situated on 9,154 acres (37.04 km²) of reclaimed coal mine land and is home to over 25 non-native and hundreds of native species. The Wilds is the largest wildlife conservation center for endangered species in North America and is open between the months of May and October. Formally, the
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Augusta National Golf Club

Click on the photograph for a larger view. To view a full res version of this photograph click here to see it and the rest of the gallery. Feel free to use any of these images as your desktop wallpaper.
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Saint Mark’s Basilica – Venice, Italy

I think one of the reasons I enjoy photography so much is that it affords me a degree of quasi-time travel. By that I mean that even though I may not have been to a place in several years, when I look at one of my shots from the trip it takes me right back
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La Fortuna Waterfall

In a country filled with waterfalls, how does La Fortuna stack up? Is it worth the $10? Is it worth the hike? How bad is the hike? It seems like these are the questions everyone has about most of the tourist spots so let’s see if La Fortuna Waterfall is worth your time and tourist
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