Moonrise over the monuments

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I was rummaging around in an old hard drive today and came across this forgotten image from 2009. It reminded me that I have been promising myself a return trip to the American Southwest for a long time. Monument Valley and a full moon; a magical experience. I didn’t really know what I was doing with the camera back then; I’d love to have another go now.

Red

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Red is such a very photogenic colour. It looks great against snow and ice.

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And makes a vibrant focal point for a colour-popped black and white.

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We love red over here, on our buses, phone boxes, and postboxes.

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It is the colour of earth, from the slopes of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon…

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…to the raw power of the mighty Kilauea.

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It is the colour of fire, and those who fight it.

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But it is also a colour flowers use to lure bees,

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the colour of a robin’s breast,

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and of Christmas.

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From a boat on Lindisfarne’s fair and ancient shore,

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to the far more ancient walls of Egypt,

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deserted cliff-dwellings,

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and the roof of a Quebec church,

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red is all around us.

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It is the colour of our very life’s blood,
and of remembrance.

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Earth Day

 

To celebrate Earth Day, here are some images I have taken over the years of our beautiful planet.  The top one is, of course, the Grand Canyon.

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Painted Desert, Arizona

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Haleakala Crater, Maui

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Monument Valley, Arizona and Utah

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New earth forming, Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Northumberland National Park, England

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The Olgas, Australia

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Champagne Pools, Rotorua, New Zealand

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Vermilion Lakes, Alberta