Posts tagged: vacation

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort Salt Water Pool Panorama, Akumal, Mexico

By , December 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Another shot from a morning sunrise at Grand Palladium Resort at the Salt Water pool.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Grand Palladium Resort Salt Water Pool, Akumal, Mexico Panorama

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort Beach Panorama, Akumal, Mexico

By , December 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

On the first day of arrival to Grand Palladium Resort we awoke early to catch the sunrise from the southern end of the resort’s beach.  Our lodgings were right around the corner.  For October hurricane season, the weather was  absolutely gorgeous.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Grand Palladium Resort Beach, Akumal, Mexico Panorama

Tulum Beach, Mexico Panorama

By , October 27, 2012 at 1:49 am

One of the most picturesque beaches of the Riviera Maya in Mexico is that of Tulum the ancient walled city of the Mayans once seen by Cortez.  With the azure Caribbean Sea glistening above the pristine white coral sands this vista was one of the most gorgeous views of our recent vacation.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

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Tulum Beach, Quintana Roo, Mexico Panorama

Snorkeling at Xelha, Mexico

By , October 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Greetings from the Riviera Maya, Mexico where we just spent a whole day in the sunny Caribbean Sea snorkeling as a family.  While the biodegradable sunscreen helped keep the Parrot fish alive, it made most of us look like lobsters by the end of the day.  But it was a fun 6 hours of snorkeling and seeing a whole bunch of fish at Xelha where we explored a sea cave, numerous cenotes, followed a whole bunch of fish around (photos some other day), and even swam with manta rays.  Here’s the commercial photos that we got scalped, but worth sharing!

September 2012 – Niagara Cave, Fall Colors at Whitewater State Park

By , October 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

09 – Niagra Cave, Whitewater Fall Colors Photo Gallery

We enjoyed the scenery of southeastern Minnesota at its best this year by taking advantage of the prime fall colors at Whitewater State Park, MN.  Earlier this month we took an excruciating 34 mile / 5 hour bike ride with the entire family from Preston to Niagara Cave near Harmony, MN where we took the family on the tour of the large limestone cave near the Iowa border.  No one mentioned that its actually about five miles away from Harmony all on gravel roads which wasn’t the most pleasant by bike, but finally our mountain bikes came in handy.  Our photos from these trips have been added to our September 2012 Gallery as linked above.  With this leg this completes my full circuit of the Root River and Harmony trails by bike.  We camped one night at Whitewater to celebrate the end of my 20’s and celebrate my 30th birthday on the 30th.  Above is the best birthday present I could ask for, a beautiful day with the beautiful family in the burning fall colors of Minnesota at its finest!

Bluefin Bay, Lake Superior, Minnesota Night Sky Panorama

By , June 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Taken yesterday on the last night of our vacation to the North Shore of Lake Superior where we stayed at the Bluefin Bay, I caught this just prior to moonrise from outside our condo’s porch catching the Milky Way arching above a brilliant night sky.

Bluefin Bay, Lake Superior, Minnesota Night Sky Panorama

Christmas Morning 2011

By , December 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

Season’s greetings to all, wishing you happy holidays!

Pinnacles Overlook, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

First turn off past the Pinnacles entrance to Badlands, National Park, see the family in the far left admiring the view.

Pinnacles Overlook, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

Sunset at Sage Creek Overlook, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Two panoramas taken from Sage Creek  overlook at Badlands National Park, South Dakota taken a few minutes apart at sunset and dusk.  These are HDR bracketed photos that are fused and then stitched such that there are actually 5 photos with 3 exposures (15) per panorama taken with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens at wide-angle.  Big thunderstorm seen in the horizon and a nice view of the basin with the Badlands seen towards the far left.

Sage Creek Sunset, Badlands Panorama

Sage Creek Dusk, Badlands Panorama

Sheep Mountain Table, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

After a grueling off-road trip through treacherous terrain we arrived at Sheep Mountain Table, Badlands, South Dakota a vista off the beaten path of the southern Badlands where these pictures were taken.  We got the whole family plopped on the edge of one of the drop offs to get some of the scenic background from our trip onto our kitchen wall.  Enjoy the view.

 

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