Cool morning in JTNP

It was cold. Very few visitors in the park, now that the holidays have ended. The more I shoot there I believe that “less is more” is a better philosophy for compositions.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Visited the park yesterday with friends. It was cool, bright light, and lots and lots of visitors from around the world. All images, of course, taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Used Photoshop to post process, and Nik software plugins to modify. To taste. Happy New Year.

Lily for the New Year

English: Punahou Preparatory School, Honolulu;...

English: Punahou Preparatory School, Honolulu; from a 1909 postcard published by H. F. Hill, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A good way to start the New Year is to reflect on the great times in 2013, which included a trip to Hawaii, a long stay in Hawaii Kai, and a visit to Punahou school, one of the oldest  in the nation and located in Honolulu. And famous for its lily pond, which included this beauty riding high above the muddy water and surrounding leaves.

Beautiful lily in a beautiful place.

Beautiful lily in a beautiful place.