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A Day in the Azores

I'm not generally the easiest person to wake up in the morning, but on port days on cruises, I'm up before the old people. It helps to have free access to the best alarm clock invented-- free scheduled room service. Such was the case today, when our ship stopped in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores. I've wanted to go to the Azores for years, ever since a guy named Eric Bomblatus, whose family is from there, told us about how beautiful it was. Sometimes all it takes is planting that seed.

At eight a.m. sharp we were off the boat and walking down the cool sunny streets of the city. I remarked that I wished I had a motorcycle to explore the island with. Ten minutes later we passed a motorcycle rental place. Prices were checked, found to be reasonable, and a plan practically wrote itself.

Between the five of us (Todd, Ben, Carl, Christophe, and me) we rented every motorized vehicle they had left. We got a 650cc motorcycle, a 125cc motorcycle, two quads, and a 125cc scooter. A mother-daughter duo we had befriended on the ship stopped to say hi, and were added to our party as passengers. Driving down the street, we looked like a post-apocalyptic gang.

Breaking Ice

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Longtail Boat, by Suprada on Flickr.

Location: Tioga Lake, Yosemite NP, California

This photo was taken during the memorial day holiday weekend, late May. The location is Tioga lake, just outside the Yosemite National Park east entrance. This glacier-carved sub-alpine lake and canyon are located on the highest paved road in California, the Tioga Pass road (Hwy 120). At the time I visited this place, the snow had been cleared and the Tioga pass had opened for the season two weeks before this photo was taken. The little snow in the mountains and the breaking ice on the water are a testament to the end of winter. The day was bright and crisp, with white fluffy clouds in the sky. The temperature, at this height was pleasantly cool. The lake waters were frigid. I did take off my shoes and step into the water hoping to get close to some rocks in the water... within 30s, my toes were turning blue!

To photograph this scene, I used a super-wide angle lens, the Canon 10-22mm EF-S at 10mm. I was very close to the foreground, my lens, a couple of feet away from the nearest point. I hoped to use the lake and the ice to get to the forest and the mountains.

Technical Info: Exposure: 1/350s at f/8.0 Focal Length: 10mm ISO: 100 WB: Daylight Lens: Canon 10-22mm EF-S

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