Clear waters

Blue skies, green seas and very clean waters make this beach on the southwest coast of Fiji, near the village of Sanasana, a great place to relax.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/8, 17mm [25mm eq], 1/800s)

This photo was taken in September of 2015.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Lily Pond at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart has existed since 1840, before the Gardens themselves were created. It started simply as a reservoir for rain water.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/4.5, 17mm [25mm eq], 1/100s)

This photo was taken in May of 2016.

Snowy branch

Spring in California’s Sierra Nevada brings beautiful sunny days that make the snow stand out against bright blue skies.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/11, 55mm [82mm eq], 1/400s)

This photo was taken near Lake Tahoe in early April of 2012.

Enjoying the view

The Stanford Dish hiking trail is an easy, paved trail that loops near and around the Stanford Radio Telescope, behind the main university campus. It is great place for a quiet walk with great views of the surrounding hills and of most of the South Bay – as this squirrel is demonstrating.

(Sony A200, ISO 100, f/10, 70mm [105mm eq], 1/400s)

This photo is from March of 2012.

Bench by the river

A lovely place to rest by the side of the Waikato River, in Hamilton, New Zealand.

(Sony A65, ISO 160, f/4, 35mm [52mm eq], 1/60s)

This photo was taken in May of 2017.

Icelandic Farm

Sunset is near at this farm in northern Iceland. This is the view from the Jónasarlundur lookout, by the side of the Ring Road some 30km west of Akureyri.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/7.1, 40mm [60mm eq], 1/250s)

This photo was taken in a late afternoon in October of 2013.

Riverside Park

Riverside Park, in New York, is beautiful at any time of year (and usually much quieter than Central Park). But in my opinion autumn makes this park especially gorgeous.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/5.6, 26mm [39mm eq], 1/125s)

Photo taken on Halloween, 2015.

Hills by the beach

Wharekaho is a small village in the north-east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, just north of Whitianga. This shot was taken looking inland from the beach where the Akeake stream ends.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/5, 50mm [75mm eq], 1/125s)

This photo is from May of 2017.

Butterfly

I’m not sure it’s very noticeable, but the background of this photo is a house with a round door. This is at the Hobbiton movie set, the place where the Shire scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/4.5, 50mm [75mm eq], 1/100s)

This photo is from May of 2017.

Black sand

Vík is a small village on the south coast of Iceland, famous for its black sand beach and for being the southernmost village in the country. The sand is black because it is formed from the volcanic rock that makes up most of the island.

(Sony A65, ISO 200, f/4, 18mm [27mm eq], 1/160s)

This photo was taken in October of 2013, on a very windy afternoon (as one can see from the spray over the waves).