Special Places # 53

Photo Art by H.J. Ruiz

1 – Top Left – First tier: Slide Rock State Park is an Arizona State Park located in Oak Creek Canyon 7 miles north of Sedona, Arizona, United States. It takes its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek.

2 – Top Left – Second tier:  Long Beach Island, Barnegat Inlet and Island Beach State Park. Trails through one of the state’s last maritime forests, birding site for water fowl, fishing, scheduled nature walks and talks. Site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, regarded as one of the most crucial ‘change of course’ points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail

3 – Top Right: View of the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico from top of the Sandia Peak, you can get to there via the Sandia Peak Sky Tram. During winter you can ski on the other side of the peak.

4 – Bottom Left: Lenticular cloud dove the mountains in Wyoming. These are more common in the West of USA.

5 – Bottom Right: Scene shot in winter at Sequoia National Park in California. The park is notable for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth by volume. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five of the ten largest trees in the world. The Giant Forest is connected by the Generals Highway to Kings Canyon National Park’s General Grant Grove, home of the General Grant tree among other giant sequoias. The park’s giant sequoia forests are part of 202,430 acres (316 sq mi; 81,921 ha; 819 km2) of old-growth forests shared by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101 – Wikipedia

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