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<p>One more from the Morro Rock visit. This photo shows the close approximation and two of the three ‘fingers’ of the non-operative power plant to

Wikipe…dia says: The 581-foot (177 m) Morro Rock is one of 13 volcanic plugs (remnant necks of extinct volcanoes), lava domes, and sheetlike intrusions between Morro Bay on the  north and Islay Hill on the south, all in San Luis Obispo County.

#morrobay #california #travelphotography #morrorock #landscapephotograhy #powerplant #smokestack
#laphotographer #usinterior #wildernessculture

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One more from the Morro Rock visit. This photo shows the close approximation and two of the three ‘fingers’ of the non-operative power plant to 'The Rock on the Beach’. Over all the trip to the Morrow Bay area was enjoyable, and worthwhile of another visit someday. Especially since I now find out the area is inhabited with Sea Lions! I had the pleasure of photographing some of the same while in Avila Beach…  those and others from that incredible location coming soon!

Wikipe…dia says: The 581-foot (177 m) Morro Rock is one of 13 volcanic plugs (remnant necks of extinct volcanoes), lava domes, and sheetlike intrusions between Morro Bay on the  north and Islay Hill on the south, all in San Luis Obispo County.

#morrobay #california #travelphotography #morrorock #landscapephotograhy #powerplant #smokestack
#laphotographer #usinterior #wildernessculture

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Today’s second post is from my 2017 CA and NV travels and is a continuation of my imagery captures from the Morro Bay area, which is located on the Central California coastline. While walking to the beach thru the dunes on the way to take the image from last Friday I posted of Morro Rock, I noticed the Dynegy (Morro Bay) Power Plant off in the distance, and decided on the way back to the car to stop and capture the view of it I then had. I thought it was cool before, but loved the after the sun went down appearance it took on even more. Eerie and ghostly in form it was, which is fitting since operations closed down in 2014 and it is now an empty location. It was built in the 1950’s, and also known as the ‘three <br/> fingers’.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/morrobay?source=feed_text">#morrobay</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/california?source=feed_text">#california</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/travelphotography?source=feed_text">#travelphotography</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/landscapephotograhy?source=feed_text">#landscapephotograhy</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/powerplant?source=feed_text">#powerplant</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/smokestack?source=feed_text">#smokestack</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/laphotographer?source=feed_text">#laphotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/usinterior?source=feed_text">#usinterior</a></p>

Today’s second post is from my 2017 CA and NV travels and is a continuation of my imagery captures from the Morro Bay area, which is located on the Central California coastline. While walking to the beach thru the dunes on the way to take the image from last Friday I posted of Morro Rock, I noticed the Dynegy (Morro Bay) Power Plant off in the distance, and decided on the way back to the car to stop and capture the view of it I then had. I thought it was cool before, but loved the after the sun went down appearance it took on even more. Eerie and ghostly in form it was, which is fitting since operations closed down in 2014 and it is now an empty location. It was built in the 1950’s, and also known as the ‘three
fingers’.

#morrobay #california #travelphotography #landscapephotograhy #powerplant #smokestack #laphotographer #usinterior

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>While on assignment last year up in Santa Maria (CA), I did one of the things I have done in many of the locations I visited; ask the locals about the unique and cool places to photograph in their area! For who knows better than those in the know! Quickly it was suggested, with smiles gleaming, that I go look for the ‘Big Rock on the Beach’! Ha, heeding the advice, I found myself getting behind the wheel and driving a little further north to Morro Bay, which is located almost dead center between Los Angeles and San Fransisco along the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1). Upon exiting the highway I found a quaint little village that seemed to have a peaceful demeanor about it, harmonized by a downslope running towards the coast. All of a sudden, there it was…  just as i was told, a

FYI, this photo was taken around 15 minutes after the sun went below the horizon!

Wikipedia says: The 581-foot (177 m) Morro Rock is one of 13 volcanic plugs (remnant necks of extinct volcanoes), lava domes, and sheetlike intrusions between Morro Bay on the north and Islay Hill on the south, all in San Luis Obispo County.

It is composed mostly of dacite, an igneous, volcanic rock, and partially of petrified bird feces, which have compacted into the plug over the years. It is a groundmass of plagioclase, with amphibole (hornblende), biotite, pyroxene (augite), quartz, and glass; phenocrysts of plagioclase, amphibole and often quartz. Its silica (SiO2) content can range from 63 to 69 percent.

#morrobay #california #travelphotography #morrorock #landscapephotograhy #powerplant #smokestack #laphotographer #usinterior

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While on assignment last year up in Santa Maria (CA), I did one of the things I have done in many of the locations I visited; ask the locals about the unique and cool places to photograph in their area! For who knows better than those in the know! Quickly it was suggested, with smiles gleaming, that I go look for the ‘Big Rock on the Beach’! Ha, heeding the advice, I found myself getting behind the wheel and driving a little further north to Morro Bay, which is located almost dead center between Los Angeles and San Fransisco along the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1). Upon exiting the highway I found a quaint little village that seemed to have a peaceful demeanor about it, harmonized by a downslope running towards the coast. All of a sudden, there it was…  just as i was told, a 'big rock on the beach’, called Morro Rock (not to be confused with Moro Rock in King’s Canyon). After parking, Hallie and I walked a path along the south side, enjoying a mix of sand and boulders that created a very scenic and enjoyable environment. With my bum knee it was challenging in some areas, but that didn’t stop us from venturing over boulders along the base of the rock, with the appearance of being a small mountain, to the water’s edge. I had a blast watching Hallie run and dig into the sand, careening around the boulders like it was her own personal obstacle course! I love it when she has fun like that! We explored for a bit, took some photos (I will share some of those later, especially one or two of Hallie), and decided after an hour or so I wanted a further away perspective to better show the uniqueness on how this novelty jotted out above the landscape. This meant relocating a couple of miles further up the road, where I took a chance and turned into a neighborhood running along the coastline. Fortunately, I stumbled upon an extremely wide beach area that was not only very cool because of the incredible amount of sandollars found all along the water’s edge, nor from the tranquility that came from being the only souls on the entire beach with toes (or paws) in the sand, but because it gave me the results I am sharing here today. And…  I hope you like it!

FYI, this photo was taken around 15 minutes after the sun went below the horizon!

Wikipedia says: The 581-foot (177 m) Morro Rock is one of 13 volcanic plugs (remnant necks of extinct volcanoes), lava domes, and sheetlike intrusions between Morro Bay on the north and Islay Hill on the south, all in San Luis Obispo County.

It is composed mostly of dacite, an igneous, volcanic rock, and partially of petrified bird feces, which have compacted into the plug over the years. It is a groundmass of plagioclase, with amphibole (hornblende), biotite, pyroxene (augite), quartz, and glass; phenocrysts of plagioclase, amphibole and often quartz. Its silica (SiO2) content can range from 63 to 69 percent.

#morrobay #california #travelphotography #morrorock #landscapephotograhy #powerplant #smokestack #laphotographer #usinterior

Posted 11 weeks ago
<div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" id="id_5b5773d77d0560657229444"><p>Thanks so much for the fantastic acceptance my waterfall pics from Yosemite National Park posted over the last week! Except for my sharing ahead a few isolated views from time to time from within the park, today’s post will be the last for a while from this location. But with that said, there are more posts ahead of other incredible locations that I was fortunate enough to explore in my travels. </p><p> The pic I am sharing today was just before I exited the park. It is a view back …towards Bridalveil Fall (on the right), Ribbon Fall (on the left), with El Capitan in the middle (left), and the Merced River in the foreground, running hard and fast. There is no doubt I will be returning to Yosemite, for there are other waterfalls and breathtaking views off the beaten path that I didn’t get to see on my previous day trip there. I do look forward to my future trip there, and of course sharing what I capture!</p><div class="text_exposed_show"><p> I will be making limited and open edition prints (and other novelties) available very soon on my website, <a href="http://www.dougheslepfineart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" data-ft=www.dougheslepfineart.com. Stay tuned for further details!

Wikipedia says: Yosemite National Park is an American national park lying in the western Sierra Nevada of California. The park, which is managed by the U.S. National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,687 ha; 3,026.87 km2). Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. The name “Yosemite” (meaning “killer” in Miwok) originally referred to the name of a renegade tribe which was driven out of the area (and possibly annihilated) by the Mariposa Battalion. Before then the area was called “Ahwahnee” (“big mouth”) by indigenous people.

#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #dougheslepfineart #bridalveilfalls #laphotographer #travelphotography #landscapephotography #waterfall #mountains #california #sequoiamountains #wildernessculture #usinterior #ribbonfall

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Thanks so much for the fantastic acceptance my waterfall pics from Yosemite National Park posted over the last week! Except for my sharing ahead a few isolated views from time to time from within the park, today’s post will be the last for a while from this location. But with that said, there are more posts ahead of other incredible locations that I was fortunate enough to explore in my travels.

The pic I am sharing today was just before I exited the park. It is a view back …towards Bridalveil Fall (on the right), Ribbon Fall (on the left), with El Capitan in the middle (left), and the Merced River in the foreground, running hard and fast. There is no doubt I will be returning to Yosemite, for there are other waterfalls and breathtaking views off the beaten path that I didn’t get to see on my previous day trip there. I do look forward to my future trip there, and of course sharing what I capture!

I will be making limited and open edition prints (and other novelties) available very soon on my website, www.dougheslepfineart.com. Stay tuned for further details!

Wikipedia says: Yosemite National Park is an American national park lying in the western Sierra Nevada of California. The park, which is managed by the U.S. National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,687 ha; 3,026.87 km2). Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. The name “Yosemite” (meaning “killer” in Miwok) originally referred to the name of a renegade tribe which was driven out of the area (and possibly annihilated) by the Mariposa Battalion. Before then the area was called “Ahwahnee” (“big mouth”) by indigenous people.

#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #dougheslepfineart #bridalveilfalls #laphotographer #travelphotography #landscapephotography #waterfall #mountains #california #sequoiamountains #wildernessculture #usinterior #ribbonfall

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>This is Ribbon Fall, located in Yosemite National Park. Another of the many waterfalls Hallie and I experienced that beautiful April day in 2017. This particular fall is located on the west side of El Capitan, and is only visible in the early spring. Fortunately, the above average snowfall that winter caused a melt that really intensified it’s glory, creating perfect timing for our visit! It is well-known for being the longest drop water fall in North America!</p><p> Wikipedia says:<br/> Ribbon Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, flows off a cliff on the west side of El Capitan and is the longest single-drop waterfall in North America. The fall is fed by melting winter snow; while therefore dry for much of the year, the fall is a spectacular 1,612 feet (491 m) in the spring. In exceptional years, an ice cone develops at its base during the winter months similar to that which usually forms beneath Upper Yosemite Fall. This deposit can reach a depth of 200 feet, versus 322 feet for the greatest depth of the ice cone beneath the Upper Fall and Lower Fall (of Yosemite Fall). Ribbon Fall is the tallest, continuous falls waterfall in the United States.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/yosemitenationalpark?source=feed_text">#yosemitenationalpark</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/waterfalls?source=feed_text">#waterfalls</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/ribbonfall?source=feed_text">#ribbonfall</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/travelphotographer?source=feed_text">#travelphotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/landscapephotographer?source=feed_text">#landscapephotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/laphotographer?source=feed_text">#laphotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/dougheslepfineart?source=feed_text">#dougheslepfineart</a></p>

This is Ribbon Fall, located in Yosemite National Park. Another of the many waterfalls Hallie and I experienced that beautiful April day in 2017. This particular fall is located on the west side of El Capitan, and is only visible in the early spring. Fortunately, the above average snowfall that winter caused a melt that really intensified it’s glory, creating perfect timing for our visit! It is well-known for being the longest drop water fall in North America!

Wikipedia says:
Ribbon Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, flows off a cliff on the west side of El Capitan and is the longest single-drop waterfall in North America. The fall is fed by melting winter snow; while therefore dry for much of the year, the fall is a spectacular 1,612 feet (491 m) in the spring. In exceptional years, an ice cone develops at its base during the winter months similar to that which usually forms beneath Upper Yosemite Fall. This deposit can reach a depth of 200 feet, versus 322 feet for the greatest depth of the ice cone beneath the Upper Fall and Lower Fall (of Yosemite Fall). Ribbon Fall is the tallest, continuous falls waterfall in the United States.

#yosemitenationalpark #waterfalls #ribbonfall #travelphotographer #landscapephotographer #laphotographer #dougheslepfineart

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>This close up image of Yosemite Falls is a follow-up to yesterday’s full view of the same. I like how it better shows the energy of the falling water and wanted to share it.  And as always,  your comments are greatly appreciated! Share if you like!  :)</p><p> This, and other fine art images from my travels will be available on my fine art website, <a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dougheslepfineart.com%2F&h=AT3Py55_NNkoFdmD5S9Iycm45xWuDCGS0wqedOlRRRcyPtrgm9ZgBipZX0LRntoLBNSCQ2QviL8KvuMBSz8IZ4zOEuZfQmOmcwTBSf7s3WNOFIbfhhmcbgO8qREiQlE7aHF8QEAn2snXh25zuQ">www.dougheslepfineart.com</a> very soon!</p><p><br/><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/yosemitenationalpark?source=feed_text">#yosemitenationalpark</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/yosemite?source=feed_text">#yosemite</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/yosemitefirefall?source=feed_text">#yosemitefirefall</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/horsetailfall?source=feed_text">#yosemitefall</a>s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/waterfalls?source=feed_text">#waterfalls</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/travelphotographer?source=feed_text">#travelphotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/landscapephotographer?source=feed_text">#landscapephotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/laphotographer?source=feed_text">#laphotographer</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/dougheslepfineart?source=feed_text">#dougheslepfineart</a></p>

This close up image of Yosemite Falls is a follow-up to yesterday’s full view of the same. I like how it better shows the energy of the falling water and wanted to share it.  And as always,  your comments are greatly appreciated! Share if you like!  :)

This, and other fine art images from my travels will be available on my fine art website, www.dougheslepfineart.com very soon!


#yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #yosemitefirefall #yosemitefalls #waterfalls #travelphotographer #landscapephotographer #laphotographer #dougheslepfineart

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Today’s post from Yosemite National Park is of Yosemite Falls. This was just again one of the many waterfalls… raging that April day in 2017 that I (we… can’t forget Hallie!) experienced within the National Park. Like the others, it was extroidinary, making it hard to pick a favorite! So I will just pick them all!  I will post another soon!</p><p> This, and MANY other fine art images from my travels will be available soon. Details asap!</p>

Today’s post from Yosemite National Park is of Yosemite Falls. This was just again one of the many waterfalls… raging that April day in 2017 that I (we… can’t forget Hallie!) experienced within the National Park. Like the others, it was extroidinary, making it hard to pick a favorite! So I will just pick them all!  I will post another soon!

 This, and MANY other fine art images from my travels will be available soon. Details asap!

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>The image presented today is another view of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park. After leaving the front ‘drenching’ area of the waterfall, Hallie (my awesome dog!) and I took a trail around the side, (ha, hoping to dry off some, now I know why people were carrying ponchos!) crossing over a couple of foot bridges with rushing water below from the waterfall, and even hiking back into the woods a bit vying for different perspectives before stumbling upon this impressive sight. The overwhelming size and strength of the water flow made for a spectacular sight no matter the angle of view. In continued awe I was.<br/></p>

The image presented today is another view of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park. After leaving the front ‘drenching’ area of the waterfall, Hallie (my awesome dog!) and I took a trail around the side, (ha, hoping to dry off some, now I know why people were carrying ponchos!) crossing over a couple of foot bridges with rushing water below from the waterfall, and even hiking back into the woods a bit vying for different perspectives before stumbling upon this impressive sight. The overwhelming size and strength of the water flow made for a spectacular sight no matter the angle of view. In continued awe I was.

Posted 14 weeks ago
<p>The attached image is of *Bridal Veil Falls, located in Yosemite National Park. It is the first of many images I will be sharing from my travels last year (2017) throughout the most of Central/Northern California, and Nevada. Blessed for sure, for my faithful travel partner, and best dog ever, Hallie, and I were able to venture across several mountain tops covered in snow; descend down into canyons surrounded by mountains and walls up to over 8000’; enjoy the flowing cool water and breeze exerted from powerful waterfalls, lakes and rivers; bask in the glow of a warm setting sun while taking in the pristine and amazing coastline; and lastly, but not least, the jaw-dropping views around every curve in the road taken to get to the actual destinations! I do validate the saying, ‘it’s not all about the destination’, for the journey to and from is pretty darn cool as well! For example, when I made the drive up to Yosemite National Park, the road was shadowed by the raging Merced River running parallel! It was a heavier than normal snow season, which upon the snow melting there were obvious and incredible high water levels in the river! What spectacular energy that was, highlighted by unforgiving and daring curves in the road along the way! No room for error! Whew, I truly loved it! Ready to go again! In what was really a short period of time, this experience, along with others that followed I have already enjoyed a life-time’s worth of breathtaking WoW moments! And, the best part being, as I now explore SoCal, the journey continues on!</p><p>As I mentioned, my first image to share is from Yosemite National Park. I really didn’t know exactly what to expect, because I usually don’t do any photo research prior to going, giving what I feel is a more heightened experience due to my first time viewing is in person. It turned out to be an amazing experience, forever etched in my memory, and definitely an incredible start to my adventure. With over twenty-five thousand miles driven, it’s safe to say I do have many more images to share.This will be an ongoing effort for a while, so be sure follow my blog on tumblr (you can access thru my blog via my fine art website, <a href="http://www.dougheslepfineart.com">www.dougheslepfineart.com</a>), or follow me on social media (FB, Twitter, and IG) for I will be posting often. As for the images in this series, I have decided to revsit my roots, and prepare in black and white. I really appreciate the tonal values and mood that b&w delivers, and felt it appropriate to go this direction. You could say I am also applauding the talent of the pioneer and grandfather of B&W landscape photography, Ansel Adams, of whom inspired me from early on. I have always been a fan, and not intending to flatter myself with the association, I do hope with what you experience within my imagery you are encouraged to be a fan of my creativity as well.</p><p>Cheers!<br/>Doug Heslep</p><p>Open and Limited-Edition Prints will be available very soon on my website, <a href="http://www.dougheslepfineart.com">www.dougheslepfineart.com</a> . Watch for my social media posts in this regard, so you can take advantage of timed specials and giveaways I will be offering!  </p><p>Wikipedia says: *Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park. The waterfall is 188 metres (617 ft) in height and flows year round.</p>

The attached image is of *Bridal Veil Falls, located in Yosemite National Park. It is the first of many images I will be sharing from my travels last year (2017) throughout the most of Central/Northern California, and Nevada. Blessed for sure, for my faithful travel partner, and best dog ever, Hallie, and I were able to venture across several mountain tops covered in snow; descend down into canyons surrounded by mountains and walls up to over 8000’; enjoy the flowing cool water and breeze exerted from powerful waterfalls, lakes and rivers; bask in the glow of a warm setting sun while taking in the pristine and amazing coastline; and lastly, but not least, the jaw-dropping views around every curve in the road taken to get to the actual destinations! I do validate the saying, ‘it’s not all about the destination’, for the journey to and from is pretty darn cool as well! For example, when I made the drive up to Yosemite National Park, the road was shadowed by the raging Merced River running parallel! It was a heavier than normal snow season, which upon the snow melting there were obvious and incredible high water levels in the river! What spectacular energy that was, highlighted by unforgiving and daring curves in the road along the way! No room for error! Whew, I truly loved it! Ready to go again! In what was really a short period of time, this experience, along with others that followed I have already enjoyed a life-time’s worth of breathtaking WoW moments! And, the best part being, as I now explore SoCal, the journey continues on!

As I mentioned, my first image to share is from Yosemite National Park. I really didn’t know exactly what to expect, because I usually don’t do any photo research prior to going, giving what I feel is a more heightened experience due to my first time viewing is in person. It turned out to be an amazing experience, forever etched in my memory, and definitely an incredible start to my adventure. With over twenty-five thousand miles driven, it’s safe to say I do have many more images to share.This will be an ongoing effort for a while, so be sure follow my blog on tumblr (you can access thru my blog via my fine art website, www.dougheslepfineart.com), or follow me on social media (FB, Twitter, and IG) for I will be posting often. As for the images in this series, I have decided to revsit my roots, and prepare in black and white. I really appreciate the tonal values and mood that b&w delivers, and felt it appropriate to go this direction. You could say I am also applauding the talent of the pioneer and grandfather of B&W landscape photography, Ansel Adams, of whom inspired me from early on. I have always been a fan, and not intending to flatter myself with the association, I do hope with what you experience within my imagery you are encouraged to be a fan of my creativity as well.

Cheers!
Doug Heslep

Open and Limited-Edition Prints will be available very soon on my website, www.dougheslepfineart.com . Watch for my social media posts in this regard, so you can take advantage of timed specials and giveaways I will be offering!  

Wikipedia says: *Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park. The waterfall is 188 metres (617 ft) in height and flows year round.

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>“Shade #9”</p><p>My latest.<br/></p>

“Shade #9”

My latest.

Posted 180 weeks ago