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Themed Photo Collections

Realizing that photo viewing is a favorite activity of Internet visitors this section of provides themed collections selected from the many tens of thousands of images captured to illustrate destinations featured on the site.

Articles published in other areas of typically allow space for a small percentage of the photos I shot for those subjects so most of the collections in this section will include images never before published. Images will be bigger than those on the article pages — you won't have to click thumbnail images to view full size pictures. Links are provided to easily review any related articles or sections.
Many more thousands of images have been captured for articles or destinations that have yet to be published at — you’ll also find photo collections here on as yet unpublished subjects.
I hope you; 1) like my photo essays, 2) share them with your friends and 3) return to view frequent additions.
Most recent additions below, alphabetical listing in the blue column to the right:


Historic buildings and well at Fort Ross NHP


Fort Ross National Historic Park

Thirty photos, captions and essay tell the story of the Russian-American Company at the 1812–1841 Fort Ross National Historic Park in California.




Delicate Arch at Arches NP


Arches National Park

View more than 30 photos of sandstone arches, hoodoos, spires, balanced rocks and other formations in Arches NP.




Inside a lava tube cave


Subway Cave

Explore a lava tube on a 1/3 mile trail through Subway Cave in Lassen National Forest near California's Lassen Volcanic NP.




Hydrothermal features in Lassen NP


Bumpass Hell

Hike to the largest and hottest hydrothermal area in California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park.




Boston cityscape


Bay Bridge Trail

A walk on the urban hiking and biking trail on the new East Span of the San Francisco — Oakland Bay Bridge.



Boston cityscape


Boston, Massachusetts

An introduction to Boston MA, downtown, Public Garden, Charles River, Copley Square and Fenway Park.



Equestrian statue of Paul Revere


Boston’s Freedom Trail

A walking tour of Colonial Revolutionary Boston from the Massachusetts State House overlooking Boston Common, past historic churches, burying grounds, meeting houses, patriot’s homes and battle sites to the Bunker Hill Monument.




Copley Square, Boston Commons and downtown Boston from above


Boston from Above

The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory, 50 floors above Boston, provides amazing views of many of historic and iconic sites and structures. A good telephoto lens brings them close.



Two bison grazing


Yellowstone National Park

An introduction to Yellowstone National Park with pictures of some of its lakes, rivers and bison. Other photo essays cover the famous Hydrothermal Features of the Park and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.


Sulphur Caldron in Yellowstone NP


Hydrothermal Features in Yellowstone NP

Photos of and information about geysers, hot springs, travertine terraces, mudpots and fumaroles in Yellowstone National Park..



Fall color and distant mountains


Fall Color

Late autumn photographs of colorful mountain scenes in the eastern Sierra Foothills and Sparks NV.




Lower Falls from Artist Point, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park has its own Grand Canyon. Two waterfalls, one twice the height of Niagra Falls, on the Yellowstone River passing through the canyon add to its unique beauty.




Demonstration of steel sword fighting


Reno Nevada Celtic Celebration

Reno Celtic Celebration is an annual event with games and other activities, costumes, critters, food and drink, music and dance from Ireland and Scotland.




Adobe ruin and hazy hills at sunset


Fort Churchill Historic State Park in Nevada

Built in response to the Pyramid Lake War of 1860 where more Euro-Americans died than any American Indian-white conflict in 69 years. Pony Bob Haslam — the most famous Pony Express rider rode here also.



North Crater Flow Trail at Craters of the Moon


Craters of the Moon National Monument

Acres of lava, spatter cone volcanoes, cinder cones and more in southern Idaho.



Ribs on a grill


Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Photos from the annual international competition in Reno/Sparks NV.





Old barn and Teton Mountain Range


Grand Teton National Park

Photos of Teton Mountain Range, Mormon Row, Bison.




Wildflowers at Logan Pass, Glacier NP


Glacier National Park

Photos of the two largest lakes in Glacier National Park, along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, waterfalls, scenic mountains and more.



Lake Manzanita and Lassen Peak


Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California. Beautiful spring photos of several volcanoes, cinder cones, lava beds, lakes, streams and more.




Inside Lake Shasta Caverns


Lake Shasta Caverns

Lake Shasta Caverns in northern California is a National Natural Landmark. To reach the caves you cross Shasta Lake on an open boat then take a short, scenic bus ride to the entrance.




Parade float at Mardi Gras World


Mardi Gras World

A great place to visit when in New Orleans—Blaine Kern Studios artists design and build floats, sculptures and props for Carnival in New Orleans and several other venues.




Lighthouse at Point Reyes


Point Reyes National Seashore

A late spring visit to the Point Reyes Peninsula one hour drive north of San Francisco, California.




Padlocks on chains


Exploring Nevada — Lovelock

People have been “locking their love” in China since ancient times and at Lovers Lock Plaza in Lovelock, Nevada since 2006.



Pinzgauer vehicle


Pinzgauer Vineyard Excursion

A photo essay about a wine tasting tour through vineyards at the southern end of Sonoma Valley CA with Gundlach Bundschu — California’s oldest continuously operated family winery.



Hotair balloons over vinyards


Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Temecula Valley Wine Country

A photo essay about a hot air balloon ride over the Temecula Valley Wine Country from unpacking and inflating to the breakfast and sparkling wine celebration after.





Victorian house in Carson City NV


Victorian Architecture around the U.S.

Victorian homes and mansions in California, Nevada Wyoming, Nebraska, Louisiana and Washington state.




Notre Dame Cathedral at night


Notre Dame Cathedral

One of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, the cathedral made famous by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’




Interior Palace of Versailles


Palace of Versailles

The most visited château in France — Château de Versailles.
Architecture, Hall of Mirrors, Versailles Gardens, fountains.






Jackson Square in New Orleans


New Orleans’ French Quarter

Iconic images throughout NOLA’s French Quarter.






Plants growing on a New Orleans balcony


New Orleans’ French Quarter Balconies

Pictures beautiful individually accessorized balconies throughout the French Quarter.



Hoodoos in Brice Canyon


Bryce Canyon National Park

Pictures of Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park—Hoodoos, castles, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Queen’s Garden Trail, Navajo Loop Trail…




Valley view in Zion NP


Zion National Park

Pictures of Utah’s Zion National Park—Virgin River, Emerald Pools, Canyon Overlook Trail, Tunnel Window…



Petrified slice of log


Petrified Forest National Park

Pictures of petrified wood, fossils, Agate House, Agate Bridge, pedestal logs, Blue Mesa, petroglyphs and the Painted Desert.




Skywalk at Grand Canyon West


Grand Canyon West

Pictures of the Skywalk, Eagle Rock, Guano Point and more at the Hualapai Indian Reservation at Grand Canyon West.





Sunset view of Grand Canyon South Rim


Grand Canyon South Rim

Pictures and panoramas shot along 30+ miles of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.



Angeles Window at Grand Canyon North Rim


Grand Canyon North Rim

Pictures and panoramas shot from a number of view spots on the North Rim in Grand Canyon National Park.




Westminster Abbey in London


View from the Top

Pictures taken from open-top, double-decker buses in Paris, London, Oxford, Windsor, New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco.




Wizard Island in Crater Lake


Crater Lake

A caldera lake in Crater Lake National Park, south-central Oregon.
Glasshouse in Washington DC



Photos of greenhouses in London’s Kew Gardens, Washington DC, Chicago, Brooklyn and San Francisco.

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