Andalucía Spain Adventure

Post 2 – Córdoba, we visited La Mezquita, an enormous mosque dating back to 784 when the Moors were in control of Andalucía.  When the Moors were pushed out, it was converted to a Catholic church in 1236.  Since then, mass has been held every day. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

The hour before mass, everything is in place, the cathedral is very quiet. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

The hour before mass, everything is in place, the cathedral is very quiet.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is one of the most exceptional monuments in the world, a testimony to the ancient alliance of art and faith.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

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Post 1 – Seville, a city rich in history, architectural wonders, great food and wine, cultural experiences.  We wandered around through the historic district photographing day and night.  The narrow cobblestone streets were alive with tapas bars – so nice to grab a light meal and glass of wine while walking around.  Flamenco dancers were a fun explore of shutter speeds – capturing faces and blurring the rest.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Rooftop view from our hotel, Hotel Palacio Villapanes © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rooftop view from our hotel, Hotel Palacio Villapanes
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Watch for our next post as we move to Cordoba and Úbeda.

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Iceland Photography Adventure

Post 2 – Iceland has great bird photography, see Post 1, but the scenery is amazing.  Iceland has no trees to speak of, and the stark volcanic landscape filled with waterfalls and glaciers is stunning.  Bright green mosses provide a contrast for some great design options.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is one volcano stacked on another until it built an island. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is one volcano stacked on another until it built an island.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Warm water oozes out of the ground in thermal areas. This one has dissolved iron. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Warm water oozes out of the ground in thermal areas. This one has dissolved iron.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland has thousands of waterfalls, only a few have been named.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Glaciers calve and icebergs work their way down to the beach. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Glaciers calve and icebergs work their way down to the beach.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Black sand beach has great patterns, photographing from above gives great perspective. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Black sand beach has great patterns, photographing from above gives great perspective.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is a rugged land. Its youthful geology and sharp contrast yield dramatic photographic opportunities.  Join us in 2018 when we return.

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Iceland Photography Adventure

Post 1 – Puffins! Our July 2016 adventure was a Puffinfest.  Puffins flying. Puffins fishing.  Puffins don’t tell fish stories, they just proudly show you the catch and let you photograph.  Then when you are not looking, they go feed their babies (they don’t want you to see their burrow.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Okay, sometimes they brag a little. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Okay, sometimes they brag a little.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Sometimes on a rainy day it's hard to fly down to the ocean and get wet. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Sometimes on a rainy day it’s hard to fly down to the ocean and get wet.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Great skuas, which love baby puffins and terns, are fiercely protective of their own nests.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Our guide Siggi found out how protective they can be. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Our guide Siggi found out how protective they can be.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Baby skua knows it's invisible! © 2016 Bob Harvey

Baby skua knows it’s invisible!
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Arctic terns seem to always nest in the wrong places.  But when they nest close to the glacial lagoon, we get to see them on the ice, waiting for the fish run.  Then they fly and dive.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Don't mess with my baby! © 2016 Bob Harvey

Don’t mess with my baby!
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

It seems like only the loons are paddling around family style.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Watch for the next post – ice, glaciers, waterfalls, and Iceland landscapes.

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Peru Explorations

Post 4 – Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body of water in the world, holds many surprises for the photographer. The water was delightful to kayak – we launched from a reed island and paddled in a calm area, getting close to the reeds and birds.  The islands we visited gave us great photographic opportunities of the cultures – different on each island.

The famous reed island of Uros © 2016 Diane Kelsay

The famous reed island of Uros
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Resident of Uros, working on embroidery. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Resident of Uros, working on embroidery.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Kitchen, Uros © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Kitchen, Uros
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Uros © 2016 Bob Harvey

Uros
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Uros © 2016 Bob Harvey

Uros
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Traditional reedboat © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Traditional reedboat
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

View from kayak © 2016 Bob Harvey

View from kayak
© 2016 Bob Harvey

View from kayak © 2016 Bob Harvey

View from kayak
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Birds - shot from kayak © 2016 Bob Harvey

Birds – shot from kayak
© 2016 Bob Harvey

View from kayak © 2016 Bob Harvey

View from kayak
© 2016 Bob Harvey

The island of Taquile, World Heritage Site famous for traditional weavers, mostly men. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

The island of Taquile, World Heritage Site famous for traditional weavers, mostly men.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Taquile woman spinning yarn. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Taquile woman spinning yarn.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Taquile © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Taquile – trail across the island.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Umayo, lake and viicuna reserve. Our boats and oarsmen waiting below. When not rowing us around, they are fishermen. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Umayo, lake and vicuna reserve. Our boats and oarsmen waiting below. When not rowing us around, they are fishermen.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Vicuna © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Umayo – vicuna
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Umayo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Umayo – flamingos
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Our train © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Our train
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

This ends our posts from the 2016 Peru Adventure.  We hope you will join us in 2018.  Link to our next Peru adventure

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Post 3 – Cusco and the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley, Cusco and the hillsides above, provide a wealth of historic sites with architectural designs just waiting for you to compose.  Add to that local people, some traditionally dressed, and markets – lots of color.

Cusco, Temple of the Sun © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cusco, Temple of the Sun
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yarn dyed with natural dyes from plants © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yarn dyed with natural dyes from plants
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Chinchero - a village famous for its weavers and traditional weaving style. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Chinchero – a village famous for its weavers and traditional weaving style.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Above Cusco, the site of Sacsayhuaman is a favorite at first light. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Above Cusco, the site of Sacsayhuaman is a favorite at first light.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman - the early light provides the angle to show off the endless designs of the structures © 2016 Bob Harvey

Sacsayhuaman – the early light provides the angle best to show off the designs of the rock structures.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Sacsayhuaman © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sacsayhuaman
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo looms over the village of the same name.  The site has many agricultural terraces and water channels.  The village below remains mostly traditional and many buildings have foundations of original Inca walls.

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo, watering system, the Granary on the hillside above.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The Granary © 2016 Bob Harvey

The Granary
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Ollantaytambo © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ollantaytambo
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sheep herding, Sacred Valley © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sheep herding, Sacred Valley
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

At Tipon, the irrigation system for the agricultural terraces are very artfully done, as well as very functional.

Tipon © 2016 Bob Harvey

Tipon
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tipon © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tipon
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tipon © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tipon
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac, the Inca site, shows more agricultural terraces as well as burial sites in the cliffs above.  The village of Pisac below has one of the most colorful markets.

Pisac © 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Burial caves, unfortunately they have been looted. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Burial caves, unfortunately they have been looted.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Pisac market © 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac market
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac market, quinoa on a weaving. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Pisac market, quinoa on a weaving.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Our next post will be about Lake Titicaca area.

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Post 2 – Machu Picchu

Mention Peru and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

We photographers seek the artistic photos spinning in our minds.  As with many places we travel, there is so much more to capture if you look for dramatic compositions.  Machu Picchu holds many surprises, but to do the site well, we start before the sun rises.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

As the sun comes up and light plays across the sight, we watch the areas in shadows wake up to golden light.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The light moves fast and we photograph parts of the site while they are still separated from the background hidden in shadows.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

We spend early mornings and late afternoons exploring with our cameras – using the best light as we discover new compositions.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

From Machu Picchu we move to the Sacred Valley of the Inca – historic sites, local markets, and more…  coming in Post 3

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Wild Bunch Inca Trail Trek and Peru Explorations

Post 1 – Inca Trail Trek

The Nature Photography Adventures Wild Bunch trekked 28 miles through high mountain passes to arrive at Machu Picchu as the Inca once did.  4 days and 3 nights away from civilization gave outstanding views of night skies, mountain scenery, and Inca sites only seen from the trail.

Beginning of the trail © 2016 Bob Harvey

Beginning of the trail
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Veronica © 2016 Bob Harvey

Veronica
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Milky Way © 2016 Bob Harvey

Milky Way
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Star Trails © 2016 Bob Harvey

Star Trails
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass © 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass © 2016 Bob Harvey

Dead Woman Pass
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Watch for the next post, Machu Picchu.  And from there we will share sites in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley – and then on to Lake Titicaca.

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South Africa Nature Photography Safari

The Greater Kruger Area –

In the “backcountry” at Sabi Sands, away from crowds known to flock to Kruger National Park, we had amazing animal experiences.

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

A leopard walked right beside our open vehicle.  It was close enough to reach down and pet.  Of course I wouldn’t, I just sat there holding my 200-400 lens that couldn’t focus at such a close distance.  Fortunately before it moved in so close, we all had a good time photographing the leopard.  The guide told us that all of us in a vehicle presented a large unit that it wouldn’t mess with.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

We saw a mother and cub every day.  We never tired of watching and photographing the interaction.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

One time the cub strayed away and caused some alarm before they were reunited.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cats were plentiful, but we were up close and personal to some really big critters – very exciting photography.

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

 

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are "really huge" (and rarely seen) out of the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are “really huge” (and rarely seen) out of the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

 

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

We had a nice mix of safari animals.

Zebras © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Zebras
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Giraffe drinking - a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Giraffe drinking – a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkey © 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkeys
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill © 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Woodland kingfisher © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Woodland kingfisher
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Marvelous diversity, great opportunities to be up close and personal with amazing animals who don’t run when you arrive.

 

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Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure

Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure – Pacific Coast, Rainforests and Cloud  Forests, Forest Canopy, Special Wetlands and Mangroves, Small Coffee Growing Villages…

Following are a few images from the December 2015 adventure.  Our group experienced some very special moments.

Macaw nest © 2015 Bob Harvey

Macaw nest
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Resplendent Quetzal © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Resplendent Quetzal
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Toucan © 2015 Bob Harvey

Toucan
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Woodpecker © 2015 Bob Harvey

Woodpecker
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Forest view from canopy trail. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Forest view from canopy trail.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Bob Harvey

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunset in the cloud forest © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sunset in the cloud forest
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Squirrel monkey © 2015 Bob Harvey

Squirrel monkey
© 2015 Bob Harvey

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