Some final thoughts in closing out the South Africa trip posts… While the animals are fascinating, the country itself is beautiful. One thing seasoned travelers frequently notice is that when you go to a new region, it smells different. Usually the first impression is slightly unpleasant, but you quickly adjust and no longer notice. South Africa is the first place I’ve been that immediately smelled good. I associated the smell with good earth, the kind you could plant a good crop on.
Our visit to New York state brought us to the banks of the Susquehanna River where surface ice was starting to form. This was a beautiful clear day, just warm enough that the frozen mist on the tree branches was just starting to melt in the sun, giving everything a jeweled look.
The Missus and I recently spent a weekend in the Flagstaff area shooting some landscapes during the “Mountains and Meadows of Northern Arizona” workshop put on by Arizona Highways Photography Workshops. This particular workshop was run by Shane McDermott, a Flagstaff landscape photographer.