Thanks for the comments K. They are appreciated!
That is a very lovely Schipperke. You see the dogs from Belgium are like the people, very very nice.....
Now that's awesome! I drove past the glaciers in Banff NP a few years back but wasn't able to inspect them close-up. Where I live now I get to see the aftermath of ancient glaciers every day. It's scraped rock to the north, and to the south the remains of the Champlain Sea and a huge glacial outflow valley that is so immense, most people don't realize they're living in the middle of it.
Thanks for your answer Craig. Glaciers are interesting. It snows so much at NZ that there are a couple of glaciers (fast moving,wet glaciers) that reach down into a moderate climate, actually occupying the same space as a rainforrest.
As I remember, this photo was taken around 1998. Badlands erode away quickly by geological standards, but not all that fast in our eyes. In the 9 years I've been visiting this spot there have only been small changes -- usually attributed to the increased human traffic.
The Great Smokey Mountains NP is a wonderful pocket of wilderness stradling the Tennessee/North Carolina border. The persistent natural haze and air pollution from surrounding built-up regions make long-range shots disappointing, but I found it an asset in closer shots. It lends an air of mystery to this sliver of Autumn's best.
There's nothing quite like suddenly finding yourself sharing the same space as a large black bear. I was fortunate that they are so tolerant. And having conferred with several hunters I think I need to ammend the bear's estimated weight up to at least 100kg.
(And he was still shooting film instead of digital and had to wait for developing. That's why mine got here first!)
Pristine waters reflect the blue of a beautiful Ontario high-pressure sky with hardly a cloud. This is the Autumn weather that many Ontarians live for!
A wonderful cloud-scape drapes over Silver Peak, mirrored in the calm waters of Bell Lake.