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the whale

a closer view of the boulders mentioned in the previous image (boulders in view). further research has explained that this series of boulders used by the ‘bouldering’ community is found on shelf beach within the halfway log dump area of the bruce peninsula national park.

they all have names: the crab, cedar boulder, turtle. Apparently, they all have names. the whale is indeed evident. ūüėČ

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boulders in view

a little further west along the rocky shoreline of the area known as halfway log dump. in the centre of the frame, the large boulders that folks use for ‘bouldering’.

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rocky shoreline

having finished at the lookout tower, we headed back to the motel for some breakfast. we then packed the car up as we were going to head home later in the day. we had scheduled a place to visit in another part of the bruce peninsula national park: halfway log dump.

the car parked, and the fee paid, we took the roughly 1km trail to the site… what splendour! a pebble beach greeted us and further west along the shoreline, were rocks and boulders. Apparently, there is something called bouldering (rock climbing on smaller rock formations and large boulders) and this place is renowned for that. this is a shot due west of the pebble beach.

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frozen by the falls

for the record, i don’t like winter. why humans are subjected to this inhumane season is beyond me… but it does make for some wonderful photographs. this was photographed early one winter morning earlier this year at niagara¬†falls, ontario.

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judaean desert view

overlooking a section of judaean desert cliffs from the western ridge of masada shortly after sunrise.

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due north from the citadel

overlooking the judaean desert and part of the dead sea from atop the northern end of masada.

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sunrise from the citadel

after arriving at masada¬†while it was still dark, we made the climb up the ‘snake path’ to the top of the plateau.¬† it is by no means an easy or short hike, but it is doable with a¬†couple of¬†bottles¬†of water at hand. you will sweat –¬† a¬†lot! i could¬†not imagine¬†doing the¬†climb¬†later¬†in the day;¬†the weather¬†is just¬†too¬†hot…

it is tradition to climb masada to observe the sunrise. admittedly, i was not sure if there would be a sunrise to photograph as the dust that seemed to hang in the air during our entire stay in the south of israel was present again on this day. i had wanted to photograph the jordanian mountains while in eilat and could not. you can just barely make them out here, as viewed from the summit. the water you see in the middle of the frame is the dead sea.

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predawn surprise

having returned from the ride on route 3199 from arad¬†to masada¬†and back at a relatively decent hour, we got to bed earlier than normal. we were getting up at 4am to drive to the front entrance of masada¬†off the 90. the plan was, of course, to get there early enough (while it was still dark) to get in line and start the tough climb up to the top before sunrise: it is ‘tradition’ to observe the sunrise from masada…

all went according to plan, though we were there earlier than we needed to be.

it did give me time to fiddle a bit before the climb. i set up the gear in front of the car and did my best to focus in the dark of the early morning; the only light source was quite a ways back at the other end of the parking lot. this shot was taken at 1600 iso with a 30-second exposure at f4. it looked interesting enough in the tiny lcd display at the back of the camera; i was pleasantly surprised at how clean the raw files were once i started editing.

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the ancient citadel

having spent an amazing few days in eilat¬†with my cousin and her family, visiting the city, timna¬†park and the red canyon, it was time to keep moving… we had initially planned on making our way to masada to camp there so that we may rise early and make the climb by foot to witness the sunrise (who needs a cable car?)

unfortunately, when we looked into booking the camping accommodations, everything was full! no big deal really Рwe ended up taking a room in the city of arad, on the border of the judaean and negev deserts Рit offered simple accommodations at reasonable prices.

we left eilat in the morning and made our way northbound along the 90, stopping for lunch and a swim (float!) at the public beach in ein bokek, a resort district on a stretch of the israeli shore of the dead sea. we then retraced our steps for a little while to catch the 31 to our accommodations in arad.

unbeknownst to me at the time, the camping excursion ultimately would have taken us to the same place, as the campground is only accessible by taking the road through arad. that road¬†is the 3199 that leads to the west entrance of masada. it is quite simply incredible – there are not enough superlatives! driving on a freshly paved road through the judaean¬†desert and passing the desert resort of kfar¬†hanokdim in the late afternoon was sublime. but really, ‘les pi√®ces de r√©sistance’ are the views that are afforded along this winding road in the desert: in this case the citadel of masada from a peak i climbed onto from the side of the road.

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desert acacia of the mountains

for those of you familiar with my earlier work, you will notice that the photographs that i captured in israel¬†have been presented in colour. it became rather evident that israel¬†is an incredibly special place. i was taken by the wonderful scenery afforded almost everywhere we went! though it was my intent to continue with black and white photographs, the editing process dictated otherwise…¬†israel, for some reason, presented more favourably in colour¬†the deeper i got into the project.

i will indeed take a stab at presenting some of the work in b&w, but that is for another time… for now, take in this beautiful scene from the eilat¬†mountains: a desert acacia tree surrounded by colourful¬†sandstone cliffs and mountains as we were making our way to the exit of the red canyon.

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