With apologies to Ken Follett, but every time I go into a huge religious structure I immediately think of his book by the same title. The Washington National Cathedral is no exception, and is a place I like to revisit every so often to see new details and aspects that I missed on prior visits – in this case, some of the beautiful arch work in the exterior side hallways.
Photo info: Exterior hallway arches Washington National Cathedral Washington, DC June 2014 Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH lens Leica M240 digital camera
Many years ago I accompanied Cindy on a lengthy business conference trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i, and afterward we spent a week exploring Maui. Being extreme introverts, we didn’t do any of the usual daytime beach and surf scene, or the evening dance and clubbing scene – no, we went for nature fixes. And the best one I found was the Keoneheʻeheʻe (Sliding Sands) Trail that began near the summit of Haleakalā and meandered some 11 miles (17.8 km) through the 24,719 acres (100 km²) of remote Wilderness Area.
Wow – talk about surreal! At the top, it’s so cold that you need warm clothes and a jacket. At the floor of the crater, it’s so hot that you need shorts and a T-shirt. And during the climb out, it’s so damp and foggy that you need rain protection. There’s arid desert and damp jungle terrain. There’s wildly colored volcanic processes throughout the entire hike. Critters. Spectacular flora. This hike has it all.
If I ever make it to Maui again, this hike is one I plan on repeating.
Photo info: The view from the summit of Haleakalā Haleakalā National Park Maui, Hawai’i April 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
Every so often, the Port of Baltimore hosts a gathering of tall ships, and they congregate into the Inner Harbor from countries all around the world. The last large gathering of tall ships was for the celebration of the War of 1812, and there were a dozen or more large sailing ships and other modern naval vessels that joined the festivities. This photo was taken during one of the on-board tours.
Photo info: Tall ship rigging Inner Harbor Baltimore, Maryland June 2012 Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens Sony NEX-5N digital camera