Photo Of The Day – Night Time On The Columbia + 2 More

Title: Night Time On The Columbia Location: Columbia River, Oregon/Washington, USA, North America Description: Sailing the Columbia River with UnCruise was an unforgettable experience. Best of all, when everyone went to their cabins after a long day of exploration on and off the boat, I had the beautiful colors of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Aerial Panorama Of Big Four Mountain And The Stillaguamish River Valley

Title: Aerial Panorama Of Big Four Mountain And The Stillaguamish River Valley Location: Big Four Ice Caves, Washington, USA, North America (48°3’9″ N 121°31’14” W) Description: This one is best viewed large, so click on the photo for a 3600 pixel wide version. If you’d like a print, email Continue Reading →

Video Of The Day – The Stillaguamish Valley From Above

I spent a fair amount of time in the woods last week shooting aerial stock video. Sometimes it’s boring stuff and sometimes the locations are amazing. This is shot right next to the cliffs of Big Four Ice Caves along the Stillaguamish River. Shot in 4K and best Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Zion Waterfall + 11 More

Title: Zion Waterfall Location: Zion National Park, Utah,USA, North America (37°15’22” N 112°57’41” W) Description: “Don’t shoot landscape images during the middle of the day,” They say. Bah! I say. Shot at the Upper Emerald Pools area just across the river from the main lodge in Zion National Park, this location Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Unnamed Falls On Boulder River

Title: Unnamed Falls On Boulder River Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA, North America Description: These falls are found along one of my favorite hikes in the Washington Cascade Mountains. I have visited the Boulder River probably a dozen times and camped solo at the end Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – High Above The Dudh Kosi

Title: High Above The Dudh Kosi   Location: Below Namche Bazaar, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: The Dudh Kosi, or Milk River, gains its color from the high amounts of glacial silt mixing with the fresh waters from high up in the Himalayas. The suspension bridge seen above was Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Looking In Wadi Mujib

Title: Looking In Wadi Mujib Location: Wadi Mujib Biosphere Reserve, Jordan (31°27’58” N  35°34’40” E) Description: This is a place I want to explore more. And to think it goes on for MILES like this. Unfortunately Sabrina wasn’t able to join us so we made it a short Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Yellowstone Falls In The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

Title: Yellowstone Falls In The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America Description: Sometimes more impressive than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone cuts through a varied and historic swatch of land. Like the photo? Join the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Morning on the Columbia River

Title: Morning on the Columbia River Location: Columbia River between Washington & Oregon, USA, North America Description: A beautiful morning on the lower section of the Columbia River, just before it abruptly greets the Pacific Ocean, is punctuated with perfect light. This photo wasn’t hard to take and fairly Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – On The Dais At The Taj Mahal

   Title: On The Dais At The Taj Mahal Location: Agra, India, Asia (27°10’28” N  78°2’33” E) Description: A close up the Taj Mahal from the dais surrounding the main tomb. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 10-22mm ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/4000 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

   Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America ( 38°28’8.86″N  109°44’24.25″W) Description: Layer after layer of rock is timelessly worn away by the mighty Colorado River as it enters Canyonlands National Park where it will join with the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

  Title: Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse State Park, Utah Location: Dead Horse State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Looking down on the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park, Utah from Dead Horse Point State Park is like looking down through time. Eons of Continue Reading →

Riviera Maya Caves And Cenotes Worth Returning To

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The place was called Indiana Joe’s and yes, they used the same font at the Indiana Jones franchise, so I knew there was a good chance of cheesiness involved. Joe’s was made up around two central, natural features, a pretty cool cave system and a cenote, which is a naturally occurring underground pool.

My daughter and I were visiting Indiana Joe’s along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico on a press trip and dang it was hot. Melting-my-brain hot. Or at least, frying-my-patience-for-a-heat-weary-kid hot. We were luxuriated with an air conditioned van, a driver and a local guide, so it seems odd to complain, but we’re from the Pacific Northwest and this kind of heat saps our strength.

Once outside of the van at Joe’s the temperature could be felt and we were eager for the caves, knowing they would be naturally air conditioned. Later we would find the cenote to be frigid, but in a good way. I have no pictures of the cenote and that is a shame, because it is a cool swim-around cave.

The funny thing about tourist attractions in this part of Mexico is they often have to make stuff up to gain tourists and Indiana Joe’s is no different. We not only visited the cave and cenote, but also the ‘zoo’ they have there. We passed on the ziplines, opting to do those another day at another place. It’s a little cheesy, but understandable since most tourists in this area want to sit on the beach and maybe see some Mayan ruins at Tulum. Maybe.

The cave system was a leisurely 50 minute walk as I remember it and quite fascinating. In places they have to chisel new paths, but 80% of the cave is natural formations and passages. It’s not a ‘true’ caving experience as there are lights-a-plenty, but it is pretty cool to look at all the same. Kids will love it and if they don’t, just mention, “Where do you think the dragons sleep?” and you will have them hooked. It’s that kind of awesome.

I love places like this, honestly. The fact that thousands of people have been through the caves and they have been blasted in places to make passage does not take away from the awe and childish wonder in me. I love the formations and marveling at what time and water can do.

Take a look for yourself at the images above. (If you can’t see the images, click here to see the post online)

Oh wait! Obligatory, but useful, links to our hosts: Indiana Joe’s & Riviera Maya.

This is one place I would visit again on my own. It was cool (and refreshing!) and I love caves. If anyone else wants me to take pictures of their caves, drop me a line.

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Photo Of The Day – The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls

Title: The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America Description: Crashing over the edge for centuries while etching a deep valley, Lower Yellowstone Falls is an impressive site not to be overlooked in this park full of wonders known as Yellowstone National Park. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Still And The Quick

Title: The Still And The Quick Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Washington, USA, North America Description: Shot inside a small gorge of the Boulder River in Washington state. I wanted to capture this image for two reasons: 1) I loved the contrast between the fast moving water and the still Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day Bonus – Punakha Dzong And Valley Panorama Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 125MB large, Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Orange

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Title: Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: Along the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon side, is a vast network of cascading waterfalls emptying into the might Columbia River. These waterfalls bring rain and snowmelt down from the Cascades and over a steep Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Taj Mahal Bathed In Morning Light

Title: The Taj Mahal Bathed In Morning Light Location: Agra, India, Asia Description: Timing is everything with the Taj Mahal. Arrive early, before sunrise, and wait for the right light. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm Shutter Speed 1/640 Aperture f/8 ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm   Click Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 118MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Deserted Taj Mahal High Resolution Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 102MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Larger Than The Taj Mahal

Title: Larger Than The Taj Mahal Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia Description: While the Taj Mahal is a magnificent feat in architecture, engineering, art and construction, I was struck with how small it can appear at times. Up close it is grand against the backdrop of Agra. Continue Reading →

Top 10 Photos Of 2012

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Daybreak, Canyonlands National Park

Title: Daybreak, Canyonlands National Park Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Looking down on the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park, Utah from Dead Horse Point State Park is like looking down through time. Eons of bedrock has been worn away by time, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park

Title: Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Watching the sun set from the rim of Canyonlands National Park, overlooking the Green River, is a calm time. The slowness of the landscape seeps in and we realize just how little time Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Layer after layer of rock is timelessly worn away by the mighty Colorado River as it enters Canyonlands National Park where it will join with the Green River on its route Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park

Title: The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Shot from Dead Horse Point State Park just before the sun began lighting the thousand foot cliffs of Canyonlands National Park, the Colorado River continues to carve through eons of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Autumn Is Here

Title: Autumn Is Here Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA, North America Description: As the leafs begin to change color and fall, a cool mist rises from the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. Purchase this print on Etsy with a 10% discount for blog readers (discount code is 10POTD). Camera Continue Reading →

Experiencing The Mujib Biosphere Reserve In Jordan

I was saddened when we were told Sabrina would not be allowed in the slot canyon of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve in Jordan. She’s 10 (nearly 11!) but they said it was too dangerous, even if she wore the required personal floatation device (PFD). Our guide had already Continue Reading →

Photo of The Day – Morning Wash

Title: Morning Wash Location: Ganges River, Varanasi, India, Asia Description: A woman washes clothes by pounding them on stone slabs set along the bank of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/25 Aperture f/13 ISO 500 Focal Length 260mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Underground Lake

Title: Underground Lake Location: Aktun Chen Natural Park, Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America Description: The caves of Aktun Chen are a fun exploration for all ages. Sabrina really enjoyed all the stalactites and stalagmites but really didn’t like it when they shut off the lights to show just Continue Reading →

Rafting The Roaring Fork River In Colorado

The raft shot up the wall of a wave four feet high just 30 feet after leaving shore with the five seemingly drunk clients flailing paddles into last night’s snow melt waters with no more precision nor coordination than an elephant on a three week heroin bender trying Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Scene By The Stream – Suzanne Williams

Title: Scene By The Stream Description: This photograph was taken at Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, Georgia. The Appalachian Mountains are one of my favorite locations to photography. I am especially fond of its water scenes. For this photograph, I used a tripod and a shutter speed of Continue Reading →