The bulk of the Museum in below the two ‘pools’ where the towers stood. The basement walls of the former tower site are visible here. Well worth the visit if you are in NYC.
The Japanese Garden in Portland, OR is set in a beautiful park, adjacent to the Portland Rose Garden. Famous for a spectacular, and deceptively small Japanese maple tree, it actually has a lot more to offer. Get there at opening.
Cape Breton Island is on the east end of Nova Scotia. McMillans Cove is a small cove off of the much larger Bras d’Or Lake, a saltwater lake. A great place for quiet family vacations with lots of vacation rentals. A long drive for groceries, though. Cape Breton has a to of interesting cultural sights as well.
This “sub-temple” is part of the Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto. Kyoto is blessed with an abundance of temples, almost too many to see. Nanzenji is at the southern end of the Philosophers’ Walk, and near an old stone aqueduct almost Roman in appearance. This was at the peak of the spring cherry blossom time, but the gardens are also spectacular in the fall. The temple is large, with a foreboding gate at the entrance, but there are many quiet, intimate locations for photography. Expect crowds at the popular seasons, but go anyway.
The Tokyo International Forum was designed by the “starchitect” Rafael Vinoly. You can just walk in to the lobby/atrium area to shoot. The scale of construction, shapes and geometry is unique, and photogenic.
Rainbow Falls is a short hike in the Devils Postpile National Monument in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Although the area around the falls has been severely burnt, there was still plenty of water in the falls in late May.
The volcano was in a “glowing” phase, enough to illuminate the steam clouds rising from the crater. It was a lucky guess to get up early and have a clear morning to get this shot, and to have part of the Milky Way.
The Scripps Pier is photographers’ favorite in San Diego at sunset. The beach crowds have left and there is ample, free parking on the road with a short walk down to the beach. Sunsets can be random, though. My unique approach – and old surveyor’s aluminum tripod with a thread adapter (easily available) to convert from 5/8″ to 1/4″ ball head. Certainly heavier than a carbon fiber model, but easier to clean and I don’t worry about getting it in the ocean.