Well…not quite daily recently…

Posts tagged “panorama

Photo #1225 – 03.23.12

Late Afternoon on the Frozen Wheaton

(for a larger version of this panorama, click here!)

From our location deep in the Wheaton River Valley, the sun disappeared from our view by late afternoon.  But luckily, it stayed bright for a while after that, due in no small part to the snow-covered mountains that were still lit up for a while as the sun continued to fall.  This particular day ended with some fluffy clouds, a beautiful blue sky, and a small patch of the frozen Wheaton River that appeared to be opening up ever so slightly as daytime temperatures slowly increased.  This vantage point was one of my favorite places to view the dynamic and expansive landscape of the Yukon wilderness.


Photo #1091 – 11.10.11

Upper Wheaton River Valley Panorama

(for a larger version of this panorama, click here!)

The Wheaton River Valley is where I probably spent the most time during my graduate research trips to the Yukon Territory…and it is photos like this one that help me remember just how beautiful this area was.  On a wondrous blue sky day, we enjoyed a great snowy hike up along a snowmobile trail that included this open overlook of the valley and surrounding snow-capped mountains.  I think we had to stop for a bit here to take in the scenery before continuing onwards toward our snowpit locations.

Photo #1048 – 09.28.11

Overlooking Salzburg’s Old Town

Salzburg was a wonderful place to visit and explore, and on one particular expedition by myself and a few fellow students on our high school German class trip, we stumbled upon (or rather, steeply climbed up to…) an outstanding view of the Old Town (Altstadt) section of Salzburg.  This view is from near the Kapuzinerkloster (Capuchin Abbey) on a platform known as Hettweber-Bastei.   Even though this panoramic view captures the Fortress Hohensalzburg and a great amount of excellent baroque-style architecture, it is only a small portion of the sweeping views of the city and surrounding areas afforded at this overlook.

Luckily, we had a chance to come back to this spot at night, and it was awesome to see the buildings, streets, and bridges lit up in the darkness.

Photo #936 – 06.08.11

Pelly River at Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territory

(For the full resolution of this panorama, click here!)

On the 6th day of my last trip to the Yukon, we did a lot of driving (around 8 hours), and on one section of highway, we saw about 2 other cars over the course of 2 hours.  On the Alaska Highway, we took a little detour (2 out of the 8 driving hours) north to the super tiny town of Pelly Crossing (population less than 300), which is located, perhaps unsurprisingly, where the Pelly River crosses the Alaska Highway.  We dug a snowpit, did some science, and then enjoyed a tasty lunch while sitting on the banks of a great bend in the frozen Pelly River, as seen in the panoramic shot above.  This photo has the distinction of being taken not only at the furthest North I’ve ever been (62° 50′ N), but also the furthest West I’ve ever been (136° 34′ W).

Since this panorama is quite expansive, it’s hard to appreciate it at the width allowed here, so click here to check out a much larger version!

Photo #852 – 03.16.11

Sunny Wheaton River Panorama

(For the full resolution of this panorama, click here!)

Afternoon sun, awesome blue sky with only spotty clouds, bright white mountain snow…these were my favorite kinds of days to gaze upon the nearby Grey Ridge while staying in our Yukon cabin.  This panoramic shot was one of the last ones I took of the Wheaton River Valley from this location.  Since it was a little later in April and we had been having some warmer temperatures, a lot of the river ice had already started breaking apart.

To better appreciate the beauty of the Yukon, click here to view a larger version of this panorama!

Photo #614 – 07.21.10

Cades Cove Panoramic View

(For the full resolution of this panorama, click here!)

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a pretty popular destination.  It has some neat old structures (such as small cabins, big cabins, and large barns), but the surrounding scenery is just beautiful.  This panoramic shot captures only a little bit of the fantastic view that sweeps across this Tennessee landscape.

Photo #548 – 05.16.10

Pilatus Panorama

(For the full resolution of this panorama, click here!)

With an elevation just below 7,000 feet (6,955 feet), Pilatus is certainly one of the smaller peaks in the Alps (it is actually pretty much on the fringe of the Alps in central Switzerland).  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a cool mountain to climb…even if you have to take a gondola to climb it!  This photo of Pilatus was taken from our little gondola as we made our way back down from the top (it was a bit snowy up there!).  In the opposite direction, the gondola provided an excellent view of the city of Luzern and the surrounding area (you can see some of the gondolas in the lower left of the photo below).

Luzern Panorama

(For the full resolution of this panorama, click here!)