Did you know there’s a waterfall in the middle of Golden Gate Park? I didn’t until a couple of weeks ago. Huntington Falls looks small at the ground level, but then you notice the stairs that go up along its side. Here’s how the falls really look, from the top of Strawberry Hill to the bottom at Stow Lake. Hiking this area was the culmination of a great summer day in San Francisco. These photos are also viewable here.
This week’s challenge calls for something vivid, and I can think of few things better than this Bengal tiger at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The three or tour tigers there tended to lounge in the distant shade, ignoring any passersby. One afternoon, however, I happened to catch this one cooling off in the waterfall in its enclosure. It was only for a few seconds, but the sight was something to behold. Large version available here.
This week’s photo challenge calls for some scaling. I remembered this photo I took at Waipio Valley on the Big Island. It’s an incredibly beautiful and historically significant place; it was considered sacred land and the capital of the early Hawaiian kings. While the overall view from the lookout was amazing, I almost didn’t notice the (relatively) tiny waterfall at the far end of the shoreline. Fun fact: this was taken literally five minutes before the valley was engulfed in an intense rainstorm. I was lucky to get the shot.