Taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, at the rim of a pond in the middle of the gardens. I've been trying to get a macro shot of a dragonfly's face for the past couple of weeks at that pond, but it is tough because they tend to look out on the water, not back toward where I can perch myself. They also fly away if you're not careful. For some reason, perhaps because it had just rained, this particular dragonfly took very little notice of me and let me get a decent shot-- this is perhaps the best I can do with the current equipment I am using.
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon 1.4 Extender EF 1.4X, Canon Extension Tube EF25 II, f/7.1, 1/160, ISO 4000.
In Winter 2009 I was on top of the Brocken (Harz Mountains, Germany) and had the most wonderful sunrise, I have ever seen. I started the walk at 5:00h in the morning at full moon, needed no headlight. There were about hundred people on top waiting for the Sun. It was a wonderful moment.
This image was taken on a hiking trip in February of 2010, in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. I had just gotten a new camera so on my way back from Central Oregon I stopped to hike some of the trails and take some pictures. It was a nice and clear sunny day, and not too cold - perfect for hiking that area. I took this at the first parking area and trail.
The gray layers are mudstone, siltstone, and shale formed from sediments deposited on an ancient river floodplain. The black layers are manganese nodules or manganese stains. The red layers are ancient soil profiles (laterites) that formed on floodplain deposits. Surface weathering relatively quickly breaks down these rocks into a clay-rich surface coating that easily erodes during summer flashfloods and/or winter storms.