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    Izu Oshima

    Izu Oshima [伊豆大島] is the largest of the seven islands in Japan's Izu Archipelago that stretches from just off the east coast of the Izu Peninsula southward about 250 km.

    The islands are of volcanic origin.  Izu Oshima experienced its most recent eruption in 1986, with significant lava flows rolling down from the Mihara summit.

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    Jyogasaki Coast

    ​Along the eastern coast of Japan's Izu Peninsula, about 60 km southwest of Tokyo, lies the Jyogasaki Coast, named because its steep, rocky cliffs look like the curved walls surrounding Japanese castles.

    I hiked along this coast many times during the 6 years I lived in Ito, one of the larger towns on the peninsula.​

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    Mount Meeker & Long's Peak

    ​The images in this gallery are of Mount Meeker and Long's Peak, which lie on the Continental Divide in north-central Colorado. 

    Long's Peak is the only "fourteener" within Rocky Mountain National Park - its summit reaches 14,259 ft [4346 m]​.

    These photos were taken from the vicinity of Lyons, CO, which lies about 18.3 miles [29.6 km] east of the peaks.​

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    Nature Photography

    ​Photographs of various living things: plants & flowers, insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates, etc.

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    Nikko

    ​Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture an hour or so by train north of Tokyo, is the location of Toshogu - the temple that enshrines the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu, the warlord who unified Japan in the last years of the 16th century.

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    Panoramas

    A small collection of panoramas, most stitched together from multiple images.​

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    Amagi - Kawazu

    ​Up on the mountainous backbone of the Izu Peninsula, above the town of Kawazu, Japanese horseradish, wasabi, grows in the clear, cold water that flows down through the forests.

    And the old Amagi Road that runs between Shuzenji and Kawazu, made famous in one of Japan's best-known short stories, "The Dancing Girl of Izu", descends through little villages and farms.​

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    Bryce Canyon

    ​Bryce Canyon is a unique geologic formation in southwestern Utah.

    Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called "hoodoos", columns of rock formed by the action of freeze/thaw cycles and erosion on sedimentary rock layers of varying hardness and solubility.