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N 14 B 2.2K C 63 E Jan 8, 2012 F Jan 23, 2012
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Morning light streaks through a Douglas fir forest in western Oregon. Selected for Explore, January 23, 2012.

Best viewed large, on black. Press "L" on your keyboard to view large.

More of my images can be viewed at Gary Grossman Photography - www.garygrossmanphotography.com or ggman.zenfolio.com.

Tags:   fir forest streaks light streaks sun streaks rays light rays God's rays light and dark shadows and light shadows Oregon western Oregon Explore my_gear_and_me my_gear_and_me_premium

N 62 B 13.9K C 600 E Dec 21, 2011 F Dec 22, 2011
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Sunset along the north Oregon Pacific coast as seen from Ecola State Park looking towards Cannon Beach on the shortest day of the year a few hours before the official winter solstice. This image selected for Explore. More of my images can be viewed at www.garygrossmanphotography.com or ggman.zenfolio.com.

As described in the Huffington Post:
"The winter solstice is celebrated by many people around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun, and darkness turning into light. The Talmud recognizes the winter solstice as "Tekufat Tevet." In China, the "Dongzhi" Festival is celebrated on the Winter Solstice by families getting together and eating special festive food.

Until the 16th century, the winter months were a time of famine in northern Europe. Most cattle were slaughtered so that they wouldn't have to be fed during the winter, making the solstice a time when fresh meat was plentiful. Most celebrations of the winter solstice in Europe involved merriment and feasting. In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun god and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.

In ancient Rome, the winter solstice was celebrated at the Feast of Saturnalia, to honor Saturn, the god of agricultural bounty. Lasting about a week, Saturnalia was characterized by feasting, debauchery and gift-giving. With Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity, many of these customs were later absorbed into Christmas celebrations.

One of the most famous celebrations of the winter solstice in the world today takes place in the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, England. Thousands of druids and pagans gather there to chant, dance and sing while waiting to see the spectacular sunrise."

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N 30 B 3.5K C 265 E Sep 9, 2011 F Sep 25, 2011
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A person has the beach to himself, walking in solitude early on a foggy morning in Bandon, Oregon.

Tags:   Bandon solitude beach beach solitude reflective Bandon By The Sea sea ocean Pacific Pacific Ocean Oregon Oregon coast fog foggy landscape seascape foggy beach my_gear_and_me NiceShot

N 86 B 14.6K C 371 E Feb 12, 2012 F Feb 13, 2012
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A rare delight to see a nice flock of Sandhill Cranes. This image from Sauvie Island, Oregon near Portland.

First Place winner in the 2012 Oregonian newspaper Travel Photo Contest in the "Celebrating Oregon" category. Also selected by the Environmental Defense Fund for a permanent curated collection at their offices in Washington, D.C.


Image awarded "Admin's Choice of The Week" in NATURE'S PRIME for February 26, 2012. www.flickr.com/groups/natures_prime/

Most sandhill cranes live in freshwater wetlands. They are opportunistic eaters that enjoy plants, grains, mice, snakes, insects, or worms. Both the gray adult and the brown immature can be recognized by their very large size and uniform coloration. Note the bare red cap of the adult.

Best viewed large, on black. Press "L" on your keyboard to view large.

More of my images can be viewed at Gary Grossman Photography - www.garygrossmanphotography.com or ggman.zenfolio.com.

Tags:   cranes sandhill sandhill cranes wetlands environment protection Environmental Defense Fund EDF Oregon Oregonian contest contest winner wildlife wild west art western

N 56 B 5.5K C 270 E Feb 11, 2012 F Feb 14, 2012
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Tundra Swans against a dramatic pacific northwest sky.

The snowy white tundra swan breeds in the Arctic and migrates many miles to winter on North America's Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, bays, and lakes. Believed to mate for life, these swans actually pair up for nearly an entire year before breeding.

Best viewed large, on black. Press "L" on your keyboard to view large.

More of my images can be viewed at Gary Grossman Photography - www.garygrossmanphotography.com or ggman.zenfolio.com.

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