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Today’s photo comes from a trip to San Francisco back in November of 2012. The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is where this scene was captured.

World’s Largest Spruce Tree

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World’s Largest Spruce Tree (Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park)

Even at 16mm, I couldn’t get more than a “small” portion of this tree in the photo.

Frog in Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park

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View from Hurricane Hill Trail

After four days of hiking around and exploring Olympic National Park, for the first time, today we are heading home. On the way home, we plan to do one last trail on the east side of the park. Today’s photo is from yesterday. Mount Olympus is on the right side of the Olympic Mountains in the above photo.

Czech rainbow

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Rainbow near Chvalšiny (Czech Republic)

I frequently describe to friends the “magic” I experience when traveling. This year has been no exception. In fact, there has been even more than normal. I don’t know if there has been even a single day in the past couple of months without at least an incident or two.

Which is my lead-in for today’s photo… Another travel day which was supposed to be uneventful, simply go from point A (Plzen) to point B (Český Krumlov). The landscape was far more interesting than I imagined, so I ended up making a number of stops to take photos and enjoy the scenery. After one of the stops, Google maps directed me up a hill to the left of town instead of where I thought I was going (straight through town). I didn’t question Google maps as I had never been here. Also, I was zoomed in too much to see that my point B wasn’t up the hill or in that direction at all.

So I drove up the hill for a few kilometers before Google told me to make a u-turn and go back to where I had just come from before going through town. I was a little pissed and wondered how Google had made such a mistake. I audibly said to the air, “Why did you send me up this road, Google?” At that very moment, I rounded a corner to view the most vivid rainbow I think I have ever seen. I responded to the rainbow with, “Oh Google, this is why you sent me here!” The photo isn’t actually that great as it began to fade as I pulled over, got the camera out, etc.

UK in 2021?

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Flowers and a bee in London’s Kew Gardens

I haven’t been to the UK since 2016, when today’s photo was taken. Getting into the UK, without a quarantine, right now is not easy. However, I can get a direct flight from the Faroe Islands (where I will be in July) to Edinburgh, Scotland and not have to quarantine at all since the Faroe Islands are a “green country” so there is a good chance I will find myself in Scotland for the first time this summer.