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A gem among Italy’s embarrassment of riches of Mediterranean splendor can be found a half hour south of the glitzy playground of the rich, Portofino Italy, here you will find the five towns of Cinque Terre, on the cliffs above the Ligurian Sea.

Procida a heavenly little piece of rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea decorated with ancient buildings that would make a great Crayola Crayon advertisement. It is the smallest island in the Bay of Naples and despite its location just a 40 minute hydrofoil ride from Naples

My biggest trepidation about driving in a foreign land is negotiating major cities where I can’t read the signs. Although this conundrum has shown me some interesting places it is a time–consuming and angst filled endeavor.

Japan hadn’t been on my bucket list ever since I became too old to cross country ski. When younger I wanted to ski inn to inn through the Japanese Alps as they have connecting trails where you can ski from one village to another. I wish I hadn’t wasted so much of my youth on frivolity, and so little on substantive travel. Is frivolity the wrong word for child rearing?

For obvious reasons, today the main source of revenue for Cinque Terre is tourism. A testimony to the strength of centuries-old tradition, fishing, wine and olive oil production continue. Adding to its charm is the lack of visible corporate development.

Because of their embarrassment of natural riches, the Dolomites became a World Heritage Site in 2009. The Dolomites have always had a huge imprint on those who admired them for the first time, and it is not a secret that they are acclaimed by many as the most beautiful mountains on earth.

A new plan quickly came together; I would leave the base at 5AM for Naples Harbor 45 minutes away to catch the first possible ferry for Capri. The guy at the hotel desk hearing my plans offered to rent me a GPS since Naples has 3.5 million people. Considering some of my previous challenges, I said yes.

After a two hour crash, I awoke in a panic knowing afternoon light of this exotic local was slipping by uncaptured. I retrieved my Fiat from the parking garage malaise and headed west into the marvelous antiquity that surrounded me.

When I told those in the know, I would rent a car and drive in Italy, they often would say something like: “You are a brave man,” other’s would say after a maniacal laugh; “you’re a freaking idiot.

By © Daryl L. Hunter – The Hole Picture Spring has sprung it Yellowstone and now its time to go for a drive. Most of the gates are open and all soon will be.  The weather is shaping up, and Yellowstone’s peak predator viewing is in full swing. Around the first of April Grizzlies without […]

Out of a chasm between Mt. Teewinot and Mt. St. John once flowed a large glacier that ceased to exist after the Pinedale Glaciation during the last years of the Pleistocene epoch, which ended about 11,700 years ago. Upon the demise of the glacier its legacy is Jenny Lake and upstream to Cascade Canyon.

Hyalite Reservoir is a small but gorgeous 206-acre lake located about 12 miles south of Bozeman Montana, 10.5 miles up Hyalite Canyon.

I cast a fly upon the waters of the South Fork and in no time at all had a writhing, two-pound rainbow tail dancing across an eddy as the fish tried for the fast water a short distance away. Ah, ha! I had heard the South Fork was a better fishery than the upper Snake, but had never bothered to try it. Now I was hooked.

In the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of northwest Wyoming there is a special valley resplendent with alpine amenities, wide-open spaces, vast forest wilderness, surrounded by towering peaks, and populated with more creatures than you can imagine.

Access to Yellowstone in winter is the problem, it has become illegal to take a private snowmobile into Yellowstone and very few of us have snow coaches of our own or are capable of marathon ski expeditions to access Yellowstone’s winter wonders, but it is not as inaccessible as many think.

I woke up early and rolled those dice and took set out on the 1.5-hour drive to where I hoped serendipity might smile upon me knowing full well that the mountains would likely block an eclipse scheduled for a setting moon at sunrise.

A photographer’s day starts before the sun so an hour before dawn I found myself at a vantage point to shoot the stars above Chief Mountain, a revered spot of the Blackfeet Indians. A stunning sunrise was sure in the making because of the wispy cirrus clouds that were sure to capture pinks and oranges of the approaching dawn.

Cleaved from the heart of the Colorado Plateau the powers that be have hewn some of nature’s best artistry from ancient sandstone then someone named it Zion. Zion National Park oozes the type of beauty that stops us in our tracks, gaping in awe.

Gracing the north end of the fabled Wind River Mountains lie the Green River Lakes, a couple of blue/green gems that double as a large reflecting pools for Square Top mountain that towers above.

Glacier’s golden hues of autumn begin peaking in early October so late September to mid-October is typically the best time to view fall foliage in Northwest Montana.

Perched like a crown gracing the head of princess high on a slab of slick rock sandstone in Arches National Park is Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is Utah’s most famous icon and is the quintessential formation of Arches National Park

It is inarguable that the first sight of the Grand Tetons from any of its approaches it truly breathe taking. Entering Jackson Hole from Yellowstone you are treated to the northern Tetons where they tower above beautiful Jackson Lake.

False Kiva, a compositionally perfect place and a photographers dream. It is an alcove in a cliff face in the canyon wall, looking out at the magnificent buttes of the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands National Park.

Located in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands on the edge of a cliff about 1,000 feet above the wind chiseled mesa below the light of the rising sun hits the face of the cliff, the rays are bounced upward from the bottom of the arch to its ceiling to glow as if it were on fire.