This tour contains panos that I have previously published on my website a couple years ago. The difference is that this time the panos are all “packaged” in the same tour where before they were all individual panos spread out over a couple different places. I have also included a couple new pano views that were previously un-published and several detail photos along with a couple historic photos that are also included in the tour. I have improved the resolution and compression so the panos look better and this tour now should work on most iDevices.
Moro Rock is something like a small version of Half Dome in Yosemite. It is the same kind of granite rock formation. The access road to the parking lot at the base of Moro Rock was still closed due to snow so I walked the two miles or so to get there. Then there are 400 steps to climb to get to the top. The exhilarating climb and the view from the top makes any effort to get there worth it. In fact it is a great rock for climbers. There was a major thunder storm going on across the canyon on Castle Rock Spire which made me hasten my efforts so I could get off the top of the rock to avoid any danger from lightning. Also, the interesting and somewhat rare phenomena of the rainbow like effect called a Circumhorizontal Arc and the passing bird (swift) make for an interesting panorama. Next we drop down about 4000 feet to the banks of the Kaweah River, spectacular in the spring.
The Warren Dunes State Park along the shores of Lake Michigan provide 1952 acres of recreational opportunities. The Tower Hill dunes rise up 260 above the shore and is notable for hang gliding. We happened by there on a cold day in November and were surprised to find even on a day of marginal weather that there was someone trying to get some flying time in.
I was recently inspired to produce a “tower pano” from the top of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati. The Carew Tower is the only skyscraper in Cincinnati that has an observation deck that is open to the public. The deck is actually on the top of the building with unobstructed views in all directions. Most 360around panos are taken from one viewpoint, this one was from 8 different viewpoints on the observation deck. The most effective “tower panos” are taken on buildings with straight sides so that there is a view straight down to the ground. The end result appears that you are floating high above the building when viewing the pano. The Carew Tower has numerous set backs so that there is no view straight to the ground with the resulting view appearing not quite so high above the building. Another issue is the close proximity of other tall buildings close to the Carew Tower. The creates serious parallax problems when stitching together the images from the different viewpoints, in fact this was one of the more laborious panos I have created necessitating various retouching techniques to get it all to come together. It was a nice creative and technical challenge and I feel that the end result was worth the effort.
Located in central California, Sequoia N.P. is home to some of the largest trees in the world. Sequoia N.P. is the second oldest national park in the United States. It is also home to the tallest mountain in the United States outside of Alaska, Mt. Whitney. Click on the image below to see the gallery of panos including the “General Sherman” tree and others in the vicinity.
Here are a few panos from the top of Moro Rock (complete with passing thunderstorm) and then 4000 feet down to the banks of the Kaweah River.
Along the high trail to the PunchBowls along Santa Paula Creek in California. Even though you can’t see the creek from here, trust me it’s down there. Very rugged and beautiful in this area with car and truck sized boulders to scramble over, or take this trail, if you can find it! The trail starts at the campus of Thomas Aquinas College and heads up to some scenic waterfalls known as The Punchbowls and extremely rugged terrain.
The Punchbowls are a series of waterfalls and swimming holes located in the Santa Paula Canyon. The trailhead for these is at Thomas Aquinas College. It is about a 3 mile hike up to the first falls over a fairly rough and rugged, unmaintained trail. It is a popular day hike for the locals and all who want to test their nerve by cliff diving off 10′, 40′ or even 80′ precipices.
The small building in the foreground, the Painter’s Shack, is about a 1 mile hike up a gravel road from the campus of Thomas Aquinas College. A favorite haunt of the students, it also is a great spot to get a really nice view of the surrounding countryside, especially at sunrise or sunset.
If you ever get to Ventura, California be sure to visit the Serra Cross at Grant Park. This cross has been there since 1941 but it replaced a series of crosses that date back to the beginning of the San Buenaventura Mission in 1782. This highly visible cross served as a road sign for travelers in search of the Mission. The view is incredible from the cross and there is an effort underway to beautify the park.
This is a view from the landing at Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park. Click on the image below to get to the full page featuring a few panos from the island and a few still photos also.
The Sky Bridge is in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of Eastern Kentucky. This area contains the highest concentration of natural arches in the Eastern United States. It is also a haven for rock climbers and hikers. Located in Powell County, Ky. There are lots of great places to visit there.
The Natural Bridge is the most visited arch in the area. It is the centerpiece for the Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky. It is accessible by trail or by a sky-lift. Lots of other great activities in the area for visitors.
Sometimes called the “Niagra” of the South, Cumberland Falls also claims to be the only place in the western hemisphere to be able to see a “moonbow” during every month’s full moon in the mist from the falls. I wasn’t there at the right time to see the moonbow, but a trip to Cumberland Falls is worth it for all the scenic beauty in the area.
This is a very dramatic arch accompanied by 2 very large rock shelters on 2 levels with the arch in between. Yahoo Falls is the highest waterfall in Kentucky.
Here are some panos from the quaint south eastern Indiana town of Metamora. Also featured are some views of the Duck Creek Aquaduct, perhaps the only functioning aquaduct in the USA. The aquaduct carries the restored canal boat “Ben Franklin” with passengers over the Duck Creek. There are a lot of small shops and galleries here and with several festivals and special events during the year it is a good place to spend a relaxing day or two.
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