From the high peaks of the Sierras to the rolling crest of the Blue Ridge,
from the forest to the desert, the diversity of the U.S. must
be experienced to be understood. Unfortunately, very few people have the
time to visit every place.
I have been to many sites around the country and am always looking for
new places to go. I
have pictures from Tennessee, Arizona, Utah, California, Virginia and more.
As I visit more places, I will be adding more to this page and
expanding existing pages.
These photos are Copyright G. Edward Johnson.
Not On the Map
Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, Gaithersburg, MD
A hiking trail that runs along Seneca Creek in Gaithersburg and Germantown Maryland.
Cicadas attack, Maryland
The seventeen year cicadas showed in May of 2004, right on time. Come on by and see them, you won't get another chance for a couple more years.
Plants and Flowers
Over time I have built up an interesting collection of flowers. These aren't tied to a single location, so they are here. Some of these may also be in location specific pages.
Flowering Dogwood tree
This tree grows wild over large parts of the eastern US. It is also a popular landscaping tree. It has lots of beautiful white flowers in the spring. (But are the flowers really white? Read on and find out.)
Also sometimes called the Bush Honeysuckle. This invasive shrub often forms thickets at the edge of the forest. It has lots of white to pale orange flowers in the spring and translucent red berries in the fall.
The Virginia Gold Cup
An annual steeplechase horse race.
On the Map
Just outside of Moab, UT, this popular park has dozens of large sandstone
arches. I was able to spend several days there and take lots of good
This country is a set of islands about 700 miles off the coast of
Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado
A narrow and deep gorge on the Gunnison river. In some places it is
deeper than it is wide.
Bryce Canyon, Utah
A large bowl shaped canyon with unusual rock formations called Hoodoo's
that are caused by erosion.
A large canyon around the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers
in central Utah. Not as large as the Grand Canyon, it is none the less
C & O Canal, Maryland
Pictures from Great Falls and Carderock, near D.C.
Pictures from a visit to London and the surrounding area.
The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
- the Saint Louis arch was made as a monument for western expansion.
It is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
- One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world,
Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to
visitors on the rim.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Big, Beautiful mountains and lakes.
- A week-long trip to Hawaii yielded this journal with bunches of
pictures. Volcanos, N.P., Hana, Molokini Crater, and more. lots of
Luray Caverns, Luray, VA
One of the most impressive caverns on the east coast. Nowhere near the largest, but it has a huge variety of flowstone, columns, stalagtites, and stalagmites.
Madison County, Iowa
- Perhaps you've heard about the Bridges in Madison
County, or have always wanted to see where John Wayne was born,
here's some pictures of both.
Mesa Verde, Colorado
- There are many cliff dwellings from the Anasazi indians. These ruins
are over 800 years old and show a mastery of building.
Monument Valley, Arizona
- A Navajo Nation park, located in northern Arizona. Monument Valley
is famous for its huge buttes and the many western's that have been
The Natchez Trace, Tennessee
- This historic route generally follows the old Indian trace, or trail,
between Nashville, Tennessee., and Natchez, Mississippi.
Natural Bridges, Utah
- Three massive natural bridges cut by the erosive forces of a
Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
- A stunning outcropping of huge red rocks a short drive west of
Saguaro, National Park, Arizona, and the surrounding area
- I went to Tucson to see Saguaro National Park, but I also spent a lot of time around Tucson and got some great pictures from that area.
Shenandoah, National Park, Virginia
- Skyline Drive winds through hardwood forests along the crest of
this outstanding portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. There
are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, many waterfalls, and much more.
Valley of Fire, Nevada
- Nevada's oldest state park. It is a broad valley with red
sandstone cliffs that the sun reflects off of making them appear
to be "on fire".
- The Nation's capitol, located on a parcel of land carved out
of the state of Maryland. Here are some interesting buildings and
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
- White Sands contains a significant portion of the world's largest
gypsum dunefield. The glistening white dunes rise 60 feet high and
cover 275 square miles.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Geysers, bison, waterfalls, and more.
Yosemite National Park, California
- Yosemite National Park embraces almost 1,200 square miles of scenic
wild lands set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the central
Sierra Nevada that stretches along California' s eastern flank. Yosemite
ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet.
Zion National Park, Utah
- Located in Southern Utah, Zion is best known for the narrow canyon
that the virgin river flows through.
Here are some other locations which there are only one
or two pictures of each.
the Golden Gate Bridge,
a random oil rig (actually a pump jack),
the Petrified Forest,
and Rock Creek Park in Maryland,
Enhancing your photos with the Gimp: Using a layer mask.
- This technique can help you get good pictures in very difficult
Superzoom: how much does a teleconverter help?
- I compared simply scaling up a picture 3 times with using a 3x
Someones Art Gallery
Dryden Research Aircraft Photo Archive
- This archive contains digitized photos of many of the unique research
aircraft flown at what is now known as NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
from the 1940s to the present.
G. Edward Johnson
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