A Beautiful World 4

Lifestyle Publications’ photographers share their favorite travel shots

Article and Photography Sue Collins


Phantom Ship can be seen from Sun Notch in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Crater Lake is one of my favorite places in the entire world. It’s peaceful and there’s plenty of great hiking trails. But the main attraction is the eerily blue water. It looks like paint has been dumped into the caldera of a volcano. Besides the paint part that’s exactly what it is. There is no water that actively flows into or out of the lake, it’s all rainfall and snowmelt and the lake is really deep. That all comes together to  make the color of the water spectacular. Shot with a Nikon D4s.

The milky way crosses over Death Valley National Park in California. Space has always interested me. It is awe inspiring. It is full of wonder and things I don’t understand. It makes me feel small and it gives me hope. Things came together for this photo to happen. It started with a night time temperature of 105 degrees, followed by a sand storm across the valley. This photo and the others taken that evening were my first foray into capturing the milky way. I researched and planned all to make it to Death Valley on this night. A new moon in the sky and one of the darkest places in the United States, Death Valley is the perfect spot to try and capture the infinite stars in the sky above. Shot with a Nikon D4s.

One of my favorite places in Italy is Cinque Terre. I love the different pastel and bright colors that line the shores of the island of Monterosso. It seems as if even the umbrellas and beach accessories match with the surrounding buildings. The jagged rock just seems to contrast the whole photo and ties in to Cinque Terre’s rocky cliffs.

Every summer we hole up in a cottage along the verdant shores of Lake Michigan. If I’m lucky, I find a few choice Petoskey Stones, bits of coral millions of years old. My summer girlfriends and I made these bracelets and wore them all year long to remind us of that sensational summer feeling.

A beautiful view from atop the Kalalau Trail along the Nā Pali Coast of the island of Kauai. The strenuous trail runs approximately 11 miles along the island’s north shore from Keʻe Beach to the Kalalau Valley. Canon Rebel, 28-70mm lens.

On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I traveled with my Fuji XE-1 camera and found the beach had a life of its own.