A few new images from my spring trips to the Pacific Northwest.
After being shut out the night before with boring gray skies, I almost missed this sunrise. After listening to it rain all night, I barely recognized the change from rain to snow. I was shocked to see we’d received 4″ of fresh powder overnight. Fortunately I resisted the urge to stay in my warm sleeping bag! I bombed 3/4 of a mile up to this lookout in fresh powder to the spot I had scouted the night before. I was rewarded with this magnificent sunrise as a ray of light shot across the valley. The entire show lasted mere minutes before clouds floated over Half Dome and settled into the valley completely obscuring the light.
Shots from my recent trip to Big Sur, CA. Pretty amazing area, and an area that I had never visited before.
I had a really busy April, travelling all over the West Coast I saw some amazing locations and got a lot of good scouting in for future trips. The weather was great for backpacking even if it wasn’t as dynamic as I normally like for photos.
Some of the breathtaking locations I visited:
Big Sur, CA – Waterfalls, beaches, and poison oak…2 out of 3 isn’t bad…
Yosemite, CA – Awesome snow while I was there…
Olympic Peninsula, WA – Remote beaches
Crater Lake, OR – First time snow shoeing and snow camping! I’ll be doing a lot more of that in the future!
Columbia River Gorge, OR – More waterfalls
Look for some new images soon!
An amazing sunrise from this past fall at Arches National Park. I hiked up to Delicate Arch in the middle of the night to shoot stars and the Milky Way. Unfortunately/fortunately there was a front moving in and the sky was blocked up with clouds. So I waited for a few hours for first light and was treated to an amazing light show.
Another new image from my trip to the Narrows this past fall. This was a shot I’d been eyeing for a few years, but never seemed to have everything line up correctly. Either the light wasn’t right, wrong time of day, wrong time of year, etc. Finally got it all to line up last year. Hiking the Narrows is quite an amazing experience.
Deep in the Narrows, in Zion National Park, Utah, this tree was growing straight out of the cliff. Approximately 100 feet above the river below and several hundred feet below the top of the cliff. I found it amazing the tree could survive in such a seemingly illogical location. Light had just illuminated its leaves but had yet to reach high enough into the sky to light the lower portions of the narrow canyon. I felt it left an incredible scene of stark contrast as the tree blazed a brilliant yellow against a dark canyon wall.