Kaleidescope

Fall Color, Zion, National Park, Utah, Kaleidescope

 

Another new image from a trip to Zion National Park in Utah this past fall.  I’ve had on my list to hit the main canyon of Zion during peak color for the past few years.  This year I finally hit it in full stride.  The park is an amazing photographer’s playground, especially during fall color.  Zion is definitely one of my favorite parks to hike and explore in.  On this trip I focused primarily on the main canyon and the Narrows.  Had some great weather and even better color.  More images are on the way…

Rise Above

Blue Lakes Pass, Southwest Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Sunrise, Mt. Sneffels Wilderness

I finally got clouds at one of my favorite locations!  Blue Lakes Pass located in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado is one of my favorite locations in Colorado.  I’ve been going here for a couple of days every year for almost 3 years now and I always seem to get a nice sunrise, but nothing I consider print worthy.  Finally this past fall was a nice change and I had awesome clouds to go with a amazing sunrise.

After tent camping the night before with a couple of good friends, I hiked up to the ridge in the dark and cold.  It was a little sketchy in the dark and my friends actually ended up turning back about half way.  The clouds were moving very quickly and I’d get glimpses of a brilliant crescent moon in between the gaps.  I was hopeful the clouds wouldn’t all clear out before sunrise as they have on me so many times in the past.  This time everything worked out and there was enough of a gap on the horizon for the sun to shoot through and light up the clouds giving me an amazing sunrise show.

Shot of our tents from the night before:

BlueLakesCamp-Blog

 

 

 

Catch Fire

Moab, Utah, Sunrise, Mesa Arch, National Park

Finally a new image!  I know, I know…it’s been a while!  I should have several more coming over the next few months.  This past fall I was able to get out for some great backpacking trips to Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, and Death Valley.

This is a shot from the iconic Mesa Arch, in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.  When the sun pops over the La Salle mountains the light reflects off the sheer cliff walls and bounces up to illuminate the arch.  Truly a breathtaking location for sunrise!

 

Trip Reports: Pacific Northwest

Finally have my images up from a week long backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.  We spent half the week on the Olympic Coast in Northwest Washington and the other half visiting waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.  Visited some really great locations and had amazing weather!

Ruby Beach, Washington, WA, Pacific Northwest, Starfish

Holding On : Prints Available

Starfish cling to a rock at low tide on Ruby Beach. 
Shi Shi Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, WA, Morning, Sunrise, Beach

Day Dreams : Prints Available

A beautiful morning on Shi Shi beach on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.
Newport, OR, Beach

Taffy Skies : Prints Available


Thor's Well, Oregon, Coast, Pacific Northwest, Ocean

Thor's Well : Prints Available

 
Second Beach, WA, Washington, Beach, Reflection

Leave It All Behind : Prints Available

 
Second Beach, Beach, Washington, WA

Kings and Pawns : Prints Available

 Moonset on Second Beach, WA.
Punchbowl Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, Portland

The Punchbowl : Prints Available

 
Ponytail Falls, Columbia River Gorge, OR

Wonder : Prints Available

 
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, Waterfall

Somewhere In Between : Prints Available

Backcountry waterfall in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.
Hikers, Wahclella Falls, Oregon

All You're Missing : Prints Available

HIkers enjoying the awe inspiring scenery in the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, OR.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, Waterfall

A Path Less Taken : Prints Available

A slot canyon covered in moss with an amazing waterfall at the end rewards hikers willing to do some wading to reach their goal.  Located in the heart of waterfall country in the Columbia River Gorge, Onenonta falls remains hidden to anyone unwilling to take the plunge.

 

 

Trip Reports: Death Valley & Lake Tahoe

This spring I had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas for a conference. Figured while I was there I’d hit the area a few days early and do one of my typical photo blitz tours of a couple areas I’d never been to before. So a friend and I met up with one of my other long time friends and fellow photographer, Monte Trumbull, and we logged some windshield time!

Unfortunately the weather and conditions just didn’t cooperate at Death Valley.  While I didn’t get any images, I still had a great time and got some good scouting in for future trips.

We left Death Valley heading for Lake Tahoe.  Drove out of the desert and into a full on snowstorm for two days.  I love being in the mountains when it’s snowing!

Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, California

First Blush : Prints Available

Early morning light on a beautiful and serene Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe.  

Pastel Shores : Prints Available

 First light on the famous Bonsai Rock on Lake Tahoe.

Funny (almost not so funny) trip note:  Always make sure you have gas when you’re in the middle of nowhere!

Heading into the mountains from Death Valley towards Lake Tahoe we encountered a full on snowstorm that was making blizzard conditions heading into the mountains.  Pass closures forced us to make a detour.  We coasted into a town (if you can call it that…) on vapors to the gas station that was on the GPS only to find out it was closed!  Another small gas station in the town was out of gas because their fuel truck didn’t show up.  The next town was 25 miles away.  No way we would make it.  Fortunately the owner sold us 5 gallons from his truck to the tune of $8 per gallon.  Most expensive 5 gallons I’ve ever purchased, and worth every penny!

Trip Report: Southwest – Spring 2011

A few images from my Spring 2011 trip to the Southwest. A whirlwind trip covering over 2000 miles on the road, 3 states, 3 National Parks, some backcountry camping, and a lot of bald blue skies! Even though the skies were less than ideal I had a great time showing one of my friends around and scouting some new locations for future visits.

Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

Burning Bright : Prints Available

 Antelope Canyon is an amazing sight. The narrow slot canyons of sandstone are breathtaking to walk through. If you are there at the right time of day, at the right time of year, and in the right place, you will be treated to a spectacular light show as rays of light pierce down into the canyon. The sandstone glows as if it's on fire for just a few minutes as the sun passes directly overhead.

Page, Arizona

Whisper : Prints Available

 
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah, Backcountry, Tents

Minutes To Midnight : Prints Available

We hiked nine miles into the backcountry to some hoodoos I had scouted on a previous trip. We had some awesome clouds and wind, so I was hopeful I’d get the morning shot that had eluded me on my previous attempt. Unfortunately by morning, all the clouds had blown away and the shot I had been planning escaped my grasp.
Storm, Cheyenne, Nevada

Chasing The Tempest : Prints Available

As we were returning to Vegas the dynamic weather I had been looking for all week finally showed up. It continued to taunt me as we left the area to the point where I finally had to get out of the car and take a quick shot!

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