As an avid sea kayaker, Greenland has been a paddling dream destination of mine for several years. And as an outdoor photographer, I’m always seeking out giant open landscapes in beautiful light. Hours of Greenland’s low-angle arctic light is hard to beat. My big Greenland kayaking dreams came true this summer with a 10 day […]
Another year, another spring and another sunrise in the colorful RoozenGaarde fields of tulips in Washington State’s Skagit Valley. Now at least a 15 year tradition, my family makes the 45 minute pre-dawn drive to witness and photograph another spectacular sunrise over 350 acres of tulips standing in neat rows organized by Dutch settlers since […]
Thursday, February 4, 2016 (Dirty Thursday) Lucerne, Switzerland Carnival season has kicked off here in Lucerne, with tens of thousands of costumed Swiss partiers prowling the streets for parades, music and street partying. 40-50 marching bands, many dressed as monsters, wander from plaza to plaza pounding their drums late into the night to entertain the […]
I saw this photo last winter on a visit to Fort Worden State Park, with the Point Wilson Lighthouse perfectly aligned to Mount Baker. But I wasn’t happy with a previous attempt at the shot. This year conditions couldn’t have been better. Mount Baker is covered in a fresh coat of snow, the cold winter […]
With its industry-unique X-Trans sensor promising super-sharp images, I though the old abandoned bunkers of Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend would make a great testing ground for my new Fujifilm X100T camera (get one here bundled with a free Audio Technica microphone). Would it render the much touted sharpness and rich colors? Not […]
A few winter shots from my favorite of the San Juan Islands, including Cattle Point Light and Lime Kiln Light standing watch under starry night skies, and Pacific madrone trees on an obscure coastal trail on Westside Preserve …
Enjoying a fine day in Switzerland with a cog train ride up Mount Rigi for spectacular views of the Swiss Alps, and then a steep scramble down it’s north side on the Bänderenweg route …
The curators over at Printed Art have featured Multnomah Falls as part of a portfolio on “The Motion of Water“. “Cascades of color and energy flying by, and there you are, taking it in, trying to create the feeling for the viewer. Many say that timing is everything. I like to think that creativity, patience […]
It’s pretty hard to beat the Pacific Northwest as a place to hang your rain hat. This post illustrates some of the things I love about home in the PNW, which I originally wrote for the Matador Network. It all starts with the forces that form this land. As the Pacific plate slowly slides down […]
Nothing signals the arrival of spring in Western Washington like an expansive field of blooming yellow daffodils in the Skagit Valley. Starting with 5 acres in 1947, the Dutch immigrant Roozen family now runs the Washington Bulb Company on 2000 acres of Skagit Valley fertile soil, making it the largest daffodil, tulip and iris agricultural […]
Looking for more sharpness in your photos? Here are 10 Simple Steps to Sharper Photographs I recently published for the travel website Matador Network.
8:57 pm, December 31, 2014: This photo of Point Wilson Lighthouse under a cold starry night sky concludes my 2014. An 85% waxing gibbous moon illuminated the scene. I could barely make out the dark shadow of a fox silently trotting through the foreground grasses while making this image, which was rendered invisible over the […]
My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.
The Boulder River Trail is a spring classic in my book. When the high country is packed with snow and I want a quick spring photo trip on a cloudy day, it’s the Boulder River that I turn to for its waterfalls, mossy boulders, canyon walls, old-growth forest and wildflowers. This natural beauty is protected […]
A few photos from Roozengaarde’s fields and display gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Blooming Yoshino cherry trees, Liberal Arts Quad, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Dawn breaks over the Broken Obelisk in the University of Washington’s Red Square.
The March 18 issue of High Country News features my photo of yurt camping in Kayak Point County Park in an article Tourism 2.0 on Public Lands.
Spring has sprung in the Skagit Valley with these yellow trumpet dutch master daffodils heralding the changing of the seasons. Follow the bloom progression from daffodils, through tulips and finally to irises on Roozengaarde’s bloom map. My advice for enjoying the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival without the crowds: visit on a weekday or arrive […]
Where is the best place to focus your travel photographic energies, exotic locals or near your home? Carsten Krieger’s article Theme and Variations on Digital Photography Review got me thinking about that last week. Carsten argues that “many of the iconic landscape images we admire are often made in the photographer’s backyard – places that […]
Girl leaping from rock on beach at sunset, Lummi Island, Washington
My 1937 Chevy Coupe shot is in a PrintedArt.com blog post Vehicle Recalls about the character of old cars and the lost stories they keep. What tales does this car keep clandestine? For the back story on how I made this photo, read Making of ’37 Chevy Coupe.
PrintedArt is featuring my black and white image of bicycles parked in Amsterdam in their latest curator’s blog post on images that run edge-to-edge. If you have ever been to Amsterdam, you know that it is a center for bike culture, with about 465,000 bicycles for its 820,000 population (source: Wikipedia). In fact, if you […]