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Introducing My New Songbird Print Collection

Are you a bird watching lover? Bring these little avian marvels into your home with my new songbird print collection. These prints feature colorful photographic portraits of some of your favorite feathered friends. Available as ready-to-hang canvas wraps, metal prints or framed prints. Order them now through my Pixels.com page. Three small 8X8 or 10X10 […]


Successful Backyard Songbird Photography: A How-To Guide [Video]

Chestnut-backed chickadee perched on branch with autumn colors

Backyard songbird photography: This how-to article covers setting up your own backyard bird photo studio, equipment and equipment settings.


Boulder River Waterfalls in Pouring October Rain [Video]

Boulder River Wilderness waterfalls

The Boulder River Trail offers easy hiking into the Boulder River Wilderness, with scenic views of waterfalls cascading down cliffs and right into the Boulder River. Join me for a photo shoot of the Boulder River waterfalls in the pouring rain.  First, we shoot Feature Show Falls, wading out into the flooding river to anchor […]


American Pika – Mount Rainier National Park [Video]

American pika (Ochotona princeps) sitting on boulder, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

On an autumn hike up into the subalpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park, I found these adorable American Pika (Ochotona princeps) busy topping off their hay piles before winter sets in. American Pika inhabit mountain side boulder and talus fields, where they live and store hay among the rocks. Pika don’t hibernate. Instead, they […]


South Coast Trail – Olympic National Park [Video]

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Join me on a 5-day family backpacking trip on the South Coast Trail in Olympic National Park to photograph seascapes along this wild stretch of Washington Coast.  We start at Third Beach and make camps at Scotts Bluff and Strawberry Point.  Along the way, we found towering sea stacks, coastal sitka spruce forests, tide-pools, seals, […]


Spray Park Wildflower Photo Shoot – Mount Rainier National Park [Video]

Spray Park Wildflower Photoshoot

Join me on a quick backpacking trip up to Spray Park in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park to photograph Mount Rainier reflected in tranquil ponds.  The wildflower meadows were in peak bloom, and so were the mosquitoes! The mosquitoes are atrocious, but calm weather and warm evening light made for perfect reflections […]


Skagit Island Sea Kayak Camping [Video]

Skagit Island sea kayak camping

Join me for an overnight sea kayaking paddle to little Skagit Island.  We photograph the beautiful Pacific madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii) that grow along its rocky shoreline. We load the sea kayak with overnight camping gear, make the quick paddle across Skagit Bay, set up camp and explore the 0.9 mile trail above the shoreline […]


Solar Charging Your Wilderness Photography Expedition – Part 2 [Video]

Introduction – Part 2 Going on a multi-week wilderness photography expedition in the wild with no place to recharge your batteries? In this blog series, we investigate solar charging your wilderness photography expedition. In  Part 1, we tested a solar charging system in the backyard, intended for keeping a wilderness photography kit charged on a […]


Grande Ronde River – 4 Days by Packraft [Video]

Grande Ronde River

Join us on a 4-day packrafting adventure down the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers in NE Oregon and SE Washington. The Grande Ronde is a National Wild and Scenic River, administered by the BLM, Oregon Parks and Recreation and the US Forest Service. Four of us paddled Alpacka packrafts. We put-in on the Wallowa River […]


John Day River – 5 Days by Packraft & Canoe [Video]

Floating John Day River by packraft and canoe

The John Day River, located in north central Oregon, made for a great 5-day paddle with friends last week. The John Day is a national Wild and Scenic River, an Oregon Scenic Waterway, and is the second longest free-flowing river in the continental United States. Three of us paddled Alpacka packrafts, and one a Clipper […]


Solar Charging Your Wilderness Photography Expedition – Part 1 [Video]

Introduction – Part 1 Going on a multi-week wilderness photography expedition in the wild with no place to recharge your batteries? In this blog series, we investigate solar charging your wilderness photography expedition.  In this Part 1, we test a solar charging system for keeping your camera batteries charged up and ready to go on […]


More Backyard Songbird Photography [Video]

Male spotted towhee perched on red flowering current branch

With the COVID-19 lock-down keeping me home, and a red flowering currant bush in full bloom in the back yard, today was a perfect day for some backyard songbird photography. I moved my suet block feeder next to the flowering currant bush and set up my Tragopan pop-up photo blind about 10 feet away.  In […]


Photographing Backyard Songbirds from Photo Blind

Female dark-eyed junco in winter plumage perched on vine maple branch.

I have been having fun this winter shooting backyard songbirds from my new photo blind.  The pop-up photo blind sets up in less than 2 minutes and allows me to get within 10 feet of the birds as they feed from a suet feeder or perch on nearby branches.  Waterproof construction means I can leave […]


Great Blue Heron – Fir Island

Great blue heron standing at edge of muddy irrigation channel, Fir Island, Skagit County, Washington

A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) watches for fish or frogs in a muddy irrigation canal in a field on Fir Island.


Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) eating winter seeds while perched on branch


Frosty Morning in Snohomish River Estuary

Sun rises Union Slew and Spencer Island, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington

It was a frosty early morning of bird watching on Spencer Island in the Snohomish River Estuary. An extremely high tide (12.0 feet) flooded through breaches in the dikes and into the estuary, providing great fishing habitat for great blue heron and bald eagles. The sun rose in a spectacle of color and began melting […]


Skyline Divide Trail – Washington North Cascades [Video]

Magenta paintbrush and other alpine meadow wildflowers blooming on Skyline Divide, North Cascade mountains, Washington State, USA

If you want to do some hiking in Washington State’s North Cascade mountains, consider the Skyline Divide trail. This classic ridge hike is accessed from a 4400 foot altitude trailhead.  This quickly gets you up into flower-filled sub-alpine meadows. Mount Baker’s north face dominates the view to the south, while Mount Shuksan fills the eastern […]


Venice Grand Canal

Morning breaks over the Grand Canal, viewed from Accademia Bridge, Venice, Italy

A few shots of Venice’s Grand Canal (Canal Grande or Canal Grando), Venezia’s primary transportation corridor, from my recent trip to photograph the Venice Carnival.  All photographs made with a Fujifilm X100T, some with long exposures to make boat traffic disappear. Grand Canal, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti and Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy.  Exposure:  30 sec. […]


Venice Carnival

Man dressed in traditional mask and costume for Venice Carnival standing in Piazza San Marco in front of Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Veneto, Italy

He struts his way across Piazza San Marco, sauntering painfully slow through a crowd of thousands of photo-snapping carnival goers.  Step … pose for some photos … step … pose … step …  His pale expressionless hollow-eyed mask contrasts with his black and red feathery tricorne hat and deeply folded black robes. I estimate his […]


Mountain Heather, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington Cascades

Pink mountain heather in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” — Edward Abbey


Viking Ship Vallhalla, Petersburg, Alaska

Replica of Viking ship Vallhalla at Bojer Wikan Fishermen's Memorial Park, Petersburg, Alaska

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward


Seaplane Hanger, Petersburg, Alaska

Seaplane at dock hanger, Petersburg, Alaska

“What if i fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” — Erin Hanson


Mountain Ridges, Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska

Forested mountain ridges shrouded in fog, Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska

“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.” — Robert Green Ingersoll  


Camping on Sermilik Fjord, East Greenland

Camper's feet and view out door of tent onto icebergs on Sermilik Fjord near settlement of Tiniteqilaq, East Greenland

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” — Cesare Pavese