Bristlecone Pine Reaching for the Stars

Bristlecone pine and snow illuminated by moon light with starry sky, Inyo National Forest, White Mountains, California

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Style is About Being Yourself

Girl laughing with welding goggles on.

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” — Oscar de la Renta

Red fox (dark phase), Mount Rainier National Park

Red fox (dark phase), Vulpes Vulpes, standing in huckleberry bushes, Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State

“Because I’m Sly, That’s Why”

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River viewed from Artist Point, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” — Jim Watkins

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge and surf on Marshall Beach rocks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” — Isaac Newton

Giant kelp air bladders, Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington

Giant kelp air bladders resting on bull kelp frond, Salt Creek Recreation Area, Clallam County, Washington State

“Nature is pleased with Simplicity.” — Isaac Newton

Paddling among icebergs, Sermilik Fjord, East Greenland

Sea kayakers paddling among icebergs on Sermilik Fjord near settlement of Tiniteqilaq, East Greenland

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell

Coastal Trail, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California

Coastal Trail through redwood forest, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Del Norte County, California

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” — John Muir

Jumping for Joy

Girl leaping into the air above the setting sun, Sunset Beach, Washington Park, Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington

“Joy is not in things; it is in us” — Charles Wagner, The Simple Life

Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island

Lime Kiln Lighthouse stands watch over Haro Strait, San Juan Island, Washington State

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle

Lonely Tree, Palouse, Washington

Lonely tree in field of wheat, Palouse area, Washington.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Buddha, Po Fook Hill, Hong Kong

Statue of the Buddha in Po Fook Hill Cemetery, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, Asia

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha

Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Sunrise over Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

Mountain Bike Stoppy, Banff, Canada

Mountain biker performing a stoppy, Banff, Alberta, Canada

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

Rock Climber, Banff, Canada

Male climber on rock face against blue sky, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

“Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go.” –T.S. Eliot

Natural Curiosity

Four year old girl pointing to tree rings, Cascade Mountains, Washington

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci

Alpine Stream, Cascade Mountains

Small stream running through snowfields in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Coming near the edge of the snowfield I find running water close to the surface, visible among the rocks.  I stop to drink.  The water is bitterly, brilliantly cold with particles of glacier silt — utterly delicious.” — Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Shiprock, New Mexico

Shiprock Rock and black dike ridge, New Mexico, USA

“Leave it as it is. You cannot improve upon it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Diving in, Kananaskis River, Alberta

Andrew Jobe dives into a hole in a whitewater kayak on the Kananaskis River, Kananaskis County, Alberta, Canada

“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” — Lao Tzu

Winter Hike in the Cascade Mountains

Man hiking along snowy ridge, Silver Peak, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey

Greenland Sea Kayaking Adventure

Sea kayakers paddling on Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, Ammassalik Island, East Greenland

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 low-angle Greenlandic arctic light is hard to beat. My big Greenland kayaking dreams came true this summer with a 10 day […]

Skagit Valley Tulip Sunrise

Rows of pink tulips, Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington

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 […]

Carnival Kicks Off in Lucerne

Marching band playing in streets of Lucerne, Switzerland during 2016 Carnival.

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 […]

Point Wilson Lighthouse and Mt Baker Sunrise

Point Wilson Lighthouse and Mount Baker at sunrise, Fort Warden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

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 […]