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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 […]

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 […]

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”

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

Peak Wildflower Bloom at Mount Rainier National Park

Sub-alpine wildflowers in peak bloom, Paradise meadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

August 27, 2012 A heavy snow pack and beautiful summer weather have conspired to produce a stellar wildflower bloom in the subalpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park.  I found the meadows in peak bloom this weekend in the Paradise and Mazama Ridge areas, with lupine, paintbrush, bistort, aster, arnica, sitka valerian and more all […]

Mount Rainier Showing It’s Autumn Colors

Mount Rainier on an autumn morning from near Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

  Mount Rainier was displaying it’s fall color this last weekend, as seen in this image from near Chinook Pass.  Here are a few more images with Tipsoo Lake.  

16 Images That Show Why I’m Proud to Live in the Pacific Northwest

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

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 […]

Home Turf Advantage

Dawn breaks over a field of blue irises, Skagit Valley, Washington

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 […]

Camera Bags Part 3: Lowepro Photo Trekker AW for Nature Photography

The Lowepro Photo Trekker AW is my bag of choice for “serious” nature photography, when I want to be ready for anything with a lot of gear. I also have Lowepro’s largest back pack camera bag, the Super Trekker AW, but that bag is actually larger than I really need. The Photo Trekker AW is […]

Walking Through a Land of Rock and Ice

Mother and daughter hikers hiking on First Burroughs Mountain with Emmons Glacier ice in background, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

The heavily crevassed Emmons Glacier dwarfs two hikers on First Burroughs Mountain in Mount Rainier National Park.