Posts Tagged ‘backpacking’

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Join me on a 5-day family backpacking trip down the South Coast Trail in Olympic National Park to photograph seascapes along the wild Washington Coast.  We camp at Scotts Bluff and Strawberry Point, and find towering sea stacks, coastal sitka spruce forests, tide-pools, seals, sea otter, great blue heron and bald eagles. A pack of […]


Spray Park Wildflower Photo Shoot

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 Rainier reflected in tranquil ponds and meadows in peak wildflower bloom. The mosquitoes are atrocious, but calm weather and warm evening light made for perfect reflections of Mount Rainer in subalpine ponds at […]


Skyline Divide Trail – Washington North Cascades

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

If you the 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 that 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 […]


Camera Bags Part 2: Think Tank SpeedRacer for Travel and Everyday Shooting

Think Tank SpeedRacer with camera gear for travel photography

The Think Tank SpeedRacer is my favorite camera bag at the moment.  My basic SLR camera kit calls this bag home probably 90% of the time.  The SpeedRacer is my go-to camera bag for travel, hiking, short backpacking trips and shooting around town. What sold me on this bag is that it has both a […]


Cover Photo: The Best in Tent Camping – Washington

Cover of The Best in Tent Camping - Washington, by Menasha Ridge Press

This photo of my wife, Sheila, backpacking in Washington State’s North Cascade mountains is being used on the cover of The Best in Tent Camping:  Washington (2nd ed.), by Menasha Ridge Press. I made this photo in the early morning as we camped above 14 Goat Lake, on the north side of Mount Baker, along […]


8-Day Backcountry Photo Journey on the Bailey Range Traverse

Mountain Goat in Bailey Range, Olympic National Park

Us mountaineers laugh about the rigors of hauling “65 pounds of ultra-light-weight climbing gear” through the mountains.  Sure, each piece of equipment is optimized for performance and weight, but sometimes there sure is a lot of it!  Of course this laughing usually takes place as part of the post-trip storytelling, not while the load is […]