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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
After confessing my addiction to camera bags, I have yet one more thing to fess up to: I’m also addicted to maps. I spent last May traveling through Ireland and bought … uh … 14 maps and guides in preparation for the trip. I had a 109 page Ordnance Survey road atlas, a Rick Steves’ […]
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.
While the original 4-day plan was to backpack to Buck Creek Pass, climb Buck Mountain and then traverse the Massie Lake High Route, I had to settle for just Buck Creek Pass due to boot problems. The sole of my left boot came off 10 miles from the trailhead, making extensive off-trail travel and scrambling […]
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 […]
July 16, 2012 The Alaska State Museum in downtown Juneau provides world-class exhibits on the culture of early northern Native Americans, settlement of Alaska by Russians and the subsequent sale of the territory to the United States, and Alaska’s role in fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. For me, the […]
July 5, 2012 Today was occupied with catching up on the laundry, and then sailing for Wrangell. The winds and seas were calm, and about half of the 8 hour sailing was sunny. People lazed about in the sun, occasionally adjusting the direction of their lounge chairs as the ship changed course relative to the […]
Yesterday morning’s sun just starting to rise over a field of purple irises. RoozenGaarde grows over 1000 acres of colorful iris, tulip and daffodil bulbs in Washington State’s fertile Skagit Valley. Photo info: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens, six HDR exposures at f/22, ISO 100.
Updated April 29, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through the Columbia River Gorge. View Columbia River Gorge – April 2012 in a larger map Follow along on a photographic journey through the Columbia River Gorge as we hike to plummeting waterfalls along the Gorge’s “wet side” near Portland, Oregon, as well as tour […]
Sunday, April 29 The last stop on my Columbia River Gorge tour was a quick morning hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Bridal Veil State Park. Another cloudy day provided ideal conditions for photographing the creek and forest. Thank you for joining me on my tour of the Columbia River Gorge. Please feel free to […]
Saturday, April 28 Finding the orchards in Hood River well past their prime bloom, I went for a morning walk on the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, starting at the Mosier end. This is one of a few old sections of Historic Columbia River Highway that are converted to trails for joggers, hikers and bikers. The […]
Friday, April 27 Buoyed by yesterday’s walk in Eagle Creek, I decided to tackle Oneonta Gorge today. The river was cold, but not unbearable. I waded up into the entrance of the Gorge in water up to mid-thigh, again using my tripod and a ski pole for balance. Then I had to climb over […]
Thursday, April 26 Another rainy day … perfect for photographing waterfalls, streams and wildflowers again. Today’s adventure: hiking up Eagle Creek to shoot Punchbowl Falls, a classic Pacific Northwest shot. Extra tennis shoes and hiking socks my backpack, I headed up the trail 1.9 miles to a rocky beach just downstream of Punchbowl Falls. You […]
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Finally, a day of sweet spring rain … exactly what I came down to the Gorge for. Time to photograph the waterfalls, creeks and forest wildflowers along the “wet side” of the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Oregon. The photo above is Wahkeena Falls, a short hike up from the Historic […]
Monday, April 23, 2012 The Dalles Mountain Road is in great shape for wildflowers. Balsamroot and lupine are all in peak bloom. The Road is a favorite April destination, providing “big sky” views across the Columbia River towards Mount Hood. And, important for us photographers, the wildflowers and views are all protected and made accessible […]
An unnamed waterfall plunges into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Washington State I’ve been catching up on my photo processing, working through a few unprocessed photo shoots from last year. Here is a selection of photos from a June hike up the Boulder River Trail, in Washington State’s central Cascade Mountains.The Boulder River cuts […]
Little Stony Creek pouring over boulders, Cascade Falls, Virginia February 2, 2012 What a wonderful winter walk. This short (4 miles round trip) trail runs right along the banks of crystal clear Little Stony Creek, pouring through mossy boulders, shooting through rocky chutes and plummeting over beautiful 69 foot Cascade Falls. I can see why […]
Wow. What happened to 2011? I can’t believe it is done and over already. The year was busy making new photos, but also in getting my business set up on the web. I’ve spent quit a bit of time setting up my new website, as well as this blog, Google+, Facebook and my 500px portfolio. […]
South Fork Stillaguamish River, Cascade Mountains, Washington State As winter arrives to the Cascade Mountains, I did some shooting in the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River valley this weekend. This river, just 20 miles from my home, drains the southern half of the scenic Mountain Loop Highway, an area in Washington’s Central Cascades popular […]