Posts Tagged ‘natural history’

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

SS41 - Man hiking along snowy ridge, Washington Cascade Mountains

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 […]


Even More Boulder River

Un-named waterfalls fall into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.  


Boulder River Waterfalls

Boulder River, Washington

The Boulder River Trail is a spring classic in my book.  When the high country is packed with snow and I want a quick spring photo trip on a cloudy day, it’s the Boulder River that I turn to for its waterfalls, mossy boulders, canyon walls, old-growth forest and wildflowers.  This natural beauty is protected […]


“Autumn Leaves in Duck Brook” Featured by PrintedArt

Autumn leaves, Duck Brook, Acadia National Park, Maine

The curators at PrintedArt.com have kicked off 2013 with a blog post on the moods of water, featuring my image “Autumn Leaves in Duck Brook.” I discovered this little stream-side scene while biking the carriage roads on a fall morning in Maine’s Acadia National Park.  To me, the image is about the passage of time flowing […]


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

Lowepro Photo Trekker AW full of camera gear 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 […]


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.  


Glacier Peak – Washington Cascade Mountains

East face of Glacier Peak viewed from Buck Creek Pass, Cascade Mountains, Washington

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 […]


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 […]


Rialto Beach

Sea stack at sunset, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA

Images of sea stack, sea stars, surf and sunsets on Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington Coast.  Rialto Beach offers stunning shoreline scenery, rich intertidal life and makes for a great family backpacking adventure.          


Southeast Alaska Day 19 – Wow! Tracy Arm!

Harbor seals on iceberg, Tracy Arm, Alaska

July 17, 2012   Imagine a 30+ mile long Yosemite Valley flooded with 600 feet of water with 6000 foot peaks rising straight up out of the water.  Imagine more Yosemite Valleys breaking out along the length of this first one, each with 8000 foot peaks rising above the valley floor.  Imagine all this Yosemite […]


Southeast Alaska Day 16 – Mendenhall Glacier Evening Walk

Iceberg "berg-bit" on Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska

July 14, 2012 We are back in Juneau on a late afternoon flight from Glacier Bay National Park. After dinner, groceries and settling in at the Beach House B&B, I take a late evening stroll out to photograph Nugget Falls at bits of icebergs (AKA “berg-bits”) on Mendenhall Glacier.  I got some nice shots of […]


Southeast Alaska Day 15 – Wildlife of Glacier Bay

Sea otter, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

July 13, 2012 Today we toured Glacier Bay on the catamaran operated by Glacier Bay Lodge & Tours.  Though it was cold and drippy, and Friday the thirteenth, luck was with us from a wildlife point of view. The tour ran all the way up Glacier Bay to the head of Tarr Inlet, where the […]


Southeast Alaska Day 13 – Whales in Frederick Sound

Tail of humpback whale in Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska

July 11, 2012 The day was spent on the eight-hour ferry sailing between Petersburg and Juneau, Alaska.  The route included Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, both key summer grounds for humpback whales migrating back and forth between Southeast Alaska and Hawaii. And sure enough, we saw over a dozen humpbacks scattered about in both bodies […]


Southeast Alaska Day 9 – Anan Creek Bears

Black bear, AnAn Creek Bear Observatory, Tongass National Forest, Alaska

July 7, 2012 It rained nearly the whole day, but I hardly noticed.  We were surrounded by bears, both black and brown, and somehow rain just wasn’t relevant. Breakaway Adventures packed 12 of us into their landing craft style boat The Motivator for the one hour trip around the east side of Wrangell Island to […]


On Location: Columbia River Gorge!

Balsamroot and wind turbines, Haystack Butte, Columbia Hills, Washington

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 […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 4 – Waterfalls!

Wahkeena Falls and footbridge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

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 […]


Dawn Over Mount Index

Star trails in dawn sky over Mount Index coverred in winter snow, Washington Cascade Mountains, Pacific Northwest

Star trails over snowy Mount Index, Washington Cascade Mountains It’s 5:00am and pitch black when I leave the trailhead for Heybrook Lookout Trail.  A screech owl is yammering away as I leave the car and begin the ascent into the creepy darkness. 30 minutes and 1.3 miles later, I’ve climbed 850 feet and arrive at […]


Boulder River

An unnamed waterfall drops into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

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 […]


Virginia’s Cascades Falls

Little Stony Creek pouring over boulders, Pembroke, Giles County, Virginia, USA.

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 […]


Autumn on the Stillaguamish River

Autumn leaves on boulders, South Fork Stillaguamish River, Washington

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 […]