Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Multnomah Falls Featured by Printed Art Curator’s Blog

Multnomah Falls and bridge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

The curators over at Printed Art have featured Multnomah Falls as part of a portfolio on “The Motion of Water“. “Cascades of color and energy flying by, and there you are, taking it in, trying to create the feeling for the viewer. Many say that timing is everything. I like to think that creativity, patience […]


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 1: The Addiction

photographer and many camera bags

Hi … my name is Brad, and I am a camera bag addict. No less than 16 camera bags are loosely stacked in my closet, accumulated over the last 18 years.  And this is something my wife reminds me about whenever I contemplate yet another bag. So, exactly how many camera bags does a photographer […]


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 […]


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.


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 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 8 – Bridal Veil State Park

Bridal Veil Creek, Bridal Veil Falls State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

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 […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 6 – Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Creek flowing through Oneonta Gorge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

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 […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 5 – Eagle Creek and Punchbowl Falls

Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

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 […]


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 […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 3 – Rowena Plateau & Klickitat River Loop

Sun rises over wildflowers on the Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Rowena, Oregon, USA

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 I spend this morning’s sunrise up on the Rowena Plateau, part of The Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Nature Preserve just west of The Dalles, Oregon.  Rowena Plateau offers wildflowers and great views out over the Columbia River from basalt cliff tops. I’m there about 30 minutes prior to sunrise to scout […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 2 – Dalles Mountain Road

Balsamroot and lupine blooming in spring, Columbia Hills State Park, Klickitat County, Washington

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 […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 1 – Ponytail Falls

Horsetail Creek plummets over Ponytail Falls and moss covered boulders, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

Sunday, April 22, 2012 Today’s hot weather is rapidly melting spring mountain snow pack.  All of the creeks and waterfalls along the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway are at full throttle. Ponytail Falls is one of my favorite short hikes in the area, as the trail goes through a deep alcove behind the falls.  The […]