Posts Tagged ‘photography’

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 […]


Skagit Island Sea Kayak Camping

Skagit Island sea kayak camping

Join me for a paddle to Skagit Island to photograph the beautiful Pacific madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii) that grow along its rocky shoreline. We load our sea kayak with overnight camping gear, make the quick paddle across Skagit Bay, set up camp and explore the 0.9 mile island around Skagit Island. In addition to photographing […]


Solar Charge Your Photo Expedition – Part 2

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INTRODUCTION Going on a multi-week photography expedition in the wild with no place to recharge your batteries?  In Part 1 of this blog series, we tested a solar charging system in the backyard, intended for keeping a wilderness photography kit charged on a long wilderness adventure.  Before diving into Part 2, I recommend you first […]


Solar Charge Your Photo Expedition – Part 1

Thumb-backyard-songbird-photo-shoot

Going on a multi-week photography expedition in the wild with no place to recharge your batteries? In this post, we test a solar charging system for keeping your camera batteries charged up and ready to go on your next long wilderness adventure. Read below, or watch my 20 minute YouTube video. WARNING: This post is […]


More Backyard Songbirds

Male spotted towhee perched on red flowering current branch

With the caronavirus lock-down keeping me home, and a red flowering currant bush in full bloom in the back yard, today was a perfect day for photographing songbirds. I moved my suet block feeder next to the flowering currant and set up my Tragopan pop-up photo blind about 10 feet away.  In minutes the birds […]


Photographing Backyard Songbirds from Photo Blind

Female dark-eyed junco in winter plumage perched on vine maple branch.

I have been having fun this winter shooting backyard songbirds from my new photo blind.  The pop-up photo blind sets up in less than 2 minutes and allows me to get within 10 feet of the birds as they feed from a suet feeder or perch on nearby branches.  Waterproof construction means I can leave […]


Camera Bags Part 4: Lowepro TLZ1 Toploader for Long Backcountry Shooting

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For long backpacking trips or more technically oriented outdoor adventure where weight is critical, I’ll use the Lowepro TLZ 1 Toploader supported by a Lowepro TLZ Chest Harness.  This system puts a Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS right on my chest ready for immediate access, even while still wearing a full-size backpack. […]


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 […]