Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Greenland Sea Kayaking Adventure

Sea kayakers paddling on Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, Ammassalik Island, East Greenland

As an avid sea kayaker, Greenland has been a paddling dream destination of mine for several years.  And as an outdoor photographer, I’m always seeking out giant open landscapes in beautiful light.  Hours of Greenland’s low-angle arctic light is hard to beat. My big Greenland kayaking dreams came true this summer with a 10 day […]


Skagit Valley Tulip Sunrise

Rows of pink tulips, Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington

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 […]


Carnival Kicks Off in Lucerne

Marching band playing in streets of Lucerne, Switzerland during 2016 Carnival.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 (Dirty Thursday) Lucerne, Switzerland Carnival season has kicked off here in Lucerne, with tens of thousands of costumed Swiss partiers prowling the streets for parades, music and street partying.  40-50 marching bands, many dressed as monsters, wander from plaza to plaza pounding their drums late into the night to entertain the […]


Mount Rigi

Red cog rail train car on summit of Mount Rigi, Switzerland, Europe

Enjoying a fine day in Switzerland with a cog train ride up Mount Rigi for spectacular views of the Swiss Alps, and then a steep scramble down it’s north side on the Bänderenweg route …  


Cologne City Skyline

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany, Europe

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 […]


10 Simple Steps to Sharper Photographs

10 Steps to Sharper Images

Looking for more sharpness in your photos?  Here are 10 Simple Steps to Sharper Photographs I recently published for the travel website Matador Network.


Good Night 2014!

Point Wilson Lighthouse under starry sky, Fort Warden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

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 […]


High Country News

Yurt camping, Kayak Point County Park, Snohomish County, Washington

The March 18 issue of High Country News features my photo of yurt camping in Kayak Point County Park in an article Tourism 2.0 on Public Lands.


Spring Arrives in the Skagit Valley

Daffodils blooming on a Skagit Valley farm, Skagit County, Washington, USA

Spring has sprung in the Skagit Valley with these yellow trumpet dutch master daffodils heralding the changing of the seasons.  Follow the bloom progression from daffodils, through tulips and finally to irises on Roozengaarde’s bloom map. My advice for enjoying the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival without the crowds:  visit on a weekday or arrive […]


Home Turf Advantage

Dawn breaks over a field of blue irises, Skagit Valley, Washington

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 […]


“Amsterdam Bicycles” Featured by PrintedArt

Bicycles parked in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

PrintedArt is featuring my black and white image of bicycles parked in Amsterdam in their latest curator’s blog post on images that run edge-to-edge. If you have ever been to Amsterdam, you know that it is a center for bike culture, with about 465,000 bicycles for its 820,000 population (source:  Wikipedia).  In fact, if you […]


Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Lighthouse stands watch over Haro Strait at dawn, Washington

The US Coast Guard built Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the western shore of San Juan Island in 1919, replacing an earlier light built there in 1914.  The last major light built in Washington State, it was declared a Historic Site and listed on the Washington State Heritage Register and the National Register of Historic Places. […]


Fort Worden State Park

Sandy beach at sunrise, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington, USA

A few early morning photographs shot from Fort Worden State Park during a weekend Christmas shopping trip to Port Townsend, Washington.


Map Addiction

maps of Ireland

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’ […]


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 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 […]


On Location: SE Alaska!

Map of route through Inside Passage, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska

Updated August 4, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through Southeast Alaska via the Alaska Marine Highway System.  Our three week adventure begins in Bellingham, Washington, cruises through the Inside Passage of coastal British Columbia, then continues north with stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Glacier Bay, Juneau, Tracy Arm and Sitka.  See whale, otter, […]


Best Sights and Restaurants of Southeast Alaska

Fishing wharfs, Sitka, Alaska

Here are my favorite sights and restaurants in Southeast Alaska, along with a few tips for getting around when traveling via the Alaska Marine Highway System without a car. Favorite Sights in Southeast Alaska #1  Glacier Bay National Park While Tracy Arm (see #2 below) probably has an edge over Glacier Bay on visually stunning […]


Southeast Alaska Day 23 – Alaska Raptor Center

Two injured bald eagles, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka, Alaska

July 21, 2012 Today we toured the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska.  The Center takes in injured raptors from across North America for rehabilitation and, where possible, release into the wild. For $12, visitors see a short introductory video, get a peek into the medical room, look through one-way glass windows into their “flight […]


Southeast Alaska Day 22 – Sitka’s Sunset Secret

Fishing wharfs, Sitka, Alaska

July 20, 2012 Hard to believe, but we had our third spectacular sunset in a row in Sitka.  I’m beginning to think that Sitka has been keeping some kind of secret here. Here are a few shots from Sitka’s busy fishing harbor.  In 2009, Sitka ranked 9th world-wide in fishery harvest value selling 107,504,477 pounds […]


Southeast Alaska Day 21 – Sitka

Virgin Mother of God, painting, St Michaels Cathedral, Sitka, Alaska

July 19, 2012 Today we toured through Sitka, Alaska, first visiting the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral located right smack in the middle of Lincoln Street.  It was interesting to learn about Orthdox Christianity, such as its split with what became the Catholic church after the Orthodox rejected the idea of centralizing power with the […]


Southeast Alaska Day 20 – Sitka National Historical Park

Totem pole, Sitka National Historic Park, Sitka, Alaska

July 18, 2012 Motoring along at top speeds just a little over 40 miles per hour, the catamaran Fairweather whisked us from Juneau to Sitka in just over four hours.  This is one of Alaska Marine Highway System’s newest, fastest and most maneuverable car ferry, perfect for navigating the narrow waters of Peril, Neva and […]


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 […]