Hiking down from Plummer Peak, we were on Pika alert. As we walked past rock fields on the hike up the mountain we kept hearing them, their high-pitched "eeeek" calls, but the little critters were elusive.
On the last morning of the Colorado Workshop I attended in October with Ian Plant and George Stocking we arrived before dawn. The location was a beautiful view of Mount Sneffels. After an hour of shooting the landscape I hiked up the hill behind us to look for a different vantage point and noticed the interesting hoarfrost on the ground. Macro time!
In August I went to Washington (another gift from my fantastic wife!) for a Photo Tour of Mount Rainier National Park. One of the highlights of the tour was a sunrise shoot of the mountain reflected in the appropriately-named Reflection Lake.
A few weeks ago I attended a photography workshop in Colorado and it was an amazing display of brilliant yellow aspens. The instructors were Ian Plant and George Stocking, two of my favorite nature photographers. Here are a few images from a beautiful aspen forest we visited one morning.
In addition to the Grand Canyon visit, our recent trip to Arizona also included an evening at the Peralta Trail area. By the time we arrived at the trailhead, the sun was already behind Superstition Mountain, rendering the whole area in shade. We headed back down the long gravel road which yielded a few good opportunities for flowering cacti and silhouettes.
How can you make a unique image from a place that everyone has seen depicted in photographs hundreds of times? I think that it's an example of one of the supreme challenges of photography: Making the best of the situation and scene in front of you, at that moment in time, all while trying to imbue your own artistic imprint.
Marly and I recently spent a Sunday morning at Blue and Gray Park just east of Lee's Summit, Missouri. The recent snowstorms had left a sticky layer of snow that was still partially adhering to the sides of the trees. Here are a few shots from that morning.
One year ago my wife and I visited Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge for the first time and witnessed the huge gathering of Snow Geese. This year was even better, as the Snow Geese were in mind-boggling numbers — over 1 million birds.
How is it possible that I have a computer that fits in my pocket, that also is a good digital camera? It doesn't seem like that long ago that a pocket camera was a 110-Film-format piece of junk. Now we have phones that have a tiny, 8-megapixel sensor just 5mm wide, yet still yield beautiful pictures blown up to 11x14 inches.