New England Atlantic Canada Images

New England Atlantic Canada Images

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia New England Atlantic Canada ImagesPeggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia #58903    Purchase

Wow, what a busy week since our return home after six weeks and over 10,000 miles on the road! Aside from catching up on household chores, filling client orders, and general business tasks, I have a mountain of new images to get to. I’ve just begun the lengthy task of editing and processing all the files, but have made an initial pass and found some photos that stand out. I’m getting a bit ahead of myself by doing this. I usually wait until I have completed the full editing and image processing is complete, but since this project will take several weeks to complete I’m anxious to share with you some of the highlights so far.  We’ll also be sending out regular email progress updates in the coming weeks.

Bennington Battle Monument Vermont New England Atlantic Canada ImagesBennington Battle Monument, Vermont  #59478    Purchase

Within the next several days I’ll be posting a full gallery of new images from the first couple of locations covered on the trip, Medicine Rocks Montana and Watkins Glen New York. Make sure to check back often, here and on my Facebook page. And don’t forget, all of the images are immediately available for commercial licensing and as fine art prints!

Click here or on any image to view the portfolio of new work.

Locations and subject matter covered during this trip:

Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Highlands, Cabot Trail, Lunenburg, Peggy’s Cove, Blue Rocks
New Brunswick: Bay of Fundy, Fundy National Park
Maine: Acadia National Park, Grafton Notch
New Hampshire: White Mountains, Kancamagus Byway, Franconia Notch
Vermont: Stowe, Peacham, Groton Woods, Woodstock, Bennington, Newfane, and more
New York: Watkins Glen State Park
Pennsylvania: Ricketts Glen State Park
Fall foliage, covered bridges, barns, farms, towns, fall festivals, fishing, villages, waterfalls, historic sites, coastal scenes, seasonal farm stands

Blue Rocks Nova Scotia New England Atlantic Canada ImagesBlue Rocks, Nova Scotia #58824    Purchase

Vermont fall foliage reflection New England Atlantic Canada ImagesFall foliage, Pauline Lake Vermont #59457    Purchase

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New Southwest Images

New Southwest Images

White Sands National Monument New Mexico New Southwest ImagesWhite Sands National Monument New Mexico #57137b

All of the new images from my recent Southwest trip are now online and ready for viewing and downloading. A selection of 100 images from a total of over 1000 have been added to my New Images Portfolio. To view even more  from any of the locations listed below you can use our Search feature or contact us for a custom portfolio.

  • States:  California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah
  • National Parks and Monuments: Carrizo Plains National Monument CA, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument NM, White Sands National Monument NM, Carlsbad Caverns National Park NM, Guadalupe National Park TX, Chaco Culture National Historical Park NM, Aztec Ruins National Monument NM, Canyon de Chelly National Monument AZ, Hovenweep National Monument UT, Mesa Verde National Park CO, Canyonlands National Park UT, Arches National Park UT
  • State Parks, Recreation Areas, Wilderness Areas: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park CA, Kofa Mountains Wildlife Refuge AZ, Lost Dutchman State Park/Superstition Mountains AZ, Angel Peak Scenic Area NM, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness NM, Valley Of The Gods Utah

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park wildflowers New Southwest ImagesWildflowers, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California #56856

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Southwest Photography Trip

Southwest Photography Trip

Fonts Point Borrego BadlandsBorrego Badlands from Fonts Point

Well, I’m finally back home and catching up on business after six long weeks on the road, photographing throughout the Southwest. It’s good to be back home, but the mountain of work facing me won’t give me any rest for quite some time. Not to mention the fact that being a photographer I’m also faced with the fact that now that we’re well into Spring I need to somehow get back out on the road and trails ASAP!

This trip started out with a goal to photograph spring desert wildflowers but gradually turned into an epic adventure to visit and photograph as many SW locations as I could fit in. In the end, I visited lots of new locations, adding three new states to my photo library, New Mexico Colorado and Texas, and greatly expanded my coverage of Ancient American ruins and culture. I also added depth to my coverage of some classic Southwest National Parks, Canyonlands, and Arches in particular.

Accompanying this post are two new photos from the trip, one from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California and the other from Kofa Mountains Arizona. That’s about all I can find time to add right now. Below are some of the totals from this trip. If you are interested in seeing a selection of images from any of the listed locations let me know and I’ll do my best to edit and process some for you.

  • Days out: 38
  • Miles traveled: 6402
  • Total photos: (before editing) 4200
  • States where I photographed:  California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah
  • National Parks and Monuments: Carrizo Plains National Monument CA, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument NM, White Sands National Monument NM, Carlsbad Caverns National Park NM, Guadalupe National Park TX, Chaco Culture National Historical Park NM, Aztec Ruins National Monument NM, Canyon de Chelly National Monument AZ, Hovenweep National Monument UT, Mesa Verde National Park CO, Canyonlands National Park UT, Arches National Park UT
  • State Parks, Recreation Areas, Wilderness Areas: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park CA, Kofa Mountains Wildlife Refuge AZ, Lost Dutchman State Park/Superstition Mountains AZ, Angel Peak Scenic Area NM, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness NM, Valley Of The Gods Utah

Stay tuned as I will be posting images and more info on this trip as soon as I can!

Kofa Mountains SunsetKofa Mountains Sunset, AZ

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British Columbia Photography Destinations

British Columbia Photography Destinations

Postponed due to wild fires and wide spread smoke

Mount Robson British Columbia #45587 British Columbia Photography DestinationsMount Robson #45587

Beginning on July 14 I will be on location in British Columbia photographing a number of outstanding areas of scenic splendor.

I’ve been traveling and photographing in this beautiful province for nearly 15 years and I never get tired of the scenery. On nearly every trip I try and visit somewhere new, whether it’s in the Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks or Coast Range. During this trip I will be checking out two new areas that have been on my list for several years, Kakwa Provincial Park in the Rockies and a remote wilderness ice-field in the Coast range near Bella Coola. Below is the list of locations I plan to visit.

If you have any interest or photo requests from any of these areas please contact us. Coleen will be in the office during my absence relaying updates and requests to me.

 

The image of Mount Robson in this post is available as a Fine Art Print and for commercial licensing. Click on the  image and then ADD TO CART to purchase.

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2013 Photo Highlights

2013 Photo Highlights

It’s time once again for all of us to look back on the past year and review our accomplishments and mistakes, in hopes that we will learn from them and experience personal growth in the coming year. Like most of you my family and I had our ups and downs, but on the whole 2013 was a better year than many in the recent past, and we’re looking forward to a year of fresh open horizons. The ten images below represent some of the best and most memorable experiences I had behind the camera while on the road and trail in 2013. Many of you that follow me here and on Social Media will recognize some of them, but there are a few that have not been posted anywhere before.

I would appreciate it if you could vote for your favorites in the comment box and share this post with your friends. Thanks to all my friends colleagues and loyal clients for making 2013 a successful year. Happy New Year with the best of health and prosperity for you and your families in 2013!

North Cascades Evening Haze And Coast Mountains #53273

This image was made during a three day outing into the Mount Baker Wilderness in the North Cascades. As the sun dipped below the horizon the hazy moisture in the valleys accentuated the layered effect of the overlapping ridges.

Dawn over Theodore Rossevelt National Park, North Dakota 2013 Photo HighlightsClearing Storm Over Badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Dakota #52476

This image was made on a summer morning in June after a thunder storm had passed over. It may have been the best display of dramatic light I’ve come across in over 25 years of photographing landscapes. I wasn’t even aware of the lightening strike, visible on the left until I was back in the office processing files from the trip.

Skagit Valley Tulip Fields 2013 Photo Highlights

Skagit Valley Tulip Fields Washington #50876

Back in April I made several trips to one of the Northwest’s iconic spring locations, the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields. Most of the days were either dreary with clouds and rain or breezy and clear, not the best conditions for photographing this subject. However on one morning the weather service predicted widespread fog, this was my cue to make a fast drive down from Bellingham to get there in time for sunrise. As I arrived the fog was rapidly thinning and it seemed it would all be for naught, but fortunately a perfectly thin layer held and provided a wonderful diffusion. This is one of several photos I managed to make before it all burned off.

Wildflowers Grand Teton National Park Wyoming 2013 Photo HighlightsWildflowers at Sunrise, Grand Teton National Park #52086

Another instance where I experienced some phenomenal light was on this morning in Grand Teton National Park. Awaking very early to get to this particular location I could see in the pre-dawn glow that it was going to be an exceptional sunrise. The challenge for photographing this dramatic scene was somehow dealing with the constant breeze that kept the flowers moving. I don’t care to use many of the currently popular focus and exposure blending techniques or the resultant noise from pushing the iso higher, so I opted instead to make many exposures and patiently wait for a split second of calm.

Upper Waterfowl Lake, Banff National ParkWaterfowl Lake, Banff National Park Alberta Canada #53424

In late September I traveled back to one of my favorite mountain ranges, the Canadian Rockies. With plans to backpack into several locations over three weeks I was looking forward to coming back with lots exceptional fall images. However the weather had different plans in mind for me, pinning me down in the low country where the color had yet to change. As someone accustomed to adapting I did manage to take advantage of the conditions to make some photos with a more gritty look.

Palouse Wheatfields 2013 Photo Highlights

Green Fields of Wheat in the Palouse of Eastern Washington #51646

Another iconic Washington location is the Palouse wheat growing region. Every year photographers from around the world flock to this area to test their skills, on their own or in workshops, on the gently rolling hills of young verdant wheat. Crisscrossed by a maze of backroads the Palouse has a seemingly infinite array of subject matter to offer for both the beginner and seasoned pro. In 2014 I hope to be able to find time to return in late July for the harvest of the “amber waves of grain”.

Bighorn Canyon National Monument Montana 2013 Photo HighlightsSunset over Bighorn Canyon Montana #52263

Bighorn Canyon National Monument in Southeast Montana is one of those little known quiet spots. Off the beaten track it isn’t a convenient stopover on the way to big parks like Yellowstone or Grand Teton, and the view of from Devils Canyon Overlook, picture above, is the main attraction. However there are many historic ranches and Native American sites to fill in you visit to this special place.

White Dome Geyser, Yellowstone National Park 2013 Photo HighlightsWhite Dome Geyser, Yellowstone National Park #51995

One can hardly travel through Wyoming without a visit to Yellowstone National Park. I planned to try and make some new images of the geothermal features that fascinate me to no end. After positioning myself at the Great Fountain Geyser it became apparent that the setting sun would break through the clouds and provide some nice light. However even though the geyser was scheduled to erupt nothing was happening, so I took the opportunity to run over to nearby White Dome Geyser where the evening light was glowing nicely on the travertine formation.

Skyline Divide, Mount Baker Wilderness Washington 2013 Photo HighlightsSummer Storm over Mount Shuksan, North Cascades Washington #53212

Another iconic mountain of the Northwest is Mount Shuksan, often said to be the most photographed mountain in the country. I made this image during a three day backpack into the Mount Baker Wilderness of the North Cascades, with my main goal being to photograph the abundant wildflowers along the ridge. After setting up camp it looked like some storm clouds where moving north into the mountains of Canada, too far away to be of any use from my location. Later after scouting the ridge for good groups of flowers I was astonished and thrilled to see that the storm had slipped south. The clouds had positioned themselves perfectly behind Mount Shuksan and began to glow in the setting sun. A truly magical moment that I am rarely treated to.

Birkenhead River in winter British Columbia 2013 Photo HighlightsBirkenhead River in Winter, Coast Range British Columbia #50514

Back in January the first outing of 2013 took me to the Coast Mountains of British Columbia for a backcountry ski tour to the Wendy Thompson Hut in Marriott Basin. On the drive back I came across this scene along the Birkenhead River. This section of river was in constant winter shade from the nearby mountains, nights of clear cold weather had caused frost to grow on the trees and ice shelves along the river creating this delicate winter scene.

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New North Cascades Images

New North Cascades Images: In my last post I spoke of how I was looking forward to going back to my photographic roots in the Northwest by spending some prime time along the North Cascades Highway. Now that I’m back and all the new images have been edited I can safely say that it was time well spent! It was wonderful to return to several spots in the Washington and Rainy Pass areas that I haven’t seen for almost twenty years, places that made me giddy with excitement and wonder in my not too distant youth.

One of these places was Wing and Lewis Lakes beneath the imposing faces of Corteo and Black Peaks. I’ve been up to nearby Maple Pass many times in the past and even made one short summer trip to Wing Lake, but I always wanted to come back in the fall and see the display of golden larches ringing the lake. Like many destinations it got put on the back burner in favor of more exotic locations that tempted me. Hiking up all the way to Wing Lake on a rough route is a bit of a grunt over massive bolder fields and a final steep ascent on a moraine, but the beauty and solitude is definitely worth it.

Sunset over Kangaroo Ridge, North Cascades Washington #50257 New North Cascades Images

Kangaroo Ridge, Washington Pass Meadows  50257

Alpenglow over Wing Lake, North Cascades Washington #50003 New North Cascades Images

Wing Lake North Cascades Washington #50003

Subalpine Larch (Larix lyallii) Wing Lake North Cascades #50037 New North Cascades Images

Subalpine Larch at Wing Lake #50037

Another spot that I’ve neglected for too long was the Washington Pass area with it’s small subalpine meadows and classic views of one of the North Cascades icons, Liberty bell Mountain. Over the years I’ve passed by this area many times on the way to other destinations in the N. Cascades, saying to myself that someday I need to spend time here and make some good photos when the light is right. To be fair I have done this a few times but never really came back with the images I wanted. On this trip not only did I get the photos but I also saw a bull moose, only my second moose sighting in the Cascades!

Sunset over Kangaroo Ridge, North Cascades Washington #50244 New North Cascades Images

Washington Pass Meadows 50244

Finally I returned to a place that had me aroused my curiosity every time I drove by. This is the short climbers trail up to Kangaroo Pass. Starting at the hairpin turn beneath the east side of Washington Pass this sweet little area rarely sees a visitor, and if it not were for the sound of traffic on the road you’d swear you traveled back in time before the highway was built when not many even heard of the North Cascades. It’s less than 2 miles and 2000″ elevation gain to the pass and the last ascent over the headwall is viciously steep, along the way you’ll view a new perspective of Liberty Bell and Early Winters Spires, small quite meadows, and a dry lake (in fall) in a basin just below the pass. Early on you can spot the long forgotten crash site of a small single engine plane, everything but the fuselage seemed to be carried out.

Checking the weather just now it looks like there may be a brief break in the weather, hmm, maybe I can run back up there…

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Early Winters Spires, North Cascades Washington #50282 New North Cascades Images

Early Winters Spires 50282

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New Images Wyoming Oregon Montana Washington

New Images Wyoming Oregon Montana Washington: I’m happy to announce that all the images from my recent Summer Tour of Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, and Washington have been processed edited and are now online. Over the course of the tour I was able to photograph in three national parks and four wilderness areas. Due too the hot dry summer throughout the West at times it was a challenge to photograph some of the prime locations due to persistent smoky haze from wildfires burning in Idaho and California. This was especially true in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, however in Yellowstone National Park the haze actually helped to produce several striking sunsets.Grand Teton Sunset, Wyoming #49377 New Images Wyoming Oregon Montana Washington

Grand Teton National Park 49377

To view a portfolio of highlights from all the locations go to our Portfolio Website. For an expanded in depth look my Stock Website has a gallery of over selected 150 images and there are even more organized into U.S. States Galleries. All of the images are ready for commercial licensing downloading and fine art prints. Here is a list of locations visited on this trip.

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Jefferson Park, Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon
  • Sparks Lake and Green Lakes, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
  • Cirque of the Towers, Bridger Wilderness, Wyoming
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Anaconda-Pintler Region, Montana
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Finding Fall Color in the Northwest

 Finding Fall Color in the Northwest
Western Larch #22000 Finding Fall Color in the Northwest Part OneWestern Larch (Larix occidentalis) #22000  Purchase
Fall Color in the Northwest
Just about everybody knows that the best fall color can be found in New England, or for that matter just about anywhere east of the Mississippi. The Rockies have spectacular displays of aspens, and even the Southwest can put on a good show. Here in the Pacific Northwest most of the color is found on Big Leaf and Vine Maples, but usually not in dense eye-popping displays. The main deciduous tree in Western Washington is the Alder which puts on a depressingly grayish brown color in October, a good compliment to the incessant rain but not very photogenic.What many not familiar with the Northwest know about are the magical displays of yellows golds and orange put on by two kinds of trees and where to find them. I’m referring to the Lyall’s or Subalpine Larch and the Western Larch, two coniferous trees that turn golden and shed their needles every fall. Both are found in very specific areas and with the right lighting they can put just about any Vermont forest to shame. But you’ll have to do your homework and legwork to find the best displays.

 Subalpine Larch North Cascades Washington 50058 Finding Fall Color in the Northwest Part OneSubalpine or Lyall’s Larch (Larix lyallii) #50058   Purchase

Lyall’s Larch is only found in alpine areas, generally above 5500′, in a narrow band from the eastern slopes of the North Cascades to the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. Larches can also be found in the Canadian Rockies with Lake Louise roughly being their northern limits. Generally, though not a rule, they’re found in greater numbers on northeastern slopes. Aside from a few spots in the Canadian Rockies you’ll have to do some hiking to get to them. Some of the best spots like the Enchantments in Washington State demand a strenuous multi-day trek gaining over 5000′ feet of elevation along the way. Hiking and photographing during the peak larch season on a calm sunny day is an experience you won’t soon forget. The sky at this altitude can be an intense blue contrasting against the vibrant gold of the trees. Tolkien fans will easily associate this experience with Lord Of The Rings chapter on Lothlorien.
Fall Color in the Northwest
Monica Meadows Purcell Mountains #25835 Finding Fall Color in the Northwest Part One
Purcell Mountains British Columbia #25835   Purchase
Fall Color in the Northwest
Aside from finding and hiking to the desired location you’ll have to keep a close eye on the timing and weather. The Lyall’s Larch generally start turning color in the last week of September. Their color peaks the first week of October and then gone by middle of the month. The peak of the season can last anywhere from two days to a week, depending on the weather. The needles of this tree are very soft and delicate and once they start turning color they can easily fall off in a wind rain or snowstorm, the later of course being a common occurrence at that altitude.
Fall Color in the Northwest
Subalpine Larch (Larix lyallii) #49966 Finding Fall Color in the Northwest Part One
Subalpine or Lyall’s Larch (Larix lyallii) North Cascades #49966    Purchase
Finding Fall Color in the Northwest Part 1the Northwest
The best photo opportunities for Lyall’s Larch are in groves scattered among rocky slopes and colorful alpine lakes. Probably the best scenario would be to stay in a prime location for several days. Possibly near some lakes with clear sunny weather, followed by a light dusting of snow. This happened to me last year when visiting the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. After six days I came away with a wide variety of alpine landscape images. I was a bit nervous on the last day since it was snowing heavily overnight. I wasn’t sure if my vehicle at the trailhead would be snowed in ! It turned out to be a close call, several more inches could have prevented my escape. To see more images of both species of larches click here to view images from my online archives.

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