New Images Autumn North Cascades

New Images Autumn North Cascades

Liberty Bell Mountain North Cascades #64469 New Images Autumn North CascadesLiberty Bell Mountains, North Cascades  #64469  Purchase

My final group of images from 2018 is now online and ready for viewing. As with the past several new releases I have added a selection of highlights to the New Images Gallery. You can see even more by visiting the Washington Gallery or searching by keyword/location.

This past year I have been very fortunate to have been able to visit some exciting new locations in the Midwest and Appalachian Mountains. However, it somehow seems fitting that the year is finishing up with a successful fall trip on my home turf. Washington Pass and Rainy Pass along North Cascades Highway are two of the most scenic sections of the state. This area holds many fond memories for me, so I’ll jump at any chance I can get to photograph there. On this most recent visit in early October I was lucky to have both fresh snowfall and sub-alpine larches at their peak color.

Liberty Bell Mountain North Cascades #64568 New Images Autumn North CascadesLiberty Bell Mountain from Washington Pass Overlook  #64568  Purchase

The other location included in this set is even closer to home, Heather Meadows Recreation Area. Just an hour up the road, I’ve been their many dozens of times, for photography, skiing, and hiking. This area of easy access can be very crowded in every season. So on this occasion I hiked the Ptarmigan Ridge trail on a quiet Monday in spectacular fall weather. The next morning I photographed near the ski area just as a few clouds drifted in to herald a change of weather.

Alpine Larches North Cascades #64608  New Images Autumn North CascadesSub-alpine Larches North Cascades  #64608  Purchase

Cutthroat Pass Larches, North Cascades #64521 New Images Autumn North CascadesBlack Peak and sub-alpine larches, North Cascades  #64521  Purchase

Table Mountain North Cascades Washington #64649 New Images Autumn North CascadesHeather Meadows Recreation Area #64649  Purchase

Heather Meadows in autumn North Cascades #64642 New Images Autumn North CascadesTable Mountain, Heather Meadows Recreation Area  #64642  Purchase

 

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New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota Wyoming

Mackinac Bridge Michigan #63748 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingMackinac Bridge Michigan #63748  Purchase

I’m excited to announce that the final installment of new images from my epic summer photo tour is ready for viewing. This group of images includes all new locations from the Upper Midwest, South Dakota, Wyoming, and a bit of Montana. Note that the New Images Gallery contains a sampling of selected highlights, however you can view the entire collection listed under each state, in left sidebar menu of the U.S. States collection. Below is a complete list of locations represented. You can view and purchase prints or licensing of these photos by visiting the New Images Gallery.

Michigan: Big Sable Lighthouse, Mackinac Bridge, Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, Au Sable Point Lighthouse, Picture Rocks National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains
Minnesota: Goosebury Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, Grand Marais, Superior National Forest, Touch The Sky Prairie
South Dakota:  Badlands National Park
Wyoming: Devils Tower national Monument
Montana: Clark Fork River

Coming soon, more new images! Next in line, fall photos from the North Cascades, including Washington Pass, Cutthroat Pass, Maple Pass, and Heather Meadows.

Elliot Falls Pictured Rocks Michigan #63946 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingElliot Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan #63946  Purchase

Lake Superior twilight Whitefish Point, Michigan #63803 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingLake Superior Michigan  #63803  Purchase

Superior National Forest Minnesota #64156 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingSuperior National Forest Minnesota  #64156  Purchase

Split Rock Lighthouse Minnesota #64034 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingSplit Rock Lighthouse Minnesota #64034  Purchase 

Badlands National Park South Dakota #64277 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingBadlands National Park South Dakota  #64277  Purchase

Devils Tower Wyoming #64398 New Images Michigan Minnesota South Dakota WyomingDevils Tower National Monument Wyoming  #64398  Purchase

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2019 Desktop Nature Calendar

2019 Desktop Nature Calendar

I’m happy to announce that the all new 2019 Desktop Calendars are now ready and available for purchase. As always you have a choice of color or black and white calendars. Both calendars feature images made during this past year, including many new locations from my recent trip to the Midwest and Appalachian Mountains.

These calendars are perfect for offices and other small areas and make great gifts for friends and clients. Call us about customizing them with your company name and or logo and special pricing for quantities.

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2019 Desktop Nature Calendar

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New Images Illinois Ohio West Virginia Pennsylvania

New Images Illinois Ohio West Virginia Pennsylvania

Lindy Point Overlook West Virginia New Images Illinois Ohio West Virginia PennsylvaniaSunset at Lindy Point West Virginia  #63422  Purchase

Following up on my previous post I’m happy to announce that another installment of new images is ready for viewing. This second group of images from my recent seven week photo tour includes all new locations from the Midwest, along with a section of the Appalachian Mountains. Note that the New Images Gallery contains a sampling of selected highlights, however you can view the entire collection listed under each state, in left sidebar menu of the U.S. States collection. Below is a complete list of locations represented. You can view and purchase prints or licensing of these photos by visiting the New Images Gallery.

Illinois: Starved Rock State Park; Matthiessen State Park; Heron Pond Cache River State Natural Area; Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods
Ohio: Hocking Hills area and State Park
West Virginia  Blackwater Falls State Park, waterfalls and Lindy Point Overlook
Pennsylvania: Laurel Highlands; Ohiopyle State Park; Youghiogheny River; Covered Bridges

Hocking Hills State Park Ohio New Images Illinois Ohio West Virginia PennsylvaniaUpper Falls, Old man’s Cave Hocking Hills, Ohio  #63229  Purchase

Coming Up Next

Currently I’m working on editing and processing the last segment from the trip. I should have them uploaded and ready for viewing and purchasing in a week or two. This final group will include Michigan, both lower and upper Peninsulas, and Minnesota’s Lake Superior North Shore, along with a small segment of the Minnesota prairie. Also, last but certainly not least, I’ll have some photos from a very successful stay in Badlands National Park South Dakota, and Devil’s Tower Wyoming.

Finally, after all of the photo have been uploaded I’ll be revisiting the entire trip in a series of blog posts. In each post I’ll share some of my experiences, and also talk about the unique aspects of each location.

Lower Humbert Covered Bridge PennsylvaniaLower Humbert Bridge, Laurel Highlands Pennsylvania #63507  Purchase

Matthiessen State Park IllinoisMatthiesson State Park Illinois   #63088  Purchase

 

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New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai Falls

New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai Falls

Howser Towers Vowell Glacier, Bugaboos New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai FallsBugaboo Provincial Park British Columbia  #62907   Purchase

I’m happy to announce that my extensive summer photography tour has successfully wrapped up. After seven weeks and over 8700 miles driven, with numerous trails hiked, I’ve returned with plenty of new photographs. Most of these new photos are from locations I’ve never photographed in, such as Michigan, West Virginia, Southern Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Scroll down this post to see the complete list of locations and subject matter from this trip.

Mount Sir Donald Selkirk Mountains New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai FallsMount Sir Donald, Glacier National Park British Columbia  #62836  Purchase

The editing and processing of all these photos will take some time, however I have a small selection of highlights ready from the first part of the trip. This first section includes the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia’s Glacier National Park, Bugaboo Provincial Park, and Kootenai Falls Montana. You can view and purchase prints or licensing of these photos by visiting the top of the New Images Gallery.

This summer again had wildfire smoke filling skies throughout the western states and Canada. However, at the start of my trip I was fortunate enough to experience a brief window relatively free of smoke. Although the smoke returned at Kootenai Falls it provided a warm tone which enhanced to mood of the photos.

Kootenai Falls Montana New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai FallsKootenai Falls Montana  #63070  Purchase

List of Locations:

British Columbia Canada: Glacier National Park; Bugaboo Provincial Park; Backpacking, Heli-Hiking
Montana: Kootenai Falls; Clark Fork River
Illinois: Starved Rock State Park; Matthiessen State Park; Heron Pond Cache River State Natural Area; Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods
Ohio: Hocking Hills area and State Park
West Virgina: Blackwater Falls State Park, waterfalls and Lindy Point Overlook
Pennsylvania: Laurel Highlands; Ohiopyle State Park; Youghiogheny River; Covered Bridges; Fort Necessity National Battlefield, 18th century re-enactments
Michigan Lower Peninsula: Big Sable Point Lighthouse;  Colonial Michilimackinac,  18th century re-enactments
Michigan Upper Peninsula: Mackinac Bridge; Whitefish Point Lighthouse; Tahquemanen Falls; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore; Au Sable Light Station; Porcupine Mountains Wilderness, Lake of the Clouds
Minnesota: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, waterfalls and lighthouse; Tettegouche State Park waterfalls; Grand Marais Light Station; Devil’s Kettle Falls; Grand Portage, High Falls Pigeon River; Boreal Forest; Touch the Sky Prairie
South Dakota:Badlands National Park
Wyoming: Devils Tower National Monument

Purcell Mountains meadow New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai FallsPurcell Mountains meadow  #62882  Purchase

New Images Selkirk Mountains Bugaboos Kootenai Falls

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Summer Fall Photography Tour

Two lane highway on the Columbia Plateau, Oregon Summer Fall Photography TourTwo Lane Country Road, Oregon  #59814

I’m very excited to announce my latest photo schedule. Beginning this week I will be leaving on a Summer / Fall Photography Tour which includes a wide variety of cool locations. While the length of the trip and the specific locations are subject to change, it’s safe to say this one will be big.

Possibly extending into the fall season the trip will begin in the Bugaboo Range of the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Then I will be moving on to the Midwest and the Appalachian areas of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Looping back west will take me through Michigan’s Upper Penninsula and the North Shore of Lake Superior. If time allows on the return home I may also fit in photographing the Wind River Range of Wyoming and a few selected sites in Montana.

Listed below are some of the locations and subject matter I hope to work with. However, with a trip this big it is difficult to say how factors such as weather and time constraints will affect the list. Of course I am always open to suggestions for locations and subject matter you have interest in seeing. Feel free to contact me through email, texts or FB Messenger.

General Locations:
Purcell Mountains British Columbia: Bugaboos, Jumbo Pass
Ohio: Hocking Hills Region
West Virginia: Appalachian Mountains, Babcock and Blackwater State Parks
Pennsylvania: Laurel Highlands Region
Michigan: Lake Michigan Lighthouses, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Minnesota: North Shore Lake Superior
Wind River Range Wyoming
Subject Matter:
Mountain views
Farms/Agriculture
Lighthouses
Waterfalls
Historic Sites
Country Roads and Byways

Make sure you also check my Facebook and Instagram pages to see new image updates as this trip progresses.

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Whatcom Peak North Cascades National Park

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National ParkWhatcom Peak North Cascades National Park  #61501  Purchase

Here are a few more images from last year’s trip to Whatcom Pass in North Cascades National Park. After going through my files recently I noticed that these images were still in the “sketching” phase of processing. Sometimes looking back at images over time sheds new light on interpreting the feel of subject matters.

To read more about this special place read my earlier post on Whatcom Pass and Tapto Lakes. Now I’m off for several day photographing back at Washington Pass along North Cascades Highway.

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National ParkWhatcom Peak North Cascades National Park  #61502  Purchase

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National ParkWhatcom Peak North Cascades National Park  #61515  Purchase

 

 

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Lady Washington

Lady Washington at sail in Semiahmoo Bay, Washington.Lady Washington Semiahmoo Bay  #62496  Purchase

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take an evening cruise on an authentic tall ship. The Lady Washington and her companion, the Hawaiian Chieftain, were spending the weekend in Blaine Harbor. Both of these ships are owned by the Grays Harbor Historical Society, in Aberdeen Washington. Throughout most of the year they cruise to ports in Washington and Oregon, and down to California in the fall. When both are in a port at the same time they offer an afternoon mock battle cruise and then an evening sunset cruise.

The Lady Washington is a replica of the original eighteenth century ship. She was the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America. Her smaller companion, the Hawaiian Chieftain, was built in 1988 for cargo trade in the Hawaiian Islands. Fans of the Pirates of the Carribean movies may recognize the Lady Washington as the ship featured in The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Lady Washington and Mount Baker, Semiahmoo Bay, Washington.Lady Washington and Mount Baker  #62509  Purchase

Sailing in Semiahmmo Bay

I’m a great fan of historical sailing ships. During my youth one of my hobbies was building scale models of various eighteenth and nineteenth century ships. Back then I could rattle off the names and function of all the sails and rigging. So I took advantage of their visit to Blaine Harbor and bought a ticket for the evening sunset cruise. Of course my other motivation was to make some photos of the ships at sail in the evening light.

Most folks on the evening cruise that day chose to sail on the Lady Washington. That was also my first choice since it is the bigger and more dramatic looking of the two. However, since I was out to make some photos, I chose the Hawaiian Chieftain. That way I could photograph the Lady Washington at sail. My choice in vessels was perfect, as we set out to sail the Lady Washington was out in front with a beautiful golden sky as a backdrop. Even the crew took time to grab their cameras!

Lady Washington at sail in Semiahmoo Bay, Washington.Lady Washington at sail in Semiahmoo Bay  #62537  Purchase

The cruise went on for about three hours out in Semiahmoo Bay, and I was able to make many photos in the changing light. Some of the most notable were of the Lady Washington with Mount Baker as a backdrop. However, the only disappointment was the lack of wind. There was only an occasional slight breeze to fill the sails and push us on at 1.5 knots per hour.

If you would like to know more about the ships and their schedule please check out the Grays Harbor Historical Society website. I hope you enjoy these photos, I’ll definitely be adding more the next time these ships are in port!

Hawaiian Chieftain masts rigging and sails.Hawaiian Chieftain Sails and Rigging  #62582   Purchase

Hawaiian Chieftain Square Topsail KetchSailing on the Hawaiian Chieftain   #62515  Purchase

Lady Washington at sail Semiahmoo Bay, Washington.Lady Washington at sail in Semiahmoo Bay  #62523  Purchase

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Fort Casey State Park

Fort Casey State ParkFort Casey State Park  #62178b  Purchase

Back in late April I made a brief visit to Fort Casey State Park located on Whidbey Island. Years ago, when we lived on South Whidbey I would make regular trips to this scenic and historic park. Later we would bring relatives there when visiting from back east. But although I’ve always wanted to spend some time photographing the park it never seemed to fit into the schedule. That is until this April, when I planned an Olympic Park coast trip. Coming down from Bellingham I stopped for the day at Fort Casey before taking the Keystone Port Townsend Ferry, adjacent to the park, the next morning.

Fort Casey State Park is an attractive destination for several reasons. First, it sites on the west side of Whidbey Island with a commanding view of the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and Admiralty Inlet. One could spend a day sitting on the bluff just watching ships sail by. With the right timing you can even witness an aircraft carrier from the Home Port in Everett sail by. With exceptional luck and a good set of binoculars it’s possible to even see a Trident submarine.

Fort Casey State Park disappearing gunFort Casey State Park Battery Worth 10″ Disappearing Gun  #62165   Purchase

Fort Casey State Park, part of the Triangle of Fire

Aside from the views and ships the next biggest attraction of the park is the fort itself. Fort Casey if one of the three coastal forts forming the “Triangle of Fire”. Built around 1890 the forts guarded against invaders attempting to make their way into Puget Sound. At the time the forts were armed with a variety of artillery including state of the art 10 inch guns mounted on disappearing carriages. However, these guns became obsolete in less than twenty years. Most were sold for scrap or placed in forts in the Philippines, but two were eventually brought back years later as historic display pieces.

Fort Casey State Park, WashingtonFort Casey State Park Batteries and Bunkers  #62170   Purchase

Fort Casey State Park, battery bunkers.Fort Casey State Park Bunkers  #62105   Purchase

A visit to Fort Casey wouldn’t be complete without checking out the guns and the concrete bunkers of the batteries. These bunkers are a hands down favorite for families and their children. On a busy summer weekend kids will be running in and out of the bunkers, having a blast playing hide and seek.  If all of the above isn’t enough, there is also Admiralty Head Lighthouse to explore. Plus long stretches of driftwood strewn cobblestone beaches, camping and picnic areas.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Washington Fort Casey State ParkAdmiralty Head Lighthouse  #62218   Purchase

The kid in me loves all of this, but on this trip I also wanted to enjoy making long overdue photos. Fortunately on this visit the weather was beautiful and I had some nice evening light to work with. The park can offer a pleasant afternoon of fun, but I recommend staying a night or two. That way you can enjoy the sunset, and maybe take the Ferry over to Port Townsend the next day. Don’t forget your State Parks Discovery Pass, and to make reservations in advance for camping or for driving on the Ferry. Have fun!

Fort Casey Officers residence, Whidbey Island Washington Camp CaseyOfficers Residence Fort Casey  #62141  Purchase

10 inch gun, Fort Casey State ParkFort Casey State Park Battery Worth 10″ Disappearing Gun  #62087   Purchase

Forty Casey State Park WashingtonFort Casey State Park Battery Turman  #62083  Purchase

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Skagit Valley Daffodil Photography

Skagit Valley Daffodil Photography, WashingtonSkagit Valley Daffodils #61987b  Purchase

One of my spring rituals is to make a trip down to the Skagit Valley to photograph the Daffodil and tulip fields. After months of grey rainy weather it’s always a treat to see such bursts of color. From the end of March though the first week or so of April daffodils are the star attraction. Depending on the weather, tulips begin to bloom around the second week of April. Of course the fields also make great subjects for photography. Since the fields change location every year it’s worth scouting out in advance where the best compositions may be.

Skagit Valley Daffodil Photography, WashingtonSkagit Valley Daffodils #61960b  Purchase

Photographing daffodils can be more difficult than photographing tulips. Mostly this is due to the fact that daffodils bloom earlier in the season. In late March the weather is still winter-like with rain and cold winds. Daffodil blossoms stand higher and on thinner stalks than tulips, so they move easily in the slightest of breezes. Meaning if you’re lucky enough to have good light you may be hampered by windy conditions.

If there is a breeze present you may need to resort to techniques such as focus stacking to achieve the necessary depth of field while using a faster shutter speed. Photographing in lower light conditions will only compound these issues. Of course it should go without saying that a good tripod is a necessity here. Another very helpful item I’m never without is a remote to trip the shutter while the mirror is locked up.

Photographers know that it pays to get up before dawn in order to take advantage of blue hour and sunrise light. Here in the Skagit Valley, another good reason to arrive early is to beat the crowds. On a sunny weekend the roads will be gridlocked like Seattle on a Friday afternoon. At the height of the bloom it may seem like everyone on the entire West Coast is here to get a photo of their loved ones in the tulip fields! So go early, and preferably on a weekday.

Other Skagit Valley Daffodil Photography Subjects

Aside from photographing Skagit Valley daffodil fields and tulips, the lower Skagit Valley also boasts some other worthwhile attractions. Foremost among these are the snow geese and trumpeter swans. Every winter through early spring these beautiful white birds come to the fields to rest and feed before resuming their long journey north. They move among the fields every day, so it can be a challenge to photograph them in the best location. If you plan on photographing these birds please refrain from alarming them. While it’s a magnificent sight to see an entire flock in flight, it also cause undo stress on them.

Snow Geese Skagit Valley WashingtonSkagit Valley Snow Geese #59742  Purchase

Finally, visit to the Skagit Valley wouldn’t be complete without stopping by LaConner, a self-described artist enclave and boater’s paradise. Aside from browsing the quaint shops and having a bite to eat, photographers can come away with some great travel photos from this picturesque town. Hint, photograph the red bridge and sailboats in evening light!

Skagit Valley Daffodil Photography, WashingtonSkagit Valley Daffodils #61982b  Purchase

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