Top Eleven Photos 2014

Top Eleven Photos 2014

Once again it is time 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. 2014 was an exceptional year in which I was fortunate enough to visit some of my favorite truly outstanding locations. The top eleven images (yes other blokes best of lists may go to ten but mine goes one more, up to eleven)  below represent some of the best and most memorable experiences I had behind the camera while on the road and trail in 2014. 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 2014 a successful year. Happy New Year with the best of health and prosperity for you and your families in 2015!

Mount Baker and Baker LakeMount Baker from Baker Lake #53563 

First in line is this late winter photo of Mount Baker, made on a short overnight backpacking trip along the shore of Baker Lake. One of those wonderful sunrise events where the light gets better every second.

Methow Valley wildflowers, North Cascades Washington

Methow Valley #53744

On a trip to the Methow Valley to discover new locations for Spring wildflowers I came across this beautiful hillside field where I spent several days hunting down compositions in a variety of lighting conditions.

Second Beach, Olympic National Park 2014 Photo HighlightsOlympic National Park #53979

One of the most scenic beaches on the Washington Coast. This photo was made on the summer solstice, behind me the beach was lined with dozens of tents from campers here to enjoy the event.

Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park 2014 Photo HighlightsSol Duc Falls #53867

I visit to Olympic National Park wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the fantastic forests and streams. The short easy hike to Sol Duc Falls is one of the most popular attractions in the northern part of the park.

North Cascades National Park 2014 Photo HighlightsNorth Cascades #54196

The first of several high season backpacking trips into the Rugged North Cascades yielded this awesome sunrise view from Hidden Lake Peak.

Ruth Mountain North Cascades

Ruth Mountain Mount Baker Wilderness #54363

A week or so later further north in the Mount Baker Wilderness comes this view of Ruth Mountain made from wildflower meadows on Hannegan Peak. After spending a few days photographing on the summit I moved lower down to these meadows, where the warm evening alpenglow cast a nice soft light across the scene.

Mount Robson sunrise, Canadian Rockies

Mount Robson #54618

For me the pinnacle of the year came on this morning view of Mount Robson, King of the Canadian Rockies. This was my third trip to Mount Robson Provincial Park and I was hoping to come back with a great shot of the mountain. The first three of the five days I spent there offered only clear blank blue skies, nice for hiking and camping but somewhat dull for photography. On the fourth morning the first clouds of a storm system arrived just at sunrise, casting an exceptional glow everywhere for about twenty minutes. That brief period was my reward, in the afternoon it began to rain and didn’t stop until I reached my truck 15 miles and a day later.

Berg Lake, Mount Robson Provincial Park

Berg Lake #54660

Another image from Mount Robson Provincial Park offers textbook examples of glaciation. The silty delta of the glacially fed Robson River on the left, the glacial flour suspended in the lake giving it it’s turquoise color, and the Berg Glacier with its lateral moraines tumbling into the lake.

The Ramparts Jasper National Park

Tonquin Valley #54753

Another fantastic location in the Canadian Rockies, the Tonquin Valley of Jasper National Park. Although the light wasn’t of the colorful dramatic type I had hoped for, the steel grey sky and cliffs of the Ramparts accentuated the copper colors of the autumn grasses, creating a foreboding feel to the scene.

Floe Lake Kootenay National Park

Floe Lake #54933

Further south in Kootenay National Park is Floe Lake, set at the base of the awesome limestone cliffs of the Rockwall, a stunning scene at dawn when the water is mirror still. This visit coincided with the needles of the Larch trees turning golden in late September

Kananaskis Lake, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Kananaskis Lake #55057

Lastly in this years highlights is a view Mount Sarrail reflected in the still waters of Kananaskis Lake. At the end of a trip punctuated by unseasonably warm fall weather an Arctic front moved in to deposit several inches of snow on the Canadian Rockies, giving this September scene a wintry look.

While the above photos comprise my favorites of 2014 there are many more in my library that I wanted to include. Please feel free to browse the galleries and portfolios on this website to see more, and don’t forget that all of my photos are available as fine art prints and for commercial licensing. Thanks for looking and I truly hope you have a happy and prosperous 2015!


Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National Park

Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Glacier National Park Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National ParkLake McDonald, Glacier National Park  #22779
For most people Glacier National Park in Montana is a fabulous destination for hiking, photography, and family vacations.  But as summer ends and the crowds disappear the park gets ready to put on another show. Autumn here is a season that is not to be missed. The colors are just as good as many other popular destinations like the Colorado Rockies and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. And as a bonus there are two separate displays of color a couple weeks apart. The first comes in late September or early October and the second display arrives in mid to late October.

Going to the Sun Road Glacier National Park Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National ParkGoing to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park  #20722

The first color show is the aspens turning gold in the lower elevations and the plants of the meadows changing at higher elevations. Some of the most spectacular displays of golden aspens is found along the Eastern slopes of the park, and extend into the prairies. From Many Glacier all the way up to and including Waterton National Park in Alberta there are countless groves of aspens. The two best spots are between Many Glacier and St. Mary.  Then further north along the Chief Mountain Highway towards Babb. Be forewarned though, all these locations are subject to very high winds. Aspen leaves are often stripped from the trees before they can even turn color. A couple of years ago I arrived in early October at what I thought would be peak color, however trees were still in summer green. A few days later snow storms settled in to blanket the entire park in an early winter, never giving the trees to put on a show. It’s always best to contact the visitors center for current conditions before heading out.

Aspens along Saint Mary Lake Glacier National Park Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National ParkAspens along Saint Mary Lake, Glacier National Park  #21052

The second show of color comes on the western half of the park from the stands of Western Larch (Larix occidentalis). Not to be confused with the Alpine or Lyall’s Larch (Larix lyallii), which are found at higher elevations. These are conifers that shed their needles every fall after they turn a brilliant golden color. Photographing Larches is a bit easier than the aspens. Their color change is more predictable and the color lasts longer too. In Glacier Park the best places to find dense stands of these trees is along the southern border of the park along Highway 2 west of Marias Pass. Other good locations are along the North Fork of the Flathead River on the western border of the park. Camas Road is also worth checking out. At the same time the Larches are at their peak the Cottonwoods are also turning color. One of the best places for these deciduous trees is along the shores of Lake McDonald. Beautiful photos can also be made during this time along McDonald creek where the leaves sprinkle the colorfully eroded rocks along the waters edge.

Larch Forest Glacier National Park Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National ParkWestern Larch (Larix occidentalis)  #22000

McDonald Creek Valley Glacier National Park Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National ParkMcDonald Creek Valley, Glacier National Park  #20346
Another bonus to visiting this time of year is that the Going to the Sun Road may be closed. The absence of cars allows you to leisurely walk along the road. You can photograph scenes that were not possible when the road is open. If you’re lucky there will be some fresh snow higher up on the mountains.  This will add a dramatic element to the fall color. If all this isn’t enough to keep you busy don’t forget this is also prime time to photograph Elk during the annual rut. They make a great evening serenade while your reviewing your days work in an empty campground.
Maple Leaf Glacier National Park Photographing Fall Color in Glacier National ParkLeaf on rocks Glacier National Park  #20150