Photo Of The Day – Mobula Rays In Formation

Title: Mobula Rays In Formation Location: Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’50” N 110°24’12” W) Description: Swimming with mobula rays in the Gulf Of California is an unforgettable experience. The majesty and grace these huge fish demonstrate in their natural environment is humbling and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn

Title: California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn Location:  Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’53” N 110°23’60” W) Description: California sea lions sit on shore, resting, before the sun hits the horizon. Sometimes called the Belt of Venus, the colorful phenomena Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset Location: Gulf Of Mexico, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (23°7’1″ N 109°25’15” W) Description: The golden light from a setting sun captures the spray thrown off by a breaching humpback whale off the coast of Baja California Sur in the Gulf Of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

 Title: Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°48’52” N  134°56’43” W) Description: Along the inside waters of Southeast Alaska each summer there congregates large numbers of humpback whales looking to fatten up before heading south in the winter for breeding and calving groups Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Calm Wild Cats

 Title: Calm Wild Cats Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A cheetah mother and her growing cubs rest out of the sun in the heat of the African Savannah. Smarter than the humans surrounding them, these cats know to nap during the day when the temperatures rise Continue Reading →

My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013

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I am presenting these images from 2013 in the hopes that you find something you like. That being said, there are some images here only I might like, and I’m good with that. I started taking more “odd” photos in 2013, experimenting with blue and playing with colored tonic water poured over fruit and vegetables. While I love the mountains and travel, there are a lot of subject matter that interest me that will never get the “oooohhh” and “ahhhhh”s that those picture garner. But that’s what photography is for me, endless exploration and experimentation to present a view of what is in front of me.

Some of these images made the cut because they are stand-alone pretty. Some made the cut because they hold memories for me and my family (and I know my wife will be reading this post so I want to help jog her memory of the happy times we have shared). And then some….well, I’ll group these images by style to make it easier. Let’s start with the pretty stuff and then move into family memories (there were too many to show them all) and then the odd stuff you might not know me for.

This post will be gathered in a compilation my friend Jim Goldstein puts together of various photographers’ “Best of 2013” lists. If you would like to join in, check out this link. I’m wondering if this list will be included as Jim suggests (rightly so) narrowing your list to five or ten images. I have 32 in this list. I don’t follow direction well.

How To Use This Slideshow For Best Effect

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Image Descriptions

1. Cho Oyu and Photographers, Nepal

2. Sunset from 39,000′, somewhere over California, USA

3. Machermo Range And Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Nepal

4. Himalayas and stars through a windows, Machermo, Nepal

5. Yak and Kangtega, Nepal

6. Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

7. Mt. Baker at sunset, Washington, USA

8. Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

9. Photographer and the Moon, near Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

10. Sun through the trees, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

11. Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains from Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

12. Sunset on the Washington Coast, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

13. Temple Of The Mad Man, Bhutan

14. Monks at ceremony, Jakar, Bhutan

15. Blossoms and field, Jakar, Bhutan

16. My daughter and her friend exploring trees, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

17. SMORES!!!! Sequoia National Park, California, USA

18. Looking up, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

19. My wife and daughter at a Papohaku Beach, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

20. My daughter flying a kite, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

21. Sunrise over Maui aboard the UnCruise Adventures Safari Explorer, Hawaii, USA

22. Jessie breaks open coconuts, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

23. A mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of California, USA

24. Military gravestones, Medical Lake, Washington, USA

25. Playing with LEDs, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

26. Rust and waves, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada

27. Moths to a flame (look closely and you’ll see the repeating pattern as the light hit them), Clinton, Washington, USA

28. Spinning dancer, Paro, Bhutan

29. Nature’s ladder, Washington, USA

30. Keeping pace with the falls, Oregon, USA

31. How to make an okay sunset even better (panning blur), Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

32. Sunset on our second to last night on our honeymoon 🙂

Photo Of The Day – Yak And Porter In Front Of Kangtega, Nepal

Title: Yak And Porter In Front Of Kangtega, Nepal Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°52’13” N 86°43’47” E) Description: A porter carries the kitchen kit for a trekking group below a pair of domesticated yaks on the trail to Gokyo in Nepal. Kangtega can be seen in the distance in a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Wild Lions On A Knoll

Title: Wild Lions (Panthera leo) On A Knoll Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Description: A pride of lions ignores the throng of tourist vehicles at the base of their knoll while the female members search the horizon for their next meal. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Orange

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

Title: American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA, North America Description: An American bald eagle perches atop the steeple of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in Sitka, Alaska. For those from the Lower 48 or from other places in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

Title: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA Location: California, USA, North America Description: Just two of the over 200 dolphins who accompanied us on a whale watching cruise out of Newport Beach, California. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/2000 Aperture f/4.5 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Gazing leopard (Panthera pardus), Tanzania

Title: Gazing leopard (Panthera pardus), Tanzania Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A leopard waits out the last of the savanna’s heat just before sunset in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/500 Aperture f/7.1 ISO 100 Focal Length 285mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lioness Surveying The Savanna

Title: Lioness Surveying The Savanna Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A lone lioness, part of a larger pride numbering 17, surveys the savanna for their next meal. The pride this lioness belongs to is unusual as there are two male lions co-existing. Camera Canon 7D Lens Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska Location: Alaska, USA, North America Description: Every summer humpback whales head to the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage to feed. The nutrient rich waters help the animals grow before they head South to breed and calve in the warm waters of Hawaii Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska Location: Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America Description: A breaching humpback whale makes a graceful arch while playing in the waters of Alaska. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 400mm L Shutter Speed 1/4000 Aperture f/2.8 ISO 200 Focal Length 400mm Click HERE to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Hyena On The Run

Title: Hyena On The Run Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Scavengers of the Serengeti, hyenas shy from most visitors to the savannah opting instead for an opportune moment to steal a lunch felled by larger predators. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/6 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Speedy Hippo

Title: Speedy Hippo Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, Africa Description: Hippos are amazingly fast animals, deceptively so. I had heard about this before heading to Africa in 2010, but once I witnessed just how fast they can run, and how mean they can be, I made Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – I Am Cuteness

Title: I Am Cuteness Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print or may be licensed for use Photo Tours To Nepal and Bhutan now scheduling for Fall of 2011.  More Information. Photography Workshops in Seattle, San Francisco, San Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Little Demon

Title: Little Demon Description: This is how yesterday’s Lurking Demon starts out.  All so small and kinda cute.  Notice the spikes on the backs in both photos. Location: Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, Central America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print or Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – American Buffalo

Title: American Buffalo Description: Found roaming Yellowstone National Park and the plains of Montana, the buffalo of the west is not to be mistaken with his relative the African Cape Buffalo, even though they both sit and stare at you. Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Orca Headstand

Title: Orca Headstand Location: San Juan Islands, Washington, USA Description: An Orca whale performs a headstand (not your average, traditional breach) near the San Juan Islands in Whatcom County, Washington. Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey Would you like to purchase this photo or license it? Email me.   Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – That’s Why Zebras Have Stripes

Title: That’s Why Zebras Have Stripes Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Settings: ISO 250 Focal Length 300mm (480mm Equiv) Shutter Speed 1/400 Aperture f/7.1 Exp Comp. – 2/3 Camera Canon EOS 7D Lens Canon EF 28-300mm L Adjustments: Ok, this one got fiddled with a LOT in Lightoom Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – I’m A Dik-Dik And I’m Ultra Cute

Title: I’m a Dik-Dik Location: Arusha National Park, Tanzania Description: My daughter absolutely fell in love with these cute little critters on our Africa trip.  They are small and light and often keep to the bush.  And the nose, the nose is just asking to be pinched. Photograph Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Seeing Eye To Eye

Title: Seeing Eye To Eye Location: Nairobi, Kenya This photo was taken at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya, otherwise known as the Giraffe Center.  More on the center can be found here. Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey Subscribe To Photo Of The Day Here

Photo Of The Day – Stripes And His Pals

Title: Stripes And His Pals Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Stripes is one of two buddies my daughter brought along on our Africa trip.  He was glad to finally meet up with his real life herd, even though he wished to remain with us for the rest of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lions On The Hill

Title: Lions On The Hill Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania A large pride with multiple males, this group of lions was waiting for something more exciting that 4x4s filled with cameras to come by. Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey Purchase a Print Of This Photo Here Subscribe To Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Flight

Title: Flight Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania While the hawks in the Norgorongoro Crater are beautiful to watch, they love to hang out in picnic spots and steal all the food they can, often out of your hand.  It’s a fine line between beauty and annoyance.  This image was Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Run, Hippo, Run

Title: Run, Hippo, Run Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey Purchase a Print Of This Photo Here Subscribe To Photo Of The Day Here

Photo Of The Day – Head Into The Wind

Title: Head Into The Wind Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania During our safari we were lucky to find a pride of lions large enough to have three males.  Typically a pride will only have one dominant male and maybe a younger sibling.  This pride seemed large enough to Continue Reading →