Photo Of The Day – Mount Lassen Vertorama

Title: Mount Lassen Vertorama Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA, North America (40°30’33” N 121°27’55” W) Description: A chance encounter on our way out of the park to see the full moon just about to duck behind Lassen Peak (Mount Lassen). The downside is you can’t really Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Unnamed Falls On Boulder River

Title: Unnamed Falls On Boulder River Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA, North America Description: These falls are found along one of my favorite hikes in the Washington Cascade Mountains. I have visited the Boulder River probably a dozen times and camped solo at the end Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ferry Boat Approaching Mukilteo In Morning Light

Title: Ferry Boat Approaching Mukilteo In Morning Light Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA, North America Description: While not taken this morning, the view was close. This time of year, until August, the morning starts too early to catch the ‘perfect’ light, so I am thankful those times of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Dark and Light Dunes

Title: Dark and Light Dunes Location: Algodones Dunes, California, USA, North America Description: The Magical Hour was magical indeed on this day. ———————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 250 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/500 Altitude 488′ ——————- Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Morning From The Ferry

   Title: Morning From The Ferry Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA, North America Description: This time of year I get lucky and get to witness the sunrise from the morning ferry commute. At least when the clouds allow.  The colors got a little more intense and spread forward, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – BC Ferries At Sunset

Title: BC Ferries At Sunset Location: Strait of Georgia, Either Washington or British Columbia depending on exact location, North America Description: I knew of the San Juan Islands growing up as they are in Washington state. But Canada has their own set of islands within easy reach of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Forest Reflection

Title: Forest Reflection Location: Barclay Lake, Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA, North America Description: A minute later and the wind had erased the calmness. Also the kids next to me splashing in the water (one of them was of relation 🙂 ). Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Evening At Double Bluff Beach

Title:  Evening At Double Bluff Beach Location: Double Bluff Beach, Whidbey Island ,Washington, USA, North America Description: I’ve been to this beach probably a hundred times over the last 10 years and each time, it’s a little different. The usually cooperates in some different way. Here, there is no grand sunset, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunshine On The Treasury At Petra

   Title: Sunshine On The Treasury At Petra Location: Petra, Jordan (30°19’20” N 35°27’6″ E) Description: The Treasury At Petra is one of the most widely recognized images from the country of Jordan, thanks in no small part to the film Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade. The Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Intimacy With An Arch

   Title: Intimacy With An Arch Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’38” N  109°29’59” W) Description: One of the most iconic arches in Utah, that of Delicate Arch, is seen here in partial view while the rising sun lights the La Sal mountains behind. While 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.

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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 – After Sunset From 39,000′

Title: After Sunset From 39,000′ Location: Above California, USA, North America Description: High above the clouds, this image is what happens when you look away from the sunset while in a plane. I fly between Seattle and California weekly and I tend to pick my window seat based Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°23’18” N  109°51’50” W) Description:Mesa Arch, located in Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah, USA, is a natural wonder that encompasses all that is beautiful about this area of the county. Utah has Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise

Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise Location: Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America (46°46’7″ N  121°43’51” W) Description: One aspect I like about digital photography is that I have had a lot of opportunities to shoot in amazing places. But often little time to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Distant Buttes

Title: Distant Buttes Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: As the sun sets over Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA, haze catches fire and mimics the orange sandstone of the cliffs all around. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Khumbi Yul Lha – Sacred Sherpa Mountain

Title: Khumbi Yul Lha – Sacred Sherpa Mountain, Nepal Location: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal Description: Reflected in a the eddy of a nearly frozen stream on the bed of a hanging valley at 14,500′, Khumbi Yul Lha stands gracefully against the stark, blue sky. The mountain is sacred to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Clouds Over Acacia Trees On The African Savanna

Title: Clouds Over Acacia Trees On The African Savanna Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Description: As the sun approaches the horizon to the West, two lone trees mimic the clouds above during our first night camping in the Serengeti. We had driven for hours along bumpy dirt roads and Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions 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 – The Treasury (Al Khazneh) In Petra Light By Hundreds Of Candles Under A Canopy Of Stars, Petra, Jordan

Title: The Treasury (Al Khazneh) In Petra Light By Hundreds Of Candles Under A Canopy Of Stars, Petra, Jordan Location: Petra, Jordan, Asia Description: A few nights each week the Treasury at Petra is the scene of a wonderful ceremony with local storytelling, folk music and reverence as Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Fireball Sunset

Title: Fireball Sunset Location: Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America Description: The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean last night from Palos Verdes, California. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/320 Aperture f/5.6 ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm   Click HERE to purchase this 11? Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset And The Cliffs

Title: Sunset And The Cliffs Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: From the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, the sun cuts dramatic shapes around cliffs and buttes before setting across the horizon. This viewpoint is a short walk at the end of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 118MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Treasury At Night

Title: The Treasury At Night Location: Petra, Jordan, Asia Description: The Treasury at Petra, Jordan, is a beautiful structure as seen from the inside out in this unique image shot during the Petra By Night ceremony. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 10-22mm Shutter Speed 30 seconds Aperture Continue Reading →

Photo Of the Day – Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Title: Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America Description: Out past the congestion of LA, along the California Coast, Point Vicente Lighthouse stands guard over the Pacific while warning sailors of the constant danger of the rocks at its base. Camera Canon Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Mesa Arch is lit from light bouncing off the cliff face below it. A unique phenomena, this daily event (weather permitting) always draws a crowd of photographers. Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Camera Canon Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Orange County Sunset Panorama

Title: Orange County Sunset Panorama Location: Orange County, California, USA, North America Description: The hills over Orange County, California, are a wonderful location to capture beautiful sunsets, especially when clouds roll in off the Pacific Ocean. Panorama stitched from 20 individual images. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise

Title: Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A unique view of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park just after sunrise. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 8-15mm Shutter Speed 1/10 Aperture f/20 ISO 100 Focal Length 8mm Click HERE to purchase Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise

    Title: Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise Location: Arches National park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Delicate Arch stands basking in morning sun as nary a soul is to be found at this normally crowded and popular landmark. Early morning, while not the ‘perfect’ time to catch Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bench With A View

Title: Bench With A View Location: Jaco, Costa Rica, Central America Description: Nestled up against the Pacific Ocean as the sun goes for a dip, this bench is a perfect spot to enjoy the calm of a Costa Rica sunset. Camera Canon 7D Lens Tamron 18-270 Shutter Speed Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Just After Sunset

Title: Just After Sunset Location: Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Magic happens after the sun has passed the horizon, if you take the time to look the other way. Often, just after the sun has set, the shadow of the Earth can Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Channel Islands National Park From 17,000′

  Title: Channel Islands National Park From 17,000′ Location: 17,000′, California Coast, USA, North America Description: Channel Islands National Park is a gorgeous set of islands made even more magnificent from the light of a setting sun. Camera Canon 1Dx Lens Canon EF 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/60 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – After And Before Sunset

Title: After And Before Sunset Location: 17,000′, California Coast, USA, North America Description: An anomaly of being in the right place at the right time; the sun has set below the clouds at approximately 12,000′ but has not set past the horizon. The result is yellow layer above Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park

Title: Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Watching the sun set from the rim of Canyonlands National Park, overlooking the Green River, is a calm time. The slowness of the landscape seeps in and we realize just how little time Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Treasury At Petra By Candle Light

Title: The Treasury At Petra By Candle Light Location: Petra, Jordan, Asia Description: The Treasury at Petra takes on a surreal feel when lit by the candles in hundreds of luminaries during the Petra By Night program held at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than just a Continue Reading →