Photo Of The Day – The View From Basecamp

Title: The View From Basecamp Location: Above Mende, Solukhumbu, Himalayas, Nepal, Aisa Description: Back in 2010 I spent a few weeks trying to climb a peak called Kyajo Ri in Nepal. It is not popular; we saw only two other people in our basecamp during two weeks. Our Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ama Dablam And High Altitude Lake

Title: Ama Dablam And High Altitude Lake Location: Dingboche, Solukhumbu, Himalayas, Nepal Description: A climb that took my breath away as we went up a steep slope during a “rest day’, which is an oxymoron for a day spent hiking higher but returning to your original start in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Light And Dark

Title: Light And Dark Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°52’5″ N  86°43’45” E) Description: Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 270mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/1250 Altitude 13,264.1 ft Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). You can copy, share Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Himalayas Through The Clouds

  Title: Himalayas Through The Clouds Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Mountain photography in the Himalayas is a practice in patience when things aren’t going how you would like. It helps to already know how to relax, but if not, the mountains will be glad to teach you Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight

 Title: El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight Location:  Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America (37°43’26” N  119°37’52” W) Description: I was set to arrive at my cabin on time when I first glimpsed El Capitan. I told my friend Sheri, who was working on a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Edge Of Morning

Title: The Edge Of Morning Location: Tengboche, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°50’8″ N  86°45’49” E) Description: Watching the sunrise in the Himalayas is often an exercise in looking anywhere but East. Because of the depth of the valleys, the golden effect of the sun is seen on the high 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 – Sunrise On Cho Oyu

Title: Sunrise On Cho Oyu Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’13” N 86°41’36” E) Description:Like whipped topping from a tub of Miracle Whip(R), morning clouds are formed and pull away from the summit of Cho Oyu on the Nepal/Tibet border. This is one of the great aspects about Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset On Cho Oyu And Clouds

Title: Sunset On Cho Oyu And Clouds Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’18” N   86°41’24” E) Description: As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Cho Oyu, standing 8201m (26,906′), juts into the atmosphere so much, it creates its own weather. Of the times I’ve seen the mountain while visiting Nepal, it Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes

Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes Location: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America Description: Mount Rainier in Washington state is reflected in appropriately named Reflection Lakes. Part of the larger and active volcanic range known as the Cascade Mountains, the peak is the highest in the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Title: Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake Location: Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA, USA, North America Description: Mt. Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon state, stands above Trillium Lake as a couple glides gently across the surface of the lake in their canoe. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm 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 →

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: 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 – Kyajo Ri, Nepal 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 42MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags At Sunrise

Title: Prayer Flags At Sunrise Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Buddhist prayer flags fly above the high ground between Pheriche and Dingboche as the sun tops the distant Himalayas of Nepal. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/1000 Aperture f/8 ISO 100 Focal Length 28mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Man Before The Mountain

Title: The Man Before The Mountain Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: A lone Sherpa examines the flanks of Ama Dablam in the Nepali Himalayas. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/800 Aperture f/8 ISO 100 Focal Length 60mm   Click HERE to purchase this 11″ Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The View From Gokyo Ri, Nepal – 17,575′ 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 72MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Barren But For The Beauty Of The Ice

Title: Barren But For The Beauty Of The Ice Location: British Columbia, Canada, North America Description: Ice climbing in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada is some of the best in the world. Water that normally dribbles over cliff edges in the Spring and Summer becomes a playground for Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Runway To Nowhere

Title: Runway To Nowhere Location: Lukla, Nepal, Asia Description: The runway at Lukla, the starting point for most trekkers and climbers in the Everest Region of the Himalayas, Nepal, is steep and abrupt. Planes well adapted to STOL (Short Take Off/Landing) techniques are used for what is an Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Trail To Mount Everest

Title: The Trail To Mount Everest Location: Solukhumbu, Just outside of Namche Bazaar, Nepal Description: Close, but still kilometers in the distance, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha to local Nepalis)keeps watch over trekkers stopping to rest at a Buddhist Stupa along one of many trails through the Himalayas. Warm weather Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Eileen Leads Vorpal Sword

Title: Eileen On Vorpal Sword 5.8 (I think) Description:  Eileen from Rockgrrl.com on a climb named Vorpal Sword, located in Joshua Tree National Park Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey

Climbing To The Sun, With Scorpions Close Behind – Joshua Tree Tweetup

Disaster struck swiftly!! No. No not really.  That was just to get your attention and clear my mind. And then the fire spread to our tents!! Hmmm….also a lie.  But maybe you’re interested now.  Or maybe annoyed. You see, the problem with writing a trip report about a Continue Reading →

My Climbing World – Kyajo Ri

Both of my tentmates are awake in the middle of night, panicked, with a feeling they were not getting enough air. Now it is my turn. My mind is sounding alarms, imploring me to bolt from our cramped two-man tent and find scarce oxygen at 18,900′. Training, experience Continue Reading →

Rock Climbing And Beer In Boulder

My next trip will take me to the far reaches of the middle of the country.  Colorado, to be exact.  It’s where the mountains end and the flatness begins.  But on those last few mountains I hear there’s some great rock climbing so I’m heading to Boulder to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Getting Clippy

Title: Getting Clippy Location: Playground Point, Icicle Creek, Washington, USA Description: One of my climbing partners, Genevieve, seems to be a Camp sales rep in disguise.  Matching gear is so pretty. Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey

Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing Tweetup Video

Where is Red Rock Canyon?  In Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. What is a ‘tweetup’? It’s a meet up organized on Twitter.  Crazy people on the internet are always making up words like this (and if this bugs you, check out Pam Mandel’s rant on BlogHer) In Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ama Dablam, Nepal

Title: Ama Dablam Location: Himalayas, Nepal Settings: ISO 50 Focal Length 260mm Shutter Speed 1/400 Aperture f/7.1 Exp Comp – 1/3 Camera Canon EOS 5D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Located in the remote Khumbu region of the Nepali Himalayas, Ama Dablam stands over 6800m (22,000′) high.  This day Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ice Steps

Title: Cold Steps Location: Mount Si, Washington, USA Settings: ISO 80 Focal Length 5mm Shutter Speed 1/100 Aperture f/4 Camera Canon Powershot SX200IS It was waaayyy chilly up on top of Mount Si today. Many frigid fingers.  No edits on the photo other than contrast adjust. Photograph Copyright Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Climber On Lead

Title: Climber On Lead Location: American Fork Canyon, Utah, USA Settings ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm Shutter Speed 1/50 Aperture f/5.6 Exp Comp -1/3 Camera Canon EOS 5D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Nothing adjusted here, just straight out of the camera.  Driving up the canyon the climbers are Continue Reading →