Photo Of The Day – Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Title: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America ( 34°7’37” N 118°32’35” W) Description: Did I mention not everything this year will be pretty sunsets and spectacular, vivid images? Sometimes life isn’t always that way. And sometimes the adventures are close to home. Today Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Plant Double Exposure

Title: Plant Double Exposure Location: Home, California, USA, North America Description: One thing I forgot the new version of my old camera has is a double exposure mode. I played around with it yesterday as it has four distinct modes and up to nine exposures per image. This shot Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Alaska Rainforest Floor

 Title: Alaska Rainforest Floor Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA, North America (58°27’26” N  135°51’54” W) Description: Walking the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and getting down low brings into view a whole other world of plants. The canopy and sky overhead are reflected Continue Reading →

My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013


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 – Following The Falls

Title: Following The Falls Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: By panning down with the falling water of Triple Falls in Oregon, interesting patterns emerge. It’s a simple technique and with the advantage of nearly unlimited storage in digital cameras, it doesn’t take long to gain dramatic images. Camera Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs

Title: Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs Location: Hawai’i, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA Description: Along the North shore of Hawai’i, The Big Island, there appears and endless string of high and beautiful waterfalls carving the volcanic island for eons. With no road to the shore, I was thankful for a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Taking Photos Of Machu Picchu

Title: Taking Photos Of Machu Picchu Location: Machu Picchu, Peru Description: Taking in the overview of Machu Picchu from the upper terraces outside the city, a lone woman uses her camera to capture the ancient ruins. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm EF Shutter Speed 1/400 Aperture f/9 ISO Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Title: Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Location: Costa Rica, Central America Description: One of the more obviously named amphibians, red-eye tree frogs blend remarkably well with their background when their radiant eyes are closed. Camera Canon 10D (look it up 🙂 ) Lens Canon 28-135mm EF Shutter Speed 1/250 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Two

Title: Two Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Washington, USA, North America Description: We passed by many ferns on the trail along Boulder River this last weekend, stopping just once to shoot the patterns that I love. Ferns are so simple and that’s why I love them. Stretched out in a 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 →

Photo Of The Day – Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Title: Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: Along the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon side, is a vast network of cascading waterfalls emptying into the might Columbia River. These waterfalls bring rain and snowmelt down from the Cascades and over a steep 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 →

Touring Hawaii Via Helicopter

Taking off in a helicopter is unlike any commercial airline flight you have ever experienced. As forward thrust is not needed, there is no ‘pinned to your seat’ feeling. Your seat simply starts lifting into the air with what feels like effortless will despite the roar of the Continue Reading →

View On The Forest Floor In An Alaska Rainforest

What’s lurking on the floor of an Alaskan rainforest? Plenty! For my daughter, girlfriend and I, cruising with InnerSea Discoveries in Alaska’s Inside Passage this last summer allowed more than one opportunity to take a small skiff ashore and wander in pristine temperate rainforest. Not only that, I Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Another World

Title: Another World Location: California, USA, North America Description: Flying above the deserts between LA and Salt Lake City, a solar power station looks like an alien outpost from 30,000′. Click HERE to purchase this 11? x 14? print at my Etsy Store. Use code 10POTD to receive Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Pastoral Scene

Title: Pastoral Scene Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America Description: As the sun sets, long shadows take over a farm near Freeland, Washington. Camera Pentax 645D Lens Pentax FA 645 55mm f/2.8 Shutter Speed 1/80 Aperture f/8 ISO 100 Focal Length 55mm (43mm equivalent) Photograph Copyright Peter Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prickly Situation

Title: Prickly Situation Location: Orange, California, USA, North America Description: I am testing out a Pentax 645D medium format digital camera and so far it is dreamy. The amount of details is impressive and the shutter sound is delicious. Yes, a shutter can be delicious. If you heard Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Waipio Valley – Hawaii 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”. Have fun! Title: Waipio Valley Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags Before The Himalayas

Title: Prayer Flags Before The Himalayas Location: Near Pheriche, Nepal Description: Early morning light brightens the snow on the peak behind the tattered prayer flags strung high atop of wing-scrubbed pass. The flags will remain, letting the wind pull them apart as the intentions of compassion spreading through Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Irish Countryside

Click On Image For A Larger Version Title: Irish Countryside Description: Classic and timeless, the Irish countryside near the Dingle Peninsula is seen dotted with sheep amongst a patchwork of fenced fields. Location: County Kerry, Ireland, Europe Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a Continue Reading →

Photo of the Day – Living By The Sea – Ireland

Title: Living by the Sea Location: Dingle Peninsula, Ireland Photograph Copyright Kim Carey (Click on photo to purchase prints or canvas reproductions) If you’d like to subscribe to just the Photo of the Day images and not the whole blog, you can click a link below: SUBSCRIBE IN Continue Reading →