Photo Of The Day – Aerial Panorama Of Big Four Mountain And The Stillaguamish River Valley

Title: Aerial Panorama Of Big Four Mountain And The Stillaguamish River Valley Location: Big Four Ice Caves, Washington, USA, North America (48°3’9″ N 121°31’14” W) Description: This one is best viewed large, so click on the photo for a 3600 pixel wide version. If you’d like a print, email 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 – Yosemite Falls And Half Dome Panorama

Title: Yosemite Falls And Half Dome Panorama Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America Description: After a long hike up part of the Yosemite Falls trail, the views kept expanding. There are a few places along the way to stop and snap a picture, but this one Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Olallie Lake Panorama

Title: Olallie Lake Panorama Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington, USA, North America Description: I’ve been playing with the new Panorama Stitching feature in Adobe Lightroom and while the program is far more lightweight than my normal tool of choice (Kolor’s AutoPano Giga) it does the job well when things Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – High Above The Dudh Kosi

Title: High Above The Dudh Kosi   Location: Below Namche Bazaar, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: The Dudh Kosi, or Milk River, gains its color from the high amounts of glacial silt mixing with the fresh waters from high up in the Himalayas. The suspension bridge seen above was Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Wandering Above The Glacier

Title: Wandering Above The Glacier Location: Above Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Two trekkers wander above the Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal’s largest. It is the part on the left that looks like a gravel pit. This is because it is receding, a process that is hastened by the accumulation Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ama Dablam and Stupa

Title: Ama Dablam and Stupa Location: The trail to Pengboche, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: I miss life on the trail for its simplicity. For most of us that simplicity comes from putting all our other obligations on hold, and it is temporary. But that’s okay, because for just 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 – The Moon Over The Machermo Range

Title: The Moon Over The Machermo Range Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°54’12” N 86°42’55” E) Description: On its way to setting, the moon strikes a pose high above the Machermo Range in Nepal’s Himalayas. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Trekkers

  Title: Cho Oyu And The Trekkers Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’13”  N 86°41’37” E) Description: Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa glacier, which Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Knife Edge Of Thamserku, Nepal

 Title: The Knife Edge Of Thamserku Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°51’45” N  86°43’60” E) Description: Cutting 21,680′ into the Himalayan sky, Thamserku strikes a sharp edge chiseled by time and wind. The mountain is a prominent figure in Sherpa life as it can be seen from many of the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Chiseled By Ice And Wind

Title: Chiseled By Ice And Wind Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: The Himalayas in Nepal have existed longer than man has been on this planet, giving the elements plenty of time to shape and carve. While some mountain ranges are cut by rain, the Himalayas, towering as grand Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier

Title: Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’17” N 86°41’45” E) Description: Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa Glacier, which Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier

Title: Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’17” N  86°41’45” E) Description:  Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa Glacier, which Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Jagged Against The Sky

Title: Jagged Against The Sky Location: Half way between Dole and Luza, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°52’44” N  86°43’26” E) Description: The endless features of the Himalayas always amaze me. No matter how many times I visit nearly the same stretch of peaks, the swirl of clouds and the 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

If you are reading this in a RSS viewer or on email, I suggest you click on over to a web browser (Here’s a link to make it easier for you). It works on your phone (probably), tablet or computer and the bigger the screen the better the images.

Now do you see that x in the upper right corner above this text? Once you click that, you’ll have a full browser view of the images. You can then use the control arrows at the bottom of the image or your mouse’s scroll wheel. Or just flick them aside on your tablet like you would other pictures.

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 – The Village Of Dole Sits Below A Bank Of Clouds And Kangtega

Title: The Village Of Dole Sits Below A Bank Of Clouds And Kangtega Location: Dole, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°52’5″ N  86°43’45” E) Description: The small village of Dole (pronounced dough-lay) is perched along a sloping hill in the Ngozumpa glacier valley. This viewpoint is obtained after about a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu Reflected In Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Lake)

Title: Cho Oyu Reflected In Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Lake) Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia (27°57’12” N  86°41’36” E) Description: Early mornings when the sun is shining in the Himalayas can’t be beat. Sure, it’s cold (note the frozen lake water around the rocks) and early, but the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Peak And The Prayer Flags

Title: The Peak And The Prayer Flags Location: Khumjung, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°49’30” N  86°43’12” E) Description: Give me a slightly cloudy morning any day of the week and as a photographer I am happy. I get excited when the forecast calls for “partly sunny” because I know there Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri

Title: Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri Location: Gokyo Ri, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’22” N  86°41’15” E) Description: At around 5,357m, or 17,575 ft, Gokyo Ri affords tremendous views of the Himalayas. In this image I highlighted some of the near peaks which are so clear Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Photographers

Title: Cho Oyu And The Photographers Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’13” N   86°41’37” E) Description: Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa glacier, which can barely be 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 – 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 – 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 – Soaring Clouds

Title: Soaring Clouds Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A single cloud swirls into the shape of a raptor above Dark Angel and other rock formations in Arches National Park, Utah. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 16-25mm L Shutter Speed 1/200 Aperture f/7.1 ISO 50 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lighting The Path

Title: Lighting The Path Location: Petra, Jordan, Asia Description: The way into Petra, Jordan, is lit on various nights during a special program hosted by the local Bedouins who reside in and around the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Siq is a narrow path through sandstone cliffs reaching 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 – Bryce Canyon After Sunset

  Title: Bryce Canyon After Sunset Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Bryce Canyon, as seen from the Sunrise Lookout, is a magnificent landscape any time of day and especially when the golden orange of the sandstone is mimicked in the passing clouds above. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Nothing But Hoodoos

Title: Nothing But Hoodoos Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Hoodoos, those scraggly spires seen in this image, are created by millions of years of dirt and sand sedimentation followed by thousands upon thousands of years of erosion. The different rock make up of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Passing Storm, Bryce Canyon

Title: Passing Storm, Bryce Canyon Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Bryce Canyon is one of the most accessible, dramatic landscapes in Utah. With campgrounds right across the road from this amazing lookout, sunrise and sunset are both spectacular times to take in the Continue Reading →