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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tent Camp In Front Of Cloud Shrouded Thamserku And Kangtega

Title: Tent Camp In Front Of Cloud Shrouded Thamserku And Kangtega Location: Dole, Nepal, Asia Description: A step up from roughing it but not quite glamping, these tents have a Continue Reading →

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And Whipping Clouds

Title: Cho Oyu And Whipping Clouds Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’14” N  86°41’37” E) Description: Early in the morning, as the sun is slanting in from the East, Cho Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Machermo Peaks as seen from Gokyo Ri

Title: The Machermo Peaks as seen from Gokyo Ri Location: Gokyo Ri, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’14” N  86°41’37” E) Description: The Machermo Range is classic Himalayas. Sharp, frozen, impassable. Like 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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Two Himalayan Peaks In Morning Sun Light

Title: Two Himalayan Peaks In Morning Sun Light Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°54’6″ N 86°42’59” E) Description: Located near the town of Machermo, early morning light is always worth Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture

  Title: Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture Location: Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, USA, North America Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 160 Focal Length 190mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Dzokyos With Loads Of Kerosene

Title: Dzokyos With Loads Of Kerosene Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°47’24” N  86°43’8″ E) Description: Dzokyos are a hybrid cross between higher elevation-tolerant yaks and lower elevation-loving cows. They carry 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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

   Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America ( 38°28’8.86″N  109°44’24.25″W) Description: Layer after layer of rock is timelessly worn Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Nepali Himalayas Before Sunset

  Title: Nepali Himalayas Before Sunset Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’14”  N 86°41’37” E) Description: Simplicity in the mountains. Shot near Gokyo. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Photographer Silhouetted Against Cho Oyu

  Title: Photographer Silhouetted Against Cho Oyu Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’14” N 86°41’37” E) Description: I spotted this lone photographer racing across a ridge, his model left behind to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

  Title: Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse State Park, Utah Location: Dead Horse State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Looking down on the Colorado River and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Stupa Against The Mountains

Title: Stupa Against The Mountains Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: A Buddhist stupa sits atop a ridge in order to command a view from all over the surrounding valley while Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Half Moon Over Half Dome

Title: Half Moon Over Half Dome Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America (37°44’49” N  119°36’10” W) Description: On a cloudless day in April the a half moon hangs Continue Reading →

An Easy Path To Great Landscape Photos – Visit A National Park

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Time after time when I view my own photos and gravitate to what I enjoy the most, 70% of those images are shot in a national park some place on this planet (with UNESCO World Heritage Sites coming in a near the top as well). It’s no coincidence that they are also one of the places I like most to visit.

If you are starting out in landscape photography and struggling to find subject matter, consider finding a nearby national park. And this goes for those of you outside the USA as well. In Australia they are all over the place while other countries might have a scarcity, but they are almost always worth the travel.

Sure, ‘everyone’ has been there before you, but if you are looking for experience and almost surefire shooting material, what better place to practice. After all, for all of us, every shot is practice for the future. Every shot hopefully teaches us something or helps us appreciate light and nature in some way. National parks will help you soak up that experience while helping you improve you skills.

How To View The Slideshow

To view the full screen slideshow, simply look to the lower left hand corner for a big X. When you click that, these words will hide away and you can see the full background slideshow of National Parks. Click the spot where the X was again to make the words come back. Hovering your mouse over an image will temporarily stop the slideshow.

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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

 

Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

   Title: Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds Location: Washington, USA, North America Description: Catching this view of Mount Rainier looming above a sea of clouds was mostly luck 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 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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Machermo Range And The Moon

 Title: The Machermo Range And The Moon, Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°54’12” N  86°42’55” E) Description: Knowing a little about the cycle and timing of the moon can help to 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 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. 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. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Smile! Now Show Me Your Shoes

 Title: Smile! Now Show Me Your Shoes Location: Thame, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°49’49” N  86°38’56” E) Description: The Sherpas I met in Nepal were, by and large, nice people who are 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 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 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 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 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. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park

Title: Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park Location: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA, North America (43°44’42” N 102°29’25” W) Description: We didn’t spend much time in Badlands National Park, 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 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 – 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 Continue Reading →