Photo Of The Day – Morning on the Columbia River

Title: Morning on the Columbia River Location: Columbia River between Washington & Oregon, USA, North America Description: A beautiful morning on the lower section of the Columbia River, just before it abruptly greets the Pacific Ocean, is punctuated with perfect light. This photo wasn’t hard to take and fairly Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Title: Los Angeles Sunset From Above Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America (33°59’46” N  118°8’56” W) Description: I really like that the FAA has removed the restriction on use of electronics below 10,000’. This has opened up new opportunities for photographs on approach and take off. Notably, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Four Hay Rolls

Title: Four Hay Rolls Location: South Dakota, USA, North America Description: Somewhere in South Dakota, on the way to the Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore, is a field like just about every other hay field in the States. The simplicity and timelessness are what drew me in. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

 Title: Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°48’52” N  134°56’43” W) Description: Along the inside waters of Southeast Alaska each summer there congregates large numbers of humpback whales looking to fatten up before heading south in the winter for breeding and calving groups Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunshine In The Wadi Rum Desert

 Title: Sunshine In The Wadi Rum Desert, Aqaba, Jordan Location: Aqaba, Jordan, Middle East (29°37’32” N  35°28’59” E) Description: One of the most easily accessible and dramatic landscapes in Jordan is Wadi Rum. No special expertise is needed to reach the desert other than a car and once there, 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, but you should. Hell, I should too. I want to go back but it always seems so far 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 – 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 – Beauty In The Desolation

Title: Beauty In The Desolation Location: Oman, Asia Description: Oman is a little of what Westerners might expect; dry, hot and some areas quite remote. While the Al Hajar Mountains receive little rain, there are palm trees and grasses in the valleys between the hills where enough water flows Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls

Title: The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America Description: Crashing over the edge for centuries while etching a deep valley, Lower Yellowstone Falls is an impressive site not to be overlooked in this park full of wonders known as Yellowstone National Park. 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 – Polaris Over Balanced Rock

Title: Polaris Over Balanced Rock Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: In this 20 minute exposure taken on a night when the moon was still hanging above the Utah horizon with a pale, muted glow, Polaris, the North Star, can be seen in the far upper 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 – 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 – The Four Guardsmen

Title: The Four Guardsmen Location: Sequoia National Park, California, USA, North America Description: The Four Guardsmen are giant sequoia trees along the main road leading into the Sequoia National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The problem with photographing these trees is showing their massive size as they Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200′ Above The Forest Floor

Title: Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200′ Above The Forest Floor Location: Sequoia National Park, California, USA, North America Description: Known by various names (giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, etc…) a pair of sequoias grows in a grove that contains the largest tree in the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Looking Good

Title: Mount Hood Looking Good Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: Mt. Hood, as seen along the freeway leading right to the base of the mountain. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, this stunning mountain makes for an easy photography target. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L 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 – Inactive Fumarole, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Title: Inactive Fumarole, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA Location: Hawai’i, Hawai’ian Islands, USA, Pacific Ocean Description: A seemingly endless vent, or fumarole, that once allowed hot gas and steam to escape from rivers and lakes of molten magma below no lies dormant in the basaltic landscape of 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 – Kayaks And The Wilderness

Title: Kayaks And The Wilderness Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Kayaks wait for guests to head out across the icy waters of Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve in Alaska, USA. Camera Canon 1Ds Mark III Lens Canon 14mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Title: Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Location: Alaska, USA, North America Description: Three kayaks are lined up for guests to paddle through the glacial waters of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Title: Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Kayakers explore the icy waters in front of Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The kayaks were launched from the M/V Wilderness Explorer, run by Un-Cruise Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Being A Kid During Summer

Title: Being A Kid During Summer Location: Maxwelton Beach, Washington, USA, North America Description: Life is simple when you’re a kid. Jump over wave. Wait for next wave. Jump over wave. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm EF Shutter Speed 1/160 Aperture f/13 ISO 100 Focal Length 17mm Continue Reading →

Kids In The City – Expedia’s Useful Tips For Family Travel This Summer

I love planning. I don’t like random email pitches from PR or product companies. Today the two worlds collide. That’s because Expedia pitched me something I ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT AND WILL USE! It doesn’t happen often. It’s their Kids In The City program and you might be able Continue Reading →

Return Of The Fun-Filled Summer Of Gelato Meetup Craziness! 2011 Edition

It’s back!!  Even if Summer itself is nowhere to be seen at the moment, I still desire fine Italian gelato and the company of great Seattle area friends. And even the ones that fly in from elsewhere! Here’s the deal. Wait, no. There really is no ‘deal’. It’s Continue Reading →

Additional Summer Plans – Mexico, Dominican Republic and Concrete, WA!

Since my last post on Summer Plans just two weeks ago, some new and exciting additions have been, uhhhh….added!  A couple of press trips to sunny locations (even though the weather around Seattle is really trying to make up for most of June) and some rock climbing. June Continue Reading →

The Fun-Filled Summer Of Gelato Meetup Craziness!

Take a look at the picture at right. It’s from D’Ambrosio Gelato in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  And it’s really the only reason I ever need to visit. After some banter back and forth on Twitter, I’m scheduling a Fun-Filled Summer Of Gelato Meetup Craziness!!!  It’s pretty Continue Reading →