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 – Wind Through The Trees

Title: Wind Through The Trees Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA, North America, Earth (42°54’44” N 122°8’48” W) Description: A different take on Crater Lake National Park. ——————- Camera Canon 7D Mark II Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 200 Focal Length 180mm Aperture f/36 Shutter Speed 1/6 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Looking Right At You

Title: Looking Right At You Location: Rio Madre De Dios, Peru, South America Description: Just a Tufted Capuchin looking for a meal. ———————- Camera Canon 7D Mark II Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 800 Focal Length 250mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/125 Altitude Unknown ——————- Photograph Copyright 2016 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Float Plane Over Southeast Alaskan Islands

Title: Float Plane Over Southeast Alaskan Islands Location: Flying over Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Getting lucky in photography helps, as was the case on my flight from Ketchikan to an assignment with Waterfall Resort in Southweast Alaska. ———————- Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon Continue Reading →

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 – 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 →

Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

Title: Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°58’5″ N  134°54’59” W) Description: Southeast Alaska, the area around the capital of Juneau, sees its fair share of gray weather. During a one week whale watching cruise with UnCruise Adventures, I witnessed not only 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 – Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree Bark

Title: Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) Tree Bark Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, USA (19°42’27” N  155°56’48” W) Description: What I love about digital photography is it makes the process of memory easier. In this case, I thought the photo represented here was taken in Australia. It’s an eucalyptus Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park

Title: Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A small but growing juniper tree takes root in the most unlikely of places. Here the tree enjoys an excellent view of Canyonlands National Park and the Green River Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Harsh Country Sunset

Title: Harsh Country Sunset Location: New South Wales, Australia Description: The sun wasn’t cooperating for a ‘pretty’ Australian sunset as I made my way around the countryside in New South Wales, Australia. I was honestly lost when I stopped to take this photo, trying to find my way to 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 – Clouds Over Acacia Trees On The African Savanna

Title: Clouds Over Acacia Trees On The African Savanna Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Description: As the sun approaches the horizon to the West, two lone trees mimic the clouds above during our first night camping in the Serengeti. We had driven for hours along bumpy dirt roads and 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 – 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 →

Shadows In The Forest

While leading a three day waterfall workshop in Oregon’s gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, I grew a little bored at the last waterfall. We had seen and photographed a lot of waterfalls and I was casting about for some other form of inspiration. The day was perfect. No, really, 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 – Gazing leopard (Panthera pardus), Tanzania

Title: Gazing leopard (Panthera pardus), Tanzania Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A leopard waits out the last of the savanna’s heat just before sunset in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/500 Aperture f/7.1 ISO 100 Focal Length 285mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend 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 118MB large, 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 – Bench With A View

Title: Bench With A View Location: Jaco, Costa Rica, Central America Description: Nestled up against the Pacific Ocean as the sun goes for a dip, this bench is a perfect spot to enjoy the calm of a Costa Rica sunset. Camera Canon 7D Lens Tamron 18-270 Shutter Speed 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 – In A Two Horse Open Sleigh

Title: In A Two Horse Open Sleigh Location: Lukla, Nepal, Asia Description: Riding along the shore of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, in a two horse open sleigh is a fabulous way to see the beauty of this winter wonderland. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 16-35mm L Shutter Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bhutan Countryside

Title: Bhutan Countryside – Bhutan Location: Bhutan, Asia Description: Traditional Bhutanese architecture is seen in the Tamchoe Lahkhang along the road from the main airport in Paro to the capital of Thimphu in Bhutan. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/1250 Aperture f/4 ISO 100 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park

Title: Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Watching the sun set from the rim of Canyonlands National Park, overlooking the Green River, is a calm time. The slowness of the landscape seeps in and we realize just how little time Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Cliffs Of Hawaii II

Title: Cliffs Of Hawaii II Location: Hawaii, The Big Island – Hawaiian Islands, USA, North Pacific Ocean Description: Along the Northern Shore of Hawaii, The Big Island, lays a land untouched by man but drenched in time and precipitation. Cliff soar 2000′ in the air as waterfalls rain Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Difference Between Night And Day

Title: The Difference Between Night And Day Location: Mauna Lani Bay, Hawaii, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA, North Pacific Ocean Description: On our last night of a press trip to Hawaii, The Big Island, the skies had cleared and the Milky Way was bright and showing off. I Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Forest, Close Up

Title: Forest, Close Up Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Arriving at Bartlett Cove by boat, we took a short walk through the temperate rainforest covering much of Glacier National Park (the parts not covered by glaciers). It reminded me distinctly of the Hoh Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Before The Storm

Title: Sunset Before The Storm Location: West Linn, Oregon, USA, North America Description: Storm clouds moving from the South start to cover over the sun before it can dive into the horizon. This shot was taken about 20 minutes before yesterday’s Photo Of The Day where you can Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Costa Rica Sunset

Title: Costa Rica Sunset Location: Jaco, Costa Rica Description: It’s day one of my three  day surfing camp with Del Mar Surf Camp and I couldn’t be welcomed with a better sunset. June can bring changing weather and the other sunsets couldn’t hold a candle to this first Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Little Red – Jennifer Hardt

Title: Little Red (self-portrait): Description: Another recent photo from my trip to Northern Canada. I have a whole series planned with this cape, which I had commissioned a wardrobe designer friend from my film days to make for me. He did an amazing job creating this for me Continue Reading →