Photo Of The Day – Dark and Light Dunes

Title: Dark and Light Dunes Location: Algodones Dunes, California, USA, North America Description: The Magical Hour was magical indeed on this day. ———————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 250 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/500 Altitude 488′ ——————- Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Title: Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake Location: Clackamas County, Oregon, USA, North America (45°16’3″ N  121°44’26” W) Description: When the sun is shining in the Pacific Northwest, it is a wonderland. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal 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 – 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 Canyonlands National Park, Utah from Dead Horse Point State Park is like looking down through time. Eons of 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 – South Dakota Cloud Burst

Title: South Dakota Cloud Burst Location: South Dakota, USA, North America Description: Living the Pacific Northwest most of my life, this was one of my first experiences with the visual beauty of a cloud burst. The drama is obvious and can be bumped up a little with editing 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 over Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 28mm Continue Reading →

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 but also planning. The luck was in the timing of the flight to Seattle, but the planning was 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 Arch, is seen here in partial view while the rising sun lights the La Sal mountains behind. While 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 – 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 →

Photo Of The Day – Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

Title: Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle Location: Kerry Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, North America (47°37’46” N  122°21’38” W) Description: Summer mornings are near perfection in Seattle. We don’t get warmth all year round so when Summer finally begins (some time around the end of July, usually) and the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Nearly Deserted Beach, Hawaii

Title: Nearly Deserted Beach Location: Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii, USA (21°33’12” N  158°14’47” W) Description: Who says you can’t find a nearly deserted beach on Oahu? I asked my wife what image she would like for the photo of the day and she asked for a sandy beach. 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 – After Sunset From 39,000′

Title: After Sunset From 39,000′ Location: Above California, USA, North America Description: High above the clouds, this image is what happens when you look away from the sunset while in a plane. I fly between Seattle and California weekly and I tend to pick my window seat based Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°23’18” N  109°51’50” W) Description:Mesa Arch, located in Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah, USA, is a natural wonder that encompasses all that is beautiful about this area of the county. Utah has Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise

Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise Location: Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America (46°46’7″ N  121°43’51” W) Description: One aspect I like about digital photography is that I have had a lot of opportunities to shoot in amazing places. But often little time to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams

Title: Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams Location: Washington, USA, North America Description: One of the benefits of flying out of Seattle in almost any direction is the chance to spy the beautiful mountains in the Cascade or Olympic ranges. Here Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams show Continue Reading →

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska Location: Alaska, USA, North America Description: Every summer humpback whales head to the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage to feed. The nutrient rich waters help the animals grow before they head South to breed and calve in the warm waters of Hawaii Continue Reading →