Photo Of The Day – Four Volcanoes And A Wildfire

Title: Four Volcanoes And A Wildfire Location: Central Oregon, United States, North America Description: While Mt. St. Helens did not make the cut in this shot, I was happy to line up (from front to back) Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, both in Oregon and then Mt. Adams and Mt Rainier Continue Reading →

Video Of The Day – Flying Over Mt. Bachelor and Three Sisters, Oregon

Short and simple today. If you can’t see the video, click here to go to Vimeo. Just a serene flight over Central Oregon.

Photo Of The Day – Mount Lassen And Moon

Title: Mount Lassen And Moon Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA, North America, Earth (40°30’35” N 121°27’54” W) Description: One of the least visited National Parks in the system, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a must for any lover of geology. So many different kinds of volcanoes Continue Reading →

My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013


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 – 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 – Pu’u ‘O’o Lava Pond

Title:  Pu’u ‘O’o Lava Pond Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA, North America Description: From high above, the Pu’u ‘O’o crater is seen with an active lava pond. Camera Nikon D800E Lens Nikon 14-24mm Shutter Speed 1/3200 Aperture f/5.6 ISO 500 Focal Length 14mm   Photograph Copyright 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 →

Top 10 Photos Of 2012

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lava Lake

Title: Lava Lake Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, USA Description: The Pu’u O’o cone holds a small pond of molten lava, spurting and splashing in wave after wave of activity. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/6400 Aperture f/5.6 ISO Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day Bonus – Kilauea Caldera

Title: Kilauea Caldera Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean Description: The source of much lava and the reason for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii, the Big Island, Kilauea’s summit and caldera are a stark land. The caldera has a further depression which forms the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Just Past Sunset

Title: Just Past Sunset Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: The world looks a little different from 9000′ just after the sun sets on Mauna Kea. Because of the altitude, when looking away from the sun after it dips past the horizon, a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mt. St. Helens Off The Left Side

Title: Mt. St. Helens Off The Left Side Location: In The Air Description: A quick tip in shooting out plane windows: When the angle is great, zoom back. If you zoom in too far, the blur caused by the two sheets of plastic window will be greater and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kazumura Cave II

Title: Kazumura Cave II Location: Hawaii, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA Description: A 30 second exposure aided by multiple flash exposures taken at various depths. The different color on the ground is from the color temperature difference between my headlamp and the flash used to light the scene. Continue Reading →

Costa Rica In Pictures

In 2006 I took a short trip to Costa Rica which was, admittedly, not photography focused. I know, it happens. Yes, a woman was involved. It happens. Here are a few shots from that trip when we took excursions around the country. I will be returning to Costa Continue Reading →

An Island In Creation – Visiting The Lava Flows Of Hawai’i With KapohoKine Adventures

LAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVALAVA I could say it all day long!  LAVA is just, pardon the pun, cool to me.  It’s the earth in action in a way that doesn’t, immediately, knock down buildings the way earthquakes do.  What I’m talking about here is the mostly slow moving lava, P?hoehoe.  The Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Golden Hawaiian Sunset

Title: Golden Hawaiian Sunset Location: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i, USA  (MAP) Settings: ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm (480mm Equiv) Shutter Speed 1/500 Aperture f/8 Exp Comp -1 1/3 Camera Canon Rebel T1i Lens Canon 28-300mm L A wonderful sunset in Hawaii before watching Kilauea give forth more Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kilauea Lava Flow

Title: Kilauea Lava Flow Location: Hawaii Description: This is a night shot of the lava from Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island flowing into the sea.  All the clouds are steam plumes.  Waiting long enough, I was able to watch the river of lava in the foreground spring up Continue Reading →