Hawaii holds many hidden gems, the seven sacred pools in Haleakala National Park in Maui is one of them, but the island won't give up it's riches easily.
The only way I know to get there is by driving the road to Hana. A road barely wide enough for 2 vehicles, 42 miles of 54 one way bridges and 600 hairpin turns. This will test your nerves, but the sights make it all worth while.
Grandiose Little Tree
When you think of trees as magnificent as this, one can assume it is statuesque and aged to perfection.
I had seen pictures of it before, inspiring me to go on a mission to capture this shot. Once in the garden which holds this behemoth, what eluded me for the first 2 hours is that this 80 year old tree stands a whopping 5 feet tall. After having seen the whole garden, I realized I was missing something. I needed to think differently, and find a new perspective.
Crouching under the canopy of this Japanese Maple revealed the power of this imposing little tree.
There's a constant feeling of peace, and presence of life that touches your soul when standing in the midst of a rainforest.
- Breathe - Relax - Enjoy - Verde -
An invitation to natures embrace, where man and nature can live symbiotically and enjoy each others existence.
This bamboo forest creates a warm and reinvigorating sensation. While the enormous bamboo can make an individual person feel quite small, it also shows how strong each individual shoot can be when aligned with it's neighbors. As the breezes sweep through and shake all the leaves, the rustling forest creates a sense of calm cooperation.
This waterfall has carved it's way through a field of geometric columns caused by the rapid cooling of basaltic lava when exposed to temperatures near the surface.
This place tells a story of the earth's fierce beginnings, settling into constant evolution of life and innate beauty.
Life is Growth
I'm forever enchanted by the beauty and peace found in a Redwood forest. There is a presence of life that seeps from the ground, extending from the smallest of clovers to the most ancient of trees.
Lake Tahoe hides unrivaled beauty along it's shores. After repeated visits to this cove in search of the perfect shot with my adventure dog Beau, the elements aligned in a way I had never experienced before.
This image was taken in early spring when it was still fairly cold, a must if wanting an unobstructed view without the natives.
Zion was Utah's first declared National Park, encompassing a vast array of rock and sandstone formations. Unless present, it's hard to imagine the scale and elegance contained between these walls.
The narrows, taking it's name after being the smallest opening in the valley, carved by ever moving water, at times can be deadly.
In late spring, where the beautiful colors are at their max, the greatest risk for flash floods exist.
Life can be challenging on a daily basis for so many reasons. One gift that we each can appreciate is the beauty of the setting sun. Regardless of what's going on in your life or the hardships that you encounter, one thing is for sure, having a moment to sit down and appreciate the day shift to night is a tangible way to let go of the days difficulties and relax.
This particular sunset with my dog Beau, was one of those truly special and unique moments in life that I had to capture and share.
Flicker of Fall
There are fleeting moments in life that are worth making an exuberant effort to capture, this image being one of them.
During fall this amazing tree formation displays a vivid array of colors that are a feast for the eyes, but the feast is only temporary as it readies for winter lasting only a few days.
Timing is everything, and I've have mistimed it 3 years in a row, until now.
I give you, Flicker of Fall.
Occupied by the Anasazi indians approximately eight hundred years ago, this historical monument is located in the state of Utah, and has never been excavated or restored.
It is a true privilege to be able to stand in the more remote areas which comprise much of this nation's history.
Darkness of Starlight
Undulating Sandstone Hills
Fierce Glow Epic Night
- Jennie O -
There are so many places on this planet that few have the opportunity to visit. Even when you get there, it is hard to believe that a place like this exists in our world.
Located in Arizona, where ironically aliens are often sighted, this terrestrial site lives.
There are times when uncontrollable situations can get in the way of capturing the right moment. This is one of those cases, where the government shutdown of 2013 presented a challenge in acquiring this photograph.
Armed with determination I hiked 14 miles round trip carrying my gear from the point where the National Park was closed, to reach the beauty of the Grand Canyon's edge at sunset.
This particular outing provided multiple opportunities to capture different compositions and feel. Horizons as seen here provides a window into the irradiant warmth of the suns departing glow, while Horizons 2.0 in the Vert category provides a slightly cooler palette welcoming a soothing night.
The spirit of aloha is never far when in the Hawaiian Islands while experiencing the hues of a vivid sunset.
As the sun tucks away behind Lanai, the tide dances across the shore, on it's everlasting rhythm of ebb and flow. Enticing the soul to partake in life's endless journey toward joyful embrace.
You'll never know when the lake will reveal it's most magical moments. While doing a routine scouting trip in search of picturesque areas around Tahoe, my family and I came across this small cove.
The purpose of my trip was mostly to practice composition, and to test equipment and settings; when unexpectedly the sky and fleeting clouds stole my attention.
The lake didn't have a ripple going through it's surface, creating a perfect mirror of the graceful colors above. I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, giving me the opportunity to capture this shot.
I have heard about Colorado's beautiful Aspens colors in fall, so I decided to go and see it for myself. After driving for a full day and reaching Maroon Bells, I decided to lean back and tuck in for the night. I was awakened by a biting chill, with 3 inches of snow covering my truck.
Although this is not the autumn scene I had imagined, I was pleasantly surprised by the stunning juxtaposition of the golden aspens being threatened by winter's grasp.
Often we think about the world revolving around us, but this is nothing more than an illusion.
If you've ever sat and watched the stars, from our perspective they appear to gently move across the sky. But the truth of it is, that we are the ones rotating and traveling through the vastness of space amongst the stars.
This image was realized by capturing 50 sequential frames over a period of an hour and a half. Stacking these images demonstrates the constant movement of the night sky form our point of view.
This is not the typical scenery you expect to see when told this is a photograph from my Maui vacation.
Maui holds a lot more than just beautiful beaches. Haleakala is a National Park which is home to a dormant volcano known for it's majestic sunrises.
While waiting for the sun to make it's appearance, I took a moment to change my perspective. Once turned around, I discovered the amazing sight of the milky way setting over the observatories.