Glacier Gold

Glacier Gold

While volunteering with the Sierra Club on a mountain goat and pika census mission at Glacier National Park, I realized how delicate is the balance between nature and mankind.

After hiking and covering a vast area of the park, I was gifted with expansive beautiful sights, but very little wild life, mountain goats and pikas were nowhere to be found.

While crossing a wild flower field, I stumbled upon this majestic view that seemed as though forgotten by time.

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Amongst Giants

Amongst Giants

From the moment you walk in to the giant Redwood grove; you can smell the bark, feel the mist on your skin, and barely see the tree tops which disappear into the clouds.  Makes one wonder the things these trees have experienced over two millennia.

This Trillium forges its way up towards the sun despite the fact that it's eclipsed by two thousand year old Redwoods.  Some may overlook the more minute details of the forest, while being enchanted by it's grandeur.

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Earth's Glow

Earth's Glow

While touring the southwest, there are many interesting sights to see.  Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona holds distinct geological features which offer a magnificent display of colors, not to be missed.

There are two canyons to visit, the lower canyon offers a more confined and intimate experience.  With the use of long exposures, one can appreciate the array of colors created by light as it dances around the sandstones walls.

Horizons 2.0

Horizons 2.0

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 2.0 provides a cooler palette welcoming a soothing night, where as Horizons in the Full category provides a window into the irradiant warmth of the suns departing glow.

 

 

Sandstone Abyss

Sandstone Abyss

The power of nature's erosion has carved this sandstone into a delicate and artistic form.  The colors inside change throughout the day, as the sun makes it's march across the sky.  The hues of these sandstone walls vary as the light finds it's way from the surface to the depths of the canyon.

This image is possible through the use of blending multiple long exposures to define the broad range of color, shadows, and light.

 

The Witness

The Witness

This lonely but fierce tree carved a life on volcanic rock at the edge of a rising ocean.  While having been a witness to many majestic sunsets, and the seasonal Humpback whale migrations, this witness has now been silenced by the rising ocean tides.

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Bug's Eye View

Bug's Eye View

On a lovely spring afternoon in Holland, Michigan I had the opportunity to visit a tulip farm.  I couldn't believe the amount of flowers and colors around. Inspired, I set off to capture a shot that represented the essence of this place.

I found that by nestling in amongst the buds, I could achieve a spectacular bug's eye view.

 

 

Morning Mist

Morning Mist

The Columbia River Gorge hides many treasures amongst it's lush landscapes.  Tucked away out of sight from the hiking trail, this waterfall is framed by the rolling mist and mossy trees.

Walking along such pristine woods on an early autumn morning can really make you appreciate these gifts in nature.

 

 

Fern Alley

Fern Alley

During spring each year, this gully becomes a roaring river.  By late spring as the water recedes, new life emerges from these walls.  The ferns uncoil to soak in the fleeting sun, while the still waters below reveal a mosaic of stones. 

Fallen

Fallen

On a normal basis waking up at dawn seems like an arduous task, but when camping and exploring nature, I can hardly wait for the day to start. Surrounded by wilderness, the smell of clean air and plants invigorates the senses.

While wondering about this river, I literally stumbled and almost fell onto this Maple leaf.  Realizing the irony, I decided to set up my tripod and capture this beautiful scene.

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Brothers in Stars

Brothers in Stars

I can imagine these two trees growing up together from small seeds.  Enduring winter storms, seasons of drought, and even dodging a few wild fires side by side.

They now stand tall, paying reverence to the twinkling night sky.

 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

What lies down this path?  My curiosity and imagination began to overflow.  Among the giant redwoods and flowing clovers, many ferns were concealing which curious creatures?  

An amazing thing happens when you allow your inner child to come out and play.  While life encourages us to be grown ups dealing with facts and figures, on occasion we can embrace the fairytale and enjoy life's little fantasies.