Greg Vaughn

Oct 162013
 
Fall Color Photography in Oregon

Autumn just may be the very best time of year for landscape and nature photography in Oregon. Every region of the state boasts locations with vivid fall color. As a bonus, the season for prime color is spread over a period of a couple of months, depending on elevation and region. Vine maples kick in with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows as early as late August in the high Cascade Mountains, while in the Columbia River Gorge the colorful foliage [read more …]

Oct 112013
 
Oregon Fall Color Report: Willamette National Forest

Yesterday I drove Oregon Highway 58 up into the central western Cascade Mountains and found that the fall color is fantastic right now. Plenty of golden bigleaf maple and vine maples with foliage ranging from lemony yellow to reddish-orange. The autumn color is great all the way from Lookout Point Reservoir up to Salt Creek Tunnel, just west of Willamette Pass. Google Map This part of the Willamette National Forest ranges from about 1000′ to 4000′ elevation, and based on [read more …]

Oct 072013
 
Columbia River Gorge Fall Color Report

Fall color is just starting to happen in the Columbia River Gorge. The bigleaf maple and vine maple leaves are taking on autumn hues, but right now there is as much brown as there is the golden yellow that nature and landscape photographers are hoping for. Two weeks from now, it should be looking a lot better and conditions will be prime for photography – peak time for fall color in the Gorge is typically the last week of October [read more …]

Sep 162013
 
Photographing Washington guidebook is here!

It’s finally here! Photographing Washington has arrived and I can now sell and ship autographed copies. This travel guidebook for photographers covers the best places for landscape, scenic and nature photography in The Evergreen State. I logged countless miles on roads and on trails over the past few years doing field research and photography for this book, as well as spending untold hours researching locations on the internet and reading other books about Washington. I also got some great tips from [read more …]

Aug 282013
 
Canyonlands National Park - False Kiva

Prior to leading a photo tour to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in Utah a couple of months ago, I spent a few days exploring the Moab area and doing some photography for myself. One of the first hikes I did was to False Kiva in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. The circle of stones in a cliffside cave certainly resembles the spiritual sites of the Pueblo and Hopi cultures, but apparently it is not [read more …]

Jul 122013
 
Windward Oahu

The Windward side of Oahu has always been one of my favorite places in the Hawaiian Islands, and I was fortunate to live there for a good number of years. This view is from the beach at Waiahole, looking across Kaneohe Bay to Mokoli’i Island (aka “Chinaman’s Hat”) and the Ko’olau Mountains at Kualoa Point. The windward coast is particularly lovely at sunrise.        

Jun 292013
 

  Washington’s Olympic National Park is one of the premier destinations for nature and landscape photography in the Pacific Northwest. The park’s 922,651 acres include three different ecosystems – glaciated mountain peaks, old-growth temperate rainforest and the rugged Pacific coast. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Olympic National Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill establishing the park on June 29, 1938. The natural beauty and environmental importance of the area is further recognized with [read more …]

Apr 142013
 
Stuff That Works: Really Right Stuff Tripod Ballheads

My very first tripod, many years ago now, was a lightweight, aluminum set of legs with a mostly plastic pan and tilt head. It was better than nothing, but it didn’t take long to realize that it was not sturdy enough to let me get really sharp photos, especially when I used a telephoto lens. As budget allowed I upgraded, each time getting a bigger, heavier tripod, and trading the pan and tilt type head for a ballhead. At some [read more …]

Apr 072013
 
Tulip Time in the Pacific Northwest

After months of gray skies and dreary weather, the sight of daffodils and tulips popping up in gardens, fields and farms is a delight here in the Pacific Northwest. The colorful flowers are fabulous for photography, and several of the biggest bulb growers in Washington and Oregon open their fields for photographers. Tulips start to show their color in March and the blossoming continues into May, with the big fields usually in their prime around the second and third weeks [read more …]

Mar 312013
 
University of Washington Cherry Trees

It’s cherry blossom time and the trees are blooming all over the country. In Washington State, Seattle residents and visitors look forward each spring to the beautiful sight of big old cherry trees covered in delicate pink flowers on the University of Washington campus. The annual bloom is certainly an event for photography, and on a sunny, spring day there will be many people at the campus Quad, almost all with cameras, using everything from a cell phone to a [read more …]