National Parks

Jun 022017
 
Redwoods Workshop Wrap Up

I’m just back from my “Redwoods in the Fog” photo workshop for Muench Workshops. We had great shooting conditions including a nice mix of sunshine, overcast, and fog. The timing for the workshop was also excellent as the rhododendrons were just really starting to bloom. As usual, the area around Damnation Creek Trail in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park had the most profuse bloom. Late spring/early summer is also a great time of year for photography in the Redwoods [read more …]

Nov 042015
 
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

In late September I had the pleasure of co-leading a photo workshop in Yellowstone National Park with Terry Donnelly. One of the areas we took the workshop participants to was Lamar Valley. This part of Yellowstone is more known as one of the best places to view bison and wolves, but it is also a great fall color location thanks to several stands of cottonwood and aspen. I’ll return to Lamar Valley next summer to lead another photo workshop for [read more …]

Apr 072015
 
Yellowstone Photo Workshop

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be co-leading a photo workshop in Yellowstone National Park this Fall. For anyone interested in sharpening their skills in landscape and nature photography, this will be a great opportunity in one of the iconic locations of North America. This photography workshop is one of the many wonderful programs offered each year by the Yellowstone Association. My co-leader for the workshop is long-time friend Terry Donnelly, who has been conducting workshops at Yellowstone for [read more …]

Mar 082014
 
Mount Rainier National Park Road Construction

If your photography plans include a trip to Mount Rainier National Park anytime in the next several months, you may encounter delays due to construction on Washington State Highway 706. Reconstruction and improvements to the section of the highway from the Nisqually Entrance, through Longmire, and up to the Paradise Meadows area began this month and work will continue through summer and into early autumn. Traveling on this section of the road Monday through Friday, you’ll need to allow an [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 …]

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 …]

Dec 122011
 
Haleakala Crater at Dawn

One of the most popular things to do on the island Maui is watching the sunrise from the rim of Haleakala crater. Almost everyone goes right to the summit viewpoint. Much less crowded and just as spectacular is the view from Kalahaku Overlook. This view, looking north instead of east to the sunrise, shows the prominent cinder cones in the crater (technically speaking, it’s a caldera, not a crater). On the upper right, Sliding Sands Trail is visible, leading to [read more …]

Oct 302011
 
Parks Canada Centennial

The U.S. can proudly claim the world’s first National Park with the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, but Canada was the first country to institute a nationwide parks service, and 2011 marks the centennial of Parks Canada. Today, Parks Canada manages 42 National Parks, plus a bunch of National Landmarks, Historic Places and Conservation Areas. Those of us in western North America are most familiar with Banff, Waterton Lakes  and Jasper National Parks, all of which are outstanding [read more …]

Aug 092011
 
Mount Rainier Wildflowers

  In a year with more typical weather, the meadows in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park would look something like this photo around the first week of August, and the place would be swarming with photographers. This year, while much of the country suffers under sweltering heat, summer has barely arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The La Niña weather pattern brought us a long, cool and wet winter and spring, and lots of snow in the mountains. [read more …]