Nature Photography

Apr 072017
 
Wildflowers at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Spring has definitely (and finally!) arrived in western Oregon, with wildflowers and gardens bursting into bloom. Mount Pisgah Arboretum and surrounding Howard Buford Recreation Area is an excellent place to see and photograph a good variety of native plants. As usual, Osoberry and Spring Beauty were among the very first to bloom, soon to be followed by the Trilliums, always a northwest favorite. Two species of Trillium are found at Mt. Pisgah: Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum) is common throughout the [read more …]

Jun 092016
 
Palouse Photography Locations Update

My photographer friends are reporting that the conditions in the Palouse area of southeast Washington are fantastic right now for photographing the rolling hills of wheat and pea fields. If you’re up there now or planning to go and are using my book Photographing Washington as a guide, there is an update posted on the publisher’s website at www.phototripusa.com/updates/index.htm#link6. As noted in that update, a classic old barn on Glendale Road that had been the subject of many photographs collapsed a few years [read more …]

May 232016
 
Best of the Northwest Photo Presentation

Thanks to the King City Camera Club for inviting me to give a presentation on the best locations for nature photography in the Pacific Northwest. Great group and a good Q&A session after the slideshow. I’m always happy to share my photos and knowledge of the many great photo locations in Oregon and Washington with camera clubs and outdoors organizations. If your group would like to book a presentation, just shoot me an email.

Mar 212016
 
Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast

Cape Kiwanda and the beach at Pacific City are unique among locations on the Oregon coast for several reasons. And each of those unique attributes makes an excellent subject for photography. First, unlike the volcanic rock that forms most headlands on the coast, Cape Kiwanda is largely sandstone. As typical of that soft rock, it gets eroded by water and wind into pleasing formations. Second, Haystack Rock, a volcanic remnant, is the sole sea stack jutting out of the ocean [read more …]

Feb 192016
 
Top 10 Places on Oahu for Nature Photography

Anyone visiting the Hawaiian Island of Oahu will certainly want to photograph all the postcard scenes like Diamond Head, the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, and cultural attractions like Byodo-In and the Polynesian Cultural Center on the windward side of the island. For those with a real interest in nature photography, there is a lot more to Oahu than just busy Waikiki and the historic sites of Honolulu. Oahu is also an island of great natural beauty and there [read more …]

Feb 062016
 
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

I recently posted this photo on my Facebook page and one of the initial comments was from a photographer wanting to know the location because he was surprised that there were no ATV tracks in my photo. The federally-designated Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches for many miles along the central Oregon coast. Many visitors just make a brief stop at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area a little south of Florence. Or they may visit several state and county [read more …]

Nov 092015
 
Vine Maple in Autumn

Earlier this fall a friend posted a photo on Facebook of vine maple trees on the shore of Clear Lake up in the Cascade Mountains. The trees were vibrant with fall color and the wonderful blue-green color of the north end of the lake added to the beauty of the scene. I knew the area where my friend’s photo was made, so on the next day with suitably overcast weather I headed up to the McKenzie River Trail for the [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 …]

Oct 082015
 
Fall Color on Steens Mountain

If you’re looking for a good place to photograph Fall Color, Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon is looking good right now. Overall, I’d say this is not a great year for fall color in the Pacific Northwest, due to the lack of rain and unusually warm temperatures we’ve had going back to early spring, but on a visit to the Steens earlier this week I found plenty of colorful trees to work with. Driving the Steens Mountain Loop starting at [read more …]