Travel

Sep 282014
 
Fall Color Report - Mt. Lassen to Mammoth Lakes, California

For the past couple of days, I’ve been traveling south from north central California to the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, with an eye out for fall color. Starting from Mount Shasta, I drove southeast on California Hwy 89, through Lassen Volcanic National Park, down to Lake Tahoe and then continuing over Monitor Pass to the eastern Sierras. I continued south on US Hwy 395, arriving at Mammoth Lakes this afternoon. While I have seen a bit of fall color, [read more …]

Jul 162014
 
Rafting the Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Southern Oregon’s Rogue River has long been a favorite of whitewater rafting and kayaking enthusiasts, fishermen, hikers and wildlife lovers. After a couple of inflatable raft trips running the 40-mile length of the Wild & Scenic designated portion of the river, and a short hike on a section of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail, I’ve become a huge fan myself and highly recommend the Rogue for anyone looking for adventure in a beautiful, unspoiled setting. My most recent trip was with a [read more …]

Mar 302014
 
Road Trip

What is it about road trips that makes them so alluring? Reflecting on past trips brings back a flood of memories, and thinking about the next one brings excitement and anticipation. What will you see, learn and experience on the journey ahead? Like many Americans, Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley, and William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways were a major influence on me in my formative years, and these classic road trip books remain personal [read more …]

Mar 102014
 
Top 10 Places on the Big Island for Nature Photography

For a number of years I had the good fortune to live on the Big Island of Hawaii. The largest in size (but not population) of all the Hawaiian Islands, it also has the most diversity of climate and terrain. Within a few hours you can travel from palm-fringed tropical beaches to lush rainforest to arid desert to a live volcano and to the top of 13,796-foot Mauna Kea. The Big Island is rich in opportunities for any kind of [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 …]

Feb 182014
 
Top 10 Places on Maui for Nature and Landscape Photography

A photographer friend who purchased my Oregon and Washington guidebooks, and who knew that I lived in Hawaii for many years, recently asked for recommendations on the best places on the islands of Maui and Hawaii for landscape photography. Like most photographers visiting the Hawaiian Islands, my friend has a limited number of days for his vacation and won’t have time to run around the islands to all the locations shown in general interest visitor guides. Here are my suggestions [read more …]

Feb 142014
 

Oregon became the 33rd of the United States on February 14th, 1859. To celebrate the day I’ve put up a little slideshow on my website with photographs that show some of the reasons that I love living here. Click on that link for a better, larger view of the photos. If you’re an Oregon lover too, please share the show, and leave a Comment with your favorite thing about this great state.

Dec 052013
 
North Cascades Highway Winter Closure

As it does every year, the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Highway 20, commonly known as the North Cascades Highway. This incredibly scenic road is the most northerly route through the Cascade Mountains in the USA. Winter storms dump a lot of snow in this area, and there is a high danger of avalanches in several spots along the highway. The road will stay closed until enough snow melts to lessen avalanche danger and make it possible [read more …]

Nov 282013
 
Red Rock Balloon Rally

The annual Red Rock Balloon Rally is the second largest balloon rally in the world, surpassed only by the much more famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This rally has been held every year since 1981, and this year’s event, December 6-8, 2013, is expected to draw over 200 hot air balloons to Red Rock Park just outside of Gallup, New Mexico. One of the highlights of the rally is Dawn Patrol on Saturday morning. Pilots and their crews start inflating the balloons in the [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 …]