Jun 042014
 
Photographing Washington Wins IBPA Award

I am very happy to announce that my book Photographing Washington won Silver in the Travel category in the Independent Book Publishers Association annual Benjamin Franklin Awards. The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes fifty-two categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. This makes the sixth time that my publisher, PhotoTripUSA, has been honored by the IBPA in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, including my Gold award in Travel for [read more ...]

Apr 192014
 
Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Report

Want to photograph wildflowers at their peak in the Columbia River Gorge? Now’s the time. I’ve been wandering the Oregon side of The Gorge between Hood River and the Deschutes River the past few days, and just about all the regular known locations for wildflowers are looking very good right now. In Hood River Valley, the apple trees in the orchards are covered with delicate white blossoms. The view from Panorama Point is quite striking with the trees in the [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 ...]

Dec 172013
 
Holiday Photo Book Sale

 Still looking for a Christmas present for a photographer friend, or maybe a little something for yourself? My travel guidebooks Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington make excellent gifts. For nature and landscape photographers, they are a gift that will keep on giving for years to come, with excellent advice on where (and when) to go for the best nature photography opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. From now until December 20th, I’m offering free shipping within the USA on both of [read more ...]

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 ...]

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 ...]

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 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 ...]

Mar 222013
 

Washington State Parks – Images by Greg Vaughn  Washington State Parks celebrate their centennial this year. Created in 1913, the system now includes over 100 state parks. Many of these parks are fantastic for nature and landscape photography. Among my favorites as photo destinations are Cape Disappointment, Steptoe Butte, Palouse Falls, Columbia Hills, Steamboat Rock and Deception Pass. As part of the centennial celebration, all Washington State Parks will have free admission on March 30th. There are also events scheduled [read more ...]