Jan 052017
 
Metlako Falls, Columbia River Gorge

An update to Photographing Oregon, pages 153-155: In December 2016, a series of slides along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge have caused major changes on this popular hike. A bridge washout has closed the trail above Punchbowl Falls, meaning Tunnel Falls is currently inaccessible. It will likely be late summer 2017 at the earliest before repairs are made. More significantly to most photographers, the entire viewpoint for Metlako Falls now rests at the bottom of the [read more …]

Nov 122014
 
Went looking for a waterfall, found a leaf.

Shortly after moving to Oregon a number of years ago, I visited Alsea Falls, a pretty little cascading waterfall on BLM land in the Coast Range mountains. I made a photo on that trip that just didn’t quite make it – an okay image but lacking a certain je ne c’est quois. Ever since then I’ve been meaning to return for a better photo, particularly in autumn, when it’s likely the fall color will enhance the scene. I finally made that [read more …]

Aug 302014
 
Hiking Salmon Lakes Trail in the Oregon Cascades

Mention any place in Oregon you visited with “Waldo” in the name and anyone who knows the central Cascades will ask, “How bad were the mosquitos?” Waldo Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Pacific Northwest, with water purity matched only by Crater Lake, is notorious for the hordes of mosquitos that have spoiled many a summer camping trip or hike at the lake. Naturally, the mosquitos don’t limit themselves to Waldo Lake, and are thick throughout any [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 …]

Oct 232013
 
Oregon Fall Color Report Update

The peak of fall color is hitting the lower elevation areas of western Oregon this last week of October, which is pretty typical for this area. I paid a quick visit to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on Saturday, 10/19/13, and found the the bigleaf maple trees throughout the the waterfall section of the Gorge have some good color. On some trees, the leaves had already turned brown or fallen, but on many others, the golden yellow foliage [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 …]

Nov 232011
 
Maui: Beyond Hana

After negotiating 600 curves and 54 bridges on the narrow, winding 52 miles of Hana Highway, a lot of visitors to Maui just spend a couple of hours in Hana town, make the obligatory stop at Hasegawa General Store, then turn around and head back to the resorts on the south side of the island. That’s a shame, because some the best parts of the Hana Coast, and some of the most scenic locations on the island of Maui, are [read more …]

Nov 192011
 
Triple Play - Three Waterfalls In One Day

A very scenic drive on Forest Service roads in the Umpqua National Forest will take you to a trio of waterfalls between Cottage Grove and Oakridge, Oregon.  I found conditions for photography just about perfect the other day for waterfall photography, with soft light overcast light and good water flow in the creeks thanks to recent rains. To add to the attraction, there is still a bit of fall color left in the lower elevation areas on the west side [read more …]

Sep 302011
 
Waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii was my home for a number of years and is still one of my favorite destinations. Largest of all the Hawaiian Islands, it contains a full range of environments from arid desert to tropical rainforest. Plentiful rainfall on the Hamakua Coast and in the Hilo area – the northeast side of the island – makes for lush forest and a number of waterfalls that are great subjects for nature photography. Best of known of the [read more …]

Aug 102009
 
Mount Adams and Bird Creek Meadows

I’m back up in Washington state this week, photographing the summer wildflower bloom in subalpine meadows. First destination was Bird Creek Meadows on the southeast slope of Mount Adams. With all the heat in the Pacific Northwest last week many of the flowers in the main meadow areas are done for this year, but there are still some great areas. The photo above was taken just below Hellroaring Viewpoint and one below is at Crooked Creek Falls.