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22 Jun 2018
Factory Butte

Factory Butte, Utah – Featured Image

Factory Butte in Utah stands out from it’s neighboring landmarks (Capital Reef NP and Goblin Valley) because it doesn’t have that red-hued rock permeating the landscape. In fact it’s distinctive color palette, a gray landscape highlighted with a yellow that sometimes neared a sufur-yellow, made a lot of my photos from the area look unrealistic. They look like those vintage hand-painted photos from the early 20th century. These badlands are beautiful to explore but visitors need to be aware this […]

07 Jun 2018
Goblin Valley, Utah

Goblin Valley at Sunset – Featured Image

Goblin Valley State Park has such other-worldly features it was hard to take it all in and figure how I was going to photograph it. I can only think of two other places where I have had same sense of  visual overload (one being White Pocket and the other being the coastal Redwoods). From those past experiences I learned not try and take it all in, or attempt to document it all photographically. Rather just focus on a couple key […]

31 May 2018
Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers, Utah – Featured Image

I just returned from a trip through Utah where we saw many many incredible sights like the striking rock formation pictured above, the Fisher Towers, near Moab. This was high on my list of places to explore in Utah and it didn’t disappoint (though I could have done without all the annoying little bugs). We were fortunate enough to get an outstanding sunset view (one of the few we got on the trip) for about five minutes just as we […]

16 May 2018
Eureka Dunes After Summer Storm

Eureka Dunes After a Storm, Death Valley National Park – Featured Image

Jackson Bentley: What is it, Major Lawrence, that attracts you personally to the desert? T.E. Lawrence: It’s clean. – Lawrence of Arabia (1962) One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies. Anyone who has been in the desert extensively, especially on sand dunes after a rain or windstorm, can understand that statement. There is something so refreshing about looking out over seemingly untouched sand dunes that have been swept clean of any footprints or other human marks. […]

30 Apr 2018
Corkscrew Tree, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Corkscrew Tree – Featured Image

This ancient skewed tree is one of my favorites in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest just east of the Sierra Nevada, in the White Mountains. I affectionately call it the Corkscrew Tree (not it’s actual name) because of it’s twisted tree trunk. These distinctively contorted trees live in one the harshest growing environments, and yet are some of the oldest known living organisms in the world. The oldest being the Methuselah tree which is over 4,800 years old.

25 Apr 2018
Medano Creek Mud, Great Sand Dunes National Park

Medano Creek Mud – Featured Image

One of the unique features of the sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park is you have to cross a creek, Medano Creek, to get to the them. It’s not particularly deep so it’s easy to cross and most vistors to the park rarely take notice of the body of water they’re crossing. But as you can see it creates it’s own visual features. Capturing these images in the pre-dawn hours not only gave these images their blue tones, […]

09 Apr 2018
Storm Clouds Gathering Over McGee Mountain

Storm Clouds Gathering Over McGee Mountain – Featured Image

The summer season in the eastern Sierra Nevada often brings thunder storms to the area which can lead to some rather dramatic clouds as they pass through the mountains. It’s one of my favorite times of year to visit, and explore this incredible mountain range. Last summer was my first time visiting McGee Creek and McGee Mountain, but I am sure it won’t be my last.

04 Apr 2018
Morning Clouds in the Cummings Valley

Morning Clouds in the Cummings Valley – Featured Image

Last week I spent some time in Tehachapi and the Cummings Valley where we were treated to a very cold spring storm that gave us some sleet and dusted the surrounding mountains giving us winter look for little over a day. For a town that boast four seasons we were treated to some surprising wintry weather just before Easter. The image above was the day after our sleet storm, as you can see we were still socked in with some […]

15 Mar 2018
Eureka Dunes in Spotlight

Eureka Dunes in Spotlight – Featured Image

Death Valley National Park is a favorite place of mine to visit. And exploring the remote fringes of the park like Eureka Valley  is always a highlight. The most notable part of the valley are the Eureka dunes, the biggest dunes in the park. You won’t find much else out there, but on some occasions you might get your own personal air show courtesy of the Naval fighter jets from the nearby China Lake Naval Base.

26 Feb 2018
Weather-Etched Bristlecone Trunk, White Mountain

Weather-Etched Bristlecone Trunk – Featured Image

The ancient bristlecone trees in the White Mountains are a favorite photo subject for me. Their extremely contorted trunks and limbs make for some interesting visual imagery. But I also like to get up close and look at their weather-worn ancient trunks and branches. The high altitude (12,000 feet above sea level) and harsh weather often strips the bark off of at least one side of the tree and can leave some deeply etched scars on the tree. What you […]