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Category : Feature Image

23 Mar 2020
Precipice Lake in the Morning Light

Looking at 2020: The Social Distancing Edition

This post is two months later than I had intended, but my personal life has been a bit hectic of late. We moved to a new house in February which has consumed any spare moment I’ve had the last three months. The year has started pretty chaotic between the move, uncertainty of future work thanks to AB-5 in California, and now the whole world is social distancing and self-quarantining itself. For now, looking ahead to future summer and fall trips […]

24 Oct 2018
Last Light on Half Dome, Yosemite NP

Last Light on Half Dome – Featured Image

I just got back from a fantastic four-day trip through the Sierra Nevada starting in Yosemite National Park on the west and crossing over eastern side of the range to take in the fall colors. This was my view of the ever-beautiful Half Dome the first evening of the trip, and what a view it was. The trip itself was just a great time to slow down, take a deep breath, collect thoughts, and pray. It was especially invigorating being […]

23 Jul 2018
Summer Storm in the Sierra Nevada

Summer Storm in the Sierra Nevada – Featured Image

Summer is one of my favorite seasons  to visit the eastern side of California when you can see dramatic weather like this summer storm in the Sierra Nevada. Your morning could be completely clear and by lunchtime the day may look like this. I just got back from a backpacking trip with my brothers to the Big Pine Lakes/Temple Crag part of the Inyo National Forest. It was an incredible trip even if it was a bit soggy and mosquito-filled. […]

03 Jul 2018
Capital Reef National Park

Capital Reef National Park – Featured Image

Capital Reef may not get the attention it’s fellow ‘Big 5’ Utah parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Canyonlands) but it’s still a sight to behold. It’s also off the beaten path in central Utah, so it’s not one of the places you go see while going somewhere else (though that’s what we did en-route to Goblin Valley). We also experienced some dramatic spring  weather on our drive to the park getting sleet and rain while driving through the mountains […]

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, […]