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22 Sep 2020
Last Light on Fire Canyon - Valley of Fire

Last Light on Fire Canyon – Valley of Fire State Park

This image was taken on the first night of our trip a little over a week ago while we watch to last light on Fire Canyon fade away. We definitely had no trouble with the smoke from all the wild fires that were raging in the west. We had very strong winds from the east, so strong that it blew over semi-trucks on I-15 in Utah. Where we were I had to hold onto my camera tripod to make sure […]

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 […]

02 Jan 2020

My Photo Highlights of 2019

The Visual Highlights of 2019 It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one, and a new decade. 2019 was quieter travel-wise, but it still provided plenty of visual opportunities. Our little family made some memorable trips throughout California. As for a personal update 2019 was a lot less dramatic than previous years. Life still has it’s challenges being a widower and single parent, but no where near as […]

18 Feb 2019
New Life From a Fallen Sentinel

New Life from a Fallen Sentinel – Featured Image

Not the typical image you would see from the redwood forests in Northern California, but one that I have been drawn to for a long time. This is photo is one of those hidden gems from my back catalog of photos from previous trips. Taken in Redwood National Park almost nine years ago–I always loved this image but could never quite get the composition to work. That is until I changed the crop from it’s horizontal-orientation to a vertical one. […]

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 Over 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 – 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 […]