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Category : Travel Log

24 Mar 2021
Dichotomy, Bristlecone Tree

Dichotomy, Bristlecone Tree

If I had to pick one subject to photograph my whole life I would be quite happy choosing these rugged, beautifully ancient trees. Thankfully I don’t have to make that decision. The dichotomy of the scene, with the harsh lighting of the midday sun and the clouds dissipating over the White Mountains made this moment an apt time for doing a black & white composition. I was both delighted and disheartened to find out I was able to drive up […]

18 Mar 2021
Eastern Sierra Sunrise

Eastern Sierra Sunrise

When I was planning my trip through the Eastern Sierra Nevada this was high on the list of places to revisit. The whole week leading up I watched the weather forecast frequently hoping for a storm or clouds of any kind. But after the trip started chances of any clouds were getting slimmer by the hour. The night preceding this shot I saw all the clouds blow away as I sat on the Eureka Sand Dunes waiting for a sunset […]

11 Mar 2021
Last Change Range From Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park

Eureka Sand Dunes and Last Chance Range

Last weekend I got to do a little getaway to one of my favorite places to explore, the Eastern Sierra portion of Highway 395. My first night out I stayed at the Eureka Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. I have long wanted to experience the dunes and the nearby mountains, the Last Chance Range, at sunset. It wasn’t the dramatic sunset sky experience I had hoped for, but I did have the unexpected pleasure of hiking through a […]

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 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 […]

06 Feb 2018
First Light on the Panamint Range, Death Valley National Park

First Light on the Panamint Mountains – Featured Image

Death Valley National Park has been a long favorite place to visit for me. And one of my favorite moments on my trips is anticipating the sunrise. This particular shot is looking at the Panamint Mountains, which is western edge of the valley. Because of the sparse vegetation in Death Valley it’s a place where the colorful geological features can really stand out, and vary in look depending on the placement of the sun.