A Review of Landscape Photography Expeditions of 2022
Photos from Canada, California, Carolinas, Alaska, Maine and More
2022 turned out to be a very good year for me with many new landscape photographs taken from new locations. The year is never planned out from start to finish. I always have a few places on my mind, but if the mood strikes me to go somewhere, that may be all it takes to set up a trip.
I am sharing here just a couple from each of my ten trips in 2022 to capture beautiful and stunning landscape images to create fine art prints for your walls. Of course, there were many more, all of which are in my galleries on this website. The ones included here are simply personal favorites.
The year got off to a fast start in January shooting Winter in the Canadian Rockies. I got to some stunning locations like in “Canadian Reflection” plus one now off the bucket list with “Emerald Lake Sunset”. There were so many more from the best Winter expedition I have ever had.
In March, I made a return trip to California to photograph Hot Creek Springs in the Eastern Sierra and to Death Valley to photograph in the Twenty Mule Team Canyon. I have been to Death Valley several times, but never came away with something good from the Canyon. This trip was the charm as I was thrilled with my results from there.
In April, it was off to the North Carolina Outer Banks. This was another one of those places that had been on the list for quite some time. April is a great time of year to be there for the sun angles, especially at Lake Matamuskeet with the sun rising behind the Cypress trees. The sunrise light on the lighthouse and sand dunes was incredible.
In May, I finally made the trip to Crater Lake National Park to capture the deep blue waters in the crater surrounded by snow. Fortunately, the Park Service was doing a tremendous job keeping the road clear so I could get to the important overlooks. The conditions were just fantastic.
June brought me to North Carolina to photograph the Rhoddodendrons blooming at Craggy Gardens. While there, I just had to photograph the iconic tree at Craggy Gardens in the fog. I wound up coming down with the COVID virus for the first time, so I didn’t get much else.
Still in June, I headed down to Key West, Florida. I had photographed the middle Keys before, but had not made it down to Key West until now. The weather was perfect and I was able to capture some really nice images like the one below. They are available to see at my separate Florida Keys Gallery. It was a busy month, so July was a good month to stay home, catch up and recover.
August had me on the road again. This time is was to Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia and to Maine to photograph some lighthouses and summer scenes in Acadia National Park. This was one of those rare occasions when Mother Nature smiled on me and give me great skies. It feels so good when this happens and you don’t feel like you have to go back, as there are so many other locations I need to go to.
Early September was my first serious landscape trip to Alaska for Fall colors. I joined my good friend Jess Lee, www.jessleephotos.com, for this one. Alaska is a big area and having two people to drive allows you to be out more. We had great weather in Denali National Park and we had an early snowfall to cover the tops of the mountains. I could not have asked for more.
Early October was time again to pair up with Jess and we headed to the Canadian Rockies to find Fall color and other scenes. Fall color there is limited, as it is not like Southwest Colorado. We covered ground from south of Canmore to the north end of the Icefields Parkway in Jasper, with a bunch of places in between. I think Bow Lake was just incredible and could go back just for that alone.
Late October was to be the last trip of the year. This was a good thing. I was pretty much cooked at this point and had a ton of work to do editing and processing photos from recent trips. Once again, I paired up with Jess and we covered huge amounts of ground from Joshua Tree National Park in California to southwest desert areas in Arizona and Utah. We worked seriously with drones for the first time and got pretty comfortable with them. It was a blast but we only scratched the surface of what we can do with them.
November and December were at home catching up while preparing for a Winter trip to Yosemite National Park in January with Jess. I think our wives are wondering why we don’t get tired of each other, but we are always on the same page photographically and I feel we get so much done working together. Below is a sneak peak of 2023.