The Adventures Of A Landscape Photographer

I have been fortunate to have been able to travel to many locations in the United States and other countries in pursuit of landscape and wildlife images. I wanted to keep a journal of these experiences for my own reflections. I also wanted to offer information as to what I learned at many of these locations to others that might be looking to go there for similar purposes.

I Hope You Enjoy Reading About My Adventures

Washington State And The North Cascades
July 2021

Mount St. Helens, North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier and the Lavender Farm at Mount Hood were drawing me to the Pacific Northwest in July for Landscape Photography...

Yosemite National Park In Spring Glory
May 2021

Half Dome, El Capitan, the Merced River, Yosemite Falls and Dogwoods in bloom are all a reason to photograph in Yosemite National Park in May.

My good friend, Jess Lee (www...

Photographing the California Big Sur Coast
May 2021

Soberanes Point, Garrapata State Park, Monterey 17 mile Drive, McWay Falls and other areas on the Big Sur coast are just some of the reasons to be on the California Coast for landscape photography...

Photographing The Smoky Mountains in the Spring
April 2021

Clingman's Dome, Newfound Gap, The Little River, Tremont, Roaring Fork, Cades Cove and Dogwoods in bloom are great reasons to be in the Smoky Mountains in April for Landscape Photography...

Photographing The Desert Southwest
March 2021

Factory Butte, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, Bryce Canyon and Red Rock Canyon are all great locations for Landscape Photography and it was time for a visit...

Pacific Coast Landscape Photography
January 2021

Cape Disappointment, Shore Acres State Park, Samuel Boardman Scenic Area, Gold Beach, Yaquina Head and Columbia River Gorge were all on the to-do list for this trip...

Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park
August 2020

Flower season at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park were the first two targets after having to say home for six months due to COVID-19. It was long overdue...

Italian Dolomites In Winter
February 2020

For quite a few years I have wanted to experience and photograph the mountains in Italy, known as the Dolomites. I love snow covered mountains, so it just made sense to make this trip during the winter...

Chasing Photographs In The Utah Desert
November 2019

I had a crazy nine days in Utah exploring areas I had not been to before, while trying to capture some fall color. The Weather Gods gave me clouds only on one day so most of the time was spent searching for more intimate scenes that would not have sky in them...

Fall In Yellowstone & The Tetons
September 2019

Although I have photographed in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks before, I had not been there in the Fall. I have been spending the fall season shooting in Utah and Colorado in the past, but it was time for a change...

Photographing Arizona and Utah in Summer
July & August 2019

I managed two expeditions to the American Southwest this summer in July and August. There are so many photographic subjects there, and with unpredictable weather, it simply takes a lot of time to cover it all...

Photographing In Oregon
June 2019

We first headed to the coast at Cannon Beach to photograph Haystack Rock at sunset. It turned out to be heavy overcast and covered in fog, so we hoped for the morning...

South Dakota and Wyoming Photography Report
May 2019

South Dakota is home to Badlands National Park, which contains some of the most unique rock formations that I have ever seen. Also nearby are areas like Custer State Park and Theodore Roosevelt National Park...

Norway Lofoten Islands In Winter
February 2019

The Lofoten Islands off the northern coast of Norway are unlike any other place I know of. There are snow covered mountains everywhere with many of them right on the edge of the sea...

Photographing Iceland In Winter
January 2019

I have made two previous expeditions to photograph in Iceland, but both were in the summer. The sun rises and sets from the south in the winter, which results in different possibilities in addition to the winter scenes...

The Hunt For Southwest Colorado Fall Color
September 2018

My son Jason and I arrived in Southwest Colorado hoping to find that there had been an early snowfall on the mountains like last year, but it was not to be...

Sedona and Grand Canyon Summer Storm Photography
August 2018

August is definitely the time to be in the Southwest with the high likelihood of great clouds and storms. The goal was to capture some great images and I was thrilled with my success...

Photographing Central Oregon
July 2018

After a couple of years of talking about it, my sister was finally able to accompany me on one of my photo expeditions. We had a fantastic time together and the search for images almost became unimportant...

The Oregon Coast & California Redwoods
July 2018

Our main target of this expedition was the northern California redwoods. We were hoping to capture some of the Rhododendrons in bloom among the redwoods, but they were apparently on a different schedule than usual this year...

Arizona and Utah At Night
April 2018

When the skies are clear and you can’t get the sunrise and sunset images you want, there is the option of going out and doing some night photography. The Milky Way core is above the horizon from late March through October, so it isn’t a year round opportunity...

Photographing the Eastern Sierra & Death Valley
March 2018

The eastern side of the Sierra Mountains near Bishop, California provide many opportunities for great landscape photographs. I have been there before, but I had some unfinished business there...

The Lofoten Islands Of Norway in Winter
February 2018

At the far north end of Norway, above the 68th parallel, lie the Lofoten Islands. The jagged mountains rise straight up out of the various fjords and are so close, it seems you can reach out and touch them...

Photographing the Carolina Coast and Low Country
December 2017

December would seem like an odd time to go to the coast for photography, but the sun rises and sets to the south resulting in much different photo opportunities than in the summer...

Chasing Fall Color In Southwest Colorado
September 2017

The San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado can simply be spectacular in the fall if you have the good fortune to have some snow on the mountains. The last time we were there, two years ago, there wasn’t much snow and it was somewhat disappointing...

Spring at Roan Mountain and Mount Rainier
June and July 2017

June and July were busy months, photographically and otherwise. One of the main attractions in the east in June is the Rhododendron bloom in the mountains of North Carolina...

Photographing Patagonia In The Fall
April 2017

Patagonia is an area at the southern tip of South America. It is comprised of two large national parks and has some incredible mountains. Being in the southern hemisphere, it is the fall season in April...

California Eastern Sierra In Winter
February 2017

There are many photographic possibilities in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California. We arrived right when the big winter storms where hitting the mountains...

Photographing Fall In The Georgia Mountains
October 2016

There are a variety of options in late October for fall color. This year, I was visiting with family in North Georgia, but I knew there were some opportunities there...

Utah and Colorado Fall Color Photography
September 2016

Utah and the Wasatch Mountains were the main target for western fall color this year, because different from Colorado, in Utah some of the leaves turn red in addition to yellow...

Maine Coast and Acadia In Summer
August 2016

In August, the sun rises and sets in Maine from the best locations. The other issue on the coast is the tides. You really want to be there when the tide is close to high at sunrise and sunset to avoid the look of low tide, which is not that attractive...

Photographing Iceland in Summer
July 2016

My daughter Kelly and I went to Iceland four years ago, but it is too much to cover in one trip so we finally made our return in July. I had done much more research and planning this time so I wouldn’t leave out anything of importance...

Oregon Spring Waterfalls and Flowers
April 2016

When you think of Spring, you usually think of April. Flowers are blooming, the trees are lush and green, snow is still on the mountains and the water is flowing in the waterfalls...

Yosemite Firefall and Carolina Flowers
February & March 2016

In February, I headed to Yosemite National Park to photograph the phenomenon known as “Firefall”. For about a week in February, the setting sun lights up Horsetail Falls on El Capitan, resulting in a look of the falls being “on fire”...

California Coast Sunsets and Big Waves
January 2016

My daughter Kelly and I headed to the coast to photograph a number of locations from San Francisco down to the Big Sur area. Our first effort was the lighthouse at Pigeon Point, and the sunset was just fantastic...

Fall Color In The Smoky Mountains
October 2015

The Smoky Mountains have a wide variety of photographic possibilities from the rivers in the valley to the outstanding views from the top of the mountains...

Mount Rainier Summer Photography
August 2015

In just about every year on record, the wildflowers in the pastures surrounding Mount Rainier bloomed in August. There are limited places to stay near the park due to its remote location, so you have to make your lodging arrangements six months in advance...

Summer Storms in Red Rock Country
July 2015

Summertime brings rain and thunderstorms to the Southwest allowing you an opportunity to get in the right place for rainbows and lightning strikes. This was the main reason we headed to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah in the heat of July...

Photographing the Grand Tetons in the Spring
April 2015

It had been a year since I had last photographed the Grand Tetons. Spring is a beautiful time there with the flowers in full bloom. Last year, the weather pattern had the clouds covering the mountains for almost the entire time we were there, preventing a vast majority of any photographic opportunities...

Photographing the Carolina Coast and Oak Trees
January 2015

Last August I attempted to photograph the coastal areas but was plagued by the dreaded cloudless skies and came away with zip. So, I looked at winter sun angles and tide charts and decided to try again...

Mount Assiniboine and Fall In Colorado
September 2014

Ever since I saw the landscape photographs of Mount Assiniboine in Alberta, Canada several years ago, I knew I just had to get there. It’s a remote place, where you access a small lodge by helicopter...

Yosemite National Park and the California Coast
May 2014

Spring is a great time to photograph in Yosemite National Park. The Dogwoods are in bloom, the fields are green and the waterfalls are running from the snowmelt...

Photographing The Canadian Rockies In Winter
January 2014

After photographing the Canadian Rockies a few years ago in the summer, we knew we had to come back for the winter. After learning of the bubbles frozen in ice layers at Abraham Lake, my son Jason and I could wait no longer...