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”.

Due to the California drought, it’s been about 6 years since there has been enough snow on top of the mountain to create enough snowmelt water for this to happen. Needless to say, there were some pretty big crowds to navigate. The result was well worth it!

Firefall in Yosemite
"Firefall" - Prints Available


Yosemite Moonrise over Half Dome
"Yosemite Moonrise" - Prints Available


In March, Jason and I headed up to the Carolina coast. Our first target was the trees in Lake Matamuskeet, North Carolina. Unfortunately, three days of skies that were either clear of any clouds or covered with solid heavy clouds. Either way, there was no sunrise photograph to be had, so we had to move on.

We headed down to Charleston to check to status of the spring lower bloom at Magnolia Plantation. The main targets were the long white bridge and the flowers under the oak trees. We were there last year, but it just wasn’t happening so we came away empty handed. This year, we were pleasantly surprised to see a rather healthy bloom and, over several days, captured exactly the images we were hoping for.

Magnolia Plantation Flowers
"Magnolia Flowers" - Prints Available


Magnolia Plantation flowers and white bridge
"Spring Reflections" - Prints Available


Azalea flowers under oak trees magnolia plantation
"Azalea Splendor" - Prints Available


Spring Oak tree with flowers underneath
"Spring Oak" - Prints Available


white footbridge reflecting in water at magnolia plantation
"Serenity" - Prints Available


So, two very different locations and two goals accomplished. Next up, I’ll be leaving mid-April to Oregon with Kelly. It will be my fourth trip to Oregon, but we’ll be working some areas we have not gone to before. Oregon is, obviously, a target rich environment.

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