Spent a few hours with fellow photographers in various forms of repose capturing this wonderful image and suddenly there came the sun. Wonderful garden, wonderful tree, wonderful conversation.
Can you spot the three surfers??????
After staying overnight at Ocean Shores I was on my way to the Quinault River area driving through rain, mist and early morning sun. Always on the lookout for that special moment and here it was. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Have a look at it with the black background, enjoy.
Certainly not a dry creek the day this image was taken. Just upstream from this spot is Dry Creek Falls and the trail to the falls intersects the Pacific Crest Trail which goes from Mexico to Canada. I started (thanks to the nice lady at the KOA campground) by driving on the road on the east side of city hall in Cascade Locks as far as I could up the hill and parked under the power lines which cross the road. Stop as close to the three large boulders as you can. If your car has very low clearance drive with care. My mini van had no problem. The trail that follows the creek offers lots of possibilities for great images. This trail and falls are a bit of a sleeper in the sense that in three trips to the Gorge I had not ever heard of it. Keep in mind given the name it may be a seasonal falls.
This was my second trip to the Olympic National Forest and Park, the first one was some three years ago and took place in the fall. Needless to say it was a totally different experience this time around. Not all the trees had budded out and it was still raining out quite a bit so the moss in the forest canopy was extremely green. There were more waterfalls running, most quite heavily, some that I hadn't even seen before. Though I think both the Hoh and Quinault areas of the park are spectacular, I must admit I am very fond of the Quinault area. These three moss covered trees on the south bank of the river really caught my attention. One can only begin to imagine what these three have been witness to over the last many decades of there lifespan. Over the next few weeks I hope to post several more images taken in the area. THANKS FOR LOOKING!!
Beautiful moss covered rock slab beside an now converted railroad tunnel.. Its more or less half way on a old rail bed now a gravel road between Avery and Wallace. The railroad was used to log the large strands of mostly or so its reported white pine. It was a wonderful spot to spend severals hours shoting.
Built in 1876 the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is to be found north-east of Vancouver Wash in Clark County.
Taken from near the top of Steptoe Butte which is located in Steptoe Butte State Park near Colfax Wash. Take along a sturdy tripod and keep your eyes open to the subject at hand as the light changes quickly. Best time is in the evening or early morning.
This geyser which can spray upwards of 30-40 feet is constantly active and puts on a great show and is a short walk from the boiling mud pots at Yellowstone National Park. Especially colorful at sunset. A much less active and smaller geyser is in the foreground from which the steam is rising in this picture.
This young, probably three year old grizzly, was far to busy eating to pay to much attention while being photographed a few miles east of Radium Hot Springs B.C.. Notice his beautiful silver coat.
spring,red barn,wheat fields,shades of green and gold,Washington state, intense shadows,Steptoe Butte State Park,sunset.
One can only guess how much water cascades over this falls in the Ozarks of Arkansas after the rainy season or a heavy down pour. However even with so little water flowing it is a special place.
After a short but serious mile and a half hike with more than moderate elevation gain, nature presents you with stunning view as you come around the corner. What better place to watch the setting sun make its way around this natural bowl as though it were a precision watch as only nature can create. Truly a special place.
Taken from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse area of southeast Washington. With what appeared to be constant winds in the area, the clouds preformed magic on the rolling landscape.
One more image of a truely magical area in southeastern Washington State taken from Steptoe Butte. The butte has an elevation of more than 3600 feet and a great road leading to a viewing area at the top. Also numerous pull outs along the way. When the two farm yards were developed they must of had the rule of thirds in their minds!
While on the way to Palouse Falls in Washington I came across a small group of wild turkeys. The closest I usually come to a turkey is at Thanksgiving and its on a plate cut up. However the way the sun hit his feathers called for a picture. What other " bird of a feather " would give you such glowing colors. Come on give the guy a break.
About thirty miles west of Twin Falls Idaho and along the banks of the Snake River dozens upon dozens of waterfalls and water features flow out of the banks overlooking the Snake River. Several are in or near a small state park while others are on private property. They are said to be fed by a aquifer the size of Lake Erie. Shaded in early morning and fully exposed in the afternoon.
According to park staff, in the early 1900's it was almost as popular as Old Faithful. Can be seen from an unmarked view point on the way to Old Faithful when coming from the north gate of the park at Gardiner Mt. This is a closeup of part of the feature which is about fifteen to twenty feet high along the bank of the river.
Along the banks of the Snake River west of Twin Falls Idaho numerous waterfalls flow from what seems to be nowhere. These waterfalls, of which there are many find there source in an aquifer said to be as large as Lake Erie, flow into the Snake River to create this unique site. This photograph is just a very tiny detail of one of the falls in this area.
It could perhaps be called "a diamond in the rough", this small badlands park east and a few miles north of Trochu is a real gem. As with a lot of the Alberta badlands the Red Deer river runs through and along the boundries of the park. We, being myself and fellow photographer Collin, arrived at the park to find it completely fogged in so that none of the features were visible. However we spent several hours photographing the flowers and then it happened. The fog slowly lifted to reveal this stunning sight. The sun began to shine as it moved slowly across the early morning sky and the fog, still visible in the hill in the background, began to be burned off. A great end to an early morning.
The combination of the colors of the leaves and the heavy frost on the ground makes this picture what it is. Taken in Yellowstone National Park.
Mammoth Hot Springs is known as the largest calcium carbonate deposit of its kind in the world.
This truly inspiring waterfall is about 8 km.north of the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park Alberta along highway 93. Many people fall to notice it even though it is right beside the highway with a rest stop on the west side of the road. Its a fairly easy scramble up to the base of the falls, keeping in mind that the wet rocks can be "Very Slippery". One of the finest hikes in Jasper when started at the Wilcox Creek campground south of the icefields and traveled the entire 11 or so km south to north route over Wilcox Pass ends near the falls.
Taken late evening just east of the visitor center at the summit of the Logan Pass
Just upstream from the Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Washington State. A person can spend several hours taking advantage of the beautiful flow and character of this small creek, especially in the fall.
Taken later in the evening just east of Swift Current Lake in Glacier National Park Mt, not far from the falls.
This shot was taken late one evening while at Peyto Lake in Banff National Park. I had just about stepped on it while checking out some wild flowers nearby. It is shown here with a seed pod from the bush in the upper left corner in its mouth. When they do finally fly off they could be mistaken for a feather covered "canon ball" as they seem to pay little attention to were they are going and the path there taking.
Sunrise on lower falls, commonly known as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. Taken from "Artists Point".
On my way to Mt. Rainier I decided to make a quick stop and see how the Palouse area looked during harvest. The whole area was affected by forest fires in the region and so sunrise took on a whole new look. The vibrant greens of spring took on this "Old World" look early that morning. Just as I was scanning the country side in my view finder I saw this dust trail from a vehicle as it moved through the country side below. With the addition of this single tree it made for a compelling image.
Blue Moon over Mt. Rainier
Sunrise on the east side of the face of Mt. Rainier comes almost a hour before it hits the lower lying meadows which are all around the aptly named "Sunrise" side of the mountain. A heavy frost had covered the ground that morning, causing the flowers to appear rather hap hazard, but all of a sudden these rays of sunlight appeared through the trees behind me creating this magical sight. Getting up at 4 am was all of a sudden well worth it.
Comprising more than a million acres of land including Mt. St. Helens, the forest is named after the first chief of the US Forest Service and lies to the south of Mt Rainier National Park and all the way to the Columbia River. Depending on the time of the year, all along the creek are wonderful little waterfalls and cascades. Just take your time and enjoy. And don't forget to stop at the Copper Creek Inn in Ashford for blackberry pie. They make somewhere around a hundred a day so I am told. P.S. I get no free pie for the above plug.
Two years and four trips trying to get the shot of "Triple Falls" that I have been looking for. But you know how the saying goes 'Watch Your Back", something else may be happening around you.
Having been to the Palouse area in the spring of this year I figured a quick stop on my way to Mt. Rainier was in order. I was not disappointed except that there is only one sunrise and sunset in a day. I had noticed this clump of trees in the spring and as I drove by, the perspective they created was not to be missed. Then all of a sudden three, yes there are three, deer appeared and made their way onto the stubble. Photo was taken from the north side of Steptoe Butte, near Colfax Wash. The haze in the background is a result of forest fires in the area.
Taken at "Sunrise" on the east side of Mt Rainier. The flowering meadows of Rainier are a feast for the eyes.
On both of my trips to the Palouse area of south-east Washington I was awed by the skills of the "Crop Dusters". They were able to handle their planes as well as the best formula one race car drivers. I spent several hours watching them dart in and over the rolling countryside.
Moon Pass lies about half way between Wallace and Avery Idaho. Its a gravel road that climbs steeply from either side. This seasonal waterfall is at the entrance to one of several tunnels along the the road. When I took this picture in July there was still snow present along the route. The area along the road was logged many years ago and yielded many millions of board feet of prime white pine. Wallace and the area around it is known for its silver deposits both in the past and in the present.
On my recent trip to New York, Penn and New Jersey I stopped to get directions to R.H. Treman State Park, at wonderful produce stand along the road near Ithaca N.Y. Along with all the wonderful produce, fruit and baking was this very colorful crate of assorted gourds. After getting permission from the good people at the "Eddydale Produce " I spent almost an hour shooting this colorful assortment. It takes time to set up a tripod, extend it over the crate without moving it, leveling the camera, minus a level by the way. I think it was well worth the work. By the way the campground and park are just a short distance away.
This postcard perfect picture stopped me in my tracks late one recent evening while on my way to the Finger Lakes area of New York State. I had just come around a corner into a small hamlet in northern Pennsylvania when this group of trees suddenly appeared. To say that the color was blinding would not be a lie. The color in this area was out of this world and resulted in quite a few more images.
The Buffalo Ranch was built in various stages early in the 1900. It was a site used to breed buffalo some of which were released into the park. According to staff it was also a stage coach stop earlier than that between Cooke City and Gardiner Mt. It is along the highway that runs through the Lamar Valley. It is my guess that the concrete blocks were part of a barrier to hold water back for livestock at the site.
One of a group snowy owls which have made there winter home in Central Alberta near the Three Hills area north and east of Calgary.
For the last several years it seems one of the spots that the snowy owl spends the winter is the area east and north of Calgary AB. On the day these two images were taken myself and a group of Red Deer photographers encountered some eight or nine snowy owls in a period of less than five hours. At times the cloudy weather did not lend itself well to great images, however several times we were rewarded with good light. Hence the results you see here.
Mount Athabasca and Hilda Peak, Banff National Park, AB.Five image stitch.
Fallingwater was designed for the Kaufmann family by Frank Lloyd Wright and was constructed in 1936,37 at a cost of nearly $150.000.00. Today it is open to the public and operated by the Western Penn. Conservancy. This photo is displayed on 500px with the permission of the Western Penn, Conservancy. Reproduction or sale is strictly prohibited
This small Lake is only a dozen or so kilometers north of Lake Louise along highway 93, also known as The Icefield Parkway. Not a lot of parking is available along the road however there is a parking lot a little further on the west side of the highway. Best time is very early in the morning before the wind comes up.
Mt. Michener can be found along highway 11 west of Rocky Mt. House Alberta. Windy point is well named as it is seldom calm here at this rocky outcrop along the highway. I waited for more than an hour and quit suddenly the sun came out and started to move across the lake and light up the tree line and mountain, resulting in this image.
Though this cascading stream may be small it make a wonderful subject especially during spring run off or after a rainfall. It offers up lots of possibilities. It is found about halfway between Lake Louise and Saskatchewan River Crossing along highway 93.
A team of six mules pulling a seeder for a Amish farmer near Lamar Penn.
Taken near Bow Summit in Banff National Park Alberta. The Glacier Lily is a favorite food source for Grizzly Bears and it is not uncommon to find large patched of ground completely dug up. The bulbs are an important source of food for them. Deer are known to eat the leaves. This image taken very late in the day benefits from the low light which made the flower head face towards the sun.
Taken at last light near the Peyto Lake turnoff along the Banff -Jasper highway.
Taken along the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway.
I fear we may have kept the mountain up. They have very regular sleep schedules. But it was Canada Day and we needed to celebrate. Taken at Vermillion Lakes.
Please go to color image for a description. Thank You for looking.
The Columbia Icefields in Alberta are to be found along highway 93 and parts of it are in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The icefields are some 325 sq. miles in size and parts of the icefield are almost 1200 feet thick. A number of different glaciers form the icefield. Shown in this picture are four peaks,Boundry Peak,Hilda Peak, Mt. Athabasca and Mt.Andromeda from left to right. The majority of the icefield is off to the right behind the treed slope in the photo. The tongue of the glacier can be seen in the center of the picture and is highlighted by the sun. All that can be seen at this point is the rock bed left by the retreating glacier. The Sunwapta River shown is running very heavy for this time of the year because of late snow and heavy rainfalls. The pictures here, one B&W and the other color were taken with the recently released Sigma DP2 Merrill. This camera along with the DP1 and DP3 provide extremely high resolution. Close to that of medium format.
I was able to take this photograph and several others from this vantage point during the time I worked on this "mountain" . Over the period of several weeks the weather was in a constant flux. From exceedingly hot to intense downpours and late night and early morning fog. The area in the photo was near a small village known as Prosperity Penn. in western Pennsylvania.
After heavy rains this spring, water appears to boil as it drops into this narrow gorge. After several good looks into this gorge I have still not been able to see the bottom.. It is certainly more than 50 feet deep. This river joins with several others to form the headwater of the North Saskatchewan River.
The wood lily or prairie lily grows throughout North America and is the floral emblem of Saskatchewan. I found this one underneath a bush along highway 11 west of Nordegg and hence the dappled light on the petals.
The Banff Springs Hotel glows in the early evening light. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad to provide accommodation for the many tourists its trains attracted to the Rocky Mountains.
Under normal circumstances this waterfall would have a heavier flow of water but it seems 2012's fall in New York State was very dry at least when this was taken. Some were almost dry and had no flow to speak of.
Taken near the David Thompson Resort along highway 11 west of Nordegg Alberta.
Its Cree name is loosely translated to mean " it is magnificent" which it is at any time of the year. Photo was taken at low flow during late summer. Depending were the drop is measured its height is recorded between 830 feet to over 1200. My aim here was to highlight the color of the water in the outflow from the falls.
After a long virtual nonstop drive of 16 some hours what better way to greet the morning than a sight like this. My third trip to Rainier and each time is better than the one before. There is much more to see and explore, more sunrises and sunsets. This image and several others to be posted later were taken with the Sigma DP 1. The resolution of the Sigma with no additional sharpening is remarkable. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Because of the lack of rainfall in the Finger Lakes area of New York last fall many of the falls were running at very low levels, but because of this other features such as this moss covered rock face were present.
The only way to describe this small creek would be to call it Mother Natures Rock Garden.
A small water feature just a 100 or so from Sunbeam Creek in Mt. Rainier National Park in Wash State. The colors of the rock and the light reflecting on the moss just made this pop. Again little water brought everything to the foreground and made this scene what it is.
Taken near the summit of the Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. Depending on snow melt and rain fall, waterfalls along the road appear and disappear or their flow rates vary. P.S. this is not likely named waterfall so reverse the spelling of the first four words. Enjoy!. Photo is vertical panorama of three images and with the resolution of the DP 2 Merrill this image remains sharp when printed at more than nine feet in length.
For the avid waterfall photographer, Ricketts Glenn is without a doubt a real treasure. More than 20 waterfalls and many more water features such as this can be found in around four miles of hiking trails. Go early and stay late. Good hiking boots and if you stay late a headlamp is recommended. Ideally overcast or cloudy skies are best, but great things happen to those that wait and in this case along this short length of the trail I spent several hours waiting for the right light and maybe it paid off. I hope you think so.
One of several of the Shay coal burning steam engines prepares for one of its daily runs in Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass West Virginia.
While waiting for sunrise at Paradise during Aug of this year a doe all of a sudden appeared on this knoll. By her stance she was obviously waiting or looking at something. That something was here fawn which appeared a few seconds later and just as quickly they were gone.
A 12 image stitch taken with the Sigma DP2 Merrill overlooking the heart of Pittsburgh. Try to find the rubber duck which has traveled the world.
A small waterfall, spring fed, originating from a source on Mt St. Helen. Its in Skamania County Wash on the south end of Mt. St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument.
The snow which was melting rather quickly disappeared even faster when a playful young tourist started running his hand along the fence. I took it anyways.
In some fourty or more years of driving along highway 93 also known as the Icefield Parkway I had only seen a Lynx once before that is until yesterday. In a matter of five minutes and a couple of kms I hit the jackpot, I was able to photograph two. This one the second of the two was comfortably resting with its eyes closed when I came upon it. It gave me about a minute of its time and then slowly walked away. It made my day and erased the cold nights spent camping in the sub zero weather.
A winter storms grips Banff and Jasper National Parks the day before the start of spring dumping up to 12 inches of snow on highway 93. The sun and the storm battled throughout the day as they do at this time of the year. I wanted this small shrub in the photo as this is about were the receding glacier was some 40 years ago when I first went and visited the Columbia Icefields.
A yearling grizzly cub looks up after a futile attempt to dig out a Richardson Ground Squirrel in Glacier National Park, Montana. If you look closely you can still see the dirt on its nose.
Taken just north of Gardiner Montana west of the Yellowstone River. These sheep were part of a larger group of over 40 that make their home year round in this area near the north end of Yellowstone Park. It was taken with a several decade old Canon FD 800 mm lens belonging to a good friend Collin Orthner also from my hometown in Red Deer AB. I hope that you agree the lens performed very well.
Allegheny National Forest, Warren County, Pennsylvania. Thanks to Scott E. Browns great book "Pennsylvania Waterfalls" I was able to make a quick trip from Morgantown WV. to Ludlow PA. to capture this great waterfall. While small , the large boulders make this waterfall unique. One note of importance, in his book Brown tells the reader to stop at 2.1 miles on FR 258 at gated road FR330 and while the distance is correct the road number has been changed to 258H. There is a small sign on the right hand post of the gate(on the day I went there it was the third locked gate on the left side of FR258). One of the things that impressed me was the massive root which clung to the right hand side of the sheer rocks.
A fun thing to do under the right conditions. Using a slow exposure hold the zoom ring on your lens for a bit of the exposure and then quickly and as smoothly as possible then either zoom in or out. Take as many as you want till you get the effect your looking for.
Possibly one of the top ten in waterfall sites in North America. You can easily spend several days exploring this park. Each time I have gone I see it in a totally different way, noticing things I missed on the visit the year before.
They say third time lucky, but in my case it took four to get an image that I was somewhat pleased with. A fleeting sunrise to early for two bad knees left me two hundred yards short before I could make it to where I needed to be. But just after I got there the sun popped over the rim and did its best to light up the brewing storm clouds. I am fairly pleased with the results and also impressed with the new version of the Canon 16-35 f4 lens.
Early morning bugler east of Jasper townsite. The only day in six that was frosty in the morning.
Bull elk keeping an eye on his harem east of Jasper townsite.
Bull elk scent marking near Jasper townsite in the early frosty morning. Copious amounts of fluid are secreted through the preorbitals, which are essentially scent glands. The fluid is filled with pheromones that serve as scent messengers. A bull uses these secretions to mark his territory and declare his dominance by wallowing and rubbing on trees. It also serves as a means of broadcasting his unique scent to cows to let them know that he is available and ready to breed. Carol Mulvihill - Endeavornews.com
Sun illuminating steam on a nice bull elk in the early frosty morning near the Jasper townsite.
This big ram was following a group a half a dozen or more ewes and had no intention of loosing site of them. You can almost see the concentration in his eyes. Taken along UT 9 in Zion National Park
For the past several years fairly large numbers of snowy owls have wintered in Central Alberta. Especially south and east of Red Deer. This almost pure white male is one of the largest I have encountered. His one eye is partly closed because of the winter sunlight shining onto that side of his body.
A pack of wolves had just crossed the highway in the Lamar Valley and was in the process of crossing the river when I spotted this lone coyote east of the pack and on my side of the river. He had no doubt spotted the pack and was doing everything possible to get away from them. He ran straight towards myself and several other photographers and at the last moment made a ninety degree turn and ran past us sometimes up to his chest deep in the snow. No stopping him.
Probably one of the largest grizzlies I have ever photographed this one paid very little attention as I spent considerable time watching him. He was more interested in the dandelions a main food source in early spring and lying in the deep grass fully stretched out.. Also see a picture of it standing on his back legs elsewhere on my 500px site.
Having only seen a lynx in the wild once the previous year in this general area of the park I hit the jackpot last winter. This fellow was sitting in the snow along the highway when I spotted him. I have learned the hard way in the past, with wildlife be ready. Camera on, the right lens, ISO set, and the camera in easy reach. I was able to get off several shots before he walked away . I carried on and to my delight a km further on there was an other lynx, and he appeared to be resting as his eyes were closed. I could not believe my luck. I got several images of him as well. See my image elsewhere on 500px..
This image is a clear illustration of the saying "Be Ready and Always Be Looking". I was walking through the visitors center when I saw these clouds begin to form. It was a matter of quickly going to my vehicle grabbing the camera, tripod and and a number of filters which I still like to use, ( after more than fourty years of shooting film there hard to give up I guess) it then became a matter of finding a place to shoot from. Thanks for looking!
This photo recently scanned was taken more than 40 years ago and was shot with a Leica M2 which I had purchased from a small camera store elsewhere in Holland. It was shot with Kodachrome 25 ASA film. I spent several years traveling throughout Europe and this has always been one of my favorite images. Living on between three to five dollars a day one had to be rather selective on how many pictures one took. Looking back it would have been nice to have taken a lot more. I owned the Leica for many more years and it never failed me even in the years that I worked as a photographer for a small Alberta newspaper.
A Great Horned Owl feeds one of its young in a large spruce tree at Kerry Wood Nature Center in Red Deer Alberta. Photo was taken with a Canon 70D and prime 400mm lens giving me a focal length of 640mm. I toyed with the idea of cropping the image tighter but I feel this gives the viewer a better idea of their habit.
According to park officials the bison is the most photographed subject in Yellowstone (animals that is) and it has to be fairly special before I start shooting. What made this one just a little special was its eye to eye contact so to speak with my camera lens. The sage brush around him was a great contrast to rich mixture of brown tones in his coat. Hope you enjoy.
I was on my way to check out a waterfall in the Gifford Pinchot Forest when I spotted this quite little stream on the outskirts of the town of Trout Lake and promised myself to stop on the return trip to have a better look. I spent the better part of an hour on the bridge shooting images and felt it was time well spent. The low water flow certainly helped to allow all the features of the stream to manifest themselves. More flow and a lot of the little details would be gone. Hope you enjoy.
A ten image stitch taken from Steptoe Butte looking southeast. A portion of the butte is visible in the image in the bottom left hand corner. Thanks for looking. Best viewed with black background.
In my opinion often smaller waterfalls are more appealing than many of the larger ones. With there lower flow many more features are visible such as the moss in this one. Near Trout Lake Wash. its well worth a visit. Hope you enjoy and as always thanks for looking.
I'am not sure why this falls gets the name of Dry Creek unless it does dry up later in the season. It does however appear to supply water to a large cement cistern which is on the Dry Creek Rd which starts in Cascade Locks. If you continue up that road it leds to the falls after crossing the Pacific Crest Trail. You can also hike to the falls from a trail that begins in Cascades Locks. See a picture of the creek elsewhere on my 500px site. Thanks for looking. As always it looks great in black just by clicking on the image.
Late evening light plays its magic over the area surrounding Steptoe Butte. Set among the rolling hills of south-eastern Washington State it rises more than 3600 feet above the surrounding countryside.
The upper UP of Michigan is a photographers paradise especially in the fall. Some areas are a week to ten days ahead of other areas for color giving the photographer lots of time to travel and come back to areas not at their peak. The Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Hills is at the end of highway M64 just west of Silver City and there are several great overlooks from which to work your magic.
Having lived in Alberta, Canada for a good part of my life it certainly was surprise to find this small lake in UP of Michigan near a small hamlet with the name of my home province. Neil Weaver , a photographer from Michigan and myself came back to this spot many times over the course of several days. Each time the different light and color changes made for new images. This particular photo is a three image stitch.
Fellow photographer Neil Weaver and myself spent what turned out to be a most magical evening and early morning photographing this lighthouse. For this image we used just our headlamps as a light source which proved to be up to the challenge. More of a challenge was to make sure we stayed dry, as at times the spray from the waves came up to top of the rocks where we were standing. Then in the early morning as predicted the Northern Lights put on a great show. Images of that to follow. Thanks for looking.
Over the years I have found that by going off the beaten path often leads to great images and this day was no exception. Having spent several hours photographing in rain and mist at Tahquamenon Falls I decided to head south and back to the western side of the UP. I noticed several side roads on my way south and picked one were to my surprise I found large areas of reindeer moss growing. After more than half an hour of shooting and many minutes of wiping my lens free of mist I found the perspective that I liked. I love how the lichen in the foreground opens up to reveal two different paths into the forest. One on the right more open and the one on the left more heavily wooded. Hope you enjoy.
Without a doubt among a list of beautiful falls in North America, especially in the autumn would be Bond Falls in UP of Michigan. With thanks to Neil Weaver well known Michigan photographer for showing me around.
This is the second in a series of images I made the night Neil Weaver and myself spent at Eagle Harbor UP, Michigan. About three am we got up and headed back to were we had earlier light painted the lighthouse. The show started slowly but within minutes it really lite up the sky. This is one of more than a dozen captured that morning. Light in the lower part of the image is a ship making its way to port most likely in Duluth.
This is the middle of the three falls, the middle and lower being easy to get close to in a period of lower water. I had walked the entire path around the falls when a path led me to this view of the middle falls and it was then that I noticed the reflection of the trees in the water above the edge of the falls . I really liked what I saw and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
You may wonder why the title of this image is Border Patrol. Well after some comments in the media about building a fence along the US-Canada border I thought this image was timely. The Eagle in the image is about a hundred feet from river that forms the border of Canada and the United States west of International Fall Minn. And here he is keeping an eagle eye out for the goings on around him. What animal plays a larger role in American lore than the bald eagle. I also liked the tree that he landed in just moments before. Image was taken hand held with a Canon 100-400 push pull lens.
With out a doubt one of the highlights of my three week trip to the UP of Michigan was my kayak trip with Northern Adventure Tours of Munising. For almost three hours my guide and myself reveled in the beauty and colors of the cliffs at sunset. In this image you can see the waterfall effect in the lower left of the picture as a constant stream of water droplets hit the surface of Lake Superior. What look like stars in the sky are also water droplets. You get a little wet as you glide under the rocks above you but its more than worth it. Just keep your camera dry if need be. I will be posting more images from the trips in the coming weeks. Thanks for looking.
The sunrise highlights the water crashing off the shore early in the morning at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse in the UP of Michigan. Neil Weaver and myself had been there several days earlier and spent the night photographing the lighthouse and a spectacular display of Northern Lights, an image of which is elsewere on my 500 px site. Thanks for looking.
A ray of sunlight strikes the waters of Bond Falls and the surrounding golden fall leaves create this golden glow on the water at Bond Falls Mich. The deep blue of the overhead sky is also captured in the surface of the water.
This is a crop of an earlier image I posted which had showed a wider view of the surrounding area. It shows the adult owl and its young much closer up as well as the crow which will provide several meals for the four owls in this family. Thanks for looking.
A few years ago this was one spot that I went back to year after year. Its a small stream about halfway along the Smith Dorrien road in Kananaskis Country. The road can be reached either from highway 22 or from Canmore AB just past the Nordic Center. However since the floods of 2013 much of the moss has been swept off, at least when I was there this past fall. Hopefully it has or will come back. Its a great place to spend an hour or so any time of the year except in the dead of winter. The drive itself offers many other possibilities in the way of mountain scenery or wildlife.
To shoot Gooseberry Falls you need to come early or stay late which I found out on my first visit a few weeks earlier.Just as I was setting up my tripod I saw the early sun begin to hit the falls. I like what it did to the image. Also of interest is the tree at the right and its root system. Never under estimate natures power.
With out a doubt Lake O'hara is one of the jewels of the mountain national parks. Just a short distance from Lake Louise on the way to Field B.C. visitors must call ahead to the Yoho National Park office to reserve a spot on the bus that takes visitors into the area. There are about thirty camping spots at a great spot not far from most of the hiking trails. Also a set number of day trips are permitted. One can call ahead up to three months in advance to book a camp site or a day of hiking. Many miles of well marked trails , some in the high alpine region are there to enjoy. Going there once will never be enough. Google Lake O'Hara and read all about it. You won.t be sorry.
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Nature has a way of getting what it wants. What started as a small seedling found root in a small crack and there was no way of stopping it. Look for it along the path on the way to the upper falls at Gooseberry Falls.
Maybe not as well known as Banff or Lake Louise, Yoho National Park is a true gem. Just west of Lake Louise access is by reservation only. Call ahead to Yoho National Park headquarters. Camping is also available, again reserve ahead. Then enjoy the many miles of trails, from meadows to high alpine.
From the parking lot near the hot springs the falls is just over one km on a easy trail going through old growth forest. There many viewpoints from which to photograph the falls.
Early morning hearlds a new day at Glacier National Park.
Early morning light plays across the Grand Tetons north of Jackson creating this compelling image.
A cropped image of a previous post.
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Taken late in the evening just before sunset this Great grey owl is more intent on hunting than on the photographer. The ring of feathers around his face helps capture sound aiding in his hunting for prey.
A group of Big Horn sheep sun themselves on the rocks near the Ram River Falls.
This black and white image is the third version of this photo originally taken as a color image. Its interesting to see all the ways an image can be processed.Thanks for looking.
This small state park in north-eastern Pennsylvania is with out a doubt a waterfall photographers dream. Within a few short miles are more than twenty waterfalls. Spend a few hours or spend a few days and enjoy.
A young white tailed deer feeds in the early morning light near Nordegg Alberta.
When the sun hits the walls of Lower Antelope Canyon magic happens.
A mist and rain slowly makes its way across the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania.
Mammoth Hot Springs near the north end of Yellowstone National Park is found on a hill of travertine. Several tons of of calcium carbonate flow into Mammoth each day as a solution of the mineral and hot water. As a result these formation are constantly changing. Each time a measurable change takes place new images result.
I hope this image clearly show the harsh environment these bighorn sheep live in and they seem to do quite well. Thanks for looking.
A lone sports fisherman plies the waters of the Gardiner river near the border of Montana and Wyoming in Yellowstone Park.
A Golden Eagle begins its assent from the sage brush and grass covered hills overlooking the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.
A hazy fall sky colors the fields around Steptoe Butte. Usually photographed in the spring the fall also reveals it magic. Thanks for looking.
A small but picturesque waterfall not far north of Wallace Idaho. You can take a short drive on a back country road off pavement to a small parking area close to the falls. Just use care on the road and avoid rocks etc.
An Amish farmer chops up the remaining stubble on one of his fields of corn in central Pennsylvania.
In my opinion there aren't enough words to describe the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. For a photographer the possibilities are endless. Each season presents its own possibilities.This image was taken downstream from Wachlella Falls.
Early evening light begins to play on the grasses and sage and lights up the clouds near the visitors center near Jackson Wyoming.
A logjam on Panther Creek creates a picturesque falls just down from one of the many rapids on this creek just south of the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park.
I had previously downloaded a color image much like this one, but while going through my files this one also stood out because of the clouds. I especially like it in black and white. Perhaps you do as well.
A female grizzly charges after salmon swimming upstream on there way to spawn.
Once earmarked to become a national park, in the 30's the Great Depression and later the war put an end to that happening and it became a state park in 1944. It is home to 24 named waterfalls and numerous other water features. It is a photographers dream. Thanks for looking.
A female Grizzly continues to feast on salmon she caught while keeping a eye out for other salmon making their way up the river to spawn.
A mist slowly rises from the forest in eastern Pennsylvania and the colors begin to fade heralding the end of the fall colors, leaving this pastel palette.
A great way to spend a sunny afternoon when there's not to much to shoot is to watch the Ospreys along the Bow River.
A five image stitch of the canyon as the sun sweeps through. It had snowed that morning on the way to the canyon, but was all gone by the time I arrived. Regardless I was not disappointed to say the lest. I have left the shadow of the tripod in the image as a signature of visit.
In everyone's life things happen which we will never forget. I still remember the day and time that my father and I sat down to watch our black and white television about the news of the death of President John F Kennedy. I remember standing on the steps of the youth hostel in Bonn West Germany listening to the news that Neil Armstrong had landed on the moon. The 50th anniversary of the landings of Canadian soldiers in France on D-Day is an other. There are other events, happy ones, as well. However the last one remains very clear in my mind. Waking up to news reports of the planes hitting the Twin Towers , the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. This image is several years old and I have looked at it many times and finally come up with this crop. There are people in the original file, however I cropped the image so none appear. I wanted to show the elements that mean the most to me. I will leave it up to the viewer to determine what these elements as they see them mean to them. It was processed as a black and white image which I feel has more impact. Thanks for looking.
Snow capped Mt. St. Helens photographed from the south side is just 80 kms northeast of Portland and 154 kms south of Seattle. Ash from the 1980 eruption travelled as far as southern Alberta. The mountain lost just over 400 meters in elevation as a result of the eruption.
Dappled light streams through fall colored leaves in Ricketts Glenn State Park in Pennsylvania.More than twenty falls and numerous cascades make this a photographers dream. Thanks for looking.
The sun slowly makes its way across the face of Wiwaxy a very popular destination for hikers in Yoho National Park. Taken from the outflow of Lake O,hara.
The Yoho and Kicking Horse meet here and then flow west to Golden British Columbia.. The raw file was in color however the black and white image is more to my liking. At a 100% or higher the detail is very impressive and the tonal range great. Thanks for looking.
Autumn light filters through clouds highlighting the tops of a group of poplars along highway 93 in the Columbia River Valley south of Golden British Columbia.
A early morning sun casts magical light on Herbert Lake in Banff National Park
A small waterfall near Field British Columbia begins its slow descent into the throws of winter.
Early winter storm clouds roll over a small pond at the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park. Photo is a four image stitch. Thanks for looking.
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is located near Woodland Washington and fully operational having been restored in 1980. Thanks for looking.
A Bighorn Ram sniffs the air in his quest for an available female. Taken west of Nordegg Alberta with a 5DmkII and Sigma 150-600 sport lens. Thanks for looking.
A small bank of fog rises from Herbert Lake as the cold morning air flows across the warmer water of the lake. The cold moist air also frosts the grasses along the edge of the lake. Thanks for looking .
A friend had reported the sighting of some six owls on her way home to me. Needless I wanted check this report out. Didn't get a images of owls but did spot this Bald Eagle resting in this frost covered poplar tree.
A small provincial park north-west of Calgary. A spring fed creek flows year round and the minerals in the water has over a period of thousands and thousands of years formed a number of waterfalls, this one being the largest. At one time its waters fed a fish hatchery and some of the foundations are still present. Best not to go there on weekends because of large crowds. If you must, go early or very late.
Sometimes small things punch above there weight so to speak. This small stream is on the way to Sunrise going east from Paradise. Wow get your head around that if you will. Nothing compares with a Merrill sensor. This was taken with a Sigma DP-1. Images from these sensors remind of my favourite film, good old Kodachrome 25. Thanks for looking.
After having spent an early morning in and around Jasper photographing Elk during the rut and things has settled down it was time to hunt for something else to kept me busy till evening. This fellow kept me occupied for almost an hour. He had a mound of the remains of pine cones almost a foot deep under this tree. In this image it almost looks like its eating a chicken leg. Thanks for looking and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas to one and all.
Storm clouds roll over the mountains surrounding the Columbia Ice Fields in Jasper National Park.Thanks for looking.
This is second image I have posted from an early morning trip along highway 1A west of Banff.. I had observed the elk on the left for sometime before they locked horns. Every image seemed to have his head in some grasses of sort. Finally it became obvious that it was really grasses and such hanging from his horns from his foraging in the deep snow. Thanks for looking.
On my way home from several weeks of traveling throughout the UP of Michigan, this grouping of birch trees was just what I was looking for to try an image I had wanted to create. This was the one of a half dozen or so that I took. Also looks great in black and white as well. Simply pan the camera during a long exposure, in this case upwards. Thanks for looking.
Many times during the course of a year I drive by Whirl Pool Point on my way to and from the national parks just west of here stopping on the way to photograph Big Horn Sheep, the lilies in the spring that grow along the highway or bears that feast on the dandelions. This weekend I made a point of stopping and wandering among the rocks and cliffs in this area. When I spotted this scene I knew that it merited a better look and this is one of many images I took. In it are all the things that make up the cycle of life. The branches of a bygone tree, cones full of seeds for new life perhaps already scattered in the winds that always blow in this area and the low lying juniper and other shrubs coming out winter rest.
As others have mentioned often when we shoot wildlife we tend to want to get in close which depending on the situation can be fine. In this case when going through the images on the card I came across this one and I really liked it. To me it shows the environment in which these owls live. I especially like the branches of the dead tree. It adds depth to the picture.
Happy Mothers Day to all mothers everywhere.
A young owlet looks down at visitors at the Ellis Bird Farm north-east of Red Deer Alberta. It was one three owlets hatched this spring at the nature center.Taken with a Canon 7DII with the Sigma 150-600S.
I discovered this small stream a number of years ago and when I decided to spend several weeks shooting on Vancouver Island this spring this was on my to-do list. Gentec Canada and Doug French were good enough to allow me to use a Sigma SD Quattro H for several days. This is one of many images I shot using the camera. Many thanks I am impressed by the image quality.
An easy trail and an even easier decent on a great stairway brings you down to Goldstream Falls. If you want to photograph an angle similar to this I suggest you bring a pair of waterproof high top boots or rubber boots of some kind. After spending 15 or more minutes bare foot in a very cold stream and on rocks a pair of rubber boots would have been nice. Thanks for looking.
A busy Ucluelet harbour in spring of this year. Taken with the new Sigma Quattro H and 35mm lens. Thanks to Sigma Canada for the use of the camera and lens. The camera produces extremely sharp images with amazing detail and Kodachrome like colors. Thanks for looking.
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A female Osprey bits into a fish her mate has caught in an attempt to free it from her mates talons. On the first fly by the male was unable to release the fish after much frantic flapping above the nest. On the second fly by his mate held the fish firmly , biting into the body of fish. Success!!
"Big 6" sits along a siding in Cass West Virginia preparing for a morning run. Number 6 along with several others make there home at the Cass Scenic Railroad. At 162 tons it is one of the heaviest Shay locomotives built.
This the third image of the Owlets born this spring at the Ellis Bird Farm near Prentiss Ab. From its plumage I would guess in comparing it to the 2 others that it is the youngest of the 3. It was a little more difficult to photograph as it was hidden among the foliage of a large popular tree.
After an extremely windy night at Eagle Harbour, the morning was quite calm. Not sure of a sunrise I set up anyways hoping for the best. Slowly the sun made an appearance hitting the first cloud then the next and the next and after casting a glow on them all it was over. But it was wonderful to see and photograph none the less. Thanks for looking.
A small stream flows over rocks as it makes its way into Bow Lake forming a small arch in the water near the shoreline of the lake.
Late evening sun casts its last rays on the shore line at Miners Beach U.P.
The morning sun begins its journey and its rays highlight the tops of the birch trees in the photo.
A five exposure stitch of downtown Pittsburgh. taken with Sigma DP1, Merrill. It was fun trying to keep up the a fast moving sun while taking time for each exposure
Happy New Years all, its -27C and this is my last post for this year. All the best and take nothing but great images in the days ahead. The shortest daylight "day" is history and spring is on its way.
This often photographed site along the shoreline of the Pictured Rocks in the U.P. also caught my attention as we slowly cruised by it. To me it looked like a dragon taking a drink. Maybe it was "Puff the Magic Dragon". The trees on the top of the cliff form his mane and rock sticking out of his head is his ear. Well that's what I see. Enjoy!