Defacing Our Natural Treasures

It is unbelievable how selfish some people are. It only takes a minute of human stupidity to destroy tens of thousands of years worth of work. I see a lot of photographers shooting pretty pictures but few show the effects of tourism on our landscape. Let’s keep it real and shine the light on the …

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park totally blew me away. The scenery here rivals that of any national park that I’ve been to. I’m glad it isn’t a national park because that would just mean more tourists to ruin the experience. The cool thing is that it is only an hour from Las Vegas. Windstone Arch …

Why You Place Your Tripod Holes

A chimpanzee could follow the crowd, plop his equipment down in a well-worn tripod hole and get a good photo of Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National Park just like the millions of other photographers that have previously done so. Where is the essence of nature photography in doing so? Jousting for prime location at …

Bison Traffic Jams in Yellowstone

Bison traffic jams are a common sight in some parts of Yellowstone. All part of the experience of being in the world’s first national park. One night, there was a lengthy traffic jam due to a large herd of bison with babies in tow walking on the road along the Madison River. It was hilarious …

What’s the Story Morning Glory?

The Morning Glory Pool is an excellent (or not) example of how vandalism can permanently damage Yellowstone’s natural features. The signs along the boardwalk say that people throwing objects inside of the heated pool plugs up the waterways changing the chemical makeup of the pool, and thus prevents it from heating up as high as …

Where Summer is Winter

Driving down to Yellowstone from Bozeman, Montana, it was snowing hard in the Gallatin Range. At certain points, the snow was blowing horizontally straight into the car. Oddly enough, the ground wasn’t really wet because none of it stuck. It was kind of exciting! When I went to the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National …

In Wildness is the Preservation of the World

I acquired a 1962 first print edition of Eliot Porter & Henry David Thoreau’s classic book, In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. Inside the book was this note from “Jackie” to “John” that reads, “For John, with very much love and hopes that we can see some of these places together… Jackie, 12/25/67.” …

California State Parks Access Pass

The Director of Communications from the California State Parks Foundation asked me to help pass on this plan to help save our California State Parks from budget cuts. http://www.calparks.org/takeaction/ Here is some info from the California State Parks Foundation website: “Today, CSPF took the first of a series of formal steps toward a long-term, sustainable …

Allan Memorial Grove, Point Lobos SR

On my recent trip to Monterey, I came to the realization that Point Lobos State Reserve has the most spectacular scenery along the entire California coast. In particular, I think the Allan Memorial Grove trail is really something special. Point Lobos can be a difficult place to photograph but when you walk around this place, …