Photographing Close to Home

The next year or so will be a crucial one for me as I am preparing to buy my first house. I’ve been saving up for the past two years and have the money for a good down payment but I want to make sure I have a “safety nest” in case things don’t quite …

Icon of the Colorado Rockies: The Maroon Bells

After Boulder, I spent several days in Aspen, Colorado. My only plans were to photograph the much-photographed, Maroon Bells and that is just what I did. I made five trips up to Maroon Lake from the town of Aspen and it was an adventure each time. I had just arrived in Aspen and went straight …

Point Reyes National Seashore

There was a point in my development as a photographer that I realized how lucky we are in this country to be able to pursue our passions such as landscape photography. That moment for me came to me one weekday morning at Point Reyes National Seashore six or seven years ago when I had a …

McWay Falls

It took me a whole lifetime of exploring up and down the California coast to finally get a picture of McWay Falls. Yes!!&&!!!@! Being one of the most iconic spots along the coast, it may sound weird to be so excited, but when if you spend a good chunk of your day fantasizing about the …

Mount Rainier Aerial Photo

We could have had another full day in Vancouver but not one to have much common sense, I ended up booking a late morning flight which cost about the same as if we had taken an evening flight. AaagghhH!! It wasn’t so bad though I guess because the trip was long enough as is. Overall, …

Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

Bridal Veil Falls is an incredible sight to witness. The setting is extremely lush and even more so given the rain and fog. As you could imagine, that was also a cause for frustration. At Minter Gardens I could keep my lens dry at least because I was shooting down at everything but at Bridal …

Will You Marry Me, Crystal?

On Friday night, I walked out onto the scenic vista at Pelican Point, Crystal Cove State Park before heading back to the trail when I passed this couple pushing their baby in the stroller to the scenic vista. I didn’t think anything of it until I rounded the corner below when the other people going …

Lake Elsinore Wildflowers

A storm just passed through so naturally the poppies weren’t open but even then I think this year’s wildflower bloom at Lake Elsinore is pretty mediocre so far compared to what I have seen in the past. A couple cars passed by probably realizing the same thing so they didn’t get out of the car. …

Wind Wolves Preserve

The Wind Wolves Preserve is a beautiful tract of land owned by the Wildlands Conservancy. The entrance area resembles a landscape from Montana with the large fields of wildflowers leading up to the green foothills. Then up here in the canyon I heard loud croaking sounds from what sounded like hundreds of toads in the …

The Blooming Chino Hills

First of all I wanted to thank those of you who attended my Sierra Club nature photography presentation on Wednesday night. It was a great audience with a lot of enthusiasm. I was flattered with the warm reception I received and had a great time meeting lots of new people. Moving backward a few days …