Los Olivos

Los Olivos is set in a very picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Definitely my sort of place. See more of my California Central Coast pictures.

Figueroa Mountain Scenic Landscape

There were several raving reviews about the wildflowers at Figueroa Mountain last week so I decided to check it out for myself. I went there last year and there were poppies, carpets of lupine, bush lupine, etc… everywhere but this time there was a decent poppy display but hardly any lupine or anything else for …

Pleasanton Ridge

A casual early morning hike along the Pleasanton Ridge accidentally became a long grueling trek up and down numerous hills and oak forests. My friend grew up in the area and was supposed to have known the trails like the back of his palm but even then we got lost somewhere along the way by …

Wyandotte Caves

This post was inspired by my Monday night guilty pleasure, The Bachelor. Yes. I am secure enough with my masculinity to admit that I watch it! But anyway, Brad Womack took his date to a cave in Costa Rica on last night’s episode and that reminded me of Wyandotte Caves. I visited Wyandotte Caves several …

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 …

Walden

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Favorite Photos from 2010

Jim Goldstein has been running an annual Your Best Photos blog project for several years now, which I hadn’t participated in since I’m usually wary of coming across as self-congratulatory but I figured I’ll give the project a try this year for creative exercise. It was a very memorable year with trips to Yellowstone, San …

Photography Portfolios

I’ve been thinking of different ways of presenting portfolios of my work online and have considered expensive out-of-the-box Flash solutions including Livebooks and APhotoFolio but for the time being I decided to try my own design because I am in escrow on my first home and need to conserve all the money I possibly can. …

Hudson River School of Art

The mainstream L.A. news media makes such a big deal out of rain as if it is the end of the world. Even when a “storm” is forecast for .25 inches it is considered big-time news here. For landscape photographers that means time to hit the road in search of photos. Landscape photographers and artists …

Patience

As a nature photographer, I enjoy seeing my favorite local locations change from season to season, year to year. There is a group of several trees that I have been looking at in passing every fall for the past five years because they always produce the most vibrant foliage of any trees in town that …