Old Faithful

 “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.” – as quoted from Roosevelt Arch, the entrance marker of Yellowstone National Park. It was the first week of September 2001, when I got my first exposure to serious landscape photography. My cousin Herbert and I were 18 days into a road trip around the Rockies and …

Arches National Park

 The town of Moab is the epicenter for one of the most amazing scenic places in the world. Nearby Canyonlands National Park was highlighted a couple of posts ago and Arches National Park is even closer to town. After having been to several well-known National Parks, I would rank Arches up there with the best …

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 …

Mesa Arch

 Mesa Arch is another popular landscape but luckily there was no one else there when I arrived. I am terrified of heights but I managed to stick my head over the edge long enough to capture a few images while underneath the arch. Canyonlands National Park is an amazing place though I didn’t spend much …

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 …

Rocky Mountain National Park

  After the sunrise photo shoot in Boulder, I went up to Rocky Mountain National Park which is about an hour drive. Since it was early November (2006), it had already snowed so most of the park roads were closed but I was able to get to Bear Lake which was completely frozen over. This …

Shooting Stars

 There was an impressive amount of lupine at Figueroa Mountain last week but the shooting stars was by far the most interesting wildflower I saw. I don’t recall ever seeing one before so it was pretty cool to see a few along a trail even if it looked a little past peak. Shooting stars is …

Figueroa Mountain Wildflowers

 Figueroa Mountain is amazing place. Though the wildflower season was probably a bit past peak, there were still plenty of places with nice displays of flowers including this forested area carpeted with lupine. The scenic vistas from Figueroa Mountain were equally as nice as it reminded me of Mount Tamalpais, just north of San Francisco. …

Cachuma Lake

 My dad proposed to my mom 30-something years ago but the only story I kept hearing about from that date was how my dad almost caused a fire while trying to make lunch for the two of them at Cachuma Lake. Funny how the memory works because when I asked my mom a few years …

Carrizo Plain National Monument Wildflowers

 I spent more time at the Wind Wolves Preserve than expected, so as I was leaving at 4:45 I debated whether to go check out the Carrizo Plain National Monument or to drive back home. The directions I had made it seem pretty close by so I figured what the heck. It turned out to …