Viridian LookingglassI found this lake by looking at satellite imagery, and was intrigued by the small island. It's well off-trail in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness in central Oregon. Getting this shot involved hiking a mile back and forth through dense forest in pitch black. As luck would have it the great conditions held out and there was no wind, giving me perfect reflections of the stars.
Secret SunsetA hidden treasure on the Oregon coast: Secret Beach. This unmarked location features a number of small islands and a beach punctuated by basalt outcroppings. The fog was rolling in as the sun went down but, just before the finale, a path cleared through the mist and illuminated the beach one last time.
NewYorkLandThis is one of the most technically challenging images I've created. This is a composite of nearly 300 photos from Times Square and the top of a nearby building in downtown Manhattan. Painstakingly aligned and projected to create a seemless image that presents the city as its own little planet.
Daybreak in Swan ValleyWhile working in the area I drove past this vantage point several mornings in a row, just after sunrise. Convinced it was worth it, when the week was over I decided to get up even earlier and catch the pre-dawn light as it crept over the mountains. To great effect! The clouds, though threatening to block the sunrise, did not disappoint and instead mirrored the contours of the land and lent a fantastic swath of color to the scene. This stunning sunrise was captured in the fertile Swan Valley in eastern Idaho.
Sagebrush SunriseWhile working in the area I drove past this vantage point several mornings in a row, just after sunrise. Convinced it was worth it, when the week was over I decided to get up even earlier and catch the pre-dawn light as it crept over the mountains. To great effect! The clouds, though threatening to block the sunrise, did not disappoint and instead mirrored the contours of the land and lent a fantastic swath of color to the scene. This stunning sunrise was captured in the fertile Swan Valley in eastern Idaho.
Oregon Island #2This magical scene was as fleeting as it was stunning. Starting with a fully fogged in sunset the air cleared just as the last of the light faded, leaving just enough to catch the red glow of the fading light. Within minutes of finishing a panorama, the fog rolled back in, thick, shrouding the sky. I wound up with a shot during each of these phases, creating an interesting series.
Redwood CreekHiking earlier in the day I had scouted this location. Then, as the light faded in the foggy twilight of a coastal sunset, I ran back out the trail to do some long exposures of the creek. This babbling brook is located in Limekiln State Park in Big Sur California.
DualityLight and dark, Earth and sky, finite and infinite; dualities duel in this image of our planet floating in space. Captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Frozen in RetreatThese natural wonders are disappearing fast. Jokulsarlon lagoon in the south of Iceland has quadrupled in size since the 1970s, due to glacial retreat caused by rising temperatures. The drifting chunks of ice provide a spectacularly unique backdrop.
Venice AbstractGetting weird in Venice Italy. This is the Campo Sant'Anzolo, one of many piazze found in this wonderful city. Shockingly deserted after midnight, I had the streets to myself as I took in the nighttime air.
Roadside AuroraUnable to drive while distracted by the ghostly whisps of the northern lights, we pulled our rented Fiat Panda over on a deserted stretch of road west of Reykjavík Iceland. The in car thermometer read -12C! Fighting to retain control over numb fingers, I shot this 360* panorama and then jumped back in the car and cranked the heater.
Crystal BallOur Earth sits majestically on a pedestal of trees in this sunrise capture from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.
Lambent DamnationThese beautiful rays were imbued with a rufescent glow by the myriad of fires burning in California and Oregon. This majestic redwood forest lies along the Damnation Creek trail in Northern California.
La Cova MallorquinaIt took a bit of hiking and a bit of scrambling to get to the cave floor. Then a traverse along a ledge over the water. I’m surprised I didn’t lose the camera on this one; scaling the wall of the cave --hanging over the Mediterranean Sea-- to capture this view. This cathedral-like cave is located on the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain.
HedgehogThis picturesque lake is located in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness in central Oregon. To find this unnamed vernal pool, you'll have to hike nearly 10 miles, ending up well off-trail. This was the first panorama I shot, as I discovered it right at sunset, with perfect light. A truely magical sight.
Shell Rock ChiaroscuroI had been watching the clouds drift around this rocky face all day. Then suddenly the light broke through and illuminated just a bit of the mountain. It only lasted a few moments, and the play of light was gone. Captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County in Northern California.
Deep in Fern CanyonDeep in Fern Canyon the iconic high fern-covered walls eventually become more shallow, and yield to more greenery. This is one of those places, of which there are many, where you can only get past (without getting your shoes wet) if you’re tricky. The ferns hanging from every surface make it a spectacular place to enjoy and photograph.
Look UpToo often when hiking we forget to look around, spending the whole excursion staring at the ground and sweating. This image was captured deep in Fern Canyon, although this is not the usual picture of the steep walls of fern from which it derives its name. This verdant canopy is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Northern California.
Waterfall WorldThis impressive network of falls looks fine during the day, but in the dark with long exposures it gives it a much softer feel. I had to sneak back into the park at night, climbing through a cave on the way, to get this shot. Though it may not look it, the myriad falls produced an impressive din. I am used to near-silence when shooting nightscapes, so it was quite disconcerting as I wouldn't have been able to hear anyone, or an animal, approaching. These artful wooden walkways snake their way through several miles of trail, and past hundreds of waterfalls, at Plitvice National Park in Croatia.
Planet of the FernsFerns reaching out in all directions. This is a projection of a 360* panorama taken in a small tributary on the edge of Fern Canyon, part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County California.
Fern GrottoLooking through a window in the mossy slope, inwards to the majestic Fern Canyon. This rivulet is part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County California.
Crystalline FloeDelicately balanced on ice, trying to spread my weight so as not to break though, I gingerly prepare to shoot a 360* panorama on a partially frozen river... It is hard to tell the scale in this image, so for reference: some of those icicles are close to 15 feet long! With some of the best hexogonally faulted basalt to be found, Svartifoss was my favorite waterfall in southern Iceland.
Fern Grotto #2Surrounded by moss, ferns, slugs, growth, and decay. This encapsulates life in Fern Canyon, part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County California.
Planetary GuardianA lone oak stands guard over the Earth in this scene captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Galactic GuardianThis oak stands at the ready under the vast arch of the Milky Way. Captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Mountain BoardwalkWe came across this stunning vista while backpacking on the Berg Lake Trail. The snow-capped mountain in the background is the majestic Mt. Robson. This was the only part of the trail with a boardwalk, sitting by itself several miles in.
Mirror MirrorWhile driving the ring road in Iceland we found this perfect mirror on the Holtsós lagoon. I'm glad I ran down to the waters edge and started shooting quickly, as this fleeting visage only lasted a few minutes before the wind picked up and the mirror was gone.
Camping in the SkySurrounded by mountains, a lake, mid-sunset. What better place to set up camp? Captured in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California.
Camping PlanetSpending leisure time wisely while on a rock floating through space. Captured in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California.
Golden PragueOverlooking the center of the city from the castle battlements. Prague is a beautful city in Czechia, and one of my favorite European cities.
Rocky MoonraysBeautiful moonrays shine over the Jumbo Rocks area of Joshua Tree National Park in this shot captured at the perfect coincidence of sunset and moonrise.
PetrichorThese epic sunrays were our reward after a morning of hiking off trail, in the rain, on a gnarly slope, through dense 10' high brush. There had been thick fog and drizzle for hours when the clouds finally parted, and the sun made it's way out from behind the mist. This trail is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.
Harvest's EndThough the harvest may be over the colors still on display, both on the ground and in the sky. This picturesque vineyard is in Napa County in Northern California.
Astral VineyardThis vineyard in Napa California tries in vain to absorb light from the stars. Unfortunately, light pollution is rampant near cities, to the degree that the stars themselves are nearly obscured from view behind a luminous veil of our own creation. Turn off the lights!
Polar WhorlIce and stone meet at the edge of the water in this 360* panorama taken at the popular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland.
Granite FrameA monolith surrounded by yet more stone. Yosemite's Half Dome takes center stage in this 'oculus' view of the famous landmark. This vantage point can only be obtained through a serious hike, followed by a steep climb. Though hard to reach, this point, "the Diving Board", is well known. This location was immortalized in Ansel Adams 1927 photograph "Monolith".
The Deep EndThe Diving Board is a spectacular prominence in Yosemite National Park. Perched precariously at the top of a cliff, it's quite a feat to reach this point! It's well off the beaten path and well worth the hike; one of the few places at this overcrowded national park where you can still find solitude. It also rewards the adventurous with an amazing view of Half Dome, as immortalized in Ansel Adams 1927 photograph "Monolith".
Snowed InWhile it probably wasn't the safest place to be the view was excellent! This was taken on a day trip from Salzburg Austria into Berchtesgaden. You have to take a boat to get to the trailhead, and the ice had only just melted enough to get that far. Most of the hike was fine, but towards the end it was on snow and ice. By the time I reached the point where this photo was taken I was sinking up to my waist. I hadn't planned on a snow hike, so was just wearing light boots and regular pants...
Stars and StonesA sight to behold: Half Dome under the stars. The light pollution from California's central valley attenuates the stars only slightly, and adds a colorful haze on the horizon. This vantage point can only be obtained through a serious hike, followed by a steep climb. Though hard to reach, this point, "the Diving Board", is well known. This location was immortalized in Ansel Adams 1927 photograph "Monolith".
Monolith AblazeHalf Dome basks under the the radiative glow of the fiery belt of our galaxy. This vantage point can only be obtained through a serious hike, followed by a steep climb. Though hard to reach, this point, "the Diving Board", is well known. This location was immortalized in Ansel Adams 1927 photograph "Monolith".
Violet GreenLupines surroud you as the world slowly fades away into Humboldt fog. This was captured during a particularly gloomy sunset in the hills of Redwood National Park in Humboldt County California.
Amaranthine RoadWhen I set out, I had been seeking a wider composition with the Milky Way higher in the sky. While killing time I found that the galactic core lined up perfectly with this stretch of road. Serendipitous discoveries like this keep photography both exciting and rewarding. This photogenic stretch of road is located in Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California.
Cascade of ColorsA double rainbow rides the mist at the bottom of Yosemite's Vernal Falls. Hidden here in the trees you can stay dry, but go just a bit further down the Mist Trail and you'll be soaked by the spray.
Eagle TreeThis wolf tree presides over the night, surrounded by the Milky Way. This was captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
EruptionThe stars pour forth from Twin Rocks, a local landmark in Mendocino County California.
Sorcerer's StoneA magical device found amongst the rocks and pools of Moonstone Beach in Northern California.
Moonstone ArchThe winter Milky Way displaying its full splendor over Moonstone Beach in Northern California.
Emerald SkiesThe most technically complex picture I'd taken up to this point. This magnificent scene required a star-tracker to shoot 90-second exposures without star trails. The Milky Way arches across the sky above Mendocino County California.
Oaken AscensionThe Milky Way streams out of a large oak tree in Humboldt County California.
Riomaggiore IncandescenteRiomaggiore is beautiful during the day, but it really shines at night! After shooting sunset, I waited through the blue hour to capture the city at its most luminous. This is one of five small towns in Cinque Terre Italy.
ChiocciolaThis is not a drone shot. Standing atop the spiral staircase at the top of Castello Doria, the whole town of Vernazza can be seen. One of the five 'lands' that make up Cinque Terre in northern Italy.
Porto di VernazzaCinque Terre Italy is a coastal community of five small towns connected by rail, as well as a hiking trail. We started hiking at the northernmost town and wound up here in Vernazza by lunchtime. This is the view from the trail, overlooking the harbour, before before it changes from dirt to cobblestone and stairs.
Blazing RaysSome of the finest crepuscular rays I've ever seen! The last of the clearing cloud cover left a slight haze above the mountaintops giving just the right conditions for a spectacular show. These sunbeams were captured in Berchtesgaden Germany.
Milky MarssetMars sets on the eastern horizon as the Milky Way arcs across the sky in this shot from the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Les VignesSurrounded by rolling hills of grapes in all directions. Finding the perfect location for this shot took many hours of research, catching the last rays of the sun took patience. In order to get this perspective I had to duct tape my tripod to the trellis and use a remote to actuate the camera. This shot was captured in Napa County California.
A Littering of LiliesThese water-lilies almost look alien (or possibly like a pac-man convention) floating in the reflective black of this one of 10,000 lakes. The epic clouds --so common in Minnesota-- bring a sense of foreboding to the shot. I couldn’t locate a collective noun for lilies so I suggest everyone start using this one.
Galactic EmissionsThis prominent oak tree stands on a hillside in the hills of Humboldt County California.
Amethyst SkiesMatching magentas with the stars above, this field of lupines holds its own. Each year, around May, the Bald Hills area of Redwood National Park in California explodes with vibrant colors as the flowers spring to life.
Malign FaucetThis waterfall was just one of many in the incredible Malign Canyon near Jasper in Alberta Canada
Ft. Bragg SunsetThis beautiful walking path traverses the cliff's edge as it meanders past the many coves and beaches of Fort Bragg in coastal Mendocino County California.
GrowthA maple in the redwoods. Captured in the Owen R. Cheatham grove in the inland forests of Humboldt County California.
Galactic FireworksA wintertime image of the Milky Way complimented by the appearance of the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). Captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Arcata BottomsI was hiking in the Ma-le’l dunes and on the way back to the car I decided to run to the top of one of the easternmost dunes. I was rewarded with this fantastic view of the Arcata Bottoms with ominous clouds overhead preparing, in typical north coast fashion, to rain.
Cats and DogsA lone wolf tree watches over its territory. The tracks of a usurper, a mountain lion, lead off into the distance. This snowy hillside was captured in the inland hills of Northern California.
Il PescatoreA lone fisherman prepares his bait as he readys himself for some night fishing. This was captured in Riomaggiore Italy, one of the 'five lands' of Cinque Terre.
Teton SpectacularIt's hard to know what to expect from the sky. Standing in the cold, listening to a nocturne of coyote calls, I was surprised to find the aurora glowing red on the northern horizon! The Milky Way rises over the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.
Starlit CoveNature's decorations; captured on Christmas Eve in Fort Bragg California, this image shows the Milky Way erupting from the Pacific Ocean.
Stellar FieldEach night the stars are taken out to pasture. This sky was captured in the coastal hills of Humboldt County California.
Valdemossa on FireRight place, right time, wrong reason. While catching a bus back to Palma from the picturesque village of Valldemossa our bus engine ignited the insulation around it and filled the cabin with smoke. After some fast thinking from the driver we were back on the road half an hour later, richer for having witnessed the sunset from this perspective where there is nomally no place to stop.
Thorny SkiesShot while watching the Perseid meteor shower, this panorama managed only to catch a few. Instead, starthistle dominates the eastern (upper) horizon of this shot captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Oaken ArmsThere were wildfires around Northern California this summer sending their smoke to Mendocino County. Though generally a nuisance, the smoke makes for some epic sunbeams! These stretched from one horizon to the other. In order to adequately capture the scene, I had to set my tripod up in a tree.
Rollie Pollie HillA verdant pasture of goldenfields highlights this image taken in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Spyrock Sunset, FallI'll never get over this view. The inland hills of Northern California are some of the most beautiful in the world. Here, we display our fall colors in the sky.
Spyrock Sunset, SpringThe spring always brings, along with its verdant greenery, a number of rainstorms to fuel its renewal. These storms provide ample oportunity for epic sunsets from my backyard in the hills of Mendocino County California.
Shrouded TarnIt seemed like a good idea to hike back on the far side of the lake, making our journey into a loop. It was not; there is no trail and the rocks and low brush which we had seen from afar turned out to be massive boulders and 6-ft high deer brush. Then, halfway through the scratch and scramble a surprise storm came over the mountains and started dumping rain, making our progress that much more slippery and exhausting. The moral of this story is that when it’s pouring rain you should always get your camera out.
Milky Forest WarpThe forest envelopes the sky as the moon hides in the shadow of the Earth. I woke up at 4am for this shot, but with good reason. This early April morning was a full eclipse of the moon. Knowing that the coast would likely be fogged in at this time of the morning, I headed inland and up into the hills. After driving a ways out a dirt mountain road I found a likely looking spot, hopped a fence, ran through dew-covered grass, and then stood in the same place for half an hour. Although I did shoot some telephoto shots of the moon being eclipsed, the star of the show was the temporarily revealed Milky Way arching across the sky. Fortunately I started this panorama from the top down, because by the time I finished shooting the ground, clouds had rolled in and covered the whole sky.
ReclamationThe floor has sprouted a carpet of moss, matching greens with the outside forest as this abandoned building melts back into the earth near Stone Lagoon in Northern California.
Robson River RapidsWe went on a three-day backpacking trip in early October in the mountains northwest of Jasper. Although it was freezing cold the scenery was well worth the hike!
Cosmic SprayThe stars pour forth from Twin Rocks, a local landmark in Mendocino County California.
Orick Bridge SunsetIf you don't look at just the right second you'll whiz past this gorgeous vista. This spectacular valley is found along the winding Redwood Highway, just north of Orick in Humboldt County California.
Winter WolfThis lone pine has stood the test of time. Captured just before sunrise, it presides over a snowy meadow in this winter scene from Northern California.
Vibrant HeavensBands of atmospheric airglow combined with some hydrogen-alpha emisions from deep space objects combine to create a wondrous view. This beautiful spectacle was captured over the inland hills of Mendocino County in Northern California.
Middle FallsThough just one of the many beautiful cataracts along the Canyon Creek Trail, Middle Falls would be a destination in its own right. This scene was captured in the Trinity Alps Wilderness in Northern California.
Stony SkiesStill water offers a new perspective on the world, you just have to turn your head upside down. This mountainous scene was captured at Upper Canyon Creek Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in Northern California.