Viridian Lookingglass
Viridian Lookingglass
Secret Sunset
Secret Sunset
NewYorkLand
NewYorkLand
Daybreak in Swan Valley
Daybreak in Swan Valley
Sagebrush Sunrise
Sagebrush Sunrise
Oregon Island #2
Oregon Island #2
Redwood Creek
Redwood Creek
Duality
Duality
Frozen in Retreat
Frozen in Retreat
Venice Abstract
Venice Abstract
Roadside Aurora
Roadside Aurora
Crystal Ball
Crystal Ball
Lambent Damnation
Lambent Damnation
La Cova Mallorquina
La Cova Mallorquina
Hedgehog
Hedgehog
Shell Rock Chiaroscuro
Shell Rock Chiaroscuro
Deep in Fern Canyon
Deep in Fern Canyon
Look Up
Look Up
Waterfall World
Waterfall World
Planet of the Ferns
Planet of the Ferns
Fern Grotto
Fern Grotto
Crystalline Floe
Crystalline Floe
Fern Grotto #2
Fern Grotto #2
Planetary Guardian
Planetary Guardian
Galactic Guardian
Galactic Guardian
Mountain Boardwalk
Mountain Boardwalk
Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror
Camping in the Sky
Camping in the Sky
Camping Planet
Camping Planet
Golden Prague
Golden Prague
Rocky Moonrays
Rocky Moonrays
Petrichor
Petrichor
Harvest's End
Harvest's End
Astral Vineyard
Astral Vineyard
Polar Whorl
Polar Whorl
Granite Frame
Granite Frame
The Deep End
The Deep End
Snowed In
Snowed In
Stars and Stones
Stars and Stones
Monolith Ablaze
Monolith Ablaze
Violet Green
Violet Green
Amaranthine Road
Amaranthine Road
Cascade of Colors
Cascade of Colors
Eagle Tree
Eagle Tree
Eruption
Eruption
Sorcerer's Stone
Sorcerer's Stone
Moonstone Arch
Moonstone Arch
Emerald Skies
Emerald Skies
Oaken Ascension
Oaken Ascension
Riomaggiore Incandescente
Riomaggiore Incandescente
Chiocciola
Chiocciola
Porto di Vernazza
Porto di Vernazza
Blazing Rays
Blazing Rays
Milky Marsset
Milky Marsset
Les Vignes
Les Vignes
A Littering of Lilies
A Littering of Lilies
Galactic Emissions
Galactic Emissions
Amethyst Skies
Amethyst Skies
Malign Faucet
Malign Faucet
Ft. Bragg Sunset
Ft. Bragg Sunset
Growth
Growth
Galactic Fireworks
Galactic Fireworks
Arcata Bottoms
Arcata Bottoms
Cats and Dogs
Cats and Dogs
Il Pescatore
Il Pescatore
Teton Spectacular
Teton Spectacular
Starlit Cove
Starlit Cove
Stellar Field
Stellar Field
Valdemossa on Fire
Valdemossa on Fire
Thorny Skies
Thorny Skies
Oaken Arms
Oaken Arms
Rollie Pollie Hill
Rollie Pollie Hill
Spyrock Sunset, Fall
Spyrock Sunset, Fall
Spyrock Sunset, Spring
Spyrock Sunset, Spring
Shrouded Tarn
Shrouded Tarn
Milky Forest Warp
Milky Forest Warp
Reclamation
Reclamation
Robson River Rapids
Robson River Rapids
Cosmic Spray
Cosmic Spray
Orick Bridge Sunset
Orick Bridge Sunset
Winter Wolf
Winter Wolf
Vibrant Heavens
Vibrant Heavens
Middle Falls
Middle Falls
Stony Skies
Stony Skies
Prismatic Haze
Prismatic Haze
Grand Prism
Grand Prism
Cascade Creek
Cascade Creek
Blueberry Lake
Blueberry Lake
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns
Waterfall Walkway
Waterfall Walkway
Scorpius Rising
Scorpius Rising
Thor's Anvil
Thor's Anvil
Night Watchman
Night Watchman
Perspective
Perspective
Dark Tentacles
Dark Tentacles
Dark Tentacles (crop)
Dark Tentacles (crop)
Line of Reflection
Line of Reflection
Under the Dome
Under the Dome
Lady of the Morning
Lady of the Morning
Amethyst Arc
Amethyst Arc
Sea Cliff Planet (untitled)
Sea Cliff Planet (untitled)
Weitchpec Morning Fog (untitled)
Weitchpec Morning Fog (untitled)
Hideout
Hideout
Burney Falls (untitled)
Burney Falls (untitled)
Ursa Maris
Ursa Maris
Fisherman's Delight
Fisherman's Delight
Riomaggiore Sunset Planet (untitled)
Riomaggiore Sunset Planet (untitled)
Rockshower
Rockshower
Verdant Window
Verdant Window
Children of Giants
Children of Giants
Terrazze e Trenini
Terrazze e Trenini
Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship
Idaho Idyll
Idaho Idyll
Snake River Sunrise
Snake River Sunrise
Underwater Aliens
Underwater Aliens
Underwater Aliens (crop)
Underwater Aliens (crop)
Viridian Lookingglass
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 Sunset
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.
NewYorkLand
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 Valley
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 Sunrise
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 #2
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 Creek
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.
Duality
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 Retreat
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 Abstract
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 Aurora
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 Ball
Crystal BallOur Earth sits majestically on a pedestal of trees in this sunrise capture from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.
Lambent Damnation
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 Mallorquina
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.
Hedgehog
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 Chiaroscuro
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 Canyon
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 Up
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 World
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 Ferns
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 Grotto
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 Floe
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 #2
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 Guardian
Planetary GuardianA lone oak stands guard over the Earth in this scene captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Galactic Guardian
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 Boardwalk
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 Mirror
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 Sky
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 Planet
Camping PlanetSpending leisure time wisely while on a rock floating through space. Captured in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California.
Golden Prague
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 Moonrays
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.
Petrichor
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 End
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 Vineyard
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 Whorl
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 Frame
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 End
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 In
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 Stones
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 Ablaze
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 Green
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 Road
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 Colors
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 Tree
Eagle TreeThis wolf tree presides over the night, surrounded by the Milky Way. This was captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Eruption
EruptionThe stars pour forth from Twin Rocks, a local landmark in Mendocino County California.
Sorcerer's Stone
Sorcerer's StoneA magical device found amongst the rocks and pools of Moonstone Beach in Northern California.
Moonstone Arch
Moonstone ArchThe winter Milky Way displaying its full splendor over Moonstone Beach in Northern California.
Emerald Skies
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 Ascension
Oaken AscensionThe Milky Way streams out of a large oak tree in Humboldt County California.
Riomaggiore Incandescente
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.
Chiocciola
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 Vernazza
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 Rays
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 Marsset
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 Vignes
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 Lilies
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 Emissions
Galactic EmissionsThis prominent oak tree stands on a hillside in the hills of Humboldt County California.
Amethyst Skies
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 Faucet
Malign FaucetThis waterfall was just one of many in the incredible Malign Canyon near Jasper in Alberta Canada
Ft. Bragg Sunset
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.
Growth
GrowthA maple in the redwoods. Captured in the Owen R. Cheatham grove in the inland forests of Humboldt County California.
Galactic Fireworks
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 Bottoms
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 Dogs
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 Pescatore
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 Spectacular
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 Cove
Starlit CoveNature's decorations; captured on Christmas Eve in Fort Bragg California, this image shows the Milky Way erupting from the Pacific Ocean.
Stellar Field
Stellar FieldEach night the stars are taken out to pasture. This sky was captured in the coastal hills of Humboldt County California.
Valdemossa on Fire
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 Skies
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 Arms
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 Hill
Rollie Pollie HillA verdant pasture of goldenfields highlights this image taken in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Spyrock Sunset, Fall
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, Spring
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 Tarn
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 Warp
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.
Reclamation
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 Rapids
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 Spray
Cosmic SprayThe stars pour forth from Twin Rocks, a local landmark in Mendocino County California.
Orick Bridge Sunset
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 Wolf
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 Heavens
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 Falls
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 Skies
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.
Prismatic Haze
Prismatic HazeOne of the most spectacular features at Yellowstone National Park, this spring is one of many hundreds of similar thermal pools. What makes the Grand Prismatic Spring stand out is its vibrant array of colors. The steam coming off the top of the pool catches some of the color from the pool below and seems to hold a rainbow.
Grand Prism
Grand PrismWhen I left my camp site the skies were completely clear. Just over an hour later I had arrived and was nearly finished setting up to shoot. I had scouted the location earlier in the day and knew the galactic core was aligned near perfectly with Grand Prismatic Spring. As I took my first few images, I noticed some clouds rolling in fast. Working fast (no such thing with long exposures), I started shooting my panorama. Within minutes, nearly the whole sky was blotted out. I decided to shoot a few really long exposures for star trails, and after a white noted that the clouds were thinning a bit. I shot a second panorama of the sky, hoping that between the two, I could get a clean shot of the sky. Many, many, hours of selective masking later, I achieved just that. This magical scene was captured at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Cascade Creek
Cascade CreekThis beautiful creek flows towards Grand Teton, to join with another before emptying into Jenny Lake. Having only set aside enough time for a day hike, this was as deep into the mountains as I made it. Having stopped for lunch a little below this spot, I could see that the trees opened up to meadow just a bit farther ahead. Instead of eating, I ran for it, crashing through the brush and hiking up the hillside to find a composition looking back at the mountains.
Blueberry Lake
Blueberry LakeA beautiful vernal pool, surrounded with big, delicious huckleberries. I had spotted what looked like a small lake with an island on satellite imagery, and knew that I had to check it out. Upon arrival, many miles on trail, and a mile or so off-trail, this is the scene I was greeted by. The timing could not have been better. After capturing this, and several other images, I proceeded to scout for a night time shot, while eating as many huckleberries as I could. This picturesque scene is found deep in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness in Oregon.
Crown of Thorns
Crown of ThornsThis shot took both sweat and blood to produce. Suffering a leg full of thorns on the way, I was extra careful while setting up this panorama under a large cholla cactus. This spiney desert dweller was found in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California.
Waterfall Walkway
Waterfall WalkwayThis 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.
Scorpius Rising
Scorpius RisingThe impressive Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex ornaments the head of the constellation Scorpius, leading its ascention into the night sky. This old wolf tree is located in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Thor's Anvil
Thor's AnvilIceland's many landscapes are on display as you drive the ring road, perpetually bathed in amazing light, as the sun remains low on the horizon for most of the day. This lone mesa is just one of many geological wonders you'll encounter along the southern coast.
Night Watchman
Night WatchmanPeering into the night between long exposures, searching for mythical beasts in the sky. Headlamp on, of course, only for dramatic effect. This whimsical self portrait was captured in the inland hills of Mendocino County.
Perspective
PerspectiveThe island of Vestmannaeyjar can be seen in the distance. behind the Holtsós lagoon in southern Iceland. 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.
Dark Tentacles
Dark TentaclesSilhoutted oak branches reach menacingly for the stars. I had wanted a shot like this for a while, and spent a lot of time scouting for the right location. These malign trees were found in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Dark Tentacles (crop)
Dark Tentacles (crop)Silhoutted oak branches reach menacingly for the stars. I had wanted a shot like this for a while, and spent a lot of time scouting for the right location. These malign trees were found in the inland hills of Mendocino County California.
Line of Reflection
Line of ReflectionWhile 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.
Under the Dome
Under the DomeA more interesting projection, just one of many, from the Diving Board. The iconic Half Dome is inverted in this shot looking down the valley. This vantage point, albeit in a more traditional composition, was made famous by Ansel Adams' photograph "Monolith".
Lady of the Morning
Lady of the MorningHaving spend a cold night sleeping rough on the edge of a cliff, I awoke to the sound of a helicopter buzzing around the valley. With little chance of returning to sleep, I figured the next best thing was to capture sunrise from this unique vantage point. Though the sun itself rises behind Half Dome the shadows that it casts on the granite faces make faces of their own. This was taken from the Diving Board in Yosemite National Park in California.
Amethyst Arc
Amethyst ArcMatching 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.
Sea Cliff Planet (untitled)
Sea Cliff Planet (untitled)
Weitchpec Morning Fog (untitled)
Weitchpec Morning Fog (untitled)Having pursued a failed idea for sunrise, I was out in the hills early. I decided to keep driving and see what I could find. Decending into the valley, I found it full of fog and just starting to thin enough to be pierced by the first rays as they crept over the mountain. This luminous morning was captured in the inland hills of Humboldt County in Northern California.
Hideout
HideoutRumor has it that this rock shelter was once used by the bandit Black Bart, prior to holding up a stagecoach. Situated on a tributary to the Sacramento River in Northerh California.
Burney Falls (untitled)
Burney Falls (untitled)Once dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" by Theodore Roosevelt, who may or may not have been on the campaign trail, Burney Falls are impressive! I had, of course, forgotten to bring my tripod head, and had to shoot this 360° panorama without it. I was able to get out on a rock, without getting wet or dropping my camera in the water, and capture the requisite 30 images to finish the pano before carefully making my way back to the shore. This cascade is found in Shasta County in Northern California.
Ursa Maris
Ursa MarisUrsa Major (the Big Dipper) pales in comparison with this pareidolic bear. There are a myriad of interesting things visible in the sky on a winter's night, but perhaps most notable this evening was the comet 46P/Wirtanen, dubbed the "Christmas Comet". It glows a pale blue-green, and could be seen dimly with the naked eye. These tidepools adorn the rocks at Moonstone beach in Northern California.
Fisherman's Delight
Fisherman's DelightA fisherman stands triumphantly on his boat as he returns to harbor. This was a case of right place right time, having been sitting on the jetty killing time until the city lights came on. This was captured in Riomaggiore, part of Cinque Terre region in Italy.
Riomaggiore Sunset Planet (untitled)
Riomaggiore Sunset Planet (untitled)The clouds parted on the horizon creating a hole centered on the setting sun. What a lucky break! The rays illuminate the village of Riomaggiore, one of the five towns in Cinque Terre, Italy.
Rockshower
RockshowerI generally like sweeping panoramas, but this scene demanded a closeup. This is the bottom of one of the spectacular cascades at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. Cutting through the trees, the light fell in patches around the base of the falls, illuminating it in spectacular fashion.
Verdant Window
Verdant WindowOregon is loaded with waterfalls, but perhaps the highest density are located at Silver Falls State Park. This panorama was shot looking out from a large grotto hollowed out underneath the falls.
Children of Giants
Children of GiantsThis redwood remnant sprouts the next generation; clonal saplings that will one day, with any luck, reach their ancestral height. This verdant forest scene was captured in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park in Northern California.
Terrazze e Trenini
Terrazze e TreniniThe only city of the five in Cinque Terre to reside on a hill, Corniglia still fits the mold in other ways. Its vibrantly colored buildings interlock, covering a mountain top surrounded by terraced vineyards. A system of tiny grape trains (trenino) criss cross the hillside, making the harvest that much easier.
Ghost Ship
Ghost ShipA foggy evening on the Oregon coast. These islands were quickly fading into the mist, during the blue hour following the sunset. This was captured along the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Parkway in southern Oregon.
Idaho Idyll
Idaho IdyllWhile 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.
Snake River Sunrise
Snake River 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.
Underwater Aliens
Underwater AliensThis 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.
Underwater Aliens (crop)
Underwater Aliens (crop)This 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. The sky wasn't the only thing interesting though. While the panorama was shooting I was laying on the rocks watching the stars, I noticed a slight glow coming from under the water! Not wanting to disrupt the panorama (in case the fog came back), I had to just wait until the pano was finished to see what, if anything, the camera had captured. It was in there! Though the lights had started closer to shore, they had progressively moved out to sea, and by the time the camera was pointed in their direction, they were pretty far out. This mystical scene was shot on the southern Oregon coast.
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