My wife and I wait for Autumn all year, happy to relinquish the high country to those unable to visit any time they wish and instead, having to save precious vacation time for a week in The West. I smile when I see families enjoying visiting, knowing how rejuvenating time away from one's normal day-to-day can be and glad they've been able to experience the great state of Colorado. But the Fall... that's when things [...]
Why do we need to say something - anything - about our images? A few weeks ago I was in Chicago looking at a display of student work at Moody Bible Institute. There were two different exhibitions: one with very nice photographs, printed on canvas and beautifully displayed. The other area featured a series of page layouts, combining words and text, printed, laminated to foam core and nicely presented, complete with registration marks from the [...]
Some of you probably just won't get this next article, and I understand. I'm not sure I would had I not seen this myself. Some of you may get it though, and it's for you I'm writing it. Sea stacks at Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (2011) After years spent dreaming of walking the shores of Olympic National Park I found myself standing on Second Beach September of 2011. Second Beach, [...]
Santa Fe and northern New Mexico are epicenters of creative thought. There’s no doubt the 5 years we spent living there helped shape my creative thinking. Though Colorado is now home, we return each year to the Land of Enchantment and “The City Different” for a creative pick me up.
Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area. Many photographers whose work I admire and respect flatly state you can't do meaningful work in a new place you're visiting for the first time. Others will hold sacred the idea of seeing a place for the first time; how nothing can compare to when your eyes meet new land - with no expectations, no plan, no pre-conceived notions. Like so many other things I suppose I [...]
because this is, after all, a journal... (I don't know why the image above is cropped like that... kinda drives me nuts. Below is what it should look like). Eldorado Springs, Boulder County, Colorado Saturday - out driving around literally all day, looking for a photograph. I went to Denver to pick up some more Delta 100 at Denver Pro Photo. Leroy said he'd hold a 10-pack for me earlier in the week [...]
Autumn has historically been one of the best times of year to travel. The crowds of summer have dwindled and children are back in school. But the fall colors are still there. The crisp bite in the air is still tasted. The smells of damp, downed foliage permeates fresh morning air and autumn light is second to none. Skies come alive as storm systems materialize around the fringes of the seasons. Rates in hotels drop significantly the last week of October and first week of November. Gas prices are usually down. Campgrounds are largely still open and far less crowded. In the quiet absence of crowds, one is free to - if only for a short time - experience a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet joy.
The last day in Forks was spent around Klaloch's Beach One. After checking out of the Town Motel I headed south on the 101 for one last look at the coast. I was to head inland later this day and though I'd still see the water - it wouldn't be the coast of the North Pacific. I wanted to say goodbye. Looking for nothing specific and driving slowly, the large burls on Beach One's Sitka [...]
For many years I've had a fascination with the Pacific Northwest, and more specifically, Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. A massive colony of life is represented in this scene of mosses and epiphytes (plants growing on other plants without harming the host) clinging to a giant Sitka Spruce in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington (2017). One early memory comes from a American Wilderness TIME-LIFE series book given to me one Christmas about [...]
This map contains live feed sources for US wildfire reports (I-209), perimeters, MODIS hot spots, wildfire conditions / red flag warnings, wildfire potential and weather radar. Each of these layers provides insight into where a fire is located, its intensity and the surrounding areas susceptibility to wildfire. As air quality in Colorado worsens by the day due to fires in Wyoming I've been keeping an eye on the historically bad wildfire situation in Oregon, Washington, [...]