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February 2012




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    Red Fox Running in Snow to be featured in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

    02.11.12 | Permalink | 4 Comments

    I am very pleased to announce that my images, Red Fox Running in Snow (pictured below,) and Frosted Aspens II, have both been featured as “highly honored” in the wildlife and plant life categories of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards – a prestigious annual contest/exhibition run by the wonderful people over at Nature’s Best Photography. Red Fox Running in Snow has been selected for exhibition in the Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum of Natural History later this year. My work has been featured in this exhibit once before, when I was awarded Youth Photographer of the Year in 2009. I must say that it is every bit as large of thrill for me this time around! I’m very excited. The exhibit will run for approximately six months, beginning on March 30th.

    Red Fox Running in Snow : Prints Available

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    Snowy Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

    02.07.12 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    The grey, drizzly skies of the winter season here rarely loosen their grip upon us Northwesterners. The sun remains hidden behind the clouds, and temperatures are generally not cold enough for much snowfall to accumulate in the lowlands.

    Just two weeks ago, however, a blast of arctic air made its way down into the region, and along with it came a massive low-pressure system. Depositing over a foot of snow in Olympia, this storm quickly shut down much of Western Washington – I had no electricity in my home for five days! So, with classes canceled for the week, I set out to make some wintry images of some generally not-so-snowy locales. Braving the downright terrible roads, I headed to the first area that came to mind – the Columbia River Gorge, along the Oregon/Washington border.

    The Columbia River Gorge is an area renowned across the globe for having one of, if not the highest concentration of beautiful, photogenic waterfalls in such a small area. Most images one might see of waterfalls in the gorge are typically taken in spring, summer, and now and then, fall, but wintry images are quite uncommon, because wintry conditions rarely occur there.

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    Frigid Spirit : Prints Available

    To make this image, I slowly trudged for two steep miles off-trail, with 12 inches of snow underfoot until reaching these incredibly picturesque falls. It was fairly difficult terrain, with rope being a necessity in one particular location, and a lot more slipping and sliding than I would like to admit. After far too long spent perched atop mossy, slippery rocks, struggling to find the right composition while managing to keep my front element dry in the snow and sleet, I came away with this photo.

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    Dry Creek Winter : Prints Available

    These falls are located at the end of a steep and narrow 4×4 track, which was a total blast maneuvering in the snow. Photographing image, I chose a simple approach. I set up a very similar composition to the one I had shot last time I visited these falls, but this time around, the fresh snow brought out an entirely different dimension to the photo, and I am quite pleased with the end result.

    I’m not sharing any particularly groundbreaking advice here, but I’d just like to remind you all that when abnormal or unseasonal conditions occur, it can be pertinent to use them to your advantage – because you never know what new photographic opportunities they may afford. So, next time you’re thinking of going out to shoot in the snow, and that little, lazy voice in your head suggests otherwise, ignore it!