I’m currently out shooting along the coast, hoping to make the best of the conditions: low tides at sunset, dramatic cloud formations from an incoming fall storm, and fairly non-hazy skies. So far, I have nothing, but I’ll have another chance tonight before I have to head back to Olympia for class Friday.
Here’s one of two I’ll be sharing from my adventures this past summer. This spot is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, and I had to get a special hiking permit to legally access it.
Happy Halloween, everybody! I have more waterfalls and autumn foliage coming next week. Until then, here’s one from my southwestern travels this past summer. It was 104 degrees this day, which surprisingly, didn’t feel as bad as I had feared it might have. Anyway, Spooky Gulch is an incredible slot, and while the sandstone may not have the same vibrant colors as a few of the more popular canyons on Navajo land, it makes up for that in other ways. Below is a photo from one of my favorite passages of the slot.
It has definitely been a while since my last post here! Hopefully some people are still checking this blog, haha… I plan to update it regularly from this point. I have been keeping quite busy lately… I moved to Olympia, WA in September to attend classes at the Evergreen State College, and have been preoccupied with moving in, getting unpacked, and adapting to my new schedule.
I just recently got out to shoot for the first time in a loooooong while, and I’m very happy I did so! It was the first of many trips I’ll be taking to Oregon’s rugged coast and Columbia River Gorge. The fall foliage is just getting good down around the streams and waterfalls of the gorge, and I’ll be going back as much as possible in the next week or two. Below is an image from the popular 289-foot Elowah Falls.
The auto problems are all taken care of for now! Unfortunately, my friend Chris had to go home and go back to work. I’m back in the San Juan mountains, shooting for a bit longer before I return home. I hiked up above Boullion King Lake to Porphyry Basin on Friday evening for a sunset shoot. There were a few patches of profuse flowers, and the light was quite nice. Stay tuned– I’ll be doing quite a bit over the next few days and will have quite a bit to share with you all. For now, I’m headed up to the Uncompahgre National Forest for some solo backpacking and photography. Below is one the images from Friday night that I’ve quickly processed on my laptop to share.
So, my vehicle is repaired, and we’re on the road again! Chris and I are headed back into the Colorado Rockies for some wildflower action. For now, we’re trying to make the most out of the high pressure weather and clear skies, but the monsoon should start kickin’ again soon.
Anyway, we had an absolutely great time exploring the washes, slickrock, and slot canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument! It was a whopping 104 degrees fahrenheit out in the open, but it felt quite pleasant in the shaded slots and under canyon walls. Our day included a nice sunrise shoot, hiking three beautiful slots, an hour-long nap in the shade, a delicious “Subway Fresh” meal, an attempted visit to Calf Creek Falls (The area was “closed…” Go figure!) and finally, I entered a sleepy, Wolves in the Throne Room-induced trance, and commenced a late night, high speed drive back to Moab! It was an insanely tiring day, but it was one of our best days of the trip so far.
Here’s a photograph I like from Spooky Gulch. The reflected light down there, both blue from the sky, and orange from the sun/sandstone, is just unbelievable. You can’t really see it too well with the naked eye, but in a minute-long exposure at ISO 100, the colors really sing.
We’ve run into some vehicular difficulties on our trip. My trusty Toyota is stranded in Moab, Utah until Wednesday night, unfortunately. Chris and I decided to get a rental car so we didn’t end up stuck in Moab for five days, and have somehow ended up in Escalante, Utah, where we’re planning to make the most out of the clear skies by photographing slot canyons. We arrived a bit late tonight, and decided to take a quick late evening/sunset stop in the “Devil’s Garden” area of the monument. Here’s my favorite from tonight. I hope to write again soon of our slot canyon adventures!
Yesterday afternoon, we visited the south rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The views of the canyon are absolutely incredible; easily among the finest I’ve seen. It’s quite the experience to peer down over 2,300 vertigo-inducing feet over the rim down to the Gunnison River. The backlit rocks and greenery in contrast with the beautiful reflected light on the canyon walls made for excellent photography in the early afternoon, a time there would typically not be too much to shoot. Here’s a favorite from yesterday.
Right now we’re around Crested Butte, photographing beautiful aspen stands, scouting out wildflowers, and hoping for the monsoon light to start kickin’ again!
I scheduled this post the same time I made the last one, since I figured I’ll be away from computers for a few days. Here’s another from Mt. Evans. Chris and I spent a few hours photographing dozens of adult and baby Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus,) and had a great time doing so. At times, it was pretty nerve-racking trying to keep up with them on the windy, steep, rocky, and muddy slopes of Mt. Evans, but the rewards were well worth the risk and it was such a great time. Here’s one of many that I’m happy with. Take note of the snow flurries in the background! It was freezing up there, proof that anything can happen with the weather at 14,200 feet.
We just took a quick overnight visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park, and are now off in search of wildflowers around Crested Butte!
I’m four days into my summer-long journey through the mountains and desert of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, and I couldn’t really ask for things to go any better than they have so far. I’m currently with my friend, Chris Kayler, for the next three weeks or so. So far, we’ve photographed in and around Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt. Evans, and pursued some wildlife opportunities in North-central Colorado. Yesterday and this morning, we had an excellent time up on Mt. Evans, with some absolutely fantastic light, and extremely cooperative Mountain Goats. Here’s an image of the sunset last night up on Mt. Evans.
In another day or two, we’ll be on our way to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and then off into the mountains of Central Colorado in search of wildflowers.
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I’m getting ready for an epic 6-week Colorado and Utah trip, for which I leave in just five days! Here’s a photo taken in April of this year from a short trip I made to Ohio’s Hocking Hills region. I loved the streams and waterfalls there, and Cedar Falls was one of my favorites!