Category: Photos

December 31
Milky Way and Night Clouds Over Mount Lassen, Manzanita Lake

As I look back on 2016, as cliche as I know it sounds, it was a whirlwind, busy year. I had photography trips planned out a year in advance, and many miles were spent on the road during my downtime from a full time job. After a loss in my family at the end of 2015, I did not take much time to stop and reflect, electing instead to keep pushing and keep my mind, feet, and camera occupied.

Read the Post My 16 favorite images from 2016 …and looking back on a year of paring down.

February 3
January 1
Keyhole Arch In Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, the sun sets directly in the middle of this natural arch at sunset, only around the winter solstice.

As I reflect on this past year, I’m amazed how much 2015 was a year of learning, growth, and so many firsts for me. I finally began making photographs as opposed to taking them. By this, I mean I diligently began researching locations, learning new techniques, and visualizing the imagery I wanted to capture for the year ahead. I also decided that photography is meaningless unless you share your knowledge and wonder with others; the photographers I respect most are the ones who are always willing to teach others and share what they know. Read the Post A Year of Learning: My Favorites of 2015

September 27

The Great Basin bristlecone pine, which grows between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level, is a long-living species of tree found in the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest in California. One member of this species, at over 5,000 years old, is the oldest known living organism on Earth. I had long wanted to capture these trees under a clear night sky, and on a recent trip to the eastern Sierra, we took the long trip from where we were camping at Lundy Lake to this remote area east of Bishop, approximately 70 miles away. Read the Post The Incredible Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

September 27

Some folks may think my significant other, Chris, and I are crazy, but we had saved up for a quite a while for a bicycle trip in Europe, only later to decide to purchase a tear-drop camp trailer instead. We figured we’d get more lasting bang for our buck having the ability to hook up and get out of Dodge with our camera gear whenever we got the urge, and sure enough, we’ve gone on several trips already. Recently, we took a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip to one of my favorite places in the world, the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, for a little fall color reconnaissance mission, when I began seeing the fall color reports surface on the Mono County Tourism Facebook page. Read the Post Fall Color Reconnaissance Mission

July 13

The Shasta-Cascade region of Northern California is known for its numerous lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, and boasts visually stunning locations surrounded by water for ample photographic opportunities. I recently had the opportunity to spend the long, Fourth of July holiday weekend here to explore this wild and scenic area, and share a few of my favorite spots with you! Read the Post The Spectacular Waters of the Shasta-Cascade Region

April 30

Even though it was an unfortunate year for the California poppy due to the fourth year of crushing drought, and wildflowers in the areas surrounding Sacramento bloomed unusually early due to an early season heat wave, there was still a short window of time to capture the brief blooming season this Spring. Read the Post Northern California Spring Flowers

April 28


Mono Lake, a large, desert saline lake in California, has one of the most surreal and alien looking landscapes ever seen anywhere. One of it’s defining features is it’s tufa rock formations, resembling stalactites, and are in fact, deposits of calcium-carbonite towers caused by the interaction between freshwater springs fed by the tributaries which flow through Lundy Canyon, and alkaline lake water, caused by lack of an outlet causing high levels of salt to accumulate in the lake. Read the Post Milky Way Over Mono Lake

April 7

In the early morning hours of April 4th, 2015, the west coast had a front row seat to an unusually quick lunar eclipse on Easter weekend. Lunar eclipses occur when the full moon, opposite the sun, enters into the earth’s shadow. This particular eclipse was only 3 ½ hours long, but the total eclipse lasted only 5 minutes. Read the Post Improvising a Lunar Eclipse Sequence

March 27

One of my Instagram followers had seen my posts from a recent day trip to Yosemite, and asked me for advice on places to photograph the park in a single day. I’m fortunate to live in Sacramento, which is very close to many picturesque locations in Northern California within a day trip, including iconic Yosemite National Park. Read the Post Yosemite in a Day