Tag: National Park

February 5

Lack of Crowds

With an astounding 4 million visitors a year, Yosemite is the 4th most visited national park out of 58 in the park system. However, only approximately 10% of park visitors enter the park in the winter months between December and February. According to the National Park Service, 75% of Yosemite visitors arrive during the busiest six months between May and October.

Read the Post 8 Reasons to Visit Yosemite National Park in the Winter!

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

July 28
An older photo of Bonsai Rock, in Lake Tahoe, taken in February during a stormy winter sunset, revisited in black and white.

Recently, I’ve been taking some much needed downtime, with less weekends on the road for photographic outings. This is a good thing! We all need time to decompress and recharge our batteries. For me, this has also been a good time to revisit processing some photos in the “later, when I have time” pile to look at images with a fresh set of eyes. And also, intuitively this has led me to some experimentation with black and white. Read the Post Black & White

June 11

 

Located in Northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is an astoundingly beautiful, diverse, yet under-appreciated park in the national park system. Lassen gets approximately 400,000 visitors per year, while nearby heavyweight, Yosemite, overshadows Lassen with an astounding 3.8 million annual visitors! So what does that mean? For introverted nature photographers like me, averse to large crowds, Lassen is a perfect national park visit even in the high season. And, the park is renown for evidence of it’s volcanic activity. Here are some of my favorite highlights, just barely scratching the surface of this beautiful park. Read the Post Lassen Volcanic National Park

May 22

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Read the Post Stars, Moonbows & Planets!