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June 23

Spectacular 109′ tall Bassi Falls is located in the Crystal Basin area of the El Dorado National Forest, west of Lake Tahoe. These gorgeous falls at peak springtime flow crash over enormous boulders and the water sheets over huge, flat slabs of granite. It is located off a rural, pot-holed dirt road (high clearance vehicles recommended). Photographic possibilities abound in this location, not just of the falls themselves, but also among the pines, foliage and granite boulders at the base of the falls.

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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!

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

March 22

When I moved to California, and saw Lake Tahoe for the first time, it literally took my breath away. The juxtaposition of clear, emerald water, blue sky, towering pine trees and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada is truly a sight to behold. The challenge can be that you want to capture it all in one photograph! Read the Post Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

March 22

One of the most rewarding aspects of visiting Yosemite National Park in the winter, besides the lack of summer crowds, is the interesting alignment of the moon a few days before it is full against the iconic valley peaks such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Sentinel Rock. In the winter, you can get as close to peacefulness and solitude in the valley as is possible, while witnessing a lunar spectacle only possible in the winter. Read the Post Yosemite in the Winter

March 22

One thing that Seattle has REALLY got going on is the abundance of scenic vantage points from which to photograph the city. And what a picturesque and vibrant city it is. I was here recently days before the Seattle Seahawks played a NFL playoff home game and the energy and enthusiasm in this town was palpable. There are numerous free and inexpensive vantage points from which to admire the dramatic views and admire the city. Read the Post Dramatic Seattle Vantage Points