Tag: reflections

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 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

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!

March 22

The short, damp days of winter in Sacramento seems to lend itself to exploring a facet of photography that for me, has been up until now, mostly unexplored: the exciting world of night photography. Primarily photographing landscapes, my most engaged time of day to be out shooting as my schedule allows is typically at sunrise and sunset, with some post-processing in the middle of the day. I still have a day job to pay the bills, after all, and going in and getting off of work when it’s still dark can really put a damper on your spirits, particularly when you want to continue to be creative. So these past few weeks, rather than lament the short, overcast, rainy days, I tried some new things, and re-tried some old things. Read the Post The Short, Damp Days of Winter

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