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.
North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve of 3,315 acres located outside of Oroville, in Northern California, and is a magical place to visit in spring, when wildflowers blanket the volcanic tableau, and when seasonal creeks wind their way through the landscape, culminating in dramatic waterfalls crashing into the deep ravines. Read the Post North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in Spring
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.
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