Here in the Pacific Northwest, winter held on deep into spring. When the weather changed, it did so quickly - from 40 degree daytime highs to 88. This has finally triggered the wildflowers and flowers found at various farms. I purchased a season pass to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Oregon.
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Access to nature can change a life. Access to art can change a life. Not everyone has access to those things. I feel it is a responsibility of nature photographers and artists to share their vision’s of the natural world with everyone, regardless of that person’s access to experiencing nature on
When we think of snow, we think of white, fluffy, snowflakes blanketing the landscape or of it burying our passenger car. The thing I want to focus on is the “white” characteristic of snow. Even if you live in Fiji and have never seen snow in person, you might still know that it is white. Wh
This year (2022) in the Pacific Northwest, we had summer temperatures and clear skies up until, well, last night, late October. This type of irregular climate does not allow for trees to change their leaves from summer greens to autumn red, oranges and yellows, as they typically might. Our color d
The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (https://lnt.org/) 1. Plan ahead and prepare 2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces 3. Dispose of waste properly 4. Leave what you find 5. Minimize campfire impacts 6. Respect wildlife 7. Be considerate of others This is not written to shame. We are all forever
Sunrise after I warmed and my boots dried It is hard to self-actualize and transcend when you cannot feel your toes. I wanted to motivate and rally to photograph at sunset, but cold wet feet and patience worn thin from post-holing for 6 miles was enough to keep me in my camp chair. My wife
Despite our use of tripods, of image-stabilizing lenses, our choosing only the best weather and photographic situations, we STILL manage to create a great image that is less than tack sharp. The truth is, we are humans and we are imperfect. We are shaky, we breathe hard (at times), our hearts be
Look ahead at the tides and wind and plan your paddle to see the sand dollar beds in Netarts Bay. They are awesome! The Eccentric Sand Dollar (Dendraster excentricus) is an echinoderm, like sea stars and sea urchins. They typically enjoy warmer waters with higher salinity, but the slow moving, s
I am guilty of not pursuing and understanding the newest trends and technology in photography, to my detriment. I was being left behind. recently I was able to trade in some older gear, and was fortunate enough to be able to update my underwater camera and housing. WOW! I was doing my image-mak
Moving to the Pacific Northwest from Florida, I knew I might feel some seasonal emotional heaviness as the grey days, winter rains and cold temps drag on into spring. I expected some feelings cabin fever and some loss of motivation to make art. But wow! This year our winter will just NOT let go
Winter brings more than just snow to northern (U.S.) regions. Fog is also an incredible result of moisture in the air and cooler temperatures. I love summer! Warm, no… HOT weather, sunshine, swimming and leaves on the trees is the best. And when the temps start cooling enough to condense m