Friday, May 17, 2019

Leavenworth Magic

Leavenworth is like a little bit of Bavaria broke off and settled beneath the high peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Full of fascinating gift shops, colorful architecture, and bratwurst eateries, this is one of the Pacific Northwests finest tourist destinations. During the day, horse drawn carts ferry sightseers through the town, and the smell of roasting sausage and boiling sauerkraut fills the air. At night, lights bedeck the buildings, because in this town it's always Christmas!














Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ancient Secrets of Vantage


Deep in the wild sage brush desert of Eastern Washington, lie many ancient secrets. Looking out over the expanse of the Columbia River are the scratchings of vanished peoples - the Vantage petroglyphs may be weathered by time, yet still they stand watch over the great canyon of the Columbia.



Monday, May 6, 2019

Songbirds of the Scablands


The high desert country of the Eastern Washington throngs with wildlife. From the sagebrush steppe to the pothole lakes and reed filled marshes, bird song fills the bright hours of early morning, filters up through the somnolent heat haze of mid day, and lulls the amber fields into golden twilight, fading into the mystery of the languid blue hours of night.

(Pictured above: Kingbird)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Visions of Spring - an Easter Photo Gallery


The golden light of the spring sun lingers late in the tumultuous days of a Pacific Northwest April. The shadows lengthen, shift, and cast the early harbingers of night over the stunning emerald landscape. The sky lights up as sunset approaches, and glowing rays pour through the distant storms rolling in from the sea to bring a fresh wave of soothing rain to the forests and verdant fields. This is a time of birdsong, of eager plants reaching towards the sun - of the rebirth nature after its long Winter slumber.



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rainbows and Thunderstorms


The wild weather of spring is particularly dramatic in the lush foothills of Western Washington. Storms race in from the Pacific Ocean, pouring down rain on the waking forests and greening fields. In the wake of the rumbling thunder and howling wind comes blowing mist and bright rays of sun, and in such conditions are rainbows born.

 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Alpine Beauty at White Pass


Towering clouds sail like the tall ships of a past age cross the crest of the Cascade Mountains. At White Pass, winter is still going strong, and so is the ski season. Here at the edge of the Goat Rocks mountains, the scenery is splendid indeed - from volcanoes, to canyons, to frozen alpine lakes.



Saturday, March 23, 2019

Wild Skies of March


Storms race across the wide fields and low forested hills of the Cowlitz Prairies on a wild day in March, their shadows swirling over the landscape like living inkblots. This wild sky is reflected in marshes, lakes, and distant rivers that cut through the wide plain on their way from snow capped peaks in the Cascade Mountains to the waiting briny depths of the Pacific Ocean.



Saturday, March 9, 2019

5 Tips for Drone Flying in Cold Weather


Winter is beautiful - ice and snow transform the landscape, creating the perfect conditions for aerial photography. Capturing such dramatic scenery requires preparing for the risks such frigid conditions entail. I hope these tips will help you to fly safely and capture better drone photos and video footage.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Old Men of the Mountain



Where the glaciers meet the high meadows; spring, summer, and fall pass in the blink of an eye. The plants and creatures that call this fleeting alpine paradise home must wake, feast, reproduce and prepare for the return of the long winter months all in the space of a brief handful of weeks. Among the most striking and lasting flowers to grace these remote and lonely places is Old Mans Beard, Old Man of the Mountain, Western Pasque Flower, Anemone occidentalis.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains



The alpine forest is a quiet refuge of winter splendor, great drifts of snow bury everything in quilts of downy powder. The mist draws in to cloak the valleys and peaks in frigid fog. Ravens part the clouds with their dark wings and mournful call, breaking the silence of the ice and cold. This frozen wilderness slumbers in anticipation of the spring.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hidden Beauty in a Humble Creek Valley


Beauty can be found even in the dullest and least interesting locations - especially through the medium of aerial photography! From a litter-strewn pullout between ugly forest and even uglier clearcuts I flew high and away over this quiet Washington valley to photograph the patterns in the winter woods and fields on the shores of a gently winding creek.

 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sunset over the Willamette Valley





The golden rays of sunset pierce the thick haze that hangs in the air over the pastoral quilt of the Willamette valley. The warm light paints the forest cloaked valleys of Silver Falls State Park, and in the distance the volcanic peaks of the Cascades - Hood, Jefferson, and the Three Sisters - soar high overhead, their icy summits illuminated by a pearly alpine glow.



Monday, January 28, 2019

Hazy Shades of Winter


Winter has settled in on the lowlands, the valleys are filled with fog, fields concealed in flowing mist, and above the high sky is lit by the last light of a January sunset.



Monday, January 21, 2019

In the Shadow of the Earth - 2019 Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse


I managed to get some good footage of the eclipse in between the drifting clouds and through the thickening fog! Unfortunately during the darkest moments of the eclipse the fog got extra thick and the sky went completely blank (and the night incredibly dark). It wasn't until it was was already partially bright again that the moon reappeared. With the very cloudy/rainy weather I feel very lucky to have been able to capture any photos or video at all!


Friday, January 18, 2019

Flying over the Cowlitz River Trout Hatchery


The last light of day splashes down on the still pools, the dappled rays catching in glittering brilliance the spray from leaping trout. The cool water of the surging river glides down through brush clad banks banks towards its confluence with the mighty Columbia.

    

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Close the Parks to save the Parks - lessons from shutdown disasters



Trump’s disastrous, pointless, and malicious shutdown has hit our treasured public lands hard, and as it continues with no end in sight the situation for National Parks, Forests, and other areas becomes increasingly dire, as well as the implications for those who care for them. To say that this shutdown has been handled poorly is an understatement, and unless it ends soon major changes to shutdown management need to be implemented immediately. The parks must be closed.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Misty Morning on the Cowlitz River



Winter fog flows along the chill waters of the mighty Cowlitz River, cloaking the small rural town of Toledo, Washington in a veil of mist. Lakes and ponds glisten in the light of an early January morning.

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Green Fields: Sunrise in the Cowlitz Valley


Even in depths of the winter the Pacific Northwest is green and beautiful. The farms and forests of the lowlands blend together into a patchwork quilt of pastoral quietude. Flying overhead in the fresh light of a January dawn, one is transported beyond the mundane world of rural America into a mist cloaked land of fantasy and swift golden sunrises.





Thursday, January 10, 2019

Plans and hopes for 2019 | Nature Writing Challenge


Truth be told, I hate planning ahead for trips and adventures. When I make long term plans they rarely if ever pan out. With that said, I’m going to attempt to answer this week’s “Nature Writing Challenge” question: “Experiences you hope to have on Public Lands in 2019 - What are you looking forward to this new year”.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Soaring over Portland - Sunset in the City of Roses


Portland is known as the City of Roses, and though none are blooming now in the dawning days of 2019, the city is certainly beautiful to look at from the air. It's other moniker is fitting indeed at any time of the year, this place certainly deserves to be called Bridge City! Not only to these soaring spans of steel cross its many placid rivers, but also its many canyons and gullies in a awesome Gordian knot of urban engineering.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Viltrox L116T LED Light Panel Review

The Viltrox L116T is one of the less expensive LED light panels on the market, but don't let the price fool you, this is a capable tool for photography and videography! LED panels are a great accessory for expanding your creativity and making your work more professional. The Viltrox L116T is a solid option for anyone looking to add LED lighting to their kit.