The Tetons and Yellowstone

I had a nice surprise a few weeks ago. In the fall of 2013 I made a trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone. On the last day I was there an early blizzard hit. I took some pictures in the snow, and ended up with moisture in my camera and my memory card. When I got home, my computer told me “There are no images on this card.” I took it to a business that specializes in retrieving lost files, and they were unable to get any images. I came home and tossed the card in a drawer, forgetting about it. A few weeks ago I was rummaging in that drawer for a card to take photos with. When I put it into my camera, I noted there were photos on it. When I looked, I discovered my “lost photos” from a year ago. I would like to share them here._DSC0198 copy2 copy _DSC0323_4_5_tonemapped copy _DSC0357_8_9_tonemapped copy _DSC0435 copy _DSC0555_6_7 copy _DSC0641_2_3_tonemapped copy _DSC0671 copy _DSC0703 copy _DSC0900 _DSC0929 copy

Georgia and South Carolina

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Georgia and South Carolina.  This is a part of the country I have never had the privilege of visiting.  Here are a few photos from that trip.  I especially enjoyed to Dungeness ruins on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and the Sheldon Church ruins in South Carolina._DSC2843_4_5_tonemapped copy _DSC2909_10_11_tonemapped copy _DSC2914 _DSC3411 _DSC3465 copy _DSC3483_4_tonemapped copy _DSC3527 copy _DSC3659_60_61_tonemapped _DSC3665 _DSC3723 _DSC3876_7_tonemapped _DSC3940 copy

Waterfalls

I love to take photos of waterfalls.  When my children were younger, I tested their patience by stopping at every waterfall.  I was going through some of my photos from 2013, and re-discovered a calender I had made of waterfalls.  I had decided to make the calender in vertical, so all of these are in that format.  I enjoy revisiting these places, at least in my mind, by viewing these photos again.

Antelope Canyon

I recently returned from a trip to northern Arizona and southern Utah.  The highlight of my trip was visiting Upper and Lower Antelope canyons.  The only way to visit the upper canyon is as a part of a tour group.  I chose a photographic tour group, and the tour guide was wonderful at expediting our experience.  The conditions were not the best–there were several other tour groups there at the same time, and it wasn’t uncommon for someone to inadvertently walk through the area you were photographing.  The tour guides did a great job of co-ordinating with the other groups so that we could get the shots we wanted.  Needless to say, the canyon was very dark, and the auto-focus on my camera sometimes had to struggle to find what I wanted it to focus on.  BUT, I did end up with some great shots.  The lower canyon experience was much better.  I showed up with my camera and tripod, paid the entrance fee, and was given a “photography pass”  which was good for 2 hours.  I was then on my own, and could take my time.  There were only a few other visitors, and I almost had the place to myself.

Photographing Antelope Canyon has long been on my “bucket list”, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity.  Hope you enjoy the resulting photos as much as I do.

Color Landscapes

Black and White Landscapes

The Sandhills

This photo was taken when I took a spontaneous road trip to photograph storm clouds.  I kept driving, and ended up 250 miles from home, in the sandhills of north central Nebraska.

Some would say that Nebraska is not known for its scenic beauty, and they are probably right.  Even these sandhills are a dull olive brown on a dry day.  But the combination of a fresh watering from the rain and the overcast sky combined to create this scenic photo. I photographed this with a telephoto lens to compress the perspective of the hills.  You could visit this area a number of times and not be able to see the beauty which the elements combined to create on this day.

This photo won “Best of Show” at the Nebraska State Fair, and has been used in brochures and magazines promoting tourism in the sandhills area.