Photo: "Gorton Creek Falls"

 
 

The waterfalls in Oregon never cease to impress and this waterfall was no different. This was stop number one on my first day in Oregon and the rocks were particularly slippery due to the temps dipping below freezing. I returned home with 2 very large bruises from slipping during this hike, but I also managed to capture a few shots so it was definitely worth it. 

Photo: "Following Rules In National Parks"

The colors of the Excelsior Spring were unreal and watching the steam dance in the sunlight was mesmerizing.

Yellowstone is an absolutely incredible place, but I encourage everyone to follow the rules when you visit.

Yesterday, a photographer flew a drone over the Grand Prismatic Spring, ignoring National Park rules banning drone use inside parks, and it crashed into the Grand Prismatic Spring sinking to the bottom of the 120 foot deep pool - http://time.com/3088792/drone-yellowstone-park/

All it takes it one person to potentially destroy a beautiful natural wonder and ruin it for everyone else...

Photo: "Grand Prismatic Spring"

I took two steps and felt like I had been submerged into a living painting. 

My dry skin danced while being steamed by the heat of the spring beneath the dry summer sun. 

My eyes began to flutter one hundred miles an hour, faster than my heart could keep up. 

I had waited years to see this and it was more grand than I ever imagined...

Photo: "Panther Creek Falls"

During my last trip to Oregon, I shot my first landscape pano with a 17mm tilt shift. The conditions were right for filters to be unnecessary, the only downside of this lens is the inability to use filters, so I snapped a horizontal image and shifted the lens upward to capture the second image. Stitching was done in Photoshop, using a single click. I then brought the image back into Lightroom for final editing. 

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Photo: "Wash Away"

 
Valley View, Yosemite National Park 

Valley View, Yosemite National Park 

 

Last Saturday, I made an impromptu visit to Yosemite in search of some new fallen snow, which never quite made it down to the valley, but the mountain tops were beautifully capped, which was good enough for me. It felt so amazing to be back in nature. I definitely need to do this more often. 

Photo: "Halfmoon Lake"

Halfmoon Lake, Montana

During a trip to Montana with my family last month, we stayed in a campground about a mile from this small lake. My brother and I noticed the clouds were starting to look nice as sunset was approaching, so we jumped on the bikes and rode the mile to the lake. Sadly, by the time we arrived, most of the clouds had blown over, but it was too serene to pass up a shot. 

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