Posts Tagged ‘national park’

Flowering Yucca, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Flowering Yucca

I’ve recently returned from a trip to the Southwest where I was fortunate to spend some time with my folks. They were very excited to see the iconic sights of the canyon country around Moab, Utah that I’ve previously photographed and enthusiastically discussed. The vistas they had witnessed over the course of a week exceeded […]





Mother Bear and Cubs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

"Hanging On," Nikon D800 handheld, NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8, 1/100 sec at f/5, ISO 800

In the great spirit of Mother’s Day, I’m sharing some images of a mother black bear with her three cubs captured this spring in the Smokies. Mama was busy protecting them in a truly menacing fashion just like a loving mother should while teaching the kids how to climb trees. Across all cultures, borders (and […]





Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Everlasting Light

After waking up early on a cold April morning, I was somewhat disappointed to find that the dawn light at Yaki Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was obscured by dense storm clouds on the horizon. However, one of the most important things I have learned is to never give up and […]





Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

"Bryce Alpenglow"

The Rim Trail, extending from Fairyland to Bryce Point, offers stunning vistas of the Bryce amphitheater. The trail, 5.5 miles (9.6 km) long, climbs 1754 feet to a maximum elevation of 8354 feet (2546 m). While it does encompass some fantastic viewpoints such as Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Inspiration Point, its true beauty lies […]





Little Stony Man Cliffs, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Little Stony Man Sunset

Beginning the short 0.5 mile late October hike to Little Stony Man Cliffs in Shenandoah National Park, I was brought back to my childhood by the flagrant smell of moist, fallen oak leaves covering the rocks along this short part of the Appalachian Trail. It had been exceedingly cloudy on our drive in to Virginia and […]





Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

"Starstruck"

Photography of the night sky has recently become a focus of many dedicated landscape photographers as it taps into man’s natural fascination with all things celestial by revealing incredible details in the heavens above, both seen and unseen. On my recent trip to Maine’s Acadia National Park, a beautiful clear autumn night with the Milky Way visible […]





Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

"Mesa Arch Sunrise," Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands is my favorite National Park of all time, and for good reason. Driving in from Moab in the fading night with the expectation and excitement of seeing the first rays of light turn the underside of the Mesa Arch deep colors of orange and red is an indescribable feeling! Of course this jewel located […]





Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Hoodoos at sunrise, Bryce Canyon

On such weekend evenings after a busy week of sweltering city life my thoughts inevitably drift off to the timeless permanence of the canyon country. Waking up on a frigid April morning to a buzzing phone alarm is all worth it; every such morning is filled with palpable excitement. Bundling up to see the sunrise […]





Panorama Point, Arches National Park, Utah

Panorama Point

Located just past the Balanced Rock viewpoint and turn to the Windows Loop section of Arches National Park, Panorama Point provides spectacular views of the La Sal Mountains and Ham Rock. In fact, views of the magnificent snow-covered peaks may be also shot from the Patrified Dunes viewpoint. Both locations are easily accessible from the […]





Yavapai Point Sunset, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Yavapai Point Sunset

Yavapai Point on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places to experience a dramatic, one-of-a kind sunset. It is also convenient to reach, as it is located just steps away from the Visitor Center. In the photograph below, the red light from the setting sun lights Wotans Throne […]





Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Cinderella's Castle

Inspiration Point provides unparalled views of the Bryce Canyon National Park Amphitheater. Best viewed at sunrise or shortly thereafter, magnificent monuments of the Silent City may be seen on the left hand side. On the right side, one may see many fantastic structures, including Cinderella’s Castle, pictured below. If you are spending one day in […]





False Kiva, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The False Kiva

It is not every day one gets a chance to feel like a modern day Indiana Jones attempting to locate a relatively unknown and hidden archaeological site! There are few places in North America as deeply shrouded in mythicism and spirituality as the False Kiva. Located in the Island in the Sky district of the […]





Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Rising 110 feet above the sea, the magnificent Otter Cliff towers above the southwestern shore of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, making it one of the highest Atlantic coastal headlands north of Rio de Janeiro. The rugged shoreline is built to withstand the powerful crashing waves and blowing winds bringing fog onto the […]





On the Rocks, Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

This photograph of blue hour on Eagle Lake, Acadia National Park, Maine, is a high dynamic range (HDR) image, generated by processing multiple exposures and combining them using specialized software. There has been much debate concerning this topic in photography circles, pretty much dating back to the time the technique was invented. Many pundits have […]





Perseverance, Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

I had composed this shot of the iconic Turret Arch in Arches National Park utilizing this dried up tree to demonstrate the permanence of these components of the rugged Southwest landscape. Upon examination, it immediately became apparent that the dark sky (partly because of the use of a polarizer) yields ample contrast and therefore, possibly […]





Into the Mystic, Acadia National Park, Maine

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

At the conclusion of a gorgeous day at Acadia National Park, Maine, dense fog covered Jordan Pond and the Bubble Mountains. The only remaining traces of the sunset was the light spilling onto the water from the part of the sky not enveloped by the fog.   I tried to preserve the mystical glow of […]





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