This shot, taken in my studio of a simple and common milkweed pod, makes us realize that nothing in nature in truly simple or common when viewed from a unique perspective. I call this photo Milk Weed Pod Symphony because of the lyrical nature of all the pod hairs floating and curling through the image make me think of a note from a jazz horn.
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This photo of moss and ferns was taken with a very old Nikon D70 camera converted to infrared. Unlike a black and white image, the infrared gives the moss and ferns an otherworldly glow that I don't think would resonate with the viewer any other way. The starkness of the black and white image helps the viewer focus on the intricate interplay of patterns between the moss and ferns.
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Having grown up in the deep south, but now living in the north, I think of the Live Oaks with Spanish Moss trees as emblematic of what is right and good about the deep south. I converted this image to a black and white to help the viewer focus on the leading lines of the trees softened by the hanging moss. Live Oak trees are protected and can not be cut, thus, their majesty will remain for generations to come.
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This image is of the Cape Romain Salt Marsh in South Carolina. You take a scheduled boat out to the refuge, but the day we were there the bugs were so bad that we didn't capture any photos until on the way home. Despite the approaching storm, the guide was patient and nice enough to maneuver the boat so that I could capture some images of the leading lines into the horizon. Because of his generosity, I sent him a complimentary copy of this image as a thank you.
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This is an icon panorama of a northern Vermont farm, looking out at the Green Mountain ridge. I had visualized this panorama when I bicycled by and had seen the dandelions in bloom. Going home to get my camera and returning, I was also greeted with an approaching storm adding drama to a classic, Vermont landscape.
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I waited until October to photograph the Milky Way in our Southeastern sky. It was crisp, clear, star filled night. I had tried another Milky Way image earlier in the evening and was trying to think of another image that would be facing southeast. As luck would have it, I drove to the end of my road, and to my delight, Adam's Barn was being framed by the Milky Way and the fall foliage Maple tree. The light streaming across the lawn is from a light inside his house.
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We have hiked in the Southwest for many years, but this is the first time that we shipped out backpacking gear. We spent 3 days and 2 nights hiking through the water and Redstone canyon that comprises Coyote Gulch, outside of Escalante, Utah. To follow the trail you must hike in and out of the river. Water shoes are a must. The green cottonwoods accent the Red walled canyons wonderfully. Humans feel small in such a grand place. Majestic landscape is not an hyberbole here.
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While camping and hiking in Coyote Gulch outside of Escalante, Utah, I had hoped to get a star-filled night shot through the famous Jacob Hamblin Arch. I was afraid this shot would not happen, as a bright quarter moon highlighted the canyon walls over my shoulder. In the end though, I feel that the moonlight playing off the walls gives depth and definition to the canyon that might otherwise have remained silhouetted.
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Pink Coral Sand Dunes is a small park outside of the grander and better known Zion National Park, Utah. On an evening trip after hiking in Zion, we ventured down to find this jewel. The classic dark and light patterns of light playing off the dunes, with the sand ripples leading ones eye into the frame were a delight to photograph. The gold sand with the golden light makes one want to sing the praises of the nature world.
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We have tried to hike in Bryce Canyon National Park several times, only to be stopped by spring snow storms. This one dumped three feet on Southern Utah in late April. The snow, however, provided a different view of the hoodoos and formations that might have been seen otherwise. We haven't hiked in there yet, but we will keep trying.
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Antelope Canyon, Navajo Tribal Lands, Arizona. Just outside of Lake Mead, tucked far away from and inside the canyon walls lies the famed Antelope Canyon. Though only a quarter mile long, Antelope is noted for the beautiful light that streams through at mid-day and highlights the textured walls. Our Navajo guide, set-up this sand stream, which I feel evokes the sacred nature of the place.
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Hiking the varied slot canyons of the American Southwest is one of the highlights of any hiking trip. This is the renowned Peek-a-boo slot canyon outside of Escalante, Utah. To get to the hiking trail start, you must travel the rough, four wheel drive road, Hole-in-the-Rock. To get inside Peek-a-boo you must scale a 15 foot sandstone entrance and do some more scrambling inside before you are rewarded with a tight squeeze through these textured formations.
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