Slot canyon I was inside a private slot canyon in Arizona when I looked up and saw the sun peak through. I wanted to see if I could get the star effect on the picture. It almost always works when I use F22 or F16. You can barely see it because the hole in the Canyon is small but it is one of my favorite parts of this picture. It was my first time being in a slot canyon and I must admit, it was so quiet, I loved the peace and solitude and of course the beauty of the colors and lines.
Bryce CanyonI was hiking and taking pictures in Bryce Canyon in Utah and decided to hang out a while to see what would happen with the afternoon light coming in. The clouds were really beautiful and moving fast with a lot of wind. I am a huge fan of shooting landscapes of beautiful places but boring skies frustrate me. But, I got lucky and ended up with a gorgeous sky with big, dramatic clouds. This turned out to be one of my favorite photos from Utah.
Bluebonnets and a Blue Eyed HorseI took this photo in Ennis, Texas this year during the peak of Bluebonnet season. It was a cloudy day so it provided a nice natural soft box of light. When I saw this horse in the field, I got out of my car and much to my surprise, I noticed that he had these piercing blue eyes. I immediately knew I had to get this shot and hoped he would stay still so I could capture his eyes. I am a huge animal lover and I think bluebonnet season is the best time of year in Texas so the combo of the two is perfect to me.
Yellowstone Misty BridgeI took this photos while walking on a deck surrounded by geysers in Yellowstone. I was about to leave and decided to pause so I could enjoy some of the scenery instead of always looking for photo opportunities. As the mist starting moving and I saw the bridge, I thought, gee, I wonder what this photo would look like. So I immediately went back into “picture taking mode” and this was the end result. I liked it better when I converted it to black and white. I really love the mystery of Mother Nature!
Sunset at YellowstoneThis was taken at another geyser at Yellowstone as the sun was setting. It was my first time in Yellowstone so I was fascinated with the mist and the water and how these things work. This was another experiment for me because I wasn’t sure if this would look good or not but I shot it anyways and liked the result.
Lone Wolf in YellowstoneWhen I got to Yellowstone in May of 2014, my first question to the park ranger was…”what are the chances of me seeing a wolf? And his response…Not likely! Well, the last day I was there, this lone wolf had just taken down a pregnant elk. It’s not normal to see a lone wolf. And it’s not normal for a wolf to take down an elk without the help of his pack. But, the ranger thought that the elk was in labor or weak so she was an easy target. I have many other photos of this wolf eating the elk and taking the baby out of her and throwing it around as if it has just won a prize. But, Mother Nature is often cruel and I feel privileged to have seen and photograph a wolf after almost extinction in Yellowstone several years ago.
Teton BarnI took this just as the sun was starting to rise behind me and while shooting the sky produced the most beautiful colors. I decided to try shooting this in multiple exposures within a few minutes apart as an experiment and combined them in Photoshop. I love the result and several of my friends have wanted copies of this picture to hang in their homes. It may be time to open a part time business so I can actually start making money to support my hobby!
Another View of the Teton BarnI shot this after shooting the first picture of the barn above. The sun had rose and was lighting the barn beautifully. This barn has been photographed by so many people, it may seem boring to some but I have at least 50 different shots of it and had so much fun while there.
Reflections in the LakeI couldn’t have asked for a better scene than this reflection of the mountains in the stillness of the glass-like water. The blue sky and clouds added to what is now one of my favorite shots. It was also one of the easiest photos I have ever taken. Tripod, F22, perfect light and compose. My only regret is not getting a panoramic of the entire lake and mountains…..Next time!
Teton BearsThis is the famous Teton Mama bear 399. She gave birth to 3 cubs last year and only two survived. I had to take this shot while hand holding a very long heavy lens. They were moving so much and although it looks like a calm scene, it was complete chaos around them. The rangers were screaming at people who got too close. And the road was in front of the bears. At one point the babies ran so close to one of the rangers, I worried that Mama would go after her. Bears are quite unpredictable but fortunately, Mama seemed to know the drill and was quite pleasant this time. I really love animals so although this is not as tack sharp as I normally like my pictures (it was impossible to hold steady that heavy lens ), the moment in time for me was priceless.
South Dakota ReflectionsThis was taken early in the morning in South Dakota. I love when reflections are very clear in the water. And this one turned out to be a winner right before hiking several thousand feet. The light was just rising and hit the rocks perfectly. I am very picky about landscapes with boring skies and usually prefer lots of clouds or drama in the sky but I think this bright blue sky works just as well for this picture and it is one of my favorites.
Wise Old OwlThis owl lived in the wild until he was injured. He now lives at a sanctuary in South Dakota. I have always loved Owls and was thrilled that they let me photograph him at a fairly close distance. These owls are so small but they have a lot of power in each talon. So, I reminded myself of that every time I got a little too close to him. This look he is giving me pretty much tells it all.
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