Take a Hike

Grand Canyon

Take a Hike: Grand Canyon National Park VIDEO

Here is something new that I have started.  After having several people ask me to start documenting some of my stories and sharing my adventures I started a YouTube series called Take a Hike.  This is the newest episode based around my trip to the Grand Canyon.  Take a look at my other episodes.

Discovering Yourself and the Outdoors

Encountering Yellowstone’s Wildlife

Yellowstone’s Changing Weather

Photographing Sunrise

Bull Fight

Bull Fight

This picture dates back a few years.  This is one of the events on my trip to Yellowstone National Park that fueled my desire to pursue being a nature photographer.  I was sitting on bank of a river in one of pull off areas watching a herd of bison cross the water.  I noticed these two young bulls fighting one another.  I could feel the power of these beasts as they fought.  It didn’t last very long, since this was just practice, but it was something I always wanted to see.  Being so close to something so fascinating and being in Yellowstone where the wilderness is mostly untouched made the difference for me.  I learned I have to be there.

Get out and discover something amazing.  Keep Exploring!

Grasping Nature

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Late winter at Grand Canyon National Park was a perfect time for photographing.  It was cold, but worth every moment spent on the trail photographing.  I traveled to the south rim with some of my family and spent two days hiking along the trails of the canyon.  I enjoy the time alone as a photographer, but one of the best parts of spending time outdoors is getting to share the experiences with someone.  Traveling and photographing is all about making memories and sharing them.

Late in the evening as the sun was setting the clouds moved into the canyon.  As the clouds settled in and the sun went down the colors of the canyon walls began to change.  The color and clouds added another dimension to the canyon.  Although the canyon is photographed regularly there are always new views to capture.  I am looking forward to visiting again this summer, but this time I am headed to the north rim.  Keep Exploring!

Dust Over Samburu

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I am usually not a fan of shooting directly into the sun, especially when there is not any cloud cover that helps shade the harshness of the light.  However, sometimes you have to take a chance.  It may not always work, but sometimes with persistence you get lucky.  Shooting int the dry scrub of Samburu National Reserve in Kenya called for taking that chance.

I wanted to attempt to capture the feeling of the atmosphere and environment that can be found in Samburu.  As the wind picked up in the evening dust and sand began to swirl across the landscape.  The sun setting behind a hill and the haze created by the sand helped cut the harshness of the light from the sun.  It also added a little bit of a natural blurry effect to the picture.  Although there was not a cloud in the sky the small windstorm created the perfect conditions to try shooting toward the sun.  For my style of shooting the best filters are natural elements.

Old Relic

Old Relic

One of the projects that I am currently working on is highlighting the state of Kansas.  I am working on photographing the landscape, historical places, but also some abandoned towns (ghost towns).  This building is the last remains of Silkville, KS in Franklin County.  The schoolhouse sits close to the current town of Williamsburg.

The town was established in 1870 by French immigrants who wanted to establish a town that relied on the silk trade.  The town was prosperous at first, but slowly declined.  In 1916 the remains of the town burned leaving the only three stone buildings, the school and two barns.  The school is all that fully remains today.

I spent some time photographing the schoolhouse as mist fell.  The fog created left a kind of eery feeling on the day as I photographed this historical and abandoned building.  As I photograph more I find that old buildings have a great story to tell.

Desolation

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On a warm winter day I went for a drive with my father.  We had driven out into the country so that I could photograph the grave of a Civil War veteran from the area for the local museum.  On our way back I took a long detour to see what I could capture.  I drive the country roads around my home town of Richmond, KS pretty regularly in the summer when I am there, but winter brings a different perspective that I rarely get to see.

As the sun began to set the light became perfect for photographing the landscape.  I got out of the car and walked along this country road snapping pictures and taking advantage of the light.  This tree has always been a fascination for me.  As long as I can remember it has sat along the side of the road all alone, like many trees in Kansas.  As the light fell I got down on one knee in the middle of the road and took this shot.  I love the feeling of the emptiness of the prairie that it gives me.  It is a reminder of home, but also that there is a road leading there.  I love the peace and tranquility of the light as the sun sets.  I hope you enjoy it and please share what it says to you.