Yosemite Bear


“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

John Muir

A day after hiking up onto a bear in Yosemite I had a little more comfortable encounter with a male cinnamon black bear.  While driving the upper back country on our way out of Yosemite National Park we went on a little used back road this bear walked out in front of the vehicle.  I rolled down the back window and took a couple of shots as the bear slipped through the shadows of the forest.


Piece of Heaven

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 “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”
Jules Renard
Sunrise from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  I have seen many things in my life, but I still cannot get over the sunrises that I have been fortunate to witness and enjoy.  One of the most amazing places to enjoy the sunrise and the view is Grand Canyon National Park.  This was only a five minute walk from the lodge at the North Rim.

Switch It Up

The Journey: Rediscovering Myself


One of my biggest problems I have when working out as much as I do is that I tend to get board doing the same thing over and over again. I have specific things that I try to make sure I do regularly. I regularly lift weights or use tension bands and I also always try to do some form of aerobic exercise. The aerobic part is what can get to be monotonous, so I switch it up, sometimes doing different things in the same day.

Since I spend so much time outdoors as a wildlife and landscape photographer I have to work to keep my conditioning up. During the week when I am teaching it can be easy for me to get caught up in a lull. After hours of dealing with students and the constantly changing plans of the day as a broadcast instructor it could be easy…

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Whispering Rapids

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“Water is the driving force of all nature.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Up close with rapids in Yosemite National Park.

North Cascades Photo Tours and Prints

North Western Images - photos by Andy Porter

North Cascades Photo Tours and Prints

The North Cascade mountains in Washington State are rugged, lush, stark and colorful all at once.

Lupine and the North Cascades Lupine and the North Cascades

Abundant rainfall creates fantastic meadows filled with wild flowers while at the same time sculpting the ridges and peaks into serrated knives of stone.

The two main entry ways into the North Cascades are the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) and the Mount Baker Highway (Hwy 542)

Mount Shuksan and Picture Lake, along the Mount Baker Highway Mount Shuksan and Picture Lake, along the Mount Baker Highway

While there are a few places, such as Artist Point (located at the end of Hwy 542) and Washington Pass (the highest point along Hwy 20) where you can drive to see the scenery, most of the time a trip here involves hiking.

Liberty Bell from the North Cascades Highway Liberty Bell from the North Cascades Highway

Along these two byways there are many side roads leading to trail heads that take you…

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