Yosemite Bear

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.

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Looking for a View

Looking for a View

Taken at Arches National Park.  A visitor takes a photograph looking from the North Window View Arch.

Warm Steps

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This is a closeup of the formations at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.  I visited Yellowstone in 2012 and stayed at the hotel at Mammoth Hot Springs.  My typical morning walks were up to the springs and around the wood walking trails.  This is just one of the many geothermal formations that Yellowstone has and is constantly changing.  When you visit look out for the elk.  There is a herd that lives around the area.

The Hidden Draw (Creating Depth of Field)

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Early March on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park was cold and brought the unexpected surprise of snow.  Most of us think of the Grand Canyon as a high desert and are surprised to see pictures of the canyon in snow.  Although the cold and snow was not something I was thrilled about I took full advantage of the opportunity.  Here the canyon stretches for miles disappearing into the fog.

In order to capture the vastness of the Grand Canyon I took a seat on a rock in order to get lower to the ground and stabilize myself.  By placing myself lower and getting the trees and bushes in the picture it gives the viewer a new perspective.  I don’t usually use people so I use pieces of nature to give a perception of size.  The snow also allows the viewer to feel the coolness of the moment.  Shooting from different angles in the same places can create uniquely different photos.  So give it a try.

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

Bird at Sunset

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Sunset and sunrise are a great time to get out and photograph.  In Kansas the wide open spaces allow a photographer to see for miles.  Even when I am not planning on spending much time in the field I do try to get out to find the a good spot in the mornings and evenings when I am home.  The flat land and vast spaces can create some amazing colors.

In this shot I was set up trying to capture the vibrant colors of the sunset with the land and fences silhouetted in the scene.  As I was shooting this bird landed on a fencepost within my eyesight.  I got it focused in my camera and started shooting as the sun went down.  The bird silhouetted in the orange clear sky made for a striking image in what I thought would be an uneventful night.

A Glimpse Back: “At Ease”

At Ease

One of my favorite past times is to visit Civil War battlefields.  Each year my family would plan our summer vacation and it usually involved traveling to a battlefield.  There is something unexplainable about walking a place that once was filled with conflict and now sits quiet.  For me it is also about remembering what happened.

When photographing at battlefields I have a few ideas that I keep in mind.  First, capture a picture that highlights the beauty of the area.  Second, capture a picture that reminds us or serves as a glimpse into the past and what happened.  Third, try to capture the viewers imagination.

“At Ease” is such a simple picture, but it is a popular discussion piece.  It serves as a small glimpse into the past, but it also captures the viewers imagination.  This was taken at the 150th anniversary reenactment at Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield in Tennessee.  It was just something that I didn’t think much about when I captured the picture walking the trails and looking at the encampments.  To me it serves as a reminder of the calm before the storm.  What does it mean to you?