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.

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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!

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.

Changing of the Weather: Warming by the Geyser

Warming by the Geyser

As the weather starts to change and winter starts to make an appearance I am reminded of a special moment I experienced at Yellowstone National Park.  I was checking out the thermal features in Black Sand Basin between periods of snow.  I was struggling to capture the color of the thermal pools because of the steam rising up from them as the heat mixed with the cold.  I had decided to put my camera down in order to just enjoy some of the special places nature has to offer.

I was just beginning to get really serious about wildlife photography and really learning my craft, not to say that I am still not learning my craft.  As a broadcaster I look at the world as though I am looking through a camera lens and I was learning to adjust from moving pictures to stills.  I was trying to figure out how I could capture the beauty of the fog on a gray day, then a small bluebird flew in adding a bit of color to the scene.

I watched as the bird landed on a dead tree stump that was sitting above a small geyser.  The bird seemed to be trying to warm itself as the snow started to fall again.  It sat on the stump just behind the mist created by the mixing of the cold and warm air.  The bird sat there for several minutes as I took several shot hoping the fog would clear enough to see the bird.  At some point the mist cleared in front of the bird framing it perfectly revealing a bright blue figure in the midst of all the gray.  It serves as a reminder that beauty can be anywhere, so as a photographer I always have to be prepared.