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.
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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.

Waves of Geese

Taking Off

This goes with my last photograph and video.  This was taken at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge as thousands of geese took off at the same time.  This picture was taken early as the huge wave began to lift from the water.

Waves of Canadian Geese

Here is a video I shot last weekend of a huge wave of Canadian Geese taking off from one of the marshes at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri.  I had my camcorder set up while I was snapping pictures when all of the sudden all of the geese took off in a wave.  This is one of the most fascinating experiences I have ever had doing wildlife photography.

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

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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

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!