Taken at Arches National Park. A visitor takes a photograph looking from the North Window View Arch.
While traveling the back roads of Kansas I am always looking for old houses and barns to photograph. This abandoned house sits a few miles from where I grew up. It sits inconspicuously on a hill hidden by trees from the highway that runs behind it that is less than a mile away. These old homes have so many stories tucked away in their walls and I am always challenged to tell their story. This was a late spring day just as the sun was setting and a storm was moving in.
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge sits in northwest Missouri and is known for it’s large concentration of Bald Eagles during the winter and spring. It is also known for the large number of waterfowl that migrate through the area before and after winter. Here is a close up of a large group of thousands of Canadian geese that took off at the same time on a recent trip to the refuge.
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.
“Majesty” A whitetail deer buck stands in an open meadow. Autumn in the United States is a perfect time to photograph deer. The deer are plentiful in Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park, especially in the fall. There are only a few large bucks and they are extremely hard to capture in a photograph. Part of wildlife photography is about patience and persistence. It took me several weeks of trying to capture this deer before I was lucky enough to get this shot.
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.
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!