Smoky Skies

The epitome of the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains – hazy mountain tops and blah skies.  This region definitely has it’s spectacular sunsets, for sure, but more often than not the volatile summer weather patterns and valleys yield a foggy mess for us photogs. While curating and editing pictures from this trip, my inclination […]

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Generations

Like generational families, waterfalls put front and center the harmony of youthful vibrance surrounded by the wisdom of the aged.  Each  is beautiful in its own right, but their coexistence is pure and  elegant.

Eastatoe Falls – Brevard, NC

Thanks to my best bud Carl, I had a wonderful weekend packed with western North Carolina goodness!  It was a confluence of friendship, hiking, camping, and photography, all of which exemplify and reinforced to me God’s blessings of nature.  I often take for granted how much each means to me, not to mention their relatively easy […]

Western North Carolina Color #3 – Abstracts

Autumn abstracts of Aspen Trees are often very beautiful, and each is unique in it’s own right.  I’ve always wanted to do something similar with the southeastern autumn color-scape.  I hope you enjoy my attempt.

Western North Carolina Color #1 – Countryside

Kathy and I recently enjoyed a relaxing week in and around the Asheville/Burnsville area.  Both of us were fighting sinus and respiratory infections, so our exploration was limited to the “drive by” approach rather than hiking like planned.  We still made the most of it and enjoyed each moment and mile.  Special thanks to our […]

Blue Ridge Parkway – Craggy Gardens Overlook

Today I returned from a relaxing weekend with my best friend Carl.  He moved north of Asheville, NC only a few weeks ago, so it was great to see his now home and experience a weekend of true mountain life.  He lives only miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so we did our fair share […]

Rabbitbrush Near Gros Ventre – GTNP

The skies in Grand Teton National Park change by the minute, and they often produce sunrise and sunset spectaculars day-in and day-out.  But, one of the other reasons I love this park, photographically speaking, is the breadth of textures from valley to summit.  The rabbitbrush covers much of the floor through the main valley area, and […]

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Late Morning Bloom in Sepia – Mt. Moran

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.  ~Jeremy Bentham

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Mt. Moran Turnout on Teton Park Road

Final morning in the park … and FINALLY had clouds for a change!  The Balsamroot flowers were coming on strong … a perfect foreground for a sun-speckled morning!

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Pilgrim Creek Area in B&W

This cloudy morning brought to you by …. a hiatus in grizzly activity!  This exact location was packed with wildlife photogs the entire week we were in the Grand Tetons (first full week of June).  399, a local grizzly famous across the planet for surviving 24+ winters in the Yellowstone basin and for bearing multiple sets […]

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Mount Moran

Mount Moran from Oxbow Bend. “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”  ~John Muir  

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Hope Springs Eternal

Just a few miles north of Flagg Canyon we saw this!  See my previous post for the contrast.  Spring, popping through but not yet completely overtaking the snow.  Just inside the Yellowstone south entrance, much snow still remained in early June after a 700+ inch winter of snowfall!

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