Hidden Gems – Asheville Alleys #3

“Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.” ~Jesse Browner

Reservation for Four

Reservation for Four

Hidden Gems – Asheville Alleys #2

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  ~ Albert Einstein

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

Hidden Gems – Asheville Alleys #1

Downtown Asheville is known for it’s eclectic art, shops and micro breweries, but a short trip through the back alleys reveals even more.  Old architecture transforms a typical shortcut into an artistic stroll.  Shooting these unusual scenes and colors gives me a real charge.  Each is unique in its own right, and gives me the opportunity to capture things others may not see or interpret the same way.

Corner Meet-Up

Corner Meet-Up

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 of shooting there on Friday.  The atmospherics were ever-changing and phenomenal, given the summer weather instability.  Fog was moving through the valleys all weekend, but by far the most amazing sky occurred Saturday night near Craggy Gardens.  This literally flashed in the blink of an eye and was gone before we knew it.  Enjoy!

Descending Skies near Craggy Gardens - Blue Ridge Parkway (North of Asheville)

Descending Skies near Craggy Gardens – Blue Ridge Parkway (North of Asheville)

Red Skies at Night near Craggy Gardens - Blue Ridge Parkway (North of Asheville)

Red Skies at Night near Craggy Gardens – Blue Ridge Parkway (North of Asheville)

Lake with a View – GTNP

“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.”  ~Georges Simenon

I admit, mountains appeal to me much more than lakes.  The combo, however, is hard to argue with.  :-)

Tetons Range from Signal Mountain Marina

Tetons Range from Signal Mountain Marina

Posted in: Beach, Landscapes, Spring, Tetons, Water by Mark 1 Comment

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 its small yellow flowers in spring give it extra “pop”.  This sunset was a trifecta – an incredible sky, textured and colorful goodness in the foreground, and sharing it with friends and wife!

Rabbitbrush @ Gros Ventre - GTNP

Rabbitbrush @ Gros Ventre – GTNP

Posted in: Flora, Landscapes, Plants, Spring, Tetons by Mark 1 Comment

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

Mt. Moran - Morning Bloom in Sepia

Mt. Moran – Morning Bloom in Sepia

Posted in: Flora, Landscapes, Spring, Tetons by Mark 1 Comment

Explosion of Grandeur

Bison are huge mammals, weighing 2,000+ pounds.  Yet the grandeur of  Yellowstone skies sometimes dwarfs even the largest of its inhabitants.

Free Roaming Bison in Yellowstone

Free Roaming Bison in Yellowstone

Posted in: Landscapes, Wildlife, Yellowstone by Mark 3 Comments

US Highway 26 – Antelope Flats Area

Captured while scoping out a sunset shoot; main highway through the park near Antelope Flats.

Curvaceous

Curvaceous

Posted in: Automobile, Landscapes, Tetons by Mark 2 Comments

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!

Mt. Moran Turnout - GTNP

Mt. Moran Turnout – GTNP

Posted in: Flora, Landscapes, Plants, Spring, Tetons by Mark 3 Comments

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 of triplets and twins, made these flats her showcase for Spring ’17.  She has two new twin cubs, and they emerged from the adjacent woods 2-3 times per day to play and nurse.  The road, which is difficult to see in this image, was the epitome of “bear jams” at least twice per day.  On this particular morning, she had been known to migrate south a couple of miles.  We still had bear spray and watchful eyes at the ready!

Balsamroot Flowers at Pilgrim Creek - GTNP

Balsamroot Flowers at Pilgrim Creek – GTNP

Posted in: Flora, Landscapes, Plants, Tetons, Water by Mark 3 Comments

Lake Life at Colter Bay

Colter Bay is a popular destination for summer tourists of Grand Teton National Park.  It is both a village with rustic cabins, a store, and many trails, as well as a marina on Jackson Lake with boating options galore.  The Teton range backdrop does not get much better than this.

Canoes at Colter Bay, GTNP

Canoes at Colter Bay, GTNP

Posted in: Landscapes, Tetons, Water by Mark 3 Comments
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