The Wild Bitterroot of Washington’s Sagebrush Country

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The Wild Bitterroot of Washington’s Sagebrush Country

One of the absolute best times to visit the wild rolling hills and steep ravines and coulees of Washington’s Columbia Basin is in the late spring. Last week I was traveling around the Vantage, WA are, just east of the mighty Columbia River near Whiskey Dick Mountain on a mission to find the elusive (to me anyway)

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Pacific Madrone (also known as the Manzanita)

Easily one of the most beautiful of all of the hardwoods on the Pacific Coast, the Pacific madrone is a member of the heath family and closely related to rhododendrons, and is the most northerly broadleaf evergreen trees on the continent. Early Spanish settlers in California recognized it as similar to the Mediterranean madrone (or

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Northwestern Garter Snake (Thamnphis ordinoides)

Unusual but not unheard of, this northwestern garter snake (Thamnophis ordinoides) was unexpectedly found actively hunting in the grass near the beach on a rare February sunny day on the Oregon Coast in Oswald West State Park. One of the smallest of garter snakes in the region, it is also one of the hardest to

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Second-Last Outdoor Portrait Session of the Year

Wrapping up 2016!  After the Christmas parties, events, portraits, corporate fundraisers, more parties and other events I’ve been working daily for the past couple of months, I did schedule some time to do some smaller family outdoor portrait sessions with attendees of the corporate jobs I met along the way as the end-of-year party season ramped

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Thimbleberries… Hiker’s Candy!

I’m right in the middle of my busy portrait and wedding season, I thought I’d share some of the images I’ve taken from the Cascade Mountains to the Rocky Mountains of one of my favorite finds while hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest – thimbleberries! If you have a great recipe for thimbleberry uses and cooking, I’d sure

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Oregon’s Cannon Beach and an Incredible Sky and Sunset!

Timing is everything! This is just a quick post showing just how fast the sky can change in 14 minutes! I was at Cannon Beach in Oregon photographing one of the world’s biggest sea stacks on the most amazing coastline in the world at the perfect moment of low tide, sunset and as a storm was

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Chocolate Lily!

One of my very favorite groups of wildflowers to find in the wild belong to the lily family: Liliaceae. These include tiger lillies, camas, trilliums, and mariposas. A few days ago while hunting wild orchids on Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington I found my very first chocolate lilies! The brown and yellowish droopy flowers were difficult to

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Snoqulamie Pass Winter Hike

Today’s set of images are what I hope to be a very enjoyable and relaxing series of eight images from a recent hike high up in Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass. I was following a beautiful snow-covered mountain stream called Humpback Creek on the Annette Lake Trail. Relax, enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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The Bigger Picture – Panoramic Landscapes

While definitely not a new technology, panoramic photography has been with us since the mid-nineteenth century. What is new however, is the ability to digitally stitch multiple images together to create a much larger, super-wide image that exceeds the abilities of a typical camera lens. A panoramic photograph is typically the equivalent or larger than the view

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Sol Duc Falls – Ancient America

“Sol Duc Falls” is my fifth entry into my new series, Ancient America which features a minimalistic, raw and unpolished look at black and white landscape photography from around North America from the viewpoint of what it would have looked like before people arrived. – click image to enlarge- Sol Duc Falls – Washington’s Olympic Peninsula Sol Duc Falls

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