Just in Time for Halloween! The Cat-Faced Spider!

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Just in Time for Halloween! The Cat-Faced Spider!

Recently I was out on a day off from the photography studio, working on a side project that involved foraging of lots of wild apples in one of my favorite recreation places in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. While I did have a camera with me (just in case, right?) I stumbled upon this beautiful little cat-faced

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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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Springtime Chocolate Lilies on the Olympic Peninsula!

Besides wild orchids, wild lilies are a favorite of mine when tromping across the country in extremely rural to even semi-urban places. Recently I was in the Olympic National Forest near the shore of Lake Cushman near Hoodsport, WA scoping out new areas to photograph when I found a couple of chocolate lilies that had already

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Surf Scoters – My Favorite Pacific Sea Duck!

Very recently I was taking a “day off” (inside joke for those who know me personally – I work in some capacity nearly every day of the year) on a scouting trip for future photography trips in the Olympic National Forest. Near the Skokomish Indian Reservation, I stopped at the southern end of the Hood Canal looking

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Death Camas – America’s Most Poisonous Native Lily

Quick post for today. As I was going through our lily gallery images while getting things ready for our new upcoming North American Nature Photography website relaunch, I found four images of the really cool meadow death camas from last spring that I shot, edited and somehow never uploaded to our website. Lost and forgotten

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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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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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