Mountain Death Camas – Beautiful and Deadly

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Mountain Death Camas – Beautiful and Deadly

Following up on yesterday’s post in the Halloween theme, today’s post of another “spooky” bit of wildlife and nature – the mountain death camas. Over the summer I found myself in the Rocky Mountains looking for native orchids at around 8000-9000 feet, just below the alpine, treeless elevation and found myself in a botanical hotspot. So many

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Native Orchids of Colorado: Yellow Coralroot (Corallorhiza trifida)

Last month I made a quick trip down to New Mexico and Colorado for a photography business trip and as I was coming over Independence Pass to the east of Aspen, I started spotting a lot of orchids on the side of the road. Because I had a free day or traveling set aside for nature photography, I

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Reflections on Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes

So far as I continue to edit and prepare my landscape images from my recent trip to Banff National Park where I attended the HIGHLY recommended International Landscape Photographers’ Association Summit last month, this image on Mount Rundle is my favorite so far. ~ click image to enlarge ~ Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes This insanely colorful sunrise

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Moose Meadows and the Canadian Rockies in Winter!

If you ever feel the urge to stand between two incredible major North American mountain ranges in the Canadian Rockies in the most beautiful light in the middle of winter, this is the best spot: Moose Meadows in Banff National Park. This valley of the Bow River is home to healthy populations of elk, grizzlies,

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At First Light – Banff’s Cascade Mountain

Finally! My first image of Banff’s Cascade Mountain. Nearly three weeks after I attended the International Landscape Photographers’ Association Summit in Banff, Alberta last week, I’m finally getting a chance to start work on the images from my trip north of the border. If you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend clicking on the highlighted link

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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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Reverence and Wild Shrieking Animals

There is something so wondrous about the summer evening as it fades to dusk when the golden hour lights up the mountains in a warm serene bath of vibrant light and color, and watching the entire horizon transform itself as the light swiftly changes into cooler blues, pinks and violets as the shadows lengthen and as one’s

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