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Black-necked Stilts

Quick post for today. I’ve been sitting on this photo of a trio of black-necked stilts for a while because I saw something in it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I had one of those “a-ha!” moments and cropped it from a horizontal “landscape” orientation to a vertical “portrait” position. Much better. ~

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Abstract: Tresses of Pure Light

This is something very different from me, and vastly different from my normal style, but I have to give credit where credit is due. I’ve decided to call this piece “Tresses of Pure Light”. Amazingly talented professional photographer, consummate outdoorsman and longtime childhood friend since middle school/junior high Brian Merry (follow him here!) gets all the credit for this

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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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The Enchanted Forest

Last week I was in Banff, Alberta where I had been attending the AMAZING Second Annual International Landscape Photographers’ Association Summit. On the way home headed westward back to Seattle, I took a curve on a mountain highway near Revelstoke, British Columbia and ran into this incredible view on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. I just

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Wheatgrass!

Wheatgrass! Rare photo tip post for today: How you can take a relatively boring subject and make it into the kind of image that advertisers jump at to buy? Wheatgrass Snapshot I took two shots here on my porch of some wheatgrass I am growing on my porch for making smoothies about 20 minutes ago.

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Weird Fungus and Lichens of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is known for lots of things, but did you know its coastal region is also the mushroom capital of North America? Like any fungus, a mushroom or lichen thrives in wet, cool and damp places, especially if there is a lot of shade from conifer forests with deep mineral-rich soils and an oceanic climate that never

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Chocolate Daisy!

Recently passing through Western Texas and Southern New Mexico, I by chance ran into a fellow Master Naturalist based near Albuquerque who told me all about the chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) a member of the aster family of native North Americans wildflowers. I was thrilled to have someone to talk shop with outside and under the bright New Mexican

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