A Country Christmas Part 1: The Holidays in Appalachia

You Don’t Always Get a Snowy Christmas in Appalachia

Over the Christmas break, we found our way to two of our favorite shooting areas, the southern mountains of Appalachia and the rugged seacoast of New England.  Over the course of our trip, we took several excursions to a variety of locations, some new to us and others old and familiar.  We began our photo adventure by exploring Appalachia – specifically southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee.  As part of a family trip, we headed to Pigeon Forge for our first-erver trip to Dollywood.  Though we didn’t bring in the big cameras, our faithful ol’ waterproof Sony provided a handy way to document this colorful piece of Christmas in Appalachia (above).

While in Virginia, we took to the back roads and forgotten paths of the region in search of new vignettes to photograph.  While exploring this corner of Appalachia, we visited a grand waterfall, found some great farm scenes on a foggy afternoon, and stumbled upon this old slat barn (above), just as the sun was setting in the hollow.  You never quite know what you’re going to find when you set out to explore – but you seldom return home empty handed.   Such was the case with our last Appalachia excursion of the visit, as we summited White Top Mountain and did some hiking in search of the perfect shot.  As you can see from the photos in the gallery below, the cloud lawyer was a few hundred feet below the summit, filling the valley like a picturesque quilt of fluffy cotton.

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A Country Christmas Part 1: The Holidays in Appalachia

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Exploring The Pacific Northwest: The National Parks

Sampling Multnomah Falls, Crater Lake, Olympic National Park and all the Roads in Between

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So, while I was preparing yesterday’s post, I realized that I had never published part two of our adventure to the Pacific Northwest way back in early October.  So, without any further delay, here’s our photos from this great adventure.  Over the course of a few days, we visited Multnomah Falls, spent a day on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, did a drive-by of Mount Rainier, and took a day trip along the volcanic range, stopping along the slopes of Mt. Hood, and finally spending the afternoon at Crater Lake.  It was a busy couple of days, but well worth the 1,200 plus miles and 30+ hours on the road.   There were all sorts of wonders to see – from the staggering heights and immersive (wet) experience at Multnomah falls, to the expansive grandeur of Crater Lake.  Needless to day, the Pacific Northwest has many jewels in the tapestry of her landscape, and I;m thankful I was able to sample just a few!

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As a note, if you plan to head up to Olympic National Park from Portland, you might not want to stop every 10 miles to take photos.  After driving for about 8 hours on the very scenic Rt. 101, I found myself at the entrance to Olympic National Park shortly after they had closed.  So, I missed out on seeing some of the beautiful scenes in the park, not to mention going another 100 miles to the Pacific, which I had hoped to do.  But, with the daylight coming to an end, a long drive back to Portland ahead, and a busy day of shooting for our client on the following morning, it was time to hit the road.  But, as a plus, as I was driving south, just after sunset, I was treated to an stunning view of Mount Rainier rising over the gentle rolling hills of Washington.  It was pretty amazing.  And then there was crater lake – a spectacular volcanic formation that is hard to wrap your mind around.  Sitting perched above the lake, it seems only a mile or two across, but in reality it’s nearly six miles wide and has an average depth of over 1,000 feet!  It was truly a site to behold!

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All in all, it was an amazing trip – filled with the natural jewels of the Pacific Northwest – an hors d’oeuvre that left me longing for another trip to the land of fog and fire.  As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

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Exploring The Pacific Northwest: Portland, OR

New Horizons and Some Spectacular Mornings in Portland

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A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of heading out to the Pacific Northwest for the first time – traveling to Portland, OR to shoot for two of our regular clients.  It was a wonderful, albeit quick trip to the Left Coast.  Today is our first of two posts from the trip – this time focusing on the city of Portland and a pair of rather stunning sunrises with a not too shabby sunset on the side.  I arrived in Portland to the stereotypical rainy and overcast weather of the region, but by the following morning, the fog had begun to lift, and I set out in the pre-dawn light to find a few spots I had researched the night before.  As it turned out, the tendrils of fog still clung to the hills west of the city, so I headed back down to my hotel in downtown Portland.  But on my way down, the early morning sun slipped through the sliver of land and clouds to create a rather spectacular show along the riverfront that I couldn’t pass up.  Below is one of my favorite shots.

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Later on in our trip, after speaking to a few locals who suggested a trip to Pittock Mansion, I headed up to the turn-of-the-century estate for an evening shoot of the quintessential Portland skyline and Mt Hood, 50 miles to the east.  The view was spectacular, and as you would expect, it drew a large contingent of shutterbugs, from couples with their phones, to professional photographers and even a chap shooting IR time-lapse video!  You can see some of our evening shots in the gallery below.  But perhaps my favorite Portland shots from the trip (like the one at the top of this post) were taken the following morning.  There is this great site, SunCalc, that allows you to determine where and when the sun will rise and set each day – and its perfect for lining up shots.  This time, we really lucked out, with the sun rising right over Mt Hood.  Add to that the morning’s bands of cirrus clouds, and it made for an absolutely epic sunrise!

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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Summer Wanderings Part 5: Virginia

The Wild Life and Glowing Skies of Appalachian Virginia

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Well, you’ve made it.  Welcome to the penultimate post (#5 of 6) from our summer wanderings series – this time featuring a few of our favorite images from our time in western Virginia.   Not 30 minuets into Virginia, the sun set was absolutely spectacular!  As it set below the western ridge of the Shenandoah Valley, we hopped off the interstate to see if we could find a few rural scenes to photograph before darkness overtook the region.  By chance, we took the exit for Toms Brook, a small farming community that proved the perfect backdrop for a few quick photos, like the one above.

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Another first for us was a trip up Interstate 81 to the town of Fort Chiswell, Virginia and its unique and adventurous Animal Park.  Located on 45 acres of rolling hills, the park features a diverse collection of animals for kids of all ages to interact with (just be careful of the grey crowned cranes – they bite photographers when said photographers aren’t paying attention… hypothetically of course).  Included with admission is a safari bus ride, where you can feed everything from a camel to an ostrich – both of which have no qualms about invading your personal space by sticking their heads into the bus in search of treats.  Other species, like the bison and zebra preferred to keep their heads outside the bus, but would still walk right up to be fed.  While we’ve photographed many of these animals in the wild, or at free range parks, there is something very special about being able to look one of these gigantic animals in the eye, just a foot or two from your face.

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Summer Wanderings Part 5: Virginia

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A Night to Remember: A Vibrant Amelia Island Evening

Amelia Island Shows Her True Colors Yet Again

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This weekend, Bryn and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary – and naturally, we thought, what better place to celebrate, than Amelia Island.  So, we grabbed the cameras (just in case), hopped in the car, and set off for a romantic dinner for two.  Needless to say, it was a good thing the cameras came along, as it seemed nature wanted to put on a rather grand show.  Even before we got to Amelia Island proper, we stopped just shy of the causeway that connects Big Talbot Island to Amelia Island, our interest piqued by birds that were relaxing in the broad, shallow pond along the edge of the Nassau Sound.  We were surprised to find not only a flock of spoonbills, but also the more elusive white pelicans.  Add to that ducks, egrets and other wading birds, and you had a veritable cornucopia of winged fauna.  Our birding appetite satisfied, we headed onto the island for dinner…

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…But, as providence would have it, the thunderstorms off to the west of Amelia Island transitioned from grey and ominous clouds to a pastel collection of oranges, purples, reds and blues as the fleeting rays of the setting sun lit the storms’ anvils on fire.  It made for a truly stunning site, and one we just couldn’t pass up!  So, now on Amelia Island, we ventured out toward the marina and found a spot among the marsh grass to capture the last few moments of light.  Our impromptu photo shoot complete, we finally settled down for dinner at about 8:30 at the wonderful Cafe Karibo.

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As it turns out, there was a theme to our night – namely shrimp.  The spoonbills we first encountered have wings tinted pink due to their diet of shrimp.  Likewise was the obvious connection between shrimp and shrimp boats, and finally, our delicious dinner of shrimp and grits from Cafe Karibo.   Hope I don’t turn any more pink…

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A Night to Remember: A Vibrant Amelia Island Evening

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone South

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Welcome to part two of our wonderful out west adventure.  Today, we’re featuring the two days we spent exploring the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park.  After spending two nights at Mammoth Hotel (one night in the hotel, one night in a rustic cabin) we headed South.  Our route took us east, through Tower Junction, and then south, to Canyon, West to Madison Junction, and finally south again to Old Faithful Inn (below), where we had the great privileged of staying for two nights.  While in the southwestern portion of the park, we explored a myriad of geysers, hot springs and thermal features in and along the Firehole River.  Wildlife was fewer and less diverse in this area, though winter apparently brings many species south to the thermal-heated landscape. We did see some lone Bison, like the big bull above, as well as a smallish herd near Midway Geyser Basin, but that was about it.  However, the geothermal features proved nearly as interesting as the wildlife, at least to Bryn and I.

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So, a little more about Old Faithful Inn.  The inn was built over the course of one year – 1903 – by just a little over 50 men.  The great hall (above) stands 78 feet tall to mimic the height of the surrounding evergreen forest, and is topped with an honest to goodness tree house – a bit of whimsy the then 29 year old architect Robert Reamer added to the massive interior.  The hotel was built out of locally sourced wood and stone – quarried and cut within a 5 mile perimeter of the hotel.   Our room was in part of the original hotel (called the old house) – room #51 – in a cozy little corner on the first floor overlooking the front entry.  Now, as you can see from the image in the gallery below, the historically accurate drapes may have left a little bit to be desired, but I have to say they were better at masking what was inside than I feared.  Overall, the historic room was truly wonderful, with all the modern comforts we needed, but with all the time-traveling charm of life in a grand Victorian hotel.

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We also tried our hand at a bit of astrophotography – our first was foray spent with Old Faithful during a cloudless night with a nearly quarter, waxing crescent moon.  Even with the brightness of the moon, the amount of stars we could see after just a few minutes outside was stunning.  I didn’t realize just how much light pollution we have in FL – It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Milky Way with my naked eye!  So, we setup our shot while waiting for the big event (about 90 minutes apart) and we were ready when the geyser erupted.  Above is our favorite shot from the show.  All in all, Yellowstone was an amazing experience!  Next up, Grand Teton National Park!

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone South

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone North

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Earlier this month, we had the wonderful pleasure of spending 10 days out west in several of the National Parks.  I had only ever been to these parks once as a teenager, and Bryn had never had the opportunity, so needless to say the thought of the crisp autumn air and some of the best landscapes our country has to offer left us giddy with anticipation.  The trip, all 3,000 miles of it, couldn’t have been better, or for that matter more diverse.  From driving through snow in Yellowstone, to 90 degree temps along the mighty Colorado River, from majestic elk to tourist-fat chipmunks, from the glacial beauty of the Grand Tetons to the heart-stopping drop-off at Horseshoe Bend – it was all spectacular.

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All in all, we shot 4,200 images including over 100 panoramas.  So, over the next week or so, as I edit, I’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite images from the trip, along with some thoughts about visiting each park around this time of year – starting today with the northern bits of Yellowstone National Park.  We’ll have plenty of HD wallpaper free for the taking, and we’ll be doing limited custom runs of several of these images if you are interested in purchasing a print (more details at our fine art website).  And one more note – I certainly can’t go on without thanking the good folks at Canon who lent us a 600mm F4 lens for the trip – it’s a tremendous lens and allowed me to capture pictures (such as the photo at the top of this post) that I simply couldn’t get with our current equipment.  Thanks Ben!

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So, let’s get started!  Our trip began with a flight into Denver and a 14.5 hour drive (including more than a few generous stops) to Mammoth Hot Springs in the Northwestern corner of Yellowstone.  We entered the park through the Cody, WY entrance, and luckily got through the pass less than an hour before they shut it down due to accumulating snow – something that is quite fun in a RWD Mustang with all season tires…  But we made it in safe and sound, had a warm meal and settled into the historic old hotel at Mammoth.  The next morning we awoke bright and early and set out exploring the northern part of Yellowstone, doing so over the next two days.

Autumn in Yellowstone is simply beautiful.  Though the trees are mostly conifers, you’ll find an occasional cluster of color to accompany the now golden grasses of the valleys.  We were even treated to a fresh dusting of snow and some frosty bison on our first morning.  The hot springs themselves were pretty spectacular, though the boardwalks proved more suited to ice skating than walking in the early morning shadows.  It seemed to me that the wildlife was pretty active – especially the angst-laden 13 point bull elk that had taken up residence on the Mammoth Hotel campus.  Lamar Valley was perhaps my favorite part of the park – with its expansive grasslands polka-dotted with herds of elk and antelope, and large numbers of bison.  We even saw a couple of shy black bears.  On our second morning, just as the sun was rising and before many people were out, we even found ourselves in a bison traffic jam – and for about 10 minutes we drove along, making a little headway here and there amongst the herd as they slowly made their way down the road.  It was quite to enchanting experience.

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone North

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