• Spectacular Scenery of Southern Utah

    Five days is Southern Utah is actually a very short time to explore the natural wonders that this area of the country offers.

    Click HERE or on any image to view a complete Vimeo Movie from the trip. Don’t forget to view in Full Screen Mode !!

    SoUtah-3Day One was a late afternoon trip to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.  The dunes are reported to be 10,000 to 15,000 years old.

     

     

     

     

    SoUtah-7Day Two involved a trip to Page, Arizona and the dramatic Horseshoe Bend, which is a meander of the Colorado River that we photographed from a cliff 1000 feet above.  In the afternoon we hiked into the Upper Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land and is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks”.

     

     

     

    SoUtah-18The entire third day was spent exploring Zion Canyon National Park. Zion Canyon is a deep and narrow gorge carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

     

     

     

     

    SoUtah-20Day Four we headed northeast to the unsurpassed grandeur of Bryce Canyon National Park.The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

     

     

    SoUtah-29On my way back to Vegas I stopped at the very interesting Techatticup Mine Ghost Town. Over the last decade this ghost town has been restored and a number of buildings have been preserved at the mine site. Across from the mine sits a historic 1861 building which serves as a museum to the area and to the Techatticup Mine. The Techatticup Mine has been the set of two movies. The first, Breakdown, with Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan, was released in 1997 and several artifacts from the movie can be seen at the site. Several years later, the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland, was released in 2001, parts of which were filmed at the mine site. This movie, again with Kurt Russell, as well as an all star cast including Kevin Costner, Courtney Cox, Christian Slater , and David Arquette, shot several scenes here including the scene where the Lucky Strike gas station blows up . Props from the movie, including the crashed airplane can still be seen at the site.



  • Alaskan Grizzly Bears

    Alaska Bears 2013  6248A few weeks ago I had the awesome pleasure of traveling to Alaska to photograph wild Grizzly Bears with renowned photographer, Brenda Tharp.  Though I initially had high expectations for this trip, I also did not know exactly what to expect.  I was completely blown away.  First, Alaska is a spectacular landscape.  I had been there 10 years ago on a cruise, but on this trip, staying in a remote coastal cabin, it gave me the true Alaska experience.  As for the bears, they couldn’t have been better hosts.  The coastal grizzlies are usually less aggressive than the mountain grizzlies, but I never expected to get within 15 yards of a mom and her cubs.  Yes I said 15 yards.  What an experience !!!  They seem to trust us and we did everything possible to not violate that trust.  They even would wounder through our lodge’s property, when you least expected it.  We also sailed to a remote bird sanctuary island to photograph puffin and other sea birds.  On the last day of shooting, on my way back to my cabin, I was treated to an American eagle taking flight from his nest.  Though, I clipped one of his wings in my image, I was still thrilled with the experience.  Please take a few minutes to view a short slideshow of a few (42) of my 3,500 images by clicking HERE.



  • Lime Rock Park – Off the Track

    Here’s a follow up to my “On the Track” post from Lime Rock Park raceway.  The fantastic people at Lime Rock and Nikon, as well, gave us full access to not only the track, but the pits and garage area, too.  Can’t tell you when I’ve had as much fun as this.  Counting the days to next year’s race !!!  Enjoy the slideshow by clicking HERE or on the image above.



  • Lime Rock Park – On the Track

    Recently, I had the pleasure of doing something I normally don’t do…..photographic something that is actually moving.  Those of you who know me, know I usually shoot landscapes and occasionally nature.  At Lime Rock Park, a 1.5 mile road track, in the beautiful northwest hills of Connecticut, I spent the weekend photographing race cars at up to 15o mph, with complete access to all “save” areas on the track, including the pits and garage areas.  It was a blast !!!  I have a lot to learn in this type of photography, but for a true novice I think I did ok !!  For a little slideshow of the event, please CLICK HERE, or on the attached image.  I should have another post up shortly of some of the “behind the scenes” images.  Stay tuned !!



  • Ireland’s West Coast

    Ireland’s West Coast is one of those places that I could return to many times in my life.  In 2006, I did a quick tour of the west coast and then headed to Waterford, Killkenny and Dublin.  This trip we spent the entire 10 days hugging the coast.  The rocky cliffs, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and the lonely country roads are visually spectacular. The various colors of green you see everywhere can’t really be described accurately and even photographing the landscape doesn’t always do it justice. It is truly a place that has to be experienced in person.  I had the pleasure, once again, of hangin’ with the great photographic team of John Barclay and Dan Sniffin, as well as , a gaggle of great photographer’s, too many to mention here.  In addition we had the honor of being hosted by well-known Irish photographer, Peter Cox who made the trip something I will not soon forget.  To see some of the highlights, please CLICK HERE or on the image above.



  • Great Smokey Mountains

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934 and with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States.  The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance.  This fog, which is most common in the morning and after a rainfall, is the result of warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico cooling rapidly in the higher elevations of Southern Appalachia.  The images captured here are a reflection of this diverse area, including rushing river rapids, peaceful valley’s and sprawling mountain vistas.  Having never been to this area  of the country before, I will not hesitate to return whenever the opportunity presents itself.  To view a slideshow of the trip, please CLICK HERE, or on the image to the left.



  • Washington DC 2012

    It’s always fun to hang with Ed and Kelly Heaton making images for hours and hours !!!  The plan was to be in DC when the Cherry Blossoms were at their peak.  Well, they peaked a week or so ago, but we certainly made the best of it.  Our evening at the Washington Monument and the WW II Monument was a blast.  We even got to see Marine One (the President’s helicopter) on it’s training runs.  The following morning was chilly but we covered a lot of ground at the memorials of Jefferson, FDR (the waterfalls) and the Vietnam Wall.  Liberal or Conservative, this is an awesome place to visit.  My feet are killing me but it was worth it !!  CLICK HERE or on the image to the left to view the slideshow.



  • Grand Canyon National Park 2011

    Having lived in Arizona for a few years, in the early 2000’s, I have traveled many times to the Grand Canyon.  It is always, for me, like seeing it for the first time.  Often times, the light is different and can make each trip unique in it’s own way.  Last year, I decided to take on the canyon from a different perspective; from the air.  The helicopter ride into the canyon gives you an entirely different feel for the place and though fairly expensive was worth every penny.  Annette and I had front row seats for almost an hour as we traversed a large section of the canyon for an experience I won’t soon forget.  Please enjoy the slideshow of some images from the trip by CLICKING HERE or on the image to the left.



  • Sedona, Arizona 2011

    In my humble opinion, the spectacular scenery in Sedona, Arizona rivals the Grand Canyon.  Yes, the Canyon is awesome, but for a combination of vast scenery and beautiful landscapes, Sedona is every bit it’s equal.  Though me and my friend Annette only had 24 hours there, on the way to the Canyon, we made the best of it and hopefully I was able capture a few good images of this impressive area.  To view the slideshow please CLICK HERE or on the image to the left.



  • Southern California 2011

    When your work takes you to different parts of the country it’s nice to be able to travel with people you actually enjoy spending time with.  Going to locations like San Diego and Southern California only adds to the enjoyment.  Here’s a few images from views of the Pacific to the cool critters at the world famous San Diego Wild Animal Park.  Either CLICK HERE or on the image to the left to access the slideshow.