• 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.

    Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.

     

    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.



  • Palouse, Washington

    A patchwork landscape of greens, browns, and yellows warmly welcomes you to the picturesque Palouse Scenic Byway. The Palouse is well known for its four distinct seasons, but we chose to go in late summer for a more unique perspective in this normally extremely green farmland.  As you wind through this peaceful pastoral route, keep in mind the dramatic and sometimes violent forces of nature that shaped the Palouse Scenic Byway over thousands of years. Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.

     



  • Rutgers Football – PreGame Sideline Pass

    Here’s a few shots from a very cold December football game at Rutgers University.  Had pre-game sideline passes but spent most of the game in the media tent drinking hot chocolate !!!   Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.



  • Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall

    In order to get images of some iconic locations in NYC, you have to go to extreme measures to not having people cluttering them. Grand Central was shot at 4:00am and there was not a soul around, except for a few policemen, of course. At Radio City, I was with a group that had 90 minutes worth of access to the awesome location. I LOVE NEW YORK……most of the time !!! Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.



  • 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.



  • Death Valley

    Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California’s Mojave Desert, the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America. Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. The hottest air temperature ever recorded in Death Valley was 134°F on July 10, 1913, which is the hottest atmospheric temperature ever recorded on earth. Needless to say, February is a much better time to go to this unearthly-like place. Pictures, nor foolish adjectives can even come close to describing a place that, in many ways, is unlike any place else on earth. The Great Rift Valley in Africa, many people say, is the only place that comes close. I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel to places like this with highly talented photographers, like John Barclay, Chuck Kimmerle and Dan Sniffin. Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.



  • 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.