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Category : landscape

04 Jun 2014

Looking for Grizzly

So I’m standing on fishing bridge in Yellowstone taking some shots of the ice still on the lake.  I look to my right and I see this grizzly running down the street when he decides to take the sidewalk that I’m standing on.  The park rangers are chasing him / her and yelling “Get off the bridge”.  So I calmly do, fortunately the traffic is stopped watching this because that’s what getting off the bridge means.  Go stand in traffic.  I got these three not so great shots of the bear running by.DSC_7818 DSC_7822 DSC_7823

03 Jun 2014

Yellowstone National Park magic

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I was in Yellowstone for four days last week.  Never enough time but boy can you see a lot in a short period.

Saw – Bison, Elk, pronghorn, bighorn, coyote, fox, great horned owl right at the visitor center had a nest got two babies in a tree, grizzly w/cub, black bear w/3 cubs, Stayed in Gardner 5 miles north of the north entrance.  Great place to stay if you don’t want to be close to Old Faithful.  But being there for critters, the north side is the place to be.  The lodge at Canyon Village is also a good location and looked brand new and had just opened this past weekend.

06 Mar 2014

Death Valley

Death Valley get’s an average rainfall of 2 inches per year.  Last Friday they got 1/2 inch.  Not exactly what I was expecting but we actually had clouds for 5 days.  Last year not a cloud in the sky the entire trip.


29 Jan 2014

The Cave

This is a natural underground hot spring in Iceland.  Climbing around a cave with snow, ice, tripod and camera trying not to fall in the water or bump into another photographer.  What fun.  No that’s not a reflection, the water is crystal clear.#Icelandcavepano

16 Aug 2013

More from Acadia

Trying to get a good sunset is just as hard as sunrise.  Overcast and rain were in order every day I was there. Got lucky the last night.  It was still raining off to the left.last night

06 Aug 2013

Up in the air

When my whale watch / puffin tour got cancelled two days in a row I had to figure out something else to do that was out of the ordinary.  How about a ride in a bi-plane?  The afternoon flight took me down the coast of Acadia NP.  I shot out the side and between the wings and really the best view for the camera was behind me.  So a bit of twisting to get a shot.   We landed as the clouds began to build and the rain started moving in.up in the air

05 Aug 2013

Been there done that – Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Acadia NP

I was told that this is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.   Not hard to understand why.  A short walk from the parking lot and a climb down the rocks and you are at this view.   Some people don’t realize that it’s an easy trek.   If you go later in the day be prepared for the biggest onslaught of mosquito’s you have every seen.  Open the car door and they are in your car.  Of course in the fall it’s no problem.  I have shot at this spot twice before and there is always a slightly different angle that appeals to me at the time.


31 Jul 2013

Getting away from the heat

I needed to get out of Dodge for a few days so I thought, why not go to the northeast where it won’t be super hot and humid like it is in Chicago.  Wrong choice, the northeast got hit with high heat and humidity  so from a temperature point of view not so good.  From a photographers point of view, Acadia National Park is always a good choice.  Normally I would go in the fall for the colors, but decided why not?

sunrise at cadillacEvery morning I got up at 4:15 as sunrise is at 5 this time of year, and every morning it was foggy with a 40mph wind.  Even on a tripod the camera vibrates so blocking the wind or steadying with your hands is essential.  A good way to check whether or not the camera is moving from the wind is to go to  Live View and check for movement, it’s really easy to see that way.  This is Cadillac Mtn. a minute before the fog rolled in and obliterated everything. More to come.

31 May 2013

Geyser Bubble Iceland

geyser bubbleI have never seen anything like this.  Every eight minutes or so this geyser erupts.  You can actually see the gas pressure form beneath the surface a split second before it blows.


25 May 2013

it’s Grand

Grand Canyon south rimThis shot of the Grand Canyon south rim was taken a couple years ago.  I like to go back and look at my photo collection from time to time with fresh eyes.  This was sunset right after a quick rain storm. The light was changing every 30 seconds.