2017 In Pictures: 17 of My Favorite Shots

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2017 In Pictures: 17 of My Favorite Shots from this Year 2017 in Pictures – This year was definitely a busy one with almost 12,000 road-trip miles driven and probably about 200+ miles hiked… This was definitely hard to narrow down this year, but here are my favorite shots from 2017. (In no particular order.) […]

16 Snapshots from Paradise… Pictures of Bora Bora

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16 Snapshots from Paradise – Pictures of Bora Bora Society Islands, French Polynesia I had read that once you see Bora Bora, you are forever enamored; The inevitable love affair beginning before your plane even touches down with travelers becoming captivated by the fantasy-like tropical paradise. Throughout my life, I’ve been lucky enough to see […]

The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Society Islands, French Polynesia ~ One of the most beautiful resorts in the world on one of the most beautiful islands in the world… ~ Between Conde Naste, Travel & Leisure, Trip Advisor and pretty much any other travel or luxury publication out there, not only is the Four […]

Bora Bora – The Most Beautiful Island in the World

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Bora Bora – The Most Beautiful Island in the World Society Islands, French Polynesia “Scarcely a spot on the universe affords a more luxurious prospect.” – Captain James Cook In ancient times, the local Tahitians called the island “Pora pora mai te pora”, meaning “created by the gods.” Located on the Leeward side of the Society […]

16 Pictures of Capitol Reef National Park

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16 Pictures of Beautiful Capitol Reef Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Back in 2012, I said that I wasn’t that impressed with Capitol Reef National Park, but I said that during a quick drive-through after spending a week in Moab and then four days at Bryce Canyon National Park. At the time, I just wasn’t as blown away […]

Chasing Waterfalls… Tips for Photographing Waterfalls

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Chasing Waterfalls… 8 Tips for Photographing Waterfalls Most waterfalls are beautiful and therefore, they are an irresistible subject for photographers. At first, they can be challenging to capture, but the good news is that great results are actually fairly easy to achieve when keeping some guidelines and tips in mind. 1. Don’t Get Caught Without […]

The Remote Cathedral Valley

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The Remote Cathedral Valley Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Cathedral Valley is located at the northern end of Capitol Reef National Park, a remote area with no services or paved roads. (I was very surprised to have full 4G service at the campground though!) Both Upper and Lower Cathedral Valley offer gorgeous views of sculptured […]

The Strike Valley Overlook

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The Strike Valley Overlook Capitol Reef National Park, Utah This past spring, I took the long way home from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, along the Burr Trail and through Capitol Reef National Park. Having not been too impressed with Capitol Reef in the past, that drive completely changed my mind and really sparked my interest […]

9 Tips for Beach Photography

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9 Tips for Beach Photography (And Seascapes/Coasts in General) 9 Tips for Beach Photography – As this posts, I’m lounging on vacation at one of the most famous tropical islands in the world. And I’m definitely on “vacation” and relaxing, but since and I’m in a beautiful spot on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, I’ll be taking some (a […]

Ohio & Kebler Pass Fall Colors

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Ohio & Kebler Pass Fall Colors Crested Butte & Gunnison, CO Many biologists and researchers believe that the largest living organism on the planet is the aspen grove. Aspens reproduce through their roots near the surface, which are known as suckers, that send up new chutes that eventually grow up to become trees. This means their root […]

Sunset Over Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock

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Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado In hindsight, I knew I had seen pictures of them, but when I had driven Owl Creek Pass for the first time, I didn’t realize that Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock are the iconic monuments along that pass, prominently rising high above most vantage points. I had […]

13 Tips for Better Travel Photography

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13 Tips for Better Travel Photography 13 Tips for Better Travel Photography – This week, I’m setting out for the South Pacific on a trip of a lifetime and even though it will be a vacation as opposed to a more adventure and photography-based trip, I’ve really tried to prepare myself the best I can […]

The 2017 Colorado Fall Foliage Tour

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The 2017 Colorado Fall Foliage Tour After such an incredible long weekend last Fall that was full of beautiful weather, vivid-yellow Aspen groves, and colorful sunrises and sunsets, I was unbelievably excited to hit the road again this fall to shoot the Colorado Fall foliage throughout the state. Unlike last year, I planned out specific places […]

Missouri Lakes Holy Cross Wilderness Colorado

A Quick Overnight at Missouri Lakes

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Missouri Lakes: Take 2 Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado Despite the popularity of Missouri Lakes, it’s still in a remote part of Sawatch Range and the Holy Cross Wilderness with rugged ridgelines, alpine meadows and lakes. It’s a nice hike to a beautiful spot, which I had hiked for sunset earlier in the summer, but was […]

Gore Range Vail Colorado

The Gore Range & the Summer of Vail

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My Summer of Vail The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado ”In my opinion, the two most rugged mountain ranges in Colorado are the Gore Range northwest of Dillon Reservoir and the Needles Range in the remote San Juan Mountains.” – John Fielder (Famous Colorado landscape photographer) Although the Gore Range provides the backdrop to any skier […]

Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range

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Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado (*Not the Crater Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness…) Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range – A couple years ago, my buddy found a hike to the unofficially-named Crater Lake in the Gore Range at the base of the Spider (12,692′) and […]

Backpacking Deluge Lake in Vail

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Backpacking Deluge Lake in Vail The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado I had never even heard of Deluge Lake until a few years ago when a buddy (Ninety Seventy) had posted up some sunset pictures from his hike… it looked pretty awesome. Grand Traverse Peak (13,041′), the ridge that provides the impressive and iconic backdrop to Vail, […]

Crater Lake & the Maroon Bells

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Crater Lake & the Maroon Bells Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado My experience in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado is unfortunately really limited and based pretty much around Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells. I end up driving down to the Bells each fall, photographing the iconic sunrise scene with a couple hundred other people, […]

A Quick Overnight to Lost Lake

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A Quick Overnight to Lost Lake Gore Range, Vail, Colorado A Quick Overnight to Lost Lake – Even though it’s nestled up against the Gore Range and just over the ridge to the south of Piney Lake outside of Vail, the views at Lost Lake just aren’t as grand or iconic. It’s still a beautiful […]

Playa Maderas, the anti-San Juan del Sur

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The anti-San Juan del Sur Playa Maderas, Nicaragua Once a sleepy fishing village, San Juan del Sur is now one of the more popular tourist destinations in Nicaragua and known for it’s surfing, yoga, and Partying (the capital ‘P’ is intentional…) – two activities I don’t do and one thing I’m not longer good at […]

Not Climbing Ometepe Island’s Volcanoes

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Not Climbing Ometepe Island’s Volcanoes Ometepe Island, Nicaragua Not Climbing Ometepe Island’s Volcanoes – Ometepe Island is comprised of two volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua and joined in the middle by a thin, flat isthmus forming an hour-glass shape. The northern half of the island is dominated by Volcan Concepcion (1,610m / 5,280ft), a perfect […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve San Luis Valley, Colorado I had been to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve twice in my years in Colorado, but I hadn’t shot the park because both trips were during my pre-photography years. Not to mention one of those trips involved way too much tequila… Located […]

Sunset Over North Clear Creek Falls

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Sunset Over North Clear Creek Falls Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado Unlike the Pacific Northwest or Yosemite National Park, Colorado isn’t known for it’s waterfalls. They’re out there, but many times they tend to be more of a series of cascades, which is just not as impressive or photogenic as their bigger relatives. I knew […]

A Sunset Stroll up the Telica Volcano

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A Sunset Stroll up the Telica Volcano Leon, Nicaragua The Telica Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua with the most recent eruption in 2015. Since then, the volcano has registered over 64 small eruptions, including one that spewed ash all over Leon. The most prominent vent on the volcano is a 700 […]

Volcano boarding in Nicaragua

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Volcano boarding in Nicaragua Leon, Nicaragua Volcano boarding in Nicaragua down Cerro Negro outside of Leon has become one of the main activities and tourist attractions for gringos like me visiting Nicaragua, but I really had no desire to do it. I live at a ski resort and spend four months a year sliding down […]

11 Tips for Photographing Antelope Canyon

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11 Tips for Photographing Antelope Canyon Page, Arizona Photographing Antelope Canyon – Gently carved and formed by the erosion of Navajo sandstone over the course of countless centuries, Antelope Canyon outside of Page, AZ is one of the most bewildering places on earth. Over time rainwater, particularly during flash flooding, ate away the passageways of the canyon, […]

Leon, Nicaragua – Volcanoes & Cathedrals

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Volcanoes & Cathedrals Leon, Nicaragua Both founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Leon and Granada are two of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas and after Granada, which is better preserved, Leon has some of the most beautiful colonial architecture and historical centers in Nicaragua. It’s Nicaragua’s second-largest city made up of […]

Little Corn Island… “Relaxed” Would be an Understatement

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“Relaxed” Would be an Understatement… Little Corn Island, Nicaragua Admittedly, travelling around the pristine beaches of the Philippines spoiled me. Like, real bad. Since then, I’ve been way too judgmental about other beautiful places I’ve been, but I can’t help it – The Philippines were just incredible. That being said, Little Corn Island was absolutely awesome… Situated […]

The GoPro Mountain Games in Vail Colorado

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The GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado Vail, Colorado Every June, the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art, and music are held in Vail, CO. The GoPro Mountain Games are kind of the unofficial start to summer in the valley as professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail. Along […]

Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park Utah “Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.” (NPS) I once said that I wasn’t that […]

Driving Utah’s Burr Trail

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Driving Utah’s Burr Trail Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah Originally developed by a rancher named John Atlantic Burr to move his cattle between summer and winter grazing grounds, the Burr Trail is now one of those classic Utah “backways” that the State frequently advertises as it takes you into some of Utah’s most beautiful and […]

The Dry Fork Narrows of Coyote Gulch

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The Dry Fork Narrows of Coyote Gulch Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah  Although a hundred people probably pass by it each day, apparently the half-mile-long Dry Fork Narrows is an often overlooked attraction in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  As we descended into the Dry Fork wash to reach Peekaboo Gulch Slot Canyon, there was a very […]

Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon

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Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah Twenty-six miles down Hole-in-the-Rock Road from the town of Escalante, deep in the heart of the vast 1.6 million acre Grand Staircase-Esclante National Monument, lie Peekaboo Gulch Slot Canyon and Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon in the Dry Fork area. These have become some of the more well-known slot canyons due […]

Peekaboo Gulch Slot Canyon

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Peekaboo Gulch Slot Canyon Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah Twenty-six miles down Hole-in-the-Rock Road from the town of Escalante, deep in the heart of the vast 1.6 million acre Grand Staircase-Esclante National Monument, lie Peekaboo Gulch Slot Canyon and Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon in the Dry Fork area. These have become some of the more well-known slot […]

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Utah The landscape of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was the last area of the lower 48 United States to get mapped and charted and once people started poking around, they realized they were dealing with an incredible wealth of ancient and modern science and culture as well as a big empty playground for outdoor adventurers. […]

Sunrise at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Death Valley National Park, California The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes – Contrary to people’s preconceived idea of a desert, less than one percent of Death Valley National Park is actually covered in sand dunes throughout five different locations. For sand dunes to exist, it takes a supply of sand, strong winds, and then […]

Titus Canyon & Red Pass

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Titus Canyon & Red Pass Death Valley National Park, California Once again, having not done enough research, I ended up at another ranger station in Stovepipe Wells asking the ranger “if you were to pick one place in the park, where would you go right now?” “Titus Canyon… well if you have a high-clearance vehicle.” […]

The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop

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The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop Death Valley National Park, California I usually do a little more research, but for some reason I went into my Death Valley trip pretty unprepared so on our first day, I stopped into the ranger station and simply asked, “If you had time to do one hike, and […]

Badwater Basin Salt Flats

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Badwater Basin Salt Flats Death Valley National Park, California Covering nearly 200 square miles, Badwater Basin is home to the largest protected body of salt flats in the entire world and at 282 feet below sea level, it’s the lowest point in North America.* These seemingly endless salt flats are always changing – “The source […]

Sunset at Zabriskie Point

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Sunset at Zabriskie Point Death Valley National Park, California With a beautiful panoramic view over the golden badlands of the Furnace Creek Formation, Zabriskie Point is one of the more popular spots and most visited areas within Death Valley National Park. The vista was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and […]

Death Valley National Park

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Death Valley National Park California “In 1849 emigrants bound for California’s gold fields strayed into the 120-mile long basin, enduring a two-month ordeal of “hunger and thirst and an awful silence.” One of the last to leave looked down from a mountain at the narrow valley and said, “Good-bye, Death Valley.”” – National Geographic Straddling […]

The Goblins of Goblin Valley State Park

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The Goblins of Goblin Valley State Park Hanksville, Utah Goblin Valley State Park – Along the edge of the San Rafael Desert, Goblin Valley State Park is a relatively unknown park when compared to the Mighty 5 of Utah that eclipse it. Only about a mile wide and two miles long, Goblin Valley consists of thousands […]

Another American Southwest Road Trip: 2017 Edition

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Another American Southwest Road Trip 2017 Edition Another American Southwest Road Trip – Within the Grand Canyon lies Havasu Falls; An oasis of turquoise blue waterfalls within the vastness of the deep desert canyon. The location has become extremely, extremely popular with hikers and photographers flocking to it’s beauty. And since not seeing images of the […]

A Spring Day at Snowbird Ski Resort

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A Spring Day at Snowbird Ski Resort Salt Lake City, Utah After two unreal days at Powder Mountain, we pretty much knew what we were getting into on a dry Saturday at Snowbird Ski Resort. In advance of the next storm that was set to batter the Wasatch Range, not only were temperatures predicted to be […]

Shredding Powder Mountain Resort

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Shredding Powder Mountain Resort Eden, Utah I finally roadtripped it out to Salt Lake City, Utah to meet up with some buddies from back east and take advantage my the Mountain Collective Pass to get some skiing in at Snowbird and Alta Ski Resorts. Arriving three days after the most recent storm, my buddies instead decided to try […]

Winter So Far… Beaver Creek Colorado

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Winter So Far… Beaver Creek Colorado Honestly, it’s been a slow winter for me. I’m kinda bored and I’m itching to get some traveling in and some photography adventures.  But that also doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on my ass at home… Sunrise skin up Beaver Creek. A nice lil’ 8″ powder day. I had planned to […]

Travel & Adventure – 2016 in Photography

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Travel & Adventure – 2016 in Photography Although still totally part time, my 2016 photography definitely kind of grew to a new stage this past year. Not only was I able to build up the business a bit, but I really ticked off some major long-time photography goals throughout the year. More Moab Time Back […]

Pu’u Pee (Sweetheart Rock), Lanai

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Pu’u Pee (Sweetheart Rock) Lanai, Hawaii “On the southern coast of Lanai is picturesque Hulopoe Bay and Lanai’s main boat harbor, Manele Bay. Rising from the sea just between these two bays is the iconic Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in Hawaiian legend. Legend tells of […]

The Absolutely Stunning Four Seasons Resort Lanai

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The Absolutely Stunning Four Seasons Resort Lanai Lanai, Hawaii I’ve really hate how often the words “stunning” and “jaw-dropping” get thrown around the interwebs because whatever content that adjective-laced click-bait title introduces is usually far from either stunning or jaw-dropping. But in regards to the newly overhauled Four Seasons Resort Lanai, those adjectives might actually be an understatement.  […]

A Couple Days on Lanai

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A Couple Days on Lanai Lanai, Hawaii As popular as Hawaii is for vacation travel, many people have never even heard of the tiny island of Lanai, located only 9 miles west of Maui. Until about a year ago, I hadn’t either… Lanai is a small 140-square mile island that has been in private hands […]

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’Olina

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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’Olina Oahu, Hawaii When visiting Oahu, we were lucky enough to get to stay at the new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’Olina on Oahu’s sunny, western coast and just 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu. “The beachfront property, which was previously branded as a JW Marriott and sits next to Disney’s […]

Ko Olina – “Place of Joy”

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Ko Olina – “Place of Joy” Oahu, Hawaii “For as long as anyone can remember, Ko Olina has been a place of joy. Hawaiian nobility once sojourned here when weary of the cares of state. The royal chiefs, their wives, children and retinues came to fish in the bountiful waters, bath in the sacred pools, […]

The Windward Coast of Oahu

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The Windward Coast of Oahu Oahu, Hawaii   The Windward Coast of Oahu – In Hawaii, the prevailing trade winds blow east/northeast to west/southwest bringing storms and cooler air with them to the windward, or east, side of the islands. On Oahu, the incoming storms and moisture stall on the corduroy-ridged, nearly perpendicular cliffs of the Ko’olau […]

Diamond Head – Waikiki, Oahu

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Diamond Head State Park – Waikiki Oahu, Hawaii In 1906, Fort Ruger was established in and around the Diamond Head crater and charged with the defense of the harbor of Honolulu as part of the US Army Coastal Artillery defense system. With it’s prominent location, several posts and observation stations were built into the outer […]

Oahu – Big City & Tropical Paradise

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Big City & Tropical Paradise Oahu, Hawaii Like the other islands, islets and shoals that make up the 1,600-mile Hawaiian Island chain, Oahu is believed to be the product of a single hot spot in the earth’s mantle. Over the course of millions of years, the earth’s crust drifted to the northwest across this hot […]

I Finally Made it to Hawaii!

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I Finally Visited Hawaii! Oahu & Lanai Hawaii is like no other place on earth. It’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful sugary beaches, perfect cobalt blue oceans, incredible diving and snorkeling in reefs teeming ocean life, dense tropical rain forests, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, towering jagged mountains including the world’s […]

Horseshoe Bend – Page, AZ

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Horseshoe Bend Page, AZ Within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and five miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, the Colorado River takes a wide sweep around a sandstone escarpment in a 270º horseshoe-shaped curve in the canyon. Known as Horseshoe Bend this spot is easily one of the most photographed areas of […]

Lower Antelope Canyon – Page, AZ

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Lower Antelope Canyon Page, AZ Gently carved and formed by the erosion of Navajo sandstone over the course of countless centuries, Antelope Canyon outside of Page, AZ is one of the most bewildering places on earth. Over time rainwater, particularly during flash flooding, ate away the passageways of the canyon, making the corridors deeper and smoothing the canyon […]

Alstrom Point – Lake Powell, Utah

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Alstrom Point Lake Powell, Utah When I was planning my roadtrip down to Page to shoot Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, I didn’t really know what was in the area. I had a few nights and Antelope Canyon was a daytime venture so I had some golden hour plans I had to figure out. I simply […]

Upper Antelope Canyon – Page, AZ

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Upper Antelope Canyon Page, AZ Gently carved and formed by the erosion of Navajo sandstone over the course of countless centuries, Antelope Canyon outside of Page, AZ is one of the most bewildering places on earth. Over time rainwater, particularly during flash flooding, ate away the passageways of the canyon, making the corridors deeper and smoothing the […]

Monument Valley, The Wild West

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Monument Valley Navajo Nation, Utah & Arizona Monument Valley had been on my list to visit and photograph for a long time. I had driven by on US 163 a few times, always mid-day on my way home from other adventures, but I finally set aside specific time to stop and get into the park for […]

The 2016 American Southwest Road Trip

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The 2016 American Southwest Road Trip Utah & Arizona American Southwest Road Trip – There are certain iconic images that I seem to see everywhere. Some I can shake out of my head pretty quickly, but others stick with me to the point of near-obsession. They become places that I simply need to go, see, […]

The Second Annual Lake Powell Expedition

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The Second Annual Lake Powell Expedition Lake Powell, Utah The flooded Glen Canyon area is considered “America’s lost national park” and in looking at the surreal beauty of Lake Powell and imagining about what lies below, it certainly feels that way. It’s a very surreal place. But out of that lost national park at least rose Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, […]

Maroon Bells Fall Foliage

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Maroon Bells Fall Foliage Aspen, Colorado I spent a lot of time this fall chasing down the changing foliage throughout Colorado and essentially ticking off some photography goals that I had. One of those goals was to get back down to the Maroon Bells with the changing colors. Outside of Aspen, the Maroon Bells (Maroon Bells […]

A Slight Detour Over Kebler Pass

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A Slight Detour Over Kebler Pass Crested Butte & Gunnison, Colorado A Detour Over Kebler Pass – Many biologists and researchers believe that the largest living organism on the planet is the aspen grove. Aspens reproduce through their roots near the surface, which are known as suckers, that send up new chutes that eventually grow up to […]

A Dallas Divide Sunrise – Fall Foliage

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A Dallas Divide Sunrise San Juan Mountains, Colorado Dallas Divide Sunrise – The Dallas Divide is a high mountain pass along CO Route 62 with unsurpassed views of the Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains. It’s another one of those locations that is seen time and time again throughout various photography publications and is constantly praised […]

The Incredible Foliage of Owl Creek Pass

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The Incredible Foliage of Owl Creek Pass Ridgeway, Colorado I actually knocked out the San Juan Skyway Loop much quicker than I expected so when I got back to Ridgeway, I decided to head up Owl Creek Pass over to Silver Jack Reservoir. Owl Creek-Cimarron Road is an old cattle-drive trail winding up to Owl […]

The San Juan Skyway & the Million Dollar Highway

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The San Juan Skyway & the Million Dollar Highway San Juan Mountains, Colorado The San Juan Skyway traverses the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado forming a 232 mile (373 km) loop designated as an All-American Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway, a Colorado Scenic & Historical Byway, and a route that […]

Lizard Head Pass – San Juan Mountains

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Lizard Head Pass San Juan Mountains, Colorado Lizard Head Pass – When I had come over Last Dollar Road, I had met a fellow photographer (John) from Boulder while shooting an unreal sunset towards Wilson Mesa. When it got dark, I was planning on just camping in my car somewhere along the road until John mentioned that […]

San Juan Skyway Fall Colors

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The San Juan Skyway Fall Colors San Juan Mountains, Colorado Having no solid evidence to back this up, I can confidently say that photographs of the San Juan Skyway fall colors are some of the most iconic and coveted images throughout the photography world. People who see pictures immediately add it to their bucket lists and photographers flock […]

Loveland Pass & the West Ridge

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Loveland Pass & the West Ridge Colorado Back when I lived in Summit County and before my photography days, I spent a lot of time up top Loveland Pass – hiking around, skiing under a full moon, or kicked back in a chair enjoying a beer and soaking in the view. But since moving an hour […]

Rifle Falls State Park, Colorado

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Rifle Falls State Park Rifle, Colorado Just like Rabbit Valley, I had been driving past the Rifle Falls State Park signs along I-70 for years, but never ventured off the highway to see them. The state park is comprised of a triple 70-foot waterfall on East Rifle Creek that’s surrounded by lush vegetation in an […]

Backpacking Dora Lake Colorado

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Backpacking Dora Lake Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado This past summer, I had a buddy who was extremely eager to backpack Dora Lake in the Gore Range of the Eagles Nest Wilderness in Colorado. Dora Lake is situated on top of a rare (for Colorado…) high alpine plateau and nestled under the knife-edge ridges of the Gore […]

Floating Ruby and Horsethief Canyons – Colorado River

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Floating Ruby and Horsethief Canyons 2016 Edition | Colorado River Floating Ruby and Horsethief Canyons – “The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flatwater with sections of Class I and II. This section of the Colorado runs through beautiful red rock canyons and has […]

Knowles Canyon Overlook – Rabbit Valley

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Knowles Canyon Overlook Rabbit Valley, Colorado One of my standard catalysts for some of the places I visit is simply from driving past a sign for something and thinking, “I should check that out sometime.” So once again, I begin with one of my typical introductions: I had been driving past the sign for Rabbit Valley (Colorado […]

Voorschoten – Blast from the Past

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Holland, Return to the Motherland… Voorschoten As I originally said, since I was so young when I lived in Holland, all my memories consisted more of flickering moments rather than cognizant recollections. I should have said, “most” of my memories instead of “all” since I could have actually accurately described my old house and neighborhood in Vooschoten. […]

Rotterdam, Holland

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Holland, Return to the Motherland… Rotterdam On our way up to Leiden and Voorschoten, we stopped by Rotterdam, Hollands second largest city. Essentially flattened during World War II, it’s now a city of modern, postmodern and contemporary construction comprised of trendy nightlife, sophisticated shopping, popular art, and a tough port. We simply walked around and ate […]

Delta Works, the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta

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Holland, Return to the Motherland… The Delta Works in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta The Delta Works (Deltawerken) is a series of construction projects in the southwest of the Holland to protect a large area of land around the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta from the sea. I’m a dork and found this interesting: While in Holland, we took  a day to […]

Kinderdijk, Holland

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Holland, Return to the Motherland… The Kinderdijk Even though my trip to Holland wasn’t a photography trip, I couldn’t leave without a least a few decent pictures of some windmills, a Dutch icon. On our way Delft back to Etten-Leur in South Holland, we swung by the Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site of 19 […]

Holland, Return to the Motherland…

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Holland, Return to the Motherland… Etten-Leur & Delft It’s not exactly something that comes up in everyday conversation and people I’ve known for years don’t even necessarily know – I used to live in Holland when I was little. When I was six-years-old, my Dad’s company simply asked him if he wanted to relocate to […]

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

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The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica My first Four Seasons experience was in Nevis last fall and it was an incredible time leaving me wondering how it could be topped… Enter the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, the only Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star rated resort in […]

The Incredible Colorado Fall Colors

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Colorado Fall Colors The Colorado fall colors have been in full swing and it’s absolutely incredible out there right now. After spending most of August on the road, I got back just in time to get hiking, biking, and driving my butt off as much as I can… One for the Road Photography – Shop […]

The Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica

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The Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica Just outside Liberia on the verdant Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, lies the Papagayo Peninsula, a region made up of unspoiled tropical forests and pristine beaches with black, coral and gray sand. AND…. The Four Seasons….   One for the Road Photography – Shop & Prints

Sunset at Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica

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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica If Laid-Back Samara is too busy for you… Playa Samara was beautiful, but I had heard Playa Carrillo, 4 kilometers to the south, was somehow even prettier. Playa Carrillo is another perfect crescent-shaped bay that is superbly undeveloped with no buildings at all along coconut palm-lined boulevard.   One for the Road Photography […]

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica After trekking around the cloud forests of Monteverde for a few days, it was beach time… We opted to head to Playa Samara along the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Playa Samara is a large crescent bay, with a 7 kilometer-long white sandy beach, and a laid-back Tico town. Other […]

The National Parks Service Celebrates its Centennial

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The National Parks Service Celebrates its Centennial The National Parks Service Celebrates its Centennial – “On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act establishing the National Park Service (NPS), which at the time oversaw 35 national parks and monuments. Until then, there had been no guarantee that the country’s national parks would […]

Selvatura Park Tree Top Walkways

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Selvatura Park Tree Top Walkways & Suspension Bridges Monteverde, Costa Rica The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is undoubtedly beautiful, but to me, it was literally a walk through the forest; I’m an in-you-face vista kind of guy whereas the cloud forest has a subtle beauty. Had a jaguar jumped out on the trail in front of us, I’d be singing a […]

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Monteverde, Costa Rica “The jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves.” – National Geographic The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a private, non-profit reserve administered by the Tropical Science Center and created in 1972 by scientist George Powell and Quaker Wilford Guindon. The reserve protects 26,000 acres (10,500 hectares) spanning six […]

Selvatura Park Canopy Tour & Ziplining

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Selvatura Park Canopy Tour Monteverde, Costa Rica Selvatura Park Canopy Tour- I had never zip-lined before and according to my research from watching South Park, I really didn’t want to. But my girlfriend wanted to zipline in Monteverde so I played along… And it was AWESOME! Located about 30 minutes north of Santa Elena, down […]

Valle Escondido Preserve & the Monteverde Inn

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Valle Escondido Preserve & the Monteverde Inn Monteverde, Costa Rica I had booked the Monteverde Inn for a few nights, simply because it seemed to have a good view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Pacific Ocean that my lazy-ass could easily photograph sunset from. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find the […]

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall – Back in Costa Rica Bagaces, Costa Rica By my standards, my spring travels were slow this year. I had planned on spending a lot of time in the southwestern deserts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, but cancelled multiple trips due to depressing weather moving through and then I unexpectedly ended […]

 
 
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