Palouse, Washington Landscapes

Designs of the Harvest

Designs in the Palouse and the “broccoli tree”

The Palouse farming region in eastern Washington, near Moscow, Idaho is a beautiful patchwork of fertile farmland planted with spring and winter wheat, mustard seed, canola and garbanzo. The hills and creeks play a role in forming the unique designs found in the photographs of this rich farmland. Continue reading

Coyotes and Buffalo Endure a Yellowstone Winter

A coyote locates a vole by listening, then pounces on lunch.

Coyote pouncing on lunch

My winter visit to Yellowstone National Park was organized and led by Barbara Eddy and John Gurlach.  In the wintertime, one cannot simply drive into the park.  The Gerlach team led us on wonderful excursions for five days, rising before sunrise and shooting until it was too dark.

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Yellowstone in the Winter

Yellowstone Winter Firehole

This past winter I spent five full days exploring Yellowstone National Park by snow coach.  Passenger cars are not allowed at that time. The only modes of transportation inside the park are snowmobiles or snow coaches.  I signed up with Gerlach Nature Photography Workshops led by Barbara Eddy and John Gerlach.  It was a wonderful time with two very knowledgeable leaders.  We were exploring the park daily from shortly after sunrise to past sunset.
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9-11-2001; Seventeen Years Later

Statue of Liberty

The 9-11 memorials I’ve visited seem to be very appropriate tributes to that terrible day.  I have visited the NYC memorial twice.  Below are links to my previous posts regarding 9-11.  The YouTube video was created in 2001, posted in 2006 and has almost 50,000 views.

9-11 LINK to You-Tube

 

My BLOG post of my 9-11 Memorial visit.

 

My BLOG post of Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA

 

 

 

Alaska Revisited

 

Eagle Portrait on July 4th, 2018.

How appropriate to photograph an American bald eagle on the Fourth of July in Alaska.  In Hoonah, Alaska I was able to slowly approach this eagle which had apparently just eaten some fish.  Yep, we made a return visit to Alaska to visit Denali National Park and cruise the beautiful coastline for a second time in two months.

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Back in the USA

America! America!

America! …for purple mountain majesties

It was quite a wonderful sight to finally see the mountains of Alaska from our cruise ship.  First small mountains in the distance, the Aleutian Islands, then bigger mountain ranges on the Alaskan mainland.  Back in the USA after about six months of travel to places too hot for any human.  Great to see snow again.

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Orange Gates of Kyoto, Macaques and Hiroshima

Japanese macaque monkeys inhabit Iwatayama Monkey Park.

These macaques are cute, but before we visit the monkeys we must visit one of the most famous Shinto shrines in all of Japan, the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.  Inari is the patron God of business, prosperity, rice and sake. Continue reading

Bangkok, Thailand… More Temples

Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok

The Wat Arun Temple was a fun night of photography.  The vantage point for this photograph was extensively researched on the internet in advance.  I’m sitting on the second floor of a bar having drinks using a special low profile tripod (Platypod) which fit perfectly on the wooden railing along the perimeter of the bar.  I never made the journey across the river to actually visit the temple. Continue reading

Fun with Elephants at Patara Elephant Sanctuary

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter


The Patara Elephant Sanctuary allows you to get up close and friendly with elephants of all sizes.  The sanctuary’s advertisement says you can be an elephant owner for a day.  With the elephants walking around freely, our first task was to scrub the mud from their tough skin, then walk them to a large pond and give them a bath.

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