A Visit to Lake Louise, Canada

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Partly on the advice of my dad, I looked forward to our visit to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the heart of Banff National Park, Alberta Canada.  What fun it would be to have a room with a balcony overlooking beautiful Lake Louse and hike in the surrounding mountains.

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Macro Photography Bug Stage

bee on flower

Green Sweat Bee

My area of focus in photography changed a few years ago toward macro photography.  It seemed that photographing bugs and flowers might allow me to escape the crowds and all-too-popular iconic sites of landscape photography.  An early step in this process was to build a bug stage allowing for easier placement of the bugs, lights, flashes and my camera.

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Savanna of Kenya

Lion yawn

This lioness may appear to be roaring, but it is an early morning yawn, as flies buzz around her face.

After leaving Uganda our photography safari led us to the Kenya savanna.  Seeing the big cats in the wild, up close and personal, was to be a high point, culminating with the wondrous wildebeest crossing of the Mara River.  Someone forgot to tell the wildebeest.  There was no crossing.  None, nada.  Continue reading

Kenya is for the Birds

King fisher

The Giant Kingfisher of Kenya.  I was just as surprised as this poor fish.  Yes, he eventually swallowed the fish whole.

Kenya is for the Birds

From the ugly marabou stork and the very gross hornbills to the beautiful weavers and shiny Guineafowls, Kenya has quite the variety of birds.  Taking advantage of my camera which will take up to 20 frames a second, these bird photos will often be shown here as a series of photos.  To not lose my audience too quickly, I’ll start off with the attractive African weaver birds before getting into the ugly and gross.

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Kenya Photo Safari

elephant ears

Elephant portrait

Kenya Photo Safari Begins

The next couple weeks were spent bouncing around Kenya exploring the savanna from the window of a Land Rover.  I was the only person in our ten photographer group to not print off the correct travel documents for entry into Kenya from Uganda.  Fortunately, we had gotten to the airport in time to correct this oversight.  More African travel frustrations.  Continue reading

More Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

We were told to not stare back at the gorillas, or make direct eye contact with them….

This was our third and final trek to see the gorillas.  I’m thinking I should take more movies to record the sights AND sounds.  However, I did record them on my phone since some of the sounds were in the dark.  After Uganda we fly on to Kenya where we are supposed to see ‘The Great Migration’.

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Uganda, Africa

African elephant

Elephant eyes

In July of 2022 I visited Africa for the first time.  How could I be considered a world traveler never having visited Africa?  My flights to Africa were the most arduous travel I’ve ever experienced. Delayed flights, lost luggage and an unscheduled 18 hour layover in Dubai.  Traveling alone added to the angst.  I arrived at 3:00am a day late for the safari…

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Grand Canyon Erosion Photography

Grand Canyon Erosion

Layers upon layers of rock in a mile deep canyon, the Grand Canyon

Most any photo of the Grand Canyon landscape will reveal the many colorful layers of very different rocks.  Billions of years of erosion and upheaval have revealed ten distinct layers.  My favorite to photograph was the vishnu shist.

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Reflections in the Grand Canyon


It seems viewers expect photos of the Grand Canyon to look like, well, the Grand Canyon.  However, a great variety of reflections in the Colorado River kept me occupied.  These abstract, more intimate scenes, are preferable to me over your typical landscape photography.

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