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.
The Subway in Zion National Park is a magical, iconic place. After seeing a photo so unlike anything we can really relate to, most photographers will seriously explore making this difficult all-day trek.
The tiny town of Springdale, Utah sits at the entrance of one of the best national parks in the US, Zion National Park. Zion offers easy access to beautiful vistas for the casual tourist, strenuous hikes to challenge the physically fit and back canyons for skilled mountaineers. I had the privileged to stay here through the changing seasons…. twice!
This is one of the few times I successfully anticipated the location of a rainbow. After numerous periods of rain throughout the day and then some afternoon clearing, it seemed like Panorama Point in Capitol Reef National Park was the natural place to go.
Bryce Canyon National Park has numerous easily accessible vistas all looking down at the large amphitheater filled with vivid orange hoodoos. The shapes and scenery here are unlike anything you have been to before… (unless of course you have been to Cedar Breaks National Monument)
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is an all too popular spot for beautiful blue green lakes and numerous waterfalls. Summers visits must be brutal with the huge crowds. There is not a lot of room for tourists to spread out since 90% of the park is viewed on boardwalks the size of a normal sidewalk.
I am happy to say this photo just won Best of Show at the Dry Gulch Gallery photo contest in Nogal, NM. I won $1,000 for this first place prize. Yipeee! This photo was not totally just luck. The off and on rains of the day made this a high probability spot. I also hiked up a bit specifically to include the curvy dirt road in the photo.
With the National Parks closed I explored Estes Park, Colorado, one of the many small communities that depend upon the parks for their income. Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The biggest building in town in the Stanley Hotel, built by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer. It was also the setting for the Stanley Kubrick movie ‘The Shining.’ Hey, one guess what my middle initial ‘S’ stands for…. I spent lots of time on these stairs trying to capture their grandeur. Actual paying guests kept getting in my way.
On just about any late afternoon in Zion National Park, it seems if one heads to the slick rock area on the east side, you will almost certainly find several Desert Bighorn Sheep. While it is easy to get lots of photos, it is harder to get the sheep against the skyline, doing something interesting or in a unique setting. It is very surprising how very agile they are and how easy they can climb up a steep hill.