Shooting Through The Wave
The Wave | Northern Arizona
After waiting a year to get a permit to visit the The Wave in Northern Arizona we tried not to waste a moment of the day. We started the hike in before sunrise and left well after the sun had set.
I saw many shooting stars that evening and was fortunate enough to capture one in my second to last photograph of the evening.
Raging River, Lonely Trail
Toroweap | North Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona
The setting sun colors the sky above Grand Canyon at the Toroweap overlook.
There was a party of four oar boats camping almost directly below this spot on the far side of the river. While I was working my camera my Dad (and excellent assistant) was watching the rafting group setup their camp. I would get sporadic updates: "They've got the fire going" and "The kitchen is setup, looks like they're grilling burgers."
It was a wonderful evening...
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Big Sur, California
To the best of my knowledge McWay Falls is one of only two coastal waterfalls on the Pacific ocean. Before this land was a State Park a family lived in a house mere feet from where this photo was taken. I can hardly image being able to look out the kitchen window and see this view everyday.
17 Mile Drive | Monterey, California
The Ghost Tree from the famed 17 Mile Drive on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.
South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona
On this particular day I had wanted to try and capture the sunset from Mather Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. However when I got there about 90 minutes before sunset the viewing platform was packed with people. So I wandered along the rim path until I saw a little footpath going through the brush and out to the ledge pictured in the photo. Then right after the sun dipped below the horizon the clouds in the eastern sky shifted into this formation. Every time I look at this photo I think of the Arizona state flag.
Horseshoe Bend is an iconic meander of the Colorado River just a couple river miles upstream of Lee's Ferry, a popular launching point for Grand Canyon river rafting trips.
This incredible view is less than a mile away from a highway that I have driven many times but never stopped to appreciate its splendor. I can't believe it took me this long to give this place a proper visit!
Clouds and Smoke
The Slide Fire illuminates the clouds and smoke over Oak Creek Canyon.
The Slide Fire started on May 20th, 2014 just north of Slide Rock State Park near Sedona, Arizona. The fire was 100% contained by June 4th after consuming 21,227 acres.
Willis Tower | Chicago, Illinois
Downtown Chicago as seen from Willis Tower shortly after sunset.
I had this specific blend of light and colors in mind before visiting the tower. I was a little nervous about being able to achieve it without a tripod which I learned where prohibited from the observation deck while planning my trip. I tried balancing my camera on my backpack, pushing the lens completely flat against the wall, and other tricks. For this image though, good old fashioned hand held and steady breathing did the trick.
Griffith Park | Los Angeles, California
A view of downtown LA and the Griffith Observatory. Since this park is near Hollywood I assumed that the park was named after D.W. Griffith, famed early cinema director. Instead it is named for Griffith J. Griffith who purchased the land in the late 1800’s and raised ostriches there. He later gifted the land to the city of Los Angeles. He also gifted the money for the construction of the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre.
Palos Verde Drive
San Pedro, California
The orange glow in this view of San Pedro after sunset is provided by the industrialized Long Beach. It’s nice to be reminded of some of the beautiful side effects of our somewhat less aesthetic creations.
Jerome and the Red Rocks
The old mining town of Jerome sits on a hill facing the Verde Valley and the Red Rocks of Sedona in Arizona.
Eiffel Tower | Paris, France
A unique view of the Eiffel Tower taken from the first level observation platform.
The Eiffel Tower was originally intended to stand for only 20 years, however it has lasted over 100 years and over 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction.
Whitefield Square | Savannah, Georgia
It took quite some time to capture this peaceful view of Whitefield Square in Savannah. There was a seemingly never ending line of people walking through the park with friends, stopping by for a photo on the way to a fancy ball, and even a proposal. It quickly became one of my favorite spots in this enchanted city.
Near the Western Wall | Jerusalem, Israel
A man walks across the rooftops of the old city of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the distance.
This is without a doubt my favorite spot in all of Jerusalem. You are standing on the roofs of shops, people's homes, and covered walkways. Along with all of the diversity and conflict visible from this location you are also treated to the local kids running through the rooftops and playing with each other. A great reminder that we are born ignorant (in a great way).
A Votive Offering
The Church of the Multiplication | Tabgha, Israel
Who can deny the captivation of a small ancient church, illuminated only by the light coming in through stained-glass windows and the rows of prayer candles endlessly burning as a silent offering for a devoted people?
The Glass Box
Willis Tower | Chicago, Illinois
Adventurous viewers enjoy the sunset from the glass extensions on the Willis Tower SkyDeck.
San Giorgio Maggiore
Near the entrance of the Grand Canal | Venice, Italy
The impressive Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. My favorite part of this image is the Gondolier pointing towards the island, proud to show off his magnificent city.
A New Direction
Casa Grand, Arizona
Mike flys his 1930 New Direction D-25 biplane over the desert of Arizona at the annual Copper State Fly-In.
More information on Mike and Stanley (the plane) are available at his website: www.nostalgicwarbirdrides.com
Mystery surrounds the woman exiting the custom built 1955 AC Aceca.
Vehicle provided by The Coulson Group.
Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island, Georgia
The sun slowly breaks through the clouds and welcomes the day at Tybee Island. While I was there capturing this image there was a massive group of volunteers cleaning up the beach. It was wonderful to see so many people caring for the public spaces that we love, especialy as someone who likes to photograph those places.
Saguaro Lake, Arizona
A full moon illuminates the dock at Saguaro Lake, just a little east of Phoenix, Arizona. The owner of the pictured boat was preparing for an all night fishing excursion on the lake.