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Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Aspen aglow over McGee Creek

Early last month, some photographers friends, my son, and I met up near Mammoth Lakes, California in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Just after sunrise, we ventured over to nearby McGee Creek just in time to catch the aspen trees, glowing neon-yellow, in the morning light.

McGee Creek Gold Rush
Yellow aspen trees glow along McGee Creek (https://www.monocounty.org/places-to-go/lakes-rivers-creeks/mcgee-creek/) near Mammoth Lakes, California (Eastern Sierra Mountains)

 

[Photo caption:] Yellow aspen trees glow along McGee Creek (https://www.monocounty.org/places-to-go/lakes-rivers-creeks/mcgee-creek/) near Mammoth Lakes, California (Eastern Sierra Mountains)

McGee Creek is well-covered with trees and other foliage, making it a real challenge to actually get to the water, but my son and I were able to find the perfect spot to squeak through. We made it into the creek and discovered this bend with its spectacular, golden aspens. This shot is extra-special because I was able to capture the bright yellow tree with the creek in the foreground and I didn’t even get my feet wet!

I was astonished at how much water was still in the creek even after the dry summer months. And take a look at the right side of the image. See those exposed tree roots? The heavy winter snow run-off caused the creek to swell, washing out the embankment. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. . .

Family Get Together Photo Tips

Family Get Together Photo Tips

Q: “With the holiday season coming up, what are some tips to take better indoor photos of my family and friends?”   A: Although you may be tempted to try to fit every last family member in one elaborate photo, you’ll end up with better images, if you simply take several close-ups of individual friends and… Continue Reading

Ask Doug: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens?

Q: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens? My garden is starting to wind down, but I still want to get some close-up shots of my squash blossoms, interesting butterfly visitors, and that sort of thing.  Above-Left: This water lily image is a great depth-of-field-example. Above-right: Floral close-ups are best shot… Continue Reading

Orange Beach Glow

Carlsbad Sunset Almost Missed For every gorgeous sunset, I have been lucky enough to capture on film there are scores of others that get away from me. Sometimes I’m a few minutes too late. Sometimes too many clouds muscle in, obscuring my view. And, sometimes, admittedly, a particular sunset just doesn’t look as spectacular when… Continue Reading

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

X Does Mark the Spot Try as I might, I couldn’t capture the grandeur of White Pocket right away. I would have to head back to this special spot again and again at various times to watch the textures and colors that made up this sedimentary “X” shift in the light.   White Pocket is… Continue Reading

Spring Clouds Over Red Rock

Spring Clouds Art Prints Available A friend of mine was visiting from out of town recently, so we hatched a plan to catch a desert sunrise. I was a little hesitant to go, as I was all set to fly out for a family trip later that afternoon, but I figured I could squeeze in… Continue Reading

Best Camera for A Family Vacation?

Q: What’s the Best Camera to Take on Our Family Vacation? Want to get this content first? Join my monthly Newsletter!  A: This may seem counterintuitive, but you don’t need to haul a lot of fancy photography equipment with you, in order to take beautiful pictures on your next vacation. Instead, the answer today is almost… Continue Reading

Gargoyles in the Desert

Gargoyles in the Desert

Fun exploring the Gargoyles made of Sandstone PURCHASE THIS PRINT Little Finland is a unique spot on the Gold Butte of Southern Nevada. It’s a bit of a dusty ride through the desert in a high clearance 4WD vehicle. There are many unique compositions to consider, here’s a gallery of various images from the area. I… Continue Reading

Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Aspen aglow over McGee Creek Early last month, some photographers friends, my son, and I met up near Mammoth Lakes, California in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Just after sunrise, we ventured over to nearby McGee Creek just in time to catch the aspen trees, glowing neon-yellow, in the morning light.   [Photo caption:] Yellow aspen trees glow…

Family Get Together Photo Tips

Family Get Together Photo Tips

Q: “With the holiday season coming up, what are some tips to take better indoor photos of my family and friends?”   A: Although you may be tempted to try to fit every last family member in one elaborate photo, you’ll end up with better images, if you simply take several close-ups of individual friends and…

Ask Doug: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens?

Q: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens? My garden is starting to wind down, but I still want to get some close-up shots of my squash blossoms, interesting butterfly visitors, and that sort of thing.  Above-Left: This water lily image is a great depth-of-field-example. Above-right: Floral close-ups are best shot…

Orange Beach Glow

Carlsbad Sunset Almost Missed For every gorgeous sunset, I have been lucky enough to capture on film there are scores of others that get away from me. Sometimes I’m a few minutes too late. Sometimes too many clouds muscle in, obscuring my view. And, sometimes, admittedly, a particular sunset just doesn’t look as spectacular when…

Why You Should Make Prints of your Photos and How

Q: I take a lot of digital photos, but I think I’d like to convert some of them into physical prints. What are some good options for printing my photos?   A: With a smartphone in nearly every pocket, it seems as if we are all taking more photos than ever before. Even so, many…

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

X Does Mark the Spot Try as I might, I couldn’t capture the grandeur of White Pocket right away. I would have to head back to this special spot again and again at various times to watch the textures and colors that made up this sedimentary “X” shift in the light.   White Pocket is…

Spring Clouds Over Red Rock

Spring Clouds Art Prints Available A friend of mine was visiting from out of town recently, so we hatched a plan to catch a desert sunrise. I was a little hesitant to go, as I was all set to fly out for a family trip later that afternoon, but I figured I could squeeze in…

Best Camera for A Family Vacation?

Q: What’s the Best Camera to Take on Our Family Vacation? Want to get this content first? Join my monthly Newsletter!  A: This may seem counterintuitive, but you don’t need to haul a lot of fancy photography equipment with you, in order to take beautiful pictures on your next vacation. Instead, the answer today is almost…

Gargoyles in the Desert

Gargoyles in the Desert

Fun exploring the Gargoyles made of Sandstone PURCHASE THIS PRINT Little Finland is a unique spot on the Gold Butte of Southern Nevada. It’s a bit of a dusty ride through the desert in a high clearance 4WD vehicle. There are many unique compositions to consider, here’s a gallery of various images from the area. I…

Sunrise Canmore

Beautiful Canmore! Purchase a print of Canmore Sunrise!

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