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Stormy Greenland

Stormy Greenland

Or a storm clearing

Stormy Greenland

It was fun watching the storm clear in the Fjords of Scoresby Sound, Greenland! In this area of the Fjord, many of these mountain peaks are 1000-2000m or roughly 3000-6000ft tall! I had seen images from Greenland and this area, but I never found any that accurately displayed the size and scope of these peaks. Sadly, my image above doesn’t do them justice either! This area is also a narrow channel and the mountains rise straight up on both sides. And to think that our boat of 20 people were the only humans with miles and miles(or km’s and km’s!)

Greenland unlike any place I’ve ever visited made me realize how big and amazing our Earth is!

Yes, we live in unsettled times but we also live in amazing times in that travel is possible to the far ends of the Earth.

Discover what’s possible and Go!

Sun That Never Sets

Sun That Never Sets

Summer in Greenland The first night on the Donna Wood was filled with the excitement of what was to come! Earlier in the day at 10:00 am, we boarded an Air Greenland flight in Reykjavik bound for Constable Point, Greenland. Constable Point Greenland is on the east coast of Greenland near Scoresby Sound. It’s an airstrip with… Continue Reading

Zoomin’ Towards Christmas

Zoomin’ Towards Christmas

Christmas Tree Bokeh! Over the years I’ve seen blurred images from Christmas lights and thought, that’s cool! Once in awhile I’d give it a go. This year I found a beautiful tree that my Mom decorated and started taking photos of it. I first started with regular in-focus images and slowly started to turn the… Continue Reading

Picking the Right Time of Day

Picking the Right Time of Day

I think every photographer knows that taking pictures with the sun low on the horizon is better than when its right above. Recently I had the opportunity to capture a scene at Mid-Morning and at Sunset and the difference is striking! Here’s Soberanes Point at Garrapatta State Beach mid morning captured with an iPhone image of the… Continue Reading

Gluten Free Pizza at Pizza Hut!

Pizza Hut is rolling out Gluten Free Pizzas(https://order.pizzahut.com/glutenfree) with Udi’s Crusts in cooperation with  Gluten Intolerance Group’s(GIG) Gluten-Free Food Service Training & Management Certification Program (GFFS). Erica over at Celiacandthebeast.com has the a fun write up! Sounds like Pizza Hut is trying to roll this out with reasonable safeguards against cross contamination. That said contamination is… Continue Reading

Checking out an Old Mine

The mine has been closed for over 50 years and been welded shut for almost that long too! But it is fun to imagine what it was like to work in the middle of the Mummy Mountain! This is a fun hike for kids, not too long and something fun to see at the end!… Continue Reading

Mesquite Sand Dunes Sunrise!

Sunstar over Death Valley Sometimes you have to be an early riser to catch a landscape in its most pristine state. For this shot of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, I arrived in Death Valley National Park at 5:30 a.m. Wearing my trusty headlamp, I began my hike in. (You’d be amazed at how dark…

Anitas in Reine Norway

Anitas in Reine Norway

You can nearly smell the briny waters of the Norwegian Sea’s Vestfjord—literally “the West fjord”—in this brisk scene. I shot it in the remote fishing village of Reine in Norway’s Nordland region. And just behind me? Anita’s Seafood (https://www.facebook.com/anitasseafood/), a  restaurant and fish market serving both fresh-caught fish and dried cod. Arctic cod spawn in these waters during…

Northern Lights of Norway!

Northern Lights of Norway!

Finally got to see the Northern Lights! Seeing—and photographing!—the Northern Lights has long been on my bucket list. So, from transportation, accommodations, and all the usual travel details, I had planned as much as I could several months in advance for my recent trip to Lofoten, Norway. Still, there was one thing which was decidedly…

Hamnøy Village

Hamnøy Village

It took four separate (and lengthy!) airplane trips and another one-hour ride by car to get to what feels like the end of the earth. But all that travel—and braving the elements above the Arctic Circle—was well worth it. This is winter in Hamnøy Village, located at the far west end of Norway’s Lofoten Islands. The…

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…

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