Montana-Wyoming - July 2010 (Added 06/2011)
The Boy's first visit to Yellowstone headlined our longest trip of 2010. Despite the fact that the park had more visitors in July than the first six months of the year combined, it was an enjoyable experience featuring great geyser eruptions and intimate animal encounters. Mimi and Papa T joined us for much of the trip, which included Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana, along with Yellowstone, the Tetons, and a trip over Beartooth Pass. The first image set features our quick trip to Palisade Falls, just outside Bozeman.
Oregon International Air Show, Hillsboro, Oregon - August 2009 (Added 04/2011)
The Oregon International Air Show is the largest air show on the West Coast. Each year, near the end of August, flight afficionados from around the region gather in the small Portland bedroom community of Hillsboro to enjoy the aerial festivities. We had thought about attending the show before; this was the year we finally did it.
Yellowstone National Park - April 2004 (Added 02/2011)
This image set was shot in late April of 2004. Yellowstone had just re-opened for the season so Dad and I drove down from Bozeman to spend a couple days in the park. While we were there I took a few pictures.
These three image sets were captured on our way down to the 2009 Rose Parade in Pasadena. Goldfield is a little community in Nevada that we'd driven through on every trip to Death Valley; and every time we'd drive through I would remark about wanting to stop here sometime. This time I put it on our itinerary.
This was my fifth trip to Death Valley but only my second during winter. The first time I was deathly ill (no pun intended) and that's about all I remember. This time I was struck by how crowded it was compared to March, and how clear the winter skies were compared to the haze you can get in the spring. I ended up capturing several of my all-time favorite images on this visit.
The Alabama Hills are just outside Lone Pine, California, on the west edge of Death Valley. I'd stopped here to explore in the summer of 2007 but it was just too hot. This time the temps were about perfect. I was able to photograph Mobius Arch, first made famous by the late great photographer Galen Rowell, in the gorgeous early morning light that has made the Eastern Sierras famous among landscape photographers.
Lewis' Portraits (added 1/2011)
Updated with images from 2010: two school portraits, a football portrait, and a basketball portrait.
Tournament of Roses Parade - January 1, 2009 (added 12/2010)
After years of watching this parade on TV, we decided to drive down to Pasadena and experience it for ourselves.
Christmas 2010 (added 12/2010)
A collection of images from Lewis' NFL Christmas.
The Central Oregon Cascades and the Oregon Coast - August 2010 (added 12/2010)
This summer we dedicated a week to touring a few of the places that were so close we could visit them anytime we wanted to -- but never did.
My new blog: YOU MUST HAVE A REALLY NICE CAMERA (added 10/2010)
It is my hope that creating a blog will actually make it easier for me to get new images up quickly. Yes, I am claiming that having a blog will make my life easier. I should also mention that the title is a joke but if you're not a serious photographer you may just think I'm full of myself. How am I doing so far?
Kent & Shaniko, Oregon - June 19, 2010 (added 06/2010)
Driving through rural Oregon is always a treat for me. Every time I do it I tell myself that someday I'm going to bring my camera and try to capture some of the sights along the way. Someday turned out to be a stormy Saturday morning in June on the way back from dropping my mom off in Biggs.
The Swimming Lesson - June 13, 2010 (added 06/2010)
Lewis has never been a big fan of getting wet, which explains his lone "no" vote during the family meeting in which it was decided he needed to learn to swim. Over the course of winter and spring, The Boy has done just that. On this, the occasion of his first outdoor swimming lesson, it seemed appropriate to document his progress for posterity.
Colorado-New Mexico, July-August 2009 (added 06/2010)
The idea of a Colorado-centric vacation had been rattling around in my head for two or three years before we actually loaded up the camper and headed east in July of 2009. Over the span of just less than a month, we ended up seeing most of Western Colorado, including the major resort areas of Vail, Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte. We enjoyed the largest sand dunes in North America at Great Sand Dunes National Park; the prodigious and varied wildflowers of Grand Mesa and the San Juan Mountains; the huge crack in the earth that is Black Canyon of the Gunnison; the vast expanses of color and shape that make up Dinosaur National Monument; and the amazing series of cliff dwellings found high in Mesa Verde National Park.
We also found time to drop down into New Mexico to see the enormous Carlsbad Caverns and the two million or so Mexican free-tail bats that inhabit this system of caves. We explored the snow white dunes of White Sands National Monument. And we drove out into the middle of the New Mexican high desert to see the Very Large Array of radio telescopes made famous by the movie Contact.
Death Valley National Park, January 2010 (added 02/2010)
It was a video shoot combined with a fortuitous free weekend that allowed me to return to Death Valley, my winter happy place. When Central Oregon is covered with snow, Death Valley is a place that is reliably sunny and warm...but not this weekend. Yet the clouds and colder temperatures did nothing to dampen our enthusiam as my buddy, Tim Sternberg, and I enjoyed a whirlwind run through this incredible landscape.
Portrait Session, May 2009 (added 05/2009)
When this spring’s school portrait turned out to be a little disappointing, I decided to take matters into my own hands. This was, after all, the only time when Lewis would be missing his two front teeth. His toothless mug needed to be properly documented. Once our Sunday afternoon photo shoot got going, I couldn’t stop with just one good shot. This is a collection of my favorite fifteen images from our session. And for anyone thinking that fifteen images is a little over the top, understand that a Certain Mom thought all fifty-two shots merited inclusion in the gallery and actually threatened bodily harm if I edited the group down to less than the fifteen presented here.
Southwest Deserts, March 2004 (added 04/2009)
This was our very first spring break trip as well as my first trip using a DSLR, a Canon 10D. After a brief stopover in Las Vegas, we hit three of my favorite desert parks: the desert perfection of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument; the wonderland of rocks that is Joshua Tree National Park; and my winter happy place, Death Valley National Park. This also turned out to be our final trip in the Subaru for reasons that will become apparent as the trip progresses.
Alaska, July-August 2008 (added 03/2009)
This five week road trip to Alaska and back is one that I've contemplated my entire adult life. To quote myself, "The 7,672 miles we traveled included nearly every paved mile of highway in Alaska and quite a few unpaved miles as well. Along the way, we encountered huge jellyfish, enormous moose, massive glaciers, and even more massive mountain ranges along with torrential rains, four punctured tires, one dead deer, a cracked windshield, and record gas prices. Alaska is indeed a land of superlatives – and we’ve got the photographs to prove it."
Winter 2008 (added 04/2008)
Our house is situated in a Ponderosa pine forest at an altitude of just under 4,000 feet. Although conditions vary from year to year, when meteorologists start talking about el nino we are pretty much assured that deep snow will transform our one and a half acres into a winter wonderland. This was never more true than during the winter of 2008, which dumped nearly four feet of snow on us and generated a curtain of six foot icicles. Fortunately, a certain boy was available to help us dig out.
Christmas Holidays, December 2007 (added 04/2008)
The 2007 Christmas holiday season was memorable for a number of reasons: we purchased our first fake Christmas tree; a certain boy was fully into everything Christmas for the first time; and Mimi & Papa T spent Christmas with us in Bend.
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, July 2005 (added 02/2008)
This image set features Glacier National Park and its Canadian cousin, Waterton Lakes, known collectively as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. No other park in the lower 48 states approaches the combination of spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife found in this section of the Rockies. Darla, Lewis, and I are joined by my parents, my niece, Claire, and my nephew, Timmy, as we enjoy mountain goats, grizzlies, vast fields of wildflowers, and my favorite hiking trail in any park.
Lewis Portraits (added 11/2007)
This page features the various portraits taken of Lewis over the years. It will be updated as new portraits are made. I also transferred the two most popular sets of Lewis images from my original site: Lewis and the Five Ducklings; and the The Pumpkin Patch.
Ryan & Faith's Wedding Shots, October 27, 2007 (added 11/2007)
This is a selection of favorite images from the wedding of my niece, Faith, and her husband, Ryan. I had never shot a wedding before when my brother-in-law asked me if I would be willing to take on this task. Fortunately for me, Faith and Ryan are both very photogenic and comfortable in front of a camera. Darla deserves the majority of credit for the best of these shots as she posed most of them.
Klamath National Wildlife Preserve, January 2005 (added 11/2007)
This collection features the thousands of creatures -- eagles, hawks, swans, geese, ducks, and otters -- that spend the winter at this amazing wildlife refuge on the California-Oregon border. The image set is not really new; it was transferred over from the first version of my web site.
Utah Spring Break, March 2007 (added 10/2007)
On our way back from this trip my wife and I both wondered aloud if there was a more beautiful state than Utah. This trip took us to Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. The drives between these parks were often as dramatic as the parks themselves. Over the course of the week we encountered everything from sunny warmth to blizzards but the most exciting meteorological event for me was the full moon over Delicate Arch. I made my first attempt at landscape photography under moonlight. It was amazing!.
Northern California, June-July 2007 (added 10/2007)
I don't think I've ever been more pleased with a set of images than the ones I captured on this swing through Northern California. Along the way, we stopped at the ghost town of Bodie, Devil's Postpile National Monument, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, and the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. The final five days of the trip, including the 4th of July, were spent exploring San Francisco. Several of my favorite photographs from this trip are featured on my home page but the whole collection can be viewed here.