Mountain poking through clouds near Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA.
Tree Silhouette, Clouds, and Mountain, Olympic National Park, WA (10″x10″)
I visited Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park for the first time back in August – unfortunately many of the trails were closed for management/removal of mountain goats (via helicopter!). Even though I wasn’t able to hike around as much as I may have liked, the small loop trails provided fantastic views of the clearing clouds over the surrounding mountains and hillsides.
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (10″x18″)
Red setting sun casting shades of orange and pink across layers upon layers of summer clouds in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Unfortunately I wasn’t in a spot to get a nice foreground, but the sky was fantastic.
Summer Sunset over Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, Santa Fe, New Mexico (23″x30″)
Blue hour bulb/ND panorama of snow fields, cirque, and summit of Mt Sopris from Upper Thomas Lake at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, White River National Forest. It was hard to get the exposure right as the light was fading- you can probably tell that the panorama gets darker from left to right as I left the exposure times the same for each of the frames in the shot. The second panorama is from the following morning- I used a B&W conversion to try to emphasize the texture of the rocks and clouds.
Upper Thomas Lake and Mt Sopris at Blue Hour (2019),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x35″)
Upper Thomas Lake, Mt Sopris, and Morning Clouds (B&W),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x40″)
Earlier this summer, I backpacked up to Thomas Lakes in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of Colorado and took a few photographs along the way. I’ve always loved this stretch of hike- the trail switchbacks through an open field, then crosses the top of a hill and enters a grove of aspen as it ascends to Thomas Lakes.
Trail through Field to Mt Sopris and Sopris (2019),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x46″)
Last summer was quite dry and hot on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado- smoky air from forest fires and streams and waterfalls that trickled instead of gushed. This summer, I took my annual walk up to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon and photographed the falls- there was much more water, with falls spouting out of the cliffs in multiple places. Here is a 30-second exposure of the falls at Hanging Lake.
Hanging Lake and Falls (Bulb Exposure, 2019),
Glenwood Canyon, White River National Forest, Colorado (11″x18″)
Clouds over late spring snow on Mt Rainier between Panorama Point and Paradise.
Rainier, Spring Snow, and Clouds (Pano #4, Color), Mt Rainier NP, WA (16″x36″)
Rainier, Spring Snow, and Clouds (Pano #10, BW), Mt Rainier NP, WA (16″x49″)
Back in late April, I drove over to West Seattle to shoot a few long-exposure photographs of the Seattle skyline at sunset.
Alki Beach Pylons and Pink Skies at Sunset, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Pylons and Seattle Skyline at Blue Hour, West Seattle, WA (16″x41″)
Long-exposure photographs from the cloudy morning hike back to the car at Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, WA.
Waves Washing around Rock, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Waves, Rocks, and Black Sand, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Sunset near Hole-In-The-Wall in Olympic National Park, WA.
Sunset, Rock, Pool, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)