Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “Hiking

Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands, Part 3

I like black and white for emphasizing the abstract, patterns, texture, and form, but a splash of color can often bring some extra depth to landscape photographs. See last week’s post for the black and white versions.

Cabin Creek Falls (Foreground, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)

Cabin Creek Falls and Rock (Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (22″x15″)


Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands, Part 2

A few more angles on the Cabin Creek Falls. Again, I ended up only working on several of the photographs I made while standing in the water- the angles from the rocks just weren’t quite as good.

Cabin Creek Falls (Foreground, B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)

Cabin Creek Falls and Rock (B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (22″x15″)


Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands, Part 1

I decided to wade around in the water to make several of these photographs of Cabin Creek Falls in Grayson Highlands – glad I got my feet wet. I’d rather be in the water with a tripod than balanced on a slippery rock or try to hop across moss-covered boulders.

Cabin Creek Falls (Mid-ground, B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)

Cabin Creek Falls and Mini Falls (B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (22″x15″)


Cabin Creek, Grayson Highlands, VA

Early in July, I spent the weekend camping and hiking around Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. Although I think the really spectacular open views of the landscape are found along the Massie Gap – Wilburn Ridge – Mt Rogers trail, there is a nice, relative short (~2-3 miles) loop hike down in the valley near the ridge that goes to Cabin Creek Falls. We decided to hike clockwise around the loop (I’d go this direction again so I can see the falls as I hike up to them along the stream), and I stopped briefly at this small set of falls (not the ‘actual’ Cabin Creek Falls) thinking this was the ‘big attraction’. Cabin Creek Falls next week.

Cascading Water below Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)


Panorama of Crater Lake and Maroon Bells

Crater Lake, Maroon Bells, and Passing Clouds (B&W, 2021), White River National Forest, CO (16″x51″)


Spouting Rock and Stream

A vertical panorama of the stream and falls above Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. This panorama is composed of three horizontal single-frame images stitched together so I could capture the mini-falls and stream in the foreground below where I was standing as well as Spouting Rock in front/above.

Spouting Rock and Stream (B&W, 2021), Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon, CO (19″x20.5″)


Crater Lake and Maroon Bells

Even at nearly 10,000 feet elevation, the trailhead at Maroon Lake was a bit warm. Fortunately, the relatively short (~1.8 mile) hike to Crater Lake only ascends about 600 feet and is partly shaded through evergreens and aspens. The views of the mountains and gathering clouds above Crater Lake were as beautiful as usual, so the walk, despite the warmth, was worth it. I was glad I had a 15-stop ND filter to make a 4-minute exposure of the lake and the movement in the clouds around noon. I shot the photo at f/16, so I could have even made an 8-minute photograph at f/22 (wish I would have now- the clouds could use a little more blur!).

Crater Lake, Maroon Bells, and Passing Clouds (B&W, 2021), White River National Forest, CO (13″x23″)


Spouting Rock, Hanging Lake, June 2021

There is a long history in my family of hiking up to Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock- my maternal grandmother had heart problems and still managed to make her way up to the lake most years up until she died. After the fire in the summer of 2020 in Glenwood Canyon, I expected the vegetation to be burned out, but most of the trees are still standing in the canyon. There is an occasional charred tree trunk that has fallen into the canyon along the trail, but most of the area around the trail made it through unscathed. Despite the heat wave, it was a nice walk up to the lake. I hope the remainder of the canyon recovers from the fire- the scrub oak are already regrowing.

Spouting Rock (Color, 2021), Glenwood Canyon, Colorado (14″x21″)

Falls near Mortimer Campground, NC (Color)

Color version of the falls upstream from Mortimer Campground (black and white last week). I go back and forth about which I like more. There’s a bit more depth in the color I think.

Falls above Mortimer Campground (Color), near Collettsville, NC (15″x15″)


Falls near Mortimer Campground, NC

In late May I took a weekend trip out to western North Carolina just south of Grandfather Mountain. We stayed in Mortimer Campground for several nights- a lovely location where you can hear the stream flowing by as you fall asleep. We hiked up the trail that follows the stream out of camp and came across a few sets of beautiful falls. Here is one of my favorite images from the hike- this week the black and white version, next week the color version.

Falls above Mortimer Campground (B&W), near Collettsville, NC (15″x15″)


Boardwalk over Falls Lake

Boardwalk over Falls Lake along the Mountains to Sea Trail outside Durham, NC.
90s exposure time, 37mm focal length

Boardwalk over Falls Lake at Sunset, outside Durham, NC (15″x22″)


Sunset and Clouds from Mt Mitchell

Light from the setting sun shines below the clouds over the Blue Ridge Mountains, shot from the summit of Mt Mitchell, NC. Similar to last week’s post, but I wanted to zoom in on the clouds and mountains and crop out the tree tops in the foreground.

Layered Mountains, Clouds, Light (Panorama #6), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x39″)


Sunset at Summit of Mt Mitchell

Rain clouds and fog draped over the ridge north of Mt Mitchell just after sunset.

Clouds and Fog at Sunset (Panorama #2), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x43″)


Views from Dirty Harry’s Balcony

View from Dirty Harry’s Balcony of winter clouds over I-90 and the Cascades between Seattle and Snoqualmie Pass.

DirtyHarryBalcony_Pano3_ColorClouds over I-90 from Dirty Harry’s Balcony (#3, Color),
near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x44″)

DirtyHarryBalcony_Pano9_ColorClouds over I-90 from Dirty Harry’s Balcony (#3, Color),
near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x44″)


Hike to Dirty Harry’s Balcony

Mid-January rain clouds gather on the I-90 corridor between Seattle and Snoqualmie Pass. Views from the hike to Dirty Harry’s Balcony.

DirtyHarryBalcony_Clouds_Pano1_Color_2020Clouds over I-90 from Hike to Dirty Harry’s Balcony,
near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x44″)


Fog and Falls along Talapus Lake Trail

The light took on a silver quality as the fog thickened on my hike down from Talapus Lake so I decided to stop and photograph the stream flowing out of the lake.

 

TalapusLakeTrail_Stream_Fog_Moss_Vertical_ColorFog, Falls, and Trees near Talapus Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)

 

TalapusLakeTrail_Stream_Fog_Moss_Panorama_Color.jpgFog, Falls, and Moss near Talapus Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (16″x36″)

 


Fog in Trees along Talapus Lake Trail, Part 2

A brief thinning of the fog/clouds allowed a few beams of light to penetrate the trees and shine on the moss along the Talapus Lake Trail.

TalapusLake_Fog_Moss_TreeTrunksFog, Tree Trunks, and Light on Moss, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)

 


Fog in Trees along Talapus Lake Trail

Autumn clouds blowing in from the Pacific push fingers of fog into the forest on the flanks of the Cascade Range. On this hike to Talapus Lake and Olallie Lake, the clouds were so low and thick that I could taste the water droplets in the air.

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Fog, Tree Trunks, and Light on Branches, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)

 

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Fog and Tree Trunks, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)


Window in Clouds at Hurricane Ridge

A second photograph of a mountain poking through clouds near Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA.

 

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Tree Silhouette, Clouds, and Mountain, Olympic National Park, WA (10″x10″)


Ridge and Clouds in Olympic National Park

This is one of my favorite photographs from a recent trip to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA. Clear days are fantastic, but I love the atmosphere created by cloudy, foggy, partially obstructed views.

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Mountain through the Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)


Low Clouds over Hurricane Ridge

Mountain poking through clouds near Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA.

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Tree Silhouette, Clouds, and Mountain, Olympic National Park, WA (10″x10″)


Clouds over Olympic Range from Hurricane Ridge

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.

HurricaneRidge_Hillside_WelcomeCenter_ColorHurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (10″x18″)


Clouds and Mountains from Navaho Peak

Panorama of Stuart Range and clouds shot from  Navaho Peak.

NavahoPeak_Panorama_BlackAndWhiteClouds over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak (BW),
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x72″)

 


Cloud over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak

Earlier this summer, I hiked up to Navaho Pass and Peak. From the peak, the view of the clouds spilling over the Cascades onto the Stuart Range was fantastic. More panoramas and single frame photographs soon.

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Cloud over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak (BW),
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (12″x18″)