Category Archives: Stories from the Field

A Thousand Words – Hiking the Subway (Zion NP)

It’s been a decade or more since I last hiked into the Subway, a curving slot canyon a bit more than 4 miles from the North Creek Trailhead parking lot. Prior to that last hike I had done the journey … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words – Last Rays on a Bighorn Ram

For several years shooting in Yellowstone I had trouble finding the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Rams that others seemed to photograph often. I would find sheep on Mt Washburn, sometimes down the mountain at Dunraven Pass, around the Golden Gate, and … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words – The Wild Urban San Joaquin Kit Fox

When I lived in southern Utah in the late 1980’s I spent a lot of very early mornings driving out across the Beaver Dam Slope to photograph at the Lytle Ranch Nature Preserve. On nearly every drive I would encounter … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words – Mesquite Dunes / Death Valley

Of all the colorful locations within Death Valley National Park to photograph, none gets me more excited than a hike into Mesquite Dunes, either at dawn or sunset. Because Mesquite Dunes is such a park attraction, most visitors spend at … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words – The Quad Grizzly Cubs

The world that most wildlife live in is not a particularly forgiving environment. There are many factors that come into play in an animals survival – quality of food, parental care and upbringing, environment, and luck.  There are others as … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words – Deer Mouse Extraordinaire

For quite awhile I’ve considered writing essays based on the English idiom “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” – and then selecting an image of a subject that might have some innate quality, something unique … maybe not in … Continue reading

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My 25 Favorite Images from 2016

This is always my favorite blog post of the year.  I realize I don’t do enough blogging, but this is a one I look forward to do at this time of the year.  I hope everyone had a great year … Continue reading

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Safari Report: 2016 Yellowstone Spring Safari

Wow.  That is the only word I could come up with to describe the 9 shooting days of safaris this spring, from May 29 to June 6 in Yellowstone National Park (YNP).  The weather continually shifted from cold, wet, and … Continue reading

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My View: Wildlife Photography Culture

Decades ago in the fall, while on a photo safari in Yellowstone, I came across a group of wildlife photographers at a pullout in Willow Flats, just south of Swan Flats.  This was the best prime moose area (pre-1989 forest … Continue reading

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Classic Moments: Vermilion Flycatchers

On a recent safari to Morongo Valley this past April my group had an amazing experience. Like everywhere else in California spring had come a couple of weeks early – even to these desert Vermilion Flycatchers.  As we moved through … Continue reading

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