Daybreak Drama-Stormy Sunrise along the Maui Coast

    Stormy clouds and a rain squall over the ocean are illuminated by early morning light beyond the rocky Dragon's Teeth formation on the northwest coast of Maui, Hawaii.
    Stormy clouds and a rain squall over the ocean are illuminated by early morning light beyond the rocky Dragon’s Teeth formation on the northwest coast of Maui, Hawaii.

    It is about time that I post something new! I snuck in a trip to Maui before the holidays and have found some time to start processing images. The first sunrise location that I visited was the dramatic Dragon’s Teeth volcanic rock formation on the northwest tip of the island. This image portrays just some of the drama from the scene that morning. (more…)

    Morning Glory-Sunrise at Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park

    The rising sun streams across the tops of the mountains surrounding Saint Mary Lake painting the clouds and the mountainsides orange on a windy morning in Glacier National Park, Montana.
    The rising sun streams across the tops of the mountains surrounding Saint Mary Lake painting the clouds and the mountainsides orange on a windy morning in Glacier National Park, Montana.

    After a couple of mornings at Two Medicine and Swiftcurrent lakes, my good friend and fellow photographer Luke Tingley and I were ready for a change. The problem was that the road going into the park was closed until 7:00 AM just outside of the tiny town of St. Mary where we were staying. With sunrise being around 7:15 that didn’t leave much time to get anywhere once they opened the road. (more…)

    Frenzied Dawning-Sunrise in Kauai

    The orange ball of the sun radiates shafts of light skyward through the clouds as it rises over the horizon off a rocky shoreline pounded by waves on the east coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    The orange ball of the sun radiates shafts of light skyward through the clouds as it rises over the horizon off a rocky shoreline pounded by waves on the east coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    The sunrise this morning was simply breathtaking. The sun slowly slid above the horizon shining soft orange light across the sky as it climbed behind a bank of clouds. The waves crashed on the shoreline and created small waterfalls as it slid back out to sea. Truly an idyllic scene. It looks so peaceful now, but the morning was far from it… (more…)

    Ominous Radiance-Pumpelly Pillar in Glacier National Park

    A shaft of light streams through swirling clouds and illuminates the side of Pumpelly Pillar at sunrise in Glacier National Park, Montana.
    A shaft of light streams through swirling clouds and illuminates the side of Pumpelly Pillar at sunrise in Glacier National Park, Montana.

    The second visit for sunrise at Two Medicine Lake proved to be just the opposite of the first. The clouds dancing above the mountains to the west were a welcome addition, but the wind whipping across the lake made it a pretty hard to get any kind of reflection in the lake. (more…)

    Morning Rush-Sunrise at Moloaa Bay in Kauai

    Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    I timed my trip to Kauai right when the ocean swells were at their peak. Not that I did that intentionally. It did make me change my shooting plans, especially along the north coast where the waves could be fierce at times. (more…)

    Shoreline Serenity-Sunrise on Waipouli Beach in Kauai

    The sun rises behind a bank of clouds, filling the sky with golden light and reflecting in a pool along a rocky shoreline on Waipouli Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The sun rises behind a bank of clouds, filling the sky with golden light and reflecting in a pool along a rocky shoreline on Waipouli Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

    I had scoped out many locations to shoot sunrise along the east coast of Kauai. Some required a drive of up to 45 minutes and a hike to reach. It wasn’t until almost the last day of my trip there in December that I thought about checking out the beach right where I was staying. (more…)

    Gentle Dawning-Sunrise at Lydgate Beach in Kauai

    The sun peeks over the horizon shining delicate light on a weathered log resting on a beach in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.
    The sun peeks over the horizon shining delicate light on a weathered log resting on a beach in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.

    My flight into Kauai landed shortly after sunset, leaving me no chance to scope out a location for sunrise the next morning. There were a couple of beaches that I had seen shots from close to my hotel, so I figured that was going to be my best option. All you need is a beach facing the east right? (more…)

    Tranquil Dawning-Sunrise at Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park

    Pink skies surround Bearhat Mountain as it basks in the first light of dawn and is reflected in the waters of Hidden Lake high up in the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana.
    Pink skies surround Bearhat Mountain as it basks in the first light of dawn and is reflected in the waters of Hidden Lake high up in the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana.

    Hidden Lake is one of the most popular locations to visit in Glacier National Park and for good reason. The alpine scene at the overlook is simply gorgeous with Bearhat Mountain towering above Hidden Lake. It was tops on my list for places to shoot on my trip to the park in September. Road construction made that more challenging that I had planned on though. (more…)

    Mirrored Majesty-Sunrise at Oxbow Bend

    Mount Moran and a sky filled with glowing pink clouds at sunrise are reflected in the calm waters of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
    Mount Moran and a sky filled with glowing pink clouds at sunrise are reflected in the calm waters of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

    I made a quick stop at Grand Teton National Park on my way back from Montana this fall. I arrived too late for sunset the first night, so I only had one full day and the following morning to squeeze in some shooting. I had been to the area only once a few years earlier, but pretty much had an idea where I wanted to be for sunrise. (more…)