Fleeting Finale-Sunset at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai

    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.

    One very popular area of Kauai is in the southeast corner of the island around Poipu Beach. The majority of the resorts are strung along the shoreline and there is a steady flow of tourists coming and going throughout the day. A major attraction close by is Poipu Beach Park, a nicely developed area with a long beautiful beach on one side and Brennecke’s Beach on the other, popular with boogie boarders. Straddled between the two is an area lined with volcanic rock. (more…)

    Seaside Tranquility-Sunset on Poipu Beach in Kauai

    A lone palm tree is silhouetted against an orange sunset sky at the Poipu Beach Park in southern Kauai, Hawaii.
    A lone palm tree is silhouetted against an orange sunset sky at the Poipu Beach Park in southern Kauai, Hawaii.

    I had enough time to sneak away to the island of Kauai earlier this month. It was my first trip to the Hawaiian Islands and the timing couldn’t have been better. It was 57 degrees the afternoon I drove down to Denver and when my flight left the next morning it was 7 degrees. Quite a change. Needless to say, the weather was quite nicer in Kauai by the time I landed! (more…)

    Heavenly Crescendo-Sunset at Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park

    The clouds turn pink and a shaft of light paints the mountains red behind Bearhat Mountain and Hidden Lake as the sun sets high in Glacier National Park, Montana.
    The clouds turn pink and a shaft of light paints the mountains red behind Bearhat Mountain and Hidden Lake as the sun sets high in Glacier National Park, Montana.

    This shot is the culmination of one of the most amazing days I have had photographing landscapes. It isn’t often that all the conditions come together for a great shot. There are so many variables: the light, the weather, the clouds, the wind, and on and on. Many times you show up and wait and nothing happens. This had to be my lucky day. (more…)

    Autumn Evening Radiance-Sunset in Northwestern Colorado

    The sun sets through distant clouds beyond a golden hillside and a valley dotted with vibrant fall color outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    The sun sets through distant clouds beyond a golden hillside and a valley dotted with vibrant fall color outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    I haven’t spent much time shooting in northwestern Colorado. It always seems like I end up in the more well-known locations around the state or in my own backyard. My good friend and fellow photographer Rod Hanna invited me to come up for a few days this fall and it just so happened that I was going be coming back that way from my trip to Glacier National Park. The timing was perfect with plenty of fall color in the area. (more…)

    Autumn Tranquility-Sunset in Steamboat Springs

    Late day light illuminates a stand of golden aspens on a hillside overlooking the Sleeping Giant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    Late day light illuminates a stand of golden aspens on a hillside overlooking the Sleeping Giant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    The fall colors have been anything but predictable this year, especially here in Colorado. It seems that all the rain we had in September fooled the aspens into thinking it wasn’t time to start changing! Stands that were at peak color at the end of September last year were still green this year. Reports from photographers visiting the most popular locations in the state were not good at all. That was except for those (more…)

    Sunset Blush-Last Light on Mount Princeton

    The last light of the day streams down a mountain valley and brushes the top of towering Mount Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    The last light of the day streams down a mountain valley and brushes the top of towering Mount Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I couldn’t resist stepping out the back of my house last weekend to capture this gorgeous sunset. It was a typical summer day in the mountains. The morning started out with clear blue skies which soon gave way to the puffy clouds that build up over the Continental Divide. By afternoon the skies were fairly overcast with an occasional (more…)

    Sundance on the Three Apostles-Sunset in the Colorado Rockies

    The setting sun illuminates the Three Apostles that are reflected in a beaver pond in Clear Creek Canyon outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    The setting sun illuminates the Three Apostles that are reflected in a beaver pond in Clear Creek Canyon outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I was thinking ahead to summer this weekend and what locations I might like to visit and it reminded me of a camping trip I took last July. I had studied the maps around my area and my goal was to explore more places close to home that could provide good photo opportunities. I had seen some pictures from Harrison Flats which is along the (more…)

    Lone Sentinel-Mangrove at Sunset in Everglades National Park

    A lone mangrove tree stands silhouetted against the setting sun on a shallow rocky shoreline outside of Everglade City, Florida.
    A lone mangrove tree stands silhouetted against the setting sun on a shallow rocky shoreline outside of Everglade City, Florida.

    While planning my trip to Everglades National Park I had seen quite a few images from the Ten Thousand Islands area in the very northwest corner of the park so that was the first stop. I arrived in the small town of Everglades City early in the afternoon and after checking into a motel I went searching for a boat to get out among the islands (more…)

    Silence Comes to the Slough-Sunset in Everglades National Park

    Sunset casts a warm glow over a slough filled with dwarf cypress trees in Everglades National Park, Florida.
    Sunset casts a warm glow over a slough filled with dwarf cypress trees in Everglades National Park, Florida.

    It has been almost two months since my last post, but I have an excuse. I just returned from a 7,000 mile, six and a half week driving trip from Colorado to and around Florida and back along the Gulf Coast stopping in Big Bend National Park and White Sands National Monument. Stuck in the middle of that was a trip down to the Caribbean island (more…)