Archive for the 'Environment' Category

Volcanoes in the Grand Canyon

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Photo: Steep rugged cliffs above the Colorado River at sunset, Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona When you look at images of the Grand Canyon and you have any basic sense of geology, you think about eons of huge yet subtle geological forces at work, namely the continually erosive power of water slowly carving its […]

Something wrong in Shangri La – Using photos to communicate

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Photo: The fresh green hills of Briones Regional Park in spring, looking toward Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, California One of the things I always tell participants in my workshops, presentations, and especially when I’m doing professional image critiques or portfolio reviews, is something that is often lost or not truly recognized by many beginning […]

Why I don’t like powerlines in my scenic photos.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Picture: Fall colors on trees in the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire. If you don’t like High Capacity Electrical Transmission Towers and Wires running through your scenic photos, or even just your view for that matter, I’d like to ask you to check out (and possibly help fund) a project started by friend and […]

Triumph & Tragedy in Yosemite

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Picture: Hikers on the summit of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California A couple days ago I returned home from a six day trip to Yosemite and the Mono Lake area. The trip was a mixture of triumphs and tragedies. I left town fairly apprehensive. I originally planned to do a strenuous single day hike […]

For the Thirst of a City

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Picture: Sunset light on the peaks above Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park, California One of my photographer friends, Guy Tal, posted on his blog, er… web journal, yesterday that he was perhaps one of the last people to ride the photographic coat tails of Ken Burns’ recent PBS documentary film series on the National […]

Movie Review: Earth

Monday, April 27th, 2009

This weekend, thanks to my mom, I got to spend part of a beautiful Spring Saturday afternoon in a dark movie theater, along with my wife & son, watching the new Disney Nature Film, EARTH. Narrated by James Earl Jones (Darth Vader to my son) the movie has the same tone that many of us […]

Another one makes the list – JM Cousteau

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Picture: Sunset light on Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, California. It’s a relatively short list; the number of famous people that I’ve had a chance to meet. But now I can add Jean-Michel Couteau to that list. This last Monday evening, I had a chance to meet Mr. Cousteau at a private reception prior to […]

Photo: A sign of climate change in Yosemite?

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Picture: Non-existant Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California This is a postcard photo you don’t see too often. It’s of a completely dry Yosemite Falls. There should be a dramatic white plume of cascading water, but the year when this photo (2001) was taken, the falls ran totally dry due to lack of […]

The Beauty and the Horror

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Picture: Sunset light on Half Dome above Cooks Meadow, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California This picture makes me so angry. Well, it’s not really the picture that makes me angry, but rather the memory that it evokes. Now I think you’d all agree that Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful landscapes on […]

Photo: Death of a Family

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Picture: Dead fish on the shores of the Salton Sea, Imperial Valley, near Brawley, California My buddy and I had pulled off along the side of the road at the edge of the Salton Sea to take some photos of the shoreline. As I walked out toward the water, intrigued by the dry, cracked soil, […]

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