Category: Behind the Image

March 19, 2019

Monarch Photo Tour Trip Report 2019

Wow! What a trip! We just got back from the mountains of Mexico where we spent time enjoying and photographing millions of Monarch butterflies! These are the Monarchs that flew from our yards last fall, traveling 3000+ miles, to overwinter in Mexico before returning north this spring to lay eggs and pass the baton to…
February 16, 2019

Ecuador Photo Tour Trip Report 2018

Ecuador Photo Tour Ah Ecuador! From the cloud forest of the Tandayapa Valley to the foothills of Sumaco Volcano and into the depth of the Amazon, this was a fun trip! Seven intrepid travelers joined us for the main part of this adventure, while five continued on with us for the extension into the Amazon.…
February 1, 2019

Winter Photography

Not sure if you have noticed it or not, but the weather around here lately has been, well… a bit challenging. Super cold and a bit of snow. This is when a lot of nature photographers move inside, stop shooting and work on images or do some other indoor tasks – big mistake! I would…
January 2, 2019

Light on the Land

Certainly, no photographic journey to the Tetons would be complete without a sunrise visit to the iconic “Oxbow”. The Oxbow can be beautiful at any time of day but the light at sunrise can be especially spectacular. As all of you know, Landscape Photography is all about the light. So, we were all very disappointed…
July 19, 2018

Photographing Loons – A Visit with some old Friends

Recently had a chance to visit some old friends… LOONS! Back in the nineties I spent nearly a decade photographing these amazing and interesting birds. Nicole and I went up for two weekends this June and early July and were lucky enough to be there the day the baby hatched. Loons live almost exclusively in…
May 28, 2018

Chance favors the prepared mind

This is one of my favorite images from a recent trip to Tanzania. Shots like this don’t “just happen” well… sometimes they do, but more often than not they are anticipated and planned for. In the instance of this image, we had this herd of Zebra feeding before this beautiful African landscape, with a group…
October 30, 2017

Realizing your Creative Vision

The simple act of pushing the shutter button to make a picture changes the scene. When we make an image, the camera compresses our three-dimensional world into two dimensions. It freezes a single moment in time forever. Understanding this fact is the first step to becoming a true photographer. As photographers, we make many conscious…
September 28, 2017

Caterpillars Part 2 – Survival

Life is tough if you are a caterpillar. You are virtually a slow moving little bundle of protein, and on the menu for many creatures. I have heard it takes about 9,000 caterpillars to raise just one family of Chickadees! One of the things I find most interesting about these creatures are the many adaptations…
August 29, 2017

The People of Peru

Well it has been a whirlwind of travel and adventures lately. From Peru, to Colorado, then Mothapalooza in Ohio (google it lol) then Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and most recently The Smoky Mountains for the eclipse, which was breathtaking! I am so fortunate to be able to experience different places and cultures around the world.…
June 4, 2017

Creating Stunning Reflections in Photography

As a photographer I find reflections to be a fun and artistic tool, offering many creative possibilities. For this reason, I am always excited when the opportunity arises for me to include them in my compositions. From the viewers perspective, reflections add interest to images by challenging their visual perception. Being a nature photographer, the…