Yosemite in June

Yosemite National Park has nice photographic options regardless of the season. Each season, however, has good points and bad points.  The accessibility to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass is questionable in June and  there may be lingering snow.  The Valley is greening up with trees blooming and wildflowers out; furthermore, the water flow should be spectacular.  All this before the explosion of crowds.

Yosemite in February

The good and the bad. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are closed during the winter months, but the Valley remains accessible by motor vehicle. Water levels may be low, but are usually still flowing. Snow may prevent hiking, but snow can create very special scenes for photography: developing and clearing storms, and the aftermath of newly fallen snow. These images were obtained the first week of February. Water flow was very good but after the first day there was no additional snow. Actually I have seen better snow during a November shoot.

1787 Autumn Colors, Tiogo Road

Yosemite in November

Fall in Yosemite can be a photographic bonanza. Unfortunately, by fall, there is low water flow and the possibility of closure of Glacier Point and Tioga Pass roads. But the Big-leaf maples, black oaks, Pacific dogwoods, and other deciduous trees should be very showy. And it’s not just the potential for autumn color change that highlights Yosemite’s classic views but the possibility of sudden stormy weather bringing cloud drama to surround the iconic Yosemite Valley.

Great Smoky Mountains

Layer after layer and ridge after ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is renowned for wide diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains,  Fall color change begins above 4,000 feet and progresses to lower levels. Peak color display at mid and lower elevations  occurs between mid-October and early November and includes an amazing diversity of deciduous trees: sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and hickory. These images were obtained at peak fall color change (October), and at the peak of the spring rebirth (May); 2012 and 2016 respectively.

San Juan Mountains

The San Juan Mountains represent the most extensive mountainous region of the Rocky Mountains – rugged, remote and wild. They lie in southwest Colorado and contain 328 peaks over 13,000 feet, 14 over 14,000. Undoubtedly they are Colorado’s finest mountain range with unsurpassed beauty and enough peaks, lakes, waterfalls, and open meadows to nourish one’s mountain climbing, 4-wheeling, backpacking and photography desires. Add in ghost mining towns and hopefully some wildflowers and the photographer’s venue is complete. Our trip to the San Juans (and other locations including the Maroon Bells) in July of 2012 lacked the typical volume of wildflowers, but the weather was great and the scenery was beautiful.

Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is an exciting and dynamic region that abounds with dramatic scenery (and the endless combinations of the interplay between rocks, water movement and the setting sun),  tide pools, waterfalls, lighthouses and quaint harbors. Favorite images of the Oregon Coast presented in this portfolio were obtained in late May and early June of 2012, and August 2014.