Category Archives: National Parks

A Decade of Discovery

For the past several years, I have conducted a year-in-review of my photography. Now, I take a look back at a decade. It was, as the title says, a decade of discovery. But it was, for me as an artist, a decade of growth. I saw many firsts in my career, and in my experiences…

Best of 2018

It’s that time of year for photographers to explore their top images from 2018. One approach, the Instagram approach, is to pick the nine images that received the most likes in a year. Why nine you ask? Well, with the Instagram square format, nine square images create a nice square mosaic. Rather than presenting what…

2017 In Review

I saw a lot of travel in 2017, so it would be impossible to cover all of my favorite images from the year. But, I found fifteen images that I think represent a good sampling of some of my favorite images from the year. Read further and enjoy!

“Where were you when …?” Remembering 9/11 in Denali

If you have lived long enough, you recall times in our lives, shared moments of profound history, when you remember where you were and what you were doing in those moments. With this blog post, I recall where I was on 9/11; enjoying my first trip to Denali National Park & Preserve.

Winter in the Parks

While our national parks were set aside for the enjoyment of everyone, from the rich to the working class, increasingly it is becoming hard to enjoy our parks amidst the crowds. That’s why winter is such a good time to visit our national parks, especially if you are a photographer.

Why Wilderness is Important to Me as an Artist

So many artists, so many media, so many points of inspiration. For me, as a nature photographer, my key inspiration is wilderness. Here is a little glimpse as to why.

Arts and the Parks – Celebrating 100 Years

A hundred years ago, as our national leaders were struggling to get the public behind the notion of setting aside large tracts of land to protect them from exploitation and development, artists stepped forward to help to capture the land and our imagination. Now, as we celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service, it is the parks that are helping artists to grow.

Up to Chasm Lake

In 2009, I was an Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The planned finale of my trip was an overnight hike and stay at Chasm Lake to capture star trails and a timelapse that would span the time from sunset to sunrise. This blog post tells the story of that part of my residency.

Among the Caribou in the Wilderness

In 2007, I had the pleasure of serving as the Artist-in-Residence for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska. For the first part of my trip, I chose to base camp in an area that was part of the migratory route of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd. This blog tells the story of what I found.

Our National Parks Help Create Our Personal Stories

If you grew up in the United States, most likely a national park was part of that upbringing. During National Parks Week in 2016, and to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our parks, I contemplate how our parks shaped my own personal story.