Eclipse: A Preview

Alright.. So I know everyone’s anxious for my Alaska posts, and I even had something else originally planned for this week, but with all the excitement of this life-changing event, I had to interject an extra story.

This is just a preview, as I’m still working on the photos, but I’ll have the rest next week.  Follow my blog for all the latest!

Anticipation for the solar eclipse has been brewing for months, and “totality” invokes a very clear image in everyone’s minds.  For any living in the States, it’s meant booking hotels and campsites for exorbitant amounts, scrambling to secure legitimate solar glasses when half those sold were recalled a week prior, and selecting the best viewing spots.

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WC: A Year in the Life of a Photographer

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a little crazy.  I do so. much.  You know me as a photographer.  But I’m also a musician, writer, software developer, anime enthusiast, and cat lover.  I love getting outside – bike riding, skiing, camping, hiking, and now backpacking.  I travel and read.  And I don’t know how to say no to an opportunity. Continue reading

This Week on Instagram: 7/14/17

To be honest, a lot of this week was on autopilot – mostly because I was backpacking throughout the Alaskan wilderness with nary a signal to speak of.  But I’m back now, and I have so many photos to process!  I can’t wait to see them all.  I love photo excursions!

This week happened to have quite a bit of wildlife, but when the opportunity presents itself, why not?  This set starts with this adorable boar we found on Tortuga Island.  He just wanted some cool sand – no matter what!

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Bears and Boars

As you read this, I will be trekking through the Alaskan wilderness, finally off in search of bears!  As you know, I’ve been planning for this trip for a while, and I hope to have lots of amazing grizzly photos to share with you when I get back.

As such, with no service to speak of, I’m afraid I won’t be able to participate in this week’s photo challenge, so I’ll leave you with this instead.

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This Week on Instagram: 7/7/17

If I have trouble choosing my favorite photos for this post, then I know I’m doing a good job over on Instagram.  I want to make sure you’re seeing some awesome photos, and I like this week’s set.

This first one is from Yosemite.  I just loved that black oak!  It was a magnificent centerpiece to “the swamp.”

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Photostory: How to Not Photograph a Waterfall

I’m still working through my many Costa Rica pictures, but I thought I’d take a little break to share a photostory with you.

I do some crazy things sometimes, and I don’t always consider my own safety while getting lost in the excitement of photography.  As a result, I can get caught in some precarious situations.  It’s only then that I realize I might have had a slight slip in judgement.

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This Week on Instagram: 6/30/17

Happy Friday, all!  I had a fun set of photos this week!

This first one is from Washington’s Palouse.  We took a weekend trip out there, and while it rained part of the time, we still had some beautiful weather in there, too.  This is the expansive view from Steptoe Butte.  From up top, you can espy everything from canola farms to wind farms.  It was quite the view.

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This Week on Instagram: 6/23/17

This was a good week!  Not so much on Instagram, but where it really matters – right here on my blog!  I’m very excited to be sharing these photos with so many new followers – welcome!

This first image was from our river tour in Tarcoles, Costa Rica.  This crocodile just looks so friendly and happy!  Who wouldn’t want to pet it?

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