Yearly Archives: 2016

Sly as a Fox

Gray FoxIt has been almost a year since I have posted an entry to my blog. It has been nearly that long since I have taken any “serious” pictures. I think sometimes as photographers or artists we need a mental break; a “reset” if you will. Maybe we take this time to re-evaluate our direction, scout for new subject matter, explore our inner-selves to bring deeper meaning to our photographs, or maybe a bit of all of these. Regardless of the reasoning, it is needed.

I very much appreciate each and every reader and viewer of my website. I have appreciated the emails over the years, the constructive criticism, and the occasional request for prints. I do love to share my images and experiences with all of you, but I think the primary reason I do all of this is for myself. I have no interest in doing photography to make money. To me personally, that would be like charging people to take them on a hike on some beautiful trail in the Pacific Northwest. It is just not who I am as a person. I would much rather share these things with others. Capturing these images gives me a memory of a very special moment in time that I experienced, and allows me to revisit that moment as often as I please. I enjoy writing about those experiences for the same reason, and of course to share my experiences with you.

You will be seeing some changes in the direction my website has taken over the years in the near future. I hope to do more writing as I very much enjoy that aspect of my website. I also hope to post more of my day to day outings and adventures, regardless of whether I bring home those “epic” shots.

I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to photograph this Gray Fox. Fox are normally very elusive creatures, and primarily are active at night. This day, I was fortunate enough to share this mutually surprising moment and stare with a Gray Fox around the Klamath Falls area of Oregon. I am not quite sure what is in its mouth, as they will eat just about anything. It looks to be some type of fungi as near as I can tell. We spent about 30 seconds staring at each other, and then it was on its way.

Thank you again for coming back to my website and checking in, and if the mood suits you, I always love an email to say hello. (From wherever you may call home!!)

 

Gray Fox

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Love Me Some Rain Forest!

Quinalt RainforestRain forests have to rank at the top of the most photographic places I love to visit. Although difficult to photograph in a complimentary way without creating a chaotic ensemble of an image, if one takes the time to “learn” how to photograph them through trial and error, the reward can be otherworldly.

Oftentimes I will try and find a single, or sometimes a couple of very strong and interesting components to include in the image I am looking to create. Attempting to isolate an object rather that capturing an unending mass of twisted moss covered branches will likely make for a more compelling image in the end.

Rain forests are forests which receive high rainfall; between 100-180 inches annually! There are two types of rain forests: Tropical and Temperate. Tropical rain forests are characterized by a warm and wet climate with no substantial dry season. They are generally found to lie within 10 degrees North and South of the equator.  With Tropical rain forests covering a large portion of the globe, Temperate rain forests cover only a few regions of the world. Temperate rain forests exist in temperate regions. Although occurring in several Keepers of the Forestother locations in the world, here in North America they occur in the Pacific Northwest in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. I personally enjoy the rain forests of Washington state. The Olympic National Forest contains four absolutely stunning examples of Temperate rain forest, all of which I have had the great fortune of exploring extensively. While some are much more remote that others, there are many easy walking paths available to get a good feel for what a rain forest is all about. I highly encourage you to put it on your short-list and make the trip; you will not regret it!!

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