Tuesday, November 8, 2011


These trees were lit by the campfire, turning them the red hue. I set up my camera just in time to snap one single shot before the clouds came in. The photo below was my second 30 second exposure. I light painted the trees in the center with my flashlight, and left the red to the sides. Unfortunately only the brightest star made it through the clouds.
The photo below was taken on a campout with my son. The fire was almost out, and only coals remained. What looks like fire is really the smoke from the coals being lit up. I love having a camera that can capture the things that I never could before.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Grand Teton

Upper Mesa Falls

We stopped by Yellowstone on the way. The pools were highlighted by a stormy sky. The above picture I loved, yet of the hundreds of people that I saw, not one of them stopped to even look or take a picture. It makes me wonder how many times I personally walk by something truly beautiful, and don't notice.

When I arrived home and saw this image, I thought that I had done something wrong. The tree's were yellow, not red. People have asked whether I "pushed" the colors. The answer is no. The light behind me was a purple/pink color. This sunrise color really gave this image the glow.

This image was shot with a 17-50mm lens! The coyote came within 5 feet of me before I shot to my feet with rocks in my hand. (my camera was in my backpack still.) After that he would never let me get within 20 feet.

These are the same trees as the red ones above, only in full sun.
I had to hold my camera above my head to get this. I think that I took about 10 that I did not like before I got this shot.

Monday, July 11, 2011

USAFK National Point-Series Free-style Kayak Championship

Eric Jackson took first place with huge tricks, and plenty of them, racking up over a thousand points per ride.
Crowd pleaser's like this monster loop after the buzzer, kept everyone on their toes for what he might do next.
Although I missed junior men's, women's, and everything else, it was announced as I arrived that Emily Jackson had won the women's division, and Dane Jackson won Junior Men's.
Bryan Kirk ended up in second place, hitting big air and great style points as always.

I went to the USAFK National Point-Series Free-style Kayak Championship at Kelly's whitewater park in Cascade Idaho yesterday. I wanted to attend the whole thing, but work had a different agenda for me. I did not think that I was going to be able to attend any of it, but Sunday was slow, and I left just in time to see the men's k2 finals.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Waterfalls cascade down while pools of bubbles below swirl.

And I thought that this was a desert.

I call the one above Fire and Ice.

Just before we arrived at the Subway, a thunderstorm blew dust into our eyes, then rocks started falling from 1000 feet above. The rain came shortly afterward, and I was disappointed because I was worried that the photography would be ruined. The swimming that we had been doing left me shivering and unable to hand hold the camera. As soon as we got down the waterfall area above the Subway, the rain and wind let up, and the cloud offered perfect lighting. The cold that I was feeling seemed to shy away when confronted with such beauty.

Swims were common, and unavoidable. The still blue pools showed you the hazards below, and offered even more to look at.

The Subway has to be one of my favorite hikes. The long and difficult day seems to melt away, and you are done before you know it. The photo's that I was able to take, are only the few spots that are small enough to fit through a lens. Most of the subway you would have to experience in order to grasp the full beauty.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Icebox Canyon

The trees give you a small amount of perspective on the scale of the place.
A 50+ foot waterfall and just below another of similar beauty.
It looked deep enough to jump in, but nobody wanted to risk it and be stranded that far in the bush.
Yes, the water was cold.
Icebox was named due to the fact that even in late spring the canyon is known to have snow and ice.

Chillin' on the ledge between the two 150' rappels.

Icebox is a rarely done canyon in the heart of Zion wilderness. The canyon says that it can be done in 6-8 hours and consists of two consecutive 150 foot rappels that drop into a scenic canyon. After route finding, photographing, and just plain enjoying the trip, our 8 hour day turned into a 14 hour slog. The trail was non-existent causing numerous cuts from branches and bush whacking. We finally arrived back at the car around 1am hungry and tired after hiking by the light of the stars. Numerous stream crossings caused us to lose the trail often, and our only light was that of the lcd of the GPS. I think that the 8 hour time does not apply to photographers.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pine Creek

A great way to finish your day.

I found an alternate rappel to substitute the last one. I thought it was way better.

Reflections of the sandstone in the pool at the bottom of a triple arch.
This is one of the coldest areas in the canyon.
Tree's suspended seemingly in mid air above us remind of the dangers of flash floods.

A recent trip to Pine Creek in Zion was what I have been waiting for. A photographic trip. In a canyon that can be done in 30 minutes, we took 6 hours. The shots are great, but the canyon is way more scenic than I could possibly photograph.