Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge

Late afternoon and early evening is prime time for photographers in Yosemite Valley, so many iconic subjects bathed in soft, warm, ever-changing light. This shot of Half Dome was taken from Sentinel Bridge, which is a short walk from the Visitor Center.  Easy to find, just follow the people with tripods.  For the three hours, … Continue reading Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge

Yosemite Valley

The most popular part of Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Valley, where a 7-mile long road follows the Merced River and all the iconic sites can be viewed. Looking east, this shot was taken from the far western end of the Valley near the Pohono Bridge.  Six shots were "stitched" together to make this panorama. … Continue reading Yosemite Valley

Pacific Lupine

In the southwest corner of Yosemite NP there is a small town named Wanona, CA.  I was doing a bit of exploring, which is a nice way of saying, "I was snooping around". In the back of this broken down abandoned cabin was a field of purple wild flowers.  I laid down to get a better … Continue reading Pacific Lupine

Foggy Morning

There is little known about this photo; i.e. where or why it was taken.  Perhaps it was the irony of an open sunflower on a foggy day. While cleaning out my 2012 folder, purging  un-starred photos to make more storage space on my computer, I randomly opened this one.  The overcast scene was typical of the last … Continue reading Foggy Morning

Nebraska Landscape

I needed a landscape for the theme of a photo contest.  One of the contest rules was the photo had to be taken after May, 2016.  I have plenty of sunsets, seascapes and landmarks, but no landscapes of exotic places. What's wrong with Verdigre, Nebraska!?   A farming community of Czech heritage in the northeast … Continue reading Nebraska Landscape

Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America.  The floor is 100' below the cliff's rim above.  The circular tower on the right is over four stories tall.  To get a better sense of the scale, there are two men standing on the rim on the far upper left, and there is a … Continue reading Cliff Palace

Star Trails

It wasn't the best night for star gazing, clouds coming and going, but it gave me some idea what is possible. Setting my camera on a tripod in northeast Nebraska, where the night sky is not contaminated with city lights, I tried several combinations of shutter speed and ISO.  My first attempt at making star … Continue reading Star Trails

Loess Hills

The Loess Hills of western Iowa don't look like anything special from the air.  But a light dusting of snow and twilight provides a magical image. I imagine it would seem much darker on the ground because the sun has fallen way below the horizon, but from this elevated vantage point there is plenty of … Continue reading Loess Hills

Follow the Leader

This image reminded me of simpler times, when you played all day and into the night, with few worries.  But, this image is a "fabrication", a composite of six different photos merged to create a visual image of distant memories.  The sky was taken 45 years ago in South Dakota.  The dead tree is from … Continue reading Follow the Leader

Jackson Hole

I just got back from four days in Jackson, Wyoming, where the majestic Grand Tetons come shooting out of the earth, building a jagged wall around the flat lands to create a bowl called Jackson Hole.  The weather was not ideal. The peaks of the Grand Tetons were rarely visible, and when they were, the … Continue reading Jackson Hole

Hidden Gem

This field of wild flowers came out of nowhere.  This field has always been empty for the last 15 years I've been driving by it, not even any crops, just pasture land.  But, I was ambushed by this splash of color last week, and nearly drove off the road.  Wow!  Where did this come from? … Continue reading Hidden Gem

Hey, What’s This?

Prairie Art?What the heck IS this?  I was originally attracted to this scene by the lone tree on the hill top, but the more I studied this strange apparatus, the more I liked it as a foreground element.  It looks like the tops of 12 painfully uncomfortable metal straight-back chairs. They form a nice circle, … Continue reading Hey, What’s This?

Abbey Bridge – Northern England

I found this scene quite by accident, wandering about northern England looking for a B&B, and then discovered this bridge on my walk the following morning.  The bridge is closed to traffic now, but was formerly on the main road between the middle-of-nowhere and no-place-to-go. We were lucky to find the B&B as we got … Continue reading Abbey Bridge – Northern England

Fall Colors

I just returned from four days in Park City, UT:  lots of mountain landscape photos with golden aspens sprinkled here and there amongst the pine trees.  Very pretty. But, my pictures aren't ready yet so you'll have to settle for this beautiful scene from Vermont, taken last fall near Manchester, VT.  Not only were the … Continue reading Fall Colors

Corn Crib

This poor corn crib has survived one too many "bin busters", record yielding harvests.  But, with this year's record-setting drought throughout the Midwest, the corn cribs will likely be little used, let alone bursting at the seams. Thought for the Day:  The harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few.        Matthew … Continue reading Corn Crib