The fog was so thick on this morning at Foothills Parkway that the classic overlooks were mostly covered in dense clouds. Luckily, Foothills has something to offer even during times of agressive fog. That's why it is so easy to love Foothills!
This is image is a monochrome version of a very favorite image of mine from Cades Cove. My sister liked the color version, but she wanted a monochrome print for her walls. I thought she was crazy to ask for monochrome when the color version is so awesome. :) Turns out she was on to something. I love the monochrome treatment. Thanks, sister!
This intimate landscape of the side of Factory Butte is an amazing array of color, pattern, and texture. Love it!
A spray of light and some backlit foliage define a classic intimate landscape in the Foothills Parkway.
Just off Market Square in downtown Knoxville is an alley known as a showcase for local graffiti artists. I love trying to find my own art hidden in theirs!
Although this scene looks like a view in the Great Smoky Mountains, it is from Aguereberry Point in Death Valley National Park. This view is looking west toward the Eastern Sierra.
Typically known for amazing ice pictures, Lake Abraham is a reservoir located near the Canadian Rockies. I was fortunate to catch 10 minutes of a decent aurora there (sans ice!).
Some of the strangest formations I've ever seen exist in the valleys east of the Sierra. While photographing this partiuclar formation, I had an odd feeling that I had seen places like this in the Dr. Suess stories I read to my daughter long ago.
On this morning, I saw some of the softest, most delicate light I've ever seen in nature. The interplay of the light and fog made this a very special sunrise on the Foothills Parkway.
Sensuous shapes in the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park. Scenes like this should be illegal in public areas. ;)
If it seems like I photograph the Foothills Parkway a lot, you're right! But it never disappoints with a variety of options depending on the fog, the light, and the season.
Did I mention that I photograph the Foothills Parkway a lot? On this morning, many other photographers were there, too, for the spring photography workshop season. The classic overlook was covered in fog, but fortunately this collection of trees was in the right light as the fog started to lift.
I wish I could remember where this was, but the only thing I remember is that I was with my brother. That is the most important element of this location!
I made this image on my first trip to White Pockiet during an Adamus tour. Wow, what a cool place. Easy to see why so many photographers make the effort to get there. It is not that easy to get to, but I'll be back as often as I can!
The haze in the foreground of this image is smoke from the Walland wildfire, which took place before the tragic fires that devastated the Gatlinburg area earlier this fall.
Bristlecone pines. Clearing storm clouds. the last light of the day. Need I say more? Nope.
When the light is just at the right angle, the ridges, tones, and textures in the sand come alive in the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
Just up the trail from the Lynn Camp Prong Cascade is this little gem of a cascade with the moss thick like long shag carpet.
A small opening in the clouds appeared just as the sun had risen above the distant ridges of Clingman's Dome and Mount Leconte as seen from the Foothills Parkway.
When I planned to meet my buddy Dan at this spot on this morning, I really wasn't expecting much. Man, was I wrong! I love the pastels and and the soft colors in the clouds.
Another sensuous collection of shapes in the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
I finally managed to create a painterly effect like this by using the right combination of focus point, depth of field, and shutter speed. I'm looking forward to exploring this subject more next fall. I owe a shoutout to my friend Jane who inspired me with this approach based on some images she created at the same spot. Thanks, Jane!
I've never heard of Mingus Lake, either, but this tuft of grass could be anywhere. Sometimes the raw essence of photography is a simple line or curve.
Just outside Sedona on the last night of a two week trip, I was entertained by violent weather cell that give me two or three lightning strikes every minute for about ten minutes. And the lightning kept its distance. And I didn't get wet either!
I never tire of the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park. The sensuous curves are a never ending source of creative compositions!
Near Mammoth Lakes, the first snow of the season was deep enough to cover the mountain, but not too deep to prevent access to this location. Fortunately!
For such a stunning location, this is a relatively unknown area. The sunrise was spectacular on this morning.