This trip was a 3-week exploration (with my good friend Wanda Mckown) of the land down under. We visited areas of interest in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania. It was an amazing trip and I would love to get back and explore more the north and western sections as well.
This trip was a one-week photography workshop expo;oring the Canadian Rockies including both Banff and Jasper National Parks as well as many locations along the Icefield Parkway. Late September is normally ideal for fall color. This year however, in addition to the fall color, we had fresh snow in a number of locations as well.
We planned this trip long before Kauai's north shore was severely flooded (washing out access to prime photo real estate) and long before Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano came back to life with a vengeance (closing our primary destination - Volcanoes National Park). So, on the big island we concentrated on getting as close as we could to the lava flow. On Kauai we decided to view the north shore from a boat rather than on foot.
These images were taken in the Havasupai Reservation during a 5-day photography workshop hosted by Arizona Highways Photoscapes. This area is adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park and has some of the most beautiful waterfalls to be found in the southwest, not to mention the stunning blue-green turquoise waters and travertine terraces. You can find more information about this area here.
My intent on this trip was largely to explore New Mexico's wilderness areas and along the way a couple spots in Arizona. To that end, we visited: Saguaro NP in Tucson; White Sands NM near Alamogordo; Bandelier NM, Tented Rocks NM, and Valles Caldera NP, all near Santa Fe; Abiquiu Village and the Ghost Ranch; the Bisti Badlands near Farmington; and finally the Petrified Forest NP near Holbrook AZ.
This was my first visit to Yellowstone NP during the winter. I was there participating in a photography workshop with friends David and Michael. The experience was everything I had hoped for - snow-encrusted bison, thermal pools and geysers surrounded by snow and ice, beautiful cloudy moody skies. And most especially, no crowds! You can only travel in the park during winter via snow coach or snowmobile.
This trip to Death Valley was extraordinary, perhaps once in a lifetime, in the sense that we had such unusual weather conditions - rain and fog. Locals who had lived in the valley for many years could not recall ever having seen Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes shrouded in fog. It was an amazing experience. Ponds of water in Badwater Basin are certainly more common during the rainy season but still impressive.