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My favorite photos of 2018

A selection of my favorite photos from the year. Travels to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and trailer trips in California.

A rising sun creaes stunning shadows from desert clouds. Alabama Hills, California.
Location portraits in my garage and on a boat in the middle of the ocean.
Ernie Brooks II went scuba diving at 84 years old.
Incredible color in rocks. Denali National Park, Alaska.
Got close to a manta in Hawaii. Lucky to see her at the surface, and at sunset.
Big Island of Hawaii.
I smile every time I see this image. Looks like he’s taking a selfie with the whale shark. Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico.
Some of the largest mantas in the world come here.
Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico.
Two of my favorites: a wildlife seascape at Socorro Island and a curious marmot in
Sequoia National Park.

Camp Denali Workshop — 2018

I’ll be at Camp Denali from August 27 — September 2, 2018, leading their Autumn Nature Photography Workshop.  To find out more, click here: Camp Denali Special Emphasis Series 2018

My Favorite Photos of 2015

A selection of my favorite photos from last year. Travels included Denali National Park in Alaska and Guadalupe Island in Mexico for Great White Sharks.

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The long days of summer — Alaska style

Is the weather crazy this summer or what? We just returned from another great trip to Denali National Park in Alaska where temps are normally around 65F, max. But after a very late snowfall near the end of May, they’ve been enduring a record breaking heat wave.


More than 20 hours of sunlight!


Our first day at Camp Denali saw 82F with clear skies, the next day we had a torrential downpour with lots of lightning, and then cloudy, smoky skies from all the fires burning in and around the park. The Mt. Booker fire started a few miles from us but was quickly doused by water dropping planes.



These heroic pilots fly into the park, scoop up water from local lakes, and attack the fires before they can grow.  They generally only worry about fires near human habitats and let wilderness fires burn naturally.


The combo of lots of melt water and warm temps created a perfect storm for mosquitos too. But our group of fun travelers put up with the heat and bugs with barely a complaint. After all, Camp Denali was amazing. The staff and food were great, we had views of the mountain and fields of wildflowers, and saw bear, moose, caribou, sheep, eagles, swans, porcupines, and muskrats.


Only the female mosquito bites. This one is weaving its proboscis between the threads of my jeans to reach my skin. She made it.

A Photographic Journey to Alaska

My Alaska presentation at Samy’s Camera in Santa Barbara, on October 27th, 10:00 a.m., will cover Denali National Park and Southeast Alaska.  I’ll talk about the photo gear I use and how to deal with weather issues and other logistics in these dramatic landscapes.