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Listening To The Sounds Of Yellowstone

Yellowstone Landscape

The National Parks Traveler has published my latest article. It’s not the usual still-photography fare, however. This article is about listening … to the sounds of Yellowstone National Park.

To read and listen to this article, click on the image above.

 

 

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Yellowstone Journal

Yellowstone Journal

I’m a person who likes a combination of beautiful and useful. I don’t like just a coffee table book because people tend to look at the book then set it down, not paging through it much after that. Instead, I like things such as calendars, journals, post-it notes – stuff upon which you can write while admiring pretty national park photos. As such, I’ve finished my 6″x9″ 108-page Yellowstone Journal, a softcover journal filled with blank, lined pages and gorgeous images (which I captured, of course) of America’s first national park. It’s all ready for your own notes and doodles. Click the image above to be taken to my store and check it out. You can preview the journal (I set it up to show you the pages with images, but you might end up seeing even the blank, lined pages, as well). FYI, the front and back covers, when flattened out, give you an entire image of Morning Glory Pool.

This would makea great gift for yourself, family, friends and colleagues.

P.S. Expect to see more of these journals in the near future, in different sizes and formats.

 

 

 

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Opalescent Pool And Black Sand Basin Landscape

Black Sand Basin Landscape

I first visited Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone National Park during the evening on the previous day from this shot. It was overcast and getting dark and I didn’t even notice this little side area next to the entry drive to the parking lot. I didn’t see this until I visited the next morning, a lovely, sunny day. I’ve been reading: TravelBrains’ “Yellowstone Expedition Guide” and learned this interesting fact: the trees you see here are dead, of course. The bottoms of their trunks are white because they absorbed the hot water in the area, which is filled with silica in solution. That silica comes out of solution and is what has colored those trunk bottoms. It’s the first step in petrification of the trees. Oh, and Black Sand Basin gets it’s name from the black obsidian sand grains in the area. Cool, huh?

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2020 National Park Photo Calendars

 

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It’s that time of year again, folks. I’ve created three 2020 wall calendars and am working on a fourth, each centered around the national park trips I made over the course of this year. Yes, I know there are a gazillion gorgeous calendars out there. Just add mine to the pile.

What makes my calendars different from others is that many, if not most, of these photos, you’ve seen in some form or another, and you’ve read the story behind each photo, including what I was feeling at the time I captured the shot. Photography is about storytelling, and these calendars tell a story of my national park visits.

If you are interested in seeing what I have produced, click on each image above or on each calendar cover image in the left sidebar of this blog site.

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Please Take This Short Survey On National Parks Traveler

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Old Faithful at Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
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Hey folks, if you follow my blog posts, you know the majority of images I post are of national parks. You also know I’m a contributing photographer and editor to the National Parks Traveler, a nonprofit media site reporting on a daily basis about our national parks, national memorials, national seashores, national recreation areas, national historic sites and other protected public lands.

The Traveler has published a short survey they would like you to take, if you love reading about your favorite national parks and public lands and staying up to date on news about those lands.

In the Traveler’s own words:

“As the Internet’s only editorially independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering national parks and protected areas, National Parks Traveler (NPT) produces over 1,250 stories for the public for free each year in hopes of educating, informing and stimulating important discussion and debate about how the U.S. National Park System, national parks and protected areas worldwide are managed.

As a newly established nonprofit organization, our work is funded solely by private donations and small grants. However, with 1.5 million readers world-wide, a social media footprint of more than 300,000, and an annual growth rate of roughly 9.5%, the time has come for us to take our operations and organizational maturity to the next level.

In 2019, we hope to build infrastructure and enhance our data capturing systems, so we can more effectively deliver our mission and produce a stronger community impact by increasing the quantity, quality and ethical standards of investigative reporting and watchdog journalism for national parks and protected areas.”

To take the survey, click on the image at the top.

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“Stay On Walk”

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There are signs all along the boardwalks at the geyser basins telling visitors to “stay on walk,” While I didn’t see anybody actually walking off the boardwalk (there was this one moron who walked off the boardwalk to get an up-close and personal look at Old Faithful, but he did it at night and suffered bad burns for it while I was there), I did see people do stupid stuff at Norris Basin.

The first photo you see is a morning shot at Upper Geyser Basin, and I was getting an overall shot of the beautiful scene in front of me, including a leading line of the boardwalk and a portion of the sign.

The other two photos I took with my iPhone of people doing stupid stuff at Norris Basin. That first shot is of a lady from a tour bus who sat on the edge of the boardwalk and put her feet on the thin crust so her honey could get a fashionable shot of her. The second shot is of an idiot who decided to risk screwing with the delicate ecosystem there and leaned over to touch the foliage along the boardwalk. I was almost hoping he’d fall in so I could get a shot of that, too. I’m not very nice when it comes to seeing people do stuff they shouldn’t.

Another story comes to mind of a couple of friends I made while at Upper Geyser Basin. I’d hiked with them to Fairy Falls because they didn’t want me hiking alone in an area frequented by a bear. The following day, they’d walked to Morning Glory Pool (I got there a little later than they did) and they told me the story of a couple there at the pool, and the woman climbed over the fence there to squat next to the hot spring to get a photo of herself. When someone said something to her, she looked up and said “You’re not rangers.” My friends were flabbergasted. I asked them if they’d gotten a photo of that stupid creature and they said the woman quickly got her selfie and climbed back over the fence before they could get their smartphones out. Another one of those days when I wished I would have been there to get a photo and send it to the National Parks Traveler for posting as well as posting it to my own page. People don’t really realize just how thin that crust is out in the geyser basins and how hot and acidic that water really is. I read that some of the hot springs at Norris are as acidic as battery acid.

Stay On Walk, folks!

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Your Armchair Photography Guide To Olympic National Park, Part 3 – The Mountains

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The National Parks Traveler has published Part 3 of my Armchair Photography Guide to Olympic National Park. Part 3 deals with traveling to and photographing the mountains of this amazing park. To read the article, click on the photo above.

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