Ok, this post’s title is not very original , but it’s sort of a “two fer” post. The National Parks Traveler has published two of my articles. One of them is my monthly photo column – this month, it deals with photographing water. The other article is a Traveler Checklist with suggestions on things to do and see if you plan on visiting Olympic National Park.
To read the water photo column, click on the topmost image.
To read the Olympic National Park checklist, click on the waterfall image.
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I’m a day late in posting this – probably because I didn’t realize that March 22, 2021 was World Water Day. So, better late than never, I’m posting a water image the day after World Water Day.
We are a very lucky world to have so much life-giving water. It behooves us, as a species, to take better care of this precious resource. With climage change, I have a feeling that future battles will be fought over water.
As for this image, it was captured during a late August visit in 2019, and while there were people out there, there were not as many as I thought, given that it was summer. If you’ve never visited Olympic National Park, you should put it on your to-see bucket list. It’s a national park with a bit of everything: lush green temperate rainforests, ocean beaches, and rugged mountains.
I’m up early because the inside of my cheek is killing me. I had a back molar implant put in this past Wednesday and my cheek got the brunt of some burring work on the cap and the upper back molar. Bleah. So, I can’t sleep. I’ll take an aspirin after I have something for breakfast later. Whenever I can’t sleep, I get up, turn on the laptop, and work on photos. I’m still (and will be for months, I’m sure) cleaning up my photo website and I happened upon this image in my Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge gallery. It was an awesome morning on that June day. Sometimes, going to the refuge was a hit or miss prospect. I either saw lots of birdlife, like here, or no birdlife. On this stormy morning, not only were there large numbers of egrets and spoon bills, but the clouds were awesomely dramatic. Out of all the images I took at the refuge, this photo numbers as one of my favorites.
Portrait of A Moose Cow, Fishercap Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
Last week was Waterfall Wednesday, so this week, it’s all about the wildlife. This beautiful moose cow was photographed at Fishercap Lake in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, Montana. I’d already heard that moose sightings were common at this lake, so I spent different times of day photographing there. It was nice to be able to do this, since my timing was a little poor to visit this national park. The Sprague Fire was raging, and there was so much smoke in the air during that time, I could barely see the mountains for landscape images. So, I’m glad I was able to clearly focus on something else.
The waterfall at Falls Creek, Mount Rainier National Park
Whenever I enter Mount Rainier National Park via the Stevens Canyon entrance, I always stop at the Falls Creek pullout to photograph this waterfall. Depending upon the time of the year, it can be at full throttle, or a mere trickle. I also love photographing this waterfall because of the play of light and shadow, and the many shades of green. Plus, it’s good exercise for me in getting in a few “silky water” shots. During this particular instance, it was also good practice working with my new medium format Pentax 645z.
Calcite Springs (the steaming part) and the Yellowstone River
No matter where you drive within Yellowstone National Park, you’ll encounter a number of rivers running through the land. According to a newly-published article in the National Parks Traveler, the rivers of this park are key to understanding the hydrothermal activity there. Click on any of the photos to be taken to this article, then spend some time reading the other articles, as well.
Firehole River in Upper Geyser Basin (where Old Faithful is located)
The Lewis River, seen shortly after driving through the southern entrance to the park
Photo ops are found everywhere you walk along the trail at Schwabacher Landing
Everybody who visits this national park should make it out to Schwabacher Landing. Mornings provide wonderful light and still waters, but a visit anytime of the day is probably great for photos, I believe. The only warning I give is that the road down there is unpaved, with potholes and uneven surfaces. I carefully maneuvered my loaded Honda Fit along the road and made it in and out with no issues, but I thought I’d mention this, anyway. The parking lot, such as it is, doesn’t have much room to it, so you need to be careful there, too.
Once you are parked, just follow along the trail. Everywhere you look is a wonderful photo op.
Yellowstone National Park is such a large park, and so much more than geysers and wildlife. Really. Sure, all of us who visit this place get the iconic shots – well, if there is parking. And of course, it goes without saying, wildlife shots are always a draw. But, if you are in Yellowstone, even for just a day, try not to overwhelm yourself with trying to get those geyser and bison/wolf/bear shots. You might not be able to, you know. Instead, concentrate on what you observe around you, like this lovely little lake I saw through the trees shortly after entering the south entrance of the park. This image is also a nice example (although I didn’t do it deliberately), of a leading line, where the glassine waters and shoreline reflections lead the eye from the front of the image, to the back. This vertical shot also looks much better for that leading line effect than the horizontal one I also captured.
A serene morning at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
I’m all done with my national park portion of my road trip move from Texas to Washington State. I’ve visited 5 national parks on this trip and have come away with some stunning photos (imo). I’m in Bozeman, Montana, visiting friends and will leave tomorrow to continue on to central Washington. It’s been an awesome trip, so far, but I’m ready to see the end of the road (literally).
Here is an image I captured one early morning at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park. No visit is complete without a stop in this area. Be warned, though. Except for a very short portion of paved road, the rest of the route is a gravelly, bumpy, potholey drive to the parking area. And it’s best to arrive in the morning, not only for lovely lighting but to beat the crowds (if you visit in the summer). Do walk along the trail as far as you can, because there are many views with still water and mountain reflections all along the way.
Hi Everybody! I just returned from a week’s vacation on Mount Desert Island, Maine. I had an amazing time, despite the %$@##!! government shutdown.
Since I tend to plan my vacations around national parks so I have possible photographic and writing material for the National Parks Traveler, I wrote up an article about a sea kayak tour I took with the hopes of seeing Acadia National Park from that vantage point.
By the way, the Traveler is having a membership drive. You should go check them out. There are always timely articles about the national parks (by that, I mean other articles in addition to my own wonderful contributions – grin) and a number of agencies have ads for discounts, etc on this site. Might help you plan your own trip to a national park (when the shutdown ends, that is – or, at least to a national park in Utah, where state funds are paying for the parks’ maintenance).
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