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2016-09-29 02:27:11 (21 comments; 11 reshares; 169 +1s; )Open 

On Saturday, we took advantage of the only sunny day of our first week in Alaska for a flight above Kenai Fjords National Park, and it was in a shining helicopter rather than the usual scrappy Alaskan bush plane. Even inside the canopy, it was extremely windy, but having the doors off allowed me to shoot backlit without window flare, such as in this shot where the Aialik Fjord waters shimmer. #nationalparks #findyourpark

Only 3 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Most reshares: 18

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2017-02-13 20:38:58 (7 comments; 18 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 

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2017-02-09 00:34:10 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 177 +1s; )Open 

The highlight of the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias National Park was to walk into a crevasse carved via meltwater from the bottom, an experience which reminded me of a slot canyon.

Treasured Lands is back in print! http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

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2017-02-22 20:17:28 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Bear Glacier, extending over 10 miles, is the longest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

Bear Glacier, extending over 10 miles, is the longest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-02-21 20:49:00 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park. By shooting backlit, I created a shimmering effect on the water. The window would have caused flare, so removing it was worth it, even though with the doors removed, the back of the helicopter was one of the windiest places I have ever experienced! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park. By shooting backlit, I created a shimmering effect on the water. The window would have caused flare, so removing it was worth it, even though with the doors removed, the back of the helicopter was one of the windiest places I have ever experienced! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ___

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2017-02-20 21:47:15 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

In Alaska, much of backcountry access is by small plane. When planning an aerial session in Kenai Fjords National Park, I was excited to notice that helicopter flights have become available there. Read about my experience of shooting the park this way: qtl.us/2m1KIhR


In Alaska, much of backcountry access is by small plane. When planning an aerial session in Kenai Fjords National Park, I was excited to notice that helicopter flights have become available there. Read about my experience of shooting the park this way: qtl.us/2m1KIhR
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2017-02-19 02:49:02 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Since the terminus of Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords NP) is now much steeper than before, the danger posed by falling ice is considerably higher. If a bloc of ice was to detach itself further high, it could roll down quite a ways, so I stayed at a respectful distance from the terminus. It didn’t take long for the glacier to change. The free standing arch that intrigued me the day before had already collapsed the next day! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

Since the terminus of Exit Glacier (Kenai Fjords NP) is now much steeper than before, the danger posed by falling ice is considerably higher. If a bloc of ice was to detach itself further high, it could roll down quite a ways, so I stayed at a respectful distance from the terminus. It didn’t take long for the glacier to change. The free standing arch that intrigued me the day before had already collapsed the next day! Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ___

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2017-02-17 23:00:26 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

The flow of the glacial stream of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park was strong. Even in knee-depth water, the force of the flow worried me. I definitively needed my hiking poles for the crossing. Even without listening to the stream’s roar, you can tell its power from the fact that it is now carrying icebergs, which I never saw in my visits of a decade ago. Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ

The flow of the glacial stream of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park was strong. Even in knee-depth water, the force of the flow worried me. I definitively needed my hiking poles for the crossing. Even without listening to the stream’s roar, you can tell its power from the fact that it is now carrying icebergs, which I never saw in my visits of a decade ago. Read more: qtl.us/2l5yCmQ___

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2017-02-16 22:15:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

I am thrilled and grateful that today "Treasured Lands" cracked for the 1st time the top 1000 (out of 8,000,000) books on Amazon, as measured by Amazon's own Best Sellers Rank - lower is better. Find out what all this interest is about: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

I am thrilled and grateful that today "Treasured Lands" cracked for the 1st time the top 1000 (out of 8,000,000) books on Amazon, as measured by Amazon's own Best Sellers Rank - lower is better. Find out what all this interest is about: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-02-16 07:41:28 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

In the late afternoon, Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is in the shade, and under those conditions, the ice takes its characteristic blue tint. Water flowed out of the glacier from underneath an intriguing free-standing ice arch, and carried out icebergs. I immediately wanted to get closer: http://qtl.us/2l5yCmQ


In the late afternoon, Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is in the shade, and under those conditions, the ice takes its characteristic blue tint. Water flowed out of the glacier from underneath an intriguing free-standing ice arch, and carried out icebergs. I immediately wanted to get closer: http://qtl.us/2l5yCmQ
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2017-02-15 01:27:28 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

The combination of easy access, interpretive signage, and dramatic change makes Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park possibly the best place in the world to witness glacial retreat with your own eyes. I last visited Exit Glacier in the fall of 2016. Although I was expecting to see changes, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to the end of the trail. It was enclosed by fence lines to prevent visitors from continuing further since the terrain beyond was too steep to be safe. Standing there, I was separated from the glacier by a distance of hundreds of yards. Yet a sign showed that the glacier reached this point in 2010.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 


The combination of easy access, interpretive signage, and dramatic change makes Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park possibly the best place in the world to witness glacial retreat with your own eyes. I last visited Exit Glacier in the fall of 2016. Although I was expecting to see changes, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to the end of the trail. It was enclosed by fence lines to prevent visitors from continuing further since the terrain beyond was too steep to be safe. Standing there, I was separated from the glacier by a distance of hundreds of yards. Yet a sign showed that the glacier reached this point in 2010.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 
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2017-02-13 20:38:58 (7 comments; 18 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ 

Exit Glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in Alaska. After a short drive out of Seward, a pleasant city with plenty of amenities, you walk on a good trail to the edge of the glacier. The walk is getting longer as the glacier is retreating, but in 2016, it was only about a mile each way.

Read more: Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP: Best Place Anywhere to Witness Glacial Retreat ? qtl.us/2l5yCmQ ___

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2017-02-13 06:04:49 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Once inside an ice cave, the floor is quite muddy, and low ceilings require some contortions and crawling. A reward for getting wet and dirty below the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias National Park is to experience the variety of textures and patterns of the walls.

More: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA


Once inside an ice cave, the floor is quite muddy, and low ceilings require some contortions and crawling. A reward for getting wet and dirty below the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias National Park is to experience the variety of textures and patterns of the walls.

More: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA
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2017-02-10 20:51:03 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Glacier caves, often called ice caves, are caves formed within the ice of a glacier, often by water flowing underneath the glacier. Iceland has probably the best ice caves in the world. At lower latitudes, they are often unstable, like the Mt Rainier Paradise ice caves which are now mostly collapsed. By contrast, Alaska's latitude is northern enough to offer stable ice caves even at lower elevations, and a main goal of my exploration of the Root Glacier was to photograph ice caves. The reward is experiencing that mystic blue glow passing through the translucent walls of ice.


Glacier caves, often called ice caves, are caves formed within the ice of a glacier, often by water flowing underneath the glacier. Iceland has probably the best ice caves in the world. At lower latitudes, they are often unstable, like the Mt Rainier Paradise ice caves which are now mostly collapsed. By contrast, Alaska's latitude is northern enough to offer stable ice caves even at lower elevations, and a main goal of my exploration of the Root Glacier was to photograph ice caves. The reward is experiencing that mystic blue glow passing through the translucent walls of ice.
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2017-02-09 00:34:10 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 177 +1s; )Open 

The highlight of the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias National Park was to walk into a crevasse carved via meltwater from the bottom, an experience which reminded me of a slot canyon.

Treasured Lands is back in print! http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

The highlight of the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias National Park was to walk into a crevasse carved via meltwater from the bottom, an experience which reminded me of a slot canyon.

Treasured Lands is back in print! http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-02-08 02:27:37 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Besides the fact that you are wearing crampons, the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias is not more difficult than a normal hike, and you get to explore an otherworldly environment that you would not expect from looking at the glacier from a distance, such as those walls of ice towering above you. Have you hiked on a glacier yet ?


Besides the fact that you are wearing crampons, the Root Glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias is not more difficult than a normal hike, and you get to explore an otherworldly environment that you would not expect from looking at the glacier from a distance, such as those walls of ice towering above you. Have you hiked on a glacier yet ?
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2017-02-06 21:20:26 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Although Wrangell-St Elias is a national park of immense size – the largest of all with immense potential for exploration, perhaps none of the experiences it offers is as accessible and remarkable as exploring its Root Glacier. Find out what I discovered by spending a day wandering above and also under the ice: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA


Although Wrangell-St Elias is a national park of immense size – the largest of all with immense potential for exploration, perhaps none of the experiences it offers is as accessible and remarkable as exploring its Root Glacier. Find out what I discovered by spending a day wandering above and also under the ice: http://qtl.us/2kEwyBA
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2017-02-04 23:31:18 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

Lakes of various sizes abound along the Nabesna Road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. From a pull-out, the lake is obstructed, but by strolling down a short distance, I found a fine view.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn

Lakes of various sizes abound along the Nabesna Road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. From a pull-out, the lake is obstructed, but by strolling down a short distance, I found a fine view.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-02-02 18:38:23 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 


The Nabesna road in Wrangell-St Elias provides access to the expected experience of a national park: a beautiful scenic drive that leads to several trailheads for great hikes, with a campground and lodges available. But unlike on other park roads, you won’t have to share with experience with a crowd. The Wrangell range comprises some of the most voluminous volcanoes in the world.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn


The Nabesna road in Wrangell-St Elias provides access to the expected experience of a national park: a beautiful scenic drive that leads to several trailheads for great hikes, with a campground and lodges available. But unlike on other park roads, you won’t have to share with experience with a crowd. The Wrangell range comprises some of the most voluminous volcanoes in the world.

Treasured Lands is back in print: http://qtl.us/trla-amzn___

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2017-02-01 22:53:32 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

For a day hike starting from the Nabesna road, I picked the Skookum Volcano Trail, possibly the most rewarding and unique of the several hikes accessed from the road. By contrast to the soaring Wrangell mountains, substantial erosion has reduced Skookum Creek Volcano (7,125 feet), an old shield volcano, to a modest size, but also revealed fantastic shapes and colors unexpected in this landscape.

More: qtl.us/2kF3wyq

For a day hike starting from the Nabesna road, I picked the Skookum Volcano Trail, possibly the most rewarding and unique of the several hikes accessed from the road. By contrast to the soaring Wrangell mountains, substantial erosion has reduced Skookum Creek Volcano (7,125 feet), an old shield volcano, to a modest size, but also revealed fantastic shapes and colors unexpected in this landscape.

More: qtl.us/2kF3wyq___

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2017-02-01 01:37:25 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

While exploring the Nabesna ghost town in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, I saw a group of cabins that from the outside looked exactly like many others in the area. However, upon entering them, I was astonished by the amount of stuff scattered in there. What is the best ghost town you have visited ?


While exploring the Nabesna ghost town in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, I saw a group of cabins that from the outside looked exactly like many others in the area. However, upon entering them, I was astonished by the amount of stuff scattered in there. What is the best ghost town you have visited ?
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2017-01-27 19:30:40 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

The large Nabesna mill building is still full of machinery and hardware. By contrast with other sanitized sizes, you can wander around everywhere in Nabesna (Wrangell-St Elias National Park) make your own discoveries as if you were the first visitor happening into a lost world, and see what the mines looked like when they just closed. Would you think such a building is too dangerous to enter ?

The large Nabesna mill building is still full of machinery and hardware. By contrast with other sanitized sizes, you can wander around everywhere in Nabesna (Wrangell-St Elias National Park) make your own discoveries as if you were the first visitor happening into a lost world, and see what the mines looked like when they just closed. Would you think such a building is too dangerous to enter ?___

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2017-01-26 23:58:02 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Rocky Mountain became a National Park on that day in 1915. Here is my favorite place to photograph in the park: qtl.us/2k8XD06

This is a photo included in http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Rocky Mountain became a National Park on that day in 1915. Here is my favorite place to photograph in the park: qtl.us/2k8XD06

This is a photo included in http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2017-01-25 21:19:14 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

As I noticed the rain easing off a bit, I led our group up a steep and rather unstable trail along a chute above the Rambler Mine in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. All of the sudden a double rainbow appeared. It was such a transcendent moment because it had been raining most of the day so far. If you want to see a rainbow, you have to get out in the rain!

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX

As I noticed the rain easing off a bit, I led our group up a steep and rather unstable trail along a chute above the Rambler Mine in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. All of the sudden a double rainbow appeared. It was such a transcendent moment because it had been raining most of the day so far. If you want to see a rainbow, you have to get out in the rain!

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX___

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2017-01-25 00:20:06 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 101 +1s; )Open 


The entrance of the Rambler mine in the forgotten ghost town of Nabesna, at the end of a 42-mile unpaved road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska. That the national parks preserve some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation make it easy to forget that they also feature many sites where one can learn about the nation’s history. Although I am drawn to the natural beauty, I am also intrigued by the lives of those who came there before.

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX


The entrance of the Rambler mine in the forgotten ghost town of Nabesna, at the end of a 42-mile unpaved road in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska. That the national parks preserve some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation make it easy to forget that they also feature many sites where one can learn about the nation’s history. Although I am drawn to the natural beauty, I am also intrigued by the lives of those who came there before.

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX___

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2017-01-22 23:23:02 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

For something a bit different within our national parks, I visited the incredibly raw and well-preserved mining ghost town of Nabesna, an almost unknown gem in the quiet northern corner of Wrangell-St Elias, our largest national park. Who had heard of Nabesna before ?

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX

For something a bit different within our national parks, I visited the incredibly raw and well-preserved mining ghost town of Nabesna, an almost unknown gem in the quiet northern corner of Wrangell-St Elias, our largest national park. Who had heard of Nabesna before ?

Read More: http://qtl.us/2iOhXDX___

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2017-01-20 05:08:37 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

After the Vegas Valley Book Festival where I launched Treasured Lands, I drove to Bryce Canyon National Park to stretch my legs on the 8-mile Fairlyland Loop trail where I greatly enjoyed the relative quiet and diversity of scenery. The reflected light from sunrise backlight in the image made the hoodoos look almost transparent.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp


After the Vegas Valley Book Festival where I launched Treasured Lands, I drove to Bryce Canyon National Park to stretch my legs on the 8-mile Fairlyland Loop trail where I greatly enjoyed the relative quiet and diversity of scenery. The reflected light from sunrise backlight in the image made the hoodoos look almost transparent.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp
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2017-01-17 01:17:39 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

Pinnacles became in a National Park on this day in 2013. Happy anniversary! Here is my favorite spot to photograph in the park: qtl.us/1Ns95xI 

Pinnacles became in a National Park on this day in 2013. Happy anniversary! Here is my favorite spot to photograph in the park: qtl.us/1Ns95xI ___

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2017-01-09 21:19:14 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 



Although in Katmai National Park we did not miss the bears nor the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, my favorite part of the trip was hiking up another peak, Dumpling Mountain, 2,400 feet above Brooks Camp, where besides the views that I had for myself on that rainy day, the tundra delighted with its mosaic of autumn colors.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp



Although in Katmai National Park we did not miss the bears nor the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, my favorite part of the trip was hiking up another peak, Dumpling Mountain, 2,400 feet above Brooks Camp, where besides the views that I had for myself on that rainy day, the tundra delighted with its mosaic of autumn colors.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp___

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2017-01-05 18:27:30 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

On the only sunny day of that week, I was pleased to go on an overnight backpacking trip and at least hike up a peak for the first time in the year, Tanalian Mountain in Lake Clark National Park. The trail climbed 3,200 feet for stunning views of Lake Clark, and on the way down I photographed the only colorful sunset of the whole trip.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp

On the only sunny day of that week, I was pleased to go on an overnight backpacking trip and at least hike up a peak for the first time in the year, Tanalian Mountain in Lake Clark National Park. The trail climbed 3,200 feet for stunning views of Lake Clark, and on the way down I photographed the only colorful sunset of the whole trip.

From: 2016 in Review http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp___

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2017-01-04 21:28:48 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

Since this was my fourth visit to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, I didn’t expect much, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that in less than a decade, the glacier had retreated several hundreds yards and its terminus had changed dramatically. To approach it, we had to cross streams with swift, knee-depth, and frigid flow.

from my 2016 year recap: http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp

Since this was my fourth visit to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, I didn’t expect much, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that in less than a decade, the glacier had retreated several hundreds yards and its terminus had changed dramatically. To approach it, we had to cross streams with swift, knee-depth, and frigid flow.

from my 2016 year recap: http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp___

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2017-01-03 23:10:26 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

My most unique experience in Wrangell St Elias National Park was to scramble under the edge of the glacier into ice caves where we were underneath surreally blue ice. It felt like I spent half of the year in a cave, so that's an appropriate image to highlight from my 2016 year recap: http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp

My most unique experience in Wrangell St Elias National Park was to scramble under the edge of the glacier into ice caves where we were underneath surreally blue ice. It felt like I spent half of the year in a cave, so that's an appropriate image to highlight from my 2016 year recap: http://qtl.us/2hSo9qp___

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2016-12-19 22:13:23 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

The sun set on Kobuk Valley National Park at 1pm last week and will not rise again until the end of the year. That's one of the reasons which makes Kobuk Valley National Park the least visited of the 59 national parks: http://qtl.us/2hmqdtb

The sun set on Kobuk Valley National Park at 1pm last week and will not rise again until the end of the year. That's one of the reasons which makes Kobuk Valley National Park the least visited of the 59 national parks: http://qtl.us/2hmqdtb___

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2016-12-15 23:54:06 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

Kobuk Valley National Park is the least visited of the 59 national parks, because it is arguably the most difficult to access. The most natural way of traveling Kobuk Valley National Park is along the Kobuk River. Read how: http://qtl.us/2hmqdtb

Kobuk Valley National Park is the least visited of the 59 national parks, because it is arguably the most difficult to access. The most natural way of traveling Kobuk Valley National Park is along the Kobuk River. Read how: http://qtl.us/2hmqdtb___

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2016-12-13 19:12:10 (4 comments; 9 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

In this pair of posts, I take a look at the other photographers who have visited all 59 US national parks (http://qtl.us/2h2MSY0) and I contrast my travel approach to theirs using the example of Kobuk Valley National Park, the least visited of the national parks: http://qtl.us/2hmqdtb


In this pair of posts, I take a look at the other photographers who have visited all 59 US national parks (http://qtl.us/2h2MSY0) and I contrast my travel approach to theirs using the example of Kobuk Valley National Park, the least visited of the national parks: http://qtl.us/2hmqdtb
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2016-12-08 19:22:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

I am honored that the New York Times opened their book round-up with a review of "Treasured Lands" (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com) calling it the "most glorious" of the books published on the occasion of the National Park Service Centennial: http://qtl.us/2h3PZCA

I am honored that the New York Times opened their book round-up with a review of "Treasured Lands" (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com) calling it the "most glorious" of the books published on the occasion of the National Park Service Centennial: http://qtl.us/2h3PZCA___

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2016-12-06 19:37:00 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

A feature that sets "Treasured Lands" (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com) apart is that for each national park, a double-page spread provides travel and photography notes about each photograph, keyed to a map. The PDF ebook that duplicates the contents of those notes is now ready. If you own Treasured Lands, refer to page 13 to access it. 

A feature that sets "Treasured Lands" (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com) apart is that for each national park, a double-page spread provides travel and photography notes about each photograph, keyed to a map. The PDF ebook that duplicates the contents of those notes is now ready. If you own Treasured Lands, refer to page 13 to access it. ___

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2016-12-04 21:03:14 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

There is more to fall foliage then trees! At northern latitudes, the ground cover takes on magnificent colors in autumn. This is was October from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine an image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

There is more to fall foliage then trees! At northern latitudes, the ground cover takes on magnificent colors in autumn. This is was October from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine an image from http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2016-11-19 19:02:55 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 155 +1s; )Open 

One of the most remarkable features of the cost of Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, is the concentration of beautiful sea caves. Many of them form a tunnel, which means that you enter via one end, and exit via a different end, which makes for a fun exploration.

From "Exploring the Channel Islands Sea Caves by Kayak": http://qtl.us/2g5P6cK

One of the most remarkable features of the cost of Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, is the concentration of beautiful sea caves. Many of them form a tunnel, which means that you enter via one end, and exit via a different end, which makes for a fun exploration.

From "Exploring the Channel Islands Sea Caves by Kayak": http://qtl.us/2g5P6cK___

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2016-11-12 19:19:54 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

I had stood on top of the same cliffs on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, but did not suspect the beauty which could be seen by entering them from water level, a short distance below.

From "Exploring the Channel Islands Sea Caves by Kayak": http://qtl.us/2g5P6cK

I had stood on top of the same cliffs on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, but did not suspect the beauty which could be seen by entering them from water level, a short distance below.

From "Exploring the Channel Islands Sea Caves by Kayak": http://qtl.us/2g5P6cK___

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2016-10-13 19:25:55 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

If you live in the Las Vegas area, here's a chance to see my prints and hear me. "Treasured Lands" (the exhibit) will be on display in Las Vegas at the Major's Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. from Oct 6 through Nov 22. I will speak at the Vegas Valley Book Festival (http://www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org) on Oct 15th at 3PM and this serves as a book launch event for "Treasured Lands" (the book). All events at the Vegas Valley Book Festival are free.


If you live in the Las Vegas area, here's a chance to see my prints and hear me. "Treasured Lands" (the exhibit) will be on display in Las Vegas at the Major's Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. from Oct 6 through Nov 22. I will speak at the Vegas Valley Book Festival (http://www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org) on Oct 15th at 3PM and this serves as a book launch event for "Treasured Lands" (the book). All events at the Vegas Valley Book Festival are free.
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2016-10-11 20:58:56 (12 comments; 10 reshares; 157 +1s; )Open 

Thursday was bear day, spent at Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park. I had visited the place in July, and was curious about September. It turned out to be a great time to visit, with fall color and far fewer crowds than in summer: even the Brooks Falls platform was never full, whereas in July there was a waiting list and a 1 hour time limit, and this one a decade and half ago. One of the reasons might have been that some of the most interesting activity took place at the lower platform, but that one also never filled up. Bears were less active at the falls, but overall their activity was more diverse, and they looked great: fat and happy!

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Thursday was bear day, spent at Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park. I had visited the place in July, and was curious about September. It turned out to be a great time to visit, with fall color and far fewer crowds than in summer: even the Brooks Falls platform was never full, whereas in July there was a waiting list and a 1 hour time limit, and this one a decade and half ago. One of the reasons might have been that some of the most interesting activity took place at the lower platform, but that one also never filled up. Bears were less active at the falls, but overall their activity was more diverse, and they looked great: fat and happy!

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2016-10-09 00:47:32 (20 comments; 4 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

On Wednesday, the rain resumed (doesn’t it sound familiar ?), but on the way back from the campsite at Kontrashibuna Lake, in Lake Clark National Park, I photographed a beautiful intimate forest scene with the ground vegetation providing great color. Fall color is not only on the trees! By now, I have photographed fall color in almost each national park where it can be found. Check out my article on that subject in the October issue of Outdoor Photographer!

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On Wednesday, the rain resumed (doesn’t it sound familiar ?), but on the way back from the campsite at Kontrashibuna Lake, in Lake Clark National Park, I photographed a beautiful intimate forest scene with the ground vegetation providing great color. Fall color is not only on the trees! By now, I have photographed fall color in almost each national park where it can be found. Check out my article on that subject in the October issue of Outdoor Photographer!

Shipping now: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2016-10-04 15:47:32 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

Alaska week 2: On Monday, we flew to Lake Clark National Park. That day saw the most heavy rain of our trip, and it was also the day we were set to start a backpacking outing! After hanging out in Port Alsworth, hoping for the weather to improve, we resolved to hit the trail. At one point, the rain let out a bit, and at the same time I found an opening in the trees along the mostly forested trail, that let me create this layered composition with a beaver pond in the foreground and Lake Clark in the background. This turned out a favorite of the Treasured Lands art director, and we will be using it in the second printing of the book.

Just released! http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

Alaska week 2: On Monday, we flew to Lake Clark National Park. That day saw the most heavy rain of our trip, and it was also the day we were set to start a backpacking outing! After hanging out in Port Alsworth, hoping for the weather to improve, we resolved to hit the trail. At one point, the rain let out a bit, and at the same time I found an opening in the trees along the mostly forested trail, that let me create this layered composition with a beaver pond in the foreground and Lake Clark in the background. This turned out a favorite of the Treasured Lands art director, and we will be using it in the second printing of the book.

Just released! http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2016-10-01 20:07:27 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

A few reviews of "Treasured Lands" are in. Independent Publisher Magazine calls it "The best book about [the National Parks] yet to be published" http://qtl.us/2cRj5PC

Less than 12 hours left to take advantage of the pre-order pricing (15% off on Signed or Limited copies when you use the promotional code: prelaunch) and the bonus material.

To order your copy, go to http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

A few reviews of "Treasured Lands" are in. Independent Publisher Magazine calls it "The best book about [the National Parks] yet to be published" http://qtl.us/2cRj5PC

Less than 12 hours left to take advantage of the pre-order pricing (15% off on Signed or Limited copies when you use the promotional code: prelaunch) and the bonus material.

To order your copy, go to http://TreasuredLandsBook.com___

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2016-09-29 19:35:23 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 


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On Sunday, the rain returned, but this set up the perfect mood for exploring the base of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Since this was my fourth visit to the location, the most accessible of any Alaskan National Park, I didn’t expect much, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that in less than a decade, the glacier had retreated several hundreds yards and its terminus had changed dramatically. Once a gentle place where you could touch the ice, it was now steep and too dangerous to stand close. To approach it, we had to cross streams where the flow was very swift, more than knee-deep, and glacially (what else to expect ?) frigid.





Only 2 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

On Sunday, the rain returned, but this set up the perfect mood for exploring the base of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Since this was my fourth visit to the location, the most accessible of any Alaskan National Park, I didn’t expect much, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that in less than a decade, the glacier had retreated several hundreds yards and its terminus had changed dramatically. Once a gentle place where you could touch the ice, it was now steep and too dangerous to stand close. To approach it, we had to cross streams where the flow was very swift, more than knee-deep, and glacially (what else to expect ?) frigid.


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2016-09-29 02:27:11 (21 comments; 11 reshares; 169 +1s; )Open 

On Saturday, we took advantage of the only sunny day of our first week in Alaska for a flight above Kenai Fjords National Park, and it was in a shining helicopter rather than the usual scrappy Alaskan bush plane. Even inside the canopy, it was extremely windy, but having the doors off allowed me to shoot backlit without window flare, such as in this shot where the Aialik Fjord waters shimmer. #nationalparks #findyourpark

Only 3 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

On Saturday, we took advantage of the only sunny day of our first week in Alaska for a flight above Kenai Fjords National Park, and it was in a shining helicopter rather than the usual scrappy Alaskan bush plane. Even inside the canopy, it was extremely windy, but having the doors off allowed me to shoot backlit without window flare, such as in this shot where the Aialik Fjord waters shimmer. #nationalparks #findyourpark

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2016-09-25 20:40:57 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

We spent most of Friday exploring the Root Glacier out of Kennecott in Wrangell St Elias National Park. The glacier surface delighted with unexpected features like canyons, and waterfalls, but the most unique experience was to scramble under the edge of the glacier into ice caves where we were underneath surreally blue ice.

Only 7 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

We spent most of Friday exploring the Root Glacier out of Kennecott in Wrangell St Elias National Park. The glacier surface delighted with unexpected features like canyons, and waterfalls, but the most unique experience was to scramble under the edge of the glacier into ice caves where we were underneath surreally blue ice.

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2016-09-24 04:13:41 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

On Thursday, we drove from the Kendesnii Campground (only one in 13K square-mile Wrangell St Elias National Park) to the Mc Carthy footbridge, enjoying our first day in Alaska with (almost) no rain, and our first view of the Wrangell Mountains, which so far had hidden in the clouds.

Only 8 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

On Thursday, we drove from the Kendesnii Campground (only one in 13K square-mile Wrangell St Elias National Park) to the Mc Carthy footbridge, enjoying our first day in Alaska with (almost) no rain, and our first view of the Wrangell Mountains, which so far had hidden in the clouds.

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2016-09-23 03:36:12 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 


On Wednesday, we hiked the rugged Skookum Volcano Trail from the Nabesna Road in Wrangell St Elias National Park. The trail leads to a beautiful high pass through an eroded volcanic system with interesting shapes and colors. The high tundra offered sweeping views and we saw many Dall sheep. At the pass, instead of going back safely, we opted for the unknown and discovery of descending off trail on the other side.

Only 9 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 


On Wednesday, we hiked the rugged Skookum Volcano Trail from the Nabesna Road in Wrangell St Elias National Park. The trail leads to a beautiful high pass through an eroded volcanic system with interesting shapes and colors. The high tundra offered sweeping views and we saw many Dall sheep. At the pass, instead of going back safely, we opted for the unknown and discovery of descending off trail on the other side.

Only 9 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com ___

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2016-09-22 15:58:44 (13 comments; 10 reshares; 163 +1s; )Open 

On Tuesday, we spent the whole day exploring the mines and ghost towns at the end of the Nabesna Road in Wrangell St Elias National Park. Although those are maybe the most interesting in the North, they are much less known and much more raw than the Kennecott site, and we made incredible discoveries. The day's magical moment had nothing to do with history, though. It happened when we took a hike above the Rambler Mine, and it made it worth it spending most of the entire day in the rain.

Only 10 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com 

On Tuesday, we spent the whole day exploring the mines and ghost towns at the end of the Nabesna Road in Wrangell St Elias National Park. Although those are maybe the most interesting in the North, they are much less known and much more raw than the Kennecott site, and we made incredible discoveries. The day's magical moment had nothing to do with history, though. It happened when we took a hike above the Rambler Mine, and it made it worth it spending most of the entire day in the rain.

Only 10 days left for pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com ___

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2016-09-21 07:04:07 (17 comments; 8 reshares; 160 +1s; )Open 

On Monday, it rained solidly upon arrival in Anchorage. I thought day would be total loss, but on the way to Wrangell St Elias, the rain eased enough for shots of the Matanuska Glacier. Ah, seeing a glacier after waking up in San Jose CA... To make up for lack of connectivity during just completed Alaska trip, I will be posting for the next two weeks an image per day from that trip.


On Monday, it rained solidly upon arrival in Anchorage. I thought day would be total loss, but on the way to Wrangell St Elias, the rain eased enough for shots of the Matanuska Glacier. Ah, seeing a glacier after waking up in San Jose CA... To make up for lack of connectivity during just completed Alaska trip, I will be posting for the next two weeks an image per day from that trip.
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2016-09-02 18:06:58 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

The only constant is change. Lots in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone since I visited 20 years ago!

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The only constant is change. Lots in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone since I visited 20 years ago!

Don't miss special pre-publication offer: http://TreasuredLandsBook.com

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