Last Christmas we took a few days and headed up to White Mountains of Arizona in search of snow. We were treated to a White Christmas that will be remembered for years to come. The strong winds during the storm left behind some unique abstracts in the snow drifts. I loved the variance of texture and shadow throughout this particular image.
Located on the Washington coast, the Hoh Rain Forest (Olympic National Park) receives anywhere from 140 to 170 inches (12 to 14 feet!) of rain annually. Surrounded by moss-laden spruce giants, the trek through the rain forest provides a plethora of imaginary treats for the mind. When the sun does peek through it dapples the forest offering a dreamy perspective of what could be.
There is nothing quite like standing among giant Redwoods of Northern California to provide a little better perspective on how large the world is around us. Visiting on a day when the paths were mostly void of human traffic, I was able slow down my pace and spend some time letting the forest tell its own story.
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Even though the weather never cleared out this particular day in the Olympic Rain Forest, there were still a few compositional opportunities. The fog rolling in from the Pacific over the Olympic Range added just the right amount of atmosphere. While we never got a visual of Hurricane Ridge, just exploring the peninsula was enough. This moody image seemed to reflect our impressions of this magical place.
Moonrise over Canyon Lake (Arizona). After all these years it still amazes me that there is such a small window of time to capture certain events, such as this moonrise. It will not pause and wait for you to get set up. I like to use my Sky Guide phone app which helps me navigate to the exact location so I can prep in advance for the shot. This permits me to experiment with settings for something perhaps a little different.