Browse by:

World Water Day: Remembering the art and spirit of Rachel Carson

It’s a dark, moody day here in Oregon. The rain, though, as gloomy as it feels on the second full day of spring, is a good thing. Drought stalks us. Climate change is upon us. Forecasters are already predicting another terrible fire season across the American West this summer. As if the world doesn’t already feel anxious enough….. At a recent National Geographic LIVE! event in Portland, photojournalist and conservationist Ami Vitale, who I met…

If the stars should appear

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson On Thanksgiving night last November, I sat for hours in a Wisconsin farm field practicing night photography. The conditions weren’t optimal. Although…

Too Close to Home: Flames Licking at our Heels

The air is so thick with smoke in Portland, Oregon USA from wildfires burning all around us this summer, that I can feel it in my eyes and throat. A light dusting of ash is visible on lawn furniture and cars. A couple of days ago, one of our most beautiful gems, the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, erupted into a human-caused inferno. The blaze is now more than 20,000 acres and has merged with…

The Magic of Infrared

Infrared photography has long been an interest of mine. I shot a little infrared film in college and have dabbled in it ever since. One aspect of photography that I’m fascinated with is capturing a view of the world that is real and surreal at once. I also experiment occasionally with long exposure digital infrared using an IR filter. Recently, I finally had my old Canon Rebel T2i converted to color digital infrared & am…

A Perfect Peace: Red Canyons & Earthen Domes

“Be still and the earth will speak to you.” –Navajo Proverb I recently flew into Las Vegas & rented a car for a whirlwind canyon lands tour to handle a few freelance assignments. The entire journey was outstanding. I finally took the plunge and purchased a new-to-me Fuji X-T1 as well & am certainly enjoying getting to know this amazing little machine. The beauty of Zion and Bryce National Parks can barely be described and…

Essay: At the Edge of Everything

Mooseskin Boats and Blind Dares: Navigating Our Way Back from the Edge of Oblivion by Gina Williams We’d driven south from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada towards the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary where the world’s largest remaining herd of wild bison roams. Of course, I’d looked at maps, but beyond Yellowknife, the provincial capital, the water-to-land ratio changes dramatically and it was difficult to see on paper what might be a dirt track through the lake country…

Capture of the Day: Gianluca Frosini

Italian photographer Gianluca Frosini shot this beautiful image of aurora in Iceland a few days before I joined the group in March. When I had the opportunity to try making some northern lights images myself for the first time, he was so helpful — finding a lens for me to borrow with an infinity focus setting focus and other features that made it much easier to me to capture the magic. I hope to go on…

Essay: Stone’s Throw From Hell

Human Intervention in the Middle of Nowhere by Gina Williams Originally published by Kudzu House Blood drips from the snake’s mouth and splatters in a semicircle on the hot asphalt. He’s coiled defensively in the road after being struck by a passing vehicle. The large gopher snake is hurt, angry, looking to blame, but he isn’t going to kill me, even if he does manage to strike. He isn’t venomous, and gopher snakes are constrictors.…