I was recently invited to attend and present at a conference in Los Angeles, California at the end of March. Though excited about the conference, I immediately started wondering if I could spin this trip into a brief photo safari? Once I had determined that yes, in fact I could add a couple of days to the trip, the only thing left to decide was where I was going to go.
I love to visit beautiful places and try to make photographs of what I see there. Getting up early to catch the morning light usually means that there are few, if any, other people around. Enjoying the start of a day in a peaceful and tranquil setting is a moment to be treasured, and if I am able to come away with a photograph that does justice to the scene I witnessed, then that is a bonus.
When it comes to landscape photography, I am fortunate to live in a state as beautiful as Maine is. Right in my own back yard there is some of the most striking scenery any photographer could imagine. We have majestic mountains to the north and west, strong and powerful rivers throughout the state, and a rugged and scenic coastline that stretches for miles.
While I love the wonderful landscapes of Maine, I am also drawn to explore other parts of the world. Places that are different, special and unique… and Death Valley can certainly be considered one of the most impressive areas on this planet. The image in this first blog post was made back in the summer of 2007 on the Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells… the temperatures that week were running in the low 120’s! Looking at the average temps for when I am going to be in Death Valley in late March, it should be a very comfortable 80 degrees or so, and I am very excited about being able to make what I hope will be some cool photographs from this trip.
Check back again soon and I will begin to detail my preparations for what should be an amazing trip.