Colorado Big

There is big and then there is Colorado Big! The elk in this photo is a big bull elk, but he is made to look small in the massive, mountainous landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park’s high country. I found him grazing in this high alpine field near the pass on Trail Ridge Road late last season. The…

Standing in Reflection

One of my favorite things to do is to take people I love to the places I love. So when my Mom and aunt came to visit me in Colorado I knew that the view from Aspen’s Maroon Lake of the Maroon Bells had to be on the itinerary. We arrived in the parking lot before…

Sunrise on the Hooker

My wife and I were very excited about our first day in New Zealand.  Not only were we in this exotic country, with all kinds of new experiences in front of us, but we were doing the entire trip in a camper-van (okay, only I was really excited about this). There is something about this…

Yosemite Clouds

A view of the sun setting at Yosemite National Park’s Glacier Point after a rather rainy day of hiking around in the Mariposa Grove. I find that a day spent in the rainy wilderness beats a crystal clear day spent inside. Still, I was elated to see the rain clouds part as my wife and I reached…

Rider’s View

My wife stops to take in the view of Snowmass Lake from Trail Rider’s Pass. This is a great place to stop for a snack and take in the colorful landscape along the very popular 26-mile Four Pass Loop backpacking trail. Don’t be up here too late or you’ll risk experiencing afternoon thunderstorms. This trail is…

Routeburn Flats

This golden valley is known as the Routeburn Flats. It’s the northeastern part of the Routeburn Track in New Zealand. The Routeburn is one of ten Great Walks in New Zealand. A Great Walk has been set aside by the country as a premium hiking trail. Permits are needed ahead of time to camp in a campsite…

Yosemite Field

Looking out across the valley floor of Yosemite National Park as the early morning mist still lightly covers the ground. This valley has sparked the imagination of many artists and poets. According to history.com, in 1864 Yosemite became the worlds first piece of land to be intrusted and protected by a state. That was eight years before…

Mount Cook

Standing at a height of 12,218′ is Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Also known as Aoraki to the Māori, which are New Zealand’s original inhabitants. I took this image from the well-defined and extremely popular Hooker Valley Track. This is a fairly easy 3 hour total out and back hike to the foot of the Hooker…

Mt. Gould

This is a closeup look at the formidable east wall of Mt. Gould in Glacier National Park. It is the highest point along the ridge formation known as the “garden wall.” This east wall plunges 4,000′ in less than half a mile. Want a view from the top? It is actually easier than it looks…