Light in the Trees

Photos are inevitably about light. It’s what makes a photo possible.  This jungle scene wouldn’t be as good if it weren’t for those beams of light breaking through the canopy to illuminate the forest floor. But then again, you’re not looking at the forest floor, are you? You’re looking at the light beams…. This scene…

Hyperinflation – A View from the Dark Continent

Many years ago I had the privilege to visit the Dark Continent, specifically the country of Zimbabwe in the midst of their darkest time. This was an experience that changed my perspective on the world in many profound ways. It grew my understanding of what true poverty looked like. What true beauty there is in…

Stewart Tree

Most who make the voyage across the Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island do so to see the native birds on the secluded island. However, the trees that are found here are an added reward for those who venture across the dangerous strait. Stewart is an oddity amongst New Zealand’s three largest islands. On the North and…

Burned Out

Five years ago today the Waldo Canyon Fire burned through the front range of the Rocky Mountains along the west side of Colorado Springs, Colorado. My wife and I moved to the area about a year earlier from a region of the country that had ample rain. As such, neither of us had ever experienced…

Arches Juniper

I don’t know what it is about Juniper trees, but I think they are the coolest looking trees out there. They aren’t even close to being the biggest, but they are rugged and look the part. Junipers can seemingly survive in any environment. I have seen them gnarled and twisted, clinging onto wind-swept cliff faces and I’ve…

Mountainous Beech

My wife and I had been tramping along on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand for nearly the entire day. The majority of this trail is covered in Beech tree forest. It was a crystal clear day, perfect for a backpacking trip in the Southern Alps. Late in the afternoon a few clouds started rolling in…

Sunrise on Snowy Terrain

Here in Colorado the snowy days seem to be behind us. The sun is melting the last of the snow-covered terrain. The spring flowers have begun to bloom and the trees have started to leaf. I love winter and winter sports so for me this is bitter-sweet. Luckily, all of Colorado’s seasons are amazing and I…

Grown from Stone

I really enjoy finding life thriving in unexpected places. This tree was growing out of the side of the massive granite monolith known as Stone Mountain in Georgia. A pine seed somehow found its way in to a crack in the stone and took root. Where do the roots go is my question. How does this tree…