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We just returned from a short trip to Yosemite National Park.  We were so excited to visit during winter but the week we headed out it looked very bad on the "winter" front.  Temperatures had been warm and no new snow had fallen.  We were certain there would be no winter to be found, so you can imagine our surprise when we entered the park to see a fresh dusting of snow that had fallen the night before.  It wasn't a lot but we were thrilled to see Yosemite wearing a thin coat of white.  It was magical!  Following are a few of our favorite shots we took over the two days we were there.

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In June 2012 we visited Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time.  We only had a couple of days to spend there, but that was enough time to get some amazing nature photography!  The landscapes were impressive as were the amount of big game and small critters available to see.  Elk were everywhere and I had a very close encounter with one particularly impressive bull.  While in a crouched position, I waited with my wide angle lens as one grazed nearby.  As he approached, I remained very still and snapped away.  By the time I realized how close he had gotten, it was too late to move without spooking him.  I just sat and he kept moving ever closer.  Finally he was within arm's reach and I just froze.  I took no photos during this time for fear the sound of the shutter would startle him, putting me in harms way.  He stopped grazing for a moment and lifted his head from the grass to lock eyes with mine.  It was magical.  What a humbling experience to be in such close proximity to such a majestic creature.  I waited until he was comfortable moving on and finally I got up and walked away, shaken but so thankful for this once-in-a lifetime experience!  These are some of our favorite shots from our trip!

Beautiful Bull Elk
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Moose Grazing
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Pika Dining on Flower
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Bull Elk
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Pika (Left) and Marmot (Right)
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Chipmunk (Left) and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ewe Molting (Right)
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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ewes (molting) and Lambs
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After leaving Tuscany, we continued north to the Dolomite Mountains.  Their beauty was immense and staggering beyond words!  We loved everything about this region.  From our amazing hotel, to the shear grandeur of the peaks surrounding us, to the melodic sounds of cow bells ringing across open meadows, to the crisp autumn air, this was the kind of place that fills your soul with peace ... it was magical!  On our last night, we took a chairlift to the top of the mountain and hiked back down into town at sunset.  Along the way, we encountered a really sweet cow (I named her Bessy - original I know :-)) who joined us on our walk.  She was so sweet she even licked me ... I have never been licked by a cow :-).  We just loved this place!

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Josefin Wahss :

Love, love this area. And i do love your photos of it. And if you remember, I love cows too! I'll by one of those cow shots with mountains in the bakgrund. How much? Love To the both of you from Europe :)

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This past December, the week before Christmas, we traveled to central Florida to visit our friends, Aubrey and Phillip, and to have a short vacation.  It was so nice visiting and simply relaxing.  One way we like to relax is to head into nature to watch and photograph the local wildlife.  On this particular trip it was extremely cold, especially by Florida standards.  With average lows that week in the lower twenties and high teens, we had a rare chance to witness one of nature's great spectacles.  When temperatures dip really low, Manatees head into the warm waters of the local springs - in this case, Blue Springs State Park -  for survival.  We have seen our share of these gentle giants over the years, but never in these numbers.  There were literally hundreds of them ... the sight was staggering!  We also got to photograph many of our favorite birds.  It was a great trip ... I miss Florida :-)!

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I LOVE monsoon season in Arizona!!  Tonight's storms brought Phoenix it's third major haboob (duststorm) of the season.  They are spectacular to watch!

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My best friend in the whole world :-), Daniela, came out from her home in Chicago to help me out with a wedding (more on that in the next posting) in November.  She was only here for 3 days and it was the first time she had ever been out west.  She is originally from Brazil and given the fact that her time spent in the US has always been on the East Coast or in the Midwest, the Wild West was a little different for her.  She loved it from the moment her plane touched down in Phoenix!  Given the short time span I had to show her around, I had to be selective about where to take her.  The obvious choice was the Grand Canyon, so off we went, straight from the airport to the canyon.  She was mesmerized, as most people are who see it for the first time!  Here are a few shots we took while we were there.


Daniela and I at my favorite tree :-)!

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This is probably my favorite shot that I have ever taken at the Canyon.  I love the mixture of the mood of the dark storms in the canyon and the beautiful spot of light illuminating her face ... perfect!
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Back in late October we went to Florida to photograph Lisa and James' spectacular wedding in West Palm Beach.  While visiting south Florida, we took a few days to explore the Everglades and a bit of the Florida Keys.  Here are some of the highlights!


Yes, this is a Pygmy Rattlesnake ... and yes, I am using a wide angle lens, which means I was probably way too close.  Don't try getting this close to a poisonous snake unless you know well how to read their body language.  This one remained very calm and I took a lot of time to ease up to it to get the shot.

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I was soooo excited to get these next few photos.  These alligators are hatchlings and I have never encountered them in the wild before, despite trolling the swamps of FL for the better part of 10 years.  I heard the classic "chirping" noises and new they were close.  It didn't take long to locate them.  I felt so fortunate to observe them but we were always cautious ... you must always be on the lookout for the mother in a situation like this.  The mother will protect her young.
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So cute!!!!
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The cuttest baby turtle in the world on the left :-).
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Great Blue Heron
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This was one of my favorite shots of the trip!
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A little wild turkey humor :-).
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You know you are entering the Everglades when you see a Florida Panther Crossing.
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Osprey with fish.
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This is an American Crocodile and the Everglades is the only place you will find them and even then it is rare ... we were very lucky!
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Bald Eagle and Raven.
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This may seem sad, but it is for my decades long personal project, "Casualties of War."  I really get angry to see a beautiful animal lose its life by speeding drivers, especially in a National Park where they shouldn't be speeding in the first place.  The victim was a snowy egret.
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The keys are crawling with wild iguanas.
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Purple Bill and Greeny visit south Florida :-)!!  They had a blast!
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In late September we traveled to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, otherwise known as Rocky Point to photograph a wedding.  Aside from the actual wedding day, we spent a couple of extra days in the area exploring and having a little fun!  One of the highlights was renting ATVs and riding them around the nearby dunes.  The only downside to this was the intense heat.  From what I was told, September is a hot month in general, but they were having a freak heat wave that week which made the temperatures almost unbearable at about 105 degrees with 100 percent humidity.  We still had a great time though!


Purple Bill & Greeny being tourists :-).

Our ATVs alone in the dunes.
Having fun ... and sweating profusely!
I know this seems sad, but it is for a personal project I have been working on for the past 13 years called "Casualties of War."  It highlights the damage we humans, intentional or not, inflict upon nature, wildlife in paticular.
I love the following beach shots!  They were taken at sunset and it was just spectacular!!
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Michael Chansley:

How cool! I love the 4 wheeling photos! I've never been to Rocky Point, but it looks beautiful! Keep up the good work!

(02.05.10 @ 12:18 AM)

This was the winter storm to end all winter storms as Arizona standards go!!!  It swept in Monday, January 18th and lasted through Saturday, January 23rd.  It came in waves and brought with it record rains for Phoenix (nearly 6 inches in places) and record snows in Flagstaff and the White Mountains (nearly 5 feet at the base of the mountain in Flagstaff and almost 8 feet at the peak.)  I personally have never seen this much snow at one time in my entire life.  Love it or hate it, you couldn't help but stare in amazement!!

The early stages of the storm.
Yoshi is not pleased :-).
Our neighbor shoveling the roof.
By Thursday things were really getting intense.
The snow is taller than Yoshi now.
Everything is getting buried.
Our street sign ... it is the normal height of a street sign.
The snow is almost up to the roof.
My illustration of the accumulation ... unbelievable!!!
The calm after the storm ... simply STUNNING!!!
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This all began with the booking of a destination wedding in Michigan for Labor Day weekend.  We decided that rather than fly, it would be a great idea to drive and see some areas of the country we have never seen before.  Thus began the planning and execution of the Great American Road Trip!


We really wanted to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park so those were our first big stops.  We spent 2 days in Grand Teton and almost 4 in Yellowstone, both of which far exceeded our expectations!!  We spent much time in the company of bison (my new favorite animal), sometimes finding ourselves within 20 feet of the 2000 pound animals.  It was great!  The rut was in full swing so we got to see plenty of spit-flinging, snot-snorting fights which was also great!  We loved the many geological features of Yellowstone, but not the smell so much :-).


We then headed across the heartland through lovely, and flat, North Dakota, picking up plenty of bugs along the way.  We finally ended up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we spent a couple of days exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the wild shores of lake Superior.  I have always wanted to go there and it was well worth it!  From there we headed down into lower Michigan for the wedding and then continued on to Chicago to have a very quick visit with my friend Daniela (she photographed our wedding last year.)  We left Chicago on Monday knowing we had to make good time ... we had to be in Tucson on Thursday for another wedding.  We did spend a little time in Taos, New Mexico on the way home which was really cool.  After the Tucson wedding we headed straight home so we could be at a wedding in Sedona by Saturday!


So there it is!  Three weeks, 15 states, and 6500 miles later we came full circle on our Great American Road Trip.  Some of the highlights included spending a lot of time with bison, being charged by a male Pronghorn who confused us for a male he was catching the scent of over the ridge, a raging thunderstorm over the plains complete with american symbols in the foreground like bison and bald eagles, seeing the world's largest cow, Salem Sue, seeing my friend Daniela and those are just to name a few.  It was an amazing trip and I am so glad we decided to do it!  We took thousands of images while we were there, but these five emerged at the top!


Bison grazing at Sunrise

Lightning and Resting Bison
Bison Emerging from the Shadows
Silly Face
Artist Point in Yellowstone
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If I were to try to find words to describe Yellowstone National Park - and believe me, words will definitely escape you when you lay eyes upon this place - they would be somewhere along the lines of primordial, surreal, sublime ... especially sublime.  This place really did leave me speachless.  I haven't felt a sense of peace like this since Africa.  I didn't want to leave.  We are already planning another trip back.


Old Faithful

Mud Pots
Bison Tracks in Grand Prismatic Springs
Patterns are everywhere in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone Lake
Hayden Valley and Yellowstone River
Mammoth Hot Springs
Artist Point
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Springs
Lamar Valley
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Really enjoyed these images. Very very nice. Thanks for the eye candy.

Here are a few of mine if you're interested.


(07.24.10 @ 05:53 AM)

Quite frankly, the Grand Tetons smack you in the face with their immense grandeur!  They are simply jaw-dropping!  Of course, you know you are in for something special when you first enter the gateway of Jackson Hole.  What a pristine little mountain town.  We only had a few days there so we concentrated on the grand landscapes, old barns and wildlife the Tetons are famous for!  We will definitely be back!



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The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is very remote and wild and I have always wanted to visit it.  A wedding in Michigan provided the perfect excuse :-).  Within this peninsula lies Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Resting against the rough shores of Lake Superior, it is a true gem for nature lovers.  One of the highlights for us was trekking 3 miles throught the woods to emerge on an amazing beach with towering sandstone cliffs!  Its name is Chapel Beach and it was spectacular!  We took photos past sunset ... and yes we did hike the 3 miles back though the woods, in the dark, as the light of a full moon danced through the trees :-).  It was a magical experience!


The water's of Lake Superior were so amazingly blue!!

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Chapel Rock
Tracks in the sand
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Grand Sable Dunes
I love scenes like this!!  If we hadn't stopped to see if the meadow was worth photographing, we would have completely passed it by.  I'm so glad we didn't ... it was magical!  Made it worth getting up for sunrise :-)!
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Fossil Creek in Strawberry is a spectacular creek with its stunning blue waters and falls.  We also found the most curious thing ... a set of three old, yellow chairs, positioned in the creek facing towards a 20-foot plus waterfall.  It was hilarious and it was even more hilarious when Phuong and Kevin sat in them to pose for the camera :-).


Devil's Bridge is located in Sedona and it is simply amazing.  It takes a bit of a vertical hike to reach it but is well worth the effort!  Phuong and I really freaked out some pour woman from New Jersey who isn't used to seeing people walking out to the edge of a rock with a very long drop on the other side of it ... to that woman, we pass along our apologies :-)!


Some fun graffiti we found under a bridge at Fossil Creek.

The drive down to Fossil Creek is a little treacherous ...
Love this frog's choice of home :-).
This is so funny ...
... and this is even funnier :-)!!!
Phuong and I really love cows ... so we thought we would take a short walk with some :-).
Devil's Bridge ... gorgeous!!
We got a little silly with our shadow puppets ... I kind of resemble the creature from the movie "Aliens."
OK mom, please don't have a heart attack ... it looks bad, but we were VERY, VERY careful - I promise :-).  Again, our apologies to the poosr New Jersey lady.
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Pita Stanton:

I LOVE the picture of you two running across devils bridge. Is that in Sedona?

(07.16.09 @ 08:42 PM)
Caitlin Smith:

Looks like an absolute BLAST!!! :-D

(07.05.10 @ 12:17 AM)

We had a great time exploring Antelope Canyon and a little of Lake Powell.  Kevin and I had never been to Antelope Canyon before and we definitely plan on returning for some serious landscape photography!


Heading out to the slot canyon.

I love taking photos of cows :-)!!
Our guide, Zac, playing the flute.
I love this shot :-)!
Lake Powell was just a tad windy :-)!!!!
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Alison K. Juberg:

very whimsical pictures. Love the dog and the nature pictures.

(08.03.09 @ 01:23 AM)

The Grand Canyon ... that was our final trip on the "Tina & Phuong take on Arizona" expedition.  We had gone to the Canyon when Phuong first arrived, but that was the Trash-the-Dress shoot, so we decided to end our trip here - a place that Phuong was so excited to see.  We brought Yoshi along as well since Phuong developed such a close relationship with him during her stay.  We stopped by Snowbowl on the way to take a photo illustrating the change in season from the photo taken on the first day, seemed befitting.  It was a fun trip, but at the sam time a bittersweet one.  After ten years of not seeing my high school friend, I had grown accustomed to her presence again ... hopefully it won't be another ten years before we meet again and take on another destination :-)!  Love ya Phuong!!


Back to where our trip began ... on top of Snowbowl.  Amazing how different it looked after almost 5 weeks.

I had really been wanting a photo like this.  It symbolizes how great a friend he has been to me over the past 11 years and for me it is a very important image ... it will live on even when I don't have him around anymore and I will always be able to remember and cherish this moment.
Phuong IM'ing on the phone with her husband at the edge of the canyon ... hilarious :-)!
Bye Phuong - it was quite an adventure!!!
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Pita Stanton:

The picture of you and Yoshi is really cute. The picture of the canyon with the storms all along the rim is absolutely amazing!!! I brag about you guys all of the time to people. I am so, so, so happy we went with you for our wedding!!! I come back to your blog at least once a week just to see you work and what you have been up to. Thank you!!

(07.16.09 @ 08:45 PM)

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a very spiritual place and there is nowhere else quite like it in the world.  We had the great privilege of spending three days there beginning the day after Christmas for an amazing wedding (more on that in the next few postings.)  These are a few of the lanscape photographs we captured over the course of those three days.

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Alicia :

Wow these are just beautiful!!!

(05.05.09 @ 02:07 PM)