Land’s End / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Land’s End / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you are going to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico I recommend staying at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort as their exclusive stretch of beach and the rock formation there is one-of-a-kind. You’re also really close to Lover’s Beach and El Arco and away from most of the hustle and bustle of the more mainstream part of town.

I caught these images while location scouting for a wedding I was in town to shoot. Such a gorgeous evening to stroll the beach and watch these waves crash right in front of you. Don’t get too close though. Shore break is fun stuff and I caught some skim boarders taking full advantage of it and catching some serious air on those big waves.

Havasu Falls / Landscape Photography

Havasu Falls / Landscape Photography

I was lucky enough to have my Dad come with me on this adventure down the canyon and into, what feels like, a completely different world. Once you pass through the little village of Supai and reach Havasu Falls it truly seems as if you’re in a dream. The surreal blue-green water against the colorful canyon walls makes this place one-a-kind. Havasu Creek is fed by springs and its unique combination of minerals and carbonate precipitate create the magical color of the water.

Havasu Falls is the main attraction but Mooney Falls rivals it in beauty and that is just the beginning as you travel further down the Colorado River canyon. The other two falls that make up the big 4 are Navajo Falls and Beaver Falls but the beauty doesn’t end with those as the whole area is magnificent.

It is about a 10 mile hike, horseback ride, or helicopter ride each way so make sure you’re well prepared for this awesome adventure. This area lies just outside of the Grand Canyon National Park and is maintained by the Havasupai Tribe. Havasupai means “people of the blue-green water” and they are intimately connected to their fragile land & water so be respectful and tread lightly. Information to start planning your adventure can be found on their official website. I’d highly recommend camping as opposed to staying at the lodge in Supai Village. Not only is it a 2 mile hike to the falls from the lodge but you’ll also miss out on the magic of camping under those stars surrounded by absolute beauty. Add this place to your bucket lists for sure!

My friend Jake Orak sent me on this trek with one of his awesome Ethnotek Bags. Not only is this bag highly functional, stylish, and comfortable, but it also helps support local artisans all across the planet, who hand weave these fabrics. Check out all the goodness Jake and Ethnotek are up to.

American Southwest / Landscape Photography

American Southwest / Landscape Photography

So many photos from this trip to come…here’s a select few until I get this page fully updated.

Antelope Canyon Page, AZ
Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ
The Wave in Coyote Buttes/Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs
Hoover Dam at Night
Lake Havasu, AZ (my kids in one)
My first ever Guayaki shoot in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah.

Minnehaha Falls / Minneapolis Landscape Photography

Minnehaha Falls / Minneapolis Landscape Photography

On the rainiest June day ever in Minneapolis, professional kayaker Hunt Jennings from Chattanooga, TN plunged down the 53 foot drop Minnehaha Falls.

Unfortunately for me I showed up to check out the surge of water about 20 minutes too late. Fortunately though I did have my trusty Nikon and tripod to capture this shot.

The second image is the totally flooded area above the falls where you can see the, one time controversial, sculpture of Hiawatha and Minnehaha which was inspired by The Song of Hiawatha.

Old Faithful Under Moonlight / National Geographic

Old Faithful Under Moonlight / National Geographic

UPDATE: Just got word that this image was published today (4.23.2014) in National Geographic‘s Daily Dozen, as chosen by their editors. WooHoo! Check it out here: http://on.fb.me/1jLwAMO

The perks of proximity… My schedule had me out west to shoot an engagement session in Colorado, and to shoot 4 shows of the Nicholas David & The Avett Brothers tour in the Pacific Northwest. Once their tour leg had ended in Missoula, Montana I was able to sneak over to Yellowstone National Park for a really quick first visit.

On a very late October evening I sat quietly for 90 minutes, under the glowing stars of Yellowstone, waiting to see Old Faithful blow for the first time. I had the camera settings all dialed in for the gorgeous night sky when, unexpectedly, the moon began to break, and rise perfectly over the mountains, pouring on the gorgeous moonlight, just as Old Faithful began to blow. It was one of those magical moments where you just stand in awe of the beauty and wonderment of this world. =D

 

*If this kind of photography floats your boat I do share a decent amount of other landscape images over on my Facebook page and one here too.  I plan on adding a section to this site with a bunch more of my Landscape work as well, if I can ever catch up on my client work.  =D