National Parks

A Collapsing thunderstorm over Big Cypress National Preserve.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
A Collapsing thunderstorm over Big Cypress National Preserve.
 
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
<br/>About 45 minutes after this picture quarter inch hail was falling on this area along with 50 mph sustained winds. Just to the right (off screen) is a huge thunderstorm approaching. This area used to be under a body of water called the Western Interior Seaway until about 60 million years ago. As volcanic ash settled to the bottom of the ocean it hardened and created these vast landscapes.
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Badlands, South Dakota
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
About 45 minutes after this picture quarter inch hail was falling on this area along with 50 mph sustained winds. Just to the right (off screen) is a huge thunderstorm approaching. This area used to be under a body of water called the Western Interior Seaway until about 60 million years ago. As volcanic ash settled to the bottom of the ocean it hardened and created these vast landscapes.
A spring storm rolling across the Badlands of South Dakota. The storms this day produced quarter-inch hail and 50mph winds. This area used to be under a body of water called the Western Interior Seaway until about 60 million years ago. As volcanic ash settled to the bottom of the ocean it hardened and created these vast landscapes.
Badlands, South Dakota
A spring storm rolling across the Badlands of South Dakota. The storms this day produced quarter-inch hail and 50mph winds. This area used to be under a body of water called the Western Interior Seaway until about 60 million years ago. As volcanic ash settled to the bottom of the ocean it hardened and created these vast landscapes.
 

Badlands, South Dakota
A summer storm over the Florida Everglades. The heat of the Everglades in the summer creates large towering cumulonimbus clouds in the afternoon. These storms then replenish the water in the Everglades.
Florida Everglades
A summer storm over the Florida Everglades. The heat of the Everglades in the summer creates large towering cumulonimbus clouds in the afternoon. These storms then replenish the water in the Everglades.
 
Sunset over Chokoloskee Bay, Florida
Florida Everglades
Sunset over Chokoloskee Bay, Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
 
I shot a 4 hour sunset time-lapse video because on this winter day in South Florida the sky was cloudless. As the sun got below the horizon I noticed a unique color spectrum that is rarely seen in South Florida because of the clouds. Aside from the colors, Venus and Mars were setting right behind the sun. I used a long exposure to bring out the brightness of Venus and to also blur the waves approaching me.
Florida Everglades
I shot a 4 hour sunset time-lapse video because on this winter day in South Florida the sky was cloudless. As the sun got below the horizon I noticed a unique color spectrum that is rarely seen in South Florida because of the clouds. Aside from the colors, Venus and Mars were setting right behind the sun. I used a long exposure to bring out the brightness of Venus and to also blur the waves approaching me.
I didn't plan on it, but I ended up storm chasing in the Badlands of South Dakota this day. I knew there wouldn't be any tornadoes there but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of hail producing storms. This storm, along with many other storms, produced pea sized hail. This picture was taken just outside of the park boundary.  I drove on a dirt road for a bit to get closer to the storm until I couldn't easily drive towards it anymore.
Badlands, South Dakota
I didn't plan on it, but I ended up storm chasing in the Badlands of South Dakota this day. I knew there wouldn't be any tornadoes there but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of hail producing storms. This storm, along with many other storms, produced pea sized hail. This picture was taken just outside of the park boundary. I drove on a dirt road for a bit to get closer to the storm until I couldn't easily drive towards it anymore.
 
Distant summer thunderstorm over the Florida Everglades
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<br/>I drove through this thunderstorm to angle the shot so there was a body of water in front of the storm. After about 20 minutes I was finally able to get a lightning strike just as the storm was moving too far away for any kind of shot.
Florida Everglades
Distant summer thunderstorm over the Florida Everglades

I drove through this thunderstorm to angle the shot so there was a body of water in front of the storm. After about 20 minutes I was finally able to get a lightning strike just as the storm was moving too far away for any kind of shot.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
 
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Florida Everglades
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. This was taken right after a hail storm on the mountain with the sun setting right behind Washington and Jefferson. The resulting water runoff makes it look as though they are crying, which I know I would cry if my image was carved into a sacred Lakota land.
South Dakota
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. This was taken right after a hail storm on the mountain with the sun setting right behind Washington and Jefferson. The resulting water runoff makes it look as though they are crying, which I know I would cry if my image was carved into a sacred Lakota land.
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Artist Point is a cliff on the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone near Yellowstone Falls on the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 
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<br/>Standing above the fall looking down creates a double rainbow when the sun is angled perfectly. Looking down is a 700 foot drop to the Yellowstone River below.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Artist Point is a cliff on the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone near Yellowstone Falls on the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Standing above the fall looking down creates a double rainbow when the sun is angled perfectly. Looking down is a 700 foot drop to the Yellowstone River below.
 
Venting Pool at West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Venting Pool at West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Alligator in Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Alligator in Big Cypress National Preserve
 
I took this picture in 2002 in the Florida Everglades of a bunch of cormorants sunning themselves along a lake. Cormorants are swimming birds and as such their feathers get very wet, so they'll sit along the shore and dry off after each swim. If you've ever seen a cormorant try to fly with wet wings, it's quite humorous.
<br/>This picture was taken with Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. An ISO of 50 produces very little film grain but you need almost very bright light to get most shots without blur. Any grain you see in the photo is from the archaic slide film scanning process I did back in 2002 and not from the picture itself. For years my color shots were exclusively shot on slide film, which with about 36 pictures to a roll would take me weeks to catalog and scan. It's also been over 10 years since this brand of film was discontinued by Fuji as everyone has shifted to digital.
Florida Everglades
I took this picture in 2002 in the Florida Everglades of a bunch of cormorants sunning themselves along a lake. Cormorants are swimming birds and as such their feathers get very wet, so they'll sit along the shore and dry off after each swim. If you've ever seen a cormorant try to fly with wet wings, it's quite humorous.
This picture was taken with Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. An ISO of 50 produces very little film grain but you need almost very bright light to get most shots without blur. Any grain you see in the photo is from the archaic slide film scanning process I did back in 2002 and not from the picture itself. For years my color shots were exclusively shot on slide film, which with about 36 pictures to a roll would take me weeks to catalog and scan. It's also been over 10 years since this brand of film was discontinued by Fuji as everyone has shifted to digital.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
 
Sunset at Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Sunset at Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Snowy White Egret
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Snowy White Egret
 
Baby Crocodile in Florida Everglades
Florida Everglades
Baby Crocodile in Florida Everglades
Long Pine Key, Florida Everglades
Florida Everglades
Long Pine Key, Florida Everglades
 
I loved how the swamp water of Big Cypress created a mirror for this alligator. This guy was about 3-4 feet long and was perfectly content with me taking his photo.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
I loved how the swamp water of Big Cypress created a mirror for this alligator. This guy was about 3-4 feet long and was perfectly content with me taking his photo.
I drove for hours through beautiful Colorado and Wyoming landscape to photograph Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as severe storms would be going through the area. After getting pelted with hail, I hiked a quarter mile up a hill to get Devils Tower angled with the storm how I wanted. I was able to set up my camera with just enough time for one picture as the storms were leaving and the light was changing.
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<br/>Rising over 850 feet from its base, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. This area was established as the first National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.
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<br/>This beautiful natural wonder was also the focus of the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
Devils Tower, Wyoming
I drove for hours through beautiful Colorado and Wyoming landscape to photograph Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as severe storms would be going through the area. After getting pelted with hail, I hiked a quarter mile up a hill to get Devils Tower angled with the storm how I wanted. I was able to set up my camera with just enough time for one picture as the storms were leaving and the light was changing.

Rising over 850 feet from its base, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes in the area. This area was established as the first National Monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.

This beautiful natural wonder was also the focus of the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
 
The edge of the Shark River Slough in The Florida Everglades this area is a confluence of hardwood hammocks, cypress trees, and freshwater marl prairie. During Spring and Summer this area will fill with water marking a beautiful landscape full of birds, alligators, and deer.
Pa-hay-okee, Florida Everglades National Park
The edge of the Shark River Slough in The Florida Everglades this area is a confluence of hardwood hammocks, cypress trees, and freshwater marl prairie. During Spring and Summer this area will fill with water marking a beautiful landscape full of birds, alligators, and deer.
Moonrise over Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve
Moonrise over Big Cypress National Preserve
 

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico