Photographing Sunrise at Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park

Sunday of the first

Sunday, January 29

Mary and I last saw water in Barker Dam in 2009.  With the drought in CA these past eight years, this particular photo has been elusive.  However, once you see this reflection shot, it’s like crack for photographers.  You want to make this photo over and over again.  We recently went to Joshua Tree two weekends in a row to try to get the best photo we could.  Here’s what happened. Continue reading


24 Hours in Joshua Tree


We had a bald sky, but calm winds.

Because of all of the rain in Southern CA, the Barker Dam area of Joshua Tree has a lot of water for the first time in about eight years.  Mary and I made a trip out there just to get that one shot.  There’s a lot you can do in Josh in one day.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2016

Sunset in Saguaro National Park

Sunset in Saguaro National Park, AZ

Mary and I had a great travel year in 2016.  We took 11 named trips including many weekend jaunts.  We had major trips to Tucson, Maine, Page (AZ), Death Valley, and New Mexico.  We had a variety of locations that were in major cities and in pretty remote locations.  Here are my favorite photos from 2016. Continue reading

Photographing Fall Color in Maine


A small pond in Acadia

This is our third blog in a series about chasing Fall color in Maine.  Mary and I spent ten days travelling from Camden to Bar Harbor and Acadia.  Here are some of our favorite Fall color photographs.

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Boats and Bays on the Coast of Maine

Camden from the top of Mount Battie

Camden from the top of Mount Battie

A few weeks ago Mary and I spent 8 days photographing Fall color from Camden to Acadia.  Besides great trees, lakes, and lighthouses, there were numerous large and small bays.  Here are some of our favorite photos: Continue reading

A Weekend in Death Valley: Our 4th Trip

Mesquite Dunes

Mesquite Dunes

We have been to Death Valley, now, four times.  Because of wind and rain, weather and erosion, it always looks the same and it always looks different.  We were there the week after Christmas and it was cold with clear skies until our last morning.  Here is what we saw: Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2015

#2 Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA

#2 Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA

It’s that time of year to take stock of 2015 and make plans for 2016.  In 2015, Mary and I took 11 named trips and various other weekend activities.  We made about 10,000 photos in the field and kept around 1,500 of them.  Most of my favorites came from three big trips: Olympic, Rainier, and Death Valley.   Here are my favorite photos of the year. Continue reading

A (long) weekend in Mt. Rainier National Park

Spectacular Mount Rainier

Reflection Lake Sunrise

Here are the highlights of our weekend in Mount Ranier.  Mary and I attended a Jack Graham and Bill Fortney photography workshop built around Fujifilm cameras.  Our plan was to photograph fields of wildflowers with Rainier in the background.  The epic drought in the West brought out the flowers 3-4 weeks early and they were all gone by the time we got there…still plenty to see and do in the Park. Continue reading

Photography Project: Abstracts with Mylar


Abstract reflection in Mylar

Abstract reflection in Mylar

I could play for hours with a single piece of Mylar.  I can combine my love for reflections and abstracts in one medium.  I set up a piece of Mylar to capture an abstract of a vase of flowers, and instead ended up capturing pure abstracts of reflections of far away things in the room. Continue reading

Temecula Vineyards in Infrared

Ponte Vineyard

Ponte Vineyard

Mary and I spent last weekend at the Ponte Vineyard Inn in Temecula, CA.  It has a great new facility, great restaurant, and nice wine.  This was not a “photography” trip, but we did manage to get out and around the place and had some fun with our infrared cameras.  Here’s what it looked like. Continue reading