Mary’s Favorite Photos from 2018

Well its that time of year again, when Peter forces me to choose among my babies.  The compulsion is so strong for him to close out the year with these posts, that he woke me up early on a Saturday to confirm that I was ready to write and publish mine.  So out of the thousands of photos I made, these are the ones that stood out for me, not because of photographic merit, but because of sentiment and the memories they evoke. Continue reading


Big Foreground – How to make one of the “classic” landscape photographs


Temple of the Moon, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, UT

When I first decided I wanted to be a better nature photographer, I started looking at all of the images of the world’s best and famous photographers.  One kind of photo that always appealed to me (and many other people) is the near-far wide angle view popularized by David Muench.  Here is how I try to get that look. Continue reading

A Quick Trip to Valley of Fire, NV

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Mary and I have been to the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada three times.  It is easy to get to as it is only an hour north of Las Vegas.  It is an easy and fun way to get back to nature while you are in glitzy Las Vegas.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Mary Andrade’s Favorite Photos of 2014


I am always amazed looking back at the end of a year, how much we are able to pack into 365 days.  As I started on the dreaded annual exercise of picking my favorite 10 images, I realized that Peter had 20!!!!  So I have 20 too.  Because images have such a strong emotional resonance for me, they are my memories, it is hard when they don’t make the final cut. Continue reading

Photographing the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, NV

The Wave

The Wave


The Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour north of Las Vegas.  It is a great way to get “back to nature” while enjoying the pamper and civilization of Las Vegas.  This area has beautiful red rock and many named and un-named arches.  Here is what you might see:

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