National Parks Landscape

Landscape photography from national parks in the US.

Glen Canyon Dam

Big Water, Utah

When I lived in California I did contract photography work for a company out of Michigan. Most of the jobs they sent me were to shoot motels such as Motel 6 and La Quinta Inn. These jobs were easy. All I had to do was set-up my camera to automatically bracket for exposures and line up the shot and press the shutter button. When I arrived home I uploaded the RAW files to their server and they handled the processing work. I took these jobs, because they paid well for the amount of work I had to do.

Well, this contract work followed me to Las Vegas. In Vegas, however, I am required to travel a little ways. Many of the jobs I receive are for hotels in places such as Kingman, Arizona, Cedar City, Utah, and places like that. A couple of weeks ago I was ordered to shoot a Rodeway Inn in Big Water, Utah. Big Water is 262 miles from my home in Las Vegas. I requested mileage and they delivered, plus a complimentary night stay at the Rodeway Inn! I was all in!

Big Water is a dusty little town located near Page, Arizona and Lake Powell. It also borders the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I took the family and we had a day and a half to explore. We were able to visit Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. We also visited Page, Arizona. I didn’t take many photos, but I did take my drone. I did do some drone videos and will post them at a later time.

San Luis Valley, Colorado- Mt. Blanca

San Luis Valley | Colorado

San Luis Valley in Colorado is a lesser known part of Colorado, but offers all the beauty that the rest of the state has. The San Luis Valley was a favorite place of mine when I lived there and when I returned for a visit I made sure to the valley on my agenda. I was able to visit during the Winter in between snow storms and could have been luckier with the weather. The mountains were all snow capped and tourist destinations such as, The Great Sand Dunes National Park were empty. The first photos in this series was from Mt. Evans near Denver during the same visit.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park | South Dakota

Badlands National Park in South Dakota is located just outside of Rapid City. I visited this park a few times while living there. Everytime I visited I was not disappointed. I took these photos during the Winter of 2011. I virtually had the park to myself and the lighting couldn’t have been better. This is one of those days that I remember very well, because I had such a good time. For more information Badlands National Park, South Dakota please click the link.