National Parks Landscape

Landscape photography from national parks in the US.

Bryce Canyon camping

Bryce Canyon National Park | Camping Trip 2020

Camping is one of my favorite pastimes. Since leaving Colorado over 12 years ago I haven’t been camping once. Come to think about it, I bet it’s been almost 14 years since the last time I went camping. It’s not that I lost interest, it’s just that it was an activity that just didn’t fit into my life for the past decade or so. I’m so glad to have rediscovered it and am able to share the experience with Feiya and Dana. The seeds for this trip were planted one year ago when we visited Cedar Breaks National Monument just outside of Cedar City, Utah. While exploring this beautiful area we stumbled upon a campground located in a high meadow full of wildflowers. We walked the campsite loop and saw several empty sites that had spectacular views. We were excited thinking we could be sleeping under the stars in anyone of these sites. And it was a busy holiday weekend to boot! I camped regularly in the Mountains of Colorado in the 12 years I lived there. In my early 20’s camping was more or less finding a secluded spot on a backcountry access road and set up a tent, …

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Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument We took a much needed break from the Vegas heat and the 2020 nonsense over the 4th of July weekend. We rented a SUV for a song and drove to Central Utah and stayed in a rented cabin for 3 days. It was like opening the decompression valves to full. All three of us were very happy for the short escape. We reserved the cabin and rental car last month. That’s when we decided that there was no better way to practice social distancing than Utah. I looked at it as a social distancing vacation from well, social distancing. Utah has been pretty laxed on pandemic requirements. When we were there you could tell who the tourists were and who the locals were by the mask or the absence of a mask. I’m not a fan of wearing a mask, but I had to ask myself– Why not? Right now there is no other known way to prevent the spread. Yes, wearing masks is arguably causes more harm than good. I believe that wearing a mask for short periods of time throughout the day as you weave in and out of public places will cause …

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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 …

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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.