2017 - A Year In Review
10th January 2018
It was a busy year with lots of travel to new places. I spent some time in Fiji on the Island of Naukacuvu. No roads and one trail on the island proved quite relaxing, except for a major tropical storm that blew through. Made for some interesting images, but left the beaches quite a mess. The snorkeling was fantastic, too bad I am not an underwater photographer. The snorkeling and swimming was the highlight of this trip - a real tropical paradise.

Clearing Storm at Sunrise - Naukacuvu Island, Fiji

Upon returning to the US, I traveled up the California coast to the mighty Redwoods. I was hoping to find some of the vibrant Rhododendron trees in bloom among the Redwoods. Lack of spring sun had delayed the flowering trees considerably, but I managed to find a couple of beautiful blooms along the many trails and miles I hiked.

Sheltered Rhododendrons & Redwoods, Del Norte State Park, California

The summer brought me to the mountains of Maine where I explored Gulf Hagas, sometimes known as the Grand Canyon of Maine. The 3 mile slate gorge with 90 foot vertical walls is near the Appalachian Trail and home to hundreds of cascades, swimming holes and named waterfalls.

Screw Auger Falls Cascade, Gulf Hagas, Maine

I hadn't previously done much photography along the coast of Maine and had never been to Acadia National Park, despite it being only 4 hours from me. I made several trips this summer and fall up the coast, visiting lighthouses, rocky harbors and rugged shorelines that were new to me. I even ran into a college friend that I hadn't seen in 25 years, who had picked up photography as well.

Marshall Point Lighthouse at Sunrise, Port Clyde, Maine

Acadia National Park is one of the jewels of Maine, displaying unique pink granite outcroppings on the coast and mountain peaks with 360 degree views. The park is very accessible, allowing me to visit many areas in a single trip.

Boulder Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

Cadillac Mountain & Otter Bay, Acadia National Park, Maine

An early autumn trip to Grand Teton National Park allowed me to photograph the 1st snow of the year, as several inches fell at various times while in Wyoming. I was able to do some backcountry hiking and camping and visit some of the iconic Teton views. It was a cold, stormy, beautiful trip.

Cascade Canyon & Tetons, Grand Teton National Park

Major travels came to an end in November with a trip to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks in south central Utah. I had been to Bryce once before, but only for a day with poor photographic conditions. This trip allowed more time to explore various trails and vantage points and get some exciting light - which usually makes or breaks a landscape photo. Capitol Reef is much less visited, but stunning and unique in the way the earth decided to fold and wrinkle on itself for 100 miles.

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Please visit my new galleries for images from these trips as well as the New Hampshire and Maine Galleries, as I will be updating them with new images from the past year.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Column Mural Installation
27th December 2016

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has recently completed the installation of two 30 foot photographic murals using two of my most recent images. Franconia Notch's Cloudland Falls and a stand of Birch, Maple, and Poplar wrap around 30 foot high structural supports just behind the TSA inspection point. The murals are 30 x 30 feet and can be viewed as travelers walk by and around the supports. Special photographic techniques were used to create the high resolution files during image capture, and in post processing. The images were then printed using a vinyl adhesive substrate. Passing through the TSA checkpoint should be a little more enjoyable with these views of classic NH imagery.

Birch, Poplar and Maple from Jefferson, NH

Cloudland Falls along the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch State Park, White Mountains, NH.

2016 International Photography Awards Winner
17th November 2016

I am pleased to report that Several Images were awarded Honorable Mentions in this year's International Photography Awards based in New York. The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The annual programming of Lucie Foundation is funded largely though the International Photography Awards, including the signature event, the Lucie Awards.
University of New Hampshire Alumni Exhibit
12th August 2016

In Suspension

In Suspension was selected to appeared in a juried exhibit at the University of New Hampshire August 31st - October 16th 2016. An opening reception is slated for Thursday September 8th from 6-8 PM. Stop by and say hello if you are in the area. Quite a variety of images will be on view. This image was taken during a recent trip to Jasper National Park in Alberta Canada. I had originally set my goal that morning to photograph the high peaks along the Athabasca River at first light. My plans quickly changed as I stumbled along the slippery rocks along the river after a frost the night before. I knew these ice patterns among the smooth river rocks wouldn't last long, so I decided to spend the early morning photographing the abstract patterns and shapes before they melted. While image will not be for sale during the exhibit, the print is available for those interested.

The exhibit will be held at The University of New Hampshire Museum of Art in Durham, NH.
Bank Of NH Mural
08th August 2016

Portsmouth South End Harbor Panorama

The Bank of New Hampshire recently opened a new branch in the downtown area of Portsmouth, NH and elected to use one of my South End Harbor images to decorate the new space. The image is approximately 20 feet x 12 feet. Enjoy the view as you hit the ATM.

California Academy of Sciences Exhibit
08th August 2016

July Thaw

I am pleased to announce that my image July Thaw taken in Iceland is featured in an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco from July 29 - October 30th. Information about The Big Picture Exhibit and Winning Images can be found at these links to the Academy's web site.
2015 Memorial Maria Luisa Awards Winner
08th March 2016

I am pleased to announce that 2 images have received Highly Commended Honors in the 2015 Memorial Maria Luisa International Mountain, Nature, and Adventure Photo competition. The Beacon taken in Glacier National Park and The Great Migration, taken in Tanzania were recognized in Spain's most highly regarded mountain and natural environment photography competition. The competition dates back to 1990 and sees over 16,000 entries from 77 counties. The images will be part of a traveling exhibit throughout Spain during the next year. A complete Winner's Gallery and Competition Video can be viewed as well.
Jordan's Furniture Murals - 2nd Round
28th November 2015
Jordan's Furniture Fall-Winter Murals - 2nd Round

After a spring and summer of positive feedback from the NH landscape images that decorated the exterior of Jordan's Furniture in Nashua, NH - new fall and winter images have been installed. Five new murals ranging from the iconic Mount Washington Hotel to wintery summit vistas greet visitors to the store. If you are in the Nashua, check them out this Holiday season and into the spring.
2015 Windland Smith-Rice Award Winner - Landscape Category
27th August 2015
The Smithsonian Awards Ceremony

Photo courtesy Bruce Omori

The Exhibit - Nature's Best Awards

I am excited and extremely honored to announce that my image Autumn in Assiniboine was recently selected as the winning image in the Landscape Category in the 2015 Nature's Best International Photography Competition sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (Windland Smith-Rice International Award). A Gallery Review can be found HERE. The image taken last year while backpacking in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia was selected from among 20,000 entries from around the world. The competition is one of the most prestigious and draws internationally recognized nature photographers. The image will be displayed in a photography Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History beginning October 24, 2015 through October 2016. An awards and recognition reception for the opening of the exhibit is scheduled for November 12th 2015. If you're in the area, check out the exhibit. There will be some exceptional wildlife images as well as other landscape images that received Highly Honored awards.
Iceland Summer Adventure
10th August 2015
Aerial / Iceland Adventure

My recent summer exploration in southern Iceland felt more like a return to fall and winter. I felt like I was on a different planet compared to my January visit to the same area. The heavy snows and storms which I encountered in the winter had left their mark and extensive snow fields still remained even at the height of the Icelandic summer. Weather can make or break a photographic trip, and luckily the Norse Gods gave me relatively good weather, though there seemed some rain and storms within eyesight each day. That actually made for some great lighting and much preferred over a blue sky beach day. It was go-go-go most of the time, as there was never true darkness and lots of time to get to locations I wanted to visit. Highlights of the trip included a flight over the Highlands, still thawing out from winter. Seeing the terrain from above was fantastic, and gave me a preview what of I would encounter during my 110 miles of hiking over a 2 week period. The most extensive lupine fields I have ever seen were a welcome surprise on the southern coast. Too many waterfalls to count or photograph, so I concentrated on those when lighting conditions were prime.

More images to come as the editing continues. Enjoy images from southern Iceland in the Iceland Summer Gallery.
Back from Maui
27th May 2015
Maui Travels

Just returned from 9 days on Maui. Never had been there before, but was interested to see how it compared to Kauai and the Big Island which I visited in 2007. The weather was fantastic and getting around didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. Lots of pretty sunsets and stunning beaches. The beaches on the West coast and Southern coast were pretty busy, but that is paradise for you. Didn't get to the Hana coast for this trip but maybe down the road. Made it up to Haleakala for sunrise twice, with the first visit being the most impressive. Despite the interesting hiking terrain and gorgeous sunsets, the trip highlight was swimming / snorkeling with turtles on most days. Just a unique and intimate experience to be in their world on their terms. No great pics from a crappy little underwater camera, but the sites are still ingrained in my mind. I had similar experiences snorkeling in Kauai. Enjoy images from the Valley Isle in the Maui Gallery.
Mural Sized Images - Jordan's Furniture
25th May 2015
Jordan's Furniture Mural Images Spring / Summer - Round I

Jordan's Furniture in Nashua, NH has just completed an outdoor installation of several of my White Mountain images as part of their exterior renovations this spring.

All are prints enlarged to between 12 and 22 feet wide by 11 feet high. I used special techniques in photographing and post processing the largest panoramic images in case some large prints were needed down the road, but I had no idea of the scale that these would be printed at. I was very impressed with their quality at such large sizes and close viewing distance. I expect the images will be visible for the remainder of the summer / early fall, so if you are in the area be sure to check them out.

Iceland in Winter
21st January 2015

   Just returned from a brief 5 day trip to south east Iceland in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). I had never seen them, and it was something I really wanted to experience sooner rather than later! To see them would be great, to photograph them another challenge new to my photography. Night / star photography is something that I haven't gotten into, but shooting the Aurora was a great incentive. In addition, I finally had the opportunity to photograph and explore a glacial ice cave, which is another 1st for me. The last highlight of the trip was photographing the volcanic black sand beach across from Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Seeing ice bergs on a black sand beach was such a unique experience. I found the best images required getting wet, and in 20 degree temps. not the most comfortable conditions. Thankfully I was prepared with the right clothing so spending hours roaming the beach was a real joy. New images from the trip can be found in the Iceland Winter Gallery.

    Weather can be a challenge at this time of year in Iceland. I encountered intense snow and wind storms at some point every day of my trip, but also brief periods of sun as well. With only 4 hours of daylight, I needed to make the most of those times and hope for clear skies at night to see the Aurora. Only a brief 2 hours during my 4th night was clear enough to see the Aurora, but it was still the most memorable time of the trip. A 4 x 4 vehicle with studded tires is the way to go, as hours of driving may go by without seeing another person. Enjoy the new photos!
Canadian Rockies - Autumn Adventure
01st November 2014
I recently returned from 3 weeks exploring the Canadian Rockies during peak Autumn foliage. My travels included Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia. New images from the trip can be found in the Canadian Rockies - Autumn's Splendor Gallery. Weather conditions ranged from warm summer days to winter snow storms. Perfect alchemy for dynamic landscape images. Hope you enjoy the new photos!
Wilderness 50 Competition
13th May 2014
I am pleased to announce that 2 of my images have received Highly Honored awards through Nature's Best Magazine in conjunction with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC as part of the 50 year anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Clearing Storm - Pemigewasset Wilderness (above) taken atop Zeacliff in NH's White Mountains and Dusy Basin Alpenglow - John Muir Wilderness (below) were 2 of 100 images selected to be used in an exhibit in the Smithsonian and marketing material commemorating the historic event.

Protecting our wild lands is not only good for the environment, but also our soul.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Mural
12th January 2014

I always take photos with the ultimate goal of making a great print. Great care is taken during the field exposure to get sharpness where it is needed so that a large print can be made, if needed. While most of my printing needs are 3-4 ft. or less, a recent project has tested the limits of making a large printed image. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has recently commissioned a 30 foot x 9 foot Panoramic Image of Portsmouth, NH as part of their Baggage Claim B Renovations. So the next time you fly into Manchester-Boston Airport, enjoy the views as you wait for your luggage.

2014 Exeter Town Hall Gallery Exhibit
11th January 2014
This year's New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists group exhibit will be January 11th through February 2nd. The Exeter Town Hall Gallery is open on weekends 12 - 4 PM. I will be exhibiting Los Cuernos - Renewal and Afterglow - Lago Torre from my recent Patagonia trip, which are for sale. If you are in the Exeter, NH area, check out the wide variety of artwork available. I will be gallery sitting on Sunday January 12th, so stop by and say hi.
Mount Washington Valley 2014 Calendar
18th November 2013
My recent image Moat Mountain Magic taken atop Moat Mountain in New Hampshire's White Mountains will be featured as the cover for the 2014 Calendars for Charities. Net proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit local charities in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Information on the selected charities, calendar images, and buying a calendar can be found Here. Thanks for supporting the Mount Washington Valley and enjoy the calendar.
2013 Windland Smith-Rice Award
13th November 2013

I am pleased to announce that my image Renewal taken in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (Patagonia) was recently selected a Highly Honored Award winner in the 2013 Nature's Best / Smithsonian Photography Competition (Windland Smith-Rice Award). The image was awarded in the Landscape Category and was selected from among 24,000 entries from around the world. You can view the Smithsonian video of the Competition HERE. The competition is one of the most prestigious and draws internationally recognized nature photographers. While largely a showcase of wildlife images, Renewal was one of 6 landscape images selected. The image will appear in an exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2014 - Spring 2015.
View from the Top
20th July 2013
A spring-time Image taken atop Moat Mountain in New Hampshire's White Mountains was recently selected by Outdoor Photographer Magazine for the online and print copy of the magazine. Look for it later this summer in the Magazine, and in Backpacker Magazine as well. The view from the top is usually a good one, but don't miss all of fun of getting there.