Natures Finest Images: Blog en-us (C) Natures Finest Images [email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 12 Jan 2024 23:11:00 GMT Fri, 12 Jan 2024 23:11:00 GMT My Favorites from 2023 It seemed much harder than usual to motivate myself to get out this past year with the passing of my mom Christmas day 2022.  It's still tough, but with time it gets easier.  Here are my favorites from 2023 in order of when they were taken throughout the year.  Enjoy.

Wilson Peak sunrise 4Wilson Peak sunrise 4 San Juan sunrise 44San Juan sunrise 44 San Juan sunrise 47San Juan sunrise 47 Cimarron sunset 32Cimarron sunset 32 Rainbow 3Rainbow 3 San Juan sunrise 52San Juan sunrise 52 San Juan sunset 40San Juan sunset 40 San Juan sunset 41San Juan sunset 41 Mount Sneffels Moonrise 2Mount Sneffels Moonrise 2 Smith Rock State Park 2 - sunriseSmith Rock State Park 2 - sunrise Proxy Falls 3Proxy Falls 3 OR - Proxy Falls hikerOR - Proxy Falls hiker Tumalo Falls 3Tumalo Falls 3 Mount Saint Helens sunset 4Mount Saint Helens sunset 4 Mount Saint Helens sunrise 1Mount Saint Helens sunrise 1 Takhlakh Lake sunset with Mount Adams 1Takhlakh Lake sunset with Mount Adams 1 Mount Hood sunrise 1Mount Hood sunrise 1 Panther Creek Falls 1Panther Creek Falls 1 OR - Lava Tube - hiker 7OR - Lava Tube - hiker 7 Fall Colors 45, COFall Colors 45, CO Fall Colors 6, COFall Colors 6, CO Fall Colors 1, COFall Colors 1, CO Fall Colors 7, COFall Colors 7, CO Fall Colors 8, COFall Colors 8, CO Fall Colors 21, COFall Colors 21, CO Fall Colors 22, COFall Colors 22, CO Fall Colors 23, COFall Colors 23, CO Fall Colors 28, COFall Colors 28, CO Fall Colors 31, COFall Colors 31, CO Fall Colors 35, COFall Colors 35, CO Fall Colors 39, COFall Colors 39, CO Fall Colors 41, COFall Colors 41, CO UT, Capitol Reef National Park 1UT, Capitol Reef National Park 1 UT, Capitol Reef National Park 3UT, Capitol Reef National Park 3 UT, Capitol Reef National Park 7UT, Capitol Reef National Park 7 San Juans and fresh snow 2, COSan Juans and fresh snow 2, CO

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 12 Jan 2024 23:03:19 GMT
My favorites from 2022 I didn't get out nearly as much as I would have liked this past year but hopefully going to make up for it in 2023!  Here are my favorites from 2022 in no particular order.  Enjoy!

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 06 Jan 2023 21:17:46 GMT
Colorado Life Magazine Cover I'm honored to have one of my fall images on the cover of the Sept/Oct edition of Colorado Life!  This image was taken many years ago and it was pure luck.  I was heading down the mountain and noticed it was setting up to be an incredible sunset.  I quickly turned around and drove "slightly - ha" over the speed limit to find a viewpoint that would work.  I literally had seconds to capture this image after I got set up.  This is one of those "being in the right place at the right time" images.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Tue, 20 Sep 2022 20:10:57 GMT
Landscape Photography Magazine Article My good friend Earl Robicheaux just had an article he wrote published in Landscape Photography Magazine about the group I've assembled over the years. Some of the best friends a person could ask for. Great adventures and more laughs than should be allowed.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 02 Sep 2022 01:42:44 GMT
My favorites from 2021 At the end of the year it felt as though I didn't get much shooting in.  But, I soon realized it was another productive year.  Following, in no particular order, are my favorites from 2021.  Enjoy!

Badlands 3, SDBadlands 3, SD Badlands 9, SDBadlands 9, SD Badlands 18, SDBadlands 18, SD Badlands 21, SDBadlands 21, SD Badlands 31, SDBadlands 31, SD Black Hills - Custer State Park - Sylvan Lake 1, SDBlack Hills - Custer State Park - Sylvan Lake 1, SD Black Hills - Custer State Park - Sylvan Lake fall colors 2, SDBlack Hills - Custer State Park - Sylvan Lake fall colors 2, SD Black Hills - Custer State Park - Sylvan Lake photographer 1, SDBlack Hills - Custer State Park - Sylvan Lake photographer 1, SD Black Hills - Custer State Park 3, SDBlack Hills - Custer State Park 3, SD Black Hills - Roughlock Falls 2, SDBlack Hills - Roughlock Falls 2, SD Black Hills - Spearfish Falls 3, SDBlack Hills - Spearfish Falls 3, SD Ghost Town 2, SDGhost Town 2, SD Ghost Town 6, SDGhost Town 6, SD Ghost Town 8, SDGhost Town 8, SD San Juan sunrise 6, COSan Juan sunrise 6, CO Ouray Ice Park climber, COOuray Ice Park climber, CO Waterfall 1, COWaterfall 1, CO Balloon 2, COBalloon 2, CO RainbowRainbow San Juan Lupine 1, COSan Juan Lupine 1, CO Cimarron sunset 2, CO (2)Cimarron sunset 2, CO (2) Cimarron sunset 3, CO (2)Cimarron sunset 3, CO (2) San Juan sunrise 8, COSan Juan sunrise 8, CO San Juan sunrise 13, COSan Juan sunrise 13, CO San Juan sunset 1, CO (6)San Juan sunset 1, CO (6) San Juan sunset 2, COSan Juan sunset 2, CO San Juan sunset 5, COSan Juan sunset 5, CO San Juan sunset 8, COSan Juan sunset 8, CO San Juan sunset 12, COSan Juan sunset 12, CO San Juan Wildflowers 4, COSan Juan Wildflowers 4, CO Waterfall 3, CO (5)Waterfall 3, CO (5) Fall Colors 6, COFall Colors 6, CO Fall Colors 7, COFall Colors 7, CO Fall Colors 8, COFall Colors 8, CO Fall Colors 13, COFall Colors 13, CO Fall Colors 15, COFall Colors 15, CO Fall Colors 17, COFall Colors 17, CO Fall Colors 19, COFall Colors 19, CO Fall Colors 21, COFall Colors 21, CO Fall Colors 23, COFall Colors 23, CO TN - Cane Creek Cascade 1TN - Cane Creek Cascade 1 TN - Cane Creek Cascade hikerTN - Cane Creek Cascade hiker TN - Old Pump House 2 - Rock Island State ParkTN - Old Pump House 2 - Rock Island State Park TN - Twin Falls 1 - Rock Island State ParkTN - Twin Falls 1 - Rock Island State Park TN - Twin Falls 7 - Rock Island State ParkTN - Twin Falls 7 - Rock Island State Park Bernie 2Bernie 2
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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Tue, 28 Dec 2021 21:58:02 GMT
Favorite 30 from 2020 What an interesting year it's been to say the least.  I was still able to get out quite a bit locally to do some shooting and stay away from people altogether.  Here are my favorite 30 images from 2020 in no particular order.  Enjoy.

Alcove Hiker 1Alcove Hiker 1 Cimarron Moon 1Cimarron Moon 1 Comet Neowise and Mount Sneffels 2Comet Neowise and Mount Sneffels 2 Dallas Divide in spring 1Dallas Divide in spring 1 Fall Colors 2, COFall Colors 2, CO Fall Colors 4, COFall Colors 4, CO Fall Colors 12, COFall Colors 12, CO Fall Colors 15, COFall Colors 15, CO Fall Colors 16, COFall Colors 16, CO Fall Colors 23, COFall Colors 23, CO Fall Colors 26, COFall Colors 26, CO Fall Colors 28, COFall Colors 28, CO Fall Colors 29, COFall Colors 29, CO Fall Colors 30, COFall Colors 30, CO Fall Colors 32, COFall Colors 32, CO Mount Sneffels 15Mount Sneffels 15 Mount Sneffels and lupine 7Mount Sneffels and lupine 7 Mount Sneffels and rainbow in spring 2Mount Sneffels and rainbow in spring 2 Red Mountain and clearing storm 2Red Mountain and clearing storm 2 San Juan Mountains sunrise 5San Juan Mountains sunrise 5 San Juan Mountains sunset 14San Juan Mountains sunset 14 San Juan Mountains sunset 15San Juan Mountains sunset 15 San Juan sunrise 3, COSan Juan sunrise 3, CO San Juan sunrise 4, COSan Juan sunrise 4, CO San Juan Mountains sunset 17San Juan Mountains sunset 17 San Juan sunset 3, COSan Juan sunset 3, CO San Juans and lupines 5San Juans and lupines 5 San Juans and spring leaves 8San Juans and spring leaves 8 Waterfall 2, COWaterfall 2, CO Waterfall 14, COWaterfall 14, CO

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 21:19:23 GMT
Client's images It's always nice to get photos from satisfied clients showcasing their purchases of my work.  Here are a few recent sales of some very large pieces to some clients in Telluride.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 18:25:02 GMT
Spring leaves and lupines This year I wanted to get out and really concentrate on the spring aspen leaves.  While out shooting, I noticed the lupines were coming out a few weeks early.  So, I had plenty of subject matter to shoot recently.  Here is a small sampling of some of my favorites.

Abrams Mountain 1, COAbrams Mountain This is Abrams Mountain south of Ouray.  I waited at this location 2 hours for the first light to hit fresh aspen leaves.  I literally had seconds to get this image before the light lit up all of the trees.

San Juans and spring leaves 4, COSan Juans and spring leaves I was actually at another location for sunrise but figured if I hurried, I could get to this location when the first light hit trees.  This is literally right next to the highway west of Ridgway.

San Juans and spring leaves 7, COSan Juans and spring leaves 7 Everyone once in a while, we get a sunrise where it lights up the peaks like they're on fire.  This was one of those rare mornings.  The dramatic dark clouds added some nice contrast.

Dallas Divide in spring 7, CODallas Divide in spring 7 The Dallas Divide west of Ridgway is famous for it's fall colors.  There can literally be hundreds of photographers lined up at sunrise in the fall.  In the spring though, I had the place entirely to myself every single day of the 5 or 6 trips I made up there.

Mount Sneffels reflection in spring, COMount Sneffels reflection in spring Mount Sneffels is definitely the most famous peak in the San Juan Mountains.  On this particular evening, I had nice clouds mixing in with the blue sky and fresh aspen leaves.

Mount Sneffels and lupine in spring 1, COMount Sneffels and lupine in spring 1

Here's another one of Mount Sneffels.  It's fairly unusual to get the fresh green aspen leaves and peak lupine at the same time.

San Juans and spring leaves 9, COSan Juans and spring leaves 9 This is a shot that you probably won't ever see from anyone else.  I had special permission to go on this private property to get this image.  A minute after I took this shot, a large black bear wandered through the very left side of this scene.  He didn't cooperate and come down into the field for me.

Flowering Aspens 1, COFlowering Aspens 1 I found this location while looking for something totally different.  I've been told these are young flowering aspen trees.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Cimarron aspens 2, COCimarron aspens 2 We spent a day over by Silverjack Reservoir checking out the fresh aspen leaves.  Unfortunately it was Memorial Day weekend and after a few short hours, we decided to come home due to the hoards of irresponsible tourists driving in the meadows, tearing down the roads at crazy speeds, and just disrespecting the enjoyment of others.

Mount Sneffels and rainbow in spring 1, COMount Sneffels and rainbow in spring 1 Once in a while I get lucky - EXTREMELY LUCKY!  We had a clearing rainstorm just before sunset.  A friend and I were at the opposite end of this valley and raced to this location when we saw the storm starting to clear out. We were incredibly fortunate to get a few images before it dissipated. 

Mount Sneffels and lupine in spring 2, COMount Sneffels and lupine in spring 2 It took me 3 nights in a row going to this same location to get this image with the clearing storm at sunset and the peak lupine.

Mount Sneffels and lupine in spring 4, COMount Sneffels and lupine in spring 4

This image was taken as the very last light was hitting Mount Sneffels and also giving us some nice pink clouds.

Chimney Peak 2, COChimney Peak 2

This particular meadow was made famous by the John Wayne movie True Grit.  This is chimney peak at sunset on Owl Creek Pass.

San Juans and lupines 1, COSan Juans and lupines 1

I liked how the yellow flowers were mixing in with the peak lupine for this image.  The pink sky at sunrise was an added bonus.

San Juans and lupines 8, COSan Juans and lupines 8 This is one of my favorite images so far this year.  It's definitely one of my best lupine shots.  To get the peak lupine, flaming pink clouds, and peaks lit up at the same time like they're on fire is extremely rare.  

San Juans and lupines 9, COSan Juans and lupines 9 Taken the same morning as the previous image.  I had to run to this location to get it in time before the light on the peaks and clouds lost it's color.

Elk and Lupine 2, COElk and Lupine 2 Another incredibly lucky shot.  I was at this location for almost an hour hoping the elk would walk into the lupine field.  I was able to capture several different images but this is my favorite.

Mount Sneffels reflection 3, COMount Sneffels reflection 3 And finally, back to the Mount Sneffels reflection with great light on the peak at sunset.  Thanks for viewing and feel free to leave a comment!

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Sun, 14 Jun 2020 19:03:12 GMT
Favorites from 2019 At the end of each year it seems like I don't get out much until I start looking through my files and realize just how much shooting I was able to get in.  Here are my favorite images from 2019.

San Juan sunset and lupines 1San Juan sunset and lupines 1 Gothic Mountain - Crested Butte 1Gothic Mountain - Crested Butte 1 Mount Crested ButteMount Crested Butte Ridgway State Park 5Ridgway State Park 5 Wildflowers 1Wildflowers 1 Dalles Mountain Ranch and Mount HoodDalles Mountain Ranch and Mount Hood San Juan sunset 3San Juan sunset 3 Cimarron Mountains sunset 4Cimarron Mountains sunset 4 Alta Lake sunset 2Alta Lake sunset 2 Waterfall 5Waterfall 5 San Juan sunrise 6San Juan sunrise 6 Cimarron Sunrise 1, COCimarron Sunrise 1, CO Cimarron Sunset 2, COCimarron Sunset 2, CO Dallas Divide fall colors 4, CODallas Divide fall colors 4, CO Waterfall 4, COWaterfall 4, CO San Juan Mountains sunset 2, COSan Juan Mountains sunset 2, CO Crystal Lake sunset 1, COCrystal Lake sunset 1, CO Cimarron sunset 7Cimarron sunset 7 San Juan reflections 8San Juan reflections 8 Fairy Falls 1Fairy Falls 1 Mount Hood reflectionMount Hood reflection Multnomah Falls 5Multnomah Falls 5 Outer Banks sunriseOuter Banks sunrise TX, Cypress trees 12TX, Cypress trees 12 TX, Cypress trees 16TX, Cypress trees 16 TX, Cypress trees 21TX, Cypress trees 21 TX, Cypress trees and fog 4TX, Cypress trees and fog 4 TX, Cypress trees and fog 7TX, Cypress trees and fog 7 TX, Cypress trees kayakerTX, Cypress trees kayaker TX, Egret 3TX, Egret 3 Waterfall 11Waterfall 11 Bobcat 4, COBobcat 4, CO Eagle 5, COEagle 5, CO TX, Great Blue Heron 2TX, Great Blue Heron 2

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:55:00 GMT
Nature First As many of you know, I've been photographing nature for over 30 years now.  I've had the fortunate opportunity to experience some the the most incredible scenery a person could ever imagine.  Unfortunately, I've noticed extreme increases in visitation to some of these locations due to the internet, social media, and GPS technology.  This in turn has caused irreversible damage to many of these areas. 

A couple of years ago a small group of nature photographers who've noticed the same thing decide to take action.  We decided to do what we can as stewards to help protect our fragile environment.  We came up with 7 principles for nature photographers which anyone can follow.  We're hoping this starts a world-wide cultural movement in the nature photography world.

Without going into great detail here, I'll simply share the following link for you to browse our website to learn more about our movement.  We would love to have you join our movement and spread the word.  Feel free to share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and your personal website.


[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:57:54 GMT
My favorites from 2018 I was able to do quite a bit of shooting this year.  Here are my favorites from my outings.

Clear Lake vicinity 1Clear Lake vicinity 1 Clear Lake vicinity 2Clear Lake vicinity 2 Governor Basin 14Governor Basin 14 Governor Basin 15Governor Basin 15 Governor Basin 19Governor Basin 19 Ice Lake Basin 3Ice Lake Basin 3 Ice Lake Basin 6Ice Lake Basin 6 Lake treeLake tree Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain 12Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain 12 Fall colors 1Fall colors 1 Fall colors 4Fall colors 4 Fall colors 10Fall colors 10 Fall colors 26Fall colors 26 Fall colors 35Fall colors 35 Fall colors 36, COFall colors 36, CO Fall colors 41Fall colors 41 Fall colors 44Fall colors 44 Fall colors 46Fall colors 46 Fall colors 48Fall colors 48 Fall colors 51Fall colors 51 Fall colors 52Fall colors 52 Fall colors 53Fall colors 53 Fall colors 58Fall colors 58 Fall colors 59Fall colors 59 Fall colors 65Fall colors 65 Fall colors 70Fall colors 70 Moose 2, COMoose 2, CO Wilson Peak sunrise 2Wilson Peak sunrise 2 Guston Mine 1, COGuston Mine 1, CO San Juan sunrise 1, COSan Juan sunrise 1, CO Full MoonFull Moon Lady Bird Johnson Grove 1Lady Bird Johnson Grove 1 Rhododendrons and Redwood 3Rhododendrons and Redwood 3 Trillium Falls 4Trillium Falls 4 Golden Falls 2Golden Falls 2 Harris Beach State Park 1Harris Beach State Park 1 Harris Beach State Park 3Harris Beach State Park 3 Lower South Falls 1 - Silver Falls State ParkLower South Falls 1 - Silver Falls State Park Lupine on Pacific Coast 1Lupine on Pacific Coast 1 Shrader Old Growth Trail 1Shrader Old Growth Trail 1 Shrader Old Growth Trail 2Shrader Old Growth Trail 2 South Falls 2 - Silver Falls State ParkSouth Falls 2 - Silver Falls State Park Yaquina Head Lighthouse 2Yaquina Head Lighthouse 2

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Mon, 31 Dec 2018 17:20:32 GMT
Montrose Hospital Skylight Earlier this year the Montrose hospital used 4 of my images for their enormous skylight.  The long ones are over 12 feet long!

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Wed, 26 Dec 2018 22:57:56 GMT
2019 Colorado State Vacation Guide Recently found out that one of my images was selected for the cover of the 2019 Colorado State Vacation Guide.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:06:03 GMT
My favorites from 2017 Even though I didn't get out as much as I hoped for, it was a fairly productive year.  Enjoy!

Adobe Hills 1, COAdobe Hills 1, CO American Basin 1, COAmerican Basin 1, CO Cimarron reflection 4, COCimarron reflection 4, CO Crystal Lake, CO (2)Crystal Lake, CO (2) Dallas Divide 2, CO (2)Dallas Divide 2, CO (2) Dominguez Canyon, CODominguez Canyon, CO Gilpin Peak 1, COGilpin Peak 1, CO Govenor Basin 6, COGovenor Basin 6, CO Hay Bales 1, COHay Bales 1, CO Horse 02, IcelandHorse 02, Iceland Island Lake 1, COIsland Lake 1, CO Jokulsarlon Lagoon 9, IcelandJokulsarlon Lagoon 9, Iceland Jokulsarlon, Black Sand Beach 3, IcelandJokulsarlon, Black Sand Beach 3, Iceland Maggie Gulch 2, COMaggie Gulch 2, CO Mount Sneffels and Lupine 3, COMount Sneffels and Lupine 3, CO Owl Creek Pass 1, CO (2)Owl Creek Pass 1, CO (2) Porphyry Basin 4, COPorphyry Basin 4, CO Red Mountain fall colors 3, CORed Mountain fall colors 3, CO San Juan Mountains Columbine 5, COSan Juan Mountains Columbine 5, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 5, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 5, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 10, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 10, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 12, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 12, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 16, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 16, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 17, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 17, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 22, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 22, CO San Juan Mountains fall colors 23, COSan Juan Mountains fall colors 23, CO San Juan Waterfall 6, CO (2)San Juan Waterfall 6, CO (2) San Juan Waterfall 9, COSan Juan Waterfall 9, CO San Juan waterfall 18, COSan Juan waterfall 18, CO San Juan Waterfall 19San Juan Waterfall 19 San Juan Waterfall Hiker 2, COSan Juan Waterfall Hiker 2, CO San Juan Waterfall Hiker 4, COSan Juan Waterfall Hiker 4, CO San Juans and Lupine 2, COSan Juans and Lupine 2, CO

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:11:35 GMT
My favorites from 2016 Can hardly believe another year has passed.  It was a fairly productive year for new images.  Here are my favorites from 2016.  Enjoy!

Hanging Lake, COHanging Lake, CO Spouting Rock, COSpouting Rock, CO Yankee Girl Mine, COYankee Girl Mine, CO Sunrise reflection 1, COSunrise reflection 1, CO Sunrise reflection 2, COSunrise reflection 2, CO Ridgway State Park, CORidgway State Park, CO Chimney Peak and white flowers, COChimney Peak and white flowers, CO Curved aspens, COCurved aspens, CO Chimney Peak sunset, COChimney Peak sunset, CO San Juans sunset, COSan Juans sunset, CO San Juan lupine, COSan Juan lupine, CO San Juan Mountains, COSan Juan Mountains, CO Yankee Boy Basin, COYankee Boy Basin, CO Belize sunsetBelize sunset Belize sunriseBelize sunrise Fall colors 1, COFall colors 1, CO Fall colors 2, COFall colors 2, CO Fall colors 4, COFall colors 4, CO Fall colors 5, COFall colors 5, CO Fall colors 6, COFall colors 6, CO Fall colors 7, COFall colors 7, CO Cimarron Mountains sunrise, COCimarron Mountains sunrise, CO Red Barn, CORed Barn, CO

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:29:50 GMT
Telluride Mountain Village We were honored to have 7 of our images selected for the new plaza banners at Telluride Mountain Village.  Be sure to check them out if you're in the area - they're HUGE at over 9' tall!

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Mon, 06 Jun 2016 02:27:08 GMT
My Favorites from 2015 Everyone seems to be doing their "15 favorites from 2015" so I thought I'd join them.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) I couldn't narrow my favorites from the past year down to only 15.  So, here they are:

Bear Rocks Preserve 1Bear Rocks Preserve 1 Bear Rocks Preserve in West Virginia.  The wind NEVER stopped which made it quite challenging to capture this image.

Elakala Falls 1 - Blackwater Falls State ParkElakala Falls 1 - Blackwater Falls State Park

Elakala Falls in Blackwater Falls State Park - West Virginia.  I had to be patient with this image as the lighting was constantly changing with the moving clouds.  

Grist Mill 1 - Babcock State ParkGrist Mill 1 - Babcock State Park Grist Mill - Babcock State Park - West Virginia.  Ever since I saw an image of this mill over 20 years ago I had it on my bucket list of places to shoot.  I finally had the opportunity this past year and hit the one day the colors were peak and the water was flowing.

Capitol Reef National Park 3Capitol Reef National Park 3 Capitol Reef National Park - Utah.   Talk about luck to have some cooperative horses in just the right position at sunset!

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Dance Hall Rock with starsGrand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Dance Hall Rock with stars Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Dance Hall Rock - Utah.  This past year I tried my hand at some night photography.  I placed my gas lantern behind the small knoll in the foreground so it wouldn't be in the shot but still would light up Dance Hall Rock.  This feature is about 70-80 feet tall.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Horizon ArchGrand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Horizon Arch Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Horizon Arch - Utah.  This is another location I've been wanting to shoot for quite some time.  It was pure luck that I got this shot as I arrived literally 2 minutes before the light on the rocks was gone.  We almost had to spend an unplanned night in the desert since we didn't set waypoints on our GPS going in.  

Winter aspens horizontalWinter aspens horizontalMy wife spotted these incredible white aspens against a black rock wall on a very remote road in Eastern Utah. They immediately caught our attention with the extreme contrast. White Aspens - Utah.   My wife found this image in a remote area of Utah.  There were some black rocks behind the aspens which really made them stand out.

Zion National Park - Left Fork North Creek 5Zion National Park - Left Fork North Creek 5 Zion National Park - Left Fork North Creek - Utah.  I've done the hike to the Subway numerous times over the past 28 years and have never shot this  particular crack in the ground with the water flowing through it.  No, I did not place those leaves there.  This is how we found them when we arrived.

Zion National Park 1Zion National Park 1 Zion National Park - Utah.  I took this image about 45 minutes before sunrise.  Most photographers go here at sunrise but the pre-dawn glow is simply amazing.  If you look closely, you can still see some stars.

Zion National Park 2Zion National Park 2 Zion National Park - Utah.  This is the same shot only taken at sunrise  the same morning.  Not sure which one I like better.

American Basin 3American Basin 3 American Basin - Colorado.  This is probably the best year I've seen at American Basin.  The columbine were also profuse.

Chimney Peak & Courthouse Mountain 2Chimney Peak & Courthouse Mountain 2 Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain - Colorado.  After 3 days of winter storms, I could see the clouds starting to break up from our house.   I ran down to this location and was simply in awe of the scene happening in front of me.  It was one of those incredibly rare sunsets where everything comes together.

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Aspens - Colorado.  The aspen trees in spring can be almost as beautiful as in the fall in my opinion.

Governor Basin 3Governor Basin 3 Governor Basin - Colorado.  I've been going to this location for over 25 years but never seemed to have time to go for sunrise.  Now that we live here, it takes a very short time from our house to get here with the dirtbike.  I went here 3 mornings in a row to get this image.

Molas Lake area 4Molas Lake area 4 Molas Pass area - Colorado.  This is another image that I was able to capture by living here.  I could see the clouds to the west clearing so I knew it would be a high probability of a good sunset.  It didn't disappoint.

Mount Sneffels 1Mount Sneffels 1 Mount Sneffels - Colorado.  I actually took this image from our front deck one morning this past spring.

Old pickup and fall colors 1Old pickup and fall colors 1 Old pickup and fall colors -  Colorado.  I've probably walked right by this old pickup over a dozen times going to another location.  This past year it caught my attention with all the color around it.

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Curved aspen trees - Colorado.   This particular location is quickly becoming "discovered" by the throngs of photographers that come to this area.   Hopefully it stays pristine  and doesn't get trampled.

San Juan Mountains 6San Juan Mountains 6 San Juan Mountains - Colorado.  Once in a while the clouds cooperate and move just where you want them.

San Juan Mountains reflection 1San Juan Mountains reflection 1

Mt. Sneffels and San Juan Mountains - Colorado.  This is a relatively unknown pond on private property.  We had a dusting of snow the night before and a perfect reflection which made everything come together.

Stony Pass 3Stony Pass 3 Stony Pass - Colorado.  This was by far the best year I've seen at Stony Pass in all my years of going there.

Sydney Basin 1Sydney Basin 1 Sydney Basin - Colorado.  This took me a couple of mornings to get this image.  This is another location where the dirtbike makes it SO much easier and quicker to get to.

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Sun, 03 Jan 2016 03:01:03 GMT
Ouray Visitor Center If you're in the Ouray area, be sure to stop by the Visitor Center on the north end of town.  They are now carrying our line of greeting cards from the local area as well as matted and framed fine art photographs.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Thu, 28 May 2015 20:25:50 GMT
Ridgway Visitor Center We're pleased to announce the Ridgway Visitor Center is now carrying our line of greeting cards from the local area.  They also have a great railroad museum to check out if you're in the area.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Thu, 28 May 2015 20:23:08 GMT
New Display Venue We are pleased to announce that we will be displaying a lot of our new work at the Divide Ranch and Golf Club for the 2015 golf season.  The clubhouse opens to the general public Friday, May 15th.  Our work is displayed throughout the clubhouse, restaurant, and pro shop.  If you're in the Ridgway, Ouray, or Telluride area, be sure to stop by.  Even if you're not a golfer, enjoy the restaurant and bar with some of the best views in the country.

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[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Tue, 12 May 2015 02:28:19 GMT
New item for sale! After considerable research into printers, inks, and greeting card papers, we're proud to offer 5"x7" greeting cards for any of the rectangular images on our website.  If you would like a greeting card for a panoramic image, please contact us directly.  All greeting cards come with an envelope for mailing.  At this time, we are also offering free shipping on any greeting card orders.  

Since the image is printed to the edge of the card and there's no printing on the image, these would be great for framing and displaying.





[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) card cards colorado fine art greeting greeting cards montrose nature ouray photo photography photos ridgway telluride Sun, 10 May 2015 01:41:33 GMT
New Facebook Business Page Check out our new Facebook business page HERE.  Be sure to "LIKE" the page in the main banner to get notifications of updates on our travels, new images, and sales!


[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:21:18 GMT
Nikon D800E vs. Leaf Aptus 75 I received my Nikon D800E several weeks ago and have been ingesting the 400 plus page manual as time allows.  I've been shooting a Leaf Aptus 75 medium format digital back the last couple of years and have heard that the new D800E should come very close to the resolution produced by medium format digital.  Well fortunately, I now have both cameras to see if this is true or not.  The Nikon D800E has a 36mp sensor while the Leaf Aptus 75 has a much larger sensor with only 33mp. 

I took all test images within several minutes of each other.  On the Nikon, I used the Nikon 14-24mm lens set at 24mm, f-11, with a 2 stop graduated ND filter for the sky.  On the Leaf, I used the Mamiya 35mm lens, f-11, with a 2 stop graduated ND filter for the sky.  These focal lengths are virtually identical given the format size difference of the sensors.  I also used mirror lock-up before every shot to reduce vibration.  So, as you can see, we are going to be looking at basically an apples to apples comparison of sensor resolution and shadow detail.

Please note that this is not a scientific test in any way, shape, or form.  It's simply me testing my two cameras against each other. 

Here are the full view images from each camera.  First, the full image from the Nikon D800E:


And here is the full image from the Leaf Aptus 75:


As you can see, the Nikon has an overall "warmer" tone to it.  Now lets get into the details.  I'll let you make your own conclusions from the following portions blown up to "actual pixels" in photoshop and placed side by side for comparison.  Just an FYI, both cameras shoot at 240dpi native resolution (RAW).  There were absolutely no adjustments made to any of the images other than converting to jpg for the internet.





Conclusion:  In my opinion, the Leaf Aptus still holds a VERY slight edge over the Nikon D800E when it comes to resolution and shadow detail.  BUT, when you factor in the enormous price difference between the two setups, the Nikon is by far the clear winner given the fact that the resolution and shadow detail differences are so extremely minor.  Anyone in the market for a Leaf Aptus 75 digital back with a Mamiya AFDII body and lenses?????

[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Wed, 11 Jul 2012 01:53:52 GMT
Welcome to the new website As you can probably tell by now, I have totally rebuilt and re-designed the Natures Finest Images website.  I'd like to give special thanks to Dave Bartlett for re-designing the main logo. I'd also like to thank my photo buddies Earl Robicheaux, Paul Beiser, and Richard Ressman for their brutally honest feedback during the long process.

Some improvements you'll see are:

1.  MUCH larger photos - Depending on your screen size, they will be displayed at the maximum size possible.  For best results, view them on a 24" or larger screen.  You'll see a huge difference.  They will also resize for any mobile device.

2.  Online purchasing - after many years of folks asking for this option, and after many years of looking for the perfect software at a reasonable price, I feel I've found the perfect fit with  Trust me, I've looked at most of the software out there as well as companies that specialize in building photography websites.  For the price, I can't recommend anything better than zenfolio.  If you decide to use them for your own site in the future, use coupon code 67F-8H6-4AS  for a 10% discount on your purchase.       

3.  Captions on the photos - you'll notice that some of the photos have captions under them.  As time allows, I hope to eventually add captions to every photo on the site.

4.  New images - in addition to the images previously displayed on the website, you'll find some new ones throughout the galleries that have never been shown before.

Some things you'll eventually see in the future will be a "clearance" button where I'll offer certain pieces at greatly reduced prices, videos of portions of certain photo adventures, photo tours (this may be a while), and possibly novelty items for sale such as greeting cards.

Feel free to leave me comments about the new site.  I'm always looking for feedback and recommendations.  Thanks for stopping in!


[email protected] (Natures Finest Images) Sat, 02 Jun 2012 01:56:11 GMT