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Celebrating the Overlooked Photos

Bare trees dapple the golden light falling on Bridalveil Creek in Yosemite Valley.

The past several months I’ve been finalizing text and selecting images to illustrate my upcoming book Expressive Nature Photography. I first selected about 600 images – way too many for a book of 240 pages – and had to whittle it down. I ‘sweated’ over which ones were the best over others that I liked. I wanted them all in the book! It’s so hard – but it’s also been a lot of fun, because through it all, I have discovered many images that I forgot I made! 

How can that be, that I forgot an experience that was strong enough to invite me to make the picture? Continue reading »

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“We’re Swimming, We’re Swimming…”



Another from my series of images of Pacific White-sided Dolphins,  Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, swimming and traveling with us in British Columbia. The water was so clear you could see them under the surface, and this one was about to break the surface. In an instant before it did, I captured this image. You can see the pressure ridge of white above the dolphin. It looks sort of like a halo, ironically! I just loved this experience. I giggled a lot, delighted in their presence, as I photographed. I was reminded of Doris in Finding Nemo as she swam along happily saying “we’re swimming…”, hence the title of the blog post.


In Minnesota presently, staying with my friend Craig Blacklock, using a temporary ‘office’ in his gallery to get things done for me while traveling, all while surrounded by his beautiful landscape photography!


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