Grand Tetons

August 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
After spending the first 35 days of my roadtrip in Colorado, I was ready to move on to Wyoming. The 8+ hour drive from Colorado to Wyoming was an interesting one. Google Maps took me through the middle of nowhere in Northwest Colorado. I saw maybe 3 other people on the road in 4 hours of travel time. Eventually Google told me to turn onto a dirt ro...
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Maroon Bells

August 01, 2016  •  2 Comments
For my last Colorado hike I wanted to do a backcountry trip. The area around Crested Butte provided endless possibilities. I learned of a route through the mountains that would take me from Crested Butte to Aspen. I was unable to find a good paper map, so I decided to wing it. At 6pm I left Crested Butte and drove up towards Gothic. The forest was...
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Monsoon

July 22, 2016  •  2 Comments
“You get monsoons in the desert?” While I was staying with my new friends in Mesa Verde, our friend John mentioned that Monsoon Season was finally here. The county had been under a fire ban for the past few weeks and everything was bone dry. Everyone in WOBville was hoping for some rain so they would finally lift the fire ban. I never imagined t...
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A Change of Scenery

July 19, 2016  •  1 Comment
This past weekend I was able to visit New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and head back to Colorado all in one morning. After my night at Shiprock I drove up into Arizona then veered north to the Four Corners Monument. It was really interesting to see the desert environments here, which felt so completely different than anything I've seen on the trip so far.
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The Desert

July 16, 2016  •  1 Comment
After a relaxing day in Durango, spent down by the river, I decided to drive over to Mesa Verde National Park. It was interesting to see the ancient dwellings of the native people. I'm sure my archaeologist friends would love to explore this place! I was able to go on a tour of the Cliff Palace area with a really cool ranger. He shed some light on...
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The Passing Time

July 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I recommend listening to this song while you read this blog post and view the pictures from the Great Sand Dunes. It really captures the essence of being alone at night on the Dunes, under a sea of stars. As I entered the San Luis Valley, one of the largest desert valleys in the world, I could see the Great Sand Dunes off in the distance. In fac...
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Back in Boulder

July 08, 2016  •  2 Comments
I am currently in Boulder, Colorado finishing up my backlog of edits and preparing for the next part of the journey. Tomorrow I will head to the Great Sand Dunes, where I'll hopefully be able to capture some great Milky Way and Star Trails photos. After spending a few days exploring the area, my favorite place in Boulder, so far, is the Chautauqua...
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The Moose, The Fox, and the Chipmunk

July 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
As I was walking up the North Inlet Trail at sunset, I crossed paths with a fellow adventurer who was spending 11 days exploring Colorado. She was heading out to her car while I was heading into the backcountry. She had been setting up camp nearby when a tree fell down right next to her tent! Thankfully she wasn't hurt. Most of the trees on the Wes...
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Into the Mountains

June 29, 2016  •  1 Comment
After 4 days without a good nights sleep I finally had a backcountry campsite. Mill Creek Basin is a wonderful spot between Bear Lake and Moraine Park. There is a large meadow with Aspen trees growing throughout. A small stream flows nearby. I had actually stayed at this campsite two years ago. That night however, was very short. I had to wake up b...
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Day 1

June 26, 2016  •  2 Comments
Day 1 After a nearly sleepless night in my car, I awoke at dawn. I was in the Moraine Park area, a large meadow surrounded by mountains. With no idea what to do, I started driving. Within a minute I came upon a large herd of Elk having breakfast alongside the road. Continuing on, I noticed a group of photographers in the meadow. I pulled over and w...
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Spring in the Allegheny National Forest

May 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Last week I took some time off work to head up to the Allegheny National Forest. The ANF is one of my favorite places to go hiking year-round and the North Country Trail offers 100 miles of trail through the ANF. ANF also has some of the darkest skies in the Eastern US, perfect for stargazing. Day 1 This trip started at Cook Forest, at the south...
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Darkness to Light

March 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
It’s been one hell of a day. It started at 5:30am as I stepped outside my room at the Gerace Research Centre. Light was just beginning to spill over the Eastern horizon. I always loved that early morning walk, knowing that the day was about to begin. I arrived at North Point just as color started to fill the sky, the sun still below the horizon. M...
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Back At It

January 23, 2016  •  1 Comment
Now that winter is finally here in Northeast Ohio I can get some new snowflake photos! After some trial and error, I finally have a pretty good system for taking snowflake photos. Materials Needed: Black Glove Tripod Macro Lens Remote Shutter I take my black glove (that I leave outside, so it stays cold) and hold it up in the air to...
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Autumn in the Adirondacks

October 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Day 1: Cold, dark, alone. It's 5:15am and pitch-black outside. I force myself to crawl outside the warmth and comfort of my sleeping bag and into the dark forest. My goal for this morning: climb Mount Jo to photograph the sunrise. The map says the hike should only be about 2 miles from my location to the top of the mountain, with a steep and rocky...
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Summer Storm

August 05, 2015  •  2 Comments
After waiting for 3 months we finally got a killer storm in Northeast Ohio. I was sitting out at the Canfield Fairgrounds watching big puffy clouds slowly morph and expand across the warm summer sky. It was quite the show! Soon the soft yellow colors gave way to deep reds and soft purples as the sun slowly sunk towards the horizon. As I was walking...
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