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Indian Creek

Indian Creek Waterfall, North Cascades National Park

Indian Creek Waterfall, North Cascades National Park

“North Cascades: The Wild Near By” Book Release Event in Mount Vernon!

Mount Shuksan

Mount Shuksan

Celebrate the release of “The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby” by Braided River with all three authors in downtown Mt. Vernon, just blocks away from the mighty Skagit River.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm
Location: Skagit Station 105 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon, WA. 98273
This new conservation title explores the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades in lyrical words, informative maps and inspiring photographs. It features new work from Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich, prolific guidebook writer Craig Romano and interviewer and essayist Christian Martin, as well as a foreword by Richard Louv, fire lookout journal entries by Gary Snyder and photographs from Paul Bannick, John Scurlock, Andy Porter, John D’Onofrio, Brett Baunton, Ethan Welty and Art Wolfe and many others.
I will be there and provide a short slide show at the end!
Glacier Peak
Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by Skagit Land Trust. Photo by Steph Abegg. Learn more at

Wilderness Photo Exhibition at the Smithsonian

To commemorate 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act the Wilderness 50 Coalition established a photo contest. The winners and honorable mentions, more than 100 images in all, are now on display at the Smithsonian!
Here is the link to the Wilderness Forever site.

I was lucky enough to have an image chosen as an honorable mention! Here it is.

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness - North Cascades National Park

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness – North Cascades National Park

I have never had any images win any thing or get chosen for any exhibition, and I must say its quite an honor. The winning images are really stunning. My favorite is the Milky Way shot over Second Beach in Olympic National Park. But have a look for yourself!

And here is a link to the Smithsonian web site where you can vote for your favorites!

Free Astrophotography Workshop at North Cascades National Park

I am officially scheduled to deliver a short workshop on how to capture images of the Milky Way. The workshop will be held at the Diablo Lake Overlook, on Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. I am putting on the class through the North Cascades National Park.

Have you ever seen stunning images of the Milky Way? And have you ever wondered how YOU could take pictures like this of the night sky? Come learn with professional photographer Andy Porter!

Nighttime classes

There is another flyer from the park which details what you need to bring:
Astrophotography Class details

The workshop is scheduled for Friday night, August 22nd, at 10pm. IF its a cloudy night, the class will be rescheduled for Friday night, August 29th, also at 10pm.

If you’d like to learn how to do it, come on out, we’ll have lots of fun!

Last weekend I made it to Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Baker to get Milky Way shots, and here they are!

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout

Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout

Mount Adams and the Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness

Mount Adams and the Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness

Art on display at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op

Palouse Falls and camp fire Palouse Falls This print will arrive this coming week, and I am excited to see it!

During the entire month of July I will have my prints on display at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, in Mount Vernon.
Zion Subway Panorama Left Fork Canyon, Zion National Park This print is a panorama and is quite stunning.

The prints will be displayed upstairs, in the dining area.
Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park Here is another panorama, 15″ x 42″, it is big and beautiful

Every month the Co-op offers their space to artists to display their work, each for a month showing.
Northwest Travel May June 2014 North Fork Bridge Creek and Mount Logan, North Cascades National Park This water fall is in a cirque carpeted with wildflowers and surrounded by waterfalls streaming down from Mount Logan…

The waiting list is almost 2 years! And they do not ask for a percent of your sales!
sunset through an open window Sunset through an open window This print will make your wall look like a window!

I will have a wide range of prints on display, ranging from $80 for 12 x 18″ canvas wrapped prints, to $180 for some of the large pieces, 24″ x 36″ or 15″ x 40″ canvas prints. If you’d like to order prints, contact me and I can have them shipped directly to your home. And you can choose the size as well!

boat 6 Samish River This print recently won 1st Place in a contest…

1098369_679024302154650_238131136_n Skagit Valley Tulips at Sunrise This print is big, 24 x 36, and very bright!

All of the images in this post will be on display/sale!
Morning at Sahale Glacier Camp Morning at Sahale Glacier Camp In September this image will be displayed in the Smithsonian , in Wash. DC. as a part of th 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Sequim Balloon Festival 2012, getting inflated! Sequim Balloon Festival Who doesn’t like balloons?

Liberty Bell from North Cascades Highway Liberty Bell Mountain, North Cascades Highway Liberty Bell is one of the iconic sights in Washington. This was cpatured from the Washington Pass Overlook.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
This mountain goat came early one morning to visit at Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park. Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
The tent sites are atop three big piles of rubble, from the glacier above.
Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
The goat was hanging out looking for places where someone had peed so that he could get some salt!
The goat had a minimum safe distance of about 10 feet. He was happy to be that close, but if I took one step closer he would back off that same distance.
Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
The large white mountain way in the distance here is Mount Rainier.
Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park

Sahale Camp Photomerge

Photomegre is one of the multitude of Photoshop Tools. It is a system of merging 2 or more images into a panorama.
Here are two original jpeg images from Sahale Glacier Camp. I took these with the thought in mind to later merge them. using a tripod I captured one image and carefully swung the camera on the tripod and lined up the second one. It wasn’t any fancy movement, I made note in my mind of where the frame’s edge was and pointed the camera in the approximate place to take up where the first image left off, planning for some overlap. I was using a 24 mm lens. I set my image quality when capturing the images so that I would have both a RAW file and a jpeg of the shots.
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Once back home I opened both of the raw files together in Photoshop CS6 and synchronized them so that what ever changes I made to one were duplicated on the other. I worked to lighten the foreground and darken the sky. Using the sliders for highlights, shadows, exposure, clarity, whites and contrast I played around until I liked the result.

I also used the brush tool on the foreground to bring out more details on the rocks.

I saved the images as jpeg files. Here they are. sa 3em
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Once this was done and images saved I went to Photomerge, selected the two modified images and let Photoshop work its magic. Untitled_Panorama 1201 em

Opening the panorama as a jpeg image I filled in the corners using the clone stamp tool and tweaked the levels settings a bit, and Viola! Here is the final image.

Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park

I have printed the image as a 40″ x 15″ canvas print and it is very stunning.

Bill McKibben at WWU in Bellingham, May 17th

For some time now I have donated use of my images to various groups. Washington Trails Association, North Cascades Institute, The Sierra Club, Washington Wild, National Resources Defense Fund, National Park Foundation, Cascade Loop Magazine and others have all used my images to help promote their message(s) of conservation, environmental protection and tourism.
This the first time one of my images has been used directly to promote something very important to me, namely, Global Warming and Climate Change! I am excited to attend the event.
This image is of Mount Baker and the Coleman Glacier from the Heliotrope Trail, on the north side of Mount Baker, in the North Cascades, in Washington State.

On the Cover of Northwest Travel magazine

Here is an image I captured and it is now on the cover of the May/June Issue of Northwest Magazine! The image is Mount Logan and a waterfall on the North Fork Bridge Creek Trail, North Cascades National Park. One of my favorite places in the North Cascades…Here is a link describing how to get there!
Northwest Travel May June 2014
Here is my full sized original image:
Mount Logan from North Fork Bridge Creek, North Cascades National Park

“Wilderness 50″ Celebration

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. In September of 1964 President Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the US regarding protection and preservation of Wilderness.

Wilderness 50 “The 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Planning Team (Wilderness50) is a growing coalition of federal agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and other wilderness user groups whose purpose is to plan and eventually implement local, regional, and national events and projects, specifically designed to elevate the profile of wilderness during the 50th anniversary celebration.”

One of their programs was to hold a photo contest and use the winning images as a part of their plans to inform people about the significance of the Wilderness Act.

More than 50 images were chosen and these will be displayed as large format prints in the Smithsonian Museum, in Washington DC starting in September!

I submitted several images to the competition and this image, here was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the People in Wilderness Category and will be used on signage for the various events and displayed in the museum.
Morning at Sahale Glacier Camp Sahale Glacier Camp in the Steven Mather Wilderness in North Cascades National Park, in Washington.

As a part of the process I was asked to submit a personal story about the image. Here it is:

“My connection with wilderness began when I was 16. I spent a month in the Sawtooth Wilderness in Idaho, learning how to backpack, climb and survive. The trip changed my life and encouraged me to continue. Treks along the Pacific Crest Trail and the Andes followed.

Then my life changed again and I was off on a different purpose. For almost 20 years I followed the light only to wind up in the darkness. And then I felt the wilderness call to me again, beckoning me back into her arms.

I had packed my old life in boxes and uncovering them produced an old hiking guide. I scoured it and found the most exciting sounding trip in there, recruited a few friends to accompany me and off we started.

I had forgotten what mileage and elevation gain portended and as we began our trip up to Sahale Camp. It slowly came back to me, what sweat and struggle were all about.

We finally made it to the camp well after dark and collapsed in our tent.

This image was captured the next morning. My life was changed anew; I had found a new purpose. Wilderness had rescued me again.”

I am excited and proud that any image of mine would be used to promote and protect wilderness!


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