Multnomah Falls – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Multnomah Falls

The Columbia River Gorge has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the United States and is an amazing place to take a drive and enjoy the sites. Multnomah falls has almost a mythical quality to it with the bridge creating a unique visual experience from the bottom and a great vantage point to enjoy both stages of the falls.

From Wikipedia: …The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual 9 foot drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls, and by the United States Forest Service, as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.

 

 

 

Umbrellas In Snow – Central Park – NY

Umbrellas In Snow

While on a visit to NYC we were lucky enough to have a giant snow storm hit the city. Central park transformed into a sparsely populated winter wonderland which was truly a pleasure to walk through. I was struck by this scene for the symmetry of the tunnel framing the shot, the snow covered trees and streets, the lamp posts, and the 2 men I happened to capture out for their respective walks. It gives a sense of throwback to years past.

Solitude – Central Park – New York

Solitude

While on a visit to NYC we were lucky enough to have a giant snow storm hit the City. While the streets of Manhattan transform into a grey slushy mess, Central park transformed into a winter wonderland. To me, this image has a sense of irony to it; An marked snowfield and a desolate tree in the middle of a wide open field is one thing….but to have it be surrounded by high rise buildings in one of the largest cities in America is truly a unique image.

 

Driftwood Sunset – Uvita, Costa Rica

Driftwood Sunset

While down in Costa Rica after a day of exploring, Suzette and I went for a sunset beach walk to see if we might catch any late day light. As the sun was setting and we were running out of time I stumbled upon this interesting piece of driftwood with a giant hole through the center. Anytime you have forests meeting the ocean, beaches are bound to be littered with driftwood. What I love about this piece all of the dimension the driftwood contains. The ribs and valleys that really make you study the driftwood itself instead of just enjoying the color of the sunset.

Uvita Costa Rica is about 50 miles from the Panama border and is still sparsely inhabited compared to the northern more touristy areas. Known as a mecca for surfing, many of the beaches are crowded with American youth trying to escape the responsibility of adult life. The towns mainly consist of sea shack bars and restaurants, as well as hostel type hotels. The road to the south has been significantly improved and I would guess that this area won’t keep its 3rd world charm for long.

 

 

Chain Guard

ChainGuard

This bike caught my eye for a couple reasons: The patina on the chain guard represents years of utilitarian use for commuting through the elements and the chain guard in and of itself. This chain is encapsulated as to not get any grease on your slacks while you are riding to work or home from the store. A feature you don’t find on modern bikes because it would weigh too much. These photographs speak to me because they represent the modern day incarnations of the history of the bicycle.

 

Worship – Florence Italy

Bike Worship

This scene was fun for me because of the utilitarian commuter bike that I love to photograph and the candle that was lit for a completely different reason (a street festival) that made this scene look as if someone lit a candle to honor this time tested bicycle.

 

The Black Bike – Cinque Terre Italy

BlackBike

While this bicycle looks like it’s in Asia, it was actually parked underneath a bridge next to a beach in the national (and world) historic region of Cinque Terre Italy. That was what attracted me to this scene was the irony. I love the fact glyph graffiti is not in Italian which gives it that feel.

Why do I have pictures of bicycles in my gallery? I love bicycles. These pictures represent a modern day incarnation of the history of the bicycle for me. While I lust after the whiz bang carbon fiber road bikes and full suspension mountain bikes that are ridiculously priced and ridiculously fun to ride, I love what these utilitarian commuter bikes represent. A way of life. I love the European utilitarian bicycle culture that has evolved from necessity. A simple mode of human transportation that enables people to navigate the narrow streets of compact medieval cities.

 

Sea Mists At Sunset – Navarro Beach CA

SeaMistsAtSunset

Navarro Beach is a small uninhabited park and beach where the Navarro River meets the Pacific. As the tides change, pools of water remain in the black sands and often the hulking remains of once giants of the forests become intricate driftwood. When I see this image I am reminded of the gentle roar of the surf, feel the mists on my skin, and smell the salty air. I love the intricate patterns of the driftwood root structure so much I made it a central feature of this image. Also, the distant clouds over the pacific make colorful sunsets a rare occurrence in Northern California Coastal afternoons.

 

Hope – Sea Cliffs of Mendocino CA

Hope

When exploring Mendocino, we came across many remote beaches and sea cliffs. I happened to be exploring this cave while the sun was setting and the scene struck me. The sun shining looked as it was illuminating a way out, a light at the end of the tunnel, the promise of a new day.

 

Peak Worship – Ute Valley Park – Colorado Springs, CO

Peak Worship

On a remote cliff band in Ute Valley City Park life struggles against the elements and rocky soil. I love photographing trees as I feel they have so much personality that is created by their environment. In this picture, I envision the tree taking in the sunset in awe of the “purple mountain majesty” that is Pikes Peak.

Ute Valley Park is a popular city park and a favorite recreation spot for locals in Colorado Springs. The land was originally donated in 1969 to be protected and kept open to the public. At 330 acres it isn’t the largest park in the city but in the peaceful central valley you feel a world away from the city. In 2015 an agreement was reached purchase 200 additional acres from HP snatching it out of the hands of awaiting developers. The resulting 530 acre park will make it one of the larger parks in the City and keep the open spaces for the public to enjoy for years to come.