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Browse articles that explore some of our favorite outdoor photography locations throughout the United States. Learn about the weather, the best time to shoot, how to get there and more, all from a photographer's perspective.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota

Located along the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of a series of picturesque parks located between Duluth and Grand Marais in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. If you’ve never been to northern Minnesota, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the rugged landscape.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Ninety miles southwest of Portland, Ore., is the Three Capes Scenic Drive, a 40-mile drive through one of the most spectacular stretches of scenery on the Oregon coast. The three capes—Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda—are the main destinations on the loop, each with its own distinctive attractions.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona

Over the broad Santa Cruz River Valley and bordered by mountain ranges to the north and west, Madera Canyon is a small, intimate chapel of textures, shapes and colors. An hour south of Tucson and east of Highway I-19, Madera Creek originates near 9,453-foot Mount Wrightson and winds through pine-oak forests and granite outcrops to the high desert far below. Part of Coronado National Forest, the canyon’s main attractions are hiking and bird-watching. The canyon is home to a host of colorful and unique species including the elegant trogon, whose breeding range is located here in Arizona’s "sky islands."

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

If the Kentucky Derby is the crown jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, then the Red River Gorge deserves similar accolades for pure scenic beauty. Encompassing approximately 40,000 acres of eastern Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest "the gorge" as locals call it, is itself a jewel not to be ignored.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Channel Islands, California

Sitting off Southern California’s populated coast, the Channel Islands are an inverted oasis of spectacularly natural beauty. The eight Channel Islands offer wilderness treasures ready for exploring most of the year.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Hill Country, Southern Texas

Southern Texas is situated in an optimal region for wildflowers. Field after field of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers are found hugging the rolling hills between Fredericksburg, Lampasas and Brenham. Austin, the state capital, sits in the middle of the triangle formed by these three towns.

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Turnagain Arm, Alaska

Alaska. Just the mention of the word conjures visions of boundless wilderness, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife. Just down the road from Anchorage lies one of Alaska’s most accessible photographic gems—Turnagain Arm.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico

Comprised of 45,000 acres of badlands, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico is located about 35 miles south of Farmington. Geologically speaking, this wilderness is as remote an area as a photographer is likely to explore.

Monday, November 1, 2004

Terry Badlands, Montana

The Terry Badlands look like the rest of eastern Montana from I-94: flat-topped buttes and a few erosion cracks in the sandstone cliff walls. Taking the Terry exit and proceeding north on Highway 253 for less than a mile and after crossing the bridge over the Yellowstone River, the gravel road sign heading west reads: "Scenic View." As you travel through flat, prairie lands, you see isolated buttes scattered in the distant landscape. After a few miles, the earth becomes more rugged.

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