Get back to nature with Outdoor Photographer. From landscape photography articles that include the rugged beauty of the West to the bustle of the urban jungle, use our nature and wildlife photo essays to find your next adventure.
Canada has some of North America’s most spectacular landscapes and thousands of square miles of protected vistas
Even before Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon were established as national parks, their marvelous landscapes attracted photographers with an undiminished magnetism. When I began my photography career back in 1980, I soon realized that my home in the mountains of northern Utah provided me with an ideal location.
A landscape great turns his eye on the Grand Canyon
First, Jack Dykinga won the Pulitzer Prize, and then he found his calling. As a young photographer in the 1960s and ’70s, he used the gritty streets of Chicago as his background to photograph the news. Trading skyscrapers for the wide-open desert, Dykinga has become one of the most respected landscape photographers working today.
Finding your own photo style is a journey, not a destination
To what can we look to inspire our photographic style, and what are the benefits of knowing our photographic style? As photographers, we fly, drive or hike into the world’s farthest corners to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes or a constant whirl of exotic people and events.
Many nature photographers disparage the Midwest’s lack of scenery. What they’re missing is an untouched wilderness that stretches along miles of Great Lakes coastline—the U.P., Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Nowhere in the United States will you find an area that more reflects the dramatic seasonal changes of beautiful winters, colorful falls and blooming springs through a changing landscape that offers more to the photographer than prairies, woods and wildflowers.
Plunging more than 20 feet from the forest above, Pearsoney Falls is one of many breathtaking waterfalls tucked away in the Southern Oregon Cascades. Named after two families who were among the first pioneers in the area, the Pearsons and the Mahoneys, Pearsoney Falls is accessed by a short trail near the historic town of Prospect, 40 miles north of Medford.
From the Pacific Northwest and beyond, top nature photographer Gary Braasch takes on the planet
With those three words always top of mind, photojournalist Gary Braasch embarked on a career where environmental issues and conservation have remained the heart and soul of his work for more than 25 years. From threats to coral reefs in the Philippines to the endangered wetlands in Argentina and all points in between, his powerful photographs tell a compelling story about the state of the world’s most imperiled places.
Shooting at the edges of the day, Art Wolfe pursues an ongoing photographic quest to unite the heavens and the landscape
Art Wolfe has made a career of photographing at the margins. Whether it’s documenting disappearing rain forests or the customs of tribes around the world, Wolfe finds fertile creative soil in these overlooked places. One of his favorite rare landscapes is found by looking upward, deep into the night sky, well beyond the bounds of earth.
Half a century of photography, half a hundred exhibit books and still going strong—David Muench has a new book of the work that has made him a world treasure
Resting on the dust jacket, inviting you in, is a sublime, graphical image of a huge window in solid rock. Through the sailboat-shaped opening in the massive sandstone wall, earth's old friend the moon rides full and crisp through a rich magenta wash of middusk sky. Higher up, scarlet hues ease into cool vermillion.
Blowing Rocks Preserve is a spectacular sanctuary located on Jupiter Island, Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. The preserve features several coastal ecotones, transition areas between ecosystems, including maritime hammocks, mangrove wetlands and beach dunes. A ledge of surf-carved, petrified marine sediment, dating to the Pleistocene era and referred to as Anastasia limestone, is the main attraction.
Top outfitters share safari planning tips to help you focus on the best opportunities for the trip of a lifetime
With good reason, early settlers and subsequent big-game hunters found present-day Kenya to be the best environment in East Africa. Straddling the equator with generally high elevations, this land enjoys pleasant temperatures and climate for most of the year. Vast grass plains and numerous rivers feed and water great populations of wildlife and birds. Travel magazines continually try to promote the new and undiscovered, but in the case of Kenya, the best is still the best.
The worst season to visit southeastern Asia, specifically if you want to explore and climb northern Vietnam’s spectacular karst limestone towers, is in the middle of summer. The summer temperatures have an uncanny ability to match the daytime humidity that averages 95%. That’s unless a summer monsoon inundates the region.
How a landscape photographer reinvented himself for the digital era
A lot can change in 30 years—just ask landscape photographer Carr Clifton. He has endured a turbulent stock-photography marketplace and revolutionized work flow to find himself, creatively speaking, right back where he began. As a newbie photographer in the early 1970s, Clifton simply wanted to photograph beautiful places. Today that same desire pushes him a little farther into the great outdoors.
Photographer Frederic Joy reveals some magnificent spots across Wyoming, a state dominated by mountain ranges and high-altitude plains
Frederic Joy loves Wyoming as much for the freedom of its wide-open spaces as for its spectacular mountains and wildlife. The state’s diversity includes a number of bold mountain ranges such as the Tetons, the Wind Rivers, the Absarokas and the Big Horns. These ranges alternate between high sagebrush plains and high desert, giving way to the prairie grasslands in the eastern part of the state.
A threatened cloud forest in Mexico is the focus of an innovative, new concept in conservation photography
Ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures worshiped the Resplendent Quetzal as a deity. To harm the bird would result in the death penalty. One of the last remaining refuges of this endangered species is a cloud forest in El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, which straddles the Sierra Madre Mountains in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.
Port Lavaca is located near the center of the 275-mile Gulf Coast region between Galveston and Corpus Christi, just south of Victoria, Texas. Port Lavaca and Calhoun County are surrounded by Lavaca and Matagorda Bay on the east, San Antonio Bay on the west, and Espiritu Santo Bay in the South