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The stunning beauty of North American landscapes and wildlife awaits you. Explore Red Rock Canyon State Park in California or feast your eyes on abundant wildlife in Alaska. Our American photography features can turn your next journey into a visually stunning experience.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rocky Mountain High

With an analytical approach and a love for dramatic peaks and roaring rivers, Glenn Randall lives where he gets plenty of photographic opportunities every day of the year

Okay, I admit it: I get tears in my eyes when I hear John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.” My incurable romanticism, however, is balanced by my analytical approach to every image I photograph. The former urges me out of bed at 1 a.m. and up a 14,000-foot peak in the dark to shoot sunrise from the summit; the latter gives me the knowledge of map-reading, atmospheric optics, sunrise angles and digital capture necessary to pick the right fourteener, navigate in the dark and make compelling images once I get there. From the tallest fourteener to the tiniest wildflower, that combination of passion and analysis defines my approach to photographing Colorado.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors a quiet habitat with a variety of wildlife and scenery. Located in Fort Calhoun on the eastern edge of Nebraska, a short 15-mile drive from Omaha on U.S. Highway 75, the area was once a collection of deposits from the Missouri River braided with eroded channels, the major one being Boyer Chute. In 1937, the chute was blocked to improve navigation along the Missouri River, which resulted in thousands of acres of destroyed natural habitat. In 1992, the refuge was founded in an effort to restore more than 4,000 acres of riparian woodland, tallgrass prairies and wetlands.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Favorite Places: From Readers & Pros

For real estate and nature photography, there’s nothing as important as location. Check out this selection of diverse places around the country so you can be in the right place to get your shots.

This photo was taken of Mt. Rainier at dusk. Mt. Rainier National Park is located in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington, about 50 miles southeast of Seattle. Mt. Rainier can be accessed from numerous entrances, including U.S. Highway 410, which runs through the northeastern side of the park, as well as U.S. Highway 165, which takes you to the lesser-visited northwestern corner of the park.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Traversing The Catskills

Within easy driving distance of major cities like New York and Boston, this Northeast jewel is a photographer’s haven

The Catskills are a hidden gem that offers a combination of geographic, seasonal and lighting diversity. The proximity of the Catskills to the major metropolitan areas of Boston and New York City make this mountain range a perfect day trip for the nature photographer. It’s just an easy two-hour drive out of midtown Manhattan or three hours out of Boston.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Caught In The Act

An unprecedented experiment in time-lapse photography reveals how quickly glaciers are melting around the world

On glaciers across the northern hemisphere, a couple dozen solar-powered cameras are shooting once an hour for every daylight hour, capturing the ice as it melts in real time. This is a phenomenon often discussed but rarely seen, and perhaps never before in this way. When culled together, these hour-to-hour frames compose dramatic time-lapse image sequences showing that glaciers everywhere are disappearing fast.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

NANPA Turns 15

The annual Summit is both a gathering of friends and colleagues as well as a wonderful shooting opportunity for attendees

It has been 15 years since a group of nature-photography devotees gathered at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, N.Y., and decided to form the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). This coming February will mark NANPA’s 15th Annual Summit and Trade Show. The 2009 Summit will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., near some of the best nature-photography subjects in North America.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lake Superior: Edge Of Forever

The incredible expanse of the midwestern Great Lake is captured in the dramatic black-and-white imagery of Peter Scott Eide

Lake Superior is the most expansive freshwater lake in the world. Largest of the Great Lakes, its massive lake bed contains 10 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, and the shoreline itself is comprised of more than 2,700 miles. There are more than 200 rivers feeding in and out of the region, and some of the islands located within Lake Superior contain lakes themselves. The natural environment of Lake Superior is so immense that the opportunities it provides photographers for exploration can’t be understated.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Alaska By Sea

Tremendous photo opportunities await in America’s Great White North

Analogous to the snowbirds who flock to my Arizona desert home for sun in the depths of winter, I seek cool and inviting climes every summer when our annual round of 100 days over 100 degrees begins. And every summer I’m drawn again to Alaska, not just to chill, but to revel in and explore and photograph the wonders of our 49th state.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Ocean & The Desert

There are some surprising similarities for photographers who shoot in these disparate environments

At first glance, there appears to be little in common between the open sea and the desert—wet, salty and always in motion versus dry, dusty and slow to change.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Polar Bears Under Pressure

A firsthand account documents how rising temperatures in the Arctic are depleting food sources and putting the animals at risk

Fireweed drapes a purple blanket over the disturbed soils of the coastal lowlands. Just a few days earlier, the flowers stood tall. Now, many are beaten down by a major storm that passed through, battering the exposed shores for a full day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Ultimate Guide To Arches & Canyonlands

They may be two of the most photographed parks in America, but you still can get original images with a plan and the right astronomical tools

In Arches and Canyonlands, the best photos usually aren’t about flowers or fall color. Almost always, they’re about rock and light, with weather as the final ingredient that can make a good image extraordinary.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rediscovering Classic Icons

Many of the famous landscapes that we love most aren’t necessarily permanent. Now is the time to visit and photograph these treasures.

The beauty of nature has captured the imagination of man for millennia. Like artists before us, nature has proven to be an endless source of inspiration and wonder.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Resurrection Of Glen Canyon

A photographer rediscovers a landscape that briefly reemerged in the wake of a prolonged Western drought

In the first half of the 20th century, the Bureau of Reclamation embarked on a program of massive public works projects to begin harnessing the water resources of the American West.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Other Arches

Tenuous and dynamic, natural arch structures on the Cumberland Plateau stretching across Kentucky and Tennessee provide a chance to photograph a different kind of arched landscape

I was feeling pretty small as I scanned the solid-rock cliff 50 feet in front of me. The wall wasn’t quite vertical, as it created a natural overhang maybe 150 feet above my head.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Indian Lake, Connecticut

Indian Lake is located in Orange, Conn., between Boston Post Road and I-95. The northern end of the lake is fed by the Indian River, which runs through a protected wetlands area. In a canoe or kayak, one may easily traverse the lake to find different photo opportunities.

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