Spring Is In The Air

Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Lake Crescent, WA

Spring is coming late this year to the Pacific Northwest after a long winter. But it's on it's way. So if you're thinking of making a photo trip to Washington and Oregon, May and June are two of the best months of the year, when the Northwest is filled with every shade of green.  For a list of great photo locations, see my piece in the current May issue of OP.  Have a look here. (If you can tear your eyes away from Ian Plant's handsome story in the same issue)

But what's a wildlife photographer like me doing writing about landscapes?  The simple answer is that most of my wildlife work is overseas - Brazil, Australia, Sri Lanka in the past year alone - but a guy can't be traveling ALL the time. (It just feel like it sometimes) Whenever possible, I try to stay close to home for the lush months of Spring when this seems like the most enchanted corner of the Universe.

The fact is, I also resist being labeled as "one kind" of photographer. My career has been based on international wildlife stories, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy shooting landscapes, flowers, macro - or even people and abstracts. Photography is a creative passion, and while there may be compelling reasons for specializing for those trying to make a living in this business - call it "Branding" - I, for one, enjoy shooting virtually almost anything that catches my eye.

Savor the Spring. Make beautiful pictures.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm lens

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