10/29/14

Foggy Reflections

Fog and sulfur steam, Yellowstone National Park, WY
This past August, early one morning in Yellowstone National Park, I was lucky enough to photograph this stunning lake within the park. "Fog" hugged the treeline, making for absolutely beautiful imagery. Interestingly, it is not just fog, yet a mixture of fog and sulfur steam from vents in the ground. The smell of sulfur was quite strong - as is the case with many areas in this park - as the volcanic earth beneath you leaks through the surface.

Fallen Tree, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Reflection, Yellowstone National Park, WY
 My girlfriend photographing the gorgeous landscape, Yellowstone National Park, WY

10/22/14

The Badlands of South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Late this past August I visited one of my personal favorite National Parks: Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Not only is there sentimental value to me (growing up I visited many, many times with my family) but the raw beauty of this wilderness impresses me every time. If you ever get the opportunity to visit this incredible place, you must take advantage of it!

Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota


Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

As seen above, the grasslands surrounding the sprawling Badlands is captivating in its own way. Not only is the landscape stunning, but the wildlife is beautiful and can be a challenge to photograph...thank you telephoto lenses!

Pronghorn, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

American Bison, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

American Bison, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

10/17/14

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, WY

In Wyoming, not far from the world-famous Yellowstone National Park, sits the beautiful, but less popular, Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton Mountain range is absolutely beautiful, and the winding roads and trails within the park give many spectacular views of these geological behemoths. Gorgeous lakes and prairie space, along with a stunning river add to the beauty of the park. This August I took a day out of my trip to Yellowstone to explore the Teton park...I am very glad that I did!

Grand Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, WY

I found many forms of wildlife along the shores of Jenny Lake; the parks largest lake. 

Toad, Grand Teton National Park, WY

Spider, Grand Teton National Park, WY
When first entering the park from the Yellowstone side, one comes to the main visitor center/lodge. A gorgeous back porch on this building offers some stunning views of the range.

Grand Teton Mountain Range and Marina, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Herds of Bison and Pronghorn dotted the prairie landscape of the park. Absolutely beautiful!

Bison, Grand Teton National Park, WY


10/14/14

Lincoln Park, Chicago


The Chicago skyline stands in the distance. Lincoln Park, Chicago.
 Earlier this year I had the privilege of traveling to Chicago, which included spending several days downtown. I could go on and on about the architectural significance of this city, but in this post I will show one of the most beautiful places that I visited during my stay: Lincoln Park. Amid the chaos of downtown, this gorgeous piece of landscape architecture provides refuge for tourists, residents, and wildlife.
Young ducklings, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Chicago skyline from within Lincoln Park, Chicago.