Nambe Lake Trail – New Mexico

Nambe Lake Trail – New Mexico

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Featured, Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 0 comments

Most people probably associate New Mexico with desert and chili peppers. But especially in the northern part of the state there is some very beautiful mountain scenery. While in Santa Fe, I decided to finish up our family vacation with a solo hike, one more difficult than the ones we had been doing with the kiddos. I was hoping for a challenge and some opportunities to take some photos – and I certainly got both. The trail I ended up selecting was the Nambe Lake...

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Sugar Maple Sweetness

Sugar Maple Sweetness

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Featured, My Thoughts On..., Photography | 0 comments

Although not necessarily my favorite tree overall, when it comes to fall foliage, I think the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is tough to beat. In my opinion it sets the benchmark by which all other deciduous trees are judged. The brilliant varieties of reds and oranges are just splendid. Also known as a Rock Maple, or “Hard” Maple, these trees are next to impossible to find at most area tree stores, especially the big box places. Yet it’s easy to find Red...

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Colorful Colorado

Colorful Colorado

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Featured, Photography, USA | 0 comments

If you have ever driven to Colorado you’re probably familiar with the sign at the state line welcoming you to “Colorful Colorado”. I find it kind of funny because the sign is totally lacking in any color whatsoever, and most of Colorado’s borders are in arid or semi arid plains or desert with a monotone landscape. Nevertheless, Colorado is in fact a colorful and beautiful state as these photos I took last week showcase. Most of these were taken in...

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Grand Falls

Grand Falls

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in Featured, Joplin/4-States, My Thoughts On..., Photography | 0 comments

Last Sunday after church we all decided to enjoy the unusually nice weather and head out to a neat Joplin spot known as ‘the falls’. It’s Missouri’s largest continually flowing waterfall and kind of reminds me of a miniature Niagara Falls. It’s loud, wide, and the spray can be felt from quite a distance away. Missouri has other waterfalls that are much taller, but they don’t always flow year-round. It seems like the type of feature that...

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Backpacking Utah

Backpacking Utah

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 in Featured, Photography, USA | 3 comments

Last week was Ian and I’s bi-annual “man trip”. For the past two years we’ve been researching where to go next, and eventually decided on Coyote Gulch, a relatively small canyon in southeastern Utah. Fortunately my wife is cool with these endeavors of mine! There are a lot of places in Utah with amazing sandstone formations and arches, but what makes Coyote Gulch a particularly magical place is that it has two things that are typically rare in the...

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Spring Returns

Spring Returns

Posted on May 5, 2013 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Joplin/4-States, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

For months I have been anticipating a kayak trip planned for this weekend, but once the forecast was revised to include snow, that all went to the wayside. The weather today wasn’t terribly appropriate for kayaking, but it was pretty much ideal for hiking! Initially I planned to go to Richland Creek Wilderness, an allegedly scenic but very difficult to reach place that’s been on my “must visit list” for quite some time. But going alone, I opted for...

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