Thursday, March 20, 2014

How the Wolves Changed the Rivers

How the Wolves Changed the Rivers

This is a remarkable story how the reintroduction of the wolves into Yellowstone in 1995 changed not only the ecosystem, but also the landscape.

Pl watch the 4 minute beautiful video and rejoice in the ability of nature to regenerate!

Til next time,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Joshua Tree NP_Night Astro-Landscape Photography

Milky Way over Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National park,  March 2014 at ~4am

Hello Friends,

In a continued effort to improve my astro-landscape photography, I recently traveled to Joshua Tree National Park, a dark area with bright night sky, in Southern California.

There, I participated in a workshops given by master astro-landscape photographer Brad Goldpaint and we were out in the park for two nights from sunset to dawn.  When I go out at night for astro photography, I typically tire by 1-2am and so the plan to stay up and out until dawn concerned me a little bit.  But it was an awesome experience photographing at 3 locations per night capturing startrails, and the Milky Way that rose after 3am on the southern horizon.  The unique landscape and vegetation in Joshua Tree National Park added to the rich compositional opportunities.  At night, it feels like being on a different planet walking to the desert landscape in search of beautiful rock formations and Joshua trees that might point to the North star.

If you would like to learn how to capture the night sky, please join me for an awesome night above the clouds in my next Night Photo Workshop on May 24-25, 2014. Please read all the details here.

Joshua Trees framing the North Star.  The yellow glow is light pollution 
from the city of 29 Palms – the entry to the park.

We were lucky that both nights were mostly clear and allowed seeing the milky way clearly as it rose over the horizon in the late night hours.  The quarter moon helped to illuminate the landscape - an extra bonus.

Milky Way over the Arch Rock

Clouds passing by.

On the last morning, clouds came rolling in in the late night hours but that did not hinder us to continue to capture the awesome landscape and the interesting patterns that formed int he sky with Venus and the stars peeking through.  

As the light came up early morning, the Joshua Trees seemed to be glowing in the early dawn.

The quiet landscape, the vastness of the sky and our Universe invites to meditation and after my camera is set up I often lie down and gaze at the sky  -  it makes all the efforts worthwhile.

I returned to my accommodations each night around 6 am, exhausted but happy with the wonderful experience during the night.

I hope you are enjoying the images and maybe join me for one of my photo workshops that I offer during 2014 - click here for the full listing.

Til next time,


If you would like to learn how to capture the night sky, please join me for an awesome night above the clouds in my next Night Astro-Landscape Photo Workshop on May 24-25, 2014. 
Please click for all the details here.