My wife and I spend most of last week in the Texas Hill Country, with the goal of just relaxing and spending time together before I hit the road in early February to start another busy travel year. My initial thought was to leave my camera gear at home so I wouldn't be tempted, but thank goodness I changed my mind. Click through to see the images I came home with!
My extensive travels in 2021 allowed me to add photos from 23 states to my online gallery, but what are my favorites from the past 12 months? Well, it was hard to decide, but here are my 21 favorite photos of 2021!
Another year is winding down, so I took some time to look back at the past 12 months — and it's been a wonderful year of traveling around the United States and ticking locations off my bucket list. Click through to learn more and see some of the prints I created this year!
I drove an hour to Henderson Swamp this morning, my fingers crossed that clouds would pop up to add color and interest to the scene. I wasn't disappointed! The sunrise over the swamp was stunningly beautiful. Click through to learn more about the trip during which I created this new print for my online gallery!
My year has again been defined by travel: I've spent 21 weeks driving all over the United States chasing Bassmaster tournaments and wonderful landscape locations. That's left little time to spend in my beloved swamps of home, although I did squeeze in a few days when my bud Rick Berk drove down for his first Louisiana swamp experience in late May. Otherwise, I've spent so much time out of state that I've neglected my work in the swamps. That changed in late November, when I finally loaded up the boat and headed to Lake Maurepas for this sunset I'll always remember!
Christmas is just around the corner, so it's time to start buying gifts for those special people in your life. And you can save 25% off all my fine-art photography prints right now by using the discount code HOLIDAY25 during checkout. Click through to learn more about my Black Friday Holiday Sale!
I've dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon's North Rim for years, so I stepped out of the truck with great anticipation this week after two buddies and I made the 1,500-mile trip. I was blown away by the panoramic beauty I saw. And when we set up for sunset at the aptly named Cape Royal Point, it got even better. Wait until you see the three sunset prints I created from that wonderful evening on the rim!
I just returned from Colorado's amazing San Juan Mountains - the last half of a two-week stay in that beautiful state. My wife and I spent a week in South Fork, a small town tucked in the eastern edge of this mountain range, and I was a little disappointed that we missed most of the fall colors. Until I arrived and saw just how beautiful the San Juan are, even as winter sets in. Click through to learn more about the trip and see the first of many photos added to my Colorado Collection!
What instantly comes to mind when you think of Colorado? Yep, mountains. But there's another side of the state, one that is stunningly beautiful in its own way. The eastern plains are an amazing place, packed with the history of the American West, old pioneer-era buildings and amazing scenery. Click through to learn more about my recent trip to "the other side" of Colorado - and see the first photos from my new Colorado Plains Collection!
My wife and I left Northeast Colorado recently, on our way to explore the plains in the southeast corner of the state before heading to the San Juan Mountains, but we left with so many great memories — and one of them was this stunning sunrise. Click through to learn why this amazing addition to my online print gallery almost never happened!
I've been asked how I am able to travel all over the United States producing beautiful landscape photography prints — well, that's where bass fishing enters the picture! Click through to learn how bass fishing and fine-art photography go hand in hand!
I just got word that the aspens already have turned golden in Colorado's Rocky Mountains — a full two weeks before my wife and I are scheduled to arrive there with our mini camper. That has me thinking about my first trip there in October of 2019, when we hit the peak autumn colors perfectly. Click through to learn more and see the mind-blowing images!
I just returned from North Carolina, where I worked my final Bassmaster event of 2021 — and you know I took the opportunity to snag some new prints for my online gallery! Click through to learn more and see my newest work!
I was blown away earlier this month when I challenged my followers to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Ida, which devastated a large swath of Southeast Louisiana. Because of your generosity, we were able to write a $1,000 check that will go directly to helping those in the most need!
A last-minute decision to take one more photo before leaving Upstate New York recently resulted in a print that instantly moved to my favorites list! Click through to fine out more about "Touchstones" and how I created the dramatic view over Lake Ontario.
A buddy sent me the schedule for Union Pacific's Big Boy 4014, a vintage col-burning locomotive, and I immediately put its arrival to my area on the calendar. Being in position and capturing this cool old train engine required waking up at 5 a.m., but it was well worth the early alarm clock. Click through to learn more about the trip, Big Boy 4014 and see the photos!
I just love lighthouses - who doesn't? - and I've had the privilege to shoot several during my travels from South Louisiana to the Great Lakes and east to the Maine Coast. Here are my favorite photos from those trips!
I recently returned from three weeks in New England, and it was such a memorable trip! I visited and created prints in four states, sharing the trip with my wife - and it was such a great time together. Click through to learn more and see all the photos!
I just returned from my first visit to the amazing Acadia National Park, a trip that's been on my bucket list for years. And I was not disappointed. This national park in Maine holds unmatched beauty everywhere you look, ranging from the rocky Atlantic coastline to iconic lighthouses to mountain views to ponds and bogs. There was a postcard scene every 100 yards, and I made the most of my three days in the park. Click through to learn more and see the photos!
I returned to New York this month, and as usual I was blown away by the beauty of the Finger Lakes and Upstate regions. This year my wife, whom I lovingly call My Trusty Assistant, joined me for her first visit to the state. It was a wonderful time of spending time together and photographing the area. Learn more about the trip and see the photos!
I've come to love Upstate New York for its beauty. Whether I'm driving through the Adirondack Mountains or watching a sunrise over Lake Champlain, I'm always blown away by the scenery. I'm set to drive back to that wonderful region next week, and I can't wait to see what the trip has in store — and I'm adding time in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine!
I've been working on a new black-and-white process, and have been scouring my gallery for photos that are good candidates for reworking. "Brasstown Bald Mists," which depicts a beautiful sunrise over the mountains surrounding Georgia's highest peak, was perfect — and converting the image to black-and-white completely transformed the mood of the original. Click through to read more about the new print and compare it to the original!
I occasionally am asked by artists for permission to reproduce my fine-art prints, and I normally politely decline because, well, this is how I make my living. However, a few months ago I was asked by a client if she could use my print "Clingman's Dome Sunset" as the model of a quilt she was making for her brother. I was intrigued and agreed, as it's not as easy to make copies of a quilt. I was blown away with the final product! Learn more about the quilt and the meaning behind it.
I recently spent a couple of wonderful days banging around the country side of the Western Virginia and West Virginia, shooting photos of waterfalls, old barns and whatever else I happened across. Click through to learn more about my trip and see the photos!
My travels with Bassmaster have kept me on the road 13 weeks already in 2021, which means I've had little time to devote to photographing the South Louisiana swamps I love. That changed last week, when Maine photographer Rick Berk drove down for his first swamp experience. We hit swamps all over the region, and created some beautiful new prints. Check out the details!
It's been forever since I captured a great sunset, but I remedied that after wrapping up a Bassmaster event on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. I headed straight for the Smoky Mountains and found the perfect sunset vantage point at Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Check out how this shot developed!
I wrapped up a Bassmaster Central Open tournament on Lake Pickwick May 1, and started looking around for something to shoot on the way home — and I came across Caney Creek Falls in Northwest Alabama. It would add an extra 1.5 hours to my drive, but several entires on the internet said Caney Creek Falls is the most beautiful waterfall in Alabama. That was all it took. I woke up at 4 a.m. and drove straight to Bankhead National Forest, and the waterfall lived up to its billing! Check out the details!
I've visited Cloudland Canyon numerous times, going back to my childhood. As a full-time photographer, I've stopped at the amazing Georgia state park at least four times in the past three years. I mean, it's like it calls to me every time I'm within 100 miles. So what keeps bringing me back? Click through to find out!
I've wanted to visit Georgia's Driftwood Beach for years, and finally made it there during a recent trip down the Georgia coast. I didn't have much time, so I'll be going back. However, I did come home with a handful of beautiful prints, so click through to check them out!
I've spent so many days in the South Louisiana swamp that it's easy to take the beauty of these wetlands for granted. However, I wasn't prepared for what one small bayou in South Florida offered — it was so different than my own stomping grounds!
A recent side trip to Savannah, Ga., was the first time I've visited this jewel of the Deep South. I was looking around for subject matter, and came across Wormsloe State Historic Site, which features the longest oak alley in the world. Well, that's all I needed to convince me I needed to go there - and I was not disappointed!
Everyone who loves me knows I'll drive and hike miles and miles out of my way just to photograph a new waterfall. I just LOVE a great waterfall! And my Waterfalls Collection is filled with gorgeous prints from all over the country - but what are my favorites? Well, it was hard for me to narrow it down, but here is my Top 5 Favorite Waterfalls list. What do you think?
I've only been to Colorado once — but that single visit gave me an understanding of why many people go to that amazing state and never return. Here'a a look at a new print from that trip, along with other photos from that amazing trip. I can't wait to go back!
Spending so much time outdoors puts me in position to see amazing things — including birds doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Here is a rundown of my Top 5 photos of eagles, ospreys and even one really unexpected bird!
I'm fortunate to photograph sunsets all around the United States each year, so my online gallery is packed with beautiful examples. However, some of those sunsets are so amazing that I keep going back to the photos time and time again. So here's my Top 5 Sunset Photos!
Life's journey often hangs in the balance — and sometimes the path one takes comes down to a single experience. Learn how this photo was pivotal in my move from a career as a writer to a full-time photographer!
I sell prints in four media: satin metal, canvas gallery wraps, fine-art print paper and acrylic. Each medium has its advantages, but I have a clear favorite. Click through to learn why I absolutely love the satin metal prints offered on my gallery!
Instead of staying out late on New Year's Eve, buddy Tim Stanley and I turned in early so we could celebrate the arrival of 2021 with the year's first sunrise and sunset. And it was an amazing day in the beauty of the South Louisiana swamp! Oh, and there was a surprise that almost ruined our chances of photographing the sunset — click through to learn more!
2020 was crazy, with the Covid-19 shutdown in the spring followed by almost constant travel as I crisscrossed the country working with Bassmaster and creating amazing new nature prints. Click through to learn more and see my favorite prints of the year!
Five years ago I was shooting photos of San Antonio's skyline from a pedestrian bridge when I learned a great lesson: People are just people, even if they don't look like me. Click through to learn how I captured what I still think are the coolest — and most authentic — portraits.
I had one goal when my wife and I headed for the Smoky Mountains last week for my final road trip of 2020: Relax, reconnect and recharge from my months driving around the country. Mission accomplished!
It's December 2020, and it's been a long, crazy year. Understatement, I know. The Covid-19 quarantine messed up my schedule (just like everyone else's), and the result was I had a bunch of Bassmaster tournaments rescheduled one after the other. I've been home for less than three weeks since Sept. 22, so I'm heading to the mountains with my wife for some much needed down time!
I've visualized a swamp print for months now, but it was only recently I found the perfect setting to transfer that vision from my head to the camera. And "Tranquility" is the result. Click through to discover more about this cool new print!
The Appalachian Mountains hold a special place in my heart. The lower portion of the range — specifically the Blue Ridge Mountains — was where I spent childhood vacations pretty much every summer. My parents were just in love with the Smokies, and they passed that passion to my. And I'll soon be spending six weeks traveling around the region to help cover Bassmaster tournaments. And that means I'll have days between each event during which I will roam the mountains with my Tiny Camper Company camper and shoot new work for my online gallery!
Time in the Louisiana swamp is precious. I spend so much time traveling with Bassmaster that I don't often get to visit the stunning bayous around my house nowadays — but I took advantage of being at home earlier this year for a kayak trip with my wife. Paddle along with me through this watery tableau!
I love to spend time in the Louisiana swamp when I'm not traveling. And one of the most exciting times to be out in the wilds of the state is after the sun drops below the horizon, when the swamps come alive with mosquitoes, the croaking of frogs and alligators, the call of a random night bird and the splashing of fish. Click through to learn more about how I create stunning nighttime photos of the Louisiana swamp!
In late August I was at Michigan's Lake St. Clair helping to cover a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, and while running across the lake we passed the St. Clair River Lighthouse — and I knew I wanted to grab some shots of the 19th century structure. Click through to see the new prints and learn more about how I captured them!
I finished up a Bassmaster fishing tournament in late July in Upstate New York and, despite being dead tired from the four days on the water, I headed for the juncture of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River — where the cool 19th century Tibbetts Point Lighthouse stands. Click through to learn more and see the amazing photo!
I recently wrapped up a two-week trip to Upstate New York, and it was a real bonanza for my fine-art photography. One of the highlights came the morning before I began the 1,600-mile drive home: It was a sunrise that I'll never forget. So click through and see the photos of this SICK sunrise!
I've been in Upstate New York helping cover a couple of Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournaments, and that provided me the opportunity to drive through the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains. And the gorgeous Woods Falls gave up not one, but THREE amazing photos! click through to learn more and see the photos!
I think we can all agree: It's been the weirdest of years, with much of the nation on lockdown for most of the spring. But I was able to make a couple of trips to mountainous regions to gather new photos from my online print gallery.
I recently returned from another trip to the wonderful Nantahala Mountains. My week headquartered in my mini camper outside Franklin, N.C., was magical — here's a rundown of my wanderings collecting new work for my online gallery!
I know, I know: It's only June, so how can I declare a best photo of 2020? Well, because this turned out to be the BEST night photo I've ever taken — and it's quickly become the most-viewed photo in my gallery! Click through to learn more about this beautiful image!
I spent the weekend in the little Louisiana community of Pointe aux Chenes, with the express goal of relaxing and catching redfish. But I couldn't help setting up for two amazing photos that really bookended a wonderful couple of days! Click through to check them out!
Have you ever wondered what goes into collecting the beautiful photos in my Swamp Photography Collection? Well, you can tag along on a recent trip, during which I kayaked in the amazing Henderson swamp and shot a number of new photos! This is a video you just have to see to appreciate!
I normally write about the successes of my photography. That amazing sunrise I captured. Or a cool bald eagle shot I was fortunate enough to get. But not every day goes that well. But there are times when things get hairy — like that time I was shooting at North Carolina's Soco Falls. Click through to learn about this disastrous trip.
Welcome to my very first Virtual Gallery Showing, during which I tell the story of how "Lake Maurepas in Pastels" was captured. I give you the backstory of the photo session and then walk through the print options, illustrating in real time how my online gallery works! This is the first of regular showings, so be sure to follow me on Facebook, where I release these live Virtual Gallery Showings.
Last week I drove down Southwest Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail and stopped at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge — a place I'd never visited. My wife and drove the refuge's nature drive and walked through the marsh on a wonderful boardwalk. And there was so much to keep my camera busy. Come along on this photo tour of what will be a regular stop on my list of Louisiana travel photo destinations.
I've been hearing about the beauty of St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery in the little town of Grand Coteau in the heart of Louisiana's Acadiana region, so my wife and I recently loaded up and made an early morning drive to the little Cajun village. And it was everything I'd been told. Click through to see the photos from this special cemetery that dates from the 19th century.
There are few places more beautiful for sunsets than the Louisiana swamps — and a recent trip provided proof. Learn more about the trip, and the major challenge I had to overcome to capture this amazing photo!
I'm not a stay-at-home kinda guy, so the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders has been driving me nuts. Fortunately, Louisiana authorities still allow (and actually encourage) getting out on the water, as long as we don't gather in large groups. So I finally hooked up the boat and headed out to the vast Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area — and took one of the best bald eagle photos I've ever captured. Click through to see the photo and read more about the trip!
I recently made a stop at Georgia's amazing Cloudland Canyon State Park to see if the waterfalls were flowing, and I was blown away with what I found. Click through to learn more about this fun trip and see the beautiful photos I took!
I came across Mardis Mill Falls while surfing the web during a recent trip to Guntersville, Ala., and decided to make the 20-minute trip to check it out. I was blown away by the beauty of the area, which is located right off a road.
The alarm clock goes off at 4 a.m. You drive 1 1/2 hours to a beautiful location for what you hope is a stunning sunrise. And nothing happens. Sure, the sun rises, but a cloudless blue-bird sky means there's no interest. No colors. No wow factor. So what do you do to salvage some benefit from the trip? You change course and start looking for other subjects. Here's how I turned a ho-hum sunrise into a beautiful fine-art nature photo.
I returned from a trip to Florida last week with two amazing sunrise photos. There's just something about the light in that coastal state! Just click through to read more about the trip and see the photos.
I head out tomorrow morning from the first Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament of the year — and that means I'll be traveling from Florida to the Canadian border and from South Carolina to Oklahoma, capturing amazing photos of bass fishing competition and the beautiful landscapes of about half the United States. Click to learn more about what to expect as I travel the country as one of the Bassmaster photographers!
I crossed paths with an endangered snail kite while working a Bassmaster Eastern Open tournament in South Florida in January, and the amazing raptor allowed me to get up close and personal. The results was a great series of photos of the red-eyed bird. Click through to learn more about snail kites and see all the photos.
Introducing my latest fine-art photography print: "Desert Stardust." Desert Stardust shows the hot springs old post office at Big Bend National Park under a star-studded West Texas sky. Click through to learn more about this amazing photo!
2019 is now in the rearview mirror, and that's got me looking back at some of my favorite trips of the year. I've shot photos in 14 states, along with two national parks and several amazing state parks. So what are my favorite highlights of the past year? Click through to learn more.
My 2020 calendar, filled with amazing nature photos from around the United States, is now available. The calendar, titled American Beauty, features photos including waterfalls, sunrises, rivers and everything in between. These American Beauty photo calendars are perfect for gifts. Click through to learn more!
I recently returned from eight amazing days to South Fork, Colorado, and I can't describe how beautiful it was. But I can show you the gorgeous golden aspens, waterfalls and overlooks through my fine-art landscape photos. Please click through to read more about this wonderful trip and see photos that will blow your mind!
I'm excited to announce that a selection of my fine-art landscape photography is featured in a solo exhibition on the art website Exhibitions Without Walls! Please click through to learn more about this great honor - and see the beautiful video!
My first line of photo greeting cards is now available for purchase. These 5-pack cards include some of my most-popular swamp photos, and cost just $10.99 — including FREE SHIPPING within the continental U.S. Click through to learn more and see the photos included in this beautiful set of greeting cards.
I've always dreamed about driving Route 66, visiting the cool old nostalgic sites along the way. So I was excited when a work trip to Oklahoma included some down time that would allow me to photograph the stretch of the section of the historic Mother Road that runs through that state. Click through to read more about this amazing trip!
Bald eagles are incredible birds of prey, and I've always wanted to watch one catch a fish. That happened while working with Bassmaster in early September, when an eagle flew right by my boat and then swooped down to snag a fish about 30 yards away. I shot an amazing series of photos of the action. These are the Top 8 photos from the series. Please click through to see them all!
Beautiful waterfalls can be found all across the United States, but one of the 19 falls found in the amazing Watkins Glen State Park stands out. The stunning scenery in this deep gorge provides what I believe is the best waterfall in the U.S. Click through to learn why.
The art website Exhibitions Without Walls reached out to learn what drives my passion for nature photography. Please click through to read why I love spending time in nature capturing God's amazing creations.
I'm excited to announce that I have featured by Artsy Shark, a website dedicated to promoting fine-art photographers and artists around the world. To be chosen for this amazing honor, my work was juried by a group of founded artists and photographers. Please click through to read more!
A recent trip through the Minnesota farm country offered me a little time to explore the backroads, and I was just blown away by the old farms. Specifically, the barns on the many farms, some belonging to Amish families, are just spectacular. I didn't have a lot of time, but I was able to capture some amazing photos of these farming structures. Click through to learn more and see the beautiful images.
I recently stopped at Cathedral Caverns State Park in North Alabama, and the managers were kind enough to allow me to take use my tripod to photograph the amazing cave. Click through to see some of the beautiful images and learn more about this underground marvel.
Visits to Cloudland Canyon State Park are among my favorite childhood memories, so I had high expectations when I returned recently with a bag full of camera equipment. The gorgeous park did not disappoint, and I captured some amazing photographs! Click through for details on my trip.
My wife and I recently bought a Tiny Camper Company 6x8 Rugged Rhino mini camper, and our first trip was amazing! In this video, I walk through the camper and show the features that make it perfect as a mobile headquarters for my fine-art nature photography. So click through to watch a video walk-through and read a complete review!
Every sunrise and sunset is different, and when all the atmospheric conditions come together the results are stunning colors. You can just sit and feel stress fall away during these fleeting moments. And I've been fortunate to capture some amazing sunrises and sunsets during my travels across the United States. Find all the tranquility you can handle in this gallery!
Having trouble deciding what Dad would like for Father's Day? Give him a gift card to my online fine-art photography store, and let him choose the print that he just loves! And all gift cards are 20% off through June 16!
I've always been a black-and-white photography junkie. I can spend hours looking at B&W photos from masters like Ansel Adams. And I recently found myself on a black-and-white processing journey when I started looking through some files from a November 2018 trip to the American Southwest, Click the link to discover my entire black-and-white prints gallery!
There's no one like Dad, so he deserves a unique gift this Father's Day. Instead of another tie, give the gift of fine-art photography prints that will last for years to come. Here's my 2019 Father's Day Gift Guide with some amazing prints that will remind him of your thoughtfulness — along with a special sale!
I almost didn't even look up when I heard the rumble of the plane. But a quick glance revealed a World War II-era B-29 Superfortress lumbering across the sky above me. So I started shooting it with my Nikon 200mm lens, and I captured an amazing photo as the old bomber moved across the moon. It's a photo you have to see to believe!
I've seen the sign for Dunn's Falls a thousand times while driving along Mississippi's Interstate 59, but on my latest trip I couldn't resist stopping to investigate. And, boy, was it worth the time investment. Check out the beautiful waterfall photography and learn more about how I overcame poor lighting conditions to add another stunning image to my online gallery.
A two-week work trip to South Carolina provided me the opportunity to capture amazing new fine-art photographs, which have been added to my gallery. Click to learn more about the trip and see all the beautiful prints now available!
Waterfalls hold mystery that draws us to them like moths to flames. We will hike for hours over rough, mountainous trails just to sit at and watch never-ending torrents of water flowing over a falls while the cares of the world wash away. Learn more about my many trips to waterfalls across the country, and find links to the most amazing photographs you'll ever see!
A recent trip to Mississippi's Clark Creek Natural Area provided a wonderful break from the office — and resulted in some amazing photos. Tag along on the trip to learn more about the area and see the prints now available on my online photo gallery.
You know what print you want - but now you have to decide what size is best for your wall space, which is one of the most difficult parts of the purchasing process. But my new Augmented Reality tool takes all the guesswork out. Click to learn how this amazing virtual reality function can show your favorite prints right on your own wall!
Fine-art photography prints are the gift that continues to give for years to come, and my 2019 Valentine's Day great opportunity to show your thoughtfulness and save 20 percent off 5x7 pre-matted prints. Click to learn more!
Swamps are amazing places, full of stunning scenery that draws me back over and over. And I've recently embarked on a night-photography project in which I am highlighting the beauty of the Louisiana swamps using lights to "paint" in the scenes. Click to learn more and see an amazing image from a recent session.
The recent Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse was an incredible opportunity to see the moon go through all the phases of an eclipse and turn blood red. Click to learn more about how I created an amazing print that shows the moon moving from full to full Blood Moon and back to full again!
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