Sunset over Lake and Mountains

6 October 2016


PG took this photo from a spot that’s about a two-minute walk from Casa PG.

The sun was setting over the mountains, out of the frame on the right, casting a lovely backlight for a small rain squall across the lake. You can dimly see a low line of mountains behind the squall on the left side of the photo.

This was shot handheld with a telephoto lens on a DLSR, the only thing PG had with him. The far side of the lake is about 20 miles away from the place where PG was standing when he pushed the button.

PG thought about jumping in the car to get closer to the lake with a tripod, but one of the first things he learned about photogenic weather phenomena, particularly when the sun is low, is that they’re prone to disappear within a very few minutes.

St. Pete Beach

26 September 2016

Here are a couple of photos from St. Pete Beach.

In PG’s experience, sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico can be absolutely stunning.

While PG was in Florida for the NINC conference, he didn’t see any really stunning sunsets, but even an average Gulf sunset is spectacular. Click for a ginormous version.

And a more heavily-processed sunset photo and pic of the pool



Vacay Pics

11 July 2016

The purpose of the PGs’ latest trip was to provide some help to Daughter PG after the birth of her latest child. So, while PG obtained photos of the cutest kids in the world, he didn’t have as much time for the landscape and nature photography he enjoys as otherwise would have been the case.

That said, PG did spend a bit of time in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Because it was a holiday weekend, he didn’t venture into the adjacent (and much more crowded) Sequoia National Park.

As a bit of background, the giant sequoia is the world’s largest tree. It grows naturally only in a narrow 60-mile band on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.

A mature sequoia will reach 250 feet and a few are 300 feet or taller. The closely-related coast redwood tree occasionally grows taller, but the sequoia is far more massive, commonly reaching 20 feet in diameter, with one tree reaching 35 feet in diameter.

It is difficult for a photograph to capture how massive these trees are, in part because the very, very, very large trees tend to have a lot of very, very large neighbors, but here are a couple of PG’s attempts. (click for larger versions of the photos)

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The bottom two photos are of the same tree. To help understand the size of the tree, the largest child in the bottom photo is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. 20 or more adults could have comfortably stood inside the tree at the same time.

For photographers, each of these photos was taken with an 11-16mm zoom lens at its widest setting.

Capitol Reef and Bryce

29 May 2016

A couple of additional pics PG found on his camera.

The first photo is from Capitol Reef and the second from Bryce.

Castle - White Layer


Bryce with Tree - small



27 May 2016

Since Mrs. PG recently published her latest book (Thank you, readers!) and PG has been swamped with work (Thank you, clients!), the PG’s were in need of a short break from their daily labors.

So they visited Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

The two parks are about 112 miles apart in Southern Utah. If the PG’s could travel as Utah crows fly, the distance between the two parks would be much shorter, but this part of the state has a lot of mountains and not much population. Two lane roads connect tiny town with tiny town along a path that is never straight.

Capitol Reef was designated a National Monument in 1937 and made a National Park in 1971. The park is named for a line of cliffs comprised of white Navajo Sandstone with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings. The park includes part of  Waterpocket Fold, where the earth buckled in a spectacular and roughly linear fashion extending for about 100 miles. Thus,  Capitol Reef is approximately 60 miles long and six miles wide.

Here are a few photos from Capitol Reef. You can click on each photo to see a larger version.

Repeating Mesas

Wall Arch

Vshape Valley


Bryce Canyon has been a National Park since 1928.

Unfortunately, the day of our visit was overcast with light rain after we entered the park. As we traveled a bit higher, the rain turned to snow (yes, snow at the end of May). As an amateur photographer, PG will assure you that snow and thick clouds can be fine additions to some types of photographs, but if you want to take photos of enormous masses of colorful rocks and scenic vistas that extend for miles and miles and miles, snow and clouds are not your friend.

Fortunately the snow eventually stopped and, although we never had the lovely blue skies you can see over Capitol Reef, PG was able to grab a few photos. The second and third photos below were taken with PG’s iPhone because he didn’t want his real camera to get wet. Since the originals looked pretty bland, he did some postprocessing to bring out a bit more color.

Natural Bridge

Bryce 1


The last photo is a panorama taken with the iPhone. It’s about a 160 degree view. Click on the photo to see it better.

UPDATE: PG processed these with a laptop he primarily uses when traveling. When he pulled the post up on his home computer, the colors in some of the photos were stronger than he expected after looking at them on the laptop.

You can adjust some monitors to correctly display colors, but perhaps one in ten thousand users do so.

No winter

15 February 2016

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland


Up the hill


3 February 2016

The mountains near Casa PG are looking good these days.

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This is an iPhone photo. Phone cameras are getting better and better.


25 January 2016

In the northeastern United States, many residents are shoveling themselves out after an epic snowstorm, which may somewhat diminish their appreciation of the beauty of snow.

PG took the following at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, a short drive from Jackson, Wyoming.

Mountain Lake - Clarity - Neon - Layers

Bookface Friday

20 November 2015

Instagram has a #bookfacefriday tag:




Link to the rest at #bookfacefriday


24 October 2015

Here’s another shot from Canyonlands, post-processed to make it look a little magical, which is what the park felt like to me.

Click on the photo for a larger version.



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