Sunrise through the Ice

I had the good fortune to spend a couple of weeks in Iceland this fall and was thrilled by the spectacular color in the landscape. It was a great JKPW workshop with many opportunities to photograph waterfalls, glacial ice, rainbows and the amazing northern lights. It’s cloudy and rainy quite often in Iceland but we had several clear nights to see the incredible display in the sky.

The image above was taken at sunrise on the southern coast of Iceland, near the mouth of the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon where chunks of ice float out into the Atlantic and wash up on the black sand beach.

This was my first opportunity to view the northern lights and they far, far exceeded my expectations. It was spell-binding to watch them light up the sky, transform into different shapes and intensities…you could not turn your gaze away from them.

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The northern lights weren’t the only light show available as we spotted 14 rainbows during the trip. This rainbow hovers over a small portion of the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe.

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The waterfall below is in the Þingvellir National Park and is called Öxarárfoss. Just one of the hundreds of waterfalls you can see throughout the landscape of Iceland.

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More images from the trip are located here. If you are interested in seeing this nature paradise with your own eyes, the next JKPW workshop in Iceland will be Sept. 12-10, 2015.

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They say figuring out what week of August the wildflowers will peak depends on the snowpack levels… I think any week in August will give you a great display of color from the incredible flora that carpets the fields and meadows. Whether it’s a view of Edith Creek or a look at the fog drifting through the mountainside, the photographic opportunities are endless here.

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The mountain itself is dramatically spectacular (when not hidden by the clouds!) and if you can tear yourself away from gazing at it, you find the beauty of the surrounding landscape is equally impressive.

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  • August 28, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Paul - Amazing shoots

  • August 28, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Mike Walker - Thank you Paul!

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The Palouse region in eastern Washington offers some of the most beautifully unique farmlands in the U.S. The vast wheat fields stretch as far as the eye can see and the views from the top of Steptoe Butte are spectacular in their rolling patterns and graphic line and color formations.

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The Palouse provides a study of barns, windmills, and farm equipment both in old, broken-down condition as well as new and fully functional, in day-to-day use. If you get the opportunity to visit this area, you’ll find vast landscapes and wonderful details to photograph.

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  • August 24, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Vincent Mistretta - Nice work Mike, Really love the last shot.

  • August 24, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Mike Pillows - Well Mike you sure did capture the essence of this place… big thanks for all the help on my most recent WS there!!!!

  • August 25, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    Mike Walker - Thanks Vinnie. Happy shooting!

  • August 25, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Mike Walker - Thank You Mike. It was a lot of fun, I’m glad you were able to attend both the Palouse and Mount Rainier workshops. I enjoyed seeing your images from both locations!

  • August 30, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Yvonne Shaffer - Mike Walker, your photos are absolutely amazing. Wonderful! You were always good but you just keep getting better and better!

  • September 12, 2014 - 6:29 pm

    Bryan Haakenson - Great pictures, would love to visit there someday.

  • September 12, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Mike Walker - Thank you Yvonne!!

  • September 12, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Mike Walker - Thanks Bryan, hope you get to visit that area someday.

The Grand Teton Range

Enjoyed a fantastic week in and around Grand Teton National Park. Headed to Schwabacher Landing one morning and had wonderful light on the mountain range and a nice reflection on the water. Also spent some time on the other side of the mountains in Idaho to photograph the landscape and abandoned buildings there.

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The wildlife was out in the park. We saw bison, moose, black bear, back-tailed deer, many hawks, coyote and this pair of mature bald eagles keeping a keen eye over the Snake River and the bull elk below with wonderful backlighting on their antlers.

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Italy is a favorite place of mine for photography. I recently returned from the Tuscany region and the five towns of Cinque Terre on the west coast of Italy. The early morning sun lights up the sky over this Tuscany grove of cypress trees in the image above.

Below is a photograph looking down over the rolling Tuscany landscape from the town of Montalcino, also an early morning image.

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Cinque Terre is a National Park in the Liguria region of Italy which contains five coastal towns. The photograph below is an evening shot of the town of Riomaggiore. This colorful town is built on the rugged hillside of the coast and is a great substitute for a StairMaster machine!

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To sees more images from my visit to Italy, click here.

  • May 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Mike Pillows - Mike you have caught that beautiful light in a magical place… viewed your other pics of this place and they are just a memorable.

  • May 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Mike Walker - Thanks Mike. Yes, there was was wonderful light during this visit.

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