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Yellowstone National Park has its share of wonderful landscapes in addition to the variety of wildlife. Above are the intense colors of the runoff from the Grand Prismatic Spring which pumps out 566 gallons of water every minute.

Early morning fog obscures the background from this grouping of dead trees.

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The constant steam coming from the hydrothermal features in Yellowstone always give the landscape here a mystical appearance.

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I found this section of the vertically straight grass mimicking the trees to be very graphic and interesting.

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The last image below, taken during another early, fog-covered morning, reminded me of the Smoky Mountains back east.

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After visiting Grand Teton National Park, I headed north for a couple of days in Yellowstone National Park to look for wildlife. It didn’t take a lot of looking as the animals were out and about. In one day, Bison, Elk, Wolf, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Eagles, Hawks and Coyote were seen. Yellowstone is the place to be for wildlife watching in the U.S.

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While I saw a wolf and grizzly bears (one with cubs) in the park, they were too far away for good photographs (at least that’s what I tell myself since I absent-mindedly deleted a card with the images I took of them before downloading to my computer…). However, there is a place where you are certain to see wolf and bear, up-close in a controlled environment, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in the town of West Yellowstone where I took the two images below.

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I returned again to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in early July. It is a place unique in its combination of wonderful landscapes and variety of wildlife. The weather during my visit was a bit more challenging than usual, but it brought wonderful clouds in the sky and along the Teton range that you don’t often see.

The image above was early morning at Schwabacher Landing, which on still mornings, provides a great reflection of the Tetons.

I was in the park with Jennifer King Photography Workshops and our group was fortunate to time our visit when the Great Grey Owl below was hunting each morning in the same area. We were able to capture some very nice portraits of this large bird with the camouflaged pattern feathers.

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While the John Moulton barn on Mormon Row has been photographed millions of times, the morning we were there turned out to provide my very favorite image of this iconic scene. The clouds along the Teton range were just right.

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The group took a ride over to Idaho on the other side of the Tetons and stopped to photograph some birch trees in a field of grass being tossed back and forth by the wind. I like the way this turned out converting to a black and white image.

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Our 2015 Tuscany photo workshop was a fantastic trip filled with great friends, food, wine and the spectacular scenery of the Tuscany landscape. Above, early morning fog drifts over the rolling hills around the Belevdere farmhouse.

Below the sun sets over this well know group of cypress trees surrounded by spring wildflowers in Torrenieri.

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Our workshop this year included a first-time visit to the small villa of Bagno Vignoni. The ancient pool in the town center, while no longer open for public use, is filled with water from the local hot springs.

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Next year’s Tuscany workshop is now open for sign-up. Click here for more info: 2016 Tuscany Jennifer King Photography Workshops

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Springtime in the Smokies is always a great time to photograph. During the recent JKPW workshop, we had perfect conditions. The streams were flowing, the green color of the trees was brilliant and the temperatures were pleasant.

Even on top of Clingman’s Dome, the winds were still for a wonderful sunrise.

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This year we photographed Sparks Lane, in the Cades Cove area, from the opposite direction as seen in most photographs of this well known road. It is just as nice in both directions.

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I had the great opportunity to visit the Charleston, SC area this month. It’s a beautiful location, especially in the spring. The flora is bursting out everywhere and the warming temperatures makes you head straight to the great beaches. The image above was taken under the pier at Folly Beach as the morning sun climbed behind the clouds.

A visit to Magnolia Plantation is always a pleasure. The majestic trees create such wonderful graphic images. Getting to shoot with a fun group of photographers (JKPW) made this trip a real delight.

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  • April 26, 2015 - 11:59 am

    Russ Barnes - Mike – As hard as it is to accept, your work keeps getting better and better. Just when I see a shot that I think can’t be topped, you post another one that proves me wrong. You have an amazing eye.

  • April 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    Mike Walker - Why thank you Mr. Barnes! Hope all is well.

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