The first six months of 2016 have been very busy with landscape and underwater photo work. Diving in cold water was actually good for rehabilitation after the surgery on my right wrist. I was diving in the Seattle Aquarium once a week and also at least once a week in Puget Sound. By the way, I was very honored to have two of my octopus photos put on display at the Seattle Aquarium Octopus Live Exhibit.
In April, I took a great trip to Grand Cayman Island with a fine group of local divers. Lots of good images to carry home and new friendships to carry along in life. Grand Cayman is clearly one of the best dive destinations for anyone wanting to do photography in warm blue water.
May, I headed to Utah with Todd and Karen Gibbs. Catherine met us in Salt Lake City where we also picked up Mike and Kate Bally. We all headed to Moab for a week of off-road driving, National Park (NP) visiting and hiking and just enjoying this beautiful diverse landscape. The second week we headed to Canyon Lands NP and Antelope Canyon; great photo ops all along the way, especially in the slot canyons of Antelope Valley. Todd and Karen headed home while Catherine and I went on to Bryce NP and Zion NP; two gorgeous parks we'll visit again. I dropped Catherine at the Las Vegas airport, then headed for Flagstaff where I stayed 3 days while shooting along the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I moved on to Sedona for a few days of back country off-roading using some great maps made by FunTreks. Headed down to Phoenix for Sarah Boon's graduation ceremony from ASU Graduate School on May 14th; very special for us.
Catherine flew home while I headed across Arizona and Utah eventually getting to Ketchum, Idaho. Had 3 great days around Ketchum and Sun Valley, taking advantage of the early morning light, cloud movements and high country snow. Most of the photo shooting in this area is above 6000 feet elevation so it was still freezing each morning and never too warm in the afternoons. Many high country roads were impassable with snow and I was careful not to push my luck. Many times I just left the car in the road and hiked to find my next photo opportunity.
After a 5AM start from Ketchum, I went over Galina Pass and moved north toward Stanley where I was rewarded with two fine photos; one at Red Fish Lake and one at Stanley Lake. I continued north through Idaho following along the Little Salmon River enjoying the hunt for photo ops along the river and in the hills.
Got into Pullman and spent 3 days shooting the Palouse farms, then east to Palouse Falls before getting back home on May 23. Over 5500 miles and 26 days on the road; can't wait to go again.