Now that March has rolled around, I must say I can hardly wait for our spring trip to Oregon. We'll be spending some time along the Columbia River Gorge, I just can't wait to get at all those gorgeous waterfalls, and we'll be spending some time along the beautiful Oregon coast as well, sea stacks here I come.
Spring can be a particularly rewarding time for landscape photography. The arrival of spring can mean roaring waterfalls, fresh ponds and lakes, interesting skies, an occasional snow storm, fresh foliage and spring blooms. Some of my favorite photographs have been made over the past few years on our spring trips.
Reflections | Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California
During our spring trip to Death Valley a few years ago, the salt flats of Badwater were covered with water from recent rains, allowing me to capture the reflection of this unusual cloud formation.
Desert Storm | Death Valley National Park, California
A fresh snow covers the desert on this beautiful spring morning.
Sand and Sky | Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California
Sunny and 70 rarely makes for a fabulous photograph. This image of the dunes at Stovepipe Wells is far more interesting with the nice white cloud formations than it would have been with a clear blue sky.
Yucca in the Fog | Death Valley National Park, California
Spring can bring on the fog, like on this morning at Death Valley.
Reach | Joshua Tree National Park, California
Silhouette | Joshua Tree National Park
Rythm of the Winds | White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
The following year, our spring travels included destinations in west Texas and southern New Mexico. Another benefit of spring travel is that crowds just don't exist for the most part, as opposed to the summer high season. During our time at beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, we hardly encountered another soul.
Flow | Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas
Summer temperatures along the Rio Grande really soar in the summer, temps during our spring trip were much more moderate.
Clearing Storm | Yosemite National Park, California
Last year spring found us in California once again, this time at Yosemite National Park and along the coast. Experiencing Yosemite in the spring is really a treat. I had really hoped we might have a snow storm while we were there and I wasn't disappointed. Watching the storm lift from the Yosemite Valley was an experience to remember for a lifetime. Cold morning temperatures during our week there meant opportunities to photograph the waterfalls with ice and snow. Amazing.
Lower Yosemite Falls | Yosemite National Park, California
Let's not forget the beauty of spring blooms. These California poppies were in full bloom and carpeted the mountainsides of the Sierras.
Swinging Bridge | Yosemite National Park, California
Spring means WATER! Here Yosemite Falls is reflected in the Merced River.
Cathedral Rocks | Yosemite National Park, California
This image of the Cathedral Rocks reflected in a pond is possible only in the early spring. This particular pond dries up fairly early in the season most years.
Soberanes Point II | Garrapata State Beach, California
Spring can be a great time to photograph along the coast too. I'm hopeful that will be the case during our time in Oregon this spring. But hey, this is the Northwest we're talking about, who knows what will come our way.
While spring weather can be fantastic for landscape photography, spring, especially early spring, can be risky too. Too much snow, too much rain, too much weather can make photography difficult or impossible at times, but you know what they say. No risk no reward.
The landscape is an ever changing, ever evolving subject. To me, its transient nature is most evident in the spring and that's what makes it such an exciting time to be out there, camera in hand, ready for whatever nature has in store.
If you'd like to see more images from these collections, please visit my landscape galleries HERE.