California Landscape Collection

Yosemite autumn, fall colors, red leaves, yellow leaves, merced river, el capitan, yosemite valley
Glowing cave Pheiffer Beach, big sur, california, rugged coast, waves, tunnel, sea cave
super bloom, temblor hills, carrizo plain

 

New snow, tunnel view, Yosemite Valley, california, el capitan, blue sky
Highway one, big sur, bixby bridge, rugged coast, cliffs, long span, high bridge, cloudy sky
Tenaya Lake, reflection, dome, shoreline, blue sky, peaceful, evening, tranquil, Yosemite National Park, High Sierra
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Super Bloom
Giant Sequoias, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park
super bloom, shell creek
Morning gloom, Morro Bay, California, sea gull, rocky shore, morro rock, central coast, foggy
sunrise, McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer state park, waterfall, pink sky, big sur, rugged coast, pacific ocean
sunset, golden gate bridge, san fransisco, california, evening, city lights, golden gate,
sunset, lone cypress, carmel, california, rugged coast, seventeen mile drive, big sur,
Redwoods, stream, rain forest, raining, even light, flat light, humboldt redwoods state park, avenue of the giants,
Sunset, Morro Bay, morro rock, god beams, reflection, pacific ocean, Crescent, central coast, california
New Snow, Yosemite Valley, gates of the valley, blue sky, frosty, winter, california, reflection, el capitan,
Sunrise, Port San Luis, central coast, pier, harbor, orange sky, leading lines, symmetery, balance,
Mendocino Sunrise, coastal range, northern california, redwood country, pink sky, clouds Mendocino county, landscape
Sea Cave, Big Sur,
Desert Storm, Death Valley
Desert Storm, Death Valley
Eagle Falls, sunrise, orange sky, waterfall, winter, snow, emerald bay

The California Landscape • California is one of the most starkly diverse landscapes on the planet, and a photographer doesn’t have to travel far to find nearly anything they care to shoot.

In the north you can find temperate rainforest hosting the tallest trees in the world, The Coastal Redwood, while in the southeast lies some of the world’s driest inhospitable but beautiful deserts. In the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains you will find the tallest mountain in the lower forty eight states, where from the top you can see the lowest point in North America in Death Valley. The coasts of the golden state are home to some of the most famous beaches in the world, and between them steep and rugged rocky shores.  Although California is our most populated state, it also has many photographic gem destinations.

Within three hours of nearly any beach, you can be ascending a winding road to a granite peak with a cool alpine climate.  The Range of Light, the Sierra Nevada Range is the highest and longest mountain range in the contiguous United States. The stunning coastline runs the gamut from miles of beaches to precipitous cliffs that would seem to give a condor pause.

The Mojave Desert might seem an unlikely place to see blooms of wildflowers. It takes a perfect combination of conditions, for wildflowers to bloom in the desert, and it doesn't happen every year.  The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve located in the desert's western tip, explodes into a sea of orange poppies. It's the largest and most dependable bloom of the species. It also blooms with photographers during this time.

The Mediterranean climate of the grassy, rolling, oak studded hills from Santa Barbara to Sonoma County have evolved from their natural splendor to some of the most beautiful developed land in the world as vineyards grow up beneath the oaks.

Of the USA’s 59 national parks, nine of them can be found here. Some famous like Yosemite and Sequoia National Park, but also the barely known like Pinnacles National Park. It also has well as over 250 state parks, recreation areas, reserves, and historic sites.

 Did I mention the cities? Of course not, I avoid them like the plague.  I moved out of California because of all its exponentially growing cities where the nuts are killing off the almonds because they use too much water.

Having spent more than my share of time in crowded southern California I prefer to photograph San Luis Obispo’s central coast from Pismo Beach north when the ocean calls. Big Sur will always be near the top of my favorite places.  Although the mountains of the Los Angeles, Cleveland, and San Bernardino National Forests are splendid, I prefer to do my mountain photography in the High Sierra.

It’s an entire continent’s worth of stunning landscapes in a single state. With so much wonderful landscape, it is a shame that so many international visitors go only to the cities.  On second though, the cities are a good place for them.


Featured collections, prints, and blogs
Featured Collection
I recently returned from California and had the opportunity to capture the Super Bloom. I added several captures to the California Landscape Gallery.
Featured Prints

Moose in the Tetons

It is a rare day when you can capture a perfect reflection of the Grand Tetons in the Snake River with the bonus of a moose or two. As a photography guide as well as a landscape photographer, I have been to this spot hundreds of times and this day made me very happy!

A Venice Evening

Photographing Venice Italy is amazing at any time of day but it positively glows shortly after sunset. Photographers call the time after sunset before it gets totally dark the “blue hour.” It is a great time to take photos, especially cityscapes, as the intermingling of natural and artificial light creates dramatic effects and the world is imbued with blue. The juxtaposition of warm and cold light can be quite pleasing.

Strolling Grizzly

Close encounters with grizzly bears are always fun, it its the exhilaration 

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Photography ~ The Nature Of Light

Running horses, dust, Jackson Hole

By Daryl L. Hunter

Most photographers create random acts of beauty; enlightened nature photographers deliver consistent encapsulations of light and time. Galen Rowell once said: “The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I'm searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible.” Galen did so because of his mastery of light.From the inception of photography, it has been about capturing light.

 

 

Age and pursuit?

I am at that awkward stage of aging where I sometimes forget about it, usually while in pursuit of an elusive photo with a rapid expiration date. It wasn’t until I was forty-three when I took on the task of fatherhood. Another task I added concurrently was to not appear to be the old guy to my young son Scott. I went too much pain to appear to be fifteen years younger, activity wise, than the weary carcass beneath the weary smile.

 

 

 

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