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California Beaches: Laguna’s Victoria Beach

This post features some photos I just took of Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, California, along with some tips for finding this quiet beach, among other things. One of the things that I’ve discovered the last few months is that California has some exceptional beaches, and I don’t mean the typical tourist hotspots where you’re […]

My 10 Favorite Photos of the Year

On Disney Tourist Blog, it’s been an annual tradition at the end of the year for me to look back at my photography and select my top photos. I’ve enjoyed doing that, as it gives me the chance to share some of my favorite shots and also contemplate where I grew and failed to grow […]

Sunset on Four Mile Trail in Yosemite

Here’s the winter sunset from Four Mile Trail in Yosemite National Park. Four Mile Trail runs from the Yosemite Valley up to Glacier Point, which is one of the best views in Yosemite. Unfortunately, in the winter, the trail is closed after Union Point. It probably should be closed before Union Point (at least when […]

Gardens of Versailles at Sunset

The Gardens of Versailles, even in winter, are truly a sight to behold. While the old adage that “photos don’t do them justice” holds true, I’m not so sure seeing the gardens does them justice, either. Much like everything at the château of Versailles, the gardens are all about excess. There are literally fountains and perfectly manicured lawns, […]

Horsetail Falls Firefall at Yosemite National Park

Every mid-February, Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park becomes a “firefall” as the setting sun creates an amazing natural phenomenon. This occurs due to the angle of the sunset, and would also occur in October, but there’s only water in this fall due to snow melt-off, which doesn’t happen in October. I visited Yosemite National […]

Yosemite National Park: Conquering Union Point

Over the weekend I visited Yosemite National Park with several other photographers I’ve met through the Disney fan community. It was an incredible weekend filled with wonderful photo ops, good times, and great friends. It was the most fun I’ve had taking photos in a long time, and the best group photography outing I’ve had […]

Elk at Sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park

I previously mentioned that on our first night in Rocky Mountain National Park, we just missed the sunset over Rock Cut, but that there was a silver lining. These elk were that silver lining. Right after leaving Rock Cut, we saw dozens of these guys grazing the tundra. We had already seen a couple elk […]

London’s ‘Girl with a Dolphin’ Statue and Tower Bridge

London’s Tower Bridge is likely the most photogenic bridge I’ve seen in my life. Although it’s not as massive as other famous bridges, it has a refined bit of charm and detail. Photographed here with David Wynne’s descriptively named ‘Girl with a Dolphin’ sculpture as the setting sun colored the sky. The Tower Bridge ended […]

Rocky Mountain National Park Bull Moose

Just before sunset on our first day in Rocky Mountain National Park, we headed to Kawuneeche Valley to see if we could spot any moose, elk, or bears. Moose and bears are two of my favorite animals, so they were the primary objective. Along the way, we saw a few scattered elk, but we didn’t stop to photograph them, as time was of the essence. Since it was the only chance I’d have to photograph the sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park, I wanted to make it from Kawuneeche Valley all the way up to Rock Cut (map), which is the highest elevation in the park unless you do the insane hike to Longs Peak. I was fully prepared to do this hike (and to wrestle three grizzly bears along the way), but luckily Sarah has better judgment than me.