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Jul 082015
 

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Contrast: a crisp and saturated blue sky above red rock canyon walls which contain the green leaves of vegetation; bleached arid slick rock domes sparsely populated by only the heartiest plants who wait patiently for precipitation while lush perennial streams gurgle within stone’s throw; cattleman and tourists. On my recent visit to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument of Southwest Utah, I was impressed by both the delicate and tough landscape and society that lies therein.

During the 13 days I spent in between the towns of Boulder and Escalante, Utah, I explored nearly one hundred miles of backcountry washes, hollows, slot canyons, and ridges; witnessed flash floods the locals hadn’t seen in 20 years; and spoke with residents and business owners who revealed a society in the midst of cultural transformation.

My time tramping around the backcountry of GSENM was inspiring in ways I had expected with its amazingly unique natural scenery, flora, fauna, archeology, and the physical abilities which were required of me in order to move through, over, under, and around the geologic and geographic features time and weather have created. This was my longest solo adventure and the changes in perspective and what interested me now versus when I first visited southern Utah nearly 20 years ago were what was unexpected; to the point that, on this vacation, I willingly attended a public hearing at Escalante’s high school about their school’s dwindling student population and the town’s economic state of affairs.

To truly understand the landscape, I am finding that it is necessary to attempt to know the surrounding human society. For instance, seeing Jacob Hamlin arch was a great experience, visually stunning, the weight of its thick stone structure could almost be felt, however, knowing that the protection created by President Clinton’s 1996 use of the Antiquities Act which created Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument set into motion issues regarding access for ranchers and off highway vehicle groups—added a layer of information that opened my eyes and revealed details that I know I wouldn’t have seen had I been there with my family, friends, or as a younger person.

I hope to write more about this experience. Until then, here are more images…

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Backpacking, hiking, landscape photographs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Apr 182015
 

Spring Skiing in Idaho

The juxtaposition between the comfort of the office environment from which I type this post vs that of the alpine couloir I was in just 30 hours ago is, in simple terms, strange. Yesterday, my body and mind traveled from a precipitous 50 degree ski run to the comfort of my home in a few hours. It makes me think that perhaps the alpinists of old had it better than me and my contemporaries in that both the ascent and descent from civilization took longer, and thus, an easier time for their brains to adjust; they enjoyed more time spent in the mountains. Now, these quick trips into the backcountry feel like the extreme version of a ying-yang circle of existence, polar opposites that somehow placate one-another. Obviously, I’d take more time spent in wilderness, but I won’t complain about time I’ve enjoyed therein.

This past week I had the great fortune to find time to ski with good friends in the mountains of Idaho on two different outings. On both occasions, we were able to enjoy nights spent on the ground and days in the open (to paraphrase Doug Robinson). The weather contradicted itself wonderfully in that we traveled through snow squalls, enjoyed blue bird skies so calm lakes became mirrors, heard Sand Hill Cranes echo their mating calls from marshes into a myriad of canyons, and found silence unlike any other. The snow was good, if not great, and the camaraderie unparallelled.

Here a few images from these adventures….

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Spring Skiing in Idaho

Mar 152015
 

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Sun Valley is an amazing venue for winter weddings. This February, Val and Bryce took advantage of this little known fact and brought a triple digit crew to the Elkhorn restaurant for their ceremony and reception. Though Old Man Winter kept his effects a bit further to the north this year, a quick drive into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area gave this outdoor couple the backdrops they were after. Fresh snow blessed their ceremony, their vows were amazing, readings by the wedding party were heartfelt, and the party was off the hook! Congrats Val and Bryce!

Wedding Planning by Absolute Weddings.

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Elkhorn at Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Feb 202015
 

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Kim and Dan were married at Sun Valley’s Clubhouse this February with their close family and friends in attendance. The Clubhouse transforms wonderfully into a wedding venue for winter weddings. Time was scheduled for us to head out and about for portraits and I was happy that this great couple wanted to photograph in Sun Valley’s village after the sun had set. Many congratulations to Kim and Dan!

Wedding Planning by Absolute Weddings.

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Winter Wedding at Sun Valley's Clubhouse

Jan 262015
 

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Curiosity and intimacy are two words that help explain my love of mountains. I remember back in the mid-90′s when I climbed Hyalite Peak, Montana, and at the summit just loving the quenching feeling for the curiosity I had for the knowledge that told me what was on the other side. As exhausted as I may get on some of these climbs, learning the way the peaks and their canyons, rivers, and ridges all interconnect makes for a deep level of intimacy that I have not yet tired of.

Backcountry skiing is truly a vehicle that stokes this passion. Yesterday, Chris, Russel, and I enjoyed a tour that linked up a long section of ridge and got me back into a section of the Smoky (no e here in Idaho) mountains with views I had not seen before. As always, having seen this new terrain-I’m curious to learn what lays even further back!

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Ski Tour in Idaho.

Jan 212015
 

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

“Winter” in San Francisco is just about the best time of year to enjoy this wonderful city. I met Irene and Mike a few days after New Year’s Eve to photograph their engagement session. We started at the Lyon Street steps where the two of them used to run; they now live in Detroit where Mike is in residency. It was fun traveling around the city to their favorite spots, getting to know them, and enjoy their good nature and humor! Their wedding is going to be fantastic–it’s at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay toward the end of September!

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Jan 122015
 

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

Though I am a 5th generation Californian (born, raised, and then fled), I’d never connected the dots between Salinas and Ventura via highway 101 until this past December when I had the opportunity to photograph a second Stafford family wedding–this time, Jenna’s; a little over a year ago I photographed the first Stafford wedding, Jenna’s brother, Devin, in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

Jenna married Anthony in San Luis Obispo at The Monday Club on a spectacularly beautiful December day. Prep took place in her folks home in Los Osos, just a few blocks from Morrow Bay, where these two held their reveal. While exchanging vows, Anthony, a super intelligent engineer who, self admittedly, has difficulty making certain decisions (aka fast food meal-deal options)–contrasted this trait to the fact that he’s never second guessed his love for Jenna! The good vibes kept groovin’ into their reception with great food, dancing, and celebration!

Congrats Jenna and Anthony!

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

Dec 182014
 

Backpacking in Craters of the Moon National Park

My article describing the trek I took across Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was just published online! Be sure and follow this link (here) so you can give it a read.

Better yet, support National Parks Conservation Fund by giving them a donation…and subscribe to their magazine!

You can watch a featured segment from our trek that was included in Outdoor Idaho’s special, 50 Years of Wilderness, via this link (here).

Sep 092014
 

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Over the Labor Day Weekend, I traveled down to Monterey, California, to photograph Serge and Katie’s wedding which was held at the Pasadera Nicklaus Club. The weather was spectacular, the venue felt like we were in an estate in Tuscany, and everyone had a fantastic time. Serge’s family moved to the United States from Russia and their wedding customs (yes, vodka drinking) added a great touch to their reception. Here are some images from their big day!

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Sep 022014
 

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

All I had to do on this one was push the shutter button repeatedly! When you have beautiful people in beautiful settings, photography is easy. Kristyn and Neill’s San Francisco wedding was, simply put, amazing. They had an intimate ceremony at the chapel at St. Cecilia’s and then headed down to the Mission District for their reception which was held at the phenomenal Foreign Cinema. It was also a pleasure to get the chance to work with Shannon Leahy Events who nailed the schedule and turned Foreign Cinema into a gorgeous wedding venue! Many congrats to Kristyn and Neill!

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.