Created 22-Sep-21
49 photos

2020 and 2021 have been years of opportunity. Opportunities to think, to walk, to photograph, to be grateful for the life of friends and loved ones who past, and opportunities to be grateful for the lives and loved ones we have. 2020/21 gave us a chance to take a timeout. To rest. To watch --way too much Netflix. To spend time with our family and to take some time for ourselves. 2020/21 gave us chances everyday to think about what is really and truly important to us. And hopefully we used this opportunity to discover more about ourselves and what it is that we love. I realized just how important photography and being a nature photographer are to me. It is who I am and how I wish to connect with the world, and with you.
I used the last days of 2020 and the first months of 2021 to photograph nature outside of Kauai. I traveled to 23 states and drove over 18,000 miles. When people ask me, "Where did you go?" I reply simply, "America." One place and just one state wasn't enough for this long timeout and opportunity to discover.
Originally I had two, separate, winter photography trips planned. One to Yosemite National Park in December/January. And one to Yellowstone National Park in late February. However, when Kauai was removed from the Hawaii Safe Travels Program in November-- effectively eliminating tourism (safe or otherwise) and making any productive business activity in the gallery nearly impossible-- I decided to combine the two winter trips into one, long, photography expedition. So I put an "Open by Appointment" sign in the shop window; shipped my 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser to Oakland; and from there I drove to Sonoma where Gary and his team at Mudrak Custom Cruisers installed an Alucab Expedition Rooftop Tent, Alucab Shadow Awning and an ARE rear drawer. I needed some new kit to help me camp in the winter as I knew most campsites would be closed or would have limited facilities available. And I'm getting a little old for a long road trip out of a tent. :-)
Photographs from these stunning landscapes are in this gallery of Winter Views:
  • Grand Teton National Park, WY
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY
  • Badlands National Park, SD
  • Big Cypress National Preserve, FL
  • Everglades National Park, FL
  • Kissatchie National Forest, LA
  • State Parks across Texas
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Monument, NM
  • White Sands National Monument, NM
  • And a few places in between

Enjoy!
Aloha,
Lee

Winter Light in Grand Teton National Park

Winter Light in Grand Teton National Park

Winter Morning in the Tetons

Winter Morning in the Tetons

Eagles Dare

Eagles Dare

Snow Line

Snow Line

Coyote in Full Winter Coat

Coyote in Full Winter Coat

Through the Snow

Through the Snow

The Intensity of the Hunt

The Intensity of the Hunt

Frosty Bison

Frosty Bison

Powder

Powder

Lord of the North

Lord of the North

A Christmas Card from Yellowstone

A Christmas Card from Yellowstone

Hover

Hover

Everything was White

Everything was White

Coyote in White

Coyote in White

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

Flying Light

Flying Light

Tree on a Hill at Sunrise

Tree on a Hill at Sunrise

Three Lines of Clouds, New Mexico

Three Lines of Clouds, New Mexico

Desert Peaks and Organ Mountains Sky

Desert Peaks and Organ Mountains Sky

White Sands Scene

White Sands Scene

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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
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