Created 20-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:
  • Mt. Shasta National Forest, CA
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
  • Crater Lake National Park, OR
  • Painted Hills National Monument, OR
  • Alabama Hills National Recreation Area, CA
  • Death Valley National Park, CA
  • Valley of Fire State Park, NV
  • Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
  • Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, AZ
  • Zion National Park, UT
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  • Arches National Park, UT
  • Canyonlands National Park, UT

Enjoy!
Aloha,
Lee

On the Road in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

On the Road in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Little Squirrel in the Snow

Little Squirrel in the Snow

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Windblown Snow Cut by Light

Windblown Snow Cut by Light

The Painted Hills

The Painted Hills

Painted Hills and Morning Sky

Painted Hills and Morning Sky

The Painted Dream

The Painted Dream

On the Wing

On the Wing

Alabama Hills Snowy Dawn

Alabama Hills Snowy Dawn

Sky of Light, Mountains of Snow

Sky of Light, Mountains of Snow

From the Mountains of Light to the Valley of Death

From the Mountains of Light to the Valley of Death

Pyramids beneath a Pink Sky

Pyramids beneath a Pink Sky

Windblown

Windblown

Windblown (bw)

Windblown (bw)

Eureka Dunes

Eureka Dunes

Brainwaves of the Cosmic Dune

Brainwaves of the Cosmic Dune

Coyote Love (Compassion)

Coyote Love (Compassion)

The Convergece

The Convergece

Salty Shards

Salty Shards

Panamint Valley Sky

Panamint Valley Sky

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
Keywords:America, American Southwest, American West, USA, Winter Views, nature, nature photography, road trip, southwest, west coast