Rainbow Over Lamar Valley

Yellowstone_Vacation_081210_0163.2Happy birthday, Yellowstone National Park! One of my favorite places in the world.

Rainbow, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. At the end of a long day hiking and sightseeing, we headed back to our hotel in Cooke City, MT. As we entered Lamar Valley, a late-afternoon thunderstorm descended. I was happy as a lark. Sure enough, at the far eastern end of the valley, only a few miles from the northeast entrance of the park, the storm clouds parted just enough for a shaft of sunlight to peek through. So naturally I screeched to a halt and grabbed my camera.

Very unusual rainbow behavior (at least for this flatlander) to have it suspended in the air that way, and lighting up the hillside. Tough exposure; had to balance the bright hillside with the overwhelming gloom of the sky and mountains. Plus it was raining. Had to crank up the ISO to 800, which made the noise ridiculous. Balancing the color was tricky, too. But I’m still happy with the frame. It’s comforting to know there are still wild places like this left in the world.


Good News for Lewis & Clark Fans

Lewis & Clark ebook cover 800x1200At last! My national bestseller “Lewis & Clark: Adventures West” will soon be out in ebook format. Coming soon for Fire tablets and free Kindle reading apps for iPads, Android tablets, PC and Mac.


Moulton Barn

Moulton BarnMoulton Barn and Cathedral Group, after the storm, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Continuing with my black-and-white work this morning. The old darkroom calls to me.

I shot this scene shortly after dawn, not long after a mid-summer thunderstorm. Moulton Barn is part of Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. It’s a series of pioneer barns, houses, and stables maintained by the park service. Moulton is especially popular with photographers, what with the Cathedral Group of mountains rising in the background, including Grand, the tallest peak. How many millions of frames have been shot here? It’s hard to find something new to bring to the table, but your editor back home sure expects it.


Solid Advice For Writers from Ernest Hemingway

ErnestHemingwayThis is great advice for learning how to write, and for living a full life.

“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”–Ernest Hemingway


Life Imitating Art

IMG951296I just received this photo of my old neighbor the B-52 navigator at his new base in Louisiana, holding up my B-52 book in front of his B-52. As a friend put it, I wonder if this is like holding a mirror up in front of a mirror?


Isle Royale’s New Look

Isle Royale cover 2014 750x1125Feast your eyes on the new cover for Isle Royale, my young-adult action/adventure novel. I think the refreshed design is more contemporary, and adds a dose of mystery and intrigue. Thinking of Isle Royale on this fine day makes me long to visit again. I bet the fall colors are fantastic. I backpacked alone on the island for a week to do my research, and it was quite an adventure. Wonderful in every way, except for the rogue gang of squirrels who stole my food. But that’s a story for another day.