North American Adventure

Osprey, Everglades National Park

Osprey in Everglades National Park, Florida, by Anne McKinnell

Every once in awhile I like to go through my archives to see what I missed. Sometimes it’s just that I get too many of a particular type of photo at once, and so they don’t all end up getting processed at the time. Like when I was in Florida, almost two years ago now, […]

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Old Buoys Club

Buoys, Newport, Oregon

I must have had textures on my mind as I strolled through the historic district of Newport, Oregon, this week. This collection of old buoys caught my attention. Please click the image to view a larger version. We have driven through Newport many times but never stopped because it is always so busy in the […]

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On The Road Again

Monument Valley, Arizona

♬ Start spreading the news … we’re leaving today ♬ I always think of that song when embarking on a new adventure! I’m glad we’re not going to New York though! To all my photo friends on the east coast our thoughts are with you as we watch what you are going through with the […]

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A Quiet Afternoon in Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida

Here is another image I dug out of my archives from my trip last year. This is Daytona Beach on a quiet but warm afternoon in December. Please click the image to view a larger version. I understand this place can be a total circus during the Daytona 500 or during spring break or at […]

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Tree Aflame

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia

I got up in darkness, quickly dressed and gathered my equipment. I’m glad people who stay in RV parks are used to the sound of big trucks starting early in the morning for no one ever comments on my early departures. I drove to the beach and then walked as quickly as I could to […]

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Fall in Virginia

Fall in Virginia

Picking out these unprocessed images from the many images I made on our trip around North America last year, I am reminded of so many places I said I would return to and know I will one day. One of those is the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway that follows the Appalachian trail through […]

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Reflections of Fall

White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire

White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire is definitely on my list of places I want to return to. What they say about the fall colours in New England is true. It’s like no other place. I made this image somewhere along the way at a pond whose name I don’t remember. I do remember […]

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Fall in New Hampshire

Fall in New Hampshire

About this time last year Ray and I were making our way south along the east coast of the United States where the changing colours of fall bathe the landscape in yellows, oranges and reds. The colours were especially intense in the area around the White Mountains in New Hampshire where I made this image, […]

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Vintage Lobster Cove, Newfoundland

Lobster Cove, Newfoundland

Going back over my images from last year and picking out ones I didn’t process at the time or re-processing ones I have done before is a lot of fun! I am more adventurous when it comes to processing these because I know I have my “natural” shots done so it is fun to play […]

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Sometimes an image needs a rest

North Lake, Prince Edward Island

Do you ever go on a photo shoot and make an image feeling quite confident that you got a great shot … and then when you see it on your computer later it just didn’t turn out the way you envisioned it? That happens to me all the time and I’ve discovered a secret: sometimes […]

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8 Lessons From Life On The Road

Badlands Sunset

Every day is a new lesson when you live on the road and that is one of the most exciting things about it. The anticipation of what is to come. The endless potential and opportunity each day brings. I think the thing I liked the most is simply being excited about the day. Here are […]

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Budget Report: One Year On The Road

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All the receipts have been counted. The final numbers are in. I won’t leave you in suspense. How much does it cost to RV around North America for one year? $72,417.89 The first and biggest thing that stands out to me about this number is this: I TOTALLY ROCK!! I mean really, $1,100 under budget??? […]

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Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City

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I seem to be lucky when it comes to photographing Crescent City, California, and in particular the Battery Point Lighthouse. When I visited there a couple of years ago I was treated to the most dramatic sunset. A red fiery sky that quickly turned to deep purple. This time was totally different, but I really […]

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Back on the Pacific Coast: Crescent City California

Crescent City, California

The scent of the Pacific Ocean’s salt and seaweed and the dark, almost black, sand were signs that we were almost home. It seemed strange to be back in familiar territory after almost a year travelling around North America seeing new things every day. Crescent City, California, is close to the border with Oregon and […]

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Rally in the Valley (Part 2)

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Here are another eight images of the classic car rally in Monument Valley. If you missed it, you might want to check out Part 1. Please click the images to view larger versions. It was a pretty exciting afternoon in Monument Valley. I hope you enjoyed seeing these vintage cars as much as I enjoyed […]

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Rally in the Valley (Part 1)

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We were staying at an RV park in Mexican Hat, Utah, which is right on the border with Arizon, to see Monument Valley. It was early afternoon, not a time I would usually be out photographing, so I was doing some writing in the RV while Ray went out to get fuel for the truck. […]

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Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah

Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah

You’ve seen it before. Our last stop in Utah is one of the most famous landscapes in the United States. If you’re a John Wayne fan, you saw it in the 1939 film “Stagecoach”. If that was a little before your time, perhaps you saw it in “Easy Rider”, “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Thelma […]

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While in Utah, don’t miss the State Parks

Gooseneck State Park, Utah

With five National Parks in close proximity in Utah, it might be easy to pass by the equally beautiful state parks, which are perhaps even more unique than the National Parks. After we visited Zion and Bryce National Parks, we stopped at Kodachrome Basin State Park named after the vibrant colors of the now discontinued […]

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Does the world really need another image of Mesa Arch?

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

I almost didn’t go. I mean, I’ve seen a lot of arches (and so have you by now!). Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, has to the be the most overly photographed place in the USA. Of course, there is a reason for that, it looks amazing at sunrise when the bottom of the […]

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Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

One of my favourite spots in Utah is Goblin Valley State Park where the hoodoos look like playful goblins. Located in the middle of the San Rafael Desert, about two and a half hours drive west of Moab, the valley was formed by the same forces of nature that caused the variety of rock formations […]

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Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch is the most photographed of the 2,000 arches in Arches National Park, Utah. It seems to be a right of passage to hike the 1.5 mile trail that gains 500 feet in elevation to watch the sun’s last rays on the arch at the end of the day. Ya, I didn’t do that […]

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Turret Arch

Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Today’s photograph is a high dynamic range image of Turret Arch at Arches National Park in Utah. I made this image by combining three exposures in Photomatix. Please click the image to view a larger version. In post processing I used the “color stylizer” filter in Nik Color Efex Pro to desaturate the colours and […]

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OMG a Double Arch! What does it meeeeean???

Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

I still cannot get that half crazed double rainbow guy out of my head. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about just search on YouTube, you’ll find it.) It was all I could do to restrain myself from yelling out “Oh my god, oh my god, it’s a double arch, what does it meeeeean???” […]

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Balanced Rock at Arches National Park

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah

I’m back to the icons again. I can’t help myself. I know it’s been done but icons are icons for a reason. When you visit Arches National Park in Utah you just can’t go home without an image of balanced rock. The first time I passed balanced rock along the scenic drive it was fairly […]

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