Devils Tower – USA’s first National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

In the northeast corner of Wyoming, among the gentle rolling hills, protrudes a remarkable monolith known as Devils Tower. It became the first National Monument in the United States in 1906. Please click the image to view a larger version. This image is a gem I missed when I processed the photos I made at Devils Tower last year. When I look at the selection of images … [Read more...]

A Week of Wildlife Photography

Prairie Dog Portrait

I really admire wildlife photographers. The likes of Moose Peterson and Paul Nicklen I find very inspirational. I would love to be a wildlife photographer, but I don’t think I have what it takes, and I don’t mean a $10,000 lens although a giant lens would be a requirement. It’s not a glamorous job. You have to be willing to lie face down in the mud for hours on end getting … [Read more...]

Devil’s Tower in Black and White

Devil's Tower HDR B&W

I didn't expect to do so many posts about Devil's Tower, but it was such an inspiring sight and I am reminded how much I liked it there as I process the images. I also seem to be on an HDR roll this week, so here is another HDR image, but this time in black and white. Next week I will be showing you some of the wildlife I have encountered so far on the trip. Have a … [Read more...]

Climbing Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

Climbing Devil's Tower

You didn’t think I meant me did you? No, no, I only photograph other crazy people who try such a thing! The first ascent was made in 1893 using a wooden ladder for the first 350 feet. Today approximately 5,000 climbers ascend the tower ever year. I like to create close up abstract images of patterns in rocks, but it does make it difficult to get a sense of scale. If you look … [Read more...]

A closer view of Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

Devil's Tower Sunrise HDR

Here is the (much condensed) Native American legend: One day 7 little girls were playing by the river when they were chased by a bear. The girls jumped on a rock which was about 3 feet high and began praying to the rock to save them. The rock, hearing their pleas, elongated itself upwards pushing the girls out of reach of the bear. The bear clawed at the sides of the rock until … [Read more...]

Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Devil's Tower HDR

In the north east corner of Wyoming lies Devil’s Tower National Monument. 50 million years ago, molten magma was forced into sedimentary rocks above it and cooled underground. As it cooled it contracted and fractured into columns. Millions of years of erosion eventually exposed it. The tower stands 1,267 feet above the river and the diameter of its base is 1,000 feet. I got … [Read more...]