Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly National Monument Arizona

Spider Rock by Anne McKinnell

So we went to Canyon de Chelly National Monument and broke ALL of our furniture! Seriously. All of the furniture. The road didn't even seem that bad, it was just like being out on the ocean with large swells. Swells are way better than chop. But I guess the furniture didn't think so since it's pretty used to chop on all the washboard roads we frequent. When I opened … [Read more...]

Organ Pipe Cactus at Sunset

Organ Pipe Cactus at Sunset by Anne McKinnell

Here I am back at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona and I realize I've looped myself! I have photos from this location that I made a year ago that I haven't published yet. Here's one of them: Making an image like this is all about waiting for the perfect light. I wanted nice sunset colours and to have the cactus in silhouette, but with just enough light … [Read more...]

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...]

These Dunes Are Made For Walking

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument near Alamagordo, New Mexico, is as irresistible as a white sand beach but with an added mystery since it is not the type of sand you find at the beach but the world's largest gypsum dune field. It moves from west to east at about 30 feet per year. The dunes call begging me to take off my shoes and feel the sand between my toes. I wander off … [Read more...]

Minimalism in Photography and Life

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Often new photographers will write to me and ask me to have a look at their photo galleries and give them some feedback. In doing so I have noticed a recurring theme. People try to include too much in their images. They have tried to capture the grand scene, everything they see in front of them, all in one frame. It is visually confusing without one distinct subject. One … [Read more...]