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» Colorado River, Grand Canyon May, 2008

While hiking through the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim, the Bright Angel Trail follows the Colorado river for a mile, after leaving Phantom Ranch. In the early morning, the light casts shadows on the walls of the Canyon, giving the appearance that there's no way out

Camera: Nikon D80     Lens: Quantaray 18-200mm
Media: Digital


» Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon May, 2008

The Bright Angel Trail winds up through the Grand Canyon as it travels from Phantom Ranch to the South Rim. Climbing about 4,800 from the Colorado river to the rim, the trail is the most popular trail at the Canyon, and it is without a doubt the most scenic trail through the Canyon too.

Camera: Nikon D80     Lens: Quantaray 18-200mm
Media: Digital


» Bay Bridge, San Francisco July, 2007

After an evening at AT&T Park, watching the Giants beat the Marlins (4-3 suckers), we walked back along the Embarcadero before heading home. As we passed under the Bay bridge, the fog was beginning to roll in, and the lights from the bridge seemed to light up the sky all the way over to Treasure Island.

Camera: Nikon D80     Lens: Quantaray 18-200mm
Media: Digital


» Bay to Breakers, San Francisco May, 2007

When you are taking part in the biggest foot race in the World, Hayes Street Hill is a major bottleneck when 70,000 people are passing through. So Just a couple of miles into the race, as the crowd moved slowly, I was busy taking photos of Hayes Street hill in the distance. But when my camera mis-focused on the people in the foreground, I caught this shot by accident.

Camera: Nikon D80     Lens: Quantaray 18-200mm
Media: Digital


» Yosemite Valley in Winter January, 2007

Almost everyone visits Yosemite in the summer, when the hiking is good and the waterfalls are flowing. But in the winter, the crowds are gone and the valley is much more peaceful. But while one side of the valley remains in permanent shadow and is covered in snow, the other side of the valley remains sunny and it's hard to tell it's winter at all .

Camera: Nikon D80     Lens: Quantaray 28-55mm
Media: Digital


» Goodyear Balloon Festival, Phoenix, Arizona October, 2006

After an early morning Balloon race and a long day at the Goodyear Air Show in Phoenix, I'd waited all day just to see the 'night glow' of the hot air balloons. Although only 11 balloons showed up, it was still impressive to see.

Camera: Olympus Stylus 400    
Media: Digital


» Blue Angels, Phoenix, Arizona October, 2006

The 'Goodyear Balloon and Air Spectacular' was anything but spectacular, until the Blue Angels display began. This shot of the US Navy pilots flying straight into the sun was taken by Aaron, and looks almost surreal.

Camera: Cannon Rebel XTi     Photo By: Aaron Eckardt ©
Media: Digital


» McWay Falls, Big Sur, California September, 2006

The California coast is usually shrouded in fog during the summer, which rolls off the icy-cold Pacific. So as we drove from San Francisco to Big Sur along Highway 1, much of the coast was hidden.
But as we arrived at 'Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park' the fog cleared for just a few minutes, and gave us a glimpse of McWay falls, which falls straight into the sea.

Camera: Olympus Stylus 400    
Media: Digital


» Yosemite Point, California May, 2006

Hike to the top of Yosemite Falls, then continue another mile up the trail and you'll reach Yosemite Point. Offering one of the best viewpoints in Yosemite, the view across to Half Dome is incredible.
And right beside Yosemite Point is Lost Arrow, where you can watch climbers rappel back to the valley rim after an almost impossible climb.

Camera: Olympus Stylus 400    
Media: Digital


» Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco August, 2005

Seen from the Marin Headlands, this view of the Golden Gate is one of the most famous views of the bridge. San Francisco might be shaken by earthquakes every few years which makes you question why anyone would live here, but take a drive up to the headlands and look across to the city and you'll soon figure it out.

Camera: Olympus Stylus 400    
Media: Digital


» Raccoons, California August, 2005

Raccoons are common in California, although they can be a bit elusive. They are not afraid of people and don't run away when seen, but it's not a good idea to try and pet one. Yes they're cute, but cuddly, no way.
So when one wanders through your garden and is then pursued by half a dozen photographers, they sit and watch... wondering which person to bite first.

Camera: Sony     Photo By: Andy Plumb ©
Media: Digital


» Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany April, 2005

The dream of 'Mad' King Ludwig II, the Neuschwanstein Castle took 17 years to build and nearly bankrupted the Bavarian government. But the King only lived at the castle for a few weeks before his mysterious death in 1886. Now it is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting millions of visitors each year.

Camera: Olympus Stylus 400    
Media: Digital


» Fields of Gold, England April, 2005

In the spring, many of the farm fields in England are in full bloom and a golden yellow. This is rape seed, and it is used to make cooking oil. Its a common sight in England, but rape seed is banned in most countries in Europe because it is the main cause of hay fever for many people.

Camera: Olympus Stylus 400    
Media: Digital


» The Badlands, South Dakota May, 1998

Of all the States I've visited in America, South Dakota has been the most surprising. With carved monuments such as 'Mt. Rushmore' and 'Crazy Horse Mountain', scenic areas like the Black Hills, it is one of my favorite places in the country. But when you drive through the Badlands for the first time, you can see why the native Americans chose its name very well.

Camera: Nikon N6006    
Media: Film


» Monument Valley, Arizona May, 1998

The backdrop to more Western movies than any other place in America, Monument Valley sits on the border between Arizona and Utah. Because Monument Valley (which is not really a valley) is on Navajo land, this area is not classed as a National Park and isn't even marked on some maps.

Camera: Nikon N6006    
Media: Film


» Uluru (Ayers Rock), Central Australia November, 1992

As the crowds gather every night at Uluru (Ayers Rock), to watch it change color as the sun sets, the local wildlife often makes an appearance to see what all the fuss is about.

Camera: Pentax P30    
Media: Film


» Termite Hills, Northern Australia October, 1992

Northern Australia, in the area near Katherine, is very dry and dusty with termite hills scattering the landscape. Built from mud, these hills are an engineering marvel; up to 15ft tall and strong enough to winch a car out of a ditch.

Climbing them isn't really a challenge, but climbing them while barefoot is a different matter.

Camera: Pentax P30    
Media: Film


» Hiking near Darjeeling, India April, 1992

North of Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas, there are few hikers on the trails because they all go to Nepal instead. But these hills are full of small, remote villages, where the population is mostly Tibetan and Nepalese, and you would never know you were in India at all.
Starting from Rimbik, then passing through Phalut and Sandakphu, the loop through the mountains offers views of Everest from over 140 miles away.

This picture was published in 'TNT Magazine', London.

Camera: Pentax P30    
Media: Film


» Kanchenjunga, India April, 1992

When you think of hiking in the Himalayas, you imagine being surrounded by the mountains. But hiking in the foothills north of Darjeeling gives you a view of the mountains from a distance, and is even more impressive.
Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the World, is sat on the border between India and Bhutan. From this point, in Sandakphu, the mountain is over 40 miles away.

Camera: Pentax P30    
Media: Film


» Mountain Gorillas, Zaire December, 1991

Sat on the border between Zaire and Rwanda is Virunga National Park, home of the Mountain Gorillas. Because there are so few Gorillas left in the World, (probably around 400), they are now protected. But after visiting them, you have to question whether tourism is really having the opposite effect.
This picture was published in 'TNT Magazine', London.

Camera: Pentax P30    
Media: Film


» Zaire Rainforest December, 1991

Dirt roads and rain forests are not a good combination, especially when you're driving several hundred miles across Zaire. Thankfully, it wasn't the height of rainy season, so the mud wasn't too deep.
But the roads here are not maintained in any way, so when you do get stuck in the mud (and you will), you're on your own; there are no tow trucks you can call to pull you out. All you can do is grab a shovel and start digging.

This picture was published in 'TNT Magazine', London.

Camera: Pentax P30    
Media: Film