I just flew into London from Ivalo, Finland, and had a bit of down time to upload photos. This was my first time in Lapland and the light and snow and trees were as spectacular! Unfortunately, we were unable to photograph any auroras because of cloud cover, but we had a gorgeous final evening which made the quick three-day foray above the Arctic Circle well worth it.
We’ve actually had a winter in Washington state this year – a odd ending to what was, unfortunately, the second warmest recorded year in U.S. history. It has been good to see the mountains with a decent snow pack for a change. A couple weeks ago I took a quick run up to the Skagit Valley, a large swath of mostly farmland roughly an hour’s drive north of Seattle. I am always searching for owls and saw none this time, but we did manage to find some nice arboreal landscapes. Enjoy!
This past weekend was a full one in Texas. On Friday and Saturday I went out photographing with NANPA president Sean Fitzgerald. We found a small flock of the extremely endangered whooping cranes along the Aransas Bay, where they spend their winter. NANPA – the North American Nature Photography Association – will be holding it’s 2017 Nature Photography Summit in Jacksonville, Florida on March 2nd through the 4th.