Acquired by New York State in 1961, Caumsett State Historic Park's extensive forests, meadows, and waterways provide habitats for a variety of flora and fauna. The diversity of the park's environment and its limited access to vehicles make it one of Long Island's best places for relaxation and enjoyment of nature.
For 109-years, the New York International Auto Show has ignited the passion and stirred the soul of car lovers with its futuristic concept cars and new vehicles and this year was no exception. Every new car on the market under one roof, in one day, without any pressure to buy. Whether you're looking for a small car that makes a big impression, something fun, fast and frugal, or you want to get plugged into a hybrid or electric vehicle there is no better place to research your next car, crossover, minivan, SUV, or truck. This was my first time attending this show and I was very lucky to obtain access to a VIP pre-opening tour, given by award-winning automotive expert and Car and Driver contributing editor, Alan Taylor.
Having not been to Washington, DC since I was a kid, I jumped at the opportunity to shoot the city with photographer Ed Heaton and some of his very good friends. Washington is always a treasure trove of photo-ops, but few times of the year bring out the true beauty of the city better than during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This was also the first time I shot at night and I really enjoyed the experience and the different look it gives the city. The weather was a little dicey and it cut short the time I had to shoot here. I will definitely return to expand on what was only a slight skimming of the locations and images that are waiting to be photographed.
As always, attending a Tony Sweet workshop is an awesome experience. This particular group of attendees was extremely talented and a joy to work with. The Charleston area is truly one of the most beautiful and unique places this country has to offer and the photographic opportunities are numerous and diverse. We shot at four very different locations; Cypress Gardens, Folly Beach, Magnolia Gardens and a genuine confederate cemetery. Charleston is a place that I hope to return to many times in my life. Tony and Susan have been coming here for a number of years and I was amazed at their continued and unbridled enthusiasm for this place. I get it, now !!
Visiting the Lakota Wolf Preserve was truly an awesome experience. Once again the howling of wolves echo through the mountains of the Delaware Water Gap in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ. Photo opportunities of a lifetime and the experience of watching and listening to packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves abound. For the first time in over a century, wolves can be observed here in the East in a natural surrounding. Bobcat and foxes also reside at the reserve. Many thanks to outstanding photographers, Brad and Yvonne Berger, of Berger Bros. for opening this opportunity to fellow Long Island photographers.
The "Niagara of Pennsylvania", Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State's most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest. Thanks to my fellow photo friends from the Island Photo Group for this fun opportunity.
Thanks to Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone for giving me the opportunity to help them scout this unbelievable location for one of their future workshops. What a spectacular place! The Lakota gave this land its name, "mako sica", meaning "land bad". Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is desolation at its truest, where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization.
I, again, had the pleasure of attending a workshop hosted by Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone. This time at Robert Redford's famous Sundance Resort. A spectacular venue at and near the resort, as well as, the surrounding areas of Provo Canyon and Heber City led to a great deal of fantastic image opportunities.
I had the pleasure of attending a photography workshop at the The New York Botanical Garden with well-known New York photographer Howard Millard. The garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States. Howard has credits in advertising, corporate, and editorial markets including The New York Times, Volkswagen, Travel and Leisure, PBS Television, top photography publications, ad agencies, corporations, magazines and books.
On a cold February morning, I had the distinct pleasure of a photographic opportunity that few people receive. I was able to capture images of three beautiful wolves on a preserve in the woods of Westchester County, New York. Founded in 1999, the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. They are the preeminent facility in the eastern United States for the captive breeding and pre-release of endangered wolf species.