Sun River, Oregon

Sea kayaker on Sparks Lake, Oregon.

Sun River and Bend, Oregon, Mountain Lakes August, 2002 (and 2003, 2004, 2005). The volcanic spires near Sun River (just south of Bend), Oregon, provide a magnificent setting for quiet water canoeing and kayaking. We paddled Sparks and Hosmer lakes, Crane Prairie Reservior, plus a class 1 river trip down the Deschutes. We scouted, but […]

Wild Side Easy

Kayak Mothership Cruise. Three weeks in Southeast Alaska aboard the charter yacht Ursa Major, with wildlife watching, plenty of paddling, and a trip to fabled Lituya Bay. Charter yacht Ursa Major motors into Saook Bay, Baranof Island, stopping briefly to toss out shrimp pots. The water depth is 160 feet. Crab pots are pitched at 60 feet; […]

2002 Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival

Kayak surfer Jonathan Fortner at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz.

One weekend a year, the board surfers yield famed Steamer Lane to kayak surfers. Santa Cruz, CA. The March 22-24 Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival began with wind-whipped waves and penetrating rain. The swell was moderate, a good test for the field of competitors  that arrived from as far as Jersey (off the coast of […]

Paradise Park, Mt. Rainier National Park

Wildflowers at Mazama Ridge, Mt. Rainier

Wildflowers at Paradise, Mt. Rainier. Mid-August, 2000. “Gardens of Eden . . . . filled knee-deep with fresh, lovely flowers of every hue, the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” -John Muir, writing about a 1888 visit to Paradise Park and […]

Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground, Mt. Rainier National Park

Lupine wildflowers at Indian Henry's, Mt. Rainier National Park.

Wildflowers and mirror ponds at Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground. Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground is a huge bench with mirror ponds and an expansive sub-alpine meadow. Several ponds reflect the Mountain, including the pond made famous by the Ashel Curtis photograph. Find carpets of avalanche lily in July; densely-packed lupine in August. Most of the pictures […]

Florida Bird Photography

I was in Florida in February, 2000, to photograph birds and to kayak. South Florida stops included Ding-Darling NWR, the Venice Rookery, Myakka State Park, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Everglades National Park. I kayaked at Ding, Myakka and the Everglades. I also visited Loxahatchee NWR, Merit NWR, Cedar Key NWR, Wakulla State Park, and St. […]