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Autumn Japanese Maple Tree

Tree, Autumn, Japanese Maple, West, Oregon, Pacific Northwest
When the temperatures drop and the October crisp air takes hold within the Portland area, the most famous Japanese Maple, in perhaps the entire US, takes center stage. Its shapely leaves morph into a dome of gorgeous autumn colors, as its dark branches, covered in vibrant green moss, twist in every direction possible, creating an almost unimaginable contrast of colors, curves and and lines. And as those colors begin to change and the crowds arrive to the Portland’s Japanese Gardens, I bring you a set of images of that amazing tree from a few autumns ago.

Rainbow Over Monument Valley

Rainbow, Monument Valley, Landscape, West,
I had given up. I had gone back to bed. I had woken in the early hours and the storm was still raging and the rain was pelting down on our RV. I quickly looked outside and I decided that the morning was a wash and went back to sleep. That was until one of my best buddies (@jmsdsts) who we were traveling with on this trip, knocked on the window of the RV and said, "you better get out here, NOW." I jumped up, grabbed my gear which was already sitting by the door and jumped out of our Motel on wheels to have this beautiful rainbow smack me right in the face.

Wave of Color

Color, Slot Canyon, Antelope Slot Canyon, West, Landscape
The tranquility washes over you as you descend down into the small crevice between the deserts red rocks. You feel as if you’re mentally and emotionally transitioning through a wave of time. But not an ocean wave, but an earth wave that only could be seen in its completion if viewed for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years in hyperspeed. They are one in the same if you let yourself see it.

Oregon Coast Morning Sunburst

Oregon, Oregon Coast, Sunburst, Landscape, Ocean, West, Pacific Northwest
I love light. And getting the opportunity to chase light along the Oregon Coast is just straight up magical. However, sometimes it never shows. Sometimes it tries to breakthrough the clouds, but never fully makes it and you only get a small whiff of soft light. And then sometimes it explodes onto the scene like the entrance of a NFL team entering the stadium before the start of the Super Bowl. And like the fireworks, smoke and confetti of the big game, when that light hits, the celebration begins and my breathe becomes shallow and quick.

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About Jay

Howard County

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I was inspired at an early age by the mountains, ocean and the natural beauty that surrounded me. I quickly found photography as a creative outlet to capture the sense of inspiration I felt when exploring these places.  Now as a Maryland artist, the magnificent landscapes of ‘The West’ continue to call me back. I’ve enjoyed many fulfilling journeys across the western part of the United States and Canada to capture its beauty.    My hope is to... more

Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is world-renowned for its amazing beauty and incredible diversity of natural wonders, ranging from gorgeous waterfalls that will take your breath away to some of the most dramatic mountain and lake scenes your eyes will ever witness. And don't forget the rugged coastline that showcases nature's purest beauty of sea, land and air, all coming together to make one magical moment after another.

  • Power and Beauty

    Dancing with the earth, the ocean exploded with the finesse, beauty, lines and curves of a Prima Ballerina moving through the air during a sold out finale of a Broadway show. It was a visual feast and auditory celebration as monster swells crashed against the rugged Pacific Shoreline, giving waves a physical appearance like I've never seen before. Mother Nature and its power and beauty were on full display during this January King Tide along the Pacific Ocean. Have you ever experienced a King Tide? This was my first. And it was EPIC. It was by accident that I was even there.
  • Golden Sunrise Adventure

    On this morning on the waters edge of Trillium Lake, I set up in front of a couple of larger boulders to help give some interest to the foreground and welcome the viewer into the scene. I'd been photographing the reflection of the mountain since before the sun first rose, when two folks arrived to put in their canoe for their morning adventure. So, instead of packing up my tripod and gear, I waited it out and as they launched into the water, I snapped away, capturing them breaking the glass reflection on the lake with some calming ripples.
  • Autumn Japanese Maple

    When the temperatures drop and the October crisp air takes hold within the Portland area, the most famous Japanese Maple, in perhaps the entire US, takes center stage. Its shapely leaves morph into a dome of gorgeous autumn colors, as its dark branches, covered in vibrant green moss, twist in every direction possible, creating an almost unimaginable contrast of colors, curves and and lines. And as those colors begin to change and the crowds arrive to the Portland’s Japanese Gardens, I bring you a set of images of that amazing tree from a few autumns ago.
  • Oregon Coast Morning Sunburst

    I love light. And getting the opportunity to chase light along the Oregon Coast is just straight up magical. However, sometimes it never shows. Sometimes it tries to breakthrough the clouds, but never fully makes it and you only get a small whiff of soft light. And then sometimes it explodes onto the scene like the entrance of a NFL team entering the stadium before the start of the Super Bowl. And like the fireworks, smoke and confetti of the big game, when that light hits, the celebration begins and my breathe becomes shallow and quick.
  • Autumn In Oregon

    As autumn officially begins today, I want to share one of my favorite places on earth, during one of my favorite seasons. I grew up only a few minute drive to the spectacular Multnomah Falls and I visited often when I lived in Portland. I have wonderful memories on that magical bridge, spending time with my family and friends, soaking up the negative ions that envelop you as the mist of the falls dampen your clothing, while lifting your mind, body and spirit. I always make a trip out to this special spot when I return to the PNW to catch up with my loved ones.
  • Above The Clouds with Mt Adams

    Sunrise, Clouds, Mt Adams, Landscape
    Minutes turned to hours, those hours turned to dawn … And when the suns rays began painting the clouds and Mt. Adams in the distance with its warm light, I was very emotional. And very grateful to still be standing near the top of the mountain to witness such a beautiful sunrise. But, I almost didn’t see it. I almost wasn’t there to capture this beautiful moment. Let me start at the beginning. And try to explain. A few hours earlier, after finishing photographing the Milky Way near the top of Mt. Rainier, worry and doubt crept into my mind during the darkest part of the night.
  • Clearing Storm Rainbow Oregon Coast

    Oregon Coast, Rainbow, Landscape, Pacific Ocean, Clearing Storm
    The Oregon Coast is always full of dramatic moments, including on this morning when the winter storm was clearing and the sun popped through the clouds, creating this beautiful moment.
  • Tranquility

    Waterfall, Flowing Water, Tanquility
    I fell in love with Spray Falls the second I saw it. Its massive cascading falls is a pure pleasure to watch and study. It creates a lovely methodical and pleasing sound that seems to lull you into peaceful and calm mindset. And as you enjoy those elements, it's almost as if you can feel and absorb the energy that its creating through the floating mist that’s swirling around you.
  • Golden Sunset Oregon Coast.jpg

    Sunset, Oregon Coast, Pacific Ocean, Golden Sunset
    No matter how many times you visit the Oregon Coast, it’s always magical when you’re actually standing in the moment … Behind your camera, soaking up time. With your feet planted on the rugged rocks, eye peering through the viewfinder toward a massive rock cropping that stands defiant within the endless line of the Pacific ocean. It’s then that life floods into your mind, body and soul, giving you energy, strength and calmness for those days when that view is not in front of you. And your soul feeds off that memory to push you to your next visit to this magical place.
  • Oregon Coast Sunrise

    Waking before dawn along the Oregon Coast for sunrise is always special. The sand under your feet is fresh, as the tide has washed away all the footprints from the previous day under the cover of night. And it's always a great morning when your eyes and mind get the opportunity to stare into the mesmerizing sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean's waves crashing upon the rugged shoreline, while your body soaks up the wet, sea-salt air as it breezes through you and delicately leaves its salt residue upon your soul.

Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic is unique for its ability to showcase nature's beauty throughout all four season of the year. The colors are in constant change and is full of one amazing landscape view after another. From the cities to the parks, from waterfalls to mountainsides, there is always somewhere to go photograph a beautiful scene, no matter what time of year it is. 

  • Pagoda In Spring

    Spring, Baltimore, Pagoda, Sunset
    One of my favorite sights and indications that spring has sprung is when the Saucer Magnolia Tree begins blooming their fantastic goblet-shaped, delicate pink and white blooms. They peak in early spring and only showcase that beauty for a few days, but what a spectacular few days they are. This scene was captured with a combo of persistence and luck. I made sure to keep a close watch on these two mature Magnolia trees, by visiting the location everyday, around golden hour when their blooms were peaking. And getting a little lucky with some lovely soft colors in the sky.
  • Autumn Walk In The Woods

    Autumn, Path, Fall, Tree, forrest
    An autumn walk on a winding path and daydreaming up at the colors overhead, while reminiscing on days gone by and excitedly thinking about new adventures to come. Fall is such an emotional season, as it gives a breathe of fresh air to your spirit and the earth around you, while reminding you that summers warmth has departed and winters grip is not far away. You soak up the moment of glory while the color showcases its beauty.
  • Sunflower Field Sunset

    Summer, Sunflowers, Sunset, Maryland, Landscape, Photography, Photo,
    It’s always a magical experience for the mind and body when enjoying a sunflower field in full bloom. There seem to be an endless number of happy faces looking at you with encouragement and beauty. Add in the warmth of summer evening and its glorious colors and it almost seems to wash away the worries of the relentless stress involved with living through this pandemic. I hope all is well with everyone out there and today I bring you some bright, warm happiness to get you through your day and night.
  • Frozen Waterfall

    Waterfall, Winter, Frozen Waterfall, Snow, Ice, Maryland, Landscape, Winter Wonderland
    It was an amazing winter wonderland. It had been extremely cold for several weeks in a row during this particular winter and we were lucky enough to be off on our annual trip to the western part of Maryland to relax with our great friends. We took a break from sitting in front of the fire to get some exercise and we took a small hike to see how the falls looked within the freezing temperatures. And it was awesome. We were all completely amazed when we first saw it. Massive frozen chunks everywhere with the water still flowing through the iced-over window of the falls.
  • Autumn Leaf Tunnel

    Autumn, Leaf, Road, National Park, Shenandoah, Trees, Fall
    Most of the year, I’m day-dreaming and planning my next big trip across the country (and world) to see and photograph mother nature and this incredible planet that we get the pleasure of living on. However, when the air cools and the autumn colors begin arriving throughout these lands, my excitement towards this region becomes once again filled with anticipation and joy to go out on an adventure close to my home and see what mother nature has in store for us this time around. One of the top spots around the Mid-Atlantic is Shenandoah National Park.
  • Cherry Blossoms and Washington Monument

    Spring, Washington DC, Cherry Blossoms, Washington Monument, National Park
    As winters relentless hold on mother nature succumbs to the early signs of spring, we see the monochromatic slumbering world around us begin to awaken with small splashes of color sprouting from the thawed grounds and flowering branches overhead. As we gallop into brighter and warmer days which lie ahead, lets us give our mind, body and spirit an opportunity to absorb those vibrant colors. Breathe in those sweet, succulent smells. Feel the warmth from the afternoon sun. Hear the glorious sounds of song birds. Taste the new life that grows beneath our feet. Springs awakens.
  • Driving Through Autumn

    Autumn, Leaf, Trees, Road, Landscape
    Autumn in the Mid-Atlantic is spectacular. So when temperatures begin to drop, it means it’s time to take the drive out to Shenandoah NP to soak up the blanket of golden yellows, fire engine reds and burnt oranges that explode on the scene within the Appalachian Mountain range. It doesn’t really get much better than an afternoon drive within the sea of autumn colors, as you soak up the warm rays of the sun and breathe in the crisp mountain air.
  • Winter Tree

    Winter, Tree, Snow, Maryalnd
    I envisioned this image for about a year or so prior to capturing it. I stumbled across this view in the park near my home during the winter before, but it was at the end of the season and there was little snow and it didn’t look right. I then waited and waited … and waited some more.
  • Autumn Tree

    Autumn, Path, Fall, Tree, Maryland
    It’s like seeing an old friend when autumn arrives on your door step. All year you see glimpses of what's to come, as if you're having a short phone conversation with a life long buddy about getting back together sometime soon. You walk past groves of trees or individual beauties (like this tree) during the winter, spring and summer, but they just blend into everyday life … like mowing your lawn, washing the laundry, grocery shopping or doing the dishes.
  • Autumn Tree and Sky

    Autumn, Tree, Clouds, Maryland
    Autumn throughout the Mid-Atlantic provides a plethora of color within the trees and the landscape. And although I love to travel and capture beautiful landscapes throughout the entire country, sometimes beautiful scenes unfold literally right outside of your front door. As in this case with the tree that grows in our front yard. Every year it’s so much fun to see this tree begin its autumn color change and then peek and explode with amazing colors for about a week or two. The issue is that it never really lends itself to good imagery.

Southwest

The Southwest section of the United States has long been a destination for artists, as the dramatic landscape with its contrasting lines, colors and testures genrates excitment to most all who visit this magical section of the world.  

  • Rainbow Over Monument Valley

    Rainbow, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography, Monument Valley
    I had given up. I had gone back to bed. I had woken in the early hours and the storm was still raging and the rain was pelting down on our RV. I quickly looked outside and I decided that the morning was a wash and went back to sleep. That was until one of my best buddies, who we were traveling with on this trip, knocked on the window of the RV and said, "you better get out here, NOW." I jumped up, grabbed my gear which was already sitting by the door and jumped out of our Motel on wheels to have this beautiful rainbow smack me right in the face.
  • Sunset Over Arches

    Arches, National Park, Sunset, Southwest
    Arches National Park has arguably one of the most dramatic entrances for any park, anywhere in the world. As you immediately begin weaving between monstrous red rock formations that tower above you, it takes your breath away each and every time you drive through it. The scale is just massive and it really helps put your life and our relative size in this world into perspective. Even though this section of the park doesn’t necessarily get the hype as its more popular arches sections, I’ve always been a big fan of this area.
  • Antelope Slot Canyon - Color Flow

    Southwest, Color, Slot Canyon, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography
    The tranquility washes over you as you descend down into the small crevice between the deserts red rocks. You feel as if you’re mentally and emotionally transitioning through a wave of time. But not an ocean wave, but an earth wave that only could be seen in its completion if viewed for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years in hyperspeed. They are one in the same if you let yourself see it.
  • Mesa Arch Milky Way Sunrise

    Southwest, Milky Way, Sunrise, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography, Arch
    This scene is the closest to a real Yin Yang type moment that I’ve ever experienced in my photography career while in the field. It started in the midst of darkness, while enjoying the flow of the Milky Way arching perfectly over the small cliff-side arch. I connected with Mesa Arch almost instantaneously and although my presence at the location was for just a small moment of time in this world, my heart knew I was sharing this view with many others spirits who’ve stood or will stand directly in my footprints throughout the history of time, both past and future.
  • Autumn Sunrise In Zion

    Southwest, Autumn, Zion, National Park, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography
    Spending time in Zion anytime of the year is a treat, but during the autumn months it’s particularly special, as it transforms into another type of magical place that’s different then any of the other seasons. As the temperatures drop and the colors change, life along the Virgin River becomes blissful, mesmerizing and calming. Soak up the flow of the water, breathe in the fresh autumn air and feast your eyes on the colors that seem to glow during the morning sunrise.
  • Skyline Arch With Snow

    Arches, National Park, Southwest, Snow, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography
    Snow at Arches N.P. is truly a beautiful event. The softness of the fluffy, white snow against the hardness of the ancient, red rocks is a visual feast. The plethora of textures are just incredible to see, touch and experience, while the contrast of the colors gives your eyes and mind something visually amazing to wander within. If you ever get the opportunity to experience it, bundle up, grab your gear and get outside and photograph nature at its finest.
  • Wall Street With Virgin River

    Southwest, Zion, National Park, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography, Zion
    One of my most anticipated day on my recent Southwest trip was the hike up the Narrows of Zion National Park. And it was everything I had built it up to be. The hike was amazing from start to finish and something I would recommend to everyone who loves hiking and seeing beauty within nature. I can’t wait to visit again. During the entire hike through the Narrows, I used my 6-stop Circular Polarized filter to help cut through the glare of the water and push my exposures to 8/15/30 seconds, giving the Virgin River a beautiful glassy motion to it.
  • Milky Way Over Delicate Arch

    Arches, National Park, Southwest, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography, Milky Way
    On this morning, I woke up at around 2am and the stars were out and I was excited that things were lining up to catch the Milky Way and Delicate Arch together. After hiking up the trail in pretty much darkness, I arrived around 3:30ish, which gave me a few hours to play with Delicate and the Milky Way. This is where things got fun. I had been working on stacking images over the off season in preparation for capturing the Milky Way on this trip (to be able to capture pinpoint stars and remove noise in post). So, I started my game plan.
  • Arches Sunrise

    Arches, National Park, Southwest, Sunrise, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography
    It was a fun and exciting time getting to Turret Arch at sunrise on this morning. I had been photographing the Milky Way and the stars under Delicate Arch in the early morning and after twilight arrived and we began losing the stars and I quickly packed up my gear and semi-sprinted down the red rocks to the RV. I quickly drove over (within the speed limit) to the windows area of the park and then hiked quickly up and through North Window Arch, scrambled up some rocks on the other side to one of the most incredible locations to watch a sunrise in Arches N.P.
  • Zion Sunset

    Southwest, Sunset, Zion, National Park, Landscape, Landscape Photography, Photography
    This magic dance between earth and river is a visual feast that gives your body and soul a warmth of positivity and energy, as you absorb nature's fortitude and beauty. Then your mind explodes while trying to understand nature's patience, as this scene looking down Zion valley, past Angels Landing and the many layers of mountains below, clearly highlights how the meandering Virgin River below is methodically chiseling out the earths massive landscape that surrounds it, over almost an unimaginable length of time.

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