Top 10 for 2022
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by Greg Vaughn
1M ago
It’s a new year and I’m making my way home from Mexico with a drive up the Baja Peninsula. Not rushing this trip and taking time to review the past year. I’m way behind on processing the photographs I made during numerous travels and workshops, but here are 10 of my favorites from 2022. Mesquite Flat sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, California.Young blacktail deer buck with velvet antlers at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington.Outdoor dining at restaurants on Cava de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain.Sea stacks at Bandon Beach on the southern Oregon Coast.An adult Bald Eagl ..read more
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Summer Lake Wildlife Area
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by Greg Vaughn
10M ago
Summer Lake Wildlife Area is one of the best places in Oregon to view and photograph migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds. Similar to a national wildlife refuge but managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), the area consists of a large marsh, multiple ponds, and associated uplands. Summer Lake is located in southern Oregon, in an area that is included in the Northern Great Basin geographical region of the United States. Summer Lake Wildlife Area was created in 1944, with the primary objective of protecting and improving waterfowl habitat and providing a ..read more
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NANPA Showcase Awards
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by Greg Vaughn
1y ago
Balsamroot overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. I’m truly honored that one of my photos was judged best in the landscape category in this year’s NANPA Showcase competition. You can read about the photo and a bit about my journey as a photographer at http://www.nanpa.org/showcase-2022-winner-greg-vaughn Another of my photos placed in the Top 250 of all landscape photos entered in the contest. Winter Aspen, Fort Klamath, Oregon The post NANPA Showcase Awards appeared first on Wanders & Wonders ..read more
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Creating a Preset to add Metadata on Import in Lightroom
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by Greg Vaughn
1y ago
Including your name, copyright, and contact information in your images should be an important part of your workflow photo editing. Embedding that information as metadata in your photographic files is like putting an address tag on your luggage. Wherever the image goes, there will be a means to identify you as the photographer and contact you if someone wants to buy, license, or otherwise use your photograph. Even if all you ever do is share your images with friends and family or make prints for yourself, it is good practice to attach this metadata to your image files.  In this tutorial, I ..read more
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Update
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by Greg Vaughn
1y ago
Latourell Falls in Guy Talbot State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon. The Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017 devastated much of the forest surrounding many of the waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Because of the fire most of the trails to these falls have been closed, but as of Spring 2021 many of the trails have been repaired and are open for hiking. I recently visited The Gorge to check on the forest recovery and the current conditions for photographing the most popular waterfalls. Here’s a recap on what I found: Latourell ..read more
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My Top Ten Photos of 2020
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by Greg Vaughn
2y ago
Bandon Beach sunset, southern Oregon coast. Wrapping up 2020, I think we can all agree that it has been a challenging year. With all of my photo workshops canceled and other plans for travel very much curtailed, I ended up making far fewer photographs than I have in the past several years. However, reviewing the year I realize how fortunate I am to have been able to get out more than most, wander among the wonders of nature, and indulge in my passion for making photographs. I hope you will enjoy viewing my favorite nature photos from the past twelve months. The image above of Bandon Beach is o ..read more
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Devils Tower National Monument
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by Greg Vaughn
2y ago
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming. President Theodore Roosevelt declared Devils Tower to be the first National Monument in the United States on September 24, 1906. Interestingly enough, this was ten years before the National Park Service was established. The 867-foot tall Devils Tower is composed of huge columns of an igneous rock called phonolite porphyry, in a formation known as columnar jointing. The columns are mostly hexagonal in cross-section and each is about six feet in diameter. The shapes are remarkably similar to the columns at Devils Postpile National Monument in California a ..read more
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Top Spots for Fall Color in Oregon
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by Greg Vaughn
2y ago
Mount Hood and Hood River Valley in Autumn. Autumn has long been the favorite season of many nature and landscape photographers. Changing weather and the brilliant colors of leaves provide great opportunities for getting out and capturing the beauty and magic of nature. Oregon might not have the extensive hardwood forests of the northeast USA or the Smoky Mountains but our native bigleaf maple, vine maple, dogwood, aspen, and cottonwood trees certainly put on a show. Based on my 30+ years of photographing the Pacific Northwest, here are what I consider to be the best spots for viewing and phot ..read more
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Wildflower Walk: Bead Lily
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by Greg Vaughn
2y ago
Bead Lily, Willamette National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Oregon. On a wildflower hike in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains last week I came across this lovely clump of Bead Lily next to the trail and under the canopy of a diverse old-growth forest. Like many wildflowers, this one is known by several names – bead lily, queen’s-cup, queen-cup, and bride’s-bonnet. Botanists call it Clintonia uniflora (at least for now – the botanical taxonomists like to switch up names once in a while). This was a new flower for me, so I turned to Daniel Mathew’s excellent book Natural History of the Pacific Northwest ..read more
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Windblown Poppies
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by Greg Vaughn
3y ago
Windblown poppies; Carrizo Plain National Monument, California.Several months ago I put together a very detailed plan for a month-long road trip to Baja California, Mexico that included stops on the return to some of southern California’s best wildflower locations. I avoided the madness of last year’s super bloom, but this year hoped to find some good photo ops and without the crowds. As the saying goes, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Half-way through my planned time in Baja, the threat of a closed border crossing, plus the necessity of closing down my wife’s business ..read more
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