Just wanted to post a quick message to alert readers to my most recent accomplishment. My image, “Summer’s Flow” has received the prestigious Editor’s Pick award within the Landscape Gallery at Naturescapes.net. If you haven’t checked out Naturescapes.net, I urge you to do so. The forums contained on this website are alive and vibrant with many helpful and skilled photographers. It is truly a helpful community to be a part of. For those of you that haven’t seen it, here is the winning image.

Hello world! I’ve been busy photographing quite often this summer in Great Falls National Park, Virginia. This image was taken from the Virginia side, and depicts a seemingly contemplative bird pondering who-knows-what! He stood in this location for about an hour, but only a few images made the cut that had the right light, head position, and good water flow. The rest … ruthlessly deleted!

Finally! I have obtained an image of my favorite local forest, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. Long time reader’s of this blog may be shaking their head and thinking, “Finally! Chris Kayler decided to make a post again.” Yes, I have been absent for what seems like ages, and before that, not really posting much. Well, guys, after a pretty long hiatus from photography, I think I am finally feeling dat mojo again. I have big plans this year. Onto the good stuff …

This image is from deep within Kanarra Canyon in a rarely visited section of Zion National Park. With snow on the ground as we hiked in, it was definitely a chilly experience. Needless to say, my two pairs of wool socks layered with synthetic socks and Gore-Tex waterproof socks did not keep me completely warm. That’s okay, as being able to visit waterfalls and beautiful streams running through a deep slot canyon was completely worth any discomfort! In this photograph, I particularly like the the small Box Alder backlit by intense canyon glow, and of course, the two tier waterfall.

This image is from a pleasant morning spent at Connery Pond in the High Peaks of Upstate New York. The conditions were absolutely perfect with rising fog, pink clouds, and no wind. If you have never visited the High Peaks, I highly recommend it. The sheer size of the mountains there, combined with the intimacy of the small ponds and quiet forests really make for a unique experience, and the hiking, while very strenuous, is very rewarding!

Sorry for the lack of posts, my blog was experiencing some technical difficulties. After a few calls to my GoDaddy, the issue has finally been resolved. I’m glad, because after my trip to the northeast, southeast and the desert southwest, I have many new images to show!

Coming back to you, with a new blog design, here is an image from a short trip I took to the southern Appalachians. I visited parts of the Tennessee/North Carolina border, as well as areas further south in NC. Overall, the area is just amazing, and I am looking forward to a trip back down there, perhaps in autumn. This particular image is of a Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense) just days after shedding its beautiful pink petals. 

While in the Adirondacks, I spent one night atop Indian Head overlooking the upper and lower Ausable Lakes. Inspired by what was probably the most amazing view and campsite I’ve ever had, with stars stretching far across the inky sky, high peaks towering 2,000 feet above to my left and right, and the Ausable Lakes 1,000 feet below, I stayed up late taking exposures of the stars fading into the horizon. This particular image was a 30 minute long exposure.

Autumn is here, and I’ve been keeping myself quite busy so far. I’ve just returned two week trip to the high peaks of the Adirondacks and the northern half of Vermont. This particular image was taken in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, on a sunny, yet foggy day. As the sun began to break behind me, the diffused light shown upon the foliage and trunks, while the dissipating fog picked up the rich blue color of the sky. 

Another image from the hard-to-get-to Pendleton Run in Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. In this image, I really liked the way the water fanned out into the foreground.