HORSESHOE BEND 3 © 2013
Arizona

There is an amazing view of the Colorado River wrapping itself around Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon that I was eager to capture. This geological masterpiece is an example of what happens when water follows the path of least resistance. As I worked on getting the best angle, Niki was a nervous wreck. The problem was that in order to get the whole river at the bottom of the canyon in the photograph, I had to get to the edge. As I inched closer and closer to the edge of the cliff, Niki started yelling at me, saying, “No photograph is worth your life!” It wasn’t easy, but it sure was beautiful. This photograph is printed on a large format Epson printer using genuine Epson ink and archival Harman Hahnemuhle paper. Each photograph is digitally signed, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. This is a limited edition series and each photograph is numbered.

GRAND CANYON MOONRISE 2 © 2011
Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park is such a fantastic place! Throughout the day, shadows crawl across the canyon, creating a multitude of different images. A person could spend an entire life photographing nothing but the canyon and never shoot the same scene. Niki and I arrived at the park in January for a week of photography, hoping to find at least a dusting of snow; alas, there was none. We hiked the south rim and enjoyed ourselves tremendously despite the frigid temperatures. On this particular day, we were surprised by a full moon rising over the canyon’s edge. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

GLACIER POINT HALF DOME © 2009
Yosemite National Park, CA

As Niki and I sat at Glacier Point in Yosemite, waiting for the fog to lift off Half Dome, we reminisced about our youthful adventures in Yosemite. This sacred place is where I asked Niki to marry me, and now, more than 50 years later, the magnificence of Yosemite still keeps us in awe. There is something reassuring about the enduring beauty of natural places. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

BRISTLECONE PINE 2 © 2011
White Mountains, CA

I photographed the Bristlecone Pines in January and when we finally reached the altitude of 10,000+ I was surprised to find there was no snow in the White Mountains. Although this wasn’t good news for California’s drought, it was good news to me. The lack of snow made photographing the pines easier and a lot more fun. For a long time I had wanted to photograph the pines, so it was a pure joy to capture images of these magnificent pieces of natural sculpture. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

WHILDEN’S POND 4 © 2002
Big Cypress Gallery

We constructed our home behind the gallery near a serene pond teeming with birds. This pond is affectionately called Whilden’s Pond in honor of Leon Whilden, the land’s previous owner. Throughout the winter season, an abundance of birds flock to the pond, creating a spectacle akin to having the Discovery Channel right outside our cottage window. Capturing these avian wonders with a large-format camera requires precise exposure settings, which can be challenging. To overcome this, I strategically positioned Niki’s Pentax 6” x 7″ camera, equipped with a 1200mm lens, so I could conveniently photograph them by simply opening a window. My favorite approach to bird photography involves sitting in the comfort of our air-conditioned sunroom, allowing me to enjoy this hobby to the fullest. The Great Egret The great egret stands in stark contrast to most of its wetland habitat with its jet-black legs, keen yellow eyes, regal pose, and suit of brilliant white feathers. There are 17 wading bird species in the Everglades, and each has a unique method of capturing food. A great egret stands still atop a branch or walks stealthily through shallow waters searching for fish, frogs, freshwater eels, and even young snakes and alligators. When it finds its prey, the egret delivers a deadly jab with its dagger-like bill. When surrounding wet prairies have dried up, and fish have retreated to the only remaining water holes, ponds such as this become opportune vistas for observing wildlife and their distinctive behavioral patterns. Whilden’s Pond 4 was taken with a Pentax 6×7 camera on Ilford XP2 film. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Camera settings f/22 | 1200mm Takumar lens| 1/4 second Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

WHILDEN’S POND 1 © 2002
Big Cypress Gallery

We named our backyard pond Whilden’s Pond in honor of the man who owned the property before us, Leon Whilden. He was a hermit who lived in Big Cypress and turned the property into an orchid and exotic plant nursery. During the winter, so many birds spend time in our pond that it’s like having the Discovery Channel right outside the swamp cottage window! Watching all of the birds made me long to photograph them; however, capturing them with a large format camera is nearly impossible because of the slow shutter speeds. Generally, animals don’t wait around to have their photo taken. I resolved my dilemma by using Niki’s 6×7 Pentax camera with a 1200mm lens. I was working downstairs when I looked outside and saw a beautiful egret standing majestically on a log in our pond. I ran upstairs to where I had Niki’s camera all set up and waiting, then very slowly opened the window so I wouldn’t scare the bird, and took the photograph. So, I tell folks that my bird photography is done in the comfort of my own air-conditioned home…I just open the window and take the photograph! This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

THREE SISTERS SPRING © 1995
Crystal River, FL

When I visited Three Sisters Springs, it was privately owned and used only for family picnics. I was fortunate to photograph it in the solitary, wild, and natural way it originally had been intended. Since then, the state acquired the springs and opened them to the public. In the winter, people flock to see the manatees who congregate in large numbers as they seek the warmer water temperatures of the springs. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

ST. VINCENT ISLAND DRIFTWOOD © 2005
Florida Panhandle

While working on the PBS documentary about the Apalachicola River with Elam Stoltzfus and the Live Oak Production Group, I took a break to explore some offshore islands, including St. Vincent Island, a National Wildlife Refuge. This undeveloped island is a wonder to visit. Although I only had a few days to photograph, I could have stayed much longer. I found this beautiful piece of driftwood. With all of its textures, I couldn’t resist photographing the beauty of it. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

SHELL KEY 3 © 2001
Florida Bay

When I saw this mangrove sitting all alone surrounded by crystal clear water, the simplicity of the image attracted me to the scene. The transparency of the water accentuates the importance of clean water to the Florida Keys. We have a beautiful heritage in the water surrounding the Florida Keys, let’s keep it that way for future generations. Origin of the Florida Keys Off the southeast coast of Peninsular Florida, there are over 800 small charted islands whose origins are in the sea itself and the life it supports! Ancient sand shoals on the bottom of the ocean floor were believed to have created the shallow warm water conditions conducive to the growth of abundant corals and other calcium carbonate-forming sea inhabitants. Coral developed into dense reefs, like thick thriving underwater forests reaching from 10–18 feet in height. Over thousands of years, other marine organisms contributed to the seafloor as their skeletal remains and organic secretions accumulated. As sea level slowly receded during the last ice age, both coral and accumulated marine sediments became exposed and formed the Florida Keys. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.

MYAKKA FLOWERS © 2014
Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

During the spring, flowers fill Myakka State Park. As I walked along the trails lined with flowers I felt like I was on my way to heaven. I had always wanted to photograph this period of time in Myakka, but my schedule didn’t coordinate with my desire. Finally, I got the chance and grabbed it. I had a great time taking many photographs of the fields filled with flowers. This photograph is printed on a large format Epson printer using genuine Epson ink and archival Harman Hahnemuhle paper. Each photograph is digitally signed, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. This is a limited edition series and each photograph is numbered.