Spring – The Changing Wind

The Divide

The Divide

Flowering plants and trees were already past peek before April even begun, which is very unusual, but when is weather ever usual?  The arrival of warmer temperatures in the month of March has set spring into action a few weeks early. I saw birds building their nests in February when we should have been shoveling 20″ of snow, but I am looking forward to the warmer weather and the vibrant colors of nature during the summer months. How about you?

Happy Easter Weekend!

Photo of The Day: 11.3.2011 – Chasing Waterfalls

I headed out with a friend of mine and fellow photographer to capture some scenic waterfalls among the changing colors in Autumn.  We didn’t have to drive that far to find some interesting areas to photograph. We spent a solid 5hours hiking around and walked away with some neat photos.  Here is one of my favorite ones of the day.

Fall back, Spring into Action!

A strong front has just passed allowing cold Canadian air to rush into our region. Temps will go down int the low 40’s tonight for the first time in a long time.  It has reminded me of a trip I take every year to document the changing of colors in New England.  It has got me pretty pumped because as a landscape and nature photographer I have weeks of amazing photo ops ahead of me. If you are a hardcore outdoor photographer like me, you can chase the colors for over a month, or even two! 

Here are some recent photographs I have taken in Vermont during peak conditions the last 2 years.

Morning Fog in North Dorset, VT.

Mountain Waterfall. Central Vermont

Green Mountains , Vermont

Arlington, VT

Shark Fin Pond, VT

Vermont Birch Tree – Green Mountains, VT

Moss Glen Falls, VT

Manchester, VT

Final Light – Manchester, VT

To view more of my American Landscapes visit me at    www.jeffberkesphotography.com

Haleakala: House of the Sun

 Haleakala sits quitely on the Hawiian Island of Maui. The summit of Haleakala rises to 10,023ft and it is the highest point on Maui. If you were to  measure Haleakala from it’s base at the bottom of the ocean floor,  it measures an incredible 25,000+ feet.  Area: Haleakala Crater measures 19 sq. miles and is over 3,000 feet deep. Many trails lead into the crater and there is also back-country camping inside the crater. (Make reservations 1 year in advance!)

The view into the crater is spectacular from either summit overlook. The best way to explore the crater is to get right in the middle of it.

As whaling began to die in Lahaina in the mid 1860’s, a new industry arose to take its place – sugar. This island once thrived off of sugar, now where plantation camps stood, and families once carved out their lifestyle, modern subdivisions now stand. It’s a shame to see building blocks of the past crumble in the wind.

Shenandoah: Land of Change

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Shenandoah National Park

I have been traveling to the mountains of Shenandoah National Park  for over 10 years now ang each time I go to the park it has something new to offer me.  Beauty seems to peak out of every crack in the ground and through every gap in the trees and all  in ways of which you have never seem. The colors in Big Meadows this particular morning  have never appeared so vibrant and alive.  I spent just over 24hours in the park and captures over 1,000 frames… more to come soon…….

This image was taken during sunrise October 25th, 2009