Resorting To Luxury | The Four Seasons of Fine Art

The Four Seasons | Individual Seasonal Fine Art Photography

Those of us fortunate enough to live in, or to travel to various parts of the world with distinct seasonal change, may have a greater appreciation of the natural beauty of the individual seasons. As a nature photographer, I have grown to appreciate the gifts of each season, from the falling snow of winter, to the budding blooms of spring, the alpine meadows of summer and the grand finale that autumn brings. Recently, I have even started returning to locations to photograph them in the same ways, yet months apart.

A photograph of a long tree lined driveway covered in snow.

The quiet of a cold winters day near Snoqualmie, Washington. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

A photograph of a long driveway surrounded by trees in the spring with a thick blanket of fog.

Fresh green leaves and thick morning fog create dynamic contrasts in this calming scene near Snoqualmie, Washington. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

A photo of a long tree tunnel with red autumn leaves located in North Bend, Washington.

A long tree lined driveway boasting fiery reds of autumn welcomes visitors in the town of North Bend, Washington. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

The Beautiful Cold of Winter

Winter is the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate zones; it does not occur in most of the tropical zone. It occurs after autumn and before spring in each year. Winter is caused by the axis of the Earth in that hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures.

Winter nature photography is oftentimes a challenge due to a combination of factors including lack of quality light, travel restrictions, the short hours of daylight and the hazards of snow and ice. With these challenges comes the opportunity for unique imagery and well as low competition between photographers. While everyone else is home snuggling up in front of the fire, the most dedicated nature photographers gear up with micro spikes and down coats to brave the winter weather.

The Cabin In The Woods

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Due to its elevation, Snoqualmie Pass experiences significantly lower temperatures than Seattle, and receives much more precipitation, much of it being snow. Snoqualmie Pass has a humid continental climate (Koppen: Dfb) with cold, very wet and snowy winters, and mild to warm, relatively dry summers.


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A forest of tree trunks with green leaves covered in snow on a foggy day.

Winters grip shrouded by thick fog creates a beautiful mood inside Lake Wenatchee State Park in Washington State. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

The Promise of Spring

Spring, also known as springtime, is one of the four temperate seasons, succeeding winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring (or vernal) equinox, days and nights are approximately twelve hours long, with daytime length increasing and nighttime length decreasing as the season progresses.

Spring is a season of renewal, change and of hope. Combined with the beauty of colorful flowers and the fresh greens of new growth, the lengthening days and the warm spring rains usher in new opportunities and new life. For photographers who have just spent the past few months mostly indoors, the beginning of spring also brings excitement for new adventures and new stories to tell through the lenses of our cameras.

Check The Vibe

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - a beautiful field of lupine grows along a river inside Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming.

Green Lantern

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage.

A grove of redwood trees in the fog and flowers inside Damnation Creek in California.

The wonderful mystery and mood of the coastal Redwoods in the state of California. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Summer on My Mind

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling after spring and before autumn. At or around the summer solstice (about 3 days before Midsummer Day), the earliest sunrise and latest sunset occurs, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition, and culture.

By the time summer rolls around life is in full swing. Children finish the school year and people around the world travel in abundance. For nature photographers, summer is the time of the year to get up in the mountains to enjoy alpine meadows, combined with snow covered peaks, all while basking in the warm sun...and the swarms of angry mosquitoes. :) While the sheer number of people you encounter in the summer can be frustrating for a nature photographer, the opportunities are also endless, without restrictive weather patterns or seasonal closures.

On Earth, As It Is In Heaven

Fine Art Limited Edition of 100 - A beautiful lenticular cloud forms above the majestic slopes of Mt Rainier in Washington State, offering a show for the fields of wildflowers below.

A brand new release in September 2020, this piece is already 20% sold out quickly accelerating to being one of my recent best sellers.

Eternal Beauty

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - This piece is now 90% Sold Out with less than 5 pieces remaining out of the edition of 50. Once sold, this will never be sold again as a fine art print.

Let There Be Light

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - This piece is currently over 60% Sold Out.

Fall Breeze & Autumn Leaves

Autumn, also known as Fall in American English, is one of the four temperate seasons. Outside the tropics, autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere), when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools considerably.

For many landscape and nature photographers, autumn is a clear favorite out of all the seasons. I personally enjoy fall so much that I would be just fine with an eternal fall. The beautiful colors, cool breeze, morning fog and crisp fresh air have always made up my fondest memories. While the end of autumn ushers in the dark days of winter, I wait for the first signs of autumn each year with anticipation and the excitement of a child.

A photograph of white aspen trees in fog with red ground foliage located near Leavenworth Washington.

Stark white aspen trees blanketed by fog and contrasted by autumn undergrowth in this small aspen grove near Leavenworth, Washington. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

The Wash

Fine Art Limited Edition of 50 - Water from the Wenatchee River and its tributaries has been diverted for irrigation since 1891, mainly for orchards.

A photograph of five short aspen trees with yellow and green leaves.

A small patch of aspen trees displaying beautiful autumn foliage with red undergrowth located near Tumwater Canyon in Leavenworth, Washington. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

A Japanese maple tree displaying beautiful fall color stretches its branches inside the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon.

A legendary Japanese maple at the height of its autumn spendor sits on a hillside inside the Japanese garden in Portland, Oregon. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

A look up at a canopy of aspen trees against a blue sky with yellow autumn leaves.

A vertical look into the canopy of a small aspen grove near Leavenworth, Washington. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

To Everything There Is A Season

The world we live in is full of natural beauty and wonder. Life, by nature is never-ending change. My philosophy in life is the same as in nature, to take it as it comes, enjoy it while it is here and appreciate it even after it is gone. For those of us living in 2021, as a planet, we are collectively looking for change. For new promises and the warmth of the summer sun on our faces. One again, hope has returned in the hearts of many.

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