A whirlwind tour would best describe my recent trip to lead a photo tour in the Pacific Northwest with friend and fellow landscape photographer, Alex Mody. Before we hit Oregon, we need to rewind a week to the opposite side of the country, St. Augustine, Florida. The two locations couldn’t be any more different than one another. I started off in St. Augustine leading a small group workshop at the Alligator Farm photographing the many species of birds that nest in the swamp from late winter through early summer. After four days of photographing wildlife, I gave a Keynote Presentation for the third annual Florida Birding & Photo Fest to a group of incredibly nice and welcoming photographers. That night I rushed back to Jacksonville by midnight just in time to catch a few hours of sleep before having to be at the airport for a 6am flight to Portland. The flight went as planned and I landed in Portland with only two hours to spare before meeting my workshop group in Hood River. I was exhausted, but ready for 8 days of exploration and teaching in the Gorge and Olympic National Park. We kicked off a great tour with some very sweet light over Dalles Mountain Ranch. The wildflowers were less than amazing this year, but we did find some nestled amongst this old abandoned and rotting car at sunset.
Joseph Rossback has been photographing the landscape for over fifteen years. Joe’s photographs and articles have appeared in books, calendars and magazines including Outdoor Photographer, The Nature Conservancy, Digital Photo, Photo Techniques, Popular Photography, Blue Ridge Country, Mountain Connections and many more. Please click here to view Joseph’s website.