"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

Thank you for taking time to visit my website.

I was born in Los Angeles in 1951 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I received a B.S. degree in Botany from Cal State Stanislaus and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from WSU. I worked for the WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington state for 30 years and retired in 2008. I began taking photographs on backpacking trips in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid 1960's, and since then a camera has been with me on all of my hikes and backpacking trips, and most of the climbing trips. Up until 2002 I used a 35mm Nikon film camera, switching over to digital photography at that time. Never having had formal training in photography, I have continued to learn the practical and aesthetic aspects that I need by trial and error, reading, and maintaining membership in two international online photographic forums. My wife Margareta and I live in Leavenworth, Washington, a place that we consider ideal for lovers of nature and outdoor activities. When I'm not taking pictures I like to hike, backpack, garden and climb a few pitches with my friends. In winter when it's too cold to ski, I'll cruise the banks of our creeks and rivers pre-dawn, looking for interesting ice formations to photograph. My artistic influences include my mother Jean Elaine Kysar-Dilley, Ansel Adams, Marc Adamus, Tony Kuyper, Mark Metternich and the music of Beethoven.

I am a photographer to record the beauty of Nature and interpret my feelings about it. This is what I attempt to achieve in my images: not merely to depict but to illuminate. As a hiker, backpacker and climber for nearly 40 years, my experiences in the natural world have been my primary artistic influence. If I could not travel in wilderness, I would not photograph; if I could not photograph, I would still travel in wilderness. My challenge as a photographer/artist is to record as precise and accurate an image in the field as possible and then imbue that "raw" camera image with my personal impressions back in the studio. To give my images the emotional impact that I seek, each promising shot is subjected to the tool of the serious photographer - camera image software - to achieve my previsualized goal. With the exception of sensor dust, noise removal and some minor cloning, my adjustments are limited to luminosity, contrast and color.

The sub ranges of the Cascade Mountains where I like to day hike, back pack and climb are old friends to me and for the most part I could leave the maps at home if I wished. Like walking through your own flower garden in the evening, there is always something new to see, and a new way to see it.

Equipment and technique: Most of the images were shot with a 21 mega pixel Canon 5D MarkII equipped with various lenses. A tripod was used on all the shots and I employed exposure-bracket blending on many images, and multiple-focus blends with many of the close-up shots. Additionally, some images combined exposure blending with panned overlapping exposures that were seamlessly integrated in Adobe Photoshop. For example, Island Lake, the Winds is a four-image panorama: after removal of overlapping areas and perimeter cropping, the completed image has approximately 47 million pixels.

Take a moment and visit my image galleries... and keep in mind that any image you see on this website can be made into a standard photographic print, canvas wrap or metal print.

Below are links to some excellent forums, photo websites and galleries. I became acquainted with the work of the photographers through the forums Nature Photographers Network and photo.net and WhyTake.net. They are among the finest artists known to me.


My cousin Gene Cooper crafts world class surfboards. Check out his Cooperfish Surfboards website.