The Rugged West

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If this doesn’t qualify as the, “rugged west”, I don’t know what does! Can you imagine trying to figure a way to drive your Conestoga Wagon to the other side? There is barely a place in this image that doesn’t look dangerous.

This is, of course, the view across the Grand Canyon, looking southeast from the North Rim towards the San Francisco Peaks on the horizon. I was captivated by the sheer ruggedness of this late afternoon scene. It looks like you could scrape yourself by simply touching the photograph.

We’re working on an Arizona/Utah adventure for next year where every day there are limitless possibilities for incredible photographs of the southwest!

All Photographs © 2018 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Purple Mountains Majesty


Purple mountains majesty indeed! In the far distance, Denali finally makes an appearance after many days behind storm clouds! They say that only about half of the visitors to the national park ever get to see it. We always feel privileged when the Great One shows its face.

We had a great time on our Alaska Northern Lights Image-Adventure. We hope you can join us on our next one!

(Don’t worry! We will share some of our Aurora images at a later date. We’ve been so busy that we haven’t had time to process many images.) – jg

Alaska: Coastal Brown Bears

Coastal Browns

This yearling brown bear cub warily watches us as its mother pays no attention. The three to four hundred pound sow in the background is concentrating on digging up clams buried in the tidal flats along the coast of Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Although the cub is naturally both suspicious and inquisitive, the bears in this area neither associate humans with food nor consider us a danger. We’re just a part of the landscape as long as we respect their space and not act in a way that alarms them.

In case you are wondering, this image was taken with a long telephoto lens. We are nowhere as near as this image implies. And that’s the way we like it, both us and the bears!

All Photographs © 2018 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.