Summer at Parker Brook

The cascading horsetail at Parker Brook Falls in Savoy, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
The cascading horsetail at Parker Brook Falls in Savoy, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

While it may be a bit lesser known than the Northern areas of New England, the Western Massachusetts landscape is full of some of the most rugged and pristine natural forest areas of the Northeast region of the United States.

This location fits the title of a hidden gem deep within the rural forests of Savoy Massachusetts. Nestled beside the better known Tannery Falls, this scene captures the upper horsetail of Parker Brook Falls while lined with moss and the lively greenery of the summer months. The flow and the vibrance of the scene demonstrate the rugged landscape of the area in pristine form.

Square #2 – Point Judith

Point Judith Light on a cold January evening. (Michael J. Clarke)
Point Judith Light on a cold January evening. (Michael J. Clarke)

Despite being the smallest state in the USA, Rhode Island is an awesome one and has plenty of landmarks that are interesting and absolutely worth checking out, and Point Judith is no exception. At the far edge of the picturesque coastal town lies Point Judith Light, and it was shining with glory on this cold and crisp January evening.

Sunset over Jost Van Dyke

Within my photographic adventuring, I photograph a lot of sunsets. They are the time of the day where the world is typically most vibrant, and I particularly love how their intensity grows rather than retracts as it does during sunrise.

Its a time of day that I try to stay keenly aware of, as they are something that take form with changing conditions and when the atmosphere aligns just right, they cast our landscapes in profoundly beautiful lighting conditions. The sunsets in the British Virgin Islands like this scene below rarely disappoint. They are a landscape that is particularly perfect for sunset conditions, as the remote islands and vast oceans add a lot of character to the stunning scenery. Jost Van Dyke, the little island off in the distance within this scene, was nested perfectly within this scene as a vibrant sunset cast its painterly warmth upon the island setting on this Caribbean evening.

A vibrant sunset over Jost Van Dyke seen from Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. (Michael J. Clarke)
A vibrant sunset over Jost Van Dyke seen from Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. (Michael J. Clarke)

Niagara Falls

The Horseshoe Falls section of the Niagara Falls waterfall trifecta is one of the pinnacle locations of the world for seeing water in motion. It’s a location so spectacular and mind-blowing that it becomes hard to comprehend when you start to consider the millions of cubic feet of water that pour over the falls every minute. The area that runs along the USA/Canada border stretches our imaginations of the natural world, and is a real treat to see and photograph.

The Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara Falls seen from Ontario, Canada. (Michael J. Clarke)
The Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara Falls seen from Ontario, Canada. (Michael J. Clarke)

As you can see, the falls look gorgeous from the Canadian side where they wrap with thundering curvature towards the United States. I was able to plan for nice evening light during my visit to the area and just tried to communicate the power, size, and scale of such an incredible amount of water thundering over falls at that very moment.

Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. (Michael J. Clarke)
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. (Michael J. Clarke)

I have sold several different viewpoints from this perspective as prints and really love the power and awe that they communicate. While I often take pride in finding the hidden gems within lesser known locations, Niagara is one of those spots that just screams to have its strength displayed in full-force.

The view of Horseshoe Falls at night from the Canadian side. (Michael J. Clarke)
The view of Horseshoe Falls at night from the Canadian side. (Michael J. Clarke)

After working the daytime views I stayed for the same vantage point in the darkness of night, and it brings some different character to the same powerful scene. All in all, Niagara is a place that strikes viewers with awe and is a marvelous feature of the planet to see, and to photograph.