Road Trip 2005

By August 2, 2005December 12th, 2023Photography

Just returned from a three week road trip. It was amazing. We had lots of fun and shot thousands of photos. It will take several weeks before I get the images organized and available online, so for now some summary statistics of the trip will have to suffice:

  • 21 days
  • 4500 miles with lots of hikes and mountain biking.
  • 5700 photos occupying 130 gigabytes
  • 7 National Parks and Monuments: Zion, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Olympic, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens, Crater Lake.
  • 7 States: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California.
  • 3 Aquariums (Seattle, Steinhart, Monterey Bay)
  • 13 Geysers including Old Faithful, Riverside, Daisy, Grand, White Dome, Pink Cone, Castle, Great Fountain, Grotto, Echinus, Anemone and Lion geysers.
  • 17 Waterfalls including Upper and Lower Yellowstone, Gibbon, Lewis, Moose, Kepler, Firehole, Virginia Cascade, Undine, Rustic, Sol Duc, Marymere, Myrtle, Christine and Narada Falls.
  • Many wild animals including gray wolf, moose, grizzly bear, black bear and cinnamon-colored black bear, elk, bison, coyote, golden and bald eagle, osprey, blacktail and whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, marmot, chipmunk, squirrels, banana slug, wild turkey, long-tailed weasel, rabbits and some rabbit-like thing known as a pika.
  • Endless displays of wildflowers in Grand Teton and Mt. Rainier.
  • Several volcanoes: Rainier, Hood, Adams, St. Helens, Shasta, Crater Lake. Even saw St. Helens letting off some steam.
  • Too many rivers and streams to count.
  • One full moon rising behind the Space Needle in Seattle.

The office hangover when we returned is considerable:

  • 30+ as-yet-unanswered phone messages.
  • 1800 emails after filtering out the obvious spam.
  • 5-inch high pile of mail, after tossing the junk.

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!