Brett had traveled endlessly for months before he arrived at this magical lake on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe on a summer evening. Here he found peace and for the first moment in some time was able to reflect on his journey that brought him here. He had explored 25 states, driven 14,000 miles, and hiked endless trails in search of natural beauty and perfect light. It was this calm… found right here… at this moment… that he had been looking for. It reminded him of what summer felt like as a child. There was an innocence about this place. As if time, although fleeting, seemed to stand still.
Volcanic Coast was captured on the rugged coast of Northern California in the late evening one autumn night. As the sun fell below the horizon the smoke from nearby forest fires glowed with awesome intensity. Brett had scouted the location days before capturing Volcanic Coast. Situated on a remote beach on the coast of Northern California, this oceanscape features a fresh water lagoon remarkably close to the Pacific Ocean. This unusual beach, littered with large driftwood and smooth rocks, is part of the California State protected coastline which has protected this unique landscape and will continue to protect it for generations to come.
As the sun set upon Monument Valley, a special land to the Navajo people in southern Utah, Brett wanted to capture the simplicity of this vast and amazing landscape. He first saw Monument Valley as a young child and had come back several times to experience this peaceful place. Although the nearby town had changed considerably and it has begun to turn into a tourist attraction, Monument Valley is still a place where if you venture off the beaten path there are new landscapes to discover in every direction.
Early mornings are Brett’s favorite time to photograph and Alpenglow shows why that is. “The light is simply magical before sunrise” explains Brett. “I remember framing this shot and watching the rock catch fire with light. It was a wonderful experience to witness the landscape wake up like that.” The bare rock illuminated by the rising sun is a perfect contrast to the lush valley below.