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Country Barn and Goldenrod at Sunset

Country Barn and Goldenrod at Sunset

After finding this amazing field of Goldenrod on the north end of Jefferson Notch, I decided to return on several occasions at sunrise and sunset. Over the course of 4 days back and forth, I was treated with great light only once. Luckily this was on my fourth and last visit and I had already scouted out a few compositions. Of course the clouds and light never lined up that night in such a way that I was able to fully realize those previous comps. The good news was that I had begun to get into a rhythm with the location and when the magic happened I was able to quickly react and shoot a few comps that worked really well.

Thanks for having a look and best of light!

Joe Rossbach

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New “Photo of the Week” image is now live on the website!

Goldenrod and Mount Washington at Sunset

This week I choose an image from my latest trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, enjoy!

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Back Packing to the Summit of Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

This past week I sumitted Old Rag Mountain and spent the night up top with friend and fellow photographer Chris Kayler.  This is not the first time I have done this hike to the summit of Old Rag, but was in fact the first time for me to sleep on the summit. In fact, this hike is featured in my book 50 Amazing Things You Must See and Do in the Greater D.C. Area: The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Guide . In hopes of getting away from the record high temps and humidity crippling the DC area, we picked a day that forecasted a cold front moving in across the mountains in hopes of cooler temps in the mountains and the chance of thunderstorms at or near sunset.  

We started the hike in the afternoon and quickly realized just how hot and humid it still was!  With the temp hovering around 90 degrees and the humidity at 85%, we knew we were in for a long and hot haul up the trail!  As soon as I hoisted my 45 pound pack filled with camera gear, sleeping bag and pad, overnight food, rain gear and 5 liters of water for an overnight on a dry summit, we quickly hit the road on the 1/2 mile approach to the actual trailhead. By the time we arrived, I was already drenched in sweat and decided to take a did in the swimming hole along the river to cool off before tackling the upward climb towards the ridge and the approach to the summit proper.  

Chris Rock Hopping on the Ridge

After about 2 mile of an upward climb through the sweltering heat of the forest, we arrived at the summit ridge and were greeted with the most refreshing breeze sweeping from west to east across the ridge line. It was just what the doctor ordered! In contrast to the cooler temps and great vies now comes the most challenging section of the hike, a .9 mile summit approach across a boulder strewn ridge that involves constant rock hopping, over hand climbing, bouldering, chimneying and in a few spots crawling on your hands and knees through rock cuts and small caves. This is usually a pretty moderate climb with a day pack or just camera gear, but add-on an 45 pound overnight pack and it becomes strenuous and in some cases very difficult. Below are a few shots I snapped of our climb across the ridge towards the summit.  

Chris bouldering his way through the rocks

Chris in one of the small caves below the false summit

 We arrived on the summit of the mountain after a long and exhausting 2 hour climb across the ridge and were greeted with an afternoon thunderstorm raging across the mountains and huge thunder heads to the east. It rained but briefly over the summit followed by strong 30 to 40 mile an hour winds. We had some nice although brief light at sunset. I found a nice composition of a jumble of car sized boulders on the summit with dramatic sunset skies and painted light at sunset. After the light faded, we settled down into a rock depression of the summit for a quick diner of freeze-dried Chili Mac and then a long night under the stars. Myself or Chris did not get much sleep over night due to the constant battering of the wind sweeping across the summit. I awoke around 3am and spent the rest of the night until civil twilight watching shooting stars and the constellations track across the night sky. 

Boulders on the Summit at sunset

Moon set and summit rocks at Civil Twilight

Sunrise over the Appalachians from the summit

After a great sunrise session and feeling really exhausted from lack of sleep and a hard climb the day before, we settled back down at our camp for some calories and bit of caffeine before packing the gear and tackling the summit ridge back down into the woods. The temps were pleasant that morning and we arrived back to the trailhead parking a little before noon.  It was a great little adventure and yielded some new images for me! All in all, a great time in the back country of the mountains. 

Morning at camp on the summit of Old Rag


Lupine meadow at sunset, Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Hinterlands Explosion

I found this wonderful meadow of blooming Lupine up Gothic road north of the quirky ski town of Mount Crested Butte. The monsoon was a little weak on this afternoon, but the clouds happened to hang around until sunset providing me with some great shapes and nice color. I used an ultra wide-angle lens getting in close to the most profuse blooms and framed in the spectacular sky waiting until the color in the clouds reached its peak before tripping the shutter.

See more of my Colorado images in the Mountain Magic gallery on my website.


Print of the Month: Fire and Ice, Indian Peakes Wilderness, Colorado

Fire and Ice

For the month of July, I am releasing a 12×18″ Fine Art Print of “Fire and Ice” printed on Fujichrome Super Gloss at a discounted price of $100.00. I made this image in the high country of the Indian Peaks Wilderness at Blue Lakes under the Continental Divide. The hike up was tough and I encountered down pours, sleet and sub freezing temps in order to be on location for the sweet light.

SuperGloss uses a unique polyester base that give it an incredible gloss and creates a depth and dimensionality that has to be seen to be believed. This depth helps SuperGloss prints reflect more light which makes them more brilliant than other papers, and the colors are deeper and richer than even Pearl or Metallic papers. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks to receive your signed print via Fed Ex.

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Waterfall in Porphyry Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado


always a good day when you almost flip in your friends FJ of the side of a small shelf road, get stuck and have to wait countless hours for a tow to show up and barley pull the thing back from the edge of disaster. just another day in the life of a nature photog…..great light that night made it all seem worth it.

Porphyry Basin Falls at sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado.

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Notes from the field: Shrine Pass Sunset

You can now read my latest instalment of Notes from the field on my website!

 Click here to read more and view images from last nights sunset on Shrine Pass!


Sunset in mather Gorge from the Fishermans Eddy, Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Rapids in Mather Gorge from Fishermans Eddy, Great Falls, VA

Rapids in Mather Gorge from Fishermans Eddy, Great Falls, VA


Great Sand Dunes Sunset

Still going through images from the Colorado trip and processing the best of the best. Here is one from Great Sand Dunes National Park. I climbed the dune field to the top to be in position when the magic happened. The sunset was simply incredible!

Dune Flow at Sunset

Dune Flow at Sunset


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Mirror on the Atlantic

Mirror on the Atlantic

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Sunset along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May, New Jersey. After the storms rolled through, I was rewarded with an amazing display of light along the beach just north of Cape May. I used a 3 stop graduated (hard) ND filter to hold back the exposure in the sky. I waited until after a wave came up and washed back which created a mirror reflection in the wet sand. Nature simply is mazing!