David Anderson Ward: Blog https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog en-us (C) David Anderson Ward (David Anderson Ward) Tue, 27 Sep 2022 22:55:00 GMT Tue, 27 Sep 2022 22:55:00 GMT https://www.davidandersonward.com/img/s/v-12/u605261253-o899858902-50.jpg David Anderson Ward: Blog https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog 91 120 Multnomah Falls https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/9/multnomah-falls Multnomah FallsMultnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls - In the Columbia River Gorge in NW Oregon.

30" x 20" HD Matte Metal for $385.00

The Columbia  River divides northern Oregon and southern Washington State in the western 300 miles of their shared border. On the Oregon side there are several waterfalls, the Vista House, and Mt. Hood is just a few miles south. It's absolutely beautiful.

The most famous and dramatic waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge is Multnomah Falls. It is the tallest waterfall in Oregon at 620' tall, cascading over 2 basalt cliffs. The 1914 Benson Bridge - built by Italian Stone Masons and still looks and functions very well - is visible in this image - with no people on it!

But getting a photo with no one on Benson Bridge is not easy since 2 million people a year visit this national monument! I knew it gets really busy, especially in summer; so I got there by 6:30 and I was the first one in the parking lot! A few more cars came in but I was able to set up my tripod at the base of the falls and was able to shoot this waterfall the way I wanted to. No one went up the trail until I was done. Very cool.

I had seen Multnomah Falls in 2010 and was smitten. But all I had back then was a Point-&-Shoot camera - today's cell phones blow away P&S cameras - and ever since I've wanted to shoot this again with a full frame camera. I got my chance last June. Seeing and photographing Multnomah Falls properly was a major goal of that trip - along with getting to the Hood Canal for my 3 day Bald Eagle workshop.

The park service has created a trail up to the top of Multnomah Falls where they put a platform to view the falls dropping down 620'! It's a 785' elevation gain with 11 switchbacks over a bit more than a mile long. Along the way, there are various views of the waterfall, great views of the Columbia River, and many flowers and plants I've never seen before, certainly not back in NJ.

Some of my favorite images from this trip were made in the Multnomah Falls National Monument.

There will soon be a gallery on this website about Multnomah Falls and any image in this gallery, every gallery, would make stunning wall art on HD Matte Metal.

This image has been made into 3 HD Matte Metals - one hangs in a home in WA, one hangs in our home, and one is used in my solo exhibits.

Of course, this is available in other sizes, like 15" x 10", or 45" x 30" or even 60" x 40" which would be spectacular and will soon be hanging in a office building's two story lobby in Somerville.

How can we help you?





(David Anderson Ward) 1914 Benson Bridge Columbia River Gorge Multnomah Falls National Monument https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/9/multnomah-falls Tue, 27 Sep 2022 22:50:27 GMT
Iris 'Lone Wolf' https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/9/iris-lone-wolf 6-6-20 @ 7 48 34 PM - Iris 'Lone Wolf' - Schreiner - 20196-6-20 @ 7 48 34 PM - Iris 'Lone Wolf' - Schreiner - 2019 2022-9-16 - UCP - Best of Week - Iris 'Lone Wolf'2022-9-16 - UCP - Best of Week - Iris 'Lone Wolf'

Iris 'Lone Wolf' - Iris x germanica

21" x 21" HD Matte Metal for $362.00

This beautiful bearded Iris is one of hundreds on display every year in late May and early June at Presby Gardens in Montclair. www.presbyirisgardens.org. Located at the base of the 7 1/2 acre Mountainside Park in Montclair, the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens contain over 14,000 Irises of approximately 3,000 varieties, and produce over 100,000 blooms over the course of the season, which is typically mid-May through the first week of June.

I usually visit in the first week of June when the Peony bushes in front of the house are in bloom, too; and I try for an overcast day to eliminate harsh shadows in my photographs.

I also have a Gallery on this website with over 100 images of the many varieties there. www.davidandersonward.com/presby_gardens

If you even think you like Irises, Presby Gardens has to be seen in person. It's not flashy from the stree where you can park, but once in the garden you realize just how incredible all these varieties are - and some were introduced 50-100 years ago and are still thriving.

And their Tree Peonies are amazing, too - and they are usually in bloom in early June.

Tree Peony doesn't mean they are trees. They just have woody stems and don't die back to the soil every year like herbaceous Peony do and are about 3' to 4' tall. They are in a planting in front of the house and some others are out by the sign.

It's worth the drive there to see this small park - one of the largest display of Iris anywhere in the world - and it's right here in New Jersey.

This 'Lone Wolf' variety was introduced in 2019 by Schreiner's and grows abundant blooms 37" tall with lavender standards, velvety purple falls, with lavender veining around the beards and a lighter purple border on the falls. It's absolutely stunning to see this Iris in person and the HD Matte Metal presents this amazingly well.

If you like lavender and dark purple, this would be a stunning piece for your home or office.

Any of the images in my Presby Gardens Gallery are also available as HD Matte Metal.

How can we help? Contact me for sizes and prices!  908-240-7484



(David Anderson Ward) Metal Flowers HD Matte Metal Iris Lone Wolf Montclair NJ Peony Presby Gardens Schreiners https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/9/iris-lone-wolf Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:36:59 GMT
Monarch on Aster https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/7/monarch-on-aster Monarch Butterfly on New York AsterMonarch Butterfly on New York Aster

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Monarch on Aster

Danaus plexippus on an Aster amellus

25" x 22.5" HD Matte Metal for $485.00

I've hiked into the beautiful Lord Stirling Stables in Warren, NJ five different times - all with a group led by Benjamin Barkley of the Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center.

While Lord Stirling Stables IS a Somerset County Park, it is closed to the general public due to safety concerns. Only groups with special permission are allowed into this park because having random people on the trails could spook an unsuspecting horse and throw the rider, a situation no one wants.

The SCPC EEC does several 'walks' a year in this park and they sell out very quickly. One has to be a Somerset County resident to apply, too. Seeing this park in different seasons has been very special and stunning.

On October, 15, 2021 I hiked into this park with the EEC and amongst all the forest and meadows I found this Monarch Butterfly hovering about. When it landed on the Aster I was ready. The soft yellow in the background is Goldenrod in full bloom. It was a beautiful fall day and the Goldenrod in full bloom was amazing to see.

This is on display as a 25" x 22.5" HD Matte Metal.

It, like every other piece on display, would look great in any home or office.

But if this size is not what you're looking for, it is available in other sizes as long as the height to width (aspect) ratio stays the same. IE:

10" x 9", or 15" x 13.5", or 35" x 31.5", or even 40" x 36"!

And yes, we can create these in fractional dimensions - my lab can & will cut the Chromaluxe aluminum any size desired for your special place.

How can I help you?



(David Anderson Ward) Aster Lord Stirling Stables Monarch Monarch Butterfly Monarch on Aster New York Aster https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/7/monarch-on-aster Tue, 05 Jul 2022 23:16:13 GMT
Magnolia & Virginia Spring Beauty https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/magnolia-virginia-spring-beauty 'Magnolia Bloom''Magnolia Bloom'

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Magnolia Bloom & Buds

Magnolia × soulangeana

24" x 16" HD Matte Metal for $365.00

We have a beautiful Saucer Magnolia growing right in front of our home; and from our bedroom window we have a bird's eye view of the flower display every spring.

It's often stunning. But not this year. We had 5 nights in very early April of 20 degree nights which fried every bloom - we were very sad.

Why it blooms so early is a mystery for us all - but they do it every spring.

In 2020 she put on a magnificent show. This image in particular shows a fully open bloom from above - a sight most people never see - along with some buds-to-be.

But from our unique vantage point I can bring this image to you.

In full bloom this tree is spectacular - though a week later the ground is covered in faded flower petals - but then they quickly disappear. It's really amazing.

This is available in many sizes - in a 3:2 ratio:

30" x 20", 15" x 10", 9" x 6", or even 60" x 40"!

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Virginia Spring Beauty

Claytonia virginica

24" x 16" HD Matte Metal for $365.00

These Virginia Spring Beauty flowers are a mere 1/2" across at most. As one walks around the pond they look like miniature white dots in the early spring landscape.

But look closely and the stunning beauty and iridescent colors of these miniature flowers is revealed.

They are a perennial flowering plant native to the Northeast and they are vital early season pollen sources when not much else is in bloom yet.

By mid May they are all gone until next year.

Every spring I attempt to get the best image of these possible - this image comes close.

This is also 24" x 16" and is also available in many sizes.

Let me know how I can help with wall art for your home or office.






(David Anderson Ward) <"Virginia Beauty" Claytonia virginica Early spring blooms Magnolia magnolia x soulangeana Spring Spring Flowers Virginia Spring Beauties https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/magnolia-virginia-spring-beauty Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:40:20 GMT
"Hello There" https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/-hello-there 'Hello There''Hello There'

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A female Cardinal let's me know she sees me

Cardinalis cardinalis

This is on display as a 24" x 14" HD Matte Metal with a 1" Wood Frame -

Making this 26" x 16" overall - for $625.00.

We are very fortunate to have a Pond behind our home and I often take short hikes around it.

In May of 2020 - after COVID entered our lives two months earlier - I did my (almost) daily walk around the pond. A female cardinal was on the east end of the pond flying from branch to branch - and then she flew to the west end of the pond. I thought she was gone. I continued my walk and as I came around on the west side, there she was in a tree on a low branch seemingly waiting for me. Grey Catbirds will often do this, but usually not cardinals.

She knew I was there long before I realized where she was. It was like she was playing with me. She cavorted around on this branch for a few minutes, then gave me this look - was it a "Hello There" or "Who are you and what do you want?", and then flew off. I've never had an interaction with a cardinal like that before or since.

That first spring of COVID, nature responded in very cool ways.

This image was done as a 24" x 14" HD Matte Metal but can be made at pretty much any size using the same Height to Width ratio. As an example a 12" x 7" would work - or at 48" x 28" for an amazing statement.

The Custom Wood Frame turns this into a museum piece. These frames are designed specifically to frame metal images and the company who makes these for us has tremendous service and prices.

I'd be happy to help you find the right size for your home or office.

Just give me a call at 908-240-7484.


(David Anderson Ward) NJ Cardinal cardinalis cardinalis Female Cardinal HD Matte Metal Hello There Hillsborough Matte Metal Metal Nature and COVID Pond https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/-hello-there Tue, 28 Jun 2022 16:50:47 GMT
Flying Horned Puffin https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/flying-horned-puffin Horned Puffin in FlightHorned Puffin in Flight

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Flying Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata

32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00

In June of 2019 I did a 5 day photo tour in Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward, Alaska.

It was called "Marine Wildlife of Kenai Fjords" and that was an understatement. It's difficult to describe how abundant the wildlife is in this remote, food-rich location.

Puffins fly like a bullet at 50 mph with wings flapping 400 beats a minute. They are shaped like footballs with wings that are clearly not large enough to create flight for them, yet they are amazing flyers that buzz by like rockets.

And they are expert divers who often bring back several fish at once. Incredible.

Capturing these in flight was a challenge. So I put the shutter speed at 1/3200th and watched them fly off and return to the cliffs. I soon discovered they fly in a straight line most of the time.  Once I figured that out I was able to get several great in-flight images. It was addicting!

It's safe to say this was a definite highlight of the tour, among many other highlights.

All of which are in the Gallery on my site about Kenai Fjords -


and in my video/slideshow on YouTube - 


This Horned Puffin swooped down from the rocky cliff and took off, like a cruise missile falling from a wing of a plane before taking off. I just followed it off the cliff and bam - got him (or her) in flight.

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00.

It's also available in other sizes and there is enough room in this image to crop if needed for

whatever room you want this in. I left room in the image so the Puffin had 'room to fly' forward - especially at the speed they fly at.

I am happy to work with you to get this exactly as you want it - and my lab will cooperate.




(David Anderson Ward) Chiswell Islands Flying Horned Puffin Horned Puffin Kenai Fjords Kenai Fjords National Park Puffin Puffin In Flight https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/flying-horned-puffin Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:16:29 GMT
"Mommy's Home" https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/-mommys-home 'Mommy's Home''Mommy's Home'

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"Mommy's Home!"

An Osprey Returns to her Nest but Junior's could care less!

Pandion haliaetus

This is a 32"W x 25"T HD Matte Metal for $710.00

Every spring Ospreys return to NJ to fish along the coasts and in rivers and lakes throughout the state.

There are old abandoned buildings in the Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook National Park that Osprey like to build their enormous nests upon; and every spring they return. 

On June 13, 2020 I photographed the sunrise in Asbury Park, then drove up the coast to Sandy Hook to see what the Osprey were up to.

This pair made a gigantic nest on the chimney of the house across from the church and there was at least one young Osprey in the nest. Not long after I set up on the lawn surrounding this building, the Mama Osprey returned to the nest in her spectacular fashion with who-knows-what in her claws?! The youngster completely ignored her arrival, so it was probably just more nesting material - like this nest needed any more stuff?!

This image was published in 9 Jersey Shore local newspapers last summer, too.

As displayed, this 32" x 25" image is certainly a dramatic size. But it can be made any size as long as the Height to Width ratio (Aspect Ratio) is maintained. One example is 20" x 15.62" - and yes, we can make the metal any size, even using fractions of an inch to maintain the aspect (height/width) ratio, as the lab we use exclusively can and will custom cut the aluminum however I need it cut. 

15" x 11.71" is another option. 48" x 37.5" is yet another option. And 60" x 46.87" is the option for that special sized space - which would be incredibly amazing.

I can help you decide what size makes the most sense for your home or office. Just give me a call.

908-240-7484 - I am here to help!

(David Anderson Ward) . Fort Hancock HD Matte Metal HD Metal Matte Metal Metal Prints Osprey Osprey NJ Pandion haliaetus Sandy Hook https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/-mommys-home Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:11:01 GMT
Pirouetting Duck https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/pirouetting-duck Piruetting DuckPiruetting Duck

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Pirouetting Duck

Anas platyrhynchos

24" x 14" HD Matte Metal in a 1" Custom Wood Frame.

Total Size is 26" x 16" for $625.00

Behind our home is a small pond with a walking trail around it - on which I try to do a daily short hike.

There is almost always something to photograph in or around the pond, especially early spring flowers.

We sometimes have a mated pair of Mallard Ducks in the pond - although not every year - but in 2020 we did!

The trail is frequently used by many people (and some with their dogs) so I'm not surprised with the ducks' reluctance to be in this pond.

There are a few fallen tree limbs in the pond around the edges and one day this female Mallard got up onto this log and while grooming herself, she did a very nice pirouette - which I was very fortunate to see and capture.

I've never seen any duck before or after replicate this move, so it was a unique and special moment.

This is on display as a 24" x 14" HD Matte Metal in a Custom Wood Frame creating a 26" x 16" piece for $625.00 delivered. 

I also have this as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00, but with no frame.

Of course, this can be made at any size and there is room to crop it a little if needed to make it perfect for you.


(David Anderson Ward) Anas platyrhynchos Duck Ducks Female Mallard Duck Hillsborough Mallard Duck NJ Pirouetting Duck Pond https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/pirouetting-duck Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:07:35 GMT
Red Fox https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/red-fox Red FoxRed Fox

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Red Fox

Volpes volpes

25" x 14" HD Matte Metal for $385.00.

While driving around the Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook, we came upon Foxes running across the road in front of us. As we slowly pulled forward this one was up on a small hill about 30' from the road. 

We stopped and rolled down the window for better shooting (with a camera, of course) situation, and it did not even flinch or run away. These foxes have become way too habituated to humans for sure. Feeding or baiting them is an absolute no-no, yet some people do, as this alters their behavior and human food is not good for them (or us). It's really a shame.

This Fox provided this stellar portrait pose for me and I gladly made this image.

This would look stunning at this size or any other with the same height/width ratio.

A portrait of your favorite dog and enlarged on HD Matte Metal would also be stunning.



(David Anderson Ward) Fort Hancock Red Fox Sandy Hook Volpes volpes https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/red-fox Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:47:29 GMT
Two Horned Puffins https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/two-horned-puffins Two PuffinsTwo Puffins

Two Horned Puffins

Puffins are incredible medium-sized birds that many people go on tours just to see them.

In Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska there is an area about 35 miles south of Seward called Chiswell Islands. Wildlife there is so abundant it's almost overwhelming.

Humpback Whales, Orca, Sea Birds of several species - including Horned and Tufted Puffins - Stellar Sea Lions, and more. 

We were between a few islands when 4 Humpbacks appeared, surfacing and diving under showing their massive tails, with sea birds floating, flying and singing all around us and Stellar Sea Lions on Rocks nearby bellowing away.  When the onboard naturalist put a hydra-phone into the water so we could hear the Humpbacks communicating it was MINDS BLOWN!

While none of the 4 Humpbacks breached, that was OK. We were in their environment and they will choose what they will do, not us. That's nature.

After that incredible wildlife experience we cruised over to where the naturalist knew there was a rookery of Puffins. Watching these football shaped birds with wings seemingly way too small to fly - yet they do so incredibly well (and blindingly fast) and swim even better - at 50 mph like a cruise missile.

Photographing one in flight was a definite highlight. Once I got one in flight, it was hard to stop. I have more Puffin images in the Iceland Gallery on this website - https://www.davidandersonward.com/kenai_fjords and I have a 14 minute video slideshow on YouTube - just search davidandersonward and there it will be.

These two gorgeous birds were posing on the cliffs and I was fortunate to see them - they move around constantly. These two were just contemplating flying off to get some more fish - which one went first I do not remember as another Puffin grabbed my attention. It was magical.

There were at least 20 or more Puffins on this cliff flying out, flying in, and doing whatever they do as Puffins. All the while our 45' boat was just hovering in the cove far enough way to not bother them. These were expert tour guides for sure.

This image is displayed as a 30" x 24" HD Matte Metal. There are ZERO reflections with very minimal glare so you can fully enjoy these images.

This size is $595.00 delivered.

It is available in just about any size as long as the ratio between height and width is maintained. IE: 15" x 12", 20" x 16", or 60" x 48".

We'd love to help you find the image and size perfect for your home or office!





(David Anderson Ward) Alaska Chiswell Islands Horned Puffins Kenai Fjords Kenai Fjords National Park Puffins Seward Tufted Puffins https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/6/two-horned-puffins Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:38:09 GMT
Blue Iceberg https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/5/blue-iceberg Blue Iceberg in Jokulsarion Glacier LagoonBlue Iceberg in Jokulsarion Glacier Lagoon

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This amazing Blue Iceberg was one of several dozen icebergs in Jokulsarion Glacier Lagoon on 10/19/21 when my 3 friends and I were there. This was in a different location in this enormous lagoon and larger when we visited Jokulsarion Glacier Lagoon just 2 days earlier. These icebergs constantly change as they break off the glacier and float through this large lagoon before being swept out the North Sea. They melt and change constantly as they move through the lagoon; so this is a UNIQUE, ONE-OF-A-KIND image that is available nowhere else, simply because the Icebergs constantly change as they move and melt.

A common question: "Is the ice really this blue?"

YES - and even more amazing in person. Blue glaciers have been compressed by the enormous weight of the glacier for hundreds of years. The red light of the sun is absorbed and the blue light is reflected back to our eyes (and camera lenses) in all these amazing variations!

This is HD Matte Metal which provides the tremendous, almost 3D detail with Zero Reflections regardless of the light source.
This is printed using Dye Sublimation - and a print this size takes about two hours to complete. It is then heat transferred to Chromaluxe Aluminum, the finest aluminum to display photos.

This provides an amazing presentation with a no-fade rating of at least 65 years!

IF this was a framed print, the reflections and glare would interrupt your view of the image and the shipping and hanging weight would be significantly more - at least double in weight!

This is a 36"T x 24"W HD Matte Metal for $765.00 delivered.

I can provide this at any size as long as the aspect (height/width) ratio stays the same.

IE: 18" x 12" OR 21" x 14" OR 24" x 16" OR 48" x 32" for a large space.

I will work with you to get the perfect size for your home or office. 

Whatever size is chosen, this image is sure to generate conversation.

Most people have never seen anything like this in person.

Just call 908-240-7484 to get the perfect size.


(David Anderson Ward) . Blue Ice Blue Iceberg Glacier Lagoon Iceland Jokulsarion Glacier Lagoon Pyramid Iceberg https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/5/blue-iceberg Sat, 28 May 2022 00:31:32 GMT
Vestrahorn Mountain Aurora https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/4/vestrahorn-mountain-aurora Aurora Borealis over the Vesterhorn MountainsAurora Borealis over the Vesterhorn Mountains   2022-7-2 - Best of Week - Vestrahorn Mountain Aurora2022-7-2 - Best of Week - Vestrahorn Mountain Aurora

Vestrahorn Mountain Aurora

32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $630.00

Aurora Borealis - many people have seeing this on their 'list', yet few actually do, mainly because it's not so easy.

The Aurora is only visible in the far north - Alaska, northern Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, etc - and only in the late fall or winter months. And the skies need to be clear, which is often not the case in these frigid locations.

It ends up being luck, serendipity, and patience; with some very serious cooperation from nature.

In late October, 2019, 3 friends and I visited Iceland. Everyone said before we went that we were going too early. We are very grateful they were wrong. Yes, the first 5 nights were overcast and very windy - that's Iceland. Then the skies cleared, the winds died down, and we saw the Northern Lights 5 nights in a row! Incredible!

We spent the afternoon of this day shooting the iconic Vestrahorn Mountains and surrounding area. We decided to stay to see if the Aurora presented itself, not knowing for sure if it would - luck and serendipity.

While we sat in our vehicle until after sundown, and we waited, and waited, and waited - patience! Then, the sky started to light up in the lower left of this image. As it started dancing and morphing over the mountains, we quickly got out to the beach and set up our cameras and tripods.

We set up where the surf was going in and out to capture the reflection of the Aurora. It was like a comedy skit with us taking a shot or two (each one a 30 second image), running up the beach to avoid getting soaked, then running back down and shooting 1 or 2 more images, and repeat this several times. Yes, we got wet anyway. But we had a blast even though it was 18 degrees - but we didn't care because there was no wind - it was actually joyous with no wind.

This is actually two images stitched together in post processing. We were too close to the mountains to capture all of the mountains and the Aurora on both sides in one image, so two images were needed to achieve my vision.

These are two 30 second images at 14mm, f/1.8 and 400 ISO. Full disclosure: It doesn't look this bright in person. The long exposures reveal all the brightness and detail, but the camera doesn't make stuff up - it just brings it all out.

This is a unique, impossible to duplicated image since no two Auroras are the same.

This image is presented on HD Matte Metal.  Printed using Dye Sublimation - the most advanced printing method available today, and this image took over an hour to print! It was then heat transferred to Chromaluxe Aluminum, the finest aluminum for photos - which are rated not to fade for at least 65 years!!! 

I chose their Matte finish so there would be zero reflections and very minimal glare. If this was a typical matted and framed print, or printed on gloss metal or gloss acrylic, the reflections become impossibly distracting - the result is literally a high priced mirror. The HD Matte Metal is a vastly superior way to present images of any size.

After searching the entire printing industry, I found a company that does consistently excellent work with great customer service. I've drop-shipped metal images all over the country with the confidence they will look great. Everyone has been blown away with their images - for which I am deeply honored and very grateful. Even their hanging system is absolute genius. No other metal lab even comes close!

I am very grateful to have found them so I can offer people this superior solution.

This Aurora image is available at 15" x 10", 30" x 20", or 60" x 40" as displayed in 92 East Main St., Somerville.

It can also be cropped to 30" x 16" if desired. 

We can even provide quality wood frames designed specifically for metal images at very reasonable prices.

Once framed, these become museum pieces.

Let me know how I can be of service - 908-240-7484 - I am honored & grateful to help.




(David Anderson Ward) https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2022/4/vestrahorn-mountain-aurora Thu, 21 Apr 2022 17:16:27 GMT
FLOWERS https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/flowers Themed Display - FLOWERSThemed Display - FLOWERS FLOWERS

These 7 flower images are on display on the 3rd floor gallery that Edison Art Society has set up in the Edison Municipal Building. These are in the hall beyond the main hall. 

These are all done in HD Matte Metal and each one looks like a painting. That's what this process does with flower images. It's so cool to see these in person.

These sizes are what looked good for this wall section but are available any size as long as the ratio stays the same - length and height. And I have many more flower images in my Flower Gallery and within several other galleries, too. Any flower image can be enlarged for wall art and the best way to do this is - HD Matte Metal.

And I can also get custom wood frames designed special for metal. The prices for these specially designed frames are very reasonable and the quality is excellent. Once any HD Metal is framed they become museum pieces.

Just contact me for any image at any size, framed or not. 

Iris 'Lone Wolf'Iris 'Lone Wolf'

Iris 'Lone Wolf'

Iris x germanica

This beautiful bearded Iris in one of hundreds on display every year in late May and early June at Presby Gardens in Montclair.

This small park along Upper Montclair Avenue has over 10,000 Irises from 1,500 varieties producing well over 100,000 blooms over the course of each season. If you like Iris, Presby Gardens has to be seen in person.

And their Tree Peonies are amazing, too - and they usually bloom in early June.

Tree Peony doesn't mean they are trees. They just have woody stems and don't die back to the soil every year like herbaceous Peony do, They are in a planting in front of the house and some others are out by the sign.

It's worth the drive there to see this small park - one of the largest display of Iris anywhere in the world and it's right here in New Jersey.

This variety was introduced in 2019 by Schreiner's and grows abundant blooms 37" tall with lavender standards, velvety purple falls, with lavender veining around the beards and a lighter purple border on the falls. It's absolutely stunning to see this Iris in person and the HD Matte Metal represents this amazingly well. If you like lavender and dark purple, this would be a stunning piece for your home or office.

This is a 21" x 21" HD Matte Metal for $395.00.

Virginia Spring BeautyVirginia Spring Beauty 'Virginia Spring Beauty' 

Claytonia virginica

These diminutive flowers are tiny, maybe the size of a nickel. As you walk past these abundant blooms in early spring, they just look like little white dots amongst the foliage. But look close and their true beauty is revealed. Every spring I try to get the best image of these I can. This image of these 3 blooms is one of my favorites to date, though.

We are fortunate to have a small pond behind our house and these bloom every year on the far side like crazy - which is a good thing as these flowers are a very important early spring pollinators and they are native to NJ, actually they are native throughout the entire northeast USA.

This is displayed as a 24" x 16" HD Matte Metal for $365.00.


Red Dahlia & Two BudsRed Dahlia & Two Buds 'Red Dahlia & 2 Buds'

Every year we plant flowering plants and herbs on our deck and this year we purchased a hybrid Dahlia that is blooming like crazy - which is wonderful. This image with the 2 buds emerging shows how abundant this plant is already.

Dahlias are very complex plants with a long history. This is actually a composite flower with central disk florets surrounded by ray florets and each floret is a flower unto itself, not a petal as most horticulturists might think. 

And Dahlias are Octoploids. This means they have 8 sets of homologous chromosomes, whereas most other flowers have two - hence all the species' variations. Nature sure is incredible.

This is displayed as a 24" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $365.00, In person, this Red Dahlia image looks like a painting.

Phalaenopsis amabilios Orchid ClsuterPhalaenopsis amabilios Orchid Clsuter

'White Phalaenopsis Cluster'

Phalaenopsis amabilios

This beautiful Orchid Cluster grows in the Duke Farms' Orchid Range. This is a series of traditional style greenhouses built in 1899 and renovated in 2011 to meet LEED Platinum Standards. It's located along the main trail in this incredible 2,700 acre estate in Hillsborough, NJ - which is open to the public and is a model of sustainability - and it's about a 15 minute walk from parking lot - maybe 20 or more if you stop to admire or photograph along the way.

Check their website (https://www.dukefarms.org) for more info about times and special events.

Doris Duke first hybridized Phalaenopsis Doris in 1940. Over 26,000 orchid species descend from this one species! There are up to 1,400 varieties on display at various times of the year in the Orchid Range. It really is an incredible display.

This White Phalaenopsis Cluster is in the middle house on the right. In this house are several Phalaenopsis Orchids Sprays creating a wonderful setting; along with all the other varieties and plants. 

This image is on display in Edison as a 18" x 24" HD Matte Metal for $385.00. The details in this are quite amazing, yet it still looks like a painting. At this size it looks great, but even larger would be incredible.

Pink PeonyPink Peony 'Pink Peony'

Paeonia suffruticosa

Presby Gardens in Montclair also has a wonderful collection of tree peonies that typically come into full bloom in early June; and I try to time my visits there around this early June bloom period to capture Peony and Iris blooms.

I particularly love this variety, especially with the light drops of dew on the petals.

This is on display as a 21" x 19" HD Matte Metal for $365.00 and would be stunning in any home or office.

This one also looks like a painting at first - and the details are amazing.

Magnolia BloomMagnolia Bloom 'Magnolia in Bloom'

Magnolia x soulangiana

We are fortunate to have a large Saucer Magnolia tree growing in front of out house; and every spring it's covered in pink buds that open to these pink/white blooms - and then make an enormous mess when all the petals drop. But that's over quickly and then this becomes a beautiful shade tree until fall.

So right out our bedroom window are hundreds of blooms to choose from every April. Trying to find one that faces the window instead of away from it is always a challenge - and, of course, it's their decision where to face, and certainly not mine. Most will face the sun which is opposite the window.

I've shot individual buds under various light, opening buds, and fully open ones. I even shot one that bloomed in mid July - it's a confused tree this year.

This particular bloom revealed itself perfectly one day this spring and I was able to capture it in perfect light.

On display as a 24" x 16" HD Matte Metal for $365.00 it would be a stunning addition to your wall art collection.

Few people have seen Magnolia blooms displayed like this because most people only see these blooms from the ground looking up! This image will surely generate conversation.

Peach RosePeach Rose

'Carina' Hyrbid Tea Rose

Rosa chinensis variety

I found this beautiful rose among the dozens of Rose varieties on display at the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden in Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ this year - on June 1st.

I call this Peach Rose but I'm sure it has a formal name. I just think the soft Pink, Orange, and Yellow combinations of colors in this Rose are just incredibly beautiful; and I love the 2 buds poking out from behind saying, "I'm Next!".

This image REALLY looks like a painting on the HD Matte Metal and would look tremendous in any home or office.

This is on display in Edison as a 21" x 21" HD Matte Metal and costs $365.00. 

It will be the first image seen as you move through the gallery on the 3rd floor.

These 7 images are some of my favorite ones taken recently. And there are hundreds more. So if you have a favorite flower there's a good chance I have a picture of one. Once you see these HD Matte Metal flowers in person, you'll agree HD Matte Metal is the superior choice to display them.

How can I help you?!


(David Anderson Ward) Beauty Bloom Buds Dahlia Flower Flowers Iris Lone Wolf Magnolia Moth Orange Orchid Peony Phalaenopsis Pink Red Rose Saucer Spring Tree Virginia White Yellow https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/flowers Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:39:54 GMT
Iceland https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/iceland Themed Wall - IcelandThemed Wall - Iceland


In late October 2019 I visited Iceland with 3 men from the Hillsborough Digital Photographic Society.

We were in Iceland for 10 days (10/20 through 10/30/2019) and it was absolutely incredible. 10 days only touched the surface as this island is much bigger then it seems and yet we saw and photographed so much.

This themed wall section features 6 of the 118 images on this website's Iceland gallery and I also have a YouTube video/slideshow  on Iceland that's 13:32 long with 5 songs accompanying the slides. Most people find the video very Zen. I hope you can enjoy it, too - especially on a big screen TV!

All 6 images on display are HD Matte Metal. This provides tremendous detail with ZERO reflections and minimal glare. This is, without question, THE superior way to enlarge and enjoy wall art.

The sizes on display were chosen for this solo exhibit. Keep in mind that any piece is available at any size or on any medium; but as displayed they will make a bold statement wherever displayed in your home or office.

Tall Blue IcebergTall Blue Iceberg

'Iceberg in Jokulsarion Lagoon'.

This tall, blue, pyramid iceberg is one of hundreds of icebergs recently calved off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier in this almost 7 square mile lagoon - before they float out to the North Sea. It's incredible seeing this for the first time.

We visited this lagoon 3 times in the 10 days we were in Iceland because the photographic compositions were almost limitless. Each time we were there, the icebergs changed - they moved, they became smaller, and some just disappeared altogether as they floated out to sea. It was an amazing thing to see. This iceberg captured my attention more than any of the others. This is a unique image no one else will ever have because this iceberg changed constantly.

And it really was this blue. Why is the iceberg blue? The long wavelengths of light from the sun (the reds) are absorbed by the ice while the blue light is reflected into light we can see. This is especially true with ice that's been under tremendous pressure for hundreds of years! So this iceberg was buried within the glacier for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It's kind of tough to grasp this while looking at it's intense beauty.

This is on display as a 36" x 24" HD Matte Metal for $765.00. This has to be seen in person as the details in this piece are really incredible - almost 3D details! And there are ZERO reflections!

Only our HD Matte Metal provides these key advantages over matted and framed artwork or gloss metal or acrylic. And this solution provides twice the resolution versus Canvas. This is without question the best way to create wall art.

Fire & iceFire & ice 'Fire and Ice'

Many of the icebergs washed out into the North Sea from the Jokulsarion Glacier Lagoon end up being washed back up onto Diamond Beach - so called because all the beached icebergs look like giant, uncut diamonds. There are hundreds of these ice chunks on this black sand beach - some as small as footballs and some as large as cars or larger!

We visited Diamond Beach at sunset one night and for sunrise two days later - and in those two days, all the ice had changed on the beach. On the sunrise visit, the icebergs were much bigger and dramatic. As I walked around looking for cool icebergs to shoot, I noticed this large iceberg of mostly clear ice glowing like it was on fire because of the sun rising behind it (fire - even though the sun is 94 million miles away). I positioned myself between it and the rising sun to capture this magical image.

Most people aren't quite sure what this is image is all about - now you know!

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00.

This is sure to create great conversation wherever it's displayed.

Vestrahorn Ice Sheet SunriseVestrahorn Ice Sheet Sunrise 'Iceland Sunrise'.

On our last full day in Iceland, we awoke to a beautiful early morning sky. We rushed out and got onto the huge ice sheet in front of the Vestrahorn Mountains just in time to capture this epic sunrise. 

The ice sheet is 3" to 4" of solid ice sitting right on top of the black sand beach with no danger of anyone falling through. Since it never got above freezing the entire 10 days, there was zero danger in doing this. I'm so glad we did.

It may be hard to believe, but this image has NO saturation enhancement! This is really what it looked like in that moment as the light was changing constantly. These pastel colors and the reflection on the ice make this my favorite of the 50+ images taken that morning; but some of the others are also tremendous.

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00.

The details and colors are amazing in person and this would also make a stunning display in any home or office.

Vestrahorn AuroraVestrahorn Aurora 'Vestrahorn Aurora'.

This image has quite the story behind it.

We visited the iconic Vestrahorn Mountains late in our first afternoon in Hofn, Iceland and got some amazing images late in the day - several of which are on this website's Iceland Gallery.

Then we just hung out in our warm vehicle and waited until it got dark. And waited. And waited.

All the 'experts' said late October was too early to see the Aurora in Iceland. Once the wind died down and the skies cleared on day 5, we saw the Aurora 4 nights in a row! We are so glad we were fortunate enough to see this so well and so often regardless of what all the 'guru's had to say. But as we waited we began to get a tad disappointed that maybe this night it might not happen. Patience.

By far the best Aurora display was this one. Once it began to appear, my friend and I rushed out to position ourselves on the beach hoping to get the Aurora reflected on the water and the wet black sand. We set up where the surf had just washed out, took our exposures, and as the surf rushed in again, we picked up the tripods and ran up the beach until it washed out again. Then we ran down to shoot again. Over and over again in order to get several images. We had a blast doing this - kind of Laurel & Hardy-like I'm sure. And it was 18 degrees. But we didn't care because there was no wind; which made shooting this absolutely joyous - compared to the first 5 days with 20-40 mph relentless, brutal winds.

The Aurora first appeared in the lower left and began morphing and dancing along the tops of the mountains until it became what you see here. It was absolutely magical, stunning, and quite overwhelming to see this all happening in person. 

But the Aurora doesn't know there are mountains there. It's a random atmospheric event.

But to watch it do what it did was incredible. This image is completely unique and will never be duplicated.

Since my 14 mm lens could not capture the full width of the mountains with the Aurora extended beyond them on either side in one shot, I made two images and Photoshop beautifully stitched them together into this two image panorama.

The two images that make up this one image were each shot at 14 mm, f/1.8, for 30 seconds at ISO 400. This is what brought out the beautiful reflections and the 14 mm allowed for the 30 second exposure. The fast 14 mm 1.8 lens allowed for the 400 ISO. And both shot in one session between the incoming surf! Incredible.

This is on display display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $630.00.

If you'd like to see a 60" x 40" HD Metal of this image, one was just installed at 92 East Main St., Somerville and can be viewed any work day. It really is something to see in person.

Most people have seeing the Aurora on their 'List'. Having this on display in your home or office is the next best thing.

It will certainly foster conversation wherever it's on display.

Gatklettur Basalt Rock ArchGatklettur Basalt Rock Arch 'Gatklettur Rock Arch'

This is near Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.

The entire coastline of Iceland is quite dramatic and this naturally formed rock arch is most impressive.

We stayed in an Air B&B home less then a half mile away from these awesome sea cliffs.

Gatklettur Rock Arch is the dominant feature in this amazing seascape of 60' tall sea bluffs; but the views in all directions are wonderful there no matter where you look.

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00

Created as a 3 image panorama, it was cropped down to the 32" x 18" image seen here. The full panorama is available as are the individual images that make this up this panorama; providing lots of options.

The details in this piece are really amazing and, once again, there are ZERO reflections distracting your viewing.

Gluggafoss Falls' RiverGluggafoss Falls' River 'Merkja River at Gluggafoss Falls'.

This is a 30 second exposure of the raging water flowing from the 60' tall upper waterfall to the left of this image to the lower waterfall just to the right. The 30 seconds smoothed out this water like pudding glass while the 'light' is perfect just before the sun entered this gorge. Capturing this image was a very special moment for me.

The upper falls cuts through relatively soft palagonite rock and the lower 4 falls cascade over basalt rock. It was beautiful.

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00.

The details in this are incredible and everyone seeing this will be blown away once they realize what they're seeing. 


Upper Gluggafoss FallsUpper Gluggafoss Falls

'Upper Gluggafoss Falls'

Most visitors to Iceland mob the most obvious and easy to get to waterfalls, making for very difficult images with all the tourists in the way. Of course, those tourists have every right to be there, too.

We found this little double waterfall while driving back to our Air B&B house near Vik, Iceland one morning. We had traveled inland to a location for a (hopefully) dramatic sunrise, but it was too overcast and brutally windy where we were, with unrelenting 40 mph wind gusts. We left there after trying several spots but it was insanely cold and windy; so we were all a bit disappointed. As we drove back we saw a sign for Gluggafoss Waterfall and we all agreed - why not try it? It ended up being one of my favorite shooting locations; and almost no one even knows about it because it's not right on Rt 1, the 'Ring Road'. While there, we only saw 6 other people who came and went as we all did our long exposures.

Gluggafoss Falls has a lower waterfall that's actually 4 individual waterfalls that flows over a basalt ledge; and an upper falls that flows through palagonite or tuft rock - and there are more waterfalls beyond uphill. At the top of this lower waterfall is a 80' long raging river that connects the upper to the lower falls. I have 8 images on my Iceland Gallery of these falls.

It was blissfully NOT windy in this gorge - a welcome break from the early morning with those brutal 40 mph, gusty winds - and there were many compositions within this gorge. To create this image I took 3 horizontal 30 second images which I later stitched together into this vertical panorama - once again, this is an original, unique image no one else will ever create.

Most waterfall images are shot at 4 to 8 seconds, but I just love how the 30 seconds treated this waterfall and the river. And I love how the rocks and ice formations surrounding the falls create a natural triangle. All the icicles are a bonus!

The details in this are amazing and this would be a stunning image in any setting.

This is on display as a 36" x 24" HD Matte Metal for $765.00.
Few people have ever seen anything like this; and since so few visitors to Iceland even know this waterfall even exists; so you will own a very unique, original image - and on HD Matte Metal, too! 

The images taken at Gluggafoss Falls are some of my favorite from our 10 day trip to Iceland - but there are so many more images on my site including impressive mountains, churches, more waterfalls. glacier lagoons, icebergs on a black sand beach, Aurora Borealis and, of course, the beautiful Icelandic Horses.

Please visit my Gallery or watch the YouTube video for more images of this amazing place.

And let me know if any of these images are of interest for your home or office.





(David Anderson Ward) Air Arch Arnastopi Aurora B&B Beach Borealis Diamond Falls Gatklettur Glacier Gluggafoss Hofn Iceland Icelandic Jokulsarion Lagoon Mountains Rock Sunrise Vestrahorn Vick https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/iceland Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:49:04 GMT
Muir Woods https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/muir-woods Muir Woods' TrailMuir Woods' Trail

2022-9-16 - UCP - Best of Week - Muir Woods2022-9-16 - UCP - Best of Week - Muir Woods

Muir Wood's Trail

30" x 20" HD Satin Metal for $375.00 - Signed &Delivered.

This photo was made while hiking in this beautiful national monument a few years ago. Muir Woods was created in the early 1900's and was the first national monument created from privately owned land. The national park service did a tremendous job setting this up and maintaining this beautiful park for the 1.2 million people who visit this park annually. It's only 16.4 miles north of San Francisco, CA, and I'm surprised it doesn't have more visitors as it's so beautiful and peaceful inside on the trails.

I have dozens of images from inside this Coastal Redwood Forest in this protected valley;  and shooting trees this tall and splendid proved to be quite the challenge. This image of this quiet trail through the redwoods is my favorite from our visit.

If you're ever in San Francisco you should really try to visit this park as there's nothing else quite like it anywhere. 

It, like every image, is available in other sizes, larger or smaller - in this aspect ratio of height & width. 

As an example, we have a 24"W x 39"T HD Satin Metal hanging in our living room and it's stunning.

I chose HD Satin Metal for this image as it has a bit more pop to it, but it does have some reflections. However, the reflections are nowhere near as bad as gloss metal or gloss acrylic would be. And it's all matter of personal taste. Of course, this is available in matte, satin or gloss, framed or on metal or acrylic - whatever you prefer - and I am happy to help you make that choice. But HD matte or HD Satin is the superior choice.

(David Anderson Ward) . California Coastal Coastal Redwoods Francisco John Muir Muir Woods National Park Redwoods San Franscisco Woods. https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/muir-woods Tue, 13 Jul 2021 03:20:01 GMT
BIRDS https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/birds

BIRDS - There are two themed wall sections in my Edison Solo Exhibit on Birds - these four are in the main hall.

Taking birds photos, especially flying birds, can be both frustrating and very rewarding and the more you do it the better you'll become - like most things. Bird photography requires a very fast shutter speed and that speed depends on the species. The bird photography gurus typically have lists of what speed for what species. Really? Memorize lists?

And perched birds rarely stay still for long and often fly away. My advice is chose the fastest shutter speed you can while keeping the ISO as low as you can. The aperture depends on how far you are from the bird. Wildlife ethics says you should not be close - and I agree - so aperture can typically be wide open. I try to shoot at least 1/1600th of a second but often push it to 1/3200 or even 1/5000 of a second if I can. If the lens and camera can handle it, why not give yourself that advantage?

Regardless, shooting any wildlife but especially flying birds is a challenge and thrill when you get a good capture.

If the birds only knew what these people with long tubes on their faces were doing!


Puffin in FlightPuffin in Flight 'Puffin in Flight'. Puffins seem to be everyone's favorite bird and if you're ever on a tour in the far north, Puffins are on everyone's list to see - or so it seems. Capturing one in flight is another thing entirely, however. Why?

These small football shaped birds with wings that appear entirely too small actually fly at 55 mph with their wings beating 400 times a minute! It took me a while watching them launch off and return to their cliffs to see that they fly in pretty much straight lines - unlike barn swallows! Once I figured out their patterns of flight and had my camera set to 1/3200th, I was able to capture several Puffin in Flight photos. This is one of my favorites and getting these shots was one of the highlight of this amazing trip to Kenai Fjords National Park, where the abundance of wildlife is almost overwhelming.

This displayed image is a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal and costs $420.00. It is available any size and can be cropped to almost any ratio that works for your unique situation. I can also get custom wood frames specifically designed for Metal at a very reasonable cost. Framed or with not, these make wonderful, unique, and original wall art for home or office.

Pirouetting DuckPirouetting Duck 'Pirouetting Duck'. We are very fortunate to have a small pond behind our home and almost every year we have a young Mallard Duck Couple on the pond. So cute they are. One day while hiking around the pond this beautiful female Mallard Duck gets up on this log and pirouettes for me. How could I not take her picture? 

This is also a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal and can also be produced at any size. I have another HD Matte Metal of this image at 24" x 16" with a custom wood frame on display at the County College of Morris until July 15th, when we have an artists reception from 5 to 8 PM. If you're in the area, why not drop by and see all the wonderful photos from this talented group of photographers.

Bald Eagle Talons ForwardBald Eagle Talons Forward 'Bald Eagle Talons Forward'. I was recently in Seattle, WA for 9 days; and the last 3 days I was in Seabeck, WA along the Hood Canal observing and shooting 20+ Great Blue Herons and 20+ Bald Eagles feasting on the spawning fish caught in the exposed oyster beds as the tide quickly receded. It was absolute mayhem for over an hour each day as these birds had easy pickings. And the lined up photographers, me included, got shots like they can get nowhere else. It was amazing to watch and each day was different.

My question is - how do all those Herons know what time the tide goes out? Every day they line up 20 strong right at the edge of the oyster beds at just the right time. It's really amazing when you think about it. And while they KNOW they will be continually harassed by the Eagles, especially by the Juveniles, they still line up because the fish are that easy and plentiful to catch. I guess it's worth it for them because they are there every day without fail.

This is a 30" x 24" HD Matte Metal and amazing to see in person. There is no question that HD Matte Metal (and only from this print lab I use) is far and away THE best way to enlarge any wildlife image, especially birds. The details are incredible - almost 3D - and there are ZERO reflections.

I also have a 7 Image Attack Sequence - with all images tack sharp - it was an amazing 3 days - which makes a very cool 40" x 7" panorama style piece - or 60" x 10". While this is not on display in Edison, it would make a very strong statement for sure. Bald Eagle Attack SequenceBald Eagle Attack Sequence

In my solo exhibit in the Edison Municipal Building's 3rd floor gallery there are track lights right above the images, 2' x 4' ceiling lights throughout, and 3 very large barrel vault skylights in this room. If these were framed prints, the reflections from all that lighting would make these images unviewable. With my HD Matte Metal you can enjoy the entire image with no annoying distractions from reflections and excess glare. Yes, there is some glare in the Puffin image in the first image of all 4 pieces; but there IS a very bright track light 3' away so some glare in unavoidable. But if these were framed prints, the reflections would obliterate the entire pictures. This way any artwork can be fully appreciated.

'Mommy's Home - An Osprey Landing'Mommy's Home - An Osprey Landing 'Mommy's Home - An Osprey Lands' - this image was captured at Sandy Hook National Park last June. These Osprey have built their typical enormous nest on top of a chimney on one of the abandoned buildings. One morning while I was there they were flying about and I was able to capture Mommy Osprey returning to the nest with something in her talons.

'Junior' is obviously not impressed or even interested.

Might Momma be making the nest even bigger OR is there a fish inside that gaggle of vegetation? We will never know.

This is a 32" x 25" HD Matte Metal and is spectacular in person. This image was also chosen as the Image Of The Week in 8 Shore Times newspapers this past fall. And like all the other images this can be provided in just about any size.

Contact me directly at 908-240-7484 so we can work out all the details.



(David Anderson Ward) attack bald birds duck ducks eagle female flight flying in mallard nest osprey puffin puffins talons https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/birds Fri, 09 Jul 2021 19:20:33 GMT
Alaska https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/alaska Themed Display - AlaskaThemed Display - Alaska In June 2019 I went to Anchorage, AK to go on a 5 day photo shoot in Kenai Fjords National Park.

'Marine Wildlife of Kenai Fjords' was the title of this tour and WOW did it ever live up to it's name.

My website page has many of these images - www.davidandersonward.com/kenai_fjords - and I have a  12 minute video slideshow - with music - on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXafk_i4wjo&t=2s

We spent the first two mornings in a large lagoon in one of the many fjords in this amazing national park with about 2 dozen resident Orcas feeding on salmon. While none breached - which was totally their choice as we had nothing to say about it - they put on a nice show for us. It's the transient Orcas that feed on mammals.

We saw Sea Otters, Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Orcas, Gulls, Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Puffins and much more, often all at once. It was almost overwhelming at times as no one ever sees this much wildlife anywhere in New Jersey. Everyone should see this beautiful national park in person. But view do because it's remote and has no roads to drive through or boardwalks to walk on. Only 370,000 people visit annually - compared with the 5 Million people who visit Zion National Park.

We also sailed right up to two massive glacier walls at Holgate and Aialik Glaciers. This made everyone breathless both days as there is no way to describe the feeling of being in the presence of a 300' or 500' glacial wall of 10,000 year old ice that carved the fjord we just cruised into. And when chunks the size of small houses calved off - it just blew everyone away. At Holgate Glacier there was a 150' tall waterfall spewing out thousands of gallons a minute from under the glacier. No one had ever seen anything like this.

And the landscape of these Fjords is just incredible, too.

Kenai Fjords - Aialik GlacierKenai Fjords - Aialik Glacier This is 'Aialik Glacier Wall' - 300' tall at the center. The large black rock at the bottom is glacial till - rock picked up as the glacier moves along. 

This is an 8 image panorama shot handheld on a moving 45 boat in the rain. I just had to try and capture this as there was no way to get it all in one shot. Photoshop did wonders stitching this together but getting even, level photos really helped a lot.

Nothing can compare you for seeing this in person. It's a feeling of complete wonderment - and cold - that's breathtaking.

This is a 60" x 12" panorama enlarged on HD Matte Metal for incredible detail and zero reflections. There are track lights about 2' away along with ceiling light fixtures - yet there are NO reflections.

This HD Matte Metal really is amazing in person and would be unique on any wall in any home or office!

This on display as a 60" x 12" HD Matte Metal for $655.00 delivered.

This is also available at 30" x 6" or 45" x 9".

Turnagain Arm from Birdview PointTurnagain Arm from Birdview Point This is 'Bird Point at Turnagain Arm' - a 60" x 16" HD Matte Metal Panorama. The details in this are incredible (90,000 pixels per square inch!); and again, there are ZERO reflections. The layers of foliage in the foreground with the detail retained in the mountains across Turnagain Arm make this almost 3D and are amazing to see in person. 

We stopped at this picturesque spot on our early morning drive from Anchorage to Seward before our first afternoon boat trip in Resurrection Bay. The sun was attempting to get above the mountain on the left but we could not wait for it.

This is 5 images stitched together. Each image that make up this panorama are also available as a 30" x 20" or 32" x 18" pieces, too. The middle image is especially nice as an individual image. It's on my website in the Kenai Fjords gallery.

This is on display as a 60" x 16" HD Matte Metal for $895.00. It's also available at 30" x 8" and 45" x 12".

Two Horned PuffinsTwo Horned Puffins

'Two Horned Puffins' trying to make a decision as to who should fly out next to get some lunch. These adorable, football shaped birds mate for life and fly 50 mph with wings beating 400 times a minute.

A definite challenge to capture in flight.

This is a 20" x 30" HD Matte Metal in which these Puffins seem to be in 3D.

This HD Matte Metal solution is without question THE superior way to enlarge any wildlife image - especially birds. No framed print could ever compare in detail, 3D effect, or ZERO reflections.

This is also available in other sizes from 8" x 12" all the way up to 48" x 60" - which would be incredible in the right situation.  At 24" x 30" this is very impressive to see in person and costs $595.00 delivered.


On Knik GlacierOn Knik Glacier

Called 'On Knik Glacier', this image was taken on my doors OFF helicopter trip to, over, and onto Knik Glacier in Palmer, AK; about an hour NE from Anchorage.

Our pilot was a former Navy helicopter pilot who had done two tours in Afghanistan and now flies in Alaska in the summer and Hawaii in the winter - nice. He expertly handled the winds coming off the mountains flanking the glacier and landed the helicopter safely after the 3rd try on this heavily fissured surface - how, I am not quite sure, but he did it expertly and safely.

Once we landed, he immediately put Cramp On Treads on my boots and off I went like a kid in a candy shop. Standing on 300' deep ice 10,000 years old surrounded by 3,000' to 5,000' tall mountains was very humbling and amazing for sure. Indescribable, actually.

When I saw this composition I knew I had to try and capture it. But I also saw the only way to capture this would be to straddle this turquoise blue stream on the surface of the glacier - so that's exactly what I did. This is a handheld image straddling over the creek - there was no time to use a tripod - and the details in the Matte Acrylic are incredible throughout - all the way back to the distant mountains. Seeing this Matte Acrylic in person, up close, is amazing.

This is a 20" x 30" Matte Acrylic for $795.00 delivered.

www.davidandersonward.com/knik_glacier has some unique and amazing landscape images of this very special place.

The video/slideshow on YouTube is 12 minutes with 4 songs - at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXafk_i4wjo&t=2s



(David Anderson Ward) Aialik AK Alaska Anchorage Arm Bird Doors Fjords Glacier Helicopter Horned Kenai Knik Marine National Off Palmer Park Point Puffins Seward Turnagain Wildlife https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/alaska Fri, 09 Jul 2021 00:58:37 GMT
NY Skyline https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/ny-skyline In 2020, I often traveled (as safe as possible) to Liberty Park, Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken, and Brooklyn to take images of the NYC skyline - easily one of the top cities anywhere to shoot images of.

These 4 images in my solo exhibit for the Edison Art Society in the Edison Municipal Building's 3rd floor gallery are the first images one sees upon entering this gallery EAS has set up for everyone to enjoy year-round. Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn PilonsLower Manhattan from Brooklyn Pilons The first image on display is "Lower Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Pilons" shot from the Brooklyn Waterfront on 10/18/20 at 8:18 PM.

I decided on a 30 second image to smooth out the water to get the gentle reflections of these impressive buildings downtown. The pilons from the past create interesting leading lines; and this was shot at f/22 which created the light bursts while providing great depth of field.

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for only $385.00.

This is available any size - from as small as 16" x 9" up to 60" x 33.75" - which would be incredible on any large wall.

HD Matte Metal? This is a Dye Sublimation print - the highest quality available - heat transferred onto Chromaluxe Aluminum - the finest aluminum for photos. I get the matte finish to eliminate all reflections and reduce glare compared with any framed print with glass. There is no comparison and I can even get quality custom wood frames designed specifically for metal at a very reasonable cost. Everyone who has purchased one has been blown away, as have I. Nothing else compares.

Two Suns - Lower Manhattan SunriseTwo Suns - Lower Manhattan Sunrise This image is entitled "Two Suns?!?" as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal piece for $385.00.

This image is a completely unique image not available anywhere else as no one else was on this pier that morning. 

Obviously, we do not have two suns - and this is NOT a Photoshop trick, either!

My friend and and I set up on a residential pier in Jersey City to shoot the sun rising over lower Manhattan in late December, 2020. As we waited for the sun to get above the buildings, it started reflecting off buildings in front of us in Manhattan and behind us in Jersey City. It was amazing as the reflections changed constantly, and it was a wild, short lived, but vivid experience. 

Then this 'sun' appeared just to the left of One World Center, then faded back. OK, what just happened?!

A few minutes later, it came up between several buildings to the south - but that's impossible for it to move that fast on the horizon without rising any higher. What was happening? Then this second 'sun' faded back, too.

Then only a few minutes later, both suns came roaring out between these buildings - literally blowing me away.

Truth told, the Sun on the left is a very strong reflection off a highly reflective building sitting at a perfect angle on that one morning - and the one on the right is the actual Sun - we do have only One Sun. This lasted for maybe a minute - and then it was gone. Once the sun rose above the buildings it was blinding bright and we were done shooting - there anyway.

This phenomenon happens maybe twice a year since the sun comes up at a different spot on the horizon every day and only this one building is reflective enough to create the illusion of a second sun; and be at just the correct angle maybe twice every year. This was absolutely incredible - and I was 'lucky' enough to just happen to be there on that morning at that angle. 

On your wall this will certainly start some interesting conversations! Two Suns - how is that even possible?! Midtown ManhattanMidtown Manhattan This is a 60" x 18" Panorama created by taking 6 images - all at 30 seconds long - and having Photoshop stitch them together. Taking individual 30 second images correctly so Photoshop could do this successfully is the key; and knowing my camera and Photoshop CAN do this well enabled me to complete my vision.

These reflections are not visible to the human eye with the rough waters in the Hudson River.

But 30 seconds smooths out the water and lets the reflections appear - hence the name "Midtown Manhattan Reflections".

The detail in this is incredible - it's 110,000 pixels per square inch!

It is available for only $695.00.

Displaying this unique 5' long image would be incredible anywhere.

And I can provide each image in this panorama, too; at 30" x 20" or 32" x 18". 


And this panorama can be done at 30" x 8", too.

Full Cold Moon & Candy Cane Empire State BuildingFull Cold Moon & Candy Cane Empire State Building

"Full Moon over the Candy Cane Empire State Building".

This is a 21" x 32" HD Matte Metal for $440.00.

This was taken from a pier in Hoboken on 12/29/21 as we knew the Empire State Building would be lit up like a Candy Cane for the Holidays (the Empire State Building posts what color it will be every day). As the moon rose it got colder and colder on the Hudson River waterfront and by the time it got to this spot directly overhead - I could barely feel my fingers. So I captured this image and we left. Good thing the car was close by!

These are just 4 of the images in my NYC-2020 Gallery on this website. Any image in this or any of my other galleries would make a stunning piece for any home or office, especially on HD Matte Metal - which is by far the superior way to enlarge images with great details and zero reflections!


(David Anderson Ward) aluminum brooklyn buck building center chromaluxe city empire exposures full hd hoboken jersey liberty long lower manhattan metal moon ny one park reflections skyline state sun suns two waterfront weehawken world https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/7/ny-skyline Thu, 08 Jul 2021 02:34:07 GMT
Warren Library Exhibit https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/2/warren-library-exhibit  

Warren Township Library Solo Exhibit Images - February and March, 2021.

Vestrahorn AuroraVestrahorn Aurora

$458.00 - Including the Custom Wood Frame




Midtown ReflectionsMidtown Reflections




Bird Point at Turnagain ArmBird Point at Turnagain Arm




On Knik GlacierOn Knik Glacier





Lower Buttermilk FallsLower Buttermilk Falls $375.00


Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon $540.00


Two SunsTwo Suns $325.00



Glen Onoko FallsGlen Onoko Falls



Zion - The NarrowsZion - The Narrows $795.00



3 Singles3 Singles $115.00 Each OR $295.00 for all Three


Cold Moon over ESBCold Moon over ESB




Sunrise Kiloarusik IslandSunrise Kiloarusik Island




Upper Gluggafoss FallsUpper Gluggafoss Falls





The Narrows - Mountains & Virgin RiverThe Narrows - Mountains & Virgin River

$215.00 - Special Show Price 


Ken Lockwood GorgeKen Lockwood Gorge $225.00



Pink HibiscusPink Hibiscus $225.00


Feasting BeeFeasting Bee $245.00



Cliffside Falls in The NarrowsCliffside Falls in The Narrows

$215.00 - Special Show Price


Vancouver Island LighthouseVancouver Island Lighthouse




 If ANY of these pieces are of interest for your home, office or home office, they can be purchased and then picked up on 3/31/21 at the Library as they are being taken down at the end of my solo exhibit...


Any of these images and any image on my website can be ordered at any time, in any size that makes the most sense for your home, office, or business. 

Especially with HD Metal, they can be made any size - up to 60" on the longest dimension

My print lab will custom-cut the Chromaluxe Aluminum to whatever size you want and my framing company will make a wood frame (in over 2 dozen styles) to fit these HD Metal exactly.

Framed, they become museum pieces.

Either call 908-240-7484 or send an email to awplants@yahoo.com

to order any of the images on this website.

Thank you for your interest.

How can I help you?










(David Anderson Ward) Aurora Bleeding Hearts Columbine Dogwood Empire State Building Framed Prints HD Metal Long Exposures Matte Acrylic Peregrine Falcon Reflections Sunbursts Sunrise The Narrows Turnagain Arm Unique Photos Waterfalls. https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/2/warren-library-exhibit Tue, 02 Feb 2021 16:31:13 GMT
Cliff Waterfall in The Narrows https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/cliff-waterfall-in-the-narrows Zion Narrows' CliffsZion Narrows' CliffsCascading Waterfalls into the Virgin River in The Narrows

'Cliff Waterfall in The Narrows'

32" x 18" Metal

Show Special $215.00!

There are two ways to hike The Narrows.

You can enter from the north - but be prepared to jump/slide down through a series of small waterfalls - pretty strenuous and not for everyone - but amazing I'm sure, too.

OR you can enter the Virgin River - like we did and most people do - at the Temple of Sinawava at the south end and hike into the Virgin River's water rushing at your feet/ankles/legs. 

That took a little getting used to. But we all quickly got used to it and it was OK.

We hiked about a mile or so in taking many photos along the way, and then turned back.

When we did that we had a completely different view of everything as we hiked out and it was like seeing it all for the first time all over again.

We had passed this waterfall on the way in (obviously) but shooting it from this angle with the beautiful cliffs above was different.

More images of The Narrows, including a cool night sky image of the church at Gafton ghost town under a blanket of stars that's hard to even comprehend, are on my website gallery called...


This image is available at 32" x 18" and is on special for this solo exhibit at $215 instead of the $325 that 32" x 18" Metal cost.

This image is available in many other sizes - let me know what size works best for you!

(David Anderson Ward) Back Country Journeys Hike The Narrows Hiking in the Narrows Temple of Sinawava The Narrows The Narrows in Zion Virgin River Zion Zion National Park https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/cliff-waterfall-in-the-narrows Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:13:33 GMT
The Narrows Mountains & Virgin River https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/the-narrows-mountains-virgin-river Zion Narrows - PassageZion Narrows - Passage

'The Narrows - Mountains & the Virgin River'

32" x 18"Metal

Special Price @ $215.00

Hiking IN the Virgin River in The Narrows is one of the most incredible things I've ever done. I highly recommend seeing Zion National Park in person; and if you do, you have to hike The Narrows.

Caveat: The Narrows is not open every day. This is a canyon with no trails other than in the river itself. So if the CFM rate (Cubic Feet per Minute) is 150 CFM or above, The Narrows is closed. And then there's the threat of flash flooding upstream which can be deadly not just because of the rushing water rate, but all the trees, branches and rocks slamming through, too.

When we visited the flow rate was 45 CFM and it was safe to enter and hike in the Virgin River. It was challenging at times so at 75 CFM or faster, it would be a very difficult hike. Zion has large signs along the trail leading up to the river entrance with color coded symbols indicating the viability of hiking in the river that day and they take it VERY seriously, monitoring upstream for flooding and flow rate constantly, and they will never allow anyone to be at risk.

We were provided proper gear for this hike at Zion Outfitters located right at the entrance to the park. They provided special socks, waterproof pants, a thick, strong walking stick (essential) and wet suit shoes. These shoes immediately filled with water once we entered the Virgin River and our bodies warmed that water quickly for a relatively comfortable hike. Excellent! The soles grip better when wet, which was a good thing considering how slippery the algae covered rocks were. Zion Outfitters provided excellent gear for sure, and all of it was essential for a great experience.

Zion in 2018 ruled that photo groups could not use tripods on trails and The Narrows is a trail. They didn't want a group of 6 photographers lined up across a trail blocking other park visitors - understandable. Individuals, however could use tripods - and they did.

We improvised and used our walking sticks as make-shift mono-pods. But that's not the same thing as a sturdy tripod and it made long exposures impossible, which was shame. If I ever return, using a waterproof tripod in The Narrows will make a huge difference.

This scene was relatively early in the hike through The Narrows. Fortunately I had my wide angle lens on my camera to be able to capture this entire scene, from the river foreground to the impressive mountains. This is one of my favorite images from that day and I hope you enjoy it, too.

My Zion - The Narrows Gallery on my website has many images from The Narrows. If viewed on a PC, these can be watched as a full screen slideshow.


The displayed piece is a 32" x 18" Metal and it's on special for this solo exhibit at $215.00. It's regularly $325.00 at this size.

Of course, this is available in just about any size up to 60" on the long side.

How can we help you?!

(David Anderson Ward) Back Country Journeys Hike The Narrows Hiking in The Narrows Mountains flanking Virgin River Mountains in The Narrows Temple of Sinewava The Narrows Virgin River Zion Zion in Fall Zion National Park Zion Outfitters https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/the-narrows-mountains-virgin-river Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:18:45 GMT
Feasting Bee https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/feasting-bee Bee on a Cone Flower - Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center, Chester, NJBee on a Cone FlowerBee feasting on a Cone Flower at the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester, NJ 'Feasting Bee'

On a Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea var.

30" x 20" Print in a 37" x 27" Frame


While visiting the Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center in Chester, NJ for a presentation by the NJ Chapter of the Nature Conservancy in October, 2018, we spent some time in their small but colorful butterfly garden right behind the main building before we hiked around the meadows. It was a beautiful fall day and a very nice, well run program.

Pollinators of all kinds were having a blast feeding away and did not really care about all these humans observing them.

When this bee landed on this Coneflower, it demanded a feeding portrait. I shot this with my 70-200 mm lens from about 10'  to 15' away so as to not disturb the bee. The bee was so intent on feasting it didn't care at all!

The Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, part of the Morris County park system, has many wonderful trails through the wildflower/bluebird meadows and also down along the Black River. It's a beautiful peaceful park few people are aware of.

This image is offered as a 30" x 20' print in a 37" x 27" frame.

This would make a stunning statement in any home or office, especially if you like bee images.

As with every other image on display and on my website or in any of my YouTube Video/Slideshows, they are all available as Framed Prints or HD Metal in whatever size makes the most sense for you.

I'd love to help you with your Wall Art decision!



(David Anderson Ward) bee black river butterfly garden chester chester nj coneflower echinacea purpurea elizabeth d kay environmental center fasting bee nature conservancy pollinator garden https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/feasting-bee Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:44:54 GMT
Pink Hibiscus https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/pink-hibiscus Pink HibiscusPink HibiscusA beautiful Pink Hibiscus with fresh dew Pink Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis var.

21" x 15" Print in a 27" x 21" Frame


While visiting the amazing Longwood Gardens last October, we, of course, went through the Rose/Hibiscus greenhouse located to the left of the main East Conservatory entrance, right after the Tropical Terrace - which houses my favorite plant - an enormous Rabbit's Foot Fern first planted in 1952 (68 years old) and weighs 500 lbs! I digress...

The Rose House has dozens of Rose and Hibiscus varieties on display year-round. The walkway goes along the front of the greenhouse with rows of Roses and Hibiscus on display up from that walkway. It's typically quite spectacular, especially if you like roses and hibiscus flowers. Something is always in bloom in this greenhouse.

The hibiscus genus is large, comprising hundreds of varieties all native to warm temperate, sub-tropical and tropical environments all over the world. Think Florida, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.

Few interior collections rival Longwood Garden's collection. This  is also true about their water lily collection (amazing and another favorite) and many other plant species.

Their seasonal displays are nothing short of incredible - their Orchid, Mum, and Christmas displays are extremely well done every year with perfect execution and incredible attention to detail. They have quite the horticultural staff.

It's one of my favorite places but unfortunately it's over 2 hours away.

Many more flower images can be enjoyed on my gallery...


In fact, the first image in this gallery is Hibiscus, rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel' - another stunning variety I've only seen at Longwood Gardens. This variety is located on the east end of the rose room.

If you like flower images, and especially if the color pink works in your home or office, this framed image would be a wonderful addition. How can we help you?!



(David Anderson Ward) Hibiscus Longwood Gardens Pink Hibiscus https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/pink-hibiscus Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:34:45 GMT
Vancouver Island Lighthouse https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/vancouver-island-lighthouse Vancouver Island LighthouseVancouver Island LighthouseWhile sailing from Vancouver to the southern California coast, we went past Vancouver Island. I noticed this lighthouse nicely framed by conifer trees. The seagull just happened to fly in. Vancouver Island Lighthouse

21" x 15" Black & White Print

27" x 21" Custom Wood Frame


While sailing from Vancouver on a cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles, we slowly passed beautiful Vancouver Island.

As we passed this lighthouse with the layers of mountains, the image became apparent.

The seagull flying right by the lighthouse was a bonus! The seagull was not compensated in any way!

The ship was probably doing 10-15 knots - certainly not still in the water. I shot this at 1/640 of second which worked well.

There was no opportunity to attempt a long exposure, not on a boat, especially one that's moving.

But why black and white?

This was shot late in the day and the color image was mostly various shades of blue, even the conifer trees. No matter what I tried in post processing, it just never looked right to me. But when I converted this to black & white, it just worked.

More images of Vancouver - which is a beautiful city in so many ways - can be found in a gallery on my website - www.davidandersonward.com/vancouver

There are some very cool and serene sunset shots off the back of the ship as we returned to Vancouver, as well as some beautiful panoramas of the city of Vancouver. Check it out!

This image is a 21" x 15" print. It was then professionally mounted and framed with an archival matte in a 27" x 21" frame. This would be perfect in any home or office, or your home office.

This can also be provided on HD Metal, which is ideal for wall art. In either medium it is available in many other sizes, too.

How can we help you?!



(David Anderson Ward) Coastal Lighthouse Cruise Layered Mountains Lighthouse Princess Cruises Sailing past Vancouver Island Vancouver Vancouver Island Vancouver Island Lighthouse https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/vancouver-island-lighthouse Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:04:30 GMT
Ken Lockwood Gorge https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/ken-lockwood-gorge Ken Lockwood GorgeKen Lockwood GorgeKen Lockwood Gorge is considered one of the top 10 most beautiful locations in New Jersey. I agree as do many people.

Ken Lockwood Gorge

21" x 15" Print in a 27".x 21" Frame


I visited Ken Lockwood Gorge for the first time in early October, 2018. It was late afternoon. the lighting was perfect and there was literally no wind. This is unusual in this gorge with fast moving water, so I took advantage of the conditions;.

I did not have an ND filter for my Lumix GH5 and had never tried long exposures before. But late on this overcast afternoon, down in this gorge with fully foliated trees, I was able to get this long exposure using only camera settings. I shoot in Manual Mode, so I chose the highest aperture (f/22), the lowest possible ISO the GH5 offered (ISO-100), and then I set the shutter speed as long as the proper exposure allowed - in this case under these conditions and with that camera - I was able to slow it down to 5 seconds. Perfect.

What was immediately very cool was the appearance of the small whirlpool in the lower left. This whirlpool was NOT visible to the eye standing there. Yet, the 5 second exposure allowed the camera to capture it and so much more. The movement of the water from right to left is evident yet smooth while all the surroundings are in focus. Having no wind made this possible.

I have shot many images in KLG since, but this one remains a favorite of mine, and it is most peoples' favorite, too.
A longer exposure may have erased the whirlpool - but I'll never know. Unfortunately now, the small tree growing in the rock island in the river is doing very poorly, (it's a tough environment for any tree) and several trees have fallen all around it from several wind storms since 10/2018, so this scene can never be created or imaged like this again!

This is unique, one-of-a-kind image.

This image hangs in our home, my son's home, in a friend's home in Ohio (on HD Metal) and I have included this one here.

Wouldn't this framed print look great in your home or office?

More images of Ken Lockwood Gorge and Lake Solitude can be found on my Gallery -


(David Anderson Ward) 5 Second Exposure Beautiful Scenery Boulders in a river Ken Lockwood Gorge KLG Long Exposure NJ October Raging River River" Smooth Water Tree in a River Whirlpool https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/ken-lockwood-gorge Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Peregrine Falcon https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/peregrine-falcon Peregrine FalconPeregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon - a Stunning Portrait! 'Peregrine Falcon'

Falco peregrinus

32" x 25" HD Metal


Once I found out there was a nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons at the Stateline Overlook off the Palisades Parkway, I made plans to go up there as soon as possible. On July 5th, 2020 I was able to do so.

Peregrine Falcons are the fastest birds there are - actually the fastest animal on the planet! Able to dive at speeds of 180 to 250 mph with deadly agility and accuracy, they capture their prey - other birds - in flight before they even knew what hit them!

But they are only successful 20% of the time. It's not so easy out in the wild.

This falcon pair roost at this location on branches sticking out over the cliffs. One perch has been 'named' the most famous perch in the world. It certainly has been photographed a LOT almost every day of the year.

As I drove down the road into the Overlook parking lot, I noticed three or four photographers along the road. I parked, joined them, and we were all treated to this adult Peregrine out on a branch posing, preening, and waiting for that perfect opportunity to go grab some dinner.

These Peregrines seem to be habituated to humans, knowing no (relatively) clumsy human would dare climb out over the cliffs; and even if one of us was that stupid to try, the falcon could easily fly away. They just don't seem to care that much about all these photographers snapping away, although they give everyone a 'who you lookin' at' eye-full quite often.

I captured this stunning portrait at 1/2000th of a second and at 600 mm even though I was only about 50' to 70' away from this gorgeous Peregrine Falcon. Why 1/2000th of a second?

First there was enough soft daylight to allow me to do so, even at 7 PM, and I wanted to be ready in case it decided to fly away. Of course, it did fly away - and far too quickly for me to capture it doing so. It just dropped down off the cliff in full tuck position in a flash. No one else captured it flying away either. Next time, perhaps!

However, I did capture several other images, including these two...

Peregrine Juveniles FightingPeregrine Juveniles FightingOne Peregrine Juvenile was calmly on this perch when all of sudden it's sibling came swooping in with some attitude.

'Kids will be Kids'

A Peregrine Falcon Juvenile 'attacking' it's sibling.

Peregrine Falcon OverheadPeregrine Falcon OverheadSeeing these amazing, beautiful birds in flight overhead was amazing.

'Peregrine Falcon Flying Overhead'

This stunning Peregrine Falcon Portrait is on display as a 32" x 25" HD Matte Metal for $710.00.

This would make a stunning statement in any home or office.

I personally think Peregrines are the most attractive raptors. Bald Eagles are regal for sure. Ospreys are master hunters. Hawks are simply amazing and beautiful, too. But Peregrine Falcons just have it all together.

As with any image, these are available in various sizes for your specific needs. 

The Peregrine Falcon Portrait, at this cropping, is available from as small as 11.52" x 8" up to 60" x 46.875". There is enough room to alter the cropping, if desired.

Yes, you read that correctly, the lab I use can and will cut the Chromaluxe Aluminum to whatever dimension I request - no problem. And I can get custom wood frames in any dimension, too. This HD Metal, framed or not, is a tremendous solution.

How can I help you? Just give me a call at 908-240-7484!

(David Anderson Ward) Adult Peregrine Falcon palisades Peregrine Falcon Peregrine Falcon Nesting Pair Peregrine Falcon Pair Peregrine Portrait State Line Overlook https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/peregrine-falcon Sun, 17 Jan 2021 17:47:25 GMT
Single Flowers https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/single-flowers Single Flowers

15" x 10" HD Metal

Each Image is $162.00

All 3 Together are $450.00

Bleeding HeartBleeding HeartA single Bleeding Heart

'One Bleeding Heart' - Lamprocapnos spectabilis

In our small front yard we have several blooming perennials. Among them is a gorgeous Bleeding Heart that everyone seems to love. Every year it gets a little bigger and more robust all on it's own - oh the magic of perennials! All we do is lay down a fresh layer of wood chips to blanket the soil. 

Every spring I attempt to get THE image of a bleeding heart in bloom. With a busy background of other plants, that's not so simple. This year I tried capturing small groups of flowers and was able to capture this single bloom with a simple background.

This would make a wonderful Valentine's Day or Mother's Day Gift for that special someone, yes? 

This - and all 3 of these - are available in many other sizes; and each one can also have a custom wood frame.

Whatever you prefer, I am here to help!

Red ColumbineRed ColumbineRed Columbine growing wild along the path to Buttermilk Falls

'Red Columbine' - Aquilegia canadensis

While hiking to Buttermilk Falls this spring (May 15th), a group of small red flowers caught my eye.

Along the path, in amongst a lot of other species of plants, was a vibrant Columbine plant in full bloom.

Trying to find that perfect isolated bloom with a decent background proved to be not so easy; and it was growing under massive forest trees late in the day (5:15 PM), so the lighting was not ideal, either. 

I shot this with my 200-600 mm lens from about 15' away (because that's what was on my camera) at 594 mm!

This image is available in many other sizes - a 30" x 20" would be very cool - and custom wood frames are available at great prices, too.

Red DogwoodRed DogwoodA single Red Dogwood Bloom

'Red Dogwood - Cornus florida var. rubra

While hiking around our neighborhood here in Hillsborough one April afternoon I noticed a Red Dogwood tree growing between a large Pine tree and a building - and it did not look too happy. Yet it was doing it's best to survive. Red Dogwoods are tough plants able to grow in shade or full sun.

There was really no opportunity to shoot the whole tree - a fence, a big pine tree, the building, and a very busy background eliminated that aesthetic possibility. So I zoomed in to capture small groups of blooms. Once again, the lens on my camera at the time was my 200-600 mm and this was shot at 600 mm from about 20' away.

Fortunately, the background behind this one single bloom was very far away and the lens imaged that nicely out of focus and dark for this striking image. This looks more like a cut flower to me, almost like a single Rose in bloom.

Any of these 3 flowers images would make wonderful wall art pieces by themselves.

Having all 3 on a wall as a variation on a Triptych would be incredible in any home, office, or restaurant.

Once again, these are all available in varying sizes, and custom wood frames are available.

Let me know how I can help!


(David Anderson Ward) Bleeding Heart Columbine Dogwood Flowers HD Metal Red Blooms Red Columbine Red Dogwood Red Flowers Single Blooms Single Flowers Tryptech https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/single-flowers Sun, 17 Jan 2021 17:20:32 GMT
Two Suns? Lower Manhatten Sunrise https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/two-suns-lower-manhatten-sunrise Two Suns - NYC SunriseTwo Suns - NYC Sunrise Two Suns? Lower Manhattan Sunrise

32" x 18" HD Metal


On Sunday, 12/13/20, a friend and I went to Jersey City to shoot the sunrise over NYC.

We arrived about a half hour before sunrise.

Lower Manhattan Sunrise SilhouetteLower Manhattan Sunrise SilhouetteA half hour before sunrise NYC was a calm silhouette

As the sun began rising, but before we could actually see it, it started lighting up buildings in NYC and in Jersey City all around us. It was incredible - magical actually - to watch all this happen around us. 

When the sun finally appeared, it seemed to be coming up just north of One World Trade Center. But was it?

Sun ReflectionSun ReflectionA very reflective building just north of One World Trade Center creates the illusion of a second sun

Then it faded and another bright sunburst appeared between several buildings to the south - but much too quickly to be the same sun. But, in fact, this was the 'real' sun.

Sun Bursting ThroughSun Bursting ThroughThe rising sun finally appears!

Then that faded and the one in the north appeared again.

THEN both of them appeared as you see in the top image. 


Who knew?

This phenomenon lasted maybe 30 seconds to a minute, tops. 

Then the sun kept rising until it was too intensely bright to continue shooting.

I'm guessing this does not happen every day because the sun rises in a different spot on the horizon every day. And it's doubtful that any other building in Manhattan is THIS reflective to create this 'second sun' like this. But, the actual sun has to hit this reflective building at just the right angle to create this illusion of a 'second sun', too. So my guess is this happens only here - opposite the Pier Apartments in Jersey City - maybe 2 or 4 or 6 days a year at most. But only if you're up at dawn and are present and aware. We were pretty much by ourselves on this pier except for 2 or 3 joggers who were not aware of this happening; and no one in the Pier Apartments seemed to be looking out either.

This image is a 32" x 18" HD Metal Print for $540.00

This can be made in any size, preferably with this 16:9 aspect ratio = 16" x 9" or 32" x 18" or 48" x 27".

However, it can also be made ANY size! The lab we use cuts every piece of Chromaluxe Aluminum on site to whatever size I specify so you can have exactly the size that makes sense for you.

I can also provide custom wood frames for this, or any image, at any size, at a very reasonable cost.

What size makes the most sense for your home, or office, or home office?

Wherever it is displayed it is sure to start some interesting conversations!

More of my images of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty can be found in my Gallery -


(David Anderson Ward) jersey city lower manhattan sunrise manhattan nyc sunrise pier apartments sunburst between buildings sunrise" two suns https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/two-suns-lower-manhatten-sunrise Sun, 17 Jan 2021 04:18:11 GMT
Full Moon over Candy Cane Empire State Building https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/full-moon-over-candy-cane-empire-state-building Full Moon & Candy Cane Empire State BuildingFull Moon & Candy Cane Empire State BldgFull Moon over the Candy Cane illuminated Empire State Building

'Full Moon over the Candy Cane illuminated Empire State Building'

32" x 21" HD Metal


On 12/29/20 my friend and I traveled to Hoboken to shoot the full moon over the Candy Cane illuminated Empire State building. It was frigid evening; and with the wind coming off the Hudson River, we both knew the night would be a challenge keeping warm.

We got some images of the full moon coming up over mid-town Manhattan, Hudson Yards with pastel skies after the sun set, and then shots of lower Manhattan basking in the setting sun. 

Full Moon over MidtownFull Moon over MidtownThe rising full moon bisected by a building's tower

Hudson Yards after SunsetHudson Yards after SunsetThe sky turned these cool pastel colors 10 minutes after the sun set behind us.

Lower Manhattan at SunsetLower Manhattan at SunsetLower Manhattan illuminated by the setting sun.

But as the sun approached the Empire State Building, it all came together nicely.

The Empire State Building's lights are all multi-color LEDs and those colors are easily changed on a tablet, compared to having to have several technicians dangerously climb out there and change gels on lights, as they had to do for decades. The Empire State Building nicely publishes the color of the exterior lights every day for that night on their website, which really helps.

As the moon moved up higher in the sky, the Hudson River was illuminated like I've rarely seen it.

Once it had lined up right over the Empire State Building's Tower - Mission Accomplished and we got back into our vehicle as quickly as we could. It was great we found a parking space close by. Thank you Hoboken!

This 32" x 21" HD Metal would be perfect in any home or office setting, and of course, it can be done in other sizes - whatever size you desire!

Let me know what size may work the best for you and I will get you a price.

And every HD Metal can now have a Custom Wood Frame at a very reasonable price, if desired.

More of my images of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty can be found in my Galleries on NYC -





(David Anderson Ward) Candy Cane Candy Cane illuminated Empire State Building Empire State Building Full Moon Full Moon Illumination Hoboken Hoboken Waterfront Hudson River Illuminated Hudson River Midtown Manhattan https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/full-moon-over-candy-cane-empire-state-building Sat, 16 Jan 2021 19:57:46 GMT
Lower Buttermilk Falls https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/lower-buttermilk-falls Lower Buttermilk FallsLower Buttermilk Falls Lower Buttermilk Falls - Delaware Water Gap

30" x 20" HD Metal


Buttermilk Falls is one the tallest waterfalls in New Jersey and absolutely beautiful - if you can get to it.

The road in has large craters for pot holes and it's amazingly bad. It's really too bad the state of NJ cannot rectify this. Once parked it's about a mile hike to the falls, even though there is a parking lot right across from the falls.

As of 9/25/20 the state of NJ closed the drive in so now it's a 3 mile hike to the falls.

The state built a staircase into the steep hill to the left of the falls and it's worth doing this hike up the mountain along side this tall waterfall. It's quite a unique perspective.

At the top there is a several mile trail around some mountain lakes that's supposed to be quite strenuous.

This is a 30 second exposure at f/18 and 24 mm creating all the incredible detail in this image.

This 30" x 20" HD Metal is a perfect size for most homes or offices, but this image can be produced as small as 8" x 12" up to 60" x 40" - in any size following the 2x3 aspect ratio. And we can get a custom wood frame for this at a very reasonable cost.

Let me know what size makes the most sense for you and I will get you a quote.



(David Anderson Ward) 30 Second Exposure Buttermilk Falls Buttermilk Waterfall long exposure long exposures lower Buttermilk falls moss by a waterfall https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/lower-buttermilk-falls Sat, 16 Jan 2021 18:14:41 GMT
Upper Gluggafoss Waterfall https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/upper-gluggafoss-falls Upper Gluggafoss WaterfallUpper Gluggafoss WaterfallThree 30 second horizontal images create this detail rich vertical panorama

Upper Gluggafoss Waterfall

36" x 24" HD Metal Vertical Panorama


Iceland has numerous waterfalls throughout this island nation. Yet most waterfalls along the ring road - Route 1 - have far too many tourists and photographers for clean images.

Gluggafoss Waterfall is 7.5 miles inland from the southern ring road so most tourists in Iceland miss it or don't even know about it; which is a good thing.

Because it's not visible from Rt 1, there were only a few other people there that day. It was wonderful!

And from the road these falls are just not that impressive as the other waterfalls in Iceland appear to be.

But I liked these falls the best. It was very unique and intimate.

It was wonderful to have this pretty much to ourselves; and because there was no wind in this canyon, shooting there was absolutely joyous.

Gluggafoss Falls is 2 waterfalls about 80' apart with a raging river connecting them.

I really like my Breakthrough Photography 6-Stop ND filter and the effect it has on water. Most photographers shoot waterfalls at 1/3rd of a second to 4 seconds. However, I love creating 30 second exposures with this filter.

This image is actually three 30 second horizontal images stitched together into this detail rich vertical panorama.

The 30 seconds also smooths out the rapidly flowing water from this waterfall to the lower falls. This technique yields far more detail than any single vertical shot would provide.

This image is a 36" x 24" HD Metal Print with a matte finish so ZERO reflections!

It is, of course, available in many other sizes, from as small as 12" x 8" up to 60" x 40" - which would be spectacular in a large office lobby or a home.

Let me know which size works best for your home or office and I will get you a quote in either HD Metal or a Framed Print. The HD Metal is the superior choice - and we can get custom wood frames for this HD Metal at very reasonable prices.

More Iceland images are in the gallery on this site - www.davidandersonward.com/Iceland

And I have a 13:32 minute video/slideshow - with 5 songs - entitled 'Iceland' on YouTube 



(David Anderson Ward) 30 Second Exposure Gluggafoss Gluggafoss Waterfall Iceland Iceland Waterfall Iceland Waterfalls Long Exposure Long Exposures Upper Gluggafoss Falls Upper Gluggafoss Waterfall Waterfall https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/upper-gluggafoss-falls Sat, 16 Jan 2021 16:13:48 GMT
Sunrise on Kiliarusik Island https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/sunrise-on-kiliarusik-island Sunrise on Kiliarusik IslandSunrise on Kiliarusik IslandSeeing the sun rise in the Arctic was a very special experience if only because for the first 3 days there was no sunrise because of cloud cover.

Sunrise on Kiliarusik Island

A 30" x 20" Print in a 39" x 27" Frame


In August of 2017, I flew 1,000 miles directly north of Montreal to the very top of Quebec Canada to the Nunavik Territory where there are no roads except within Inuit villages, to go camping on an uninhabited island with 7 people I'd never met before, in search of polar bears, musk ox, bearded seals and icebergs. We saw these in their natural habitat and so much more. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Our campsite (5 Cabelas double wall tents, a quickly slapped together outhouse and an un-insulated cabin) was on the north end of this island. Because of the very limited latrine situation, the guides requested the men on the trip not use the outhouse for #1, so we all found our favorite isolated location close by. I was so impressed with the 4 women on this trip, two of which were 73. None complained about the outhouse at all.

I found a path down through the rocky boulders along the north coast where no one could see me. 

On the last day, after a fierce wind storm the day before blew away the cloud cover . It was a beautiful clear day. I woke up early that morning anticipating this and when I got down along the coast I was treated to this scene.

I shot this at 5:50 AM. Capturing this image was a true gift. 

More images from this amazing adventure can be seen on my gallery on this website.


I also have a 9 Minute video/slideshow entitled Canadian Arctic Wildlife on YouTube at


Any of these images, especially my Pop Up Seal, the Polar Bear and Musk Ox images, the Iceberg images, or any of the serene landscape images would all make stunning wall art at any size.

Let me know if this or any other images inspire you and I will get you size and pricing options in either Framed Prints or on HD Metal with or without a frame.



(David Anderson Ward) . arctic Arctic Sunrise Island Sunrise Nunavik Territory sunrise Uninhabited Island https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/sunrise-on-kiliarusik-island Thu, 14 Jan 2021 20:21:47 GMT
Glen Onoko Falls https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/glen-onoko-falls  


Glen Onoko Falls

Glen Onoko Falls - Lower FallsGlen Onoko FallsGlen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, PA


Glen Onoko Falls

32" x 18" HD Metal Vertical Panorama


Glen Onoko Falls is in Jim Thorpe, PA and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful trails in Pennsylvania.

But it is also rated as very difficult, even deadly.

Unfortunately, too many people continually tried to hike this challenging trail unprepared for it's difficulty - and 8 people have died since 1977 with many more injured. So the PA Game Commission shut this trail down on May 1st, 2019 as the constant injuries were overwhelming the areas First Responders. As of now, it is closed permanently.

Which is really a shame as this trail is so amazing and beautiful. 

I was fortunate to hike this trail the last day it was open to the public on April 30, 2019. It was pretty crowded with hikers getting one last hike in. It's really too bad PA cannot afford to upgrade this trail so people could do this incredible hike safely; but budgets are what budgets are and it would probably take several $Million to fix it safely and correctly.

To get this image, I carefully went out on some massive boulders in this raging river - safely, of course. Once set up I quickly realized I was too close to the waterfall, even with a 24 mm lens, to capture the whole waterfall in one image. And backing up was just not an option! So I took 3, horizontal, .5 second images and stitched them together in Photoshop to create this stunning vertical panorama. With the HD Metal, the details are incredible.

More images of Glen Onoko Falls are in the gallery on my website at


The 3rd image (right after the short video) would also be an amazing HD Metal wall art piece/

Any one of these images would make incredible HD Metal prints any size, from a minimum of 8" x 10" up to 60" x 40".

Let me know what size makes sense for your home or office or business and I'll let you know the cost.

David Anderson Ward Imagery accepts cash - as actual cash, or Zelle or Venmo, checks, or credit/debit cards.

Whichever is easiest for you!


(David Anderson Ward) Glen Onoko Falls Long Exposure PA Waterfalls Vertical Panorama Waterfall Waterfalls https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/glen-onoko-falls Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:15:30 GMT
The Narrows https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/the-narrows Zion National Park - The NarrowsZion National Park - The NarrowsHiking IN the Virgin River IN The Narrows is an incredible experience that is exhilarating, unique, sensory overwhelming, and one of the most amazing things I've ever done.

The Narrows

40" x 22.5" Acrylic - Matte Finish


While I was in Zion National Park in 2018, I had the opportunity to hike in The Narrows. WOW!

The on-land trail ends at the Temple of Sinawava. That is unless you can and are prepared to hike IN the Virgin River. There are no dry land trails past this point.

We were properly geared up thanks to Zion Outfitters near the entrance to Zion National Park. We had waterproof pants, special socks, a sturdy, robust walking stick, and wet suit shoes - these shoes filled with river water immediately, but then our body quickly warmed that water for a unique yet comfortable experience. The soles on these shoes actually grip better when wet; which was a good thing as the rocks were very slippery covered in algae. Good thing we had big walking sticks!

Imagine walking in a shallow river with 45 CFS (cubic feet per second) of water rushing past you while flanked by 2,000' to 3,000' tall cliffs and mountains. It was so surreal and incredible - almost overwhelming.

In 2018, Zion banned tripods on trails with groups - they didn't want any trail blocked with several tripods - which is understandable. But that precluded doing any long exposures, which would've been wonderful in this river. There were individuals in The Narrows with tripods as Zion allowed tripods for individuals. I believe this rule has been modified.

This was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. Even though Zion National Park has 5 million visitors every year, only a small percentage experience The Narrows.  That's a shame because it is such a unique experience everyone should have; but that would make this narrow river impossibly crowded. I guess it's just right.

One more thing. The Narrows is subject to deadly flash flooding, so the Park Service monitors this carefully every day. If the flow gets to or above 150 CFS, The Narrows is closed for safety. And they absolutely monitor upstream flood potential constantly. Hiking through 45 CFS was challenging at times, at 70 CFS or higher, it would be very difficult. At 150 CFS or higher, it's potentially deadly with fast moving, deeper water with tree branches and rocks IN the water at high speeds too. And there is nowhere to hide or get out of the way, not with 3,000' foot tall cliffs on both sides. It's exhilerating for sure.

For more images of The Narrows in Zion National Park, please visit my gallery at


This enlargement is an Acrylic Print with a Matte Finish, 40" x 22.5". for $795.00.

This is also available on HD Metal with a matte finish for $594.00.

And in many other sizes depending on your decor and budget.

'Getting the Shot'

As stated earlier, Zion instituted a rule in 2018 that no groups could use tripods on any trail; and the Virgin River through The Narrows is considered a trail. So we all improvised and used our walking sticks as make-shift monopods. This actually helped, even with water rushing by. Of course a sturdy, waterproof tripod would've been superior. Next time!

Getting the Shot - Zion - The NarrowsGetting the Shot - Zion - The Narrows


(David Anderson Ward) . Hiking in The Narrows Temple of Sinawava The Narrows The Narrows in Zion The Narrows in Zion National Park Virgin River Virgin River in Zion Zion Zion National Park https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/the-narrows Sat, 09 Jan 2021 14:39:57 GMT
Midtown Reflections https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/midtown-reflections Mid-Town ReflectionsMid-Town ReflectionsThis image was created using 5 overlapping images later stitched into this stunning, detail-rich panorama.

Midtown Reflextions

60" x 16" Panorama on HD Metal


This panorama was created by taking 5 images left to right and deliberately overlapping each one.

Each image was a 30 Second exposure using no ND filter because it was at night and the proper camera settings were sufficient. These long exposures allowed the reflections in the water to manifest nicely.

At 60" x 16", this image is 21,000 pixels long x 5,000 pixels tall

= 105,000,000 total pixels = 109,375 pixels per square inch!

This high resolution provides the incredible details throughout the image.

This 60" x 16" panorama would be spectacular in any home or office with a long available space - maybe over a couch or over a staircase in a home; or in a reception lobby or conference room in an office, or a NYC themed restaurant. This is also available at 45" x 12" and 30" x 8" if the 60" long dimension is too long for your situation.

This is shipped from the lab in a wooden crate for maximum protection.

HD Metal? 

Dye Sublimation prints heat transferred to Chromaluxe Aluminum, the finest aluminum for printing. I only provide a matte finish as the standard gloss finish is nothing but an annoying reflective mirror when hung, ruining the viewing experience. However, this lab's matte finish is by far the best in the industry providing incredible, almost 3D details, vibrant, accurate colors, and, best of all, ZERO reflections with very minimal glare. Nothing else and no other photo lab compares and everyone who sees these in person is blown away, literally!

A 45" x 12" costs $445.00.

A 30" x 8" costs $325.00.

Let me know which is the right size for your home or office!



(David Anderson Ward) Weehawkin "Long Exposure" "Midtown Manhattan" 30 Second Exposure 30 Second Exposures 30 Second Water Reflections Hudson River Long Exposures Midtown Manhattan Skyline Midtown Reflection Midtown Reflections NYC Skyline Water Reflections https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/midtown-reflections Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:31:35 GMT
Bird Point at Turnagain Arm https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/bird-point-at-turnagain-arm Turnagain Arm from Birdview PointBird Point at Turnagain ArmBird Point at Turnagain Arm is about halfway from Anchorage to Seward, Alaska. A wonderfully beautiful and serene setting on a beautiful morning.

'Bird Point at Turnagain Arm'

60" x 16" Panorama on HD Metal


Driving from Anchorage, Alaska to Seward, Alaska - before going out on a 45' boat for the next 5 days in Kenai Fjords National Park - INCREDIBLE - we stopped at Bird Point at Turnagain Arm, one of two narrow branches of water at the north end of Cook Inlet in the Gulf of Alaska.

It was a wonderful clear morning in Alaska and this scene was just so serene and beautiful.

This image is the result of my capturing 5 images left to right, with each one overlapping the next image for maximum resolution. This was shot with a 47 megapixel Lumix S1R full frame mirrorless camera.

These were later stitched together in Photoshop to create this stunning 60" x 16" panorama.

The resulting image is 18,000 pixels long x 4,800 pixels high = 86,400,000 total pixels,

which equals 90,000 pixels per square inch! The details throughout this panorama are incredible.

This would be perfect for any long space in a home - a staircase perhaps, or over a long sofa - or in an office setting - in a lobby, a conference room, or any office - or in a Restaurant!

Everyone who sees this unique, one-of-a-kind panorama will be blown away, literally.

Other sizes like 30" x 8", or 45" x 12" are available on HD Metal, too.

For more Kenai Fjords images. please visit www.davidandersonward.com/kenai_fjords

I also have a video/slideshow on YouTube at 


Ideally viewed on a big screen TV with the lights off and the sound up a bit - and just Zen!

(David Anderson Ward) Alaska Alaskan Landscape Alaskan Landscapes Alaskan Lanscape Alaskan Panoramas Anchorage Bird Point at Turnagain Arm Bird Point Panoramas Serene Landscape Serene Water https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2021/1/bird-point-at-turnagain-arm Thu, 07 Jan 2021 01:26:21 GMT
On Knik Glacier https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2020/12/On_Knik_Glacier On Knik GlacierOn Knik Glacier


30" x 20" Matte Acrylic for $795.00

I was fortunate to be able to go on a 5 day boat tour of Kenai Fjords in mid-June, 2019. What an amazing adventure!

Before that trip, I looked into doing a helicopter tour of a glacier while in Alaska. Since I would be in Alaska anyway - and who knows when I might be back?! So I stayed an extra day and WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

I found Alaska Helicopter Tours who were a professional, first rate operation who even provided transportation from my hotel in Anchorage and back when done. They normally do not do doors-off helicopter tours, but at my request they were happy to do so. Great service.

The doors OFF helicopter flight was INCREDIBLE. Our pilot was exceptional (an Army pilot vet, he did two tours in Afghanistan) who knew exactly how to handle the cross winds off the mountains extremely well, and was a terrific person. He flies in Alaska during the summer and in Hawaii in the winter! How cool is that?!

Flying between the very scenic Chugach Mountains flanking the 3 mile wide Knik River Valley was indescribably beautiful. After we spent some time photographing Dahl Sheep on the mountainside across from the lodge, we then approached the massive, ancient Knik Glacier.

When we got over the glacier (25 miles long and 5 miles wide) it literally took our breath away providing seemingly unending photographic compositions everywhere. Flying in at about 100 mph, I was snapping away everywhere. These images are in my gallery www.davidandersonward.com/knik_glacier.

It took 3 tries to land safely on the heavily carved surface of the glacier; but the helicopter pilot was an experienced pro and was able to set the helicopter down safely. We never felt like we were in danger!

Once landed, he immediately put crampons on our boots for incredible traction on the 10,000 year old ice. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop roaming around on this 300' deep ancient icefield. Mind blown!

When I noticed this impossibly aqua blue pond and rivulet, I immediately saw the potential. But the only way to get the shot would be to straddle the creek leading out of the pond. So I did - why not?!

Fortunately another person on this tour captured me taking the photo below of me straddling the surface creek with the helicopter in the background with NO doors on! I was totally safe at all times.

Before we left the surface for our flight back to the Lodge (which included flying over a forested canyon with a horse bend!), we all had a drink from the aqua blue water on the surface. It was easily THE best water I have ever experienced!

The full visual experience can be viewed on this website - www.davidandersonward.com/knik_glacier and in a video-slideshow on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXafk_i4wjo&t=2s.

This video/slideshow, which also includes images of 'Marine Wildlife of Kenai Fjords', is just 12 minutes long and accompanied by 4 songs. The ideal viewing experience is on a big screen TV using the YouTube APP.

The image at the exhibit is a 30" x 20" matte Acrylic done by one of the the best labs in world for Acrylics. The details are incredible and the image is fully protected by the acrylic finish.

The cost is $795.00 for this stunning, original, one-of-a-kind wall art on Matte Acrylic - which is considered one of the best ways to display large images.

Another option would be to order this on HD Matte Metal. This also provides incredible, almost 3D detail, accurate and vibrant colors; and, the best part, with their incredible matte finish, there are ZERO reflections. In addition, this lab has independent studies proving they will not fade for at least 65 years! Incredible!

The cost in HD Metal would be just $525.00 including shipping. This also includes their ingenious aluminum rail hanging system on back - the best hanging system I've ever seen. 

Any image in this gallery (or any gallery on my site) can be ordered on HD Metal, too; which I highly recommend

We can also provide Custom Wood Frames for any HD Metal Image, regardless of size or aspect ratio. This turns any HD Metal image into a Museum Quality Piece. No glass is ever needed, which maintains the ZERO reflection advantage of HD Metal over traditional framed prints. This is the best way to display images as wall art.

David Anderson Ward Imagery accepts credit cards, checks or cash, whichever makes the most sense for you.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this image. It is very much appreciated.

Stradling the Pool on Knik GlacierStradling the Pool on Knik Glacier

(David Anderson Ward) Alaska' 'Aqua Glacier Water' 'Doors Off Helicopter' 'Glacier Images' 'Glacier Photos' knik glacier 'Standing on a Glacier' https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2020/12/On_Knik_Glacier Sun, 27 Dec 2020 00:54:58 GMT
Canadian Arctic Wildlife https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2020/8/canadian-arctic-wildlife Polar bearPolar bear
Musk OxMusk Ox Bearded SealBearded Seal
Iceberg Up CloseIceberg Up Close

Canadian Arctic Wildife

In August, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit the very top of Quebec in Nunavik Territory, to go camping on an uninhabited island with 8 people I had never met before, in a bay with 53' tides in Springtime, in search of polar bears, musk ox, bearded seals, and icebergs.

We saw all this and so much more.

I first flew to Montreal, then the next morning flew 1,000 miles directly north to the capital of Nunavik Territory, Kuujuaq on First Air. First Air is owned by the Inuit and is the ONLY way to get to the far north of Canada. There are no roads to get there and the only other way to get there is by boat around Labrador. This would take a long time and the sea between Labrador and Greenland is rather unforgiving. The plane was packed!

After one night in Kuujuaq, we visited an Inuit Huskie breeder with his $5,000 purebred Greenland Huskie Puppies. They were so cute.

That afternoon we all flew on a prop plane 45 minutes to the next Inuit village, Tasiujaq.

We still had NO real idea of what we were in for, where exactly we were going, or what it would be like.

We then got into the cabin cruiser we would depend on for the next 5 days for a 4 hour journey up to Kiliarusik Island. When we arrived, there was no dock and no beach, just a very rocky, bolder filled coastline. The boat captain calmly and expertly floated alongside the rocky coast and our two guides for the week - Mariala and Murray - secured the boat and helped all of us off without getting wet. We lugged our gear up the rocks (well, Murray did most of that - amazing) and saw our campsite for the first time. It was 5 double-walled Cabala tents arranged together, with a small wooden outhouse (a whole other adventure), and the cabin we would eat our meals in and have our meetings (and warm up in) each day. It wasn't that cold but being out on a treeless island in a large bay, it sure felt cold.

This island also had a small herd of Musk Ox living on it, so venturing away from camp was ill advised without an armed guide accompanying you. No one did.

When they served us dinner the first night, we were all pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I've had worse food on cruise ships and I never expected the food to be as good as it was. We even had a glass of wine with each dinner - isolated in the middle of nowhere at the top of the world! On the Saturday, 2 of the guests had birthdays, and while we all went out on the boat, Murray stayed behind and made a 3 layer layer-cake in a frying pan! It was excellent! Every night they steeped real oatmeal for the morning and we had that and either pancakes or eggs, too. We all made our own sandwiches for lunch; and then we had an excellent sit down dinner together in the cabin - with a glass of wine!

The guides made it very clear that while they knew where the animals might be, this was not a zoo. They could not guarantee we'd see any wildlife.

The first day we met up with a group of about 15 Musk Ox and sat on an opposite hill and ate our lunches while the Musk Ox casually grazed. In the afternoon. Once the tide cooperated enough for us to safely go out on the boat, we saw 5 polar bears, in the wild, the first day. Incredible and tremendous!

This island and Leaf Bay are north of the tree line - there were NO trees or bushes anywhere. From a distance the islands looked barren, But once on the island, the diversity and abundance of ground cover plants and lichen species was mind boggling. Every morning one of the woman on the trip - Joyce: 73 years old who was with her husband Paul, from Michigan - and I went around near our camp and picked never-been-touched-by-a-human-hand ground-cover blueberries, goose berries, and cranberries; which we added to the oatmeal. Delicious!

The 2nd day we went out in search of Bearded Seals. We slipped into a few coves that seemed like they would be ideal seal habitat - but there were none to be found. After rounding a corner, one of the guides spotted a seal sitting high up on the rocky shore. He slowed the engines and floated in facing that shore and almost immediately 2 other seals appeared in the water checking us out. One humped it's way out of the water to rest on a low boulder and pose for us and one kept rising up and falling to it's left to dive under. Once I realized this behavior, I was able to capture him in one shot, not in burst. This is one of my favorite wildlife images - who can resist those huge eyes!

We then passed by a cliff the guides knew had a falcon nest. But they hadn't seen any falcons all summer. Within 5 minutes of us pulling up alongside this cliff a beautiful, large Peregrine Falcon swooped in and put on a show for us. Absolutely magical.

The 3rd day on the island was a blowout with a 35 to 55 mph windstorm that was wicked. We hunkered down in the cabin all day - totally unsafe to go out on the boat - and we piled rocks on our tent poles so the tents wouldn't blow away and still be there that night - and it worked!

That wind storm blew out the overcast skies and we had a glorious last full day on Kiliarusik Island. We decided to do about a 6 mile hike around our half of the island. The guides carried rifles just in case - cause an aggravated Musk Ox can run 37 miles mph and will not stop until you're dead!

I found more arctic flora - like Mare's Tail, Fireweed growing on top of the highest hillside on the island, and about 15 different species of lichen - and from that high point we saw several iceberg's afloat in Ungava Bay. 

That afternoon we boated out of Leaf Bay into the southern belly of Ungava Bay. The waves tripled in size once in Ungava Bay. The waves in the arctic sea north of Ungava Bay must be insane! We quickly came up alongside this 60' tall by 300' long iceberg grounded on the end of an island. It was absolutely magnificent and awe-inspiring being that close to this enormous, ancient ice. The iceberg images were all taken on a boat in 3' waves. Fun.

That night, after another delicious dinner, we witnessed our first sunset. The golden glow on the horizon went all around us - because we were at the top of the world - well almost. Then, about a half hour after it got fully dark, the ENTIRE sky exploded into northern lights. Not just on the horizon, the entire sky was filled with dancing and morphing Aurora Borealis. It literally took my breath away - and I was lucky to get the few shots I did.

On the way back to Tasiujaq, the tides were coming in and we realized the water coming at us was 3' deeper then the water we were on. This is was so insane and very cool. Yet many of my images are some of the most serene water photos I've ever taken. Inexplicable.

Once we flew back to Kuujuaq and before our flights back to Montreal, we had a chance to visit the highest point in town, Satellite Hill, where I shot the 7 image panorama of the valley beyond Kuujuaq and Mary took the picture of me standing by a small Inukshuk.

This was an incredible trip none of us will ever forget.

I didn't think I'd like it with NO trees; but it had a serene, haunting, beautiful character to it that cannot be realized without actually experiencing it. 

I hope you can now enjoy my Canadian Arctic Wildlife gallery with a little more insight.


(David Anderson Ward) "peregrine falcon" "polar bears" "leaf bay" "musk ox" "northern lights" arctic arctic flora arctic sunrise aurora borealis bearded seals fireweed icebergs landscape https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2020/8/canadian-arctic-wildlife Sun, 09 Aug 2020 05:19:00 GMT
Vestrahorn Aurora https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2020/2/Vestrahorn_Aurora Aurora Borealis over the Vesterhorn MountainsAurora Borealis over the Vesterhorn Mountains

'Vestrahorn Aurora'

30" x 16" HD Metal

Cost = $358.00

With the Custom Wood Frame = $458.00

This unique, one-of-a-kind image often seems to create awe and wonderment in many people.

It also seems people are not quite sure what they are seeing; even though most people say they want to see the Northern Lights 'someday'. Seeing Northern Lights in person truly is an amazing, almost overwhelming experience.

Disclaimer: While it is NOT this visibly bright in person - all the colors and intensity are there for the camera to capture. The camera doesn't make stuff up - the very long exposure just brings all the colors out. 

My friend and I wanted to try to get the reflections in the surf, so we set up our tripods where the surf had just retreated and took 1 or 2 images (each at 30 seconds long), and then rushed back up the black sand beach so we wouldn't get soaked. When the surf went back out again, we ran down and set up our tripods again, shot a couple more images, then ran back up the beach again. We did this several times as the Aurora kept growing, morphing and dancing across the sky. Oh, and it was 18 degrees that night - but we didn't care as we were having such a blast capturing this in so many ways as it kept changing right before our eyes.

This image is actually two 30 second exposures as we were physically too close to these mountains to capture them entirely in one image and the Aurora on each side of the mountains, even with a 14 mm lens. I then stitched them together in Photoshop to create this two image, one-of-a-kind panorama.

The two images that created this image were taken with a Sigma Art Prime 14 mm F/1.8 lens (a very wide & fast lens).

This fast lens enabled the 30 second exposure with no star trails at 14 mm. The ISO was only 400 because of this amazing (but very heavy) F/1.8 lens.

Seeing Aurora Borealis - even in notable locations like Iceland, Churchill, Manitoba, Fairbanks, Alaska, Greenland, or Norway - is never a sure thing as the skies have to be clear of clouds, which is always iffy in all these locations. In Iceland, the first 4 days we had 20 to 40 mph winds with random sleet and minor snow storms - and no Aurora because it was too overcast. Then the skies cleared, the clouds went away, and the winds died down - and we experienced Aurora displays 5 nights in a row! Shooting this Aurora, even at 18 degrees on the 8th night - but with NO wind - was absolutely joyous.

All the 'experts' told us before we left that we would be too early in the season to see any Aurora displays. We are SO glad they were all wrong. And to have 9 days in a row in Iceland with no rain-outs is almost unheard of! We were vert fortunate.

I hope this provides some understanding of what you're seeing in this image. Taking these images in the presence of this amazing natural phenomenon was overwhelmingly breathtaking; and I am beyond grateful to have been able to witness this live and was SO fortunate to be able to capture it like this. The surf reflections worked!

More Iceland and Aurora Images can be found at www.davidandersonward.com/Iceland 

I also have a 14 Minute video-slideshow on YouTube with a 5 song accompaniment. The ideal experience is to view this on a big screen TV, with the lights turned off and the sound up a bit - and just Enjoy and Zen.


This image is also available in other sizes besides the Framed 30" x 16" HD Metal on display.

This can be enlarged as small as 15" x 8" or as large as 60" x 32" - which would be incredible.

I also have a 24" x 13" print on Hahnemule Metallic paper in a 29" x 18" Custom Frame for just $225.00. This print was professionally mounted on foam-core and sprayed with Moab Desert Varnish. This spray treatment eliminates the need for glass as it protects the print from UV, moisture, and scratches. And there are Zero Reflections with this, too.

Let me know what size make sense for you?!

Four more Vestrahorn Mountain Images. While these are only about 2,917' tall, they are beautiful all times of the day.

All these images are available as wall art, too. 10-27-19 @ 3 59 16 PM - Vesterhorn Mountains - just before sunset10-27-19 @ 3 59 16 PM - Vesterhorn Mountains - just before sunset Vestrahorn Mountains at noon. Shot at 14 mm from quite a distance away.

10-27-19 @ 4 22 28 PM - Vestrahorn Mountain Reflections10-27-19 @ 4 22 28 PM - Vestrahorn Mountain Reflections These mountains are well-known for the beautiful reflections in the surf as it recedes over the black sand beach. 10-29-19 @ 8 34 AM - Vestrahorn Mountain at sunrise10-29-19 @ 8 34 AM - Vestrahorn Mountain at sunrise

Vestrahorn Mountains at 8:34 AM while we were standing on the several square mile ice sheet shooting the sunrise in the opposite direction. This was about 20 minutes after the sun rose behind me. These mountains changed color at least 3-4 times as the sun rose. It was mind blowing and so cool to watch this happen.

This is a 3 image panorama, which would make a stunning 42" x 17.7" HD Metal Wall Art piece. Aurora BeginningsAurora Beginnings The Aurora Borealis starting to develop over the Vestrahorn Mountains. This blue sky is other-worldly.


(David Anderson Ward) aurora aurora borealis iceland iceland northern lights northern lights vestrahorn mountains https://www.davidandersonward.com/blog/2020/2/Vestrahorn_Aurora Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:33:17 GMT