Giving Thanks – Living the Dream

“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” That was the number one cited regret from folks who were at the end of their life looking back reflectively at what had and hadn’t been according to a blog post I stumbled...

From the Field: Western North Carolina Mountains

Destination: Western North Carolina Mountains Dates: October 11-13 & 15-17 My annual autumn trek to North Carolina was two-part this season, with the first part being a three day weekend with my mother (also an avid photographer), and the second part being a more...

Craft Thoughts: Meaningful Photography

I received my November copy of Outdoor Photographer Magazine today and read a very good article by author and photographer, Guy Tal (The Concept:  How to Have a Purpose and Make a Plan), on the difference between taking a photograph OF something versus taking a...

From the Field: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Light Station on North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore (southern OBX) is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States at roughly two-hundred feet in height. Why so tall? It’s said that the original location of the light was so low and...

From the Field: Ricketts Glen State Park Autumn 2014

Destination: Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania Dates: October 2-4, 2014 The autumn color season began for me in Pennsylvania, as it has for the past couple of years. Why Pennsylvania? My mother has roots there and thus, I have roots there: memories of visiting my...

From the Field: Dolly Sods Wilderness Area Autumn 2014

Destination: Dolly Sods Wilderness Area / Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia Dates: October 6-7, 2014 It’s raining. That’s been the going fashion for my travels thus far this autumn season.  I didn’t mind so much on my most recent trip to Ricketts Glen State Park in...

New Website Design & New Content!

Welcome! Mark VanDyke Photography has gotten a new design facelift and I hope that you find this iteration of the webpage to be more content rich, more functional, and of course, more capable of displaying photography and stories from the Appalachian Mountains and...

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