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Michael Frye (Yosemite)
During the day, it's difficult to see beyond the surface beauty of nature. But when the sun sets, and the forests, mountains, and deserts are enveloped in darkness, nature reveals its hidden power. At night, the wilderness offers a chance to experience something that has become truly rare in the modern world: a sense of mystery.

In order to capture this sense of mystery in my photographs, I've ventured out at night into wild places throughout the American West, taking with me electronic flashes and powerful flashlights. By adding colored filters to the lights, I can “paint” elements of the landscape different colors. I also often combine the man-made lights with natural light from the stars, the moon, or a twilight sky. Some of the more complex photographs may take several hours to create, as I move lights into different spots, or wait for the moon or some other celestial body to slide into position.

The resulting photographs are not literal representations of reality. Instead, they're meant to convey the mood of the nighttime wilderness—- the sense of mystery, wonder, peace, and awe that can overtake you when you venture into wild places at night.

Michael Frye is a professional photographer who specializes in creating innovative and artistic images of wildlife and wilderness. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and produced two books: The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite (author and photographer) and Yosemite Meditations (photographer). His images have been published in over thirty countries around the world; magazine credits include National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, Sunset, and Texas Highways. Michael lives with his wife Claudia and son Kevin in Yosemite National Park, where he has made his home since 1983. Visit his website at michaelfrye.com.

White Ocotillo

Half Dome and Leonid Meteor Shower

"In the autumn night when there's no wind blowin'
I could hear the stars falling in the dark
When you find what's worth keeping
With a breath of kindness blow the rest away "

Golden Feather from "Music for the Native Americans" by Robbie Robertson ©1994

Sand Dune and Comet Hale-Bopp

Moon Emerging From a Total Eclipse

Saguaro Cacti

Bristlecone Pine Snag