Chris Johnston Photography

Why I Love The Mountains

Trail in the mountains outside of Seattle, WA

I was born and raised in New Orleans. As a kid we took vacations to Florida a couple of times and once to Colorado, but mostly we stayed along the Gulf Coast. From 5 years old to 10 years old I was on a boat every weekend. My dad kept me home from school on the opening day of shrimp season. I was a child of the marsh and the bayou.

With all of that you would think I'm most at home in the South, but you would be wrong. In my 20's, when I returned to college to study geology, I weaseled my way on to every field trip possible. This lead to me to places that when I arrived felt like I had been searching for them my entire life.

I visited the front range of the Rockies, the vast expanses of Eastern Wyoming, the mountains of Glacier National Park, the gorgeous splendor of Banff, the moonlike landscape of the Canadian Badlands, and most recently the Pacific Northwest. I've had the opportunity to explore natural history museums in Houston, Albuquerque, Denver, Bozeman, and Calgary. 

It's my belief that my interest in geology and natural world, and my explorations during the formative years of my adult life, imprinted mountains on me the same way a baby duck imprints on the first thing it sees after hatching. 

My most natural state seems to be exploring a mountain trail looking for a glacier-fed waterfall or hiking through forest of fir and aspen while on the lookout for elk and moose. My desire to explore and live in these places is going to benefit you!

Over the next few weeks I am going to be hard at work developing several photography workshops to be held in a location in Washington, Oregon. Colorado, or Montana. Fill out the form below to be added to my newsletter, so you can be the first to know when my workshops launch.

Snoqualmie River in Washington, just pass the lower falls observation deck