News, Updates and Travel Blog from Mickey Shannon Photography

Welcome to my blog where you can find the most recent updates including new images, recent trip reports, big announcements and more!

Colorado Fall Colors: Awesome Photography Locations
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
October 15, 2019

Colorado Fall Colors: Awesome Photography Locations

Your guide to some of the best locations for fall colors in Colorado! From the Maroon Bells to Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado is a magical place in the fall.

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Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park Guide
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
September 16, 2019

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park Guide

From the amazing hiking trails to the gorgeous scenery, this is your guide to learn more about Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, the newest state park in Kansas!

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Where is Peter Lik’s Tree of Life Located? The Portland Japanese Garden!
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
August 11, 2019

Where is Peter Lik’s Tree of Life Located? The Portland Japanese Garden!

Portland, Oregon is home to a world-famous Japanese Maple tree located in the Strolling Pond garden of the Portland Japanese Garden. It is one of the most photographed trees in the world and famed for it’s beauty and amazing colors.

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Kansas Fine Art Prints of the Flint Hills, the Keeper of the Plains, Kansas waterfalls, sunflowers and more!
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 29, 2019

Kansas Fine Art Prints of the Flint Hills, the Keeper of the Plains, Kansas waterfalls, sunflowers and more!

For my entire photography career, I have been photographing the state of Kansas. Learn more about the printing styles of my Kansas images in my galleries and browse some of my best Kansas fine art prints from the Flint Hills, the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, sunflower fields, night photography, Kansas waterfalls, wheat fields and more.

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Seattle to Alaska Part 3: Nisga’a, Terrace, Prince Rupert and the British Columbia coastal mountains
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 24, 2019

Seattle to Alaska Part 3: Nisga’a, Terrace, Prince Rupert and the British Columbia coastal mountains

This is the final part of a three part series of my round-trip, one-week road trip from Seattle, up the Canadian Rockies, over to Hyder, Alaska and back down British Columbia. Many of the photos in these blog posts are cell phone images unless otherwise noted as a fine art print. *Note: Many of the […]

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Hyder and the Salmon Glacier: Seattle to Alaska Part 2
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 24, 2019

Hyder and the Salmon Glacier: Seattle to Alaska Part 2

Part 2 of my road trip to Alaska explores the Hyder, Alaska area, the mighty Salmon Glacier and the many other areas of beauty in the Alaska-British Columbia border range of mountains.

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Seattle to Alaska Part 1: The Canadian Rockies
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 24, 2019

Seattle to Alaska Part 1: The Canadian Rockies

Part one of my adventures to Alaska took me through the Canadian Rockies. Read more about my visits to Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon, Sunwapta Falls and more!

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2018 In Review: A Year of Travel, Transition and Limited Edition Fine Art
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 10, 2019

2018 In Review: A Year of Travel, Transition and Limited Edition Fine Art

In 2018 I launched new limited edition luxury fine art nature prints. I also traveled all over the American and Canadian west, visiting Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia and Alaska. Some of my top photos came from Moraine Lake, the Maroon Bells, the Portland Japanese Gardens and it’s famous Japanese maple tree and many waterfalls and scenes across the Pacific Northwest.

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Sleeklens Photoshop Actions Review
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 21, 2019

Sleeklens Photoshop Actions Review

I was asked recently by Sleeklens if I would like to review their Landscape Adventure Photoshop Actions set. So I wrote a review of this powerful tool.

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2016 Year In Review Part 2
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
October 15, 2018

2016 Year In Review Part 2

In part 2 of my review of 2016’s travels and photography, I traveled quite a lot! We cover two Colorado trips and a circle tour of Lake Erie, including Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen and Bruce Peninsula.

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2016 Year In Review
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
October 13, 2018

2016 Year In Review

Part 1 of my review of 2016 includes a lot of Kansas photography and a fun little trip down to Louisiana and it’s famous oak trees!

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Holiday Sale and the 12 Days of Christmas!
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

Holiday Sale and the 12 Days of Christmas!

I’m excited to bring to you a new sale I’m running from now until December 13, 2016! Currently, all prints in my photography galleries are 15% off for my annual Holiday Sale! However, I’ve decided to do something special for a few of my new and best-selling images. The following 12 photos for the 12 […]

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Kansas State Parks Road Trip
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

Kansas State Parks Road Trip

With tomorrow being Healthy Trails Adventure Day, which allows free entry to any of the Kansas state parks, I thought it would be fitting to create a Kansas State Parks road trip! Direct link to the map Kanopolis State Park Kanopolis Falls – Prints Available The beautiful spillway waterfall at Kanopolis State Park Our first […]

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South Central Kansas Waterfall Road Trip
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
June 10, 2019

South Central Kansas Waterfall Road Trip

With all of the recent rain, I thought a nice South Central Kansas waterfall road trip would be just the trick for a great weekend adventure! I’ve picked some of my favorite waterfalls as part of a circular trip that starts and ends in Wichita. Check them out below! Direct link to the map The […]

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Lakes and Rocks Kansas Road Trip
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

Lakes and Rocks Kansas Road Trip

Considering it’s the last holiday weekend of the summer, most people in Kansas usually head to the lake! Well, I’ve got a road trip that takes you to not just one lake, but four! Add in four Kansas byways, lots of awesome rock formations and even a nice waterfall, and you’ve got yourself a classic […]

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Northeast Kansas Waterfall Road Trip
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

Northeast Kansas Waterfall Road Trip

You’ve seen the ultimate Kansas waterfall road trip. Now try a more zoned in waterfall road trip specialized for northeast Kansas in this Northeast Kansas waterfall road trip! This one is made for people in the area of Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka. I’m going to take you on a road trip to seven (or […]

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Best Kansas Sunflower Fields
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
August 13, 2019

Best Kansas Sunflower Fields

A guide to the most popular and beautiful sunflower fields in Kansas, including amazing sunflower photography from Mickey Shannon Photography.

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The Kansas Waterfall Road Trip
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

The Kansas Waterfall Road Trip

Ever wanted to go on the ultimate Kansas waterfall road trip? Well, I’ve got just the ticket for you! Below is a map to 9 of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kansas, with a few suggestions for add-on waterfalls as needed. There are certainly more waterfalls that could be included in this, but I limited […]

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A Guide to Viewing Dark Skies in Kansas
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 10, 2019

A Guide to Viewing Dark Skies in Kansas

Whether it’s the Perseids in August or the Geminids in December, Kansas is a great place to watch a meteor shower! It’s also a great place to photograph meteors! This guide should help you find some amazing spots in Kansas. Light Pollution First off, like any good meteor shower guide, dark skies are the key […]

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The Northern Lights In Kansas
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

The Northern Lights In Kansas

For years, I’ve watched the various aurora services such as the Space Weather Prediction Center and Soft Serve News Aurora Forecasts, just hoping to get out and photograph even a glimpse of the Northern Lights in Kansas. The Northern Lights have been on my bucket list for years. Last night, I captured them. But the […]

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2015 Year in Review: Keeper of the Plains, Big Sur and more!
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

2015 Year in Review: Keeper of the Plains, Big Sur and more!

2015 was a great year for photography! I managed to take three major trips this year! In March and April, my wife and I visited Seattle, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the southern coastal mountains of British Columbia near Whistler. We stayed in Ucluelet, British Columbia to tour western Vancouver Island’s enchanting Pacific Rim National Park, […]

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Moraine Lake to Waimea Canyon: My Top 10 Photo Spots
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 5, 2018

Moraine Lake to Waimea Canyon: My Top 10 Photo Spots

Everyone has those favorite places they love to visit. Whether it’s hiking in Switzerland, walking in the sand at the Pacific Ocean as waves roll in on a wild beach, or watching buffalo roam the tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills, we all have our special places! My favorite places to photograph have evolved dramatically […]

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Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Highway: Pacific Northwest Spring Adventure Part 3
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
December 27, 2018

Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Highway: Pacific Northwest Spring Adventure Part 3

This is the continuation of our Vancouver and Vancouver Island adventures. You can read about those in the first part, traveling around the Seattle area, and the second part which was an amazing experience on Vancouver Island! After arriving at West Vancouver, we started our drive up the coast towards Squamish where we would be […]

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Top 10 Kansas Waterfalls
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
August 20, 2019

Top 10 Kansas Waterfalls

Last Updated: May 15th, 2017 After traveling the state of Kansas for the past few years, hitting up as many waterfalls as possible, I thought it was time to make a fun little Kansas waterfall list! This year, I’ve made it a point, with all the rain, to try and hit most of the ones […]

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Pacific Rim and Vancouver Island: Pacific Northwest Spring Adventure Part 2
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Pacific Rim and Vancouver Island: Pacific Northwest Spring Adventure Part 2

This is part 2 of my Pacific Northwest spring adventure from earlier this year. Part 1 can be read in the travel blog post about Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls. After leaving Seattle, we drove north to the border. I had hand drawn a map from the border to our ferry sailing at Horseshoe Bay up […]

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Spring at the Gardens of Bartlett Arboretum
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Spring at the Gardens of Bartlett Arboretum

Bartlett Arobretum lies 20 miles to south of Wichita, in the town of Belle Plaine. It is one of the true treasures of Kansas beauty. The arboretum was created back in 1910 by Dr. Walter Bartlett and still exists today! On Saturday morning, my wife and I spent an hour walking the gardens at the […]

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Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls: Pacific Northwest Spring Adventure Part 1
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls: Pacific Northwest Spring Adventure Part 1

Earlier this year, my job gave me the opportunity to go to a one-day web design conference called An Event Apart in Seattle, WA at the beginning of April. The conference was great, and as I have always loved the Pacific Northwest, there was no way I wasn’t going to add some vacation days to […]

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Banff, Jasper & the Canadian Rockies: My Canadian Adventure
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Banff, Jasper & the Canadian Rockies: My Canadian Adventure

Driving Coastal Canada – Prints Available Driving coastal Canada near Duffey Lake There is nothing particularly striking about the above image. It is not an artistic masterpiece or some kind of groundbreaking photograph. In fact, it’s not even in the top 10-20 photos from my Canada and Pacific Northwest adventure from last summer. However, when […]

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Spiez & the Thunersee: Alpine Magic Part 7
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Spiez & the Thunersee: Alpine Magic Part 7

Welcome to the final part of Alpine Magic! In the last post, I went exploring Wengen during an amazing afternoon and evening, and then hiked to the top of the Mannlichen. In this final part of my 7 part Alpine Magic travel blog series, I visit Spiez and it’s wonderful castle on the beautiful Thunersee […]

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Exploring Wengen: Alpine Magic Part 6
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Exploring Wengen: Alpine Magic Part 6

In the previous Alpine Magic blog post, we explored a lot of the Berner Oberland. We took the train to Kleine Scheidegg, and up to the Jungfraujoch (also known as the Top of Europe). We also hiked to the Bachalpsee and toured the beautiful town of Grindelwald. Today’s post centers around what I consider my […]

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Grindelwald and the Berner Oberland: Alpine Magic Part 5
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Grindelwald and the Berner Oberland: Alpine Magic Part 5

In the last part of Alpine Magic, I hiked through Murren, Gimmelwald and Lauterbrunnen and had a blast exploring these three towns and the countryside around them. Towering waterfalls, beautiful alpine meadows and great hiking abounded! The next stop in my plans was to visit some of the beautiful Berner Oberland by taking the train […]

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Lauterbrunnen, Murren & Gimmelwald: Alpine Magic Part 4
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Lauterbrunnen, Murren & Gimmelwald: Alpine Magic Part 4

In the last post for Alpine Magic, we visited the Chateau de Chillon. We knew we needed to be to our next location, Lauterbrunnen, by late afternoon. The reason? The Champion’s League final between Manchested United and Barcelona was being played, and we needed to find a place to watch it! We really wanted to […]

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The Chateau de Chillon: Alpine Magic Part 3
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

The Chateau de Chillon: Alpine Magic Part 3

Part 3 of my Alpine Magic travel adventure took me to the beautiful Swiss Riviera of the town of Montreux and Switzerland’s most famous castle, the Chateau de Chillon, which was built on the edge of Lac Leman, better known as Lake Geneva. If you haven’t read the first two parts of Alpine Magic, which […]

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Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France: Alpine Magic Part 2
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France: Alpine Magic Part 2

Welcome back to part two of Alpine Magic where I continue my exploration of the Swiss and French Alps. If you haven’t read part 1, it’s worth a read, as I trekked around Zermatt and the Matterhorn before heading for Chamonix! However, this part of Alpine Magic focuses on my adventures in Chamonix at the […]

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Zermatt & The Matterhorn: Alpine Magic Part 1
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Zermatt & The Matterhorn: Alpine Magic Part 1

I have to admit, I should have written this travel journal of my 10 days in the Alps about 5 years ago and not waited so long to start a travel blog. This trip is what started my true love for traveling beyond the familiar to new places. Looking back through my life, the one […]

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Recent Winter Photos in Wichita
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

Recent Winter Photos in Wichita

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of photographing a couple of iconic Wichita locations during a winter storm that had already dumped huge amounts of snow on the western half of the US. While we didn’t get the same dumping here in Wichita, what we did receive made for some beautiful photography weather! Below […]

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Top 14 Photos of 2014
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 10, 2019

Top 14 Photos of 2014

It has been a great year for Mickey Shannon Photography, with opportunities to shoot in a multitude of locations from my home in Kansas, to the Garden Island of Kauai, Hawaii! This collection comes from images I have posted on here on my website, along with my Facebook, Instragram and other social media pages. Thanks […]

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13 Images From 2013!
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
August 4, 2019

13 Images From 2013!

2013 was an interesting year for my photography and contrasted greatly with 2012. In 2012, I traveled more than I have ever traveled in a single year. Two massive road trips that covered a majority of the entire US and Canada west coast combined for 7,000 plus miles of stunning scenery dominated my portfolio in […]

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Flint Hills Proposal
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
August 4, 2019

Flint Hills Proposal

Last Friday I proposed to my girlfriend! While this blog has mostly been used to update you with new photography or trip reports, I thought it would be nice to show a bit of the personal side and give you the story of our proposal and engagement! It’s also worth posting the photograph of our […]

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Finding Beauty at Home: A Flint Hills Adventure
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 10, 2019

Finding Beauty at Home: A Flint Hills Adventure

Over the course of the past few years, I have been blessed with the chance to travel to many beautiful places. In 2009, I took a trip to the Swiss and French Alps. I saw the majestic Matterhorn, many massive glaciers and a valley of waterfalls that inspired Tolkien to create Rivendell in Lord of […]

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New Kansas Photos
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

New Kansas Photos

A few new photos have been added to the Wichita, Kansas gallery. Most are from the Keeper of the Plains, either at sunset or during a New Years Eve winter storm, but one image is from the historic Delano District here in Wichita. It might just be the best sunset I’ve ever had the privilege of […]

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12 Favorite Photos In 2012
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 3, 2019

12 Favorite Photos In 2012

2012 was an amazing year for me! I managed to travel the American (US and Canada) West extensively in a short period of time. Two major road trips spanning a total of over 7,000 miles in under 2 weeks weilded some great adventures and my best photography yet! From the majestic Canadian Rockies to the […]

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New Colorado Photos!
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 10, 2019

New Colorado Photos!

I’ve added 16 new images from my recent trip to Colorado. This trip spanned Rocky Mountain National Park, the Maroon Bells, Hanging Lake and the Mount Sneffels region of the San Juans near Ridgway. The biggest challenge of these photos is that I shot the first two days in JPEG before realizing I wasn’t shooting […]

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FWAPhoto of the Day
By: Mickey
Last Updated On:
January 10, 2019

FWAPhoto of the Day

I just found out my photo, Elegance from the castle of Spiez, Switzerland just won fwaphoto.com’s photo of the day for August 3rd! I’m pretty excited about that as I’ve submitted a few photos into their system and now can finally say one of them passed with flying colors! You can check out the page for it […]

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