I’m a published outdoor writer and photographer with multiple articles in The Oregonian newspaper and website. Topics include favorite hiking trails, finding wild orchids and lilies, spotting and identifying butterflies and small birds, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, finding winter solitude in the Columbia River Gorge, and treks on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains.

I enjoy hiking in Pacific Northwest wilderness areas, hitting the trail two to three times a week. The blog posts describe my outdoor adventures with photos capturing the spirit of the wild. Sometimes the blog posts become the foundation for a published article, as do the photos from time to time.

I’m a native of the beautiful Wenatchee and Okanogan Valleys in Northcentral Washington.

I encourage you to follow my postings and share in our beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery and wildlife.



  1. I’m very happy to have stumbled onto your beautiful site! I can’t wait to try some of these hikes. Thanks!

  2. Great photographs! I really love the saturation and the clarity. Each one has so much impact.
    I too spend a lot of time photographing and writing about the Mt. Hood wild areas, please check out my Green Cascadia blog if you get a chance, we seem to have similar points of view.
    thank you!

  3. Hello John, many thanks for liking my post ‘Scotland’s 4 points’ viewing your site I take that as a huge compliment. I could do with you ridding pillion and becoming my photographer 🙂

  4. I have never been to Washington State, so I am always happy to see your photos.
    There is so much natural beauty there.

  5. Photographs to ‘capture the spirit of the wild’. That is how you described it. Isn’t that what you are face to face with when you are staring through that view finder? Isn’t that an amazing experience? Thank you for sharing those with us! 🙂

  6. Hey John – can you share more details about how to gain access to the Rattray Ranch?

  7. Hi John, I’m editor for Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s publications, and wonder if we could use your 2015 shot of Washington SR-14 below Cape Horn in Friends’ upcoming newsletter. The article focuses on a proposed gravel mine. The mine would mean hundreds of gravel trucks per day coming out of Salmon Falls road onto SR-14, and your photo shows clearly part of that route, and the danger that daily truck traffic at that volume would pose to others on the highway, and to the highway itself. We’re in production mode now, so if you see this message and can let me know promptly if we would have your permission to use that shot, the top photo on this spread, that would be helpful. Best regards — https://johncarroutdoors.com/2015/08/09/cape-horn-passage/

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