My Photographic Journey Around America



Hello and welcome! My name is Mike Harding and I have been travelling across the United States for most of my adult life. I am a Tour Guide by trade, a traveler by nature and a photographer at heart. I guide tours for a number of brand names, but have worked in 48 states and visited all 50. I am passionate about our National Parks, America’s true treasures, and have visited almost 300 of the 400 or so units of the Park System. I love getting off the beaten path while always keeping in mind that the path is beaten for a reason. My job takes me to those places which interest people to visit, but in my free time I like to get out and explore. My camera is never far away.


In this photo blog, I hope to capture images from all corners of the country as I travel across it and back again. I use a very basic Olympus DSLR camera. I edit my photos in Lightroom, and do so gently most of the time. My goal is to show you what I see in my daily travels, not create a photo that you could never witness if you were standing next to me. I don’t use Photoshop at all. That is a preference, not a judgment.

I do hope you’ll come along with me for the ride. My goal is to post a new photo every day of my tour season, but keep in mind that I won’t always be in Wi-Fi range. I hope you will enjoy my photos and seeing the country through my eyes. Please help me out by sharing, re-posting, re-blogging, tweeting or whatever means you choose to get the word out. I hope they will inspire you and others to turn off the TV this weekend and get out here. It’s a beautiful country and a beautiful world!




15 responses

  1. Thanks mike. Pleased to have found your blog with these powerful and inspiring images. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

    July 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    • Thank you Thom. I appreciate your kind words and your following my blog. Hope you’re having a great summer and stop by anytime. – Mike

      July 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  2. What a cool blog!! Really loved seeing just a few of the pictures so far. Looking forward to checking more of the archives out. Happy trails!! Tina

    July 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    • Thanks Tina! I appreciate your comments and hope you get the chance to check out more of my photos! I hope you are enjoying your summer! -Mike

      July 19, 2014 at 2:15 am

  3. Hi…I nominated you for the Leibster Award because I enjoy your blog. You can check it out here for more info: Tina

    August 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • Thank you very much for your nomination Tina. I really appreciate you following my blog and your comments. I am trying to keep things very minimalist here, and generally writing as little as possible. Also I am on the road 24/7 so I don’t get as much time to bounce around the blogosphere as I would like. Sometimes internet is pretty scarce. I would love to be able to interact more with other bloggers, and be a part of the wider community and I hope that I can in the future. But for now, it’s the peak of the season and I am running on empty, so I have to stick to the fringe for now! Thank you again!

      August 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  4. No worries…I wanted to share your blog with my readers and friends as they are places many of us may never see otherwise 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:30 am

    • Thank you very much for that, I really appreciate it!

      August 9, 2014 at 3:28 am

  5. Hi there Mike,
    Thanks for taking the time to stopby my little corner of the blogoshpere, and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. I look forward to seeing more from you,
    Have a great day, 🙂


    November 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    • Thanks Eddie. I’ve stopped by your blog a few times and really like your work. I was surprised I wasn’t already following you, but now I am. I also wish you a wonderful day – weather’s turning colder out here!


      November 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

  6. May

    Hi Mike, really enjoyed your photos. They are wonderful and they show the true beauty of God’s creation. Thank you for sharing your journey! 😊

    March 8, 2015 at 2:09 am

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, May. And thank you for your wonderful comments. I hope you have a wonderful week, and stop by anytime.

      March 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

  7. Nancy Harding

    Hi Michael! Still enjoying your photo journey so much. Be safe. Love, Aunt Nancy & Uncle Greg

    June 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm

  8. Erin

    Beautiful pictures Mike.

    August 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    • Thanks Erin!

      August 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm

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