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May 12, 2023

Tulip Thursday (or Flower Friday)...

Some images I took at Roozengaarde last month during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

April 11, 2023

Moon, Captured

March 2, 2023

White Shadow

Denny Mountain from Snoqualmie Pass during a blizzard.

February 27, 2023

Ice Blue

Winter on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, looking toward the Cascade summits.

(This is a bit of an experiment, as I haven't posted much here since Photobucket started charging for linking, causing me to stop using their service. I've since found that my Pixelfed account -- which I started during the Elon-inspired #Twexit -- allows linking and sharing images I post there. We'll see if this works.)

December 30, 2018

2018 - A Look Back

Those who have been around for some time here know that I make a point of posting an annual retrospective. I set myself two constraints on the photos I choose:

- Only one photo per month. (I'm making a single exception to this one here, but for good reason, as you shall see.)
- None of the included photos can have been posted to DU before.

In January, I took several photo trips to Snoqualmie Pass for winter shooting, as documented in other posts here. Among all the standard snow-covered-forest images, I took the time to record the bright yellow of a parked snowplow in the middle of a blizzard.

February took me to the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, where I captured this image of forest textures.

In March, I took a break from daffodil shooting in the Skagit Flats to visit Rosario Beach for sunset.

Of course, I was back to Skagit in April for tulips.

Continuing the flower theme, May brought us the bloom of the rhododendron, our official state flower.

For June, I chose a quiet scene along Jenkens Creek.

Although I had yet more flower shots for July, I opted for something a little different. Just south of us, in Enumclaw, there's an abandoned, crumbling gas station along the main highway. For some reason, every election year, every Republican candidate in the area elects to post a massive campaign sign on or around this station. I will grant that it is seen by thousands of commuters daily, but do the Republicans really want to associate their candidates with a neglected, collapsing empty old building about to be swallowed up by the undergrowth? It was impossible to resist adding to the sense of decay by going with black and white. (As a footnote, I should add that each and every one of the candidates advertising at that site went down to ignominious defeat in November.)

August took me to Oregon, for Mount Hood as seen from the plateau above the Columbia Gorge.

In September, I visited Mount Rainier again for some early-autumn foliage, including these huckleberries.

The east side of the Cascades is a great place for fall color in October. I visited this bend in Nason Creek back in 2008 (if you go back far enough in DU2, you can find the shot I took from practically this same position), and decided to return on the tenth anniversary (to the day) to capture it once again.

The maples were still turning bright shades of yellows and oranges in November in western Washington; here's an image taken at a park not too far from home. (Some may notice that this is the same tree from my entry in the Autumn Contest, here taken head-on instead of backlit and in close-up.)

Finally, in December, conditions were frankly too lousy to get out. So, if I can't shoot trees outdoors, why not rely on the (artificial) one indoors? (As a bonus, you get an unavoidable self-portrait of the photographer, thanks to mirror-finish ornaments.)

Now, as you may have noticed, I mentioned an exception to the "one shot per month" rule, just for this year. You see, I took a lot of images in October, and was planning on writing some journal posts for DU, but never found the time to do them. (I did do a video of that month's shoots, which I'll link below.) While I did think the Nason Creek shot above was the best summation image for October, that would mean leaving out one of my favorite photographs. So I decided to included it as a "top pick of the year" in addition to my monthly choices. This was taken on a quick trip to nearby Lake Wilderness; since the edges of the bowl enclosing the lake are packed with McMansions, there really isn't any autumn composition possible of the trees themselves. However, if you just shoot the reflection of the foliage in the lake's waters, varying the shutter speed and counting on natural disturbances in the lake caused by breezes and waterfowl can yield some fantastic abstracts. I was sorely tempted to title this one "Show Me The Monet!!!"...but finally opted for the more-serious "Autumn Impressions."

Link to my autumn video:

October 12, 2018

Autumn on "The Mountain"

In the popular imagination, Mount Rainier is commonly thought of as a summer photography location, and understandably so. We've all seen dozens of great images of "The Mountain towering over a field carpeted in paintbrush, lupine, and asters. But Rainier is also a great place for photography in the early autumn, when the wildflowers are replaced by huckleberries, vine maple, and other ground cover in vibrant shades of yellows and oranges.

I didn't make it to Mount Rainier this summer, despite it being only a short drive away. The thick blanket of smoke covering the region from historically-bad wildfires (thank you, climate change) didn't help, nor did reports of an unusually-poor wildflower season. But I certainly wasn't going to stay away for autumn, and made my way to the south side of the park in late September. The autumn color was just peaking at Reflection Lakes, and the huckleberries seemed to have almost been painted in primary colors.

Only the cloudless sky was a bit of a disappointment, and required careful framing to cut out expanses of monotonous blue. But, then, coming down Stevens Canyon on the way back out of the park, I came around a hairpin turn to find a few clouds, probably part of the mountain's own weather system, had added an extra touch of interest, just in time to capture a fine vertical composition, and a wonderful end to the day's shoot.

August 17, 2018

A Northwest Weekend (including a bit of Water Falling Over Things 2018: The First Installment)

As I have written before, August is peak photography season in the Pacific Northwest, with potential locations everywhere from the mountains to the ocean. If you're really intent (and don't mind driving around 16 hours in a 48-hour period), you can try to hit them all!

On Saturday, I followed the promise of potentially interesting sunset light to Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park.

Despite some near-disasters, which included dropping both my vlogging camera and an expensive glass filter in the wet sand (amazingly, both emerged unscathed) and a few encounters with rogue waves on the way back to the parking lot, I was indeed able to get some good sunset shots.

After way too little sleep Saturday night, I set out on Sunday for the Lavender Valley farm near Mount Hood, where I hoped to capture a shot of the mountain and rows of lavender in golden-hour light. Unfortunately, by the time I found my way to the farm, it was closed for the day. (I later found out that they offer sunrise and sunset photography sessions there by special appointment...and for $100/hour.) Anyway, with lavender out of the question, I opted for the Rumsfeld Doctrine ("Shoot the farm you have, not the farm you wish you had" ) and found this composition of the mountain and wildflowers across the road.

Finally, with that location out of the question, I raced back to the Columbia Gorge in hopes of finding a parking space at newly-reopened Multnomah Falls. Sunday was the first time I'd driven through the Gorge since last year's devastating fire. To say it was shocking was an understatement; while much of the Gorge had sustained an environmentally-favorable "mosaic burn," with blocks of scorched trunks adjoining areas with no damage whatsoever, the most hard-hit area, a two-mile stretch between Ainsworth State Park and McCord Creek, was practically all black and barren along and above the Gorge hills. Most of the area, including the iconic Historic Columbia Gorge Highway with its myriad of waterfall viewpoints, remains closed and is, in my opinion, unlikely to reopen for at least another year. Only Multnomah can still be viewed, accessed from a rest area off the freeway.

I found Multnomah a fascinating example of the capricious ways in which fire can devastate or spare a forest. The falls sit in a recessed cliff "amphitheater"; along the main cliff, the fire burned down the left side of the entrance all the way to the Historic Highway. However, the amphitheater itself emerged practically unscathed. At the main viewpoint, only a couple of burned trees to the right of the pool testify to how close the entire area came to going up in flames. But, in most respects. it's just another summer at Multnomah, with the falls looking much as they did for decades before.

As usual, I vlogged my trips this weekend. Check it out.

June 28, 2018

A few tulips...

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I haven't been able to do much shooting over the past two months, but did make my annual trip to Roozengaarde at the end of April. Here are a few tulip shots from there.

As usual, here's a video which provides a few more images, plus the backstory to my apparent silence.

May 21, 2018

Return to the "Pocket Rainforest"

As I have noted before, while most people are familiar with the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, the state of Washington also boasts a second, much-smaller biome in the form of the Carbon River Rainforest in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. I've already posted the results of a couple of visits there over the years, but I returned in mid-April for a photo hike that, although cut short by unfavorable bright sunlight, still yielded a number of nice images.

As I have been doing this year, I vlogged this trip on my YouTube channel. Check it out!

(And, yes, it has taken far too long to get this published. Unfortunately, I was in a traffic accident in late April which, although it left me completely uninjured, spelled the end for my car...when you have a vehicle that's nineteen years old, even a shopping cart running into it in a grocery parking lot would be enough for the insurance company to declare it a write-off. Unfortunately, the process of procuring a replacement took up much of the past few weeks, pushing all matters of photography onto the back burner for a bit.)

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