Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spartan Rims

So my wife’s uncle is a fireman and last Thanksgiving he gave us and a bunch of family that was visiting a tour of the station he worked at. He put on his whole fire suit and even gave us a ride on his fire truck. I think the adults had just as much fun as the kids. Who hasn’t wanted to ride in a fire truck? Anyway I had just gotten my 50mm prime lens so I was having fun playing around with bokeh shots and I noticed this shiny rim.

Spartan Rim

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Just Over the Next Hill

I was snowshoeing out at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park trying to get an unobstructed view of the mountain, but it seemed as though with each hill I snowshoed up I’d see another hill. I figured I better stop or else I’ll be hiking all night. So, I plopped my tripod down and took the shot. Maybe I’ll have time to go a little farther next time. It’s funny how things look close but are really far away. It’s all a matter of scale and perspective.

Mt Rainier

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Crystal Stream

I was hiking around Crystal Mountain with some friends the week before it opened and I spotted this little stream under one of the chair lifts. I took a bracketed exposure (or HDR) to bring out some of the detail in the snow.

I didn’t bring my dog with me but this would have been a good time because there were only a few people around so he would have had the mountain to himself. Oh well, maybe next time.

Crystal Stream

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Longmire Ranger Station

The Rampart Ridge hike starts right near the Longmire Ranger station. We attempted to snowshoe to Rampart Ridge but had to turn back because it was getting too late. Don’t worry. There’s a hike to Indian Henry’s Hunting ground that I’d like to do this summer and part of it is on the Rampart Ridge trail so I’d be able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

The picture below is of Longmire Ranger Station in Mount Rainier National Park and it kind of reminds me of The Shining for some reason.

Longmire Ranger Station

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Ice Storm 2012

I don’t mind when it snows at my house. There’s about one week a winter where it will stick around for a couple of days but it’s nothing too bad. This last January we got some snow. Then it warmed up and the snow turned to freezing rain. That freezing rain encased each individual branch with about a quarter inch of ice. Do you know what that ice does to the branches? It snaps them. I went for walk in my neighborhood and I thought I was in a war zone from all the branches that were breaking. It was crazy and on top of that we lost power for 3 days. It’s amazing how much we depend on electricity especially when it doesn’t get light until about 8 AM and it’s dark at 4:30 PM.

Ice Storm 2012

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Billy the Goat

Here is the mountain goat that came within inches of me. I came across this fellow while hiking in Glacier National Park on the highline trail. I’ve seen mountain goats before on this trail and have actually hiked behind them (I guess they like the trail too). Luckily this guy had no interest in me or anyone else I was hiking with, which was good because my mountain-goat-wrestling skills were kind of rusty. Of course after he passed by me I had to take a picture. Don’t worry I was at a safe distance.

Billy the Goat

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Panhandle Gap

This was about mile 11 of 25 on a one day hike on the Wonderland Trail. As you can see this was where we hit some snowfields. The snow was hard packed but you definitely had to watch your step because it can get slick. A little farther passed this point we saw a heard of mountain goats soaking up some sun on a snow patch. I only had my wide-angle lens so I couldn’t get a good shot of them. It’s better to keep them at a distance. I’ve had one walk within inches of me and their horns are sharp!

Panhandle Gap

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Fruity Pebbles

Did you ever eat fruity pebbles? I did as a kid and I’m glad I grew out of it because I’d probably have no teeth by now with all that sugar. I don’t even know if they still make it. Well, during the fall when there are red, pink, and orange leaves on the ground it reminds me of that cereal.

Fruity Pebbles

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Camp for the Night

After an 8 hour hike (6 of it up a glacier) this was our camp for the night. While we were digging out our campsite I got pretty cold and it wasn’t until I put on my down jacket, changed my socks, and got into my sleeping bag that I finally got warm.

Here’s a cold weather camping tip I learned from a friend of mine. Take a couple of those hand warmers that you can put in your glove and throw them in the bottom of your sleeping bag. That will keep things (especially your feet) nice and warm.

This is a couple hundred feet above Camp Curtis. Mount Tahoma is the peak you see and Mount Rainier would be about 90 degrees to the right. The Firescades shot was also taken at this location

Camp for the Night

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Point Atkinson Lighthouse

I don’t know what it is about lighthouses. If I’m visiting somewhere and I hear about one I have to find it and take a picture. I guess I just like the architecture.

This is the Point Atkinson Lighthouse in Vancouver, Canada. It was built in 1912 according to my good friend Mr. Wikipedia.

Port Atkinson Lighthouse

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