Monthly Archives: April 2012

Off Trail Falls

After heading out of Mowich Lake in Mount Rainier National Park and up to Fay Peak, we took a little detour and found this little falls. I liked the ledge it was cascading down and I remember having to wrestle with my old tripod to get in position (I’m so glad I upgraded to a better one). While hiking we also found some blue-ish bear scat along the trail so the bear must have been eating some berries or it found a patch of Smurfs.

Off Trail Falls

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It’s Who You Know

Through an awesome family connection my wife and I were not only able to take a helicopter ride but we also were able to go dog sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. This ranked pretty high on my awesome list. So as the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

This is one of the Alaskan Huskies that was nice enough to pull us around and pose for a picture. From what I remember the Alaskan Husky differs from other Huskies in that it is leaner and has more endurance. I haven’t verified this but it sounds good to me.

Alaskan Husky

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California Sun

I was down in San Clemente during Christmas 2011 meeting family for dinner at the pier. I knew we were going to be down there around sunset so I made sure to bring my camera. Good thing I did because the sunset was pretty nice. Nothing says Southern California like palm trees and a sunset. So, it was a good reminder that even if you are going to just hang out somewhere, bring you camera. It’s like basketball, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. No that’s not an original quote. I heard it somewhere in my baller dayz. Okay I wasn’t much of a baller but I did enjoy playing basketball from time to time. That’s the end of my ramblings for today.

California Sun

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Before the Harvest

I was on a 4,500 acres farm in March and I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to plow and seed that much land before there were tractors. Granted farms were probably a lot smaller before tractors but still. I would be thanking God everyday for machines like these if I were a farmer.

Before the Harvest

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Here Comes The Ferry

Just north of Seattle is the city of Mukilteo, which not only has a lighthouse but is also a ferry terminal. Right as I was walking up to the lighthouse I saw the ferry coming into port. I liked the lighting and the scene so I had to set up quickly for the shot. Sometimes you just got to fire from your hip.

Interesting fact, I read on Wikipedia that Mukilteo has one of the most expensive high schools ever built in the USA. Keep that in your back pocket just in case you’re on Jeopardy or Cash Cab. One day you’ll thank me for that knowledge nugget.

Here Comes the Ferry

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Camp Curtis

After a long 8 hour hike (6 hours of it was like hiking up a ski slope) and a sleepless night I found myself not wanting to get up for some sunrise shots. It’s hard to get out of your nice and warm sleeping bag especially when it’s cold out but with some encouragement from my friend who was awake because he was throwing up (it was either from dehydration, altitude, or both) I ventured out for some shots. Now in the summer the sun rises pretty early in Washington so the shot below was at around 4 AM, which is a time that no one should be awake but I’m glad I got up because the sunrise was awesome.

This is taken a couple hundred feet above Camp Curtis in Mount Rainier National Park looking out over the Cascades. Mount Rainer is to my back and Mount Tahoma is to my right. Another thing that was really cool was just as the sun poked above the mountains I could hear a cheer from the people summiting Mt. Rainer.

Camp Curtis

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Roadside Reflection

At the end of our Alaska cruise we disembarked in Whittier. There’s a tunnel that connects Whittier to the rest of Alaska that closes sometimes because of car accidents and such. When that happens locals call you a P.O.W., Prisoner of Whittier. Luckily we were able to escape Whittier and on our way to Anchorage we pulled over at a roadside turnout. When I got out I was treated with an amazing reflection.

Roadside Reflection

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Alaska

If you ever get the chance to visit Alaska don’t pass it up. It’s an amazing place. My wife and I went to Alaska on a cruise. It was our first cruise and we had an awesome time. Being on a boat has it’s advantages in that you can get some great views of the glaciers. The picture below is of the Harvard (left) and Yale (right) Glaciers in College Fjord. As you can see it was nice and sunny so all the peaks where out. To give you some scale most of the surrounding peaks are 13,000 to 15,000 feet high. It really makes you feel like an ant. Pretty awesome.

College Fjord

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Lower Twin Falls

The Twin Falls hike in North Bend is a nice little hike (about 3 miles roundtrip) that takes you to 2 waterfalls. This is the 150 ft lower falls viewed from an overlook. A wide angle lens is helpful if you want to capture most of the waterfall. I actually did this hike twice. The first time we decided not to take the trail that goes to the lower falls thinking the trail we were on went to the same place but to a higher vantage point. Well that trail took us to the upper falls and then we ran out of time so we had to leave without seeing the lower falls. Of course I had to do the hike again to find the lower falls.

Lower Twin Falls

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Balboa Pier

I was down in Newport Beach a couple of years ago and captured this shot during sunset. I liked how the support pylons were breaking up the sunlight and the reflection off of the wet sand. While I was taking pictures there was a film crew filming some people but I never found out what is for. I might have made it into the background of one of their shots but I guess I’ll never know. Dang, that could have been my 15 minutes of fame.

Balboa Pier

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