Monthly Archives: November 2012

Bug Lighthouse

I had just seen the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine, which was really cool, and I had to hop on a bus and hurry to see this lighthouse before the cruise ship I was on left. I was expecting one like the Portland Head Lighthouse so when I got the Bug Lighthouse I was a little disappointed. It was so small. I guess that’s why it’s called “bug” lighthouse. Okay, it’s still a lighthouse so that made it cool.

Bug Lighthouse

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St John’s Anglican Church

I rented a car while in Halifax and drove out to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada). This church was originally completed in 1764. I didn’t have time to go inside but I really liked the architecture. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it before.


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294 Steps

It takes 294 steps to get to the top of the 221-foot Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the last stop on the Freedom Trail, which I highly recommend doing.

294 Steps

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Planned Community

There’s a new planned community called Tehaleh in Washington that I checked out last month. They’ve got everything planned out from man-made lakes, walking trails, to a nice view of Mt Rainier as you’re leaving. Who wouldn’t want to come back with a view like that.

Planned Community

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Boston Harbor Lighthouse

I got up early one day while on the East Coast cruise I took last month and took some pictures while entering Boston harbor. It was a little difficult to get clear pictures with low light and the ship moving but the vibration reduction came in handy.

Boston Harbor Lighthouse

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South Prairie Creek

I almost wasn’t able to shoot anything during fall in Washington because I went to the East Coast for about at week to check out their fall colors and then things seemed to change pretty fast here. Luckily I was able to head out to the town of South Prairie to take some shots. I’ve been to South Prairie a bunch of times because it is at one of the ends of the Orting Trail which is a 15 mile (30 miles round trip) rails to trails paved path that I’ve ridden my bike on a bunch of times. I usually take a break here before heading back on the trail so I’ve scoped the area out a bunch of times.

South Prairie Creek

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The Willow That Weeps

Weeping willows line the shore of the lagoon located in the middle of the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. I was there around noontime so there were a lot of people out on their lunch break enjoying the park. I know I’d do the same if I worked nearby.

Weeping Willow

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If He Could See Us Now

George Washington statue in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

George Washington

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Ready for My Close-Up

I took this will hiking in Grand Park in Mt Rainier National Park. I’ve been out to Grand Park twice. The first time it was really overcast and I couldn’t even see the mountain but not the second time. It’s funny how the mountain can disappear when you’re so close.

Ready of my Close-Up

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Chasing the Sunrise

It’s 4 AM at Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park. It was raining all day the day before so I take a peek outside. It’s my last day in the park so I decide to get up and head to St. Mary’s Lake for sunrise. My wife had said that she would go the day before but I thought she might change her mind when I wake her up at 4 in the morning. So, I wake her up and to my surprise she’s up for it (along with my 9 month old).

We get it the car and we have about 40 minutes until sunrise and it’s about 40 miles to St. Mary’s Lake. If there was a freeway that I could hop on then it would be no problem but the road is winding and I had to keep my eyes peeled for wildlife. It’s slow going but I got to enjoy the sun coming up as I was driving with my family in beautiful country.

It seemed to take forever to get to the lake but when I got there I was happy to see that I hadn’t missed the colors of sunrise yet. There even a couple of photographers already set up. The only problem was that it was windy. The were probably 20-30 mph gusts coming right at me as I was taking this photo which made taking an HDR pretty difficult. This one seemed to come out though. Even if I wasn’t able to get a good picture it was worth it.

Chasing the Sunrise

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