Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lakeside Sailboat

Last May I was cruising by Flathead Lake near the town of Lakeside, Montana when I noticed this bright orange sailboat floating all by itself. It was a pretty gray day so the boat’s bright orange color easily caught my attention. There was no way I was going to pass up taking a photo especially with the mountains in the distance. Luckily I pulled over at just the right spot because there was a public park with access to the shore. As I was taking photos my peaceful scene was almost interrupted by some teenagers skipping rocks and being obnoxious. Fortunately I was able to tune them out and enjoy the scene. Whoever was staying on the boat was either really lonely or pretty excited at having the lake all to themselves. What a view!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9

Lakeside Sailboat

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Parking Lot Rainier

You definitely don’t have to go very far to get a good shot of Mt Rainier when you’re up at Paradise. This is from the parking lot near the old visitor’s center. I didn’t really want to get all the cars and people walking around so I jumped up on a snow bank and did my best to compose the shot to block them out. My camera was in such low and awkward angle that I had to get into this half crouch, head tucked into my chest, and one leg sticking straight out position to get my eye up to the viewfinder. I’m sure it would have been pretty amusing for anyone watching.

Parking Lot Rainier

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All’s Quiet on the Puget Front

If you ever visit Whidbey Island make sure to check out Fort Casey. You can explore the old bunkers (a flashlight would help) and stick your head in a 10-inch gun. You also have access to the shoreline and when I was there I saw about 20 seals swimming about 5 feet from the shore. On top of that you have the Admiralty Head Lighthouse on the same grounds. It was overcast and cloudy when I was there but I’m sure you could see the Olympic Mountain range on a clear day. Pretty cool place.

Fort Casey

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Lonely Tree

While staying in Montana last May I had noticed this tree all by itself in a meadow. I thought it would be cool to shoot especially with some fog. I waited a couple of days to see if any fog would roll in but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Despite the lack of fog I hiked out to it and took some shots. I had to cross a little stream to get to it that wasn’t too wide, maybe a couple feet, but the ground was really soggy and I was loaded down with my camera gear. I thought for sure that part of me was going in but I channeled my inner Spider-Man and successfully made the leap.

The tree was nice but I didn’t like what I saw when I set up to take a shot. I decided to head back and incorporate the stream. It was probably good that I did that because about 30 yards from the tree were a bunch of horses giving me the evil eye. I’m just not that comfortable taking pictures when someone’s giving me the evil eye.

“And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 17:24

Lonely Tree

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New Trails

I went for my first snowshoe of 2014 on Saturday up at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. It was awesome! The sun was out and actually pretty warm (around 50F). I wanted to pull up a beach chair and watch the sun go down behind the Tatoosh Mountains (the mountain range just to the South of Mount Rainier). Unfortunately, bed times for the kids and dinner vetoed that idea. I did find a nice new trail South of the visitors center. So many trails. So little time. Always a reason to go back though.

New Trails

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Detour

This last Christmas we decided to drive down from Washington to Southern California to visit family. I had mentioned to my wife that I wanted to stop in San Francisco but I’m not sure if she heard me. Maybe she did but didn’t take me seriously. Anyway, when the split for Sacramento vs San Francisco came up and I took the ramp to San Francisco she wasn’t very excited to say the least. Not that she had anything against San Francisco but she already had it in her mind to make it to Southern California as fast as possible. It was us and our two kids under three so I don’t blame her but a little spontaneity never hurts, right?

The detour didn’t go as smooth as I thought it would. I was heading for the Marin Headlands to takes some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. We hit a bunch of traffic getting into the city via the Oakland Bridge and then as we hit the city our four-month old woke up after a nice nap to find that she was hungry. Now if you haven’t spent much time around babies they don’t tap you on the shoulder and politely ask for a snack. They cry and get progressively louder as they get hungrier. A fire engine could drive by with its sirens blaring and I probably wouldn’t have heard it. As you can imagine it was quite stressful especially when trying not to drive down a one-way street or hit a pedestrian.

We reached the headlands just before sunset which I thought was perfect timing. I had never been there before so I didn’t know that parking would be such a problem which it was. Luckily, I found a spot at the very last lookout at the top of the hill and waited for the city lights to come on as the sunlight was fading. It was definitely a cool place visit and hopefully I can head back there again. Next time I’ll make sure to plan things better and communicate those plans with the wife.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Detour

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More Than Meets The Eye

I was on Whidbey Island over Thanksgiving Weekend and made sure to check out the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. After taking some exterior shots I went inside, read some informational plaques (I’m a sucker for historical stuff) and walked by a gift shop room that had a map of all the lighthouses of Washington State. As I turned to look at the map I noticed a mannequin dressed like a lighthouse keeper sitting behind a desk in the opposite corner of the room but I didn’t look too closely. I thought that was kind of cool but I was more interested in the lighthouse map.

As I was looking at the map and determining how many I have visited I heard noise in the corner of the room. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something move. It was the mannequin! I felt myself tense up into a defensive position ready to take on this cyborg mannequin obviously trying to destroy all of humanity. The fate of the world lied within my hands.

I turned to get a better look and it wasn’t a mannequin at all. It was an old guy in a lighthouse keeper uniform. Phew, that was a close one! Now that the coast was clear I walked over and talked to him. He was actually really nice. He told me about a trip he made to all the lighthouses in Washington and some interesting stories about the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. As I was talking to him I noticed a kindle on the desk which must have been why he was sitting so still. He must have been either reading or taking a nap. I’ll make sure to look a little closer next time 🙂

More Than Meets The Eye

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Mukilteo Lighthouse Redux

For Christmas we decided to do something different and give out photo coasters as gifts. I’ve looked into services that put photos on coasters before but it was kind of expensive. My wife got the idea of making them ourselves and so she did some research and went to work. She did all the cutting, gluing, and purchasing of materials (basically all the hard work). All I had to do was pick the pictures to use, which was a little difficult because they needed a square crop to fit on the coaster. This lighthouse from Mukilteo, Washington made it to my list of photos to use but there was a flagpole in it that always bothered me. Cropping the photo wouldn’t take care of it so I did some Photoshop Ju-Jitsu and hip-threw the flagpole out of the picture. I felt that the picture deserved a repost so here it is. In case you were wondering, the coasters came out really nice and people seemed to like them. Three cheers for the wife!

Mukilteo Lighthouse Redux

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Refined by Fire

Last May I took a trip to Montana and stopped by Glacier National Park while I was there. This shot is from the main turnout along the Going to the Sun road when you go from West Glacier to East Glacier. Whenever I see burnt out places like this I always wonder how it would have looked in all its glory. Too bad but it will grow back, healthier and thicker. Refined by fire.

“And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'” Zechariah 13:9

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