Monthly Archives: February 2014

Point Robinson Lighthouse

The Point Robinson Lighthouse is located on Maury Island in Washington state. According to Wikipedia it was built in 1915 and is a twin of the Alki Point Lighthouse. I guess I never realized that the two lighthouses were twins until I read that on Wikipedia. Anyway, you can get some nice views of Mt Rainier from the lighthouse park but unfortunately for me the mountain was blocked by some clouds when I was there. It’s funny how elusive that mountain can be even on nice sunny days. You can go quite a while in the winter without even knowing it was there. You can even be at Paradise which is pretty much on the mountain and not see it. When you do…it’s quite a site. Here’s a tip, if you ever fly South out of Sea-Tac, sit on the left side of the plane. It can be overcast and gloomy on the ground but once you get above the clouds you’ll often find Mt Rainier poking it’s head out. It’s an amazing site and if you can plan this around sunset it’s even better.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Point Robinson Lighthouse

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Snow Prints

Here’s another shot I took right from the parking lot up at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. It was a great end to a great day of snowshoeing. Whether it be Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer I highly recommend heading up to Paradise if you are visiting Western Washington and leaving your own set of snow prints (or footprints). Who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25

Snow Prints

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Ahwahnee Bridge

Bridges in general are cool to shoot and I find stone bridges particularly cool. There are a couple of them in the Yosemite Valley that cross the Merced River. This one is the Ahwanee Bridge which was built in 1928 to a length of 122 feet. I took this shot last summer during my first time in the valley on a cold and overcast day. I was a little worried the storm would stick around the whole week I was there but luckily it cleared up and I was able to enjoy Yosemite in all its glory.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” – John 14:6

Ahwahnee Bridge

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Naches Peak Loop Trail

It’s been kind of stormy lately and I haven’t been able to get out shooting as much as I would like. I did go for a mountain bike ride yesterday during a break in the rain and while I was riding I snapped my bike seat off. I must have super human gluts because I have no idea how I did that. I had to ride about 45 minutes standing up to get back home. If you ever want to get a good calf/thigh work out take your bike seat off. It makes riding up hill, downhill, and even changing gears pretty challenging.

What does my mountain biking misadventure have to do with this photo? Absolutely nothing except remind me that all the rain that we’re getting now means more snow in the mountains now and more green in the summer.

This is a shot of Mount Rainier from the Naches Loop Trail taken in September 2013.

Naches Peak Loop Trail

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Not a Useless Sunrise

I’m more of a night owl so there are not that many things that I enjoy getting up early for especially before sunrise. However, if I have the opportunity to catch an awesome sunrise in a cool place then you better believe I’m getting up. The thing I like most about sunrise is that there are usually few people around. Sunset is a different story. If you are at a popular location you better be prepared to arm wrestle because not many people will give up there spot. I guess you could get there early but arm wrestling is more fun. It’s so fun they made a movie out of it. Remember Over the Top? Great Valentine’s Day movie 🙂

This shot is from sunrise at Useless Bay on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Since today is Valentine’s Day here’s something to keep in mind:

1 John 4:19 – “We love because He first loved us”

Useless Bay

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Embrace the Flare

I was setting up to take some sunset shots of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands in San Francisco, California when I noticed a pretty cool scene was unfolding behind me. The only problem was that I was getting some serious sun flare which is usually something I tried to avoid. To me it’s like a dust spot and I despise dust spots. However, in this case I thought it looked kind of cool so I left it in. Like a waiter at Chotchkie’s, sometimes you got to just embrace the flare.

Embrace the Flare

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Brown’s Point Lighthouse

I’ve been to a bunch of lighthouses in Washington State and I think I’ll try to hit all of them at some point. This shot is of Brown’s Point Lighthouse and to be honest this lighthouse is kind of ugly. Definitely not what I have in mind when I think about a lighthouse. While I was there I did hear some bird’s squawking and I was pretty sure they were eagles. I asked some locals about it and sure enough there are two eagles that inhabit a big tree near the lighthouse keeper’s house. Just something to keep in mind if you ever visit Brown’s Point Lighthouse.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” – John 8:12

Brown's Point Lighthouse

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Looking for a Shot

I was up at Mt Rainier snowshoeing a couple weeks ago looking to get a cool shot of the Tatoosh Mountains. I was in a different area I hadn’t been in before looking for a break in the trees so that I could capture the Tatoosh Mountains in all their glory. I didn’t quite find what I was looking for but I had a good time exploring and snowshoeing around with the family. My daughter was actually on my back in a Deuter Kid Comfort II (a kid carrying backpack that I would recommend) while I took this shot. I’m looking forward to heading back up there sometime soon.

Looking for a Shot

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Best Seat in the House

Seagulls can be pretty annoying. They try to eat your food, they drop their liquid bombs on people (I’ve been hit twice which some people say is good luck but I think it’s to make you feel better for getting pooped on), and they steal stuff. My wife had taken off a watch while she was at the beach and a seagull came and snatched it up. For all the trouble seagulls give they sure know how to find a good spot for sunset.

This shot is from sunset at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, California.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” – Psalm 46:1-3

Best Seat in the House

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Cruisin’ New York City

It’s too bad people have been getting so sick on cruise ships lately. I’ve been on two cruises so far, one to Alaska and one on the East Coast, and I haven’t gotten sick. The Alaska cruise was awesome. I would definitely recommend it because you can go places like Glacier Bay National Park that would be hard to get to or cost a lot if you did it on your own. The East Coast cruise was pretty fun. We went during the fall but unfortunately we were about a week too early that year. It was a great way to see a lot of the area and major cities though.

Anyway, this is of New York City on the back of our cruise boat as we were getting ready to set sail. We actually left about 2 hours late from port and I missed the city lights because my daughter was one-year old at the time and had to eat dinner. Pictures probably wouldn’t have come out that great with the boat moving and it being dark. At least that’s what I tell myself…

Cruisin’ New York City

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