Monthly Archives: March 2014

Along the Tuolumne River

During my first visit to Yosemite we decided to get away from the crowds and heat (it was about 100F in the valley) and head to Tuolumne Meadows. Being at around 9,000 feet it was nice and cool and the weather was perfect. I definitely would like to explore some more of that area. Make sure to check it out if you ever head to Yosemite. You won’t be disappointed.

Alonng the Tuolumne River

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UW Cherry Blossoms

I normally try to avoid people in my shots but in some situations it’s unavoidable. I know a lot of people don’t like their photo taken especially from someone they don’t know so I try to get them where you can’t really identify them. Anyway, I was setting up for an HDR shot of a cherry tree and one of the Quad Buildings at the University of Washington waiting for some people to clear out, which never happened, when I saw another photographer mount on a pretty big lens. I think it may have been the Sigma 50-500mm. He was kind of off to my side so when he took a picture I could see what was showing up in the LCD on the back of his camera. What I noticed was that he was getting some portrait shots of people a little ways away. I don’t think he know the people because he seemed to be shooting in different directions. I thought it was kind of weird. What do you think? I can understand a wide angle shot with many people in it but close ups of one or two people doesn’t seem right without their permission. Who knows, maybe he did know them or had permission. You know what’s funny, he’s actually in this photo with his backed turned.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” – Ephesians 2:8-10

UW Cherry Blossoms

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One More Turn

I’ve only been to the University of Washington (UW) once and that was last fall. While I was there I thought I saw some cherry trees in this one area which would be awesome to see when they blossomed. Well, last weekend there was sun in the forecast so I decided to head up to (UW) to check things out. When I got there I drove by the spot where I thought the cherry trees would be and I was sadly disappointed to see nothing there. There weren’t any cherry trees. So much for my dendrology skills. I was almost ready to leave the campus and head somewhere else when I decided to take one more turn.

I drove toward the middle of campus and I noticed a lot of photographers walking along the street. UW is a pretty nice campus so I thought it was just because it was nice out and people were doing photo shoots and such. Then, out of the corner of my eye I saw it. White blooms farther than the eye could see. I had found it and so did a million other people. I guess it is no secret but it was new to me and it was spectacular.

One More Turn

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A Walk Around Tipsoo

Here’s Tipsoo Lake up at Mt Rainier National Park. This trail hooks up with the Naches Loop Trail which is a pretty easy 3.5 miles round trip with some great views of Mt Rainier. If you’re looking for wildflowers this would be a great area for it and it’s easy to get to. I don’t like doing trails twice but this is a pretty cool area that’s worth a revisit.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” – Hebrews 11:1

A Walk Around Tipsoo

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Snow Covered Tatoosh

Here’s one from a snowshoe I did last winter up at Paradise in Mt Rainier National Park. Unfortunately I’ve only gone snowshoeing once this season. Hopefully I can get back up there at least one more time before the season is over.

On another note I just took a class on wilderness first aid so if I come across an injured person I’ll hopefully be able to remember what I learned and help them out. As long as it isn’t too gory otherwise I may vomit and pass out, which won’t be good for anyone.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. 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

Snow Covered Tatoosh

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Living on a Boat

I don’t know if I could live on your average sailboat. I think I’d go crazy from being too cramped but an old ferry, now that would be pretty sweet. You’d have plenty of room to spread out and you wouldn’t have to worry about parking which always seem to be an issue when you live on the water. A win-win if you ask me. I wonder how this person acquired one…

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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Times Square

I went to New York City for my first time back in 2012 and I made sure to stop by Times Square. Here’s a tip if you haven’t been there before: if someone in an Elmo costume gets in a picture you’re taking of your family, they are not doing it for fun or paid by the city like a costume character at Disneyland. They’re doing it for money. I have no problem with someone making an honest buck but at least let me know before I take the picture. Besides, I didn’t have any cash on me. Sorry Elmo.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” – Jeremiah 29:11

Times Square

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The Narrows Bridge

I’ve been wanting to find a good spot to photograph the Tacoma Narrows Bridge so I did a little reconnaissance with Google Maps to find the perfect location. I found what looked to be a pretty good spot but there was a slight problem that I didn’t realize until I drove out there. The spot which could have been the best spot ever was located within a gated community, doh! The gate didn’t even allow foot traffic. No cars where really coming out and I didn’t feel like hoping the fence. I had my family with me and it’s hard to be swift like a ninja with a stroller. So, I went for plan b which was a nearby park. I hadn’t been there before but I figured it had access to the water. Luckily it did and there was a nice view of the bridge.

Verse for the day:

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” – Ephesians 3:20

The Narrows Bridge

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That Old Barn

I’ll be heading to Montana again this summer which means I’ll spend some time in Glacier National Park and drive by this old barn again. I figured this barn had been abandoned a long time ago yet when I was there last year there was just a cow still hanging around. Not a couple cows but just one. After getting the evil eye a couple times I figured this cow wasn’t one to mess with so I kept my distance, took my shots, and slowly walked back to my car making sure to keep my eye on the cow. I didn’t want to take any chances. This cow might have been the only cow around for a reason. Besides my wife and kid were in the car at the time and I didn’t want it to come to fisticuffs in front of them 🙂

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” – Isaiah 41:10

That Old Barn

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Biking to the Sun

If you’re into biking a cool thing to do is to head to a mountain pass right before it opens for the summer after being closed for the winter. It may be a little cold but the road will be plowed and not a car will be in sight. The uphill can be steep and long but the downhill is awesome. Just remember to check your brakes, watch for ice, and bring some warmer close for the downhill depending on the outside temperature.

This shot is from the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, which I believe is about 16 miles to the top. When I was there it wasn’t fully plowed so I biked only about half way. The farther you get the less and less people there are, which there are not that many to begin with, so you can pull over at anytime and get some spectacular views.

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” – 1 John 4:4

Biking to the Sun

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