Monthly Archives: June 2014


Have you ever set up for a shot away from the crowd and then just one person decides to walk into your frame and stays there for a while? This is what happened when I took this shot. A kid decided to play with some sand toys right in front of me. I didn’t really mind since I had such a nice view. Besides, a big part of landscape photography is patience. You have to wait for some clouds to move, the light to hit just right, or for some kid to move just a couple more steps to the side.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

Poi Pu Beach Sunset

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Special Reserve

We took an out-of-town visitor to Pike’s Place Market and the original Starbucks in Seattle a few weeks ago. There’s usually a long line to get into the orginal Starbucks and this day was no different. It was kind of nice though because while we were waiting in line a street performer came up and started playing guitar. He starting playing a song that I knew I heard before but I couldn’t remember what song it was. As he started singing I thought he sounded pretty good and the song was catchy. Then I heard the words “I Want It That Way”… it was a Backstreet Boys song. I was ashamed that I knew it but in my defense I had a younger sister that was prime boy-band age when that song came out so I’m sure I heard it a million times.

Here’s some coffee for those of you who need a little boost on Monday morning. I hear that this is a blend that you can only get at the original Starbucks. I don’t drink coffee so I can’t tell you if it is good or not.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.” – Psalm 34:15-16

Special Reserve

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Campside Forest

There’s nothing better than camping somewhere scenic especially when you can start shooting right out of your tent. I was lucky enough to find a such a campsite during my last camping trip at Silver Springs Campground which is located off highway 410 just before you enter Mount Rainier National Park. With the river, streams, and forest there were plenty of things to shoot. Good times.

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord” – Psalm 31:24

Campside Forest

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Silver Falls

If you’re looking for a nice and easy hike with a spectacular waterfall check out the Silver Falls Trail in Mount Rainier National Park. I was there a couple weeks ago when I hiked the short three mile loop from Ohanapecosh campground to the falls and back. The speed and force of the water coming off this waterfall is pretty impressive. There’s a trail to takes you pretty close to the top of it where you can really appreciate the fierceness of it. It would probably rip your hand right off if you stuck it in it. Anyway, check it out if you’re ever in the area.

“Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:6

Silver Falls

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The nice thing about long exposures is that they not only smooth out the water and stretch out the clouds (if they’re moving fast enough) but they can “erase” any people that happen to walk into the frame. This came in handy when I was taking sunset shots at Poipu Beach in Kauai, which, as you can imagine, was a pretty popular place to watch the sunset.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth” – Psalm 19:1-6


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Manual Restore

Have you ever accidentally deleted a memory card before getting the photos off? I have…once. It was about two years ago. I was out camping and headed out one evening for some shots. I took some long exposures of a nearby river, stream, and forest. I was all over the place. A couple days later I was heading out for another shoot and I popped the same memory card in from my camping trip. I thought for sure I had downloaded them so I deleted them. Well, I hadn’t downloaded them. I guess I could have run a retrieval program but by the time I had realized it it was too late. I had already filled up the memory card with some new shots. Fast forward two years and I was back at the same campground last weekend. I remembered most of the shots I took so I was able to retake them. I guess it was a manual restore.

“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago” – Acts 3:19-21

Manual Restore

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First Camp

This past weekend we went for our first camping trip of the season, which also happened to be my nine month old’s first time camping (she was actually on my back when I took this shot). It was a little colder than I thought it would be at night (about low 40s/high 30s) but I’m happy to report that it went pretty well. The only bad part was that I lost my water bottle although I’m not so sure I lost it. I think someone or something took it while I was sleeping. They say that Big Foot makes his home in the Pacific Northwest…If you ever see it with a blue nalgene, punch it in the stomach and get it back for me 🙂


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Roadside Waterfall

I first spotted this waterfall about two years ago when driving to Ohanapecosh in Mount Rainier National Park for a hike. I wasn’t able to stop because there wasn’t anywhere to pull over and I figured I’d photograph it at another time. Well two years later I finally made it back and this time I wasn’t going to pass it up. The first time I saw the waterfall it was about June and I remember it raging. This time it wasn’t flowing as much as I thought it would be (I may have been a little early for the snow melt) but the rocks behind the falls were exposed pretty nicely.

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified” – John 7:37-39

Roadside Waterfall

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