Monthly Archives: September 2014

Silver Forest Trail

The Silver Forest Trail is a short 2 mile out and back hike that starts just South of the Sunrise Visitor Center. It’s an easy trail with great views of Mt Rainier. I think it would be a great spot to catch the wildflowers too when they’re in season. Check it out if you’re looking for something short and easy especially if you have little ones with you.

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” – Psalm 119:9-10

Silver Forest Trail

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Dege Peak View

We went for two hikes last weekend up at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park. Each hike wasn’t long enough to justify the drive but combining them together made it worth it hiking-wise. This shot is from the second hike we did to Dege Peak. At the top you get great views of the Cascades and Mount Rainier. You can even see Grand Park which is a pretty cool place if you haven’t been there. While we were enjoying the views I noticed a small cloud near the base of Mt Rainier. As I looked further I realized it was a landslide. I thought that was pretty cool to see and capture. It was a great day of hiking and photography.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise” – Psalm 111:10

Dege Peak View

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Simpson Beach Overlook

A short walk from the Shore Acres Gardens in Oregon is Simpson Beach. We hiked there from Sunset Bay State Park which is about 4 miles there and back. It was a nice trail with some views of the Cape Arago Lighthouse and the Oregon coastline. I think it was a pretty cool hike and worth doing if you’re in the area.

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” – Psalm 103:13-16

Simpson Beach Overlook

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Frozen Lake Loop Trail

Here’s the second of two shots I took while hiking the Frozen Lake Loop Trail up at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park. Why did I only take two shots? Well, I forgot to charge my battery and luckily I was able to get enough juice to get two shots. One was of Mt Rainier and this one was of the mountains across from Sunrise. If you’re looking for a short hike with great views check out this one. It’s about 3 miles and my two year old did the whole hike too give you an idea of the difficulty.

“His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.” – Psalm 97:4-6

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Harris Beach

We took a lunch break at Harris Beach in Oregon on a road trip down the coast last month. It was very scenic and the waves were pretty big. I talked to a local body boarder who pointed out to me how the waves bounce off the rocks so you could catch a side wave and then hop on a regular wave. It was pretty cool to see in person.

I stopped at this spot to get a shot of a wave breaking over the rocks. It took a lot of waiting and quick shooting. For some reason I decided to do it handheld. It was fine exposure-wise but I should have used a tripod because when I finally did get the wave smashing into the rocks I didn’t like the composition as much as this one. This one has a little bit of the wave crashing but not as much as I would have liked. It would have been much easier to set the camera on a tripod, get the composition right, and then click the shutter when the right wave hit the rocks. Lesson learned.

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:8-12

Harris Beach

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Taking the Skyline

You don’t have to make it all the way to Camp Muir to get some great views of Mount Rainer. This is from the Skyline trail before you hit the switchbacks up to Panorama Point.

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” – Psalm 84:10

Taking the Skyline

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Cape Arago Lighthouse

I hadn’t really done any research before arriving at Sunset Bay, Oregon. Sometimes I just like not knowing so that I can shoot things without any preconceptions. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there to find out that there were three lighthouses pretty close to where we were camping. I always like to shoot lighthouses so of course I had to visit them. This is the first one we saw while doing a short 4 mile round trip hike from the Sunset Bay State Park Campground to Shore Acres. You get some pretty nice views of the coastline and the Cape Arago Lighthouse which is located just off the mainland on a small island. Unfortunately it’s closed to the public so you can’t get right up to it. I recommend bringing a long lens.

Cape Arago Lighthouse

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Hide n’ Seek

I did a short hike from Sunrise to Frozen Lake (about 3 miles round trip) this past Sunday. The sun didn’t really come out and neither did Mt Rainier. It was hiding the entire hike except for a very small sun break and still it was only a partial view of the mountain. It can be so elusive sometimes. It was still fun to be out in the park and my almost 3 year old daughter did the entire hike without being carried. Pretty cool.

If you do head up there make sure to bring some warmer clothes. I was expecting it to be more summertime weather and could have used and extra layer especially since it was windy and in the high 40s. Also, make sure your battery is charged. I forgot to charge mine and basically had no battery. I had to compose the shot, turn the camera on, press the shutter, and hope that it would take a shot. Fortunately I was able to get one.

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” – Psalm 84:10

HideNseek

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