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Friday, August 29, 2014

Black Eyed Susan


Black Eyed Susan always reminds me of my childhood. My parents always had it growing in the garden, and still do! This photo was taken in my Moms front yard.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Salish Pond Sundown


I love going on evening walks around Lake Salish with my son. There are usually very little people on the paths, and the ducks are all eager to catch the bread we throw for them. Best of all, if we are lucky, we are able to catch an amazing sunset, such as this one.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coldwater Lake


Coldwater Lake is kinda awesome. Located in the Mt St Helens blast zone, this unassuming lake did not exist before the 1980 eruption. The blast caused a huge natural dam of Coldwater Creek, creating the body of water that is popular to fisherman and picnickers these days.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Heirloom Tomato



My "garden" this year is an embarrassment. About halfway through June we realized that we had much more important things to tend to -- namely remodeling two rooms in our home -- than gardening. Now the plants that I so carefully planted in spring are overtaken with waist high weeds. However, they are still doing quite well considering. This large heirloom tomato is proof.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stars over Doug's Beach


I have never really tried night photography. I simply was not equipped with a camera that was able to handle the settings needed to do an exposure of the stars. However, I upgraded my camera this past spring, and was out at night this weekend. The stars above were hard to resist, so I set up my tripod and played around a bit. This is the first attempt at a starry sky photo. Granted, it was very, very windy where I was at. There was a Super Moon out and I was not in the middle of the boonies by any stretch of the imagination so there was a lot of light. Not ideal for shooting the skies. But I already can tell it is going to be something I am going to try again and again in better conditions! Watch out night skies, I have my eye on you!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Evacuation Due to Rowena Fire



An over 3500 acre wildfire took over the hillsides just east of Rowena, Oregon on Tuesday of last week. People in about 150 homes around the blaze were evacuated, and one home was actually destroyed.

On Friday night I headed out with my camera to capture the beginning day of the "Super Moon" and found myself heading east through the gorge, crossing the Columbia River and ending up at Doug's Beach outside of Lyle, Washington directly across from the fire area. I took this long exposure to show the many hot spots on the hillside above the cars along I-84, which at the point that this photo was taken was only 35% contained. Later at home when I downloaded the photo, I noticed the shooting star streaking across the sky directly above the hill, and hoped that it was a sign of sorts that the worst of the blaze would soon be over. Fortunately, I was right because the evacuation of most of the area residents has been lifted and those people have been able to return to their homes.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Late Summer Mt. St. Helens


I visited Mt St Helens yesterday with family. I had not been in a few years, and am always amazed at the destruction that is displayed, and on the opposite hand, the regeneration of the area. Trees are growing again, the grounds are covered in greenery and wildflowers. It is a truly breathtaking sight.

It was a very hot August, clear sky day in the Pacific Northwest yesterday, and the Indian Paintbrush and other plants were very dry.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thunderhead


On Saturday we spent the day at Frog Lake up on Mt Hood. There were some crazy big thunderhead clouds a ways away, but the skies above us were clear blue. We occasionally heard a very distant rumble of thunder that never reached our area.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dusk over Trillium Lake


I do not visit Trillium Lake as much as I used to. There are just way too many people. Only a few years back, you could go for the day to sit on the bank and fish and enjoy the peacefulness that the mountain lake had to offer with a handful of other groups of people doing the same thing. Then they did some pretty major construction on the south side of the lake where the dam is, creating a large bank for people to hang out for the day. Sounds nice, but it made the crowds explode. There were hundreds of people crowded into the dam area at the small lake this past weekend when I visited for the first time of the year, and we only spent a short time before moving on to another lake. We prefer quieter outdoor experiences. I did return at dusk and captured this much more peaceful moment as the sun went down in the west.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Frog Lake Frog


When I was a kid, my family would frequent Frog Lake every summer. It was and still is such a great place to spend the day. It is one of the less popular lakes up in the Mt Hood National Forest, which means it is less crowded -- a definite perk.

Back in the day when we went, the entire shoreline was littered with tiny dime sized frogs. You had to be very careful not to step on them as you walked around. The past few times I have visited, I didn't see even one frog, which was very disappointing. But I was up there this past weekend and there were quite a few! Yay!!! It was a challenge chasing them around with my camera to get a good macro shot of one of them, but this guy stopped just long enough for me to snap my shutter before he hopped away.

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