The End of the World as We Know it

It snowed a few inches in the Seattle area this morning. Unfortunately, once again, the miniature ice age did not fail to wipe out all of the local miniature dinosaurs. Now only time will tell how long till this once green land is full of their tiny roars again.

Small Iceage

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Three Climates – The Forest

Over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get out and about quite a bit. On these outings of work and play, I’ve managed to spend time hiking in the mountains, swimming on the coast, and walking through the flats of eastern Washington. So, starting with the forrest since that’s the closest to home. Here are the photos from said adventures!

This is the still mostly frozen Heather Lake. This is a panorama comprised of 43 separate photos!
This is the still mostly frozen Heather Lake. This is a panorama comprised of 43 separate photos! If you click though it you can see a lot of snow melt waterfalls.
Quite a few days in the mountains have been extremely foggy with the ground warming and thawing.
Quite a few days in the mountains have been extremely foggy with the ground warming and thawing.
15 1/4 second exposures of a river to make a .gif move!
15 1/4 second exposures of a river to make a .gif move!
And finally, out in the forest, if you keep your eyes open, maybe you can find the tree covered in signs of love
And finally, out in the forest, if you keep your eyes open, maybe you can find the tree covered in signs of love

A Fine Engagement

Here are a few of the engagement photos I shot a few days ago. Congrats to Kody and Crystal! A finer snowboarding pair you’ll never meet!

The were perfect low clouds all day
The were perfect low clouds all day

We spent the first half of the day playing in the snow, and then for the second half, we took our final snowboarding runs for the season!

The snow was kind to us the whole time we were up!
The snow was kind to us the whole time we were up!

We wandered through the small cabins.

Stopping every here and there to take a picture
Stopping every here and there to take a picture

A few times we climbed snow piles and snuck onto decks.

And had a good laugh.
And had a good laugh.

Then we followed the trail back to the cars.

The snow was still softly falling
The snow was still softly falling

They held hands while I wandered behind.

And of course Crystal's grandmother's ring
And of course Crystal’s grandmother’s ring

To which my camera could do no justice.

A perfect last day in the snowy mountains!

-3˚c Hydrogen Oxide

It was snowing hard up at the Pillows this week. After hiking the drops for a few hours, I pulled out my camera for as long as I dared in the downpour. I didn’t take too many shots because I was more concerned with keeping things drying and not loosing them to a layer of fresh snow.

One of the bits of the bushes we always walk by without looking at.
One of the bits of the bushes we always walk by without looking at.

While most of the trees are still green (all pine and fir trees), this was one of the last leaves clinging to its summer post.

Looking back on our spot.
Looking back on our spot.

While I was taking pictures a few other folks were continuing to climb the pillows for a final time before it was time to head back to the car.

Swing-Title

This spot is a good half kilometer deep of hiking through the snow and I can’t wait to make that hike again!

The Pillows

Lately I’ve been making a weekly trip to the mountains with who ever I can talk into coming along. While this isn’t out of the ordinary at all, there is a special reason for these trips. And that reason is called the Pillows. It’s magical enough that every week it’s worth a two hour drive to the mountains and a grueling kilometer and some hike through thigh deep snow.

(This is a post of fiddling around with different ideas and experiments. Notes will be in photo captions.)

Sometimes doing things in the old style is best
Sometimes doing things in the old style is best
Right down to the test strips.
Right down to the test strips.

This place is one of the most fun places to snowboard once you get to it. The snow is always fantastic and untouched. The whole place is just a big boulder field. But once you cover that in snow, it turns into a big play ground.

Though this photo doesn't give any sense of scale, the cliffs at the top are in the 25 foot range, the mid sections are in the area of a good few meters, and the low one in about 2 meters.
Though this photo doesn’t give any sense of scale, the cliffs at the top are in the 25 foot range, the mid sections are in the area of a good few meters, and the low one in about 2 meters.

To find this place you have to know someone who is an old ski bum, or as in my case, explore the woods until you stumble upon it. (Then pick up the name from old ski bums)

Here's a hint. (I just made this to practice After Effects)
Here’s a hint. It’s somewhere in the circle. (I just made this to practice After Effects)

I’m going to continue to go up there every week, so in the next couple of weeks I’ll probably have photos of people dropping the big rocks. Plus, next week, I’m going to take the time to hike around so I can drop the cliffs. Can’t wait for Wednesday!

My buddy Harry in one of the few pictures of people present.
My buddy Harry in one of the few pictures of people present. Also, At one point I decided to dig a hole. So I took this while standing in a 2 meter deep hole.

This post isn’t as focused as I’d like, but I just wanted to try a few different things with the photos that I had. Thanks for checking it out!

Spots of Color

My roommate and I went to explore the snowy mountains the other. And he kindly put up with me carrying my camera everywhere. We drove up a scenic highway to where it was closed for the year. The rest of the day was spent going though snow filled camp grounds waiting for springs warm embrace.

Orange fungus clinging to a frozen tree.
Orange fungus clinging to a frozen tree.

From wandering through a desaturated world, I quickly became obsessed with finding all of the remaining bits of color that I could.

The river still carried it's emerald green.
The river still carried it’s emerald green.

These photos are just in the order that I took them through the day.

Though drab from far way, once you closed the gap to the pine trees they were evergreen
Though drab from far way, once you closed the gap to the pine trees they were evergreen

I did take a few very cool cinemagraphs too. I haven’t had the time to put those together. I’ll probably do one a day for the next four days so that I have time to work on other projects as well.

This lichen patch caught my eye right before we left.
This lichen patch caught my eye right before we left.

Everything else I took was for cinemagraphs, so look for those over then next few days!

 

Over the River and Through the Woods

On Christmas Eve I joined up with my folks and we went out to visit my grandparents in the small town of Morton. Buy the time we got there I had been up for a little over 24 hours so I spend the day doing a mix of taking photos, doing the family thing, and napping.

Looking off their back porch there's I nice view of the river.
Looking off their back porch there’s I nice view of the river. Also, you can see the rain falling in this.

Unfortunately, I later found out that I was tired enough that I was rather soft on the focus, but still managed a few things alright.

There was just about ten minutes that there was some lovely thunder cloud light.
There was just about ten minutes that there was some lovely thunder cloud light.
And finally, the view from the room where I took a nap.
And finally, the view from the room where I took a nap.

Hopefully everyone had a good holiday season!