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!

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-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!