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Story: Trails at Tacoma Nature Center

The Tocoma Nature Center is a small park located in Tacoma that features trails, turtles and frogs. Best of all, this place if free, but donations are highly recomended.

Story: Elk River Saw Mill

Elk River, Idaho is quite possibly one of Idaho's unique places located at the end of Highway 8. Elk River retains many of its early buildings including an interesting old school house. Starting out as a thriving logging community in the late 1800's to 1930's. Now only 125 people live there according to the national census.

Article: Sony A7RIII - Is It Right For You

Sony continues to rapidly iterate on the already popular A7 series cameras. Having used Sony cameras myself for almost three years now, starting with the Sony NEX-7, I have had an opportunity to follow the progress of cameras leading up to the A7RIII. The release of the A7RIII builds upon the already popular A7R and A7RII. How does the A7RII stack up to the A7RIII....

Story: Magic of Fall

The old golf course located North of Sumner is a great place to visit any time of year. The first thing you will notice is the lack of golf. I am not sure how long the golf course has been abandoned but my understanding is that the City of Sumner purchased the land to develop. However the land is in a flood plane and aparently...

Story: Diamond Lake Sunrise

Diamond Lake is located north of Spokane along the Newport Highway in Washington. The lake is home to Camp Cowles Boy Scout Reservation. The reservation is named after an early Spokane pioneer and supporter of scouting, William H. Cowles, Sr. Camp Cowles Boy Scout Reservation began in the early 1920's with the purchase of 80 acres of Diamond Lake waterfront. The camp now expands over...

Story: Kubota Garden Waterfall

Kubota Garden in South Seattle is a beautiful, 20 acre park. This park is a favorite destination for wedding parties looking for a natural landscape. One can follow the many paths and get lost in the scenery as you make your way through the stunning vegetation, calm pools and trickling waterfalls. More information can be found at http://www.kubotagarden.org/

Story: Mirror Lake at Sunrise

The seemingly boundless Eagle Cap Wilderness contains a complex network of trails that provide many opportunities for exploration. Having traveled many of the trails myself, I never grow bored with hiking in this area. The relatively short trail to Mirror Lake via the Two Pan Trailhead is an excellent hike into the lakes basin area and the ever popular Mirror Lake. The ruggedWallowagranite mountains are...

Story: Very Small Spider

The following photos were my first experience with extension tubes. Extension tubes move the lens further away away from the camera sensor which projects a bigger image on the sensor as a result at the cost of some light degradation.

Story: Iridescent Beetle

While exploring around Mt. St Helens, I found this interesting beetle, Buprestis aurlenta, from what I can tell. But I am no expert. I just love the amazing array of colors. However, this species is the most damaging in its genus. Larvae have been known to take 30 years to complete their development in structural timbers. The emergence holes sometimes penetrate roofing materials which results...

Story: Last Bee on a Habiscus Flower

Had another opportunity to test out myrokinon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens I purchased. Justing going to showcase some of the photos here.

Story: First Falls on Van Trump Creek

Van Trump Creek located on the Rainier National Park near Christine Falls. The trail that follows Van Trump creek contains numerous falls but the most spectacular is the three tier Bloucher Falls, followed by 392 foot Comet falls at about 1.8 miles up the trail.The parking lot is small so arrive early if you want to spot to park. Additionaly you need either a National...

Story: Lower Lewis Creek Falls

The iconinc Lower Lewis Creek waterfall is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on NF-90. There are some amazing photographic opportunities along this stretch of river including the lower falls. It is photographed often and quick google search will turn up many results. Depending on the time of year you can capture many unique perspectives of this waterfall. When the water is lower, you...

Story: Mad Max Blower

I dont usually go to car shows, but I was out and about one day and saw this one. There were many beautiful cars and you could tell the their owners had put a lot of work into restoring them.

Story: Beware the Racoons

Blake Island is located in Seattle's Pudget Sound is a small, 475-acre park accessible only by boat. Blake Island sports many recreational activities including camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. Additionally, Blake Island offers some unique photographic opportunities including a unique view of the Seattle skyline in addition to a closer view of the Olympic Peninsula. With only access via boat there is a ferry that...

Story: Hole in the Wall

The little "City of Rocks" is located near Gooding, Idaho is formed from volcanic ash hoodoos. This little known area is a hidden treasure. Known mostly by the local inhabitants of the area, this area is not frequented by too many humans, which makes it nice for photography. I had a unique opportunity to visit this area with my Dad who lives in Southern Idaho...

Story: Black and Yellow Butterfly

The Seattle Pacific Science Center features a butterfly exhibit. There are a variety of butterflies in the interactive exhibit. This is truly a first hand experience for both kids and adults.

Story: Mount Si from Borst Lake

Mount Si overlooks North Bend Washington. One of the longest hikes I have been on with the greatest amount of elevation change over a short distance. It is nice to look at Mount Si from the bottom sometimes.

Story: Golden Priest Lake Sunset

Priest Lake is a popular destination and is truly one of the crown jewels of Northern Idaho. Everything from boating, camping and cabins, Priest Lake is a popular destination for my vacationers looking for a nice water front destination. But a lesser known, and more remote area is Upper Priest Lake, accessible only by trail or boat is a fantastic remote area to visit.

Article: Why I Refuse To Use Wordpress

Oh wordpress, how I have come to loath you. I have worked with many clients over the years who continue to want solutions built on Wordpress. At first this was not a bad idea, and made perfect sense, kind of like Microsoft Sharepoint made sense, ok, I take it back, Sharepoint never made any sense. The basic idea was to take software, built for blogging...

Story: Jackson Street Snow Storm in Seattle

Seattle does not usually receive a lot of snow. But on rare occasions, about every ten years a big snow storm will create a winter wonder land of downtown Seattle. It is a pretty amazing, surreal experience.

Story: Colchuck Lake at Sunrise

Possibly one of the more spectacular hikes I have been on, hiking to the summit of Dragon Tail Peak in The Enchantments out of Leavanworth, Washington was probably one of the more difficult places to reach. Reaching Dragon Tail peak is easiest via the Stuart Lake Trailhead#1599. The trail starts out as an easy climb, but then toward the end you begin a rapid ascention...

Story: Rainier Tower

The Rainier Tower is probably one of the oddest buildings in downtown Seattle. The 41 story building has an interesting architecture built on an 11 story concrete pedestal base. The building looks as if a beaver has chewed the base.

Story: The City Television

Seattle is always a changing city. New buildings seem like they are errected every year. On my way to work today, I captured this particular building due to its amazing reflection.

Story: Lake Easton

Up the Teanaway River, out of Cle Elum, Washington you will find some of Washington's coolest places. At the start of the North Fork of the Teanaway River, the trailhead to Lake Ingalls begins. The trail to Lake Ingalls is a popular trail where the parking lot is often overflowing with just about any type of SUV known. Looking to get away from people, you...

Article: The Backpacking Photographer

There is nothing quite like being in the outdoors, experiencing nature first hand. For myself, I endeavor to capture these inspirational outdoor moments as much as possible. With so many options for cameras including your phone to a DSLR camera, you have so many choices from which to choose for camera gear. I have been hiking/backpacking in Washington, Oregon and Idaho all my life. Reaching...

Story: Tractor in the Snow

Winter on the Palouse creates an interesting landscape. Tranforming large rolling hills of the Palouse, snow creates a unique landscape.

Story: spider-snack

There has been a spider that has taken residence outside my apartment. It built a couple of webs, but looks like this one paid off.

Story: Seattle Rainbow

The amazing thing about Seattle is the weather. The weather is different every day which creates some amazing photography opportunities and of course challenges. On my way to work one morning there was an amazing rainbow over the sound. As I passed the interesections I would catch a glimpse of an colorfull rainbow.

Story: Peter Iredale Bleached Bones

The shipwreck of the Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel located near Warrington, in the Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon remains a favorite destination for vistors of the park. The sailing vessel ran ashore on October 25, 1906 en route to the Columbia river. The wreckage is still visible with only the bow and some of the ribs of the ship remaining,...

Story: Snail Racing

I decided to post some pictures from a Sigma Macro lens for Canon mount that I purchased off of Ebay. Something that I enjoy about the Sony camera system (A6300,A7R,A7RII) is that they made it so easy to use just about any lens on this camera. Of course, your mileage can vary but it is good be able to use some old glass on a...

Story: Summit Lake Fog

I made another attempt at capturing the towering Mount Rainier over looking Summit Lake with an amazing reflection on water as smooth as glass. Unfortunately, this area has a lot of promise in terms of photography, but the weather always fails to deliver. Heavy winds in the evening created challenging shooting conditions. I am not sure if I want to try a long exposure with...

Story: Borst Lake Mount Si Jungle Railroad

Woke up early to take photos of Mount Si from Borst Lake/Old Mill Pond. It is a pretty popular spot and if you have not seen the images, well they are spectacular. I made an attempt to add my own impressive set of photos of Mount Si from Borst Lake only to be sadly disappointed. A photographer once told me, you cant fix bad light....

Story: Sheep Lake Short Cut

Seven Devils is one of Idaho's sweet spots for backpacking. With peaks named she-devil and ogre, you gaze in awe at their towering presence. The Seven Devils are located in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and are a favorite destination for many hikers. The views are breath-taking where you can look into one of the worlds deepest canyons while gaze at rugged peaks well...

Story: Bighorn Crags Alpine Lakes

The Bighorn Crags are comprised of towering granit peaks and many alpine lakes. They are also the crown jewel of the vast 2.4 million acreFrank Church – River of No Return Wilderness. There is no where like it in the continental United States. With over 2500 miles of trail, one could spend many weekends before you exaust the trails in this area. Additionally, this area...

Story: The Young Forest

Mount Si is climbed by over 100,000 people per year who venture up 3,100 verticle feet in just four miles. The trail has become a popular climb if anything to attain bragging rights that they climbed the moderate to difficult trail. After hearing about how difficult this trail was, I decided I was ready for the challenge. I packed up my camera gear and headed...

Story: Star Fields

Highway 26, the route I have traveled many times between Pullman and Seattle.

Story: Where Did the First Stack Go?

Rialto Beach is located on the Olympic Peninsula just North of the famous La Push beach. You may recognize the name "La Push" if you are a Twighlight movie fan (if not there is a beach scene in the movie). The beach features many rock formations or stacks, including a rock outcrop called hole in the wall in addition to many tide pools. Rialto Beach...

Story: Seattle Sounder at Sunrise

My first week in Seattle at my new job. I remember waking up early in the morning, eager to begin my first day on the job. Begining my day, I was filled with typical first day anxiety but at the same time excited about my new job.

Story: Lady in the Lake

Moose Creek Reservior is a small "water hole" for the locals around Boville, Idaho. It is a popular destination for a the weekend because of its proximity to Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington. The lake is not that big, but teams with wildlife and presents decent fishing opportunities, especially for kids. I had never been before, but knew that it would be a fun camping...

Story: Staircase Campground

Located on the north fork of theSkokomish RiverLake Cushman is a expansive lake that is a popular destination for campers. Stair Case campground is located at the head end of the lake, which is very busy. Dont forget your wallet, as camping is 20 dollars per night plus a steep entrance fee for vehicles.

Story: Black Rock of Sandpoint Idaho

Sandpoint Idaho is one of those places you just need to visit to appreciate. Located next Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, Idaho is full of awesome landscapes any time of the year.

Story: Rotary Grocery

Working downtown Seattle has its share of benefits, including being near the iconic Pikes Place Market in the historical district of Seattle. This thriving market place provides the store front for many traditional vending opportunities including a fish, flower and vegetable markets.

Story: Grain Field at Sunset

The Palouse is a unique area. From a geology perspective, there is really no where like it in the world. The unique geology combined with a diverse climate creates some of the most unique photographic opportunities. In the spring, the hills of the palouse start out green covered in mostly wheat or lentils with small pockets of ponderosa pine. As summer progresses, the wheat becomes...

Story: WSU Bryan Hall

I worked at Washington State University for almost ten years. Almost every day I would pack my lunch, and enjoy my less than ten minute commute to work to a job where I was responsible for supporting research computing environments. Although I am no longer employed by Washington State University, I am certainly glad I would bring my camera to work to capture some of...