Category Archives: Color Photography

Seattle Sunshine

I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to all of those impacted by the wild fires up and down the west coast. I think of those who have lost their homes and/or evacuated from approaching flames to the fire fighters who have bravely been battling these fires.

My wife and I left Los Angeles August 31st for two weeks in Seattle (two of our daughters and their husbands live up there). At that point in time Northern California was battling significant wild fires and the smoke from those fires had migrated to Southern California. As we took off and started the flight north, there was a layer of brown smoke all of the way up the coast to Oregon. From Oregon on up to Seattle, the skies were clear and we were thankful to get out of the smoke.

Starting with our second week in Seattle, Oregon was now battling a number of fires and so was eastern Washington. Mid-week, the winds changed and the huge plume of smoke that had been blown out to sea from California and Oregon came inland and created the pictures I have attached.  I took these with my cell phone by one of our daughters house because I was blown away with how weird the sun looked. It actually got worse as the week went on with no sun getting through.

We returned to Los Angeles Sunday September 13th. On that day going to the airport in Seattle, the smoke was so thick you couldn’t even see the downtown high-rises as we drove right by them on Interstate 5 (the freeway literally butts up to downtown). Taking off from the airport was like rising through a thick layer of clouds that had a brown tinge to them. On the 2.5 hour flight coming south over Washington, Oregon and Northern California, looking out the window at 35 thousand feet, there was nothing to see but the brown cloud below us. It boggles my mind that there would be a smoke plume of that size. Think about any flight you have had of that duration and think about if there was nothing but smoke below you for the entire flight.

Seattle Sunshine

Street Scene

The air was so brown, these shots almost look like sepia photography.

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Do Not Worry

From downtown Denver, we are popping over to the west coast for a sunset I took in Carlsbad, California located in the northern part of San Diego County. I added the quote from the bible as it seems an important reminder for all of us. I try really hard (and trust me it is hard), to take each day as it comes on its own merit. It doesn’t do any of us any good to worry about tomorrow as all that does is pull your attention away from the current moment. And the current moment is the only reality we truly live in.

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Ducks In The Pond

I went back to the archives this week and surfaced the attached shots I took of “ducks in a pond”. As I was looking at these shots, I was thinking what does this represent to me? Why did I originally capture these ducks? What surfaced was the contentment these birds exuded as they fed, cleaned themselves and swam together in community. There is something so peaceful about the way they swim around the serene setting of a quiet pond.

May you find that in your own life.

Ducks In A Pond 1

Ducks In A Pond 2

Ducks In A Pond 3

Ducks In A Pond 4

On a side note: I will be having knee replacement surgery this week and will be off WordPress for about a month. This is the other leg after my knee replacement surgery last August. It was originally scheduled for mid March, but we all know how that time frame changed things. Be well…be safe!

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Sailing San Diego Bay

Last weeks post of the Oregon Coastline invoked a sense of serenity and in keeping with that theme, this week I am posting two captures of sailboats on San Diego Bay. These scenes are clearly different than last weeks, but invoke the same sense of serenity to me. I can just feel the peacefulness as the boats slip through the water with a gentle ocean breeze caressing my face.

This first capture was taken from Seaport Village just south of downtown looking across the bay to Coronado Island.

The second capture is reversed if you will. This capture was taken from Coronado Island looking back at downtown San Diego.

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Oregon Coastline

Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of the Oregon Coastline….the setting is so peaceful and serene and the sense of tranquility seemed pertinent at this time!! Hope all is well with you, your family and friends!

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Who Said It Would Be Easy and Perseverance

I have attached two captures I took that seem pertinent to what we are all collectively facing right now. They both have a common visual aspect that caught my eye and truly says it all.

The location is Red Rock National Conservation Area just west of Las Vegas. The two prints captured rock climbers at different stages. If you look at the pictures, you’re probably saying “What rock climbers, Kirt?” or maybe something less polite. That’s the beauty of these captures I didn’t even see until later. The rocks are stunning unto themselves and you truly get the size of these cliffs when you see the rock climbers. In this first one look closely in the middle of the frame just right of center. You will see three climbers by looking at the one in a bright red jacket. Now the size of the task rears its ugly head.

This shows three climbers starting a climb where the title now seems appropriate. When the pandemic first reared its ugly head and we were all sequestered in our homes to fight this battle: “Who Said It Would Be Easy?”

The second one shows three rock climbers further along on the climb and epitomize where we all are now and what it has taken to get to this point: “Perseverance”.

Hope all is well with you and yours!!

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Views of COVID-19 – Across the United States

A great post from Travel Tales of Life by Sue Slaght. Sue has been posting fellow bloggers experiences with the pandemic from around the world. This week is from across the United States and she asked me to contribute from Los Angeles.

Sue Slaght – Over the past weeks we have been inviting readers from across the globe to share their COVID-19 stories. We began with views on the pandemic from Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Australia. Last week we gratefully received contributions from Chile, England, Finland and Portugal.  Although thousands of miles often separate the writers, one consistent theme rings true. COVID-19 is life altering and we as humanity battle a common foe. This week we welcome contributions from across the United States. Our heartfelt thanks to the authors of these pieces. For those that have provided links to their own blogs or social media we encourage you to visit.

Los Angeles Freeway

Patio

Views of COVID-19 – Across the United States

 

Hiking Captures from the Archives

As with last weeks post, I have been digging through the archives to find captures that I have not done anything with. That being said, we are jumping back to 2013 in North Bend, Washington. North Bend is on the western side of the Cascade Mountain Range just east of Seattle. The town is nestled in a beautiful valley and is home to numerous hiking trails and some pretty intense ones at that.

Todays captures come from two different trails, the first one is called Little Si and is rated low to intermediate.

HIking – Little Si 1

I miss the lushness of the Pacific Northwest woods…….

Hiking Little Si 2

I love the way the sun was shining through the forest canopy on these moss covered boulders.

Hiking – Little Si 3

The next three captures are from the Twin Falls trail. I have shared numerous shots of the falls, but nothing from the trail to get to them.

Hiking – Twin Falls 1

The trail follows the river winding its way to a lookout of the two falls upstream.

Hiking – Twin Falls 2

Again, the sheer beauty of the forest…..

Hiking – Twin Falls 3

From my perspective going through these archives brought a welcome respite from being sequestered in our home for the foreseeable future. Hope this finds you and yours healthy!! Be well and hope you enjoyed the hike!!

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

My post this week is four captures for a trip we took last weekend to the Seattle area. Our youngest daughter and her husband both are turning 30 this month and we wanted to help them celebrate. Love going up there as our oldest daughter and her husband live just north of Seattle, so we get to see all of them whenever we go up!

As part of the long weekend, we took a ferry from downtown over to Bainbridge Island for lunch at a restaurant my son-in-law loves. The rain was off and on and I’m not going to lie….it was dang chilly for us Southern California babies. The four of us were sitting inside talking as the ferry lined up to pull into dock. As the ferry turned something outside caught my eye and of course I grabbed my camera and headed out.

This first capture is the town from the front deck as I worked my way around the boat to capture what caught my eye….

Bainbridge Island 1

as I got around to the side deck, I snapped this next capture.

Bainbridge Island 2

The next shot was the front deck to where I was headed and you can see what had caught my eye.

Bainbridge Island 3

I think this last capture says it all….just enough rain and sun for a full rainbow.

Bainbridge Island 4

My best to everyone….stay well!!

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Descanso Gardens Part 2

Descanso Gardens is a 150-acre botanical garden located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California. If you’re not sure where that is in the Los Angeles Metro area, it’s in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains northwest of Pasadena. Descanso has a fascinating history dating back to 1937, more information here.

Summarizing from last weeks post: I was not prepared to take professional photographs of the surreal beauty of the Enchanted Forest of Lights we encountered at the Descanso Botanical Gardens just before Christmas. My son-in-law has the new I phone 11 which handles night photography really well. Last weeks photos were his and this week are the better ones I took that weren’t duplicates of his!! Enjoy!!

Descanso Gardens 10

Descanso Gardens 11

Descanso Gardens 12

Descanso Gardens 13

Descanso Gardens 14

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