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Winter Wonderland – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

I was blessed with a great photo opportunity during the holidays. We were in Seattle for Christmas weekend and on Christmas Eve it started to snow. What makes it even more spectacular than just the beauty of a white Christmas is that Seattle may get a snow or two during the winter months, but typically it is just cold rain. So, we were able to enjoy one of their infrequent snows and it started on Christmas Eve and lasted into Christmas morning. Yes, it was one of those peaceful snows with big fluffy flakes….really stunning. I haven’t personally experienced that at Christmas since our days in Denver almost 30 years ago.

We spent Christmas day with our son-in-laws family. They live on the outskirts of Seattle with lots of forest land around their neighborhood. Always traveling with my camera, my son-in-law and I went for a hike where I took the attached shots.

This first shot is the trail we hiked.

Couldn’t resist this capture with the snow covered branches arching over the trail.

We entered a clearing where I captured this lone tree all covered in snow.

Just loved the look of the trees….

Stunning was all I could think of……truly a winter wonderland!!

As we came back into the neighborhood we saw families and their children taking advantage of this opportunity….notice the wise mom positioned in front of the pond to prevent anyone from getting to close and personal with the water. Love it!!

Believe it or not, all of this was gone within two days…by the time we flew out it had all melted. The day after we left another storm moved in with lots of rain (the typical). Timing is everything!!  Thoughts?

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Serene Hidden Lake – Featured Art Print

I was looking through my galleries for something that spoke “serene summer afternoon”….as we enter August with back to school starting to be discussed…seems like summer is starting to wind down slightly. What I wanted to depict is a scene that just says…”stay awhile and enjoy the summer afternoon”.

Serene Hidden Lake is a photograph I took a few years back of Hidden Lake. Hidden Lake is located a short hike from the ski village of Whistler in British Columbia. The day was perfect as my wife, my youngest daughter and I set out on this short hike to Hidden Lake. What you don’t see in the picture is the picnic tables and benches located on this side of the lake to just sit, enjoy and take in Mother Nature. Perfect setting!!

As with most of my photography there is usually a story associated with my photo shoots. The story behind this shot is what the three of us call “The Bear Incident”. As we wrapped up our afternoon and started our hike back chatting and just enjoying each others company, we were greeted by a pack of black bears (ok it was just three) wandering onto the path not to far ahead of us. My brain started going through the do’s and don’ts of what to do when you encountered bears in this area. I remember reading don’t show fear…no sudden movements…and remove yourself as quickly and quietly from the area as you can. We all three froze at the same moment and keeping eye contact with the pack (ok…just three again)…we slowly started backing up. The bears did give us a look, but apparently didn’t think we were worthy of their time and trotted off into the woods away from us. Ok…so that’s the bear story…no large grizzly attacking us or anything like that…but did give us all a moment of “Crap…now what do we do” (Ok the word wasn’t crap, but you get the idea). Thoughts?

 

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West Point Up Close – Featured Art Print

West Point Up Close – is an art print of a lighthouse using a fauvism oil technique. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes, bright colors and abstract shapes. The setting is the West Point Lighthouse that sits on a piece of land that juts out into the Puget Sound and marks the northern end of Elliot Bay which lines the downtown waterfront of Seattle. Thoughts?


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Admiralty Point – Featured Art Print

“Admiralty Point” is an art print of a lighthouse using a fauvism oil technique. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes, bright colors and abstract shapes. The setting is the Admiralty Point Lighthouse that is located with Fort Casey on Whidbey Island north of Seattle. The lighthouse and fort are situated on the northern end of Puget Sound. Thoughts?


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Forest Sunlight on Moss Covered Boulders – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The attached photographs are from a hiking trail near North Bend, Washington. The trail is called Lil Si and is just 4.1 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1300 ft. It’s a beautiful trail through some very dense forest vegetation. When I came across these moss-covered boulders with the sunlight coming through the canopy, the term “photo shoot” sang out to me.


The first shot is the trail itself. Notice the sun shining on the boulder at the top portion of the frame….this was the first indication of what I was about to see up ahead.


For this next shot, I zoomed in on the moss-covered rock from the first picture.


The rest of the moss-covered rock captures were all taken within feet of each other. It was truly a stunning scene.

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A Splash of Color – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As the last installment of shots from my hikes during my recent trip to Seattle, I wanted to end on a hit of color. These three shots came from a hike we did in the Washington Park Arboretum. The arboretum is located northeast of downtown, with the far north end touching Union Bay and the University of Washington directly across the water. The trails wind through the woods and the occasional clearing immersing you in a lush sea of green. Well, imagine my surprise to come across these plants. I have no idea what they are (if anyone does, please enlighten me), but found the accent of vivid color stunning. So stunning, I have already added them to my Color Photography One Gallery on my website.

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Hiking to Franklin Falls – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Just a relatively short drive east of Seattle on Interstate 90, up into the Cascades and past North Bend, Washington is Franklin Falls. Hiking the trail to Franklin Falls is a relatively easy day hike. The entire trail is 2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of only 400 ft. The trail follows the south fork of the Snoqualmie River just below Snoqualmie Pass. As the trail skirts the river canyon, you are treated to beautiful views of the river below with its mountain stream pools and rapids. As you reach the falls, the trail cuts out of the woods and descends into the canyon. The falls are located at the high end of a box canyon. There are actually three falls dropping a total of 135 feet with the last fall (the only one visible from the trail) comprising 70 feet of that total. The first shot gives you a good perspective of the last waterfall dropping into the canyon.

Franklin Falls 1

Franklin Falls 1

This second shot focuses on the waterfall itself…

Franklin Falls 2

Franklin Falls 2

…and this last shot was taken by just turning around from the prior capture and looking down the rugged river canyon. You can tell it’s a popular spot with the number of people enjoying this incredible display of nature’s beauty.

Franklin Falls 3

Franklin Falls 3

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