Friday, October 29, 2010
Speaking of larches… These guys were just below Heather Pass in North Cascades National Park. I’m mentioning that solely so that Google will notice. Hi, Google!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/6.3, ISO 200. Focal length: 45mm.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Another day, another picture of Shannon Creek. Seriously, haven’t we already seen all of these? No, believe it or not. But, I think I’ve already said all you could possibly say about it. So, ummm…
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
So, it finally happened – we got our first big snowfall in the mountains. So, in honor of that, here’s a shot from last season, at Crystal Mountain. This time of year is always tough for me. Every year I tell myself that I’m not going to start watching the webcams at all the ski hills every day, to see if the snow is starting to pile up. Because every year we get a couple storms in late October or early November, but then since it’s still too early (for this part of the country, anyway), it always melts again, and we have to start from scratch. And it crushes my soul. Every year. Every year I tell myself to wait, to just wait until at least mid November to start obsessing over it. But then we get a huge storm rolling through, and I see all the snow on the Olympics to the west, and the Cascades to the east, and it starts the process all over again. Sigh.
This year’s supposed to be a great one through, what with La Nina rolling through and all. La Nina generally predicts cooler and wetter weather than average for the Pacific Northwest. While it’s true that this means there’s a better chance than usual to get some snow days in the city, that’s no guarantee. What IS a guarantee (or darn near to it, anyway) is that there will be greater than usual snowfall in the mountains. Which is awesome! (Mt. Baker, one of the ski areas around here, set a world record for the most snowfall recorded in a single winter among any place on earth, not just ski areas, back in 1998-1999, which was a La Nina year.) They’re saying this is the strongest La Nina since the 1950’s too, so, umm. Yay! I already invested in some low-visibility goggles to get ready for the season, so bring it on! (We’ll be getting a ton of snow this year, but we won’t be seeing the sun too often…)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/320s, f/14.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 19mm.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Turns out, it’s been awhile since I posted a flower picture. A travesty, right?? I mean, I guess I posted that one of the ant crawling around on the buds about a week ago, but other than that I’ve only posted one this whole month! So, here’s one that I took really soon after getting my first digital SLR awhile back. I (obviously) don’t know what kind of flowers these are, and this time I’m not even going to take the usual step of calling them daisies. They are totally NOT daisies. They might even be some kind of weed, I’m not sure. Although, that brings up another point: that I don’t even really know what the real definition of a weed is. I mean, if it’s got pretty flowers, why is it a problem? (Like, I’m starting to realize that poppies might be weeds, but poppies are really pretty! And orange. They are pretty and orange. That’s not typical weed behavior in my opinion.)
Regardless, this is a picture. A picture of some flowers. Some flowers that might be weeds. Want to know some other trivia about this picture? I took this picture before my wedding. As in, I was sitting around my house, just sort of farting around. I guess I didn’t have much else going on that day. So I went outside and took some pictures of flowers. And then I put my clothes on, and headed over to my wedding. True story.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. Other details unknown.
Monday, October 25, 2010
So, did you guys get out like I told you to? Where are the pics? Come on, share! I got out for a quick walk around the neighborhood, and took a couple pictures of leaves and stuff, but I don’t think I got anything worth posting here, so don’t get your hopes up. It’s getting really pretty here in the lowlands now though, so that’s cool. (I haven’t been up there to verify it, but I think the color in the high country is pretty much done for the year. In fact, the mountains are getting pounded with snow right now – they’re expecting a full two feet!!)
Today’s picture was taken on one of those days when I forgot to bring my big camera with me, but fortunately I still had my pocket point and shoot. Despite the small size and tiny lens, you can still get decent pictures with those things in a pinch. I’m actually a bit sad to admit that I’ve gotten out of the habit of carrying my point and shoot with me everywhere. I always have my cell phone though, and while it’s true that the camera in that thing is better than any cell phone camera I’ve had before it, it’s still not capable of getting any pictures I’d really call decent. (I mean, pictures of my buddies, sure, but beyond that…)
This was taken at the far end of Baker Lake, which sits on the western slope of the Cascades, north of Highway 20 (the highway that goes through North Cascades National Park) and Highway 542 (the road to Mt. Baker). I got distracted, and forgot what else I was going to say. Since it’s already late, I’m going to go ahead and hit submit now.
Notes: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (Point and shoot). 1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 80.