Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 31, 2011 – Mt. Baker Ski Area

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Monday, January 31, 2011

Welcome back, everyone! Through an unusual turn in the weather this last weekend, we actually got some sunshine around these parts, at least in the northern half of western Washington. I mean, sure, it’s not unheard of for us to see the sun in the winter here in the Pacific Northwest, but to get a day of wall-to-wall blue skies, well that doesn’t happen too often, at least not west of the Cascade crest. So, I decided to take full advantage of it by heading up to Mt. Baker for the day. For those of you not familiar, the Mt. Baker ski area is notable for primarily two reasons. First, it holds the world record for snowfall in one season. That should give you the (correct) impression that they get a lot of storms rolling through, and most of the storms drop a LOT of precipitation. Second, the scenery up there – when you can see it – is UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously, there are few places on this earth that can match the quality of the views up there. It’s truly unreal. The second point there is what made it perfect for yesterday.

The skiing yesterday could probably best be described as “decent, but not great”. We had some fairly warm weather late last week, and a cold front that blew through early in the weekend. As a result, it was fairly icy. But it was great for pictures, which is really the main reason I wanted to head up there. I’ve only just begun going through the shots I got (I really only dipped my toes in just enough to find a picture to use for today), so I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty of them over the coming weeks, months, and potentially years. So, get comfortable!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/400s, f/10.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 24mm.

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January 28, 2011 – Autumn in Vermont

Autumn in Vermont

Autumn in Vermont

Friday, January 28, 2011

Barely snuck this one in before the close of business on Friday. Whew. I spent some time over the past couple days going through some of the shots I got on a couple of the quick trips I got to go on last fall, one to New England (for a wedding) and one to Yosemite (was in SF for work). So, here’s one from New England. I think I’ve told the story before: we were only there for about a day and a half, and the weather started out marginal and became horrendous by the time we left. (Turns out a huge Nor’Easter blew through, dropping a bunch of snow and such. Lovely.) Saw enough stuff to convince me that I definitely need to go back some day, but didn’t really get too many great shots while I was there. Oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes.

I’m really not sure where I took this. We basically just drove around the whole time we were there. We stayed in Castleton, which is sort of in the central-west part of the state, and we ended up driving up to Burlington. So this was somewhere in that vicinity. We were there during the first or second weekend in October I think, so definitely past the peak of fall color for that area, but there was still plenty of color to be had. (Would have been great if the weather held out, grrr.) Although, at that time, the color was MUCH more intense further sound, specifically in southern and central New York, so the drive up there was FANTASTIC.

Have a great weekend!

Notes: Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 400. Focal length: 32mm.

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January 26, 2011 – Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It’s been awhile since I tossed up something from Shi Shi Beach, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It’s Wednesday, so I figured I’d toss this one out there. It’s one of those mediocre shots that I’ve been meaning to use for quite awhile, but the right time has just never really come up. It’s got some nice elements to it – I love the colors and the textures – but the composition just feels.. uninspired. Like, those random branches and stuff in the foreground, that’s just sloppy. Oh well, that’s what Wednesdays are for.

This view is looking out over Shi Shi Beach, in Olympic National Park, which takes up a large part of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. There are actually a couple parts to the park: there’s the part along the Pacific coast (this part), and there’s the part that covers most of the Olympic mountains, on the spine of the peninsula. You pronounce the name of this place “Shy Shy”, which is completely unrelated to the content of the previous sentence.

And while we’re in the habit of talking about unrelated things, have you noticed how all of the Flattr buttons and stuff disappeared? No, you haven’t, but that’s okay, because you didn’t actually notice that they were there in the first place. I know this, because the whole Flattr thing was apparently not a very popular idea around these parts. That’s right – it didn’t work out. I still love the concept, I’m just not super-duper impressed with the implementation. So I’m letting my account lapse. If you wanted to get in a couple last-minute flattrs for me, please feel free, but I’m not going to make a button available for you to do so. But don’t worry, you can always buy a flattr t-shirt.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 15mm.

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January 25, 2011 – Venice

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So umm, yeah, this is Venice. Not really a surprise there. And no, I wasn’t recently there or anything, this is just yet another one from the archives from that big trip I took there, which at this point was “awhile ago”. One of those places that I’ve got to make it back to someday I suppose. So, until then..

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 39mm.

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January 24, 2011 – Larches near Colchuck Lake

Larches above Colchuck Lake

Larches above Colchuck Lake

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hello, welcome back from the weekend! I was hoping that I’d be able to make it out this weekend to take some new pics, because it’s been awhile now since I’ve been able to get anything worthy of tossing up in this blog. But, no, the weather didn’t really work out, yet again. Sigh. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still got plenty queued up in the backlog to last awhile. But still, it would be nice to get some new ones. I mean, the whole point of a hobby is that it it’s an activity that you enjoy. So I miss it, and that’s sad. Oh well, hopefully someday soon.

In the meantime, here’s a shot from last fall. This was taken very late in the afternoon from the shores of Lake Colchuck, which is outside Leavenworth, Washington. Those larches looked nice, with the last few rays of sunshine illuminating them on that rugged ridge way up there. It’s kind of a recurring theme about last fall, but I wasn’t expecting to see the larches changing color yet, I thought it was still 2 or 3 weeks early for that. On this hike in particular, I didn’t get to get up close and personal with any of them (although on the hike I did the next weekend, I did), so I had to settle for seeing them up on the surrounding mountains. But still, it was a nice sight.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/500s, f/9.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 179mm.

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