Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 25, 2011 – Back Bowls and the Gore Range

Vail's Back Bowls and the Gore Range

Vail's Back Bowls and the Gore Range

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Wow, I guess I should apologize to everyone, I’ve kind of dropped the ball these last couple weeks. And February was off to such a strong start, too. Although to be fair, with today’s post, I’ve already matched January’s output, with one more weekday to go.

As you probably guessed by the caption on today’s image (and, umm, the post title), this is a view from the Back Bowls at Vail Ski Resort in Colorado. Those peaks are part of the Gore Range I believe, and if you put it all together, and simmer for a few minutes, you end up with pure awesomesauce. Personally, I really like the shadows of those trees on all that fresh snow down there, it’s one of those sights that just makes me feel sublimely happy for some reason. But we’re not here to talk about me, so…

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/250s, f/13.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 84mm.

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February 23, 2011 – Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Hey everybody! It’s been awhile since I’ve put anything up here (I’ve been busy!), so here’s a quick shot of some flowers to tide you over.

These are from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near Mt. Vernon, in Washington State. It’ll be coming up in here in a month or two, so, umm, dot dot dot.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 300mm.

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February 17, 2011 – Lake Elan Basin

Lake Elan Basin

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hey everyone. This is what the Lake Elan Basin looks like. It’s in the north-central Cascades in Washington State, near the Mountain Loop Highway. (which heads east from Granite Falls, then north to Darrington.) The spot where I was standing is right near Headlee Pass, along the Sunrise Mine Trail. A nice trail, well worth the effort, but keep in mind that it’s covered in snow until fairly late in the season. (This was taken in September, and most of the lake itself was still frozen over.) But, that’s always the problem with the high country, so whatever.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.

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February 15, 2011 – Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Today’s picture is, of course, a picture of the island of Alcatraz, in the middle of San Francisco Bay. This was taken from Treasure Island, which is a decommissioned Naval base or something. I don’t actually know any of the details, because honestly, I don’t care. But, it’s there, and I was there, and now this picture is there. Nice.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/500s, f/14, ISO 100. Focal length: 154mm.

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February 14, 2011 – St. Martin, seen from Pinel Island

St. Martin, seen from Pinel Island

St. Martin, seen from Pinel Island

Monday, February 14, 2011

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So I guess I should start off by saying “Happy Valentine’s Day”! So, umm, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Right, so, that’s done. Here’s a picture from the Caribbean. No, this wasn’t recent, I didn’t just get back from another secret trip to some exotic location or anything. This one was actually taken on my honeymoon oh-so-long-ago. The land across the water is St. Martin / St. Maarten (it’s half French and half Dutch, you know), and I was standing on Yellow Beach (on Pinel Island) when I took the picture. We were there on a cruise, and we took an island tour that included a snorkeling expedition to Pinel Island. That’s… really the most interesting part of the story.

I usually avoid having people in my pictures. Because people tend to be ugly. And even if they’re not ugly, I think it’s really cheeseball when you see some amazingly awesome landscape photo with some person wearing horribly outdated clothes right there in the mix. It totally distracts from the scene you’re trying to portray, if you ask me. I suppose to get around that you could just have all of the people be naked, but then you have a different kind of picture entirely. So, I apologize for the folks who may or may not be ugly in today’s picture (hey man, I’m not here to judge – that’s your job.) But it was sort of unavoidable given the circumstances. Have a great day!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 28mm.

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