Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Hey everyone. You may have noticed that my Picture of the Day efforts this week were a big fat fail. I’ve been sick the last couple days, and absurdly busy. But, I didn’t want to let it slip three days in a row, so here’s a pic for today.
This is Mt. Baker, in northern Washington State. It’s a big volcanic peak, just like Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and several others that stretch along the Pacific crest from California to British Columbia. Not much else to say here, and I’ve got to get back to work. Enjoy!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/400s, f5.6, ISO 200. Focal length: 22 mm.
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is the 100th Picture of the Day! Pretty incredible, right? I figured I would have lost interest a LONG time ago. But no, 100 pictures, in 100 days (more or less, not counting weekends…) So far, I’m still doing just fine on the picture supply too. (Sure, I’ve posted a couple duds this week, and will no doubt do so again quite a few times in the future, but hey, without the crappy ones, how would you recognize the good ones??)
I started this knowing that there would certainly come a day when I would just run out of usable pictures. Obviously reusing them is an option, one that I haven’t ruled out, but it feels kind of wrong. Of course, I can push that day back by continuing to take more pictures, but if I add fewer than 5 to the pile every week, that doesn’t solve the root problem. Overall this summer I did a decent job keeping the pile about the same size. But this winter may be tough. It’s a lot harder to get out in the winter, and even when I can, the weather tends to suck (out here anyway.) We’ll see how it goes I guess. As it is, I think I’ve got at least another hundred in me, give or take a couple.
Here’s how the stats are looking: I’ve got 361 fans on Facebook. The majority of those arrived via the Facebook ads that I was buying for awhile (I bought ads for about a week, but that was awhile ago…) I’m not actually sure how many of those folks actually ever see any of the pictures though, they’re certainly quiet on the comment/like threads. On http://picture-of-the-day.com, I’ve got 17 more people who check the RSS feed every day. That’s pretty cool. I know one of them is Will Cothen. Because Will Cothen is cool. Will Cothen also just had a baby. Congrats Will Cothen!
Anyway, here’s today’s picture. It’s from Heather Meadows, near Mt. Baker, just outside the boundary of North Cascades National Park, in Washington state. I’ve posted a couple pictures from there before. In the winter, this spot would be under about 20 feet of snow, solidly in the backcountry of the ski area at Mt. Baker. In fact, even as late as July it’s still usually buried several feet deep. But it’s got some nice colors come late September. Lots of blueberries too, good stuff. It’s a great day trip, heading up there. It takes about 3 or 3 and a half hours to drive up there, but there’s a number of little trails that you can knock off with just an afternoon (this photo is from one of the short ones – the Artist Ridge trail). There are of course longer trails too, some of which cross the boundary into the national park, some of which head toward Mt. Baker itself. Somehow I always seem to end up there at least once a year, which is nothing to complain about.
That’s it for today, have a great weekend, and enjoy the next 100 pictures!
Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/320s, f7.1, ISO 200, focal length: 31mm.