Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hello again, everybody! I once again want to apologize for my spotty posting over the past couple of months. I really do want to get back into it, now that all the craziness of the holidays and such is over, and a myriad of other excuses. In fact, I came into this week fully planning on putting up 5 shots. But, then I realized that it was already Tuesday morning, that I had already lost a day due to the holiday yesterday, and I had to give up on that dream. So, the current, updated plan is to put up 4 shots. We’ll see.
I decided that it had been long enough since I posted a skiing picture, and that today was a great day to toss another one up here. So, here you go. This is a view of Silver Queen Mountain, from the summit of Crystal Mountain. Silver Queen Mountain is actually in-bounds for skiing, if you were wondering. Well, that’s a bit misleading. There’s a chairlift that goes to the very tippy top, and everything on the LEFT side of the ridge coming down is skiable. But everything on the RIGHT side is not. Some people still do, as you can see by the presence of tracks over there, but if you do decide to ski it, my understanding is that you are: 1) putting yourself at a decent avalanche risk, 2) setting yourself up for a VERY LONG hike back out, or a VERY LONG trip down through some extremely gnarly trees and probably very spotty snow coverage, down to the (closed) highway into Mt. Rainier National Park, which is probably four or five thousand vertical feet down. But hey, if that’s your thing…
Also, to continue the theme established last Wednesday, this is not a recent picture. I think it was taken back in 2005 or 2006, with a pocket point and shoot. But, last I heard, that mountain is still there.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/800s, f/8.0.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Hey everyone, happy tax day! Well, it’s happy for those of us that already finished, which at this point should be all of us, right? I actually only finished a couple days ago. I like to wait until the last minute, just in case, you know, something changes. I still hold out hope that one year, on April 10, they’ll just decide “You know what, guys? This tax thing is all a bit ridiculous, let’s just bag it this year, eh?” One day, one day…
Today’s picture comes from Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, just like the majority of my wintertime pictures. This was taken at the top of Silver Queen Mountain, which is at the top of the High Campbell chair. I believe it’s the highest lift-served point in the ski area, although I haven’t verified that against the Northway lift. You can of course hike up to the top of Silver King and still technically be in-bounds, but this is as high as you can get at Crystal on a lift. Today’s picture is also interesting because it’s the second picture in a row that I’ve posted that was taken with a point and shoot. I’m not really sure WHY that’s interesting, but it feels like it is.
Notes: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS. 1/1600s, f/5.6.
So now I’m done talking about today’s picture. Wait, what’s that? You want more? Well, today, I can hook you up. I’m starting to work on a new page detailing out the equipment that I currently use, as well as the equipment I’ve used in the past. I’m even adding links for each item to a list of Picture of the Day posts USING that item. Pretty sweet, huh? Yeah, totally. Here’s a link to the page, or you can click on “My Equipment” on the tabs up above. Currently it’s just got the stuff I’m using now, but I hope to one day have an exhaustive list on there, including all the lenses that I’ve ever used, and a list of all of the little point and shoot cameras that I ever remember owning. That’ll be pretty neat. Pretty neat indeed.