A few photos from Roozengaarde’s fields and display gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Blooming Yoshino cherry trees, Liberal Arts Quad, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Dawn breaks over the Broken Obelisk in the University of Washington’s Red Square.
Spring has sprung in the Skagit Valley with these yellow trumpet dutch master daffodils heralding the changing of the seasons. Follow the bloom progression from daffodils, through tulips and finally to irises on Roozengaarde’s bloom map. My advice for enjoying the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival without the crowds: visit on a weekday or arrive [...]
Where is the best place to focus your travel photographic energies, exotic locals or near your home? Carsten Krieger’s article Theme and Variations on Digital Photography Review got me thinking about that last week. Carsten argues that “many of the iconic landscape images we admire are often made in the photographer’s backyard – places that [...]
Girl leaping from rock on beach at sunset, Lummi Island, Washington
PrintedArt is featuring my black and white image of bicycles parked in Amsterdam in their latest curator’s blog post on images that run edge-to-edge. If you have ever been to Amsterdam, you know that it is a center for bike culture, with about 465,000 bicycles for its 820,000 population (source: Wikipedia). In fact, if you [...]
The US Coast Guard built Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the western shore of San Juan Island in 1919, replacing an earlier light built there in 1914. The last major light built in Washington State, it was declared a Historic Site and listed on the Washington State Heritage Register and the National Register of Historic Places. [...]
A few early morning photographs shot from Fort Worden State Park during a weekend Christmas shopping trip to Port Townsend, Washington.
After confessing my addiction to camera bags, I have yet one more thing to fess up to: I’m also addicted to maps. I spent last May traveling through Ireland and bought … uh … 14 maps and guides in preparation for the trip. I had a 109 page Ordnance Survey road atlas, a Rick Steves’ [...]
Updated August 4, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through Southeast Alaska via the Alaska Marine Highway System. Our three week adventure begins in Bellingham, Washington, cruises through the Inside Passage of coastal British Columbia, then continues north with stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Glacier Bay, Juneau, Tracy Arm and Sitka. See whale, otter, [...]
Here are my favorite sights and restaurants in Southeast Alaska, along with a few tips for getting around when traveling via the Alaska Marine Highway System without a car. Favorite Sights in Southeast Alaska #1 Glacier Bay National Park While Tracy Arm (see #2 below) probably has an edge over Glacier Bay on visually stunning [...]
July 21, 2012 Today we toured the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska. The Center takes in injured raptors from across North America for rehabilitation and, where possible, release into the wild. For $12, visitors see a short introductory video, get a peek into the medical room, look through one-way glass windows into their “flight [...]
July 20, 2012 Hard to believe, but we had our third spectacular sunset in a row in Sitka. I’m beginning to think that Sitka has been keeping some kind of secret here. Here are a few shots from Sitka’s busy fishing harbor. In 2009, Sitka ranked 9th world-wide in fishery harvest value selling 107,504,477 pounds [...]
July 19, 2012 Today we toured through Sitka, Alaska, first visiting the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral located right smack in the middle of Lincoln Street. It was interesting to learn about Orthdox Christianity, such as its split with what became the Catholic church after the Orthodox rejected the idea of centralizing power with the [...]
July 18, 2012 Motoring along at top speeds just a little over 40 miles per hour, the catamaran Fairweather whisked us from Juneau to Sitka in just over four hours. This is one of Alaska Marine Highway System’s newest, fastest and most maneuverable car ferry, perfect for navigating the narrow waters of Peril, Neva and [...]
July 17, 2012 Imagine a 30+ mile long Yosemite Valley flooded with 600 feet of water with 6000 foot peaks rising straight up out of the water. Imagine more Yosemite Valleys breaking out along the length of this first one, each with 8000 foot peaks rising above the valley floor. Imagine all this Yosemite [...]
July 16, 2012 The Alaska State Museum in downtown Juneau provides world-class exhibits on the culture of early northern Native Americans, settlement of Alaska by Russians and the subsequent sale of the territory to the United States, and Alaska’s role in fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. For me, the [...]
July 15, 2012 Today I returned to Mendenhall Lake with the family. We hiked out to Nugget Falls as well as the salmon and bear viewing trails near the parking lot. Still a bit too early for salmon and bear, but Nugget Falls was flowing at full steam. Continue to Day 18 – Alaska [...]
July 14, 2012 We are back in Juneau on a late afternoon flight from Glacier Bay National Park. After dinner, groceries and settling in at the Beach House B&B, I take a late evening stroll out to photograph Nugget Falls at bits of icebergs (AKA “berg-bits”) on Mendenhall Glacier. I got some nice shots of [...]
July 13, 2012 Today we toured Glacier Bay on the catamaran operated by Glacier Bay Lodge & Tours. Though it was cold and drippy, and Friday the thirteenth, luck was with us from a wildlife point of view. The tour ran all the way up Glacier Bay to the head of Tarr Inlet, where the [...]
July 12, 2012 Today we shelled out $72.50 for two adults and a child to ride the Mount Roberts Tramway up the side of Mount Roberts. We are definitely back in the “Alaska Tourist Zone” again with all the high-priced gift shops, jewelry stores and spendy attractions that surround the cruise ship docks. Our time [...]
July 11, 2012 The day was spent on the eight-hour ferry sailing between Petersburg and Juneau, Alaska. The route included Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, both key summer grounds for humpback whales migrating back and forth between Southeast Alaska and Hawaii. And sure enough, we saw over a dozen humpbacks scattered about in both bodies [...]
July 10, 2012 More harbor scene photographs around Petersburg, Alaska. Continue to Day 13 – Whales in Frederick Sound