Travel

Greenland Sea Kayaking Adventure

Sea kayakers paddling on Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, Ammassalik Island, East Greenland

As an avid sea kayaker, Greenland has been a paddling dream destination of mine for several years.  And as an outdoor photographer, I’m always seeking out giant open landscapes in beautiful light.  Hours of Greenland’s low-angle arctic light is hard to beat. My big Greenland kayaking dreams came true this summer with a 10 day […]


Skagit Valley Tulip Sunrise

Rows of pink tulips, Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington

Another year, another spring and another sunrise in the colorful RoozenGaarde fields of tulips in Washington State’s Skagit Valley.  Now at least a 15 year tradition, my family makes the 45 minute pre-dawn drive to witness and photograph another spectacular sunrise over 350 acres of tulips standing in neat rows organized by Dutch settlers since […]


Carnival Kicks Off in Lucerne

Marching band playing in streets of Lucerne, Switzerland during 2016 Carnival.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 (Dirty Thursday) Lucerne, Switzerland Carnival season has kicked off here in Lucerne, with tens of thousands of costumed Swiss partiers prowling the streets for parades, music and street partying.  40-50 marching bands, many dressed as monsters, wander from plaza to plaza pounding their drums late into the night to entertain the […]


Point Wilson Lighthouse and Mt Baker Sunrise

Point Wilson Lighthouse and Mount Baker at sunrise, Fort Warden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

I saw this photo last winter on a visit to Fort Worden State Park, with the Point Wilson Lighthouse perfectly aligned to Mount Baker.  But I wasn’t happy with a previous attempt at the shot.  This year conditions couldn’t have been better.  Mount Baker is covered in a fresh coat of snow, the cold winter […]


Exploring Fort Worden Bunkers with the Fujifilm X100T

Rusty steel door latch, Artillery Hill, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

With its industry-unique X-Trans sensor promising super-sharp images, I though the old abandoned bunkers of Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend would make a great testing ground for my new Fujifilm X100T camera (get one here bundled with a free Audio Technica microphone).  Would it render the much touted sharpness and rich colors?   Not […]


San Juan Island Highlights

Cattle Point Lighthouse under starry sky, San Juan Island

A few winter shots from my favorite of the San Juan Islands, including Cattle Point Light and Lime Kiln Light standing watch under starry night skies, and Pacific madrone trees on an obscure coastal trail on Westside Preserve …  


Cologne City Skyline

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany, Europe

16 Images That Show Why I’m Proud to Live in the Pacific Northwest

SS41 - Man hiking along snowy ridge, Washington Cascade Mountains

It’s pretty hard to beat the Pacific Northwest as a place to hang your rain hat. This post illustrates some of the things I love about home in the PNW, which I originally wrote for the Matador Network. It all starts with the forces that form this land. As the Pacific plate slowly slides down […]


Spring Arrives in the Skagit Valley

Daffodil field, Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington State

Nothing signals the arrival of spring in Western Washington like an expansive field of blooming yellow daffodils in the Skagit Valley. Starting with 5 acres in 1947, the Dutch immigrant Roozen family now runs the Washington Bulb Company on 2000 acres of Skagit Valley fertile soil, making it the largest daffodil, tulip and iris agricultural […]


Good Night 2014!

Point Wilson Lighthouse under starry sky, Fort Warden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

8:57 pm, December 31, 2014:  This photo of Point Wilson Lighthouse under a cold starry night sky concludes my 2014.  An 85% waxing gibbous moon illuminated the scene.  I could barely make out the dark shadow of a fox silently trotting through the foreground grasses while making this image, which was rendered invisible over the […]


Skagit Valley Tulips

Tulips, Roozengaarde display gardens, Skagit Valley, Washington

A few photos from Roozengaarde’s fields and display gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington.


Flowering Yoshino cherry trees, University of Washington Quad

Cherry trees blooming in University of Washington quad

Blooming Yoshino cherry trees, Liberal Arts Quad, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington


Broken Obelisk, University of Washington

The Broken Obelisk at the University of Washington's Red Square at twilight

Dawn breaks over the Broken Obelisk in the University of Washington’s Red Square.


Spring Arrives in the Skagit Valley

Daffodils blooming on a Skagit Valley farm, Skagit County, Washington, USA

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 […]


Home Turf Advantage

Dawn breaks over a field of blue irises, Skagit Valley, Washington

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 […]


Enjoying a Lummi Island Sunset

Girl jumping from rock on beach at sunset, Lummi Island, Washington

Girl leaping from rock on beach at sunset, Lummi Island, Washington  


“Amsterdam Bicycles” Featured by PrintedArt

Bicycles parked in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

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 […]


Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Lighthouse stands watch over Haro Strait at dawn, Washington

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. […]


Fort Worden State Park

Sandy beach at sunrise, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington, USA

A few early morning photographs shot from Fort Worden State Park during a weekend Christmas shopping trip to Port Townsend, Washington.


Map Addiction

maps of Ireland

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’ […]


On Location: SE Alaska!

Map of route through Inside Passage, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska

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, […]


Best Sights and Restaurants of Southeast Alaska

Fishing wharfs, Sitka, Alaska

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 […]


Southeast Alaska Day 23 – Alaska Raptor Center

Two injured bald eagles, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka, Alaska

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 […]


Southeast Alaska Day 22 – Sitka’s Sunset Secret

Fishing wharfs, Sitka, Alaska

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 […]