Posts Tagged ‘Pacific Northwest’

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Join me on a 5-day family backpacking trip down the South Coast Trail in Olympic National Park to photograph seascapes along the wild Washington Coast.  We camp at Scotts Bluff and Strawberry Point, and find towering sea stacks, coastal sitka spruce forests, tide-pools, seals, sea otter, great blue heron and bald eagles. A pack of […]


Spray Park Wildflower Photo Shoot

Spray Park Wildflower Photoshoot

Join me on a quick backpacking trip up to Spray Park in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park to photograph Rainier reflected in tranquil ponds and meadows in peak wildflower bloom. The mosquitoes are atrocious, but calm weather and warm evening light made for perfect reflections of Mount Rainer in subalpine ponds at […]


Skagit Island Sea Kayak Camping

Skagit Island sea kayak camping

Join me for a paddle to Skagit Island to photograph the beautiful Pacific madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii) that grow along its rocky shoreline. We load our sea kayak with overnight camping gear, make the quick paddle across Skagit Bay, set up camp and explore the 0.9 mile island around Skagit Island. In addition to photographing […]


Grande Ronde River – 4 Days by Packraft

Grande Ronde River

Join us on a 4-day packrafting trip down the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers in NE Oregon and SE Washington. The Grande Ronde is a National Wild and Scenic River, administered by the BLM, Oregon Parks and Recreation and the US Forest Service. Four of us paddled Alpacka packrafts. We put-in on the Wallowa River […]


John Day River – 5 Days by Packraft & Canoe

Floating John Day River by packraft and canoe

The John Day River in central Oregon made for a great 5-day paddle with friends last week. The John Day is a national Wild and Scenic River, an Oregon Scenic Waterway, and is the second longest free-flowing river in the continental United States. Three of us paddled Alpacka packrafts, and one a Clipper canoe. We […]


Frosty Morning in Snohomish River Estuary

Sun rises Union Slew and Spencer Island, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington

It was a frosty early morning of bird watching on Spencer Island in the Snohomish River Estuary. An extremely high tide (12.0 feet) flooded through breaches in the dikes and into the estuary, providing great fishing habitat for great blue heron and bald eagles. The sun rose in a spectacle of color and began melting […]


Skyline Divide Trail – Washington North Cascades

Magenta paintbrush and other alpine meadow wildflowers blooming on Skyline Divide, North Cascade mountains, Washington State, USA

If you the to do some hiking in Washington State’s North Cascade mountains, consider the Skyline Divide trail.  This classic ridge hike is accessed from a 4400 foot altitude trailhead that quickly gets  you up into flower-filled sub-alpine meadows.  Mount Baker’s north face dominates the view to the south, while Mount Shuksan fills the eastern […]


Mountain Heather, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington Cascades

Pink mountain heather in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” — Edward Abbey


Seaplane Hanger, Petersburg, Alaska

Seaplane at dock hanger, Petersburg, Alaska

“What if i fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” — Erin Hanson


Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Washington

Pond below Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Hwy 20, Wenatchee National Forest, North Cascades, Washington

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson  


Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington State

Sea stack at sunset, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington State

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln


Western Red Cedar, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Western red cedar, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something – that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


Snowshoeing in the North Cascades, Washington

Snowshoeing in the North Cascades, Mt Baker in Background, Washington Cascade Mountains

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” — Aristotle


Downey Creek Trail, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Trail through old growth forest, Downey Creek Trail, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir


Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Oregon

Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

“Look at everything as if you were seeing it for the first or last time.” — Betty Smith


Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend

Sun rises over parade grounds, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington State

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck


Snowshoeing Mount Baker National Recreation Area, Washington

Women snowshoeing, Washington Cascade Mountains

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Scrambling in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State

Man scrambling along lichen covered ridge, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” — Sir Richard Burton


Ponytail Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Horsetail Creek plummets over Ponytail Falls and moss covered boulders, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius


Snow on Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Washington State

Snow on Liberty Bell Mountain at sunrise, Washington Pass, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb toward it.” — Edmund Hillary A classic view of Liberty Bell Mountain from the Washington Pass Overlook on a snowy early […]


Boulder River Wilderness, Washington State

An unnamed waterfall drops into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

“Water is the driver of nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci


Seattle Skyline Reflecting in Elliot Bay

Seattle skyline reflecting in Elliot Bay viewed from West Seattle, Seattle, Washington State

“I often think that the night is more alive and richly colored than the day.” — Vincent Van Gogh


Red fox (dark phase), Mount Rainier National Park

Red fox (dark phase), Vulpes Vulpes, standing in huckleberry bushes, Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State

“Because I’m Sly, That’s Why”


Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island

Lime Kiln Lighthouse stands watch over Haro Strait, San Juan Island, Washington State

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle