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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 …
The curators over at Printed Art have featured Multnomah Falls as part of a portfolio on “The Motion of Water“. “Cascades of color and energy flying by, and there you are, taking it in, trying to create the feeling for the viewer. Many say that timing is everything. I like to think that creativity, patience […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.
The Boulder River Trail is a spring classic in my book. When the high country is packed with snow and I want a quick spring photo trip on a cloudy day, it’s the Boulder River that I turn to for its waterfalls, mossy boulders, canyon walls, old-growth forest and wildflowers. This natural beauty is protected […]
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.
The March 18 issue of High Country News features my photo of yurt camping in Kayak Point County Park in an article Tourism 2.0 on Public Lands.
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 […]
Girl leaping from rock on beach at sunset, Lummi Island, 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. […]
A few early morning photographs shot from Fort Worden State Park during a weekend Christmas shopping trip to Port Townsend, Washington.
The heavily crevassed Emmons Glacier dwarfs two hikers on First Burroughs Mountain in Mount Rainier National Park.
Mount Rainier was displaying it’s fall color this last weekend, as seen in this image from near Chinook Pass. Here are a few more images with Tipsoo Lake.
Girl jumping into the air above the setting sun, Sunset Beach, Washington Park, Anacortes, Washington. Girl leaping for joy over the setting sun, Sunset Beach, Washington Park, Anacortes, Washington.
While the original 4-day plan was to backpack to Buck Creek Pass, climb Buck Mountain and then traverse the Massie Lake High Route, I had to settle for just Buck Creek Pass due to boot problems. The sole of my left boot came off 10 miles from the trailhead, making extensive off-trail travel and scrambling […]
August 27, 2012 A heavy snow pack and beautiful summer weather have conspired to produce a stellar wildflower bloom in the subalpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park. I found the meadows in peak bloom this weekend in the Paradise and Mazama Ridge areas, with lupine, paintbrush, bistort, aster, arnica, sitka valerian and more all […]
Images of sea stack, sea stars, surf and sunsets on Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington Coast. Rialto Beach offers stunning shoreline scenery, rich intertidal life and makes for a great family backpacking adventure.