Posts Tagged ‘Washington State’

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 […]


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 …  


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 […]


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.


Walking Through a Land of Rock and Ice

Mother and daughter hikers hiking on First Burroughs Mountain with Emmons Glacier ice in background, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

The heavily crevassed Emmons Glacier dwarfs two hikers on First Burroughs Mountain in Mount Rainier National Park.


Mount Rainier Showing It’s Autumn Colors

Mount Rainier on an autumn morning from near Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

  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.  


Jumping for Joy

Girl leaping into the air above the setting sun, Sunset Beach, Washington Park, Anacortes, Washington

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.


Glacier Peak – Washington Cascade Mountains

East face of Glacier Peak viewed from Buck Creek Pass, Cascade Mountains, 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 […]


Peak Wildflower Bloom at Mount Rainier National Park

Sub-alpine wildflowers in peak bloom, Paradise meadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

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 […]


Rialto Beach

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

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.          


Dawn Breaks Over a Skagit Valley Iris Field

Dawn breaks over a field of blue irises, Mount Vernon, Skagit Valley, Skagit County, Washington, USA

Yesterday morning’s sun just starting to rise over a field of purple irises.  RoozenGaarde grows over 1000 acres of colorful iris, tulip and daffodil bulbs in Washington State’s fertile Skagit Valley. Photo info:  Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens, six HDR exposures at f/22, ISO 100.  


Columbia River Gorge – Day 3 – Rowena Plateau & Klickitat River Loop

Sun rises over wildflowers on the Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Rowena, Oregon, USA

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 I spend this morning’s sunrise up on the Rowena Plateau, part of The Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Nature Preserve just west of The Dalles, Oregon.  Rowena Plateau offers wildflowers and great views out over the Columbia River from basalt cliff tops. I’m there about 30 minutes prior to sunrise to scout […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 2 – Dalles Mountain Road

Balsamroot and lupine blooming in spring, Columbia Hills State Park, Klickitat County, Washington

Monday, April 23, 2012 The Dalles Mountain Road is in great shape for wildflowers.  Balsamroot and lupine are all in peak bloom. The Road is a favorite April destination, providing “big sky” views across the Columbia River towards Mount Hood.  And, important for us photographers, the wildflowers and views are all protected and made accessible […]


Skagit Valley Tulips

Sun rises over field of red tulips in the Skagit Valley

After a cooler than normal spring, the Skagit Valley tulip fields are finally in full bloom.  Now is the time to head up to the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival taking place in Mount Vernon, Washington.  This Pacific Northwest premier event draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to see millions of tulips, a good reason […]


Dawn Over Mount Index

Star trails in dawn sky over Mount Index coverred in winter snow, Washington Cascade Mountains, Pacific Northwest

Star trails over snowy Mount Index, Washington Cascade Mountains It’s 5:00am and pitch black when I leave the trailhead for Heybrook Lookout Trail.  A screech owl is yammering away as I leave the car and begin the ascent into the creepy darkness. 30 minutes and 1.3 miles later, I’ve climbed 850 feet and arrive at […]


Boulder River

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

An unnamed waterfall plunges into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Washington State I’ve been catching up on my photo processing, working through a few unprocessed photo shoots from last year.  Here is a selection of photos from a June hike up the Boulder River Trail, in Washington State’s central Cascade Mountains.The Boulder River cuts […]


Cover Photo: The Best in Tent Camping – Washington

Cover of The Best in Tent Camping - Washington, by Menasha Ridge Press

This photo of my wife, Sheila, backpacking in Washington State’s North Cascade mountains is being used on the cover of The Best in Tent Camping:  Washington (2nd ed.), by Menasha Ridge Press. I made this photo in the early morning as we camped above 14 Goat Lake, on the north side of Mount Baker, along […]


Favorite 10 Landscape Images from 2011

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse, Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

Wow.  What happened to 2011?  I can’t believe it is done and over already. The year was busy making new photos, but also in getting my business set up on the web.  I’ve spent quit a bit of time setting up my new website, as well as this blog, Google+, Facebook and my 500px portfolio.  […]


Happy New Year!

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  Fireworks launched from Seattle Space Needle in celebration of New Year