Posts Tagged ‘Washington State’

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


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”


Giant kelp air bladders, Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington

Giant kelp air bladders resting on bull kelp frond, Salt Creek Recreation Area, Clallam County, Washington State

“Nature is pleased with Simplicity.” — Isaac Newton


Jumping for Joy

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

“Joy is not in things; it is in us” — Charles Wagner, The Simple Life


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


Lonely Tree, Palouse, Washington

Lonely tree in field of wheat, Palouse area, Washington.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Sunrise over Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton


Alpine Stream, Cascade Mountains

Small stream running through snowfields in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Coming near the edge of the snowfield I find running water close to the surface, visible among the rocks.  I stop to drink.  The water is bitterly, brilliantly cold with particles of glacier silt — utterly delicious.” — Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


Winter Hike in the Cascade Mountains

Man hiking along snowy ridge, Silver Peak, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey


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

Man hiking along snowy ridge, Silver Peak, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington

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.