Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

South Coast Trail – Olympic National Park [Video]

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Join me on a 5-day family backpacking trip on the South Coast Trail in Olympic National Park to photograph seascapes along this wild stretch of Washington Coast.  We start at Third Beach and make camps at Scotts Bluff and Strawberry Point.  Along the way, we found towering sea stacks, coastal sitka spruce forests, tide-pools, seals, […]


Spray Park Wildflower Photo Shoot – Mount Rainier National Park [Video]

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 Mount Rainier reflected in tranquil ponds.  The wildflower meadows were in peak bloom, and so were the mosquitoes! The mosquitoes are atrocious, but calm weather and warm evening light made for perfect reflections […]


Skagit Island Sea Kayak Camping [Video]

Skagit Island sea kayak camping

Join me for an overnight sea kayaking paddle to little Skagit Island.  We photograph the beautiful Pacific madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii) that grow along its rocky shoreline. We load the sea kayak with overnight camping gear, make the quick paddle across Skagit Bay, set up camp and explore the 0.9 mile trail above the shoreline […]


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

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

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 […]


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 […]


Even More Boulder River

Un-named waterfalls fall into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.  


Boulder River Waterfalls

Boulder River, Washington

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 […]


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.


High Country News

Yurt camping, Kayak Point County Park, Snohomish County, Washington

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 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 […]


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. […]


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

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.          


On Location: Columbia River Gorge!

Updated April 29, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through the Columbia River Gorge. View Columbia River Gorge – April 2012 in a larger map Follow along on a photographic journey through the Columbia River Gorge as we hike to plummeting waterfalls along the Gorge’s “wet side” near Portland, Oregon, as well as tour […]


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 […]