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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Spring is here! The daffodils are in full bloom on this Skagit Valley farm, a sure sign that spring has finally arrived to Western Washington. RoozenGaarde grows millions of daffodils, tulips and irises on over 1000 acres of fields. Photo info: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens, 1/8sec at f/18, ISO 100.
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 […]