Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week 11 of 52: Washington State Capitol

















The Washington State Capitol building is located in Olympia, WA. My favorite time of year to photograph it is in the spring.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Week 10 of 52: Crossing the North Cascades


























Crossing Highway 20 from I-5 east you can encounter some terrific scenes...lakes, rivers, and mountains. Wildlife is plentiful...on one trip I photographed elk, deer, moose, black bear, coyotes, and bald eagles to list a few. Here are a few highlights...




























Thursday, March 4, 2010

Week 9 of 52: Northwest Trek







Northwest Trek is a 725-acre park has a little bit of everything: lakes, trails, meadows and plenty of animals. Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 North American animals.

You can expect to see bighorn sheep, deer, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou, mountain goats, bison and more up close from comfortable tram while touring the free-roaming area. Walk forested pathways to view grizzlies, black bears, wolves, bobcats, lynx, cougars, owls, eagles and wetland animals in beautiful natural exhibits. These are some of the pictures I have taken while visiting Northwest Trek.



Week 8 of 52: Franklin Falls



Franklin Falls is a 70 ft beauty located just off I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. It is about a 1 mile hike from the parking area near Denny Creek Campground. It is an easy-moderate hike that is worth the effort. In the spring and summer it is possible to stand at the base of the falls.

Week 7 of 52: Fall at Lake Wenatchee, Nason Creek


























The Lake Wenatchee and Nason creek area are a photographers dream in the fall. They both are located across the Stevens Pass area off of Hwy 2.














Week 6 of 52: Mt St Helens




Another terrific location in WA is Mt St Helens. After the 1980 eruption much of the area was devastated....but as you can see some areas have recovered and others seem like they may never recover.













Friday, February 5, 2010

week 5 of 52: Ruby Beach











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Ruby Beach is located along the Washington coast about an hour north of Ocean Shores. It is an amazing beach with stunning sunsets....Here are some on the shots I have captured while visiting. A relatively short walk gets you to the beach.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Week 4 of 52: Snoqualmie Falls



For week 4 I take you back to the Snoqualmie area to one of the best known waterfalls in Washington....Snoqualmie Falls. Snoqualmie Falls is located just 30 minutes east of Seattle. It is amazing to watch and listen to the roar of whitewater tumble over granite cliffs nearly 300 feet into the river canyon below. You can view the falls from above or venture on a short hike to view them from the below. The falls are accessible any time of year and the lighting can be very dramatic depending on the time of day you visit.




Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Week 3 of 52 - Mt Rainier

















One of my favorite destinations to photograph is Mt Rainier National Park. There are soooo many locations and things to shoot....I have a annual pass....every year....and I still never get all the shots I want to take! Whether you like shooting Rainier itself, lakes, waterfalls, wildlife, it has it all. This week is dedicated to the main attraction...Mt. Rainier...



Saturday, January 9, 2010

Week 2 of 52 - Deception Pass




Ok...so for my second post I compiled pictures from various areas around Deception Pass. I have included a photo I just took 1/9/2010 and a couple from other visits to the area.
There are plenty of sites to see at a 4100+ acre state park with more than 19 miles of shoreline to
explore. There are several places to
view the Deception Pass bridge and breathtaking views from both sides of it. On a clear day from the east side of the bridge views of Mt Baker are seen and from the west side of the bridge views of islands and the Olympic Mtns.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Project 52: Week 1 of 52 - Gold Creek


Ok....This is my first try at blogging and my first time to commit to something, other than work or family, for every week of the year...I welcome Project 52.

Project 52 for me will be posting pictures from the great state of Washington...I feel one of the most under-rated places for photography. Hopefully by the end of the year, I will have transformed your opinion of this....and not only feel the need, but compelled to come visit this wonderful place. I am so blessed to have lived here my entire life and want to share it with everyone...as I see it....through my lens.

Enjoy!

Ok...so I am new to this! I should have also shared that Gold Creek is located about an hour east of Seattle (up I-90 for you locals...) at Snoqualmie Pass. It has plenty of trails to hike in the Spring-Fall seasons and great areas for snow shoeing or cross country skiing in the winter. It's also great for beginners in any season since the terrain is fairly level.