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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grosvenor Arch

The plan was to take the Cottonwood Trail north from Highway 89 up to Cannonville. The ranger in Kanab, however, showed us photos of a washout that was over 8 feet deep and there was no plans to repair it due to the oncoming storm. On the north end there were road closed signs but we were able to make it as far as Grosvenor Arch before turning back.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bryce Area Slot Canyon

Start of the Canyon

In the Narrows

Looking West

The end of the first Narrows

One of my favorite slot canyons and unlike most desert canyons it has a running stream year round. When there has been a lot of rain the trail in can be difficult and once in April snow kept me out. The last time I was here there were the remains of a deer that had been killed and partially eaten by a mountain lion lying in the stream.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall SW Photo Trip

Lee's Ferry

Coral pink Dunes in Utah

Started the fall trip from Flagstaff where I was joined by another photographer from Santa Fe. The first stop going north from Flagstaff was at Lee's Ferry where I have great memories as the starting place of Grand Canyon raft trips. Definitely got to do another one.

Next it was a stop at the Pink Sand Dunes on the way to the Bryce Canyon area. The plan is to spend a couple days in the area, not to visit Bryce Canyon but the areas to the east. There are a number of great 4WD trips just east of Bryce. With the recent rains some trails are washed out but we hope to find some open.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Always good to get home

So we get home to thunder storms. More rain in the first two days home than in two months in Washington.
Hard to believe but this is the 1000th post on this blog. More to come.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Just outside Panaca Nevada in the Cathedral Gorge State Park. These photos were taken from the overlook.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mine, Pioche Nevada

A large processing plant for a mine in Pioche Nevada. There are tram towers with ore buckets still on the cables coming down the mountain.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Great Basin Highway

Had expected just a desert highway but found it to be very green on the northern end. There were also several lakes and streams. The lakes seem to be shallow and may dry up at times. These trees were just north of a good size lake and at times the area must flood which may have killed these trees but to the right at slightly higher elevation there were some large Cottonwood trees.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Steam Train Ely Nevada

Stopped to Photograph a retired Richfield gas station on the main street of Ely then turned down a side street and found the truck which had been stuck in the weeds. While photographing the truck a steam locomotive pulling several train cars went by. Found the train station on the other side of town. Ely must have been a major train center in its day and they have done a great job in keeping it up. In addition to the station there is the old water tower, garages where the locomotive is put away for the night, and a large old warehouse on a siding. All of this along with a old Ford delivery truck and a locomotive built in 1917 to plow snow on the tracks. The steam train makes runs carrying passengers. You can even ride in the locomotive and for a price even drive the train.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ely Nevada

Richfield Station Ely, Nevada

Delivery Truck

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


A couple of photos of Oregon Farmland. The middle photo is a panorama consisting of six shots and the plane was at the airport in Baker City.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Heading Home

After two months in Washington we headed home taking a different route that we took going up. From Seattle we headed for Twin Falls Idaho then south Taking the great Basin Highway to Las Vegas and on home.
Stopped to eat breakfast at a rest area by this bridge. The rest area had a view over the valley and both Mt Rainier and Mt Adams were visible.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rocket Donuts

The rocket stands outside our favorite donut shop in downtown Bellingham. The building has a mural painted on the wall facing the parking lot. The only time to get a photo of the mural without cars blocking it was at 5 AM.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Diablo Lake Dam

Dam at Diablo Lake

Roadway over Dam

Spillways below Dam

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gorge Lake, North Cascages National Park

Gorge Lake is on Highway 20 in the North Cascades National Park. There are several waterfalls that flow into Gorge lake. The green color of the lake is from the water flowing into it from glaciers. The lower image is made from two photos taken from metal bridge over the canyon.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flowers on the Dock

This entire dock north of Birch Bay was covered with these yellow flowers. Like this large chain it appears the dock hasn't been used for years.

Study for Platinum Print

Got up at 4:30 Am to photograph at dawn downtown and weather was great but by the time I got back home it was raining hard and the radio is predicting record rain today. Will spend the day downloading and sorting photos.
This is just a study in B&W for a project that will be printed in Platinum.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

La Conner, Washington

This very large warehouse is right on the harbor in La Conner Washington. Although the exterior has weathered over the years the wood construction appears very solid from the inside.

Whatcom Falls Park

The light was great around 8PM yesterday so went to out local park for some more photo.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vancouver, BC Road Trip


The ponds had a large variety of Water Lilies

Suspension Bridge

Treetop Walk

For many years I have taken many road trips, "are we there yet?", with the granddaughters but the other day they took me on a road trip to north of  Vancouver BC. They drove through the city of Vancouver both ways, I was just the passenger, "are we there yet?" They never got lost even though it was their first time here also.

 In the top photo on the right is Kaija who just graduated from Western Washington University here in Bellingham. On the left is Samia who will graduate from the University of Washington next year. Graduating at age 20, sure beat me.

Our first stop was the VanDusen Gardens in downtown Vancouver with a large selection of flowers and trees along with a waterfall and a maze. Samia does great photos of flowers and this was the place for flowers.

The next stop was Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The suspension bridge is 450 feet long and 230 feet high and has been there since 1889. There is also a treetop walk that goes from tree to tree in several cable suspended sections. The treetop walk is up to 10 stories high in trees that have stood here for over 1000 years. What fun. Thanks ladies.