Sunday, September 30, 2012

picture gorge

This is a view looking south along the John Day River toward Picture Gorge, in the Sheep Rock unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  From a recent visit to central Oregon.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

painted hills

I photographed these colorful hills on a recent visit to the Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, in central Oregon.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


This photo from the John Day Fossil Beds area of central Oregon would be a lot less interesting if the stack of hay bales hadn't started to fall over.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Another foliage image from Copper City, near Buckhorn mountain in the Olympics.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

big leaves

Found at the site of the former Copper City, near the Tubal Cain mine in the Olympic National Forest.  Some of the leaves are more than a foot across.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Here's a little scene from alongside the trail to the Tubal Cain mine in the Buckhorn wilderness, Olympic National Forest.

Friday, September 21, 2012

splash of autumn

Fall colors burst out on the side of Buckhorn Mountain in Olympic National Forest.  This view is from the site of the old Copper City mining camp, near the Tubal Cain mine.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

lake pateros

Early fall along the Columbia River, near Fort Okanogan.

This blog will now take a short break of ten days or so.

Friday, September 7, 2012

lewis emporium

A quirky image of old billboards painted on the side of an old Port Townsend brick building.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

early fall, columbia river

This early fall scene is along the Columbia River, north of Wenatchee, Washington.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

olympic sunrise

This was the view of the Olympic mountains from near the Sequim Valley Airport, shortly after sunrise Sunday morning.  We were there to watch the hot air balloons take off.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

balloon overhead

In this worm's-eye view, a hot air balloon passing overhead becomes almost abstract when tightly cropped.  From last weekend's Sequim Balloon Festival.

Monday, September 3, 2012

giant bees rise again

These hot air balloons are called "The Little Bees," but the two bigger ones are fifty feet tall.  Here they are, taking flight yesterday morning at the Sequim Balloon Festival.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

sequim balloons

Sequim is hosting its first balloon festival this weekend, featuring hot air balloon rides and other activities.

This morning started with a spectacular sunrise and a bit of rain on the east end of town.

Shortly after sunrise, the balloons started to lift off from Sequim Valley Airport, west of town, with the Olympic mountains for a backdrop.

The spiral-patterned balloon fires its burner as it lifts off.  In the background, you can see the "Little Bees" being inflated.  They're still lying on their backs.  More on them tomorrow.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

classic cars

Classic cars congregate at a Port Townsend gas station.  In a chance encounter this morning, we saw these cars and managed to get a picture.  I converted everything to black and white except for the cars and part of the station.