I was talking to a friend last night. I said that, when things aren’t going well, I try to let my mind go to it’s Happy Place for a while so I can recharge and move on. She asked me what my Happy Place looks like. I thought about it – it can look like many things. This is one of them. Beautiful country, some blue sky and sunshine, a road going who knows where, and even my faithful companion Wanda (my car’s navigation system) isn’t sure where I am. That’s a Happy Place for me.
I was going to save this shot for a “Monday” post. But today was one of those generally crappy days where nothing seemed to go right. It may not have said Monday on the calendar but it sure felt like one. A big thank you (and a handful of carrots) to my old pal Sticks for perfectly expressing how I feel about today. Bleah.
I got to watch an epic battle in the sky as seagulls fought over a bit of food.
I took a sequence of shots of a bald eagle flying by. The individual shots were OK but each was just the bird against the sky. To make it a little more interesting I merged the shots into a single image.
Clouds, rain, more clouds, more rain – that’s the forecast for most of the next week. Bleah. This shot is a reminder to me of happy days – and days to come – looking down the long road into the mountains.
I woke up around 2am today. Decided to wander outside and what did I see? The first clear night in weeks! Time to practice my night sky photography. Did a series of long exposure shots (30 seconds, ISO 800, f/3.5) but could not get the focus right. This is one of the hardest things for me about shooting the night sky. Auto-focus doesn’t work, you can’t see anything through the viewfinder, and your focus has to be perfectly on infinity. Anyway, after 40 minutes of trying in 32 degree weather I gave up. Looked at my blurry star shots and thought “Hey! What if I merge all of these exposures?” This is the result. I think I like it better than the properly focused night sky shot I was trying to get. I hope you like it – now I’m going back to bed.
Highway 2 in the high country east of the Cascade Mountains.
This is Dry Falls, located in eastern Washington state near Coulee City. You may notice the sky color is different in the first two shots – this is because I was shooting in the direction of the sun on the second shot and that washes the sky color out. The panoramic shot was created from 20 exposures.
DO NOT interrupt him when he is having his breakfast.
Shake that mud off!
Sticks and his mom… I don’t know what’s going on here.
Sticks and his mom again. Not sure why he is trying to eat her blanket but I don’t think she likes it…
Sticks was tired of having his picture taken. You can probably guess what he’s saying to me.
I did the flower photo thing – now back to what I like best. An abandoned factory site, big machines, and an oil refinery in the background. Oh it feels so good!!!!
I’m not much of a flower guy. In fact I think these are the first flower photos that I have taken with this camera. We had a few breaks in the rain today so I decided to take a shot (2 shots actually) at it.
Descending the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains I stopped to take in the view. One of those magic moments where everything was completely still and silent.
Just east of the Cascade Mountains, rolling hills, orchards everywhere, and in the middle of it a group of huge rocks called the Peshastin Pinnacles. My hobby seems to be helping me get in better shape – I definitely got a workout climbing to get these photographs!