Red Smoke – Wildfire Patina

In the Northwest, wildfire plumes paint the evening sky.

p8010186 Another day, another new fire in the Pacific Northwest. It seems as if each time one wildfire is contained, another is ignited. Over the weekend, three new blazes erupted in Washington alone. Towers of smoke from the Eastern Cascades can be seen from as far away as Seattle. The one silver (or better yet, crimson) lining in these smoke clouds is the spectacular array of hues incubated by their presence. Watching the sun set through forest fires, in this terrain, means you are on the wrong side of the wind. But with pragmatic vigilance and a little luck, worthy shots can be captured. Enjoy. p8010187 p8010168 p8010179 p8010177 p8010183 p8010172

Mt. Spokane – Bald Knob Trail

Mt. Spokane’s Bald Knob trail offers expansive views with a touch of history.

 

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In the first week of September, we hiked the Bald Knob trail to some high meadows and a restored CCC cabin. Here are some pics.

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Feryn Ranch Again

Feryn Ranch offers eagles and waterfowl in a rustic setting.

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Feryn Ranch on Peone Prairie is one of our favorite locations for an outing. The following are some recent pics from the former homestead turned refuge.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

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Wild Horses Monument – Vantage

Iron horses above the Columbia River.

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On the crest of a ridge just east of Vantage, Washington stand a herd of wild horse sculptures. Here are our pictures from a recent visit.

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The Solstice Project

A Northeast Washington ridge top shot on the four corners of the calendar.

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The following are pictures taken from the same vantage point (a ridge about 700 feet above the Little Spokane River) on or around the first day of each season during the last year.

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Notice the emergence of the structure on the right.

 

Crystals and Thistles

The deep freeze of an Inland Northwest January offers frosty formations.

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Recent heavy fog and near-zero temps conspired to create interesting frost formations on thistles and other foundations.

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Magic Java House – More Fun With My SP-810UZ

My Olympus SP-810UZ offers a few tricks of the light.

 

 

 

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The magic mode on my Olympus camera offers some unique distortions to typical exposures. Utilizing this function, I transformed an Alaskan coffee-house into a fun house. The picture above was shot in the watercolor sub mode. The selections below are labeled by function as well.

 

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Soft focus.

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Pop art.

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Fish eye.

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Drawing.

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Reflection.