Falls Creek Falls sit just off the road at the southeast entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. Easy to miss, but well worth the stop
Little House on the Palouse
The Palouse is a goldmine of history. Old dirt roads through the vast acres of wheat lead to many old homes like this abandoned house. Places like this are left to fall on their own, and the wheat is planted right up to the door. We found this one at sunrise one morning.
Winter on the Cooper River
Looking up towards Cooper Lake from the bridge over the Cooper River. Near Salmon le sac, WA.
Sunset at The Peter Iredale
The Peter Iredale was a freighter that ran aground in 1906 west of Astoria at Fort Stevens. All that remains is the bow... and an eternity of incredible sunsets.
The day's first golden rays of light cast across the wheat. So simple yet so stunning.
Steptoe Butte Sunset
Steptoe Butte stands high above the floor of the Palouse. At sunset the light and shadows paint incredible detail across the canvas of farmlands. This particular evening, broken clouds dabbled light like a spotlight on the land.....
Lincoln City Sunset
Pure luck and good timing brought this shot. Debbie had seen this rock and tree on our way down the Oregon coast, and had wanted to shoot it. We hadn't planned a sunset location, and just happened to be driving back north and arrived at the rock just as the sun was setting.
On our way back from the Oregon coast, we detoured up the Columbia Gorge to shoot Panther Falls. Quite a journey to get there - The road hadn't yet been cleared of all the winter debris, and there were downed trees all the way up the road. A path just a hair wider than one car had been cleared. Getting down to the bottom of the falls involves mud, steep drops, ropes, and a lot of WET! Well worth the effort.
We came across this little gorge on Avalanche Creek in Glacier National Park while hiking up to Avalanche Lake. The red rocks and green moss really set it off.
Lower Lewis River Falls
The Lewis River snakes it's way around Mount St. Helens in Washington. Just to the southeast of the mountain is Lewis Falls. Our trip happened to coincide with the heaviest rains in months, turning the falls into a raging demon! Let's just say we were more than a little wet and muddy.
Humpy at Bayly Point
Fishing in the Hakai Pass area of the Queen Charlottes often provides glimpses of Humpback whales. This one gave us a start as he started surfacing just off our boat.
Bayly Point, Nalau Island, BC
Every winter, Bald Eagles flock to the Skagit River with the returning salmon. Finding them is easy.....
Fall in Tumwater Canyon
Fall colors along the Wenatchee River in Tumwater Canyon, just outside Leavenworth, WA.
On a 2016 fishing trip to the Hakai Pass area of the Queen Charlottes in BC we were treated to a very active Humpback whale... this is one of about 6 images I captured of the beast breaching. This was an incredible experience, watching this magnificent creature.
Stevens Canyon road at Mount Rainier. Even rainy days provide good opportunities.
Humpback Tail in Hakai Pass
Caught this very playful Humpback on a slow day of fishing in the Queen Charlottes, BC. He put on quite the show for about a half hour.
Old Pipeline Trail Bridge
Just up from the Old Pipeline trailhead lies this rusty bridge. Wenatchee River in the Tumwater Canyon, just outside Leavenworth, WA.
Haceta Head Lighthouse
ALWAYS listen to the Park Rangers. This one told us about the little path that leads up the hill behind the lighthouse. The vantage point let me catch the lighthouse and the incredible clouds off shore.
Beauty in the roughest places
A thistle flower, growing from the scrub below Big Four mountain. Big Four Ice Caves, WA.
Thor's Well, Cape Perpetua
What an experience! Thor's Well is a hole in the lava shelf, just before it drops into the open ocean. At high tide the water shoots up the well and comes over the edge of the ledge, then drain back down. You need to plan on getting wet and wading! After the initial nerves of being that close to the power of the ocean, a sense of calm takes over. I think I was the most relaxed I'd been in some time when we left Cape Perpetua...