Author Archives: ScottWood

Pacific Northwest photographer based out of Olympia Washington specializing in nature, landscape and severe weather photography. Please join me on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook

Shooting Fireworks

Fireworks One

Fireworks at a home south of Olympia on the third of July 2018

Instead of titling this post “Shooting Fireworks” I should have probably titled it something along the lines of “How I Enjoy Fireworks Has Changed Because Of My Dog”

I have always loved fireworks displays.  If you looks though my gallery here on this site you will see a handful of fireworks images I have captured over the years but I have thousands of images of fireworks in my Lightroom catalog.  Loving fireworks and loving photography tends to lead to my creating a lot of images of fireworks.  As much as I love fireworks though, the way I have enjoyed them has changed quite a bit over the last few years, and that is because I love my dog more than I love fireworks.

My dog Ursa, which is half german shepherd and half chow, just turn 9 years old.  Over the last 3 or 4 years she has developed a pretty severe fear of loud noises.  Simply put, fireworks are very hard on her and she becomes something of a “basket case” when our neighbors start celebrating the 4th of July.

I’m not one of those people though that get mad at my neighbors for celebrating in the way that they see fit.  If my dog weren’t terrified of loud booms I would be one of those people out there lighting off fire crackers and bottle rockets, in addition to attending every one of the large municipal displays in the area, but since she is terrified of them, I spend most of those evenings at home doing my best to calm her.

Over the last couple years the furthest we have ventured to watch fireworks is about a mile down the road where one of our neighbors celebrate on the 3rd of July by having a fireworks display at their house.  This image, as is this one from last year, is from their “private” fireworks display.

Someday, when Ursa is no longer with us, we will go back out and enjoy the large fireworks celebrations, but until then I will enjoy her company when ever one else is celebrating and I will celebrate having the unconditional love of my dog. :-)

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Back Yard Wildflowers

Back Yard Wildflowers

Back Yard Wildflowers

If I am going to be completely honest, I haven’t really felt all that creative lately.  I wish I could say that is a rare thing, but truth be told, it happens to me at about this time each year.  I have blogged in the past about my creative doldrums as it gets closer and closer to my having my first opportunity to do some storm chasing.  To try and get a little creative juices flowing, I decided to shoot some back yard wildflowers.

The nice things about these wildflowers is that they were in my back yard, I didn’t really have to go all that far, and took a little break from work to make an image.  Oh yeah, I will be storm chasing in a couple weeks, so hopefully my creative drought will be coming to an end very soon. :-)

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Taxman Evasion

Taxman Evasion 2018

Taxman Evasion 2018 is a barrel aged stout

For those of you that follow my Instagram feed you will have noticed that I have been posting more and more pictures of beer.  There is actually a “method to my madness” when it comes to these pictures, which I will share later, but it involves beer, bbq, photography and video.  If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, it is just a click away.

If you click though on this image you will see that I have created a new gallery here on this site that will be dedicated to beer pictures, but don’t worry, I will not be doing beer reviews here.  This gallery is simply to highlight beer pictures that I am happy with and want to share.  I will be posting my thoughts on certain beers over on my non-photography blog, My Blue Heaven, and would certainly appreciate your visiting there if you are interested in beer, bbq or possibly the combination of the two.

 

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Puppies and Chewing on Sticks

Chewing on Sticks

While not quite a puppy any longer, we still call her a puppy and she like chewing on sticks

Ok, Oly might not be a puppy any longer, she turned three last labor day, but we still think of her as a puppy, and probably always will.  One thing that hasn’t changed since she really was a puppy is that she absolutely loves chewing on sticks.

Oly, and our older dog Ursa, have it pretty good.  They have 2 acres of fenced yard that they have free run of.  If I had to make a guess, there are probably a few dozen toys scattered around on our property.  These always seem to start as indoor toys but somehow manage to find their way outside.  The funny thing though is that even though all those toys seem to find their way outside both dogs generally end up chewing on sticks for fun.

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Tivoli At Night

Tivoli Fountain at Night

The Tivoli fountain in Olympia, WA at night

Just a quick post today to share a picture of the Tivoli Fountain at night.  If you follow my blog you know that have shared a number of images of this fountain, as well as other shots from around the capitol grounds here in Olympia.

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