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

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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Grand Canyon Lightning

Grand Canyon Lightning

Lightning strikes in the Grand Canyon in Arizona during the 2017 monsoon season

I have been shooting lightning for almost 30 years. Yeah, I know, I’m getting old and this just helps date myself, but it’s a simple fact, I have been doing this a long time. In those years I have captured lightning on film.  I’ve captured it on slides.  I’ve captured it with digital cameras.  I have been fortunate enough to capture it over cities, forests and deserts.  I have captured it in quite a few different states but the one thing I had never been able to do was capture it in the Grand Canyon.  That was until this past summer during the Arizona monsoon where I captured this shot, Grand Canyon Lightning.

You can really say that this has been a “bucket list” image of mine for many years.  I can now check this off as something I have never done, and while this was my first lightning strike image in the Grand Canyon, I really hope that it isn’t the last.

Update: Since initially publishing this blog post I found out that this image was selected as the winner of the Stormhour Photo of The Week.  I am truly humbled to have won this.

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