A Farm On The Palouse

A farm on the Palouse as seen from Steptoe Butte

A farm on the Palouse as seen from Steptoe Butte

When most people think about the Palouse, at least from a photographic standpoint, they think of the rolling hills and the colors of the fields.  What they might not think of is that the Palouse is actually a community.  The landscape is dotted with family farms which in many cases have been there for generations, and sadly in some cases the current generation are the last that will be farming the area as family farmers.  Between corporate pressure and the younger generation not wanting to be farmers, the era will come to an end.

From a photographic standpoint though, the small family farms provide a nice contrast to the almost dreamy landscapes of the Palouse.  You can, as in the case of this image, zoom way in and isolate a single farm, or zoom out, as I will in an upcoming blog post image, and see the entire landscape dotted with family farms.

This image was captured from Steptoe Butte just before sunset during my recent #NwNW2015 expedition.  I hope you enjoy it and as always, simply click on the image to see a larger version.

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Thurston County Fair 2015

This week marks the start of the 2015 edition of the Thurston County Fair.  This is my second year entering some of my photography into the Open Photography exhibit.  Last year I entered 6 image and brought home 5 ribbons.  I also entered 6 images and I am happy to report that all 6 of my images this year were recognized with ribbons.  The following are the 6 images I entered, but like last year, I am not going to tell you which image got which color of ribbon, you will just have to go to the fair and find out. :-)

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The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Olympia, WA

Tumwater Valley fireworks 2015

4th of July fireworks shot at the Tumwater Valley golf course

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Oly making the best of being in a cast but still managing to play

A night image of the soon to be closed Simpson Mill in Shelton, WA

A night image of the soon to be closed Simpson Mill in Shelton, WA

Solitude

Woman enjoying a cup of coffee in solitude overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Downtown Olympia

Downtown Olympia with Percival Landing in the foreground and Mt. Rainier in the background

There we are, my 6 entries into the 2015 Thurston County Fair.  Again, all 6 images did get ribbons, but I am not going to say what they are until after the fair is over.  Please feel free though to speculate in the comment section if you are so inclined. :-)

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Another Philadelphia Sunset

The Philadelphia skyline shot from Camden, NJ at sunset

The Philadelphia skyline shot from Camden, NJ at sunset

Taking a little break from sharing lightning images from my recent trip to Arizona to share another image from a work trip I took to Philadelphia in June.  I have already shared an image I made of a Philadelphia Sunset that I shot from the Ben Franklin Bridge.

This image was made a couple nights after the one that I had previously shared and was shot from the Camden, NJ waterfront.

I wanted to remind everyone that even though the images displayed here on my blog are scalable to the screen that you are viewing them on, if you click on the image itself it will take you to the full screen version.  From there you can also explore the entire gallery that the image is part of.  Oh yeah, you can also order prints of anything in my galleries. :-)

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Lasers and Lightning

Lasers and Lightning

Tail lights from a passing ambulance while lightning strikes in the background

I have always been a sucker for images that have lightning strikes and light trails from passing cars.  If you look through my Weather Gallery here on my site you will find a number of examples of what I always think of as lasers and lightning.

I made this image on the last night of my recent trip to Arizona for work and storm chasing.  While it wasn’t the most photogenic thunderstorms I have ever chased, and it was actually further away than I would have liked, I do have a memory from this trip that will be with me for a long time.

Even though I wasn’t deep into the desert that night, I was still far enough out that if cars weren’t driving by it was still very quiet and dark.  While standing out in the desert, in the silence and the dark, a pack of coyotes to the south west of me started to howl.  That by itself would have been cool, but another pack to the north of me started to answer back.  I know a lot of people who would have been frightened to have two different coyotes howling nearby, heck, I know people that are scared of any noise out in the desert after dark, but personally I loved it.  Even though I don’t like living in the desert, I certainly do enjoy visiting it. :-)

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Chasing Storms Away?

Lightning strike over central Arizona shot from east of Florence, AZ

Lightning strike over central Arizona shot from east of Florence, AZ

I started chasing storms, especially the Arizona Monsoon, many years before I bought my first digital camera.  I have boxes of lightning images captured on film, and have always loved the beauty of a thunderstorm.  After moving back home to the Pacific Northwest in 2012 though, the term “Chasing Storms” seems to have taken on a new meaning for me.

I just returned from Arizona and a week of chasing storms.  I have been able to go back at least once for the last three years, and there is one thing that now seems to be a constant, when I get to town the storms seems to die down a lot until I get on the airplane to head back home.  Who knew that for me I would start chasing storms away :-)

I don’t want you to think that I don’t see storms while I am there, I got this image of a distant storm on the first night I was there, but in the entire week I only chased one severe warned thunderstorm.

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