Spring has finally sprung, hopefully…

Blue Flower Macro

A macro snapshot of a blue flower in my front yard. Decided to take advantage of the sunshine today.

I hate to say this out loud, but I really hope that spring has finally sprung.  I have done very little shooting the last 4 or 5 months, the weather has been terrible.  My personal weather station reports that we have had 35.59 inches of rain just since Jan. 1st, it has been damned wet around here, but today the sun is shining, it is going to be in the mid-60’s and I grabbed a camera with a macro lens during a coffee break from work this morning and grabbed this macro snap shot of some flowers growing in a flower pot on our front porch.

The funny thing is that we dumped a bunch of random flower seeds in this pot a few years ago, we leave it out year round and each spring it seems that a different group of flowers grow.  This year it is these little blue guys.

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More Upper Tumwater Falls

Upper Tumwater Falls South

Upper Tumwater falls is actually divided into two segments. This is the north segment

It’s no secret that I like to shoot at Tumwater Falls Park. It is a great little walk and there are three very photogenic waterfalls. Generally I say that Middle Tumwater Falls is my favorite, but if I am going to be completely honest, it is probably the hardest to shoot as there are fewer good vantage points.  The lower falls are the iconic falls that is featured on the Olympia Beer can, and Upper Tumwater Falls are the first that you see when you park your car and head out into the park.

Upper Tumwater Falls is actually broken into two segments, this image is of the more northerly section of the falls.  The south segment would be off the right in this image.  In the image from this previous blog post you can see both sections of the falls.

Trust me, this isn’t the last time you will see me post images of Tumwater Falls, or from the park, I love to shoot there.

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The Grand Prismatic Basin

Grand Prismatic Basin

The Grand Prismatic Basin in Yellowstone National park

When most people are asked to pick the most iconic feature in Yellowstone National Park they are going to say Old Faithful Geyser and it would be very difficult to argue against that, it is far and away the most famous geyser in the park.  I might argue though that The Grand Prismatic Basin should rival Old Faithful for that honor.

Grand Prismatic Basin is a true wonder to behold and is a location in the park that should be visited more than once.  The colors are stunning and varied and depending on the direction of the wind you will either be rewarded with a jaw dropping scene or a face full of steam.  That is why I suggest visiting more than once.  :-)

I made this image back in June of 2016 during our family vacation to Yellowstone, and as a point of reference, I was standing very close to where the park ranger is standing in an image I have previously shared.  

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Coupes and Capitals

Coupes and Capitals

A coupe in front of the Washington State capitol building just before sunset

Ok, instead of Coupes and Captials it is actually one coupe infant of one capitol, but you get the idea.

As some of you may know, I love cars, always have and always will.  I love driving them, looking at them and watching shows about cars.  The old Top Gear and more recently The Grand Tour are not to be missed in the Wood household.  In the world of love for hybrids and Teslas, I love the internal combustion engine, and something tells me that I am not alone, even if fewer and fewer people will admit to it.

I captured this image last summer in downtown Olympia just as the sun was setting.  I hope you enjoy it, and since I haven’t reminded everything in a long time, please click on the image to see a larger version.

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Lone Bison

Lone Bison

A lone bison in Yellowstone National Park

People tend to visit Yellowstone National Park for one of two reasons, to experience the geothermal attractions in the park to to experience wildlife what they would not be able to see where they are from. I tend to believe that it is actually a combination of these two things that bring millions of people a year to the park.  Regardless of which group you are in, the American Bison, or buffalo to some of us, is always a crowd favorite.  Most people tend to gravitate towards the herds of bison, I found myself more interested in the lone bison.

I have already shared an image of a lone bison in a stunning landscape, today I am sharing one a from a little more close up perspective.

I hope you enjoy this image, and before you ask, no, I really was as close as this image might seem, I was using a longish telephoto lens and was at a safe distance.

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