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Recently I met Fototripper Gavin Hardcastle while out shooting Lower Lewis River Falls

This past October a friend of mine, Jon Stolarski, was doing some work in the Portland area.  Jon is from Arizona and while we used to shoot together a lot when I lived there, and from time to time during my storm chasing trips, it was great to have him make his way to the Pacific Northwest where he could see some water flowing in its natural habitat.  Ironically, I am talking about shooting with my friend Jon, and it isn’t actually Jon in this image.  This shot is of another guy we met on this trip, Gavin Hardcastle, better known as the Fototripper.

Jon and I had shot a few other locations before making it to Lower Lewis River Falls, and when we got to the falls we pretty much had the place to ourselves, with the exception of this guy in a blue jacket that seemed to be talking to himself a lot.  Gavin wasn’t actually talking to himself, but was talking to his GoPro camera while shooting one of his YouTube videos.  I shoot these falls somewhat regularly, I only live about 90 minutes or so away from them, and I was really enjoying watching Jon move around the area trying to take it all in, these falls are pretty spectacular, and I wasn’t really putting much effort into shooting.  I actually took more pictures of Jon taking pictures of the falls than I actually took of the falls themselves.  I also grabbed this snapshot of Gavin while he was shooting the YouTube video I just mentioned.

Curious about the video that Gavin was shooting?  Here is a link.  I won’t say where, but I am actually in the background of a shot in this video. :-)

All in all it was a great day.  I got to spend the day shooting with an old friend and even met a new one.

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. :-)

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.


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.

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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