In early June, I took a quick trip with a friend to summit Silver Peak in the Cascade Range. The first few miles followed well-maintained switchbacks to Annette Lake, followed by a steep bushwhack, a scree field crossing, and a final ascent up to a ridge on a snow field. The views from the ridge were worth the climb.
Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#1), Cascade Range, WA (18″x36″)
Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#2), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)
In early June, I took a quick hike from the White River camping area to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. A lenticular cloud was draped over the summit of the mountain, and the air smelled of pine and melting snow. This was my first visit to the park, and I was amazed at how large the mountain appears when hiking on its flanks.
Lenticular Cloud over Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Meltwater Stream in the Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, WA (12″x16″)
About a month ago, I popped over central Washington for some sunshine. On the way back, rain blowing in off the Pacific was dropping rain, sleet, and snow on Snoqualmie Pass. I had to pull over and photograph the dark trees and rock faces poking through the fog.
Snoqualmie Pass in Fog, Washington (16″x32″)
I stuck around after sunset to shoot a few panoramas of the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge. The exposures that make up the individual frames of the panorama are ~20-30 seconds, so the car lights on the highway turned into lines and the clouds started to slightly blur as they moved over the city.
Seattle Skyline and Interstate after Sunset, Seattle, WA
More panoramas of the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge.
Setting Sun and Storm Clouds over Seattle Skyline, Seattle, WA
Storm Clouds over Central District, Seattle, WA
A friend asked me for a panorama of the Seattle skyline – I don’t usually photograph cityscapes, but I enjoyed shooting landscapes of the city from the Jose P Rizal Bridge during different times of day and weather (sunny, foggy, morning, sunset, etc.).
Low-hanging Clouds over Seattle Skyline, Seattle, WA (16″x16″)
Fog over Jose P Rizal Bridge and Seattle Skyline (#4), Seattle, WA (15″x55″)
Slate-Grey Sky and Seattle Skyline (Bulb Panorama #1), Seattle, WA (16″x64″)
After moving to the Seattle area from southern Arizona last summer, I took a weekend walk up to Franklin Falls to photograph the South fork of the Snoqualmie River as it cascades over a 70-foot cliff. Large falls are always a treat after living in the desert.
Franklin Falls and Rainbow (#2, Color), near Bend, WA. (12″x18″)
Franklin Falls (#3, B&W), near Bend, WA (16″x46″)
Trees tower over the trail to Franklin Falls.
Franklin Falls Towering Trees (#3), near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x29″)
More single-frame photographs of a stream along the Hoh River in Olympic National Park.
Hoh Stream (Single Frame #2, 2017), Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Hoh Stream (Single Frame #3, 2017), Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Nearly 10 years ago, I took a rainy solo backpacking trip up the Hoh River in Olympic National Park. I remember photographing a stream surrounded by emerald green ferns and hanging moss. Late last summer, I hiked up the same trail along the Hoh River and tried to photograph the same subject (but from a new perspective, a decade later). Overcast conditions again provided diffuse light that allowed for even lighting during longer exposures.
Hoh Stream (Panorama #1, 2017), Olympic National Park, WA (42″x16″)