Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Last of the Vashon pics

To me this says..."Welcome to Vashon Island!"

I don't know why, but I like this.

Jo hamming it up for the turkey

Fengshui is not their goal, what I liked...corn, move aside, it's Christmas!...and don't forget to buy some fish.

This restaurant had a great bakery, may it rest in peace.

 Little Jo Jo the fondu maker! 



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Octahedral Symmetry at Paradise Cove

Ok, so I ripped off Erik's idea, who ripped off Uelsmann's, but hey it was fun trying it out.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Reflecting at Paradise Cove

Boat vs Hydrant

They are now friends, finding more in common than first realized.

Paradise Cove Morning Java

This morning we had 'Shackleton Dark, Dark Brew',  in honor of Jo reading the book 'Endurance -Shackleton's Incredible Journey'

Black Friday From My Truck Window

Driving into town I spotted these men apparently taking a Black Friday 'shopping break'.  Took the pic as I was driving by.  The reflection of the guy driving toward me was a special treat.  Not running into him because I wasn't watching the road, was an added bonus.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Leaving the Puyallup Fair with my brother-in-law Troy we came across Mr. Sunglasses getting ready to close up shop.  I liked the silhouette but before I could get my camera out, he backed away.  After waiting for him to return, I finally just walked up and asked if he'd stand there again for this cool picture.   He barked 'NO!!!', so we left him to his cheap sunglasses and bad attitude (although I probably wouldn't have been too happy either trying to sell sunglasses on a dark, rainy night).  

Down the way I realized I had to go back and try again, so I worked my way around with camera ready. Finally he moved near the tarp for a few seconds and I made this picture.  I GOT YOU, MR.SUNGLASSES DUDE!  Ok, it wasn't as good of a silhouette, but sometimes you just take your small victories wherever you can.-ha
ps- (you can click on the picture twice to see it bigger)

Friday, May 21, 2010


Funny how you take a photo but it doesn't really move you, then a couple years later you run across it again and say 'Hey, that's not so bad!   This is one of those for me.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Vortex

So what is a vortex anyway?  That was the question I asked while looking into hiking around Sedona last week.  The answer, 'vortexes are energy centers in the earth where spiritual and psychic powers are enhanced.' Sedona has a whole bunch in the surrounding hills where people come to interact with them.  'it's not easily explained, it must be experienced.", I was told.    Cool!  I'll go with that!

Pecking around on a map I found the Boynton Canyon vista, believed to be one of the more powerful vortexes. 
It also said while most people go there to pray, mediate and heal, some experience premonitions, see energy waves, and if you take pictures you might find hovering orbs of light in your images.      

So off to Boynton Canyon vista I went.  Refraining from whistling or yodeling I respectfully made a few photos, and enjoyed the whole peaceful experience.   I admit I didn't catch anything other than my breath (the terrain is a mile high) and a warm sunny day surrounded by a wonderful view.   I liked it so much I brought Jo back up with me later.  

It wasn't until today though, while processing my images, that I remembered what they said about 'hovering orbs' in vortex photos.  If you click in the image above a few times, or look at the insert below, you'll notice the lady sitting in the rocks and there is indeed a mysterious orb hovering over her.   (I promise I didn't put it there!)   Any other time I would have called that a lens flare ....... what do you think?   

Friday, March 26, 2010

Off to Arizona tomorrow!

This was actually taken in New Mexico though.  The three pleasant surprises I had with making this photo were how sharp it turned out considering I had to hand-hold the camera with a long exposure, how nice and cool it was inside when it was a furnace outside, and there weren't any teeth or stingers inside to greet me.  

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In a fog!

It's always a photo event when the fog drifts in.   This is a common occurrence in the wee morning hours at the park next to my home.    While looking for something interesting to photograph and pondering why I just didn't stay in bed a little longer I saw from a distance this couple out for their morning walk and talk.

From my original angle the top of the man's head was blending into the dark background so I stood on a clump of grass on my tip toes just barely getting all of his silhouette to show.   The foreground really didn't add to the picture so I cropped it out bringing more attention to the line of fog leading to the couple.

A few minutes later these Rangers ran by.  The light was so low I had to use a slower shutter speed which made it a bit blurry but the thin drift of fog makes it a little more interesting to me.  Also those are some short shorts they must have been required to wear.   My guess, they wanted to get their run over before anyone saw them.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

To You Love Birds!

Happy Valentines Day!  (Resurrection of a photo I took last year on Valentines Day at Paradise near Mt. Rainier)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fly (or sit) like an eagle!

Some images I made yesterday while searching for a few elusive bald eagles...

Bald eagle...wet seagull...tomato...tamato...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Alone Again

This picture needs a story, anyone care to start one?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ol' Steely Blue!

Aimlessly strolling around an old communist flea market in the outskirts of Budapest I rounded a corner coming face to chin with this older, steely blue-eyed local with a very stern demeanor.   Frozen in mid-puff of his cigarette he coldly stared as I politely walked by.  Fighting the temptation to cry out, "I didn't do it!", I slipped away before he busted me for doing whatever it was I was sure I must have been doing wrong.

Waiting until I was safely out of site the photographer in me started screaming....Go back you fool!  That's a face that has to be photographed!!!   So with some reluctance I worked my way back around, pretending to be interested in everything else but that man with the steely blue eyes, who was now nowhere to be found.

I walked all around berating myself for letting this photo opportunity apparently slip by when there he was, sitting in front of his bicycle repair shop.   Slinging my camera over my shoulder, I poised it so I could secretly take his picture as I walked by.    Being clever I walked by and secretly did it again just to be sure I got the shot.  When I checked my images, he was staring directly into the camera in both images. Busted!   Unfortunately I cut part of him off in both pictures so bracing myself, I walked back up to him, and simply said hello.  He just stared at me.  I ended up pantomiming a request to take his picture which he surprisingly responded to with a positive slight nod of his head. He posed for this picture and is actually smiling, which was a little disappointing because it took some of the edge off but at the same time is endearing.   I wish I got his name, I wish I could have had a conversation with him.  I just know he had a story to tell.  I'm glad he didn't hit me.