Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Raven Playtime on Mt. Hood

Taking a photo is an ephemeral thing.  It is fleeting, and if the opportunity is gone, it does not frequently return.  The light will not be the same, the moment, the conditions, you...none of it will happen exactly the same way to recreate your experience.  I have become better, as I age and shoot more and more, at seizing that moment, stopping whatever I am doing, and getting the shot.  This applies so much when I am driving.  I see a certain condition, or light, or subject, and have to know if I stop that it is not going to be a quick thing.  The right photo takes time, and often encompasses simple patience and waiting for that place in time when you get what you see in your mind's eye.  I have often yelled, danced, sung, or otherwise expressed my happiness aloud when I have gotten what I think I was after, most often with no one around...The joy of photography is not for everyone, but if you are bitten with the bug, it is gratifying.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lake Champlain Sunset

Sunset over Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont...there are days when I miss this place.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

White River Slide, Mt. Hood

With winter upon us and several slides having occurred around the West already, I thought I would post this photo of a slide in White River Canyon between Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Areas.  Just a reminder that we don not live and recreate in benign environments, and it always pays to keep your wits about you and be aware of your surroundings.  Although it is easy to miss, NOTICE the two Ski Patrollers from Mt Hood Meadows investigating the slide in the lower left of the photo.  This slide could have gone much bigger, but as it was, the crown was 30+ feet in spots.  Stay safe and go get some turns!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Cloud Cap Inn

Cloud Cap Inn...Home of the Hood River Crag Rats, the Mountain Rescue organization for the North Side of Mt. Hood.  They have carefully maintained this structure and it's history since 1954.  First built as an Inn in 1889, signatures of summiters on the walls are still visible to this day, often for subsequent years.  Take some time to get to know this magical place, and feel free to contribute to this amazing volunteer organization.