Please click on images to see larger versions. This weekend, I spent a wonderful morning at Wolf Haven International, a sanctuary just south of Olympia, WA. The staff is friendly, courteous, and very knowledgable. The inhabitants are, of course, all gorgeous. If you have any desire at all to view and admire wolves up close, I highly recommend visiting Wolf Haven International. For a special treat, sign up for the photography tour, held a few times every year.
Please click on the images to see larger versions. This was a great trip to San Francisco. I attended a conference and also found some time for photography. I made it a point to NOT shoot the Golden Gate Bridge or trolleys, as I always seem to do when I visit. Instead, I concentrated on the city’s interesting architecture. I hope you enjoy these shots. My favorite is the opening image of the spiral staircase at the Mechanics Institute. It had to have been built by a photographer.
Please click on the image to see a larger version. Last night I took the ferry to Vashon Island. I wanted to photograph Point Robinson Lighthouse. I was too late for the sunset, but the skies were clear, so I decided to do a little night photography. There was too much light pollution to optimally see the Perseid meteor shower. However, the stars were still bright enough to capture a memorable image.
Please click on the images to see larger versions. Yesterday I was post-call, but the weather was too hot to stay in town. So, I drove out to Mt. Rainier National Park and hiked the Panorama Point trail. Although the hike was moderately strenuous, the cool winds and colorful wildflowers kept my body and soul refreshed. The trail offers spectacular views of the Tatoosh Mts. and Mt. Rainier. Higher up, you’ll also see Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Did you notice them in the opening image?
Please click on the image to see a larger version. Just one image today; it’s a view of the waterfront from 2 nights ago. July’s full moon is great in Seattle. First of all, there is a more than 50/50 chance it won’t be obscured by clouds, and it rises just around sunset. This posted image is relatively small. I urge you to click it and view a larger version. You’ll be able to better appreciate the subtle details. I shot this at ISO 800 to stop the motion of the bird as best I could. I’m very happy with how little noise there is on the new Canon camera.
Please click on the images to see larger versions. No summer in Seattle would be complete without at least one visit to Franklin Falls. It’s an easy 1 mile stroll along beautiful Denny Creek. On the way, you’ll discover stunning views of the river, local vegetation, and a few quaint cabins. The ultimate destination is the lovely falls itself. Bring a polarizer to take the glare off the water and rock surfaces and a big cloth to keep the mist off your lens.
Please click on the images for larger versions. For the last four days, I was in La Jolla, CA, attending a Pediatric Radiology conference. In the evenings and on days the conference was only 1/2 a day, I took the opportunity to photograph the area. I discovered the beauty of Torrey Pines State Park. I was also able to visit the San Diego zoo. In five hours, I probably covered only a third of what the zoo had to offer. On the flight back, I was lucky enough to have a window seat not obscured by the airplane’s wing. Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip. The last shot is an aerial view of Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. I hope you enjoy the photographs.
Please click on the images to see larger versions. Yesterday, after work, I headed over to North Bend to hike up Mt. Si. I was at the trailhead by 5:50 and reached the summit in just less than 2 hours, with plenty of time to explore and get ready for the golden light. I hope you enjoy these shots.
Please click on images to see larger versions. I made a quick trip to Idaho this weekend to visit my dear friend, Davis. While there, I was blessed with some good light. Here are some shots around Cascade Lake I hope you enjoy.
It’s been a few months since my last post. As some of you know, we were recently blessed with our first child, Andrew Kishore Thapa. Kishore has kept all of us quite busy, so my photography (landscape photography, anyway) has been on hold. However, yesterday evening my lovely wife volunteered to look after him by herself while I spent a few hours photographing the golden hour. I went to one of my favorite new places in Leschi to take the image above. I hope you enjoy it. By the way, here are a couple of shots of our little one.