Iconic Seattle

I was looking back through the back-catalog and came across a couple of my version of ‘iconic Seattle’ that I’ve finally gotten around to putting online…  I’m covering the skyline (with Space Needle!) and Pike Place Market here, so need to find a different ‘shot of a ferry’ and a Mt. Rainier  shot to round out the main four Seattle icons.  I’ll have to get back out there 🙂

 

 

Shots from Otter Falls hike

Last weekend we took advantage of a break in string of bad weather weekends and finally got out for a hike with some friends and, of course :), Shay and Rascal.  We headed out to Otter Falls based on recommendation from our dog hikes in Washington book.  I’d rate it as a nice fairly flat hike and it gets bonus points for being relatively un-crowded.

We’re going on a hiking and rafting trip later this year and part of this was to try out the lens I’m planning on bringing in conditions closer to what I expect to see.  I have some photos of folks from the hike, including a beautiful shot of Bruce’s taped together and falling apart boot :), but like normal will stick with some nature shots here.   I got a couple shots of the falls, but none of them are the nice creamy flowing water shots you see on photos sites – I need to invest in some filters and bring along a tripod if I’m ever going to get those…

It's a ledge, eh?

 Lots of downed trees around and some of them looked fairly fresh – great for texture photos…

There were more instances of trees that shared a common base and then split as they went up than I expected.

And, of course, a couple of Shay and Rascal too :).  The turnaround point for us was this old concrete bridge from when the trail was a road – it was a great stopping point for lunch, and it overlooks some falls which Rask is staring off at in this shot:

We had to stop at one point for Sharad to repair Bruce’s boot, and Shay happened to step into a sunbeam admist the shadows of the tree canopy while we were there.  If we were in a movie from the 40s and 50s, it’d be a sign that she was the heroine 🙂

No post about Otter Falls hike would be complete without a comment on the road to get there.   Driving those last 6 or 7 miles is pretty intense – it really let us know what we were getting into when we hit the start of the stretch of potholes-with-a-side-of-road and one of the potholes had a carpart in the middle of the road where it’d fallen off.   Fortunately I think all of my car made it back :).

colors and texture

A few weeks ago Clodagh, Carl, and Lee all participated in the Paddy’s Day Dash around parts of Queen Anne.  Since I’m not so much for the running, I wandered around shooting for a bit while they were on the course.  The Seattle Center has some great shapes, colors, and textures for subject matter – my favorite photo of what I took is this reflection of the base of the Space Needle off of the EMP…

Space Needle reflected off of the EMP

EXIF excerpt: f/8.0 ISO 100, 138mm, 1/60

And in case you’re wondering, yes they all succesfully completed the run 🙂