This year’s big summer vacation was to Hawaii (the Big Island). Can’t say enough good things about the place… relaxing, great food, so much to do. It’s incredible. The photos below don’t do it justice, but I tried to include a little something different than the usual Hawaiian vacation photos.
Two highlights: driving 14,000′ above sea level to the top of Mauna Kea and hiking out to the southernmost point in the United States (coming within a year to the day of visiting the northernmost point in the United States!).
Another year, another trip to New York City! I got to visit a few new parts of the city, including the Upper West Side and Brooklyn, and focused on non-touristy subjects. The colors, textures, and scenes you can find are amazing. Enjoy…
Barrow, Alaska, is a pretty dynamic place this time of year – above-freezing temperatures and nearly 24 hours of sunlight kick starts the breakup of snow and ice that accumulated over a long winter. In just 3 days, lagoons that were buried beneath a layer of white ice suddenly burst into open bodies of water that some locals found irresistible (see the photo below of the snowmachine on the water!). Ditches that were empty were now nearly overflowing with meltwater and driveways turned from great places to park your car into front yard lakes. Again, all this happened in less than 72 hours. Incredible.
I did not have the (mis)fortune of encountering a polar bear, but I don’t think this will be my last trip to the “Top of the World”! Enjoy the photos!
This is an oldie, but I stumbled across it last night and remembered working on it years ago, so I thought I’d share it… again! I shot this photo at Sitka National Historical Park (a.k.a. Totem Park) in Sitka, Alaska. This park is Alaska’s oldest national park, created in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka, and has dozens of totem poles and other totemic art lining its pathways. It’s really a beautiful park to walk through and I’d highly recommend visiting it if you ever find yourself in Southeast Alaska. The original photo was shot on medium format film with my old Yashica-MAT LMcamera, then I scanned it and added the color digitally based on the original colors on the totem, with a few artistic tweaks here and there.
Mostly Seattle, anyway! This trip was tacked on to the end of the trip to Washington, DC, and was done so for the sole purpose of taking my 80 year old grandma skydiving*. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that Bumbershoot was happening around the same time and had some bands on the lineup that I really wanted to see. (You can see what I thought of that over at juneaurocks.com!)
The first few photos below were taken during the drive to Portland, OR, and ultimately, Molalla, OR, home of Skydive Oregon, and the rest were taken in downtown Seattle. As you can see, it was sunny. It is hard to beat the Pacific Northwest when the sunshine hits and it warms up – these kind of days make up for so many gray, rainy days.