The Getaway, Hawaii, HI, May 2013

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┬áin the United States!).

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Holy Coconut

Holy Coconut

Pink Hibiscus

Pink Hibiscus

Frangipani

Frangipani

Waiting for a bite...

Waiting for a bite...

On the Water

On the Water

Butterfly + Frond

Butterfly + Frond

Yellow-billed Cardinal

Yellow-billed Cardinal

Gecko

Gecko

South Point Fishing

South Point Fishing

Alaskan Brewing Co. Represent!

Alaskan Brewing Co. Represent!

Looking Up

Looking Up

Windswept

Windswept

Southern Hawaii Grafitti

Southern Hawaii Grafitti

Southernmost Landfill?

Southernmost Landfill?

Lost Sole

Lost Sole

Green Sand Beach

Green Sand Beach

Green Sand Surf

Green Sand Surf

Broken

Broken

South Point Sunset

South Point Sunset

Grazing

Grazing

Windfarm and Cows

Windfarm and Cows

Moo

Moo

Powerful Sunset

Powerful Sunset

Wrapped Up

Wrapped Up

Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo

Pencil Urchin

Pencil Urchin

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse

Maui from 14,000 Feet

Maui from 14,000 Feet

Mauna Kea Observatories

Mauna Kea Observatories

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Most Scenic Stop Sign Ever

Most Scenic Stop Sign Ever

Mauna Kea Fog

Mauna Kea Fog

Hilo Alley

Hilo Alley

Hawaiian Zebra

Hawaiian Zebra

Road Closed... Really?

Road Closed... Really?

PBR + Lava

PBR + Lava

Lava Field

Lava Field

Sunset + Clouds

Sunset + Clouds

Holy CoconutPink HibiscusFrangipaniWaiting for a bite...On the WaterButterfly + FrondYellow-billed CardinalGeckoSouth Point FishingAlaskan Brewing Co. Represent!Looking UpWindsweptSouthern Hawaii GrafittiSouthernmost Landfill?Lost SoleGreen Sand BeachGreen Sand SurfBrokenSouth Point SunsetGrazingWindfarm and CowsMooPowerful SunsetWrapped UpPeek-a-booPencil UrchinPartial Solar EclipseMaui from 14,000 FeetMauna Kea ObservatoriesCanada-France-Hawaii TelescopeMost Scenic Stop Sign EverMauna Kea FogHilo AlleyHawaiian ZebraRoad Closed... Really?PBR + LavaLava FieldSunset + Clouds

Outer Point Sunset, Juneau, AK, April 2012

Sunsets in Juneau, when they’re visible and the clouds line themselves up just so, are amazing. So amazing, that if it even looks like a spectacular sunset is possible, people start migrating to the best viewing spots as early as possible so they don’t miss it.

Here’s one such sunset, viewed from Outer Point.

Outer Point Trees

Outer Point Trees

Kayakers + Chilkats

Kayakers + Chilkats

Zam the Super Dog

Zam the Super Dog

Shaman Island @ Dusk

Shaman Island @ Dusk

A Chilkat Sunset

A Chilkat Sunset

Golden Rays

Golden Rays

Twilight @ Outer Point

Twilight @ Outer Point

Outer Point TreesKayakers + ChilkatsZam the Super DogShaman Island @ DuskA Chilkat SunsetGolden RaysTwilight @ Outer Point

Tumtum, WA, December 2009

I spent Christmas with my parents in Tumtum, Washington. It’s a town of about 200 people located 45 minutes northeast of Spokane, WA. Basically, it’s out in the boonies! There’s a lot of land to explore, but being that it was cold out and I wasn’t in a very adventurous mood, I stuck pretty close to the house. It’s amazing being so far away from city lights just how much more of the night sky you can see – this is evident in some of the night shots below.

No Place Like Gnome

No Place Like Gnome

Grass at Sunset

Grass at Sunset

The Bird

The Bird

Sam the Dog

Sam the Dog

Star Trails

Star Trails

Red Red Red

Red Red Red

Red Berry

Red Berry

Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow

Lavender Stalks

Lavender Stalks

Tum Tum Sunset

Tum Tum Sunset

Icy

Icy

Moon and Clouds

Moon and Clouds

Moon Clouds and Orion

Moon Clouds and Orion

Creepy Chair

Creepy Chair

Keep Out

Keep Out

Targets

Targets

No Place Like GnomeGrass at SunsetThe BirdSam the DogStar TrailsRed Red RedRed BerryRed WheelbarrowLavender StalksTum Tum SunsetIcyMoon and CloudsMoon Clouds and OrionCreepy ChairKeep OutTargets

Aurora Harbor Sunset Time Lapse

This was a fun project. I setup my camera on a tripod inside my condo (too cold outside!) and had it snap a photo every five minutes over several hours. The results are pretty nice and actually pretty interesting – we get big tides here and this video is a good example of that. Note the level of the boats and buildings in the harbor from the beginning of the video to the end. Quite the change!