Photograph of a harbor seal swimming near Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington.

Orcas Island

If you’re looking for an exotic island vacation without leaving the Pacific Northwest, look no further than the San Juan archipelago in Washinton’s Northwest corner! And in particular, check out Orcas Island, a hilly, 57 square mile, horseshoe-shaped Island that’s just a hop, skip, a few hours drive and an hour-long ferry-ride from downtown Seattle.  …

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Mount Rainier Sunset

This last light on Mt. Rainier presented for less than a minute, just briefly as the sun hit the horizon. I nearly missed the opportunity to capture it on my drive home from Seattle. In fact, I was scrambling pretty fast to try and find the right shooting location as the light quickly faded.  The…

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On Cats and Dogs

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a professional photographer who just *LOVES* to create beautiful portraits of “average” cats and dogs. Because the truth is that our pets present some of the most challenging─and rewarding─portrait subjects to be found. And they can teach us a lot about photographing their human companions. Sure, we all stand around…

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Balsamroot

I found my way up into the Columbia Hills just a few weeks to late this year — the Balsamroot blossoms  (those big yellow flowers you see below) were just a bit past their prime.  But, with a background full of beautiful billowing white clouds against a bright blue sky, I couldn’t not take the…

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Lazy Saturday

As a photographer, sometimes my own pets are my favorite subjects. Today my beautiful cat, Pigeon, decided to be a willing model. When I saw her sleeping soundly on the couch beneath our living room window, I couldn’t help but take her portrait.  She woke to the sound of my camera focusing, a pop of…

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Family of Four

If you follow my blog, you already know that I am a BIG FAN of the Pacific Northwest, and Oregon in particular. And, as far as the weather goes, I am of the view that there are definitely worse places to be. You won’t find me complaining about cloudy skies and wet days. In fact, overcast days…

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