Orcas Island

Orcas Island is the largest island in the San Juan archipelago, a chain of islands located in the Salish Sea in Northwest WashingtonOne of my favorite places on the Island is Rustic Falls, a small waterfall along Cascade Creek inside Moran State Park on Orcas Island. The water gracefully cascades about 10 feet into a shallow pool. And a large tree rests at the top of the falls, providing for a unique and interesting photograph. This image, entitled “Forces of Nature” recently merited at the Professional Photographer Association’s International Print Competition.

Headshots for Counseling and Mentoring

Gavin Frye is a licensed psychotherapist, counselor, and mentor with more than 35 years of experience helping individuals, couples, and entrepreneurial leaders. He is warm and authentic and genuinely interested in transforming the lives of those around him for the better. When Gavin approached me about helping him create professional headshots to launch his new website, I was honored to help someone who has dedicated his life to helping others.

Black and white portrait of a toddler eating pancakes and eggs at Marias Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Travel to a Total Solar Eclipse

My family and I had an eventful set of trips in August that took us across the country and back to the Eastern Oregon desert to witness a total solar eclipse at totality. Our adventures began with a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota where my wife and I lived just after we were married in 2003.  It had been ten years since we had visited our old haunts. We had a great time taking our two-year old daughter to see our first home and  to visits with old friends.  Of course, we took her to our favorite eating establishments too such Maria’s Cafe, where Kiana enjoyed people watching through the large windows while feasting on eggs and pancakes. We also took the time to visit our favorite parks.  She splashed in puddles at Powderhorn Park. Relaxed in the gross near downtown St. Paul. And put her feet in the mud of the Mississippi River where we gave tribute to our old pup at her favorite dog park.

International Photographic Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition: Brian Pasko of Brian Pasko Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography. BORING, OREGON — Two photographs created by Brian Pasko of Brian Pasko Photography in Boring, Oregon have been accepted into the general and loan collections of Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. Pasko’s work will…

Picture of rocky ocean shoreline and waves at Manzanita Oregon.


Oregon is an amazing place to live, and one of my favorite spots is the tucked away little town on the coast known as Manzanita. (Click on the images below to see larger versions). Of course, Manzanita is just one of the amazing places that Oregon has to offer!  If you’re planning a visit or…

Picture of last light on mountains. meadow, and clouds at sunset in the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area, Washington.

Goat Rocks

On a Tuesday evening in August I found myself encamped at 6000 feet over 15 miles from the nearest wifi or cell phone connection. It was pretty rough. I was forced to watch the sun set across the goat rocks massif. A 105,600-acre alpine wonderland, the Goat Rocks Wilderness is a portion of the volcanic…


Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife preserve more than 5000 acres large located near Ridgefield, Washington in Clark County. With all of its marshes, grasslands, and woodlands, the habitat in the refuge is varied and support a diverse range of wildlife: coyote, deer, nutria, eagles, hawks, owls, and so much more. The refuge was…