Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cadman at night

Cadman, Inc. is a company that sells sand, gravel and concrete and it's located in Redmond, WA.

Paul and I were driving by Cadman last night; it was about 76 degrees at 9:15 p.m., a full moon and with the plant lit up, we decided to stop and take some photos. Below is the same image in color and black and white.

Below is the other side of the street where Cadman's concrete plant is located.

The photo (left) is a concrete and wood wall across the street from Cadman. The tree across the street from the wall is back lit by the asphalt plant and this is the shadow of that tree.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This little girl startled me!

I was working in my office when suddenly I looked up and there she was!

This is not an award winning photo with the window rick-rack I (unfortunately) have in my office, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

Can you imagine? It's a little startling to look up and see a deer looking back at you. When I grabbed my camera and stood up, I think I startled her too!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Cascade Loop - North Cascade Highway

Paul and I took another one of our "whirlwind" trips this weekend. We left 2 p.m. (a late start) and headed up to Darrington, then over to Highway 20, to Newhalem, then Diablo, and then Washington Pass (elevation 5477 feet,) where we stopped to hike up to the lookout point and take a few photos.

We left the Pass and arrived in Winthrop where the town was bustling and busy. The minute we were east of the mountains the weather was a pleasant 76 degrees and there were white tailed deer in all the fields, so many that we really had to be careful driving, because they would dart out in front of cars.

In one case we saw a doe, pulled over and took a few photos of her, but she was making a noise that sounded like a little lamb, she was frozen, didn't move and looked somewhat distressed. We looked across the highway and saw her reason; she had two fawns waiting for her on the other side.

I saw this doe almost get hit by two different cars and at one-point, I got out of my truck to try to wave a van driving at full speed to slow down. It was scary, the driver in the van just missed her, and the car that slammed on their brakes (which I saw in my rear view mirror) also missed her. Thankfully, no one was hurt and she was reunited with her little ones to graze in a field of alfalfa.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Big bull elk with moulting antlers

We went back up yesterday to see if we could find the elk grazing in the field and we did find them and this time I believed they were within range of my lens, so I grabbed my tripod and camera and made an attempt to create some images.

It was a little awkward parking on the side of the road--and even though we were pulled well out of the way of traffic on the two-lane road, passersby were honking their horns and yelling out there window. It's probably a good thing we couldn't hear what they were yelling. It didn't take long before the elk drew a small audience. Everyone was well off the road and not impeding traffic.

Since this is my blog and I can spout off (although I never have before) "Lighten up people! It's not every day that you get to see such majestic animals in the lowlands of our area."

Monday, August 13, 2007

Elk herd in North Bend, WA

Paul and I went to North Bend this past weekend in search of Elk. Paul has seen the herd over the past few weeks and with the rut coming, we were hoping to see some of the big bulls with their stately and spectacular antlers and we were not disappointed. They didn't stay within the reach of my longest prime lens for very long, but they were a spectacular sight.

Friday, August 3, 2007

A family shoot on the beach

These photos were taken at the Washington coast.

This shoot was a lot of fun for me and the family.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Day trip to Westport, WA

On our recent trip to Moclips, we decided to drive into Ocean Shores and take the walk-on ferry to Westport. While on the 30 minute ride between Ocean Shores and Westport, people were feeding the Seagulls. Paul was able to get them to eat bread right out of his hand.

On the way back we saw Pelican's, which I'd never seen in the wild before. It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Four new babies!

Last night, just before dark, I was working in my office and there was a baby rabbit sitting outside my window eating, when suddenly the rabbit just took off.

A minute or two passed and then I saw what the commotion was all about. I saw an adult raccoon. I thought it was odd to see her before it was completely dark, but there she was--I went back to my work when suddenly I see four little ones in tow! Here are two that posed for me.