Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Making friends on the Oregon Coast.  Wine and Seafood Festival in Charleston...Highly recommend
making the trip and stopping by 7Devils Brewery in Coos bay...Hang outside by the fire pit, drink good libations, and make a few new friends.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Fires do make for odd and beautiful sunsets...Sunset from outside Weed, Ca.
Again the Coffee Fire from the top of Park Creek Summit...the majority of this was emanating from the lower left of this picture where incredibly black smoke, glowing with orange from the fire was rising in thick columns.  Everything had that odd orange glow that fires seem to create.  It was my understanding that because of the location of this fire and the fact that other fire resources were stretched incredibly thin, this fire was being allowed to burn unmitigated.
The Coffee Fire in the Trinitys West of Mt. Eddy, created this incredible smoke "cloud" that stretched from Scott Valley all the way down South of Dunsmuir and trailed down the valley...

These two are at Sunset, again the Little Deer Fire, Mt Shasta, at 14,000ft. slightly dwarfed by the column...winds were honking which certainly didn't help firefighters-

This column is from the Little Deer fire just NW of Mt Shasta...unbelievably impressive display

Saturday, June 28, 2014

This one is from a drive through Utah and Colorado...so many places that I wanted to stop for days to take photos and drink in the light, but places to be.
This one is a bit of a mystery, while camping at Timothy Lake, my daughter and I found these cooked crayfish dumped back into timothy lake.  I am unsure what the intent was but it seemed like a terrible waste of good food.  Maybe someone was hoping that the local wildlife would develop a taste for Cajun Crayfish and dig in, hard to say!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mt Rainier hides in the clouds above Tipsoo Lake at the top of Chinook Pass, Wa.
This view from the summit of Slate peak is from the highest drivable point in Washington State, at 7440ft.and the top of Hart's Pass- A fascinating story, the road was first constructed in the 1890's to service the gold and silver mines that prompted the near 1000 residents at the time to brave the elements and live here.  The road was "improved" in the 1950's to clear the way for the construction of a cold-war radar installation, but still clings precariously to the side of a cliff in several areas.  The top 41 feet of the mountain were blasted off to make room for construction and the original Fire Lookout torn down.  The Radar Installation was removed at the end of the cold war, and the current Fire Lookout sits atop a 41-foot structure to restore the original view.  The PCT runs right through this area, and several trails access the amazing Pasayten Wilderness area.  The vistas are spectacular in any direction and are worth the significant effort involved in getting here.
This view from the road up Hart's Pass, Wa...this road is not for the faint of heart, featuring significant drop-offs in the hundreds of feet and the occasional oncoming vehicle-usually at a very inconvenient spot where somebody is backing up/down a very narrow road with consequences ...
Clouds dancing among the ridge and mountain tops as snow squalls turn to showers to snow...North Cascades, Wa.
Fresh snow above Lyman Lake in North Cascades, a precursor of weather to come.
An old ore cart from the twenties lies dormant at Trinity Mine...interesting to see the now-unusual abbreviation for Washington State.
Gathering clouds signaling the end of our window of good weather...North Cascades, Wa.
Swapping stories of the day as the frost settles in...