Saturday, May 28, 2016

Capture Pro review

A conundrum faces all photographers: you can carry your camera safely in a backpack, but then you will struggle to remove it every time you need to take a photo. Alternatively, you can carry it like dead weight from your neck – more accessible, but often uncomfortable. The Capture Pro camera clip offers an ideal compromise. By securing your camera to the strap of your backpack or belt, it can be carried comfortably and securely while remaining easily accessible.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trip Report: Mima Mounds

The southern reaches of the Salish Sea are bordered by an ecosystem not typically associated with the Pacific Northwest. Here in a land fabled for its dense and dripping rainforests may be found vast prairies, though in the modern day they are not as plentiful as they once were. Mima Mounds is one of the few prairies open to the public in the region, as well as perhaps the most unique. For miles the terrain is made up of rank upon rank of rounded mounds, the origin of which is often guessed at but has never been definitively proven. Was it ancient gophers, glaciers, or bigfoot that built these mounds? Perhaps they are the barrows of ancient kings, their grand halls long fallen to ruin and decay. Whatever the cause it makes for interesting speculation as you wander through this strange landscape.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Walkabout at Mima Mounds

This is the first in a long-planned video hiking guide series.

Friday, April 29, 2016

April sunset timelapse

April is drawing to a close, here's a spectacular sunset timelapse as a finale for my blog's most successful month yet!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hulda Klager Lilac Garden

 Hulda Klager Lilac Garden is the crown jewel of horticulture in the Lower Columbia Region. This 150 year old garden is host to a staggering number of unique species bred by its namesake. At the peak of the bloom in April the scent of a myriad of flowering plants assails the nostrils as a dazzling rainbow of blossoms fills the vision. I’ll let the flowers do the rest of the speaking for me.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Trip Report: Snowshoeing at Paradise Mt. Rainier

"Oh no!" I exclaimed, as I stared in mock horror at my computer screen, "An avalanche just took out the road to Paradise!". The cries of woe this elicited told me that my “April Fool’s” joke had hit the mark.

The road was, of course, in fine condition, and we headed to Paradise for a spring snowshoe trip. The heat wave rolling over Western Washington had brought summer-like temperatures to Paradise, and the fresh powder of several days prior had turned to a thick slurry. However, the scenery was as breathtaking as always on the alpine flanks of Rainier, as we trudged up ever more liquid slopes. In fact, the beauty of it was so distracting that it was not until we reached our lunch site at Paradise Point that I realized I had forgotten to apply sunblock. Standing in a snowy mountain basin under a cloudless sky is essentially like being a bug at the focal point of a gigantic lens, and I had been burnt so red that I appeared more lobster than man!