Alpine-ish

Went to visit my wife’s uncle – their backyard is a wonderland of plants. Packed the macro lens this time and had some fun seeing what I could see. This month’s image is an alpine geranium (I think). Which makes me wonder – if an alpine flower grows at sea level, is it still an alpine flower?

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Nikkor 55mm. 1/250th @f2.8 ISO 400

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June 2018

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Scaled

Made a trip to a reptile zoo this month, but the photos I ended up with were rather uninspiring. I was hoping for a photo of the lunar eclipse, but despite being able to see the moon before going to bed last night, the skies were thoroughly clouded over this morning.

So… what do I have in the yard I can make a picture of? The spruce tree in the front dropped these cones which kinda looks like a reptile and I found a couple boughs out of the Douglas Fir on the back yard to rest them on, let’s see how this looks…

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Nikkor 55mm. 1/10th @f2.8 ISO 200

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February 2018

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Bridge the gap

The Fairfax Bridge spanning the 494-foot gap over the Carbon River was built in 1921 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The one-lane bridge deck is 250 feet above the river and connects to outdoor recreation areas and the North-Western corner of Mt Rainier National Park.

Before the bridge was constructed, the only way to access the coal mining town of Fairfax, WA was by rail or wagon trail from (what is now the Ghost Town of) Melmont. Today the rail bed has been converted into a multi-use trail. (Which is where I took the photo from.)

The details: The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF18-55 @18mm. 1/240th @f5.6, ISO 800

 

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October 2017

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What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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Challenge Accepted!

As I was taking photos of budding cherry blossoms on the tree in the backyard, my Wife came out and told me “I challenge you to make an interesting picture out of the rhubarb plant. I want rhubarb on my desktop this month.” Well, I guess I do requests now 😉

The sun was a little bright on the plant so I dashed off to the garage to grab one of my reflectors to create a little shade. The plant itself had only recently re-emerged after winter’s slumber and the space under the new leaves made for a very alien landscape.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/40th at f /4, ISO 200

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April 2017

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Playing in Traffic

Spent part of a day hanging out in Seattle looking for a scene that was inspiring photographically, and I have to admit, I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. Having had enough, we headed back to the bus stop for the ride home and while waiting, I wandered out into the street to take this shot. I particularly like the closed in feeling the tall buildings give.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/200th at f / 5.6, ISO 200

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February 2017

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