Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

We have had a wonderful autumn here in Port Townsend, WA … The weather was sunny and clear instead of the usual cloudy and wet. The fall colors lasted much longer than usual and the colors were spectacular.

This was taken with my new iPhone 14 Pro Max. Was trying out the different lenses and I can say that I was pretty impressed with the image quality compared to my older phone.

My Oldest Image

Mt St Helens from Spirit Lake, June 1961

I don’t have a lot of images from when I was a kid … this is one of the few. I went with my Aunt Maisie and Uncle Dave up to Spirit Lake at Mt St Helens in June 1961. The top section of St Helens is now AWOL and Spirit Lake is totally different. The boat trip was a charter boat we took for a ride around the lake. The funny part of the camping trip was our arrival late at night on Friday. We set up camp in the dark, where we could find an open spot. We woke to find we had pitched our tent in the parking lot.

By the way, my Uncle Dave was who got me seriously interested in photography. This was about the time that he set me up with a darkroom and gave me his old Argus C-3 35mm rangefinder. However, this image was taken with a Kodak Brownie (a Hawkeye, I believe).

Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountains

The photo above is looking south up the Graywolf Valley into the heart of the Olympic National Park. Both images were taken from about the same location, near Deer Park at about 5000 feet elevation. These were taken using my Nikon F6 … Nikon’s last film camera … using Kodak Tri-X.

Subalpine Fir Branch Closeup

White Mountain View

White Mountain View

This is taken on the road up the the Bristlecone Pine area of the White Mountains in California, above the town of Big Pine. (The dead tree is not a bristlecone.) This viewpoint is at about 8000 feet and the view here is looking south.

Lone Pine California Vistas

Lone Pine, California, Vista 1

The town of Lone Pine, California is located along Highway 395 northwest of Death Valley National Park. Lone Pine was a location used in many western movies and some TV shows. It also provides one of the access points for climbing Mt Whitney (the highest point in the continental 48). The image above shows a clearing storm moving right to left across the Sierras. In the distance is just a sliver of Owens Lake (drained to provide water for Los Angeles).

The image below is taken from about the same location, but looking east towards the White Mountains. Lone Pine lies in the valley.

Lone Pine, California, Vista 2

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