Monday, February 17, 2014

Little family get-away

Catherine and I had decided a bit before this weekend that we could use a little quiet family get-away. I said how about Mt. Rainier, and she found a nice little cabin for us to spend a night it. Before we left, though, I wanted to get some photos of the kids.

I brought out the lights, got my background all set, and fired away a couple of photos. These were about the best of the bunch.

Then we loaded up the car and made our way to Mt. Rainier. Due to all of the rain and wind, the road has been closed to the Paradise area (avalanche danger on the road) pretty much this whole week, and this weekend was no different. We went to Longmire instead, where despite not a lot of snow, we still had a nice walk.

Ian and Leah in particular had a great time making snowballs and throwing them at the "snow elves", which in regular terms means every tree next to the trail.

We had to wait until 4pm to get the cabin, so that meant a fair bit of exploring at Longmire and at a couple of stops on the way back down the mountain. Eventually we made our way to the cabin, and first things first - started a fire. Catherine made a simple (but delicious) meal for dinner, and then we all played Monopoly. Leah crushed us all!

Another storm rolled in later that night. Where we were, it was mostly rain. Hard rain, to be sure. It switched to snow later in the morning, giving us about an inch or two at the cabin. We left a bit early to go back up to Longmire (there was no way with all that wind and rain/snow at elevation that the road was going to open) and were the first ones out to enjoy 10 new inches of fresh snow! It was a great little walk, and unlike the day before, the snowshoes were both necessary and beneficial.

We stopped at this little waterfall on our way out just so I could snap a photo.

That was our President's Day. Ian and I have Cub Scouts later tonight, so now we're all just relaxing in the comfort of our own home. Have a great day everybody!



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow Day!!!

I was planning on making a trip down to the Columbia River Gorge to shoot some iced over waterfalls this weekend, but that didn't happen. Portland (which I have to go through) got some snow that practically shut the place down, so I decided to play it safe on Saturday with plans to shoot down Sunday.

Then is started to snow here shortly after sunset. Out of nowhere we were projected to get 3-6 inches of snow. I'd say we got three. Since we aren't well prepared here in the "lowlands" for snow, once again my travel plans were changed.

I decided instead to go for a walk this morning to enjoy the quiet. I walked to our usual bike path, and as anticipated, had the place to myself. The kids were awake, they just didn't want to come outside.

Until I got back, that is. Once I told them that the snow was perfect for making snowmen, they wanted to get out immediately. This particular snowman took less than five minutes to put together, minus the arms and head/face features. Everyone was nice enough to play along and get their photos taken. All in all, a nice way to start the day and week. Have a great day everybody!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

What a difference a year can make

I was finishing up some editing of the photos I took this past weekend. I knew I was headed for roughly the same spot I took from a couple of summers ago.

While they aren't identical, it is pretty close. I was a bit higher up on the ridge for this shot.

It really made me think what a difference a year (or half to be precise) can make.