Port San Luis Lighthouse

The lighthouse was established in 1890 and this photo is of the lighthouse keepers home.  The site is assessable by trolly from the lighthouse parking lot near Avila Bay and is a very popular tour.  It is run by a board and docents.  They close at 5:00PM and I’ve asked several times to provide a sunset tour for photographers.  That hasn’t happened yet so all we get are these sunny day shots.

Avila, CA
Avila, CA

Ludlow Falls

According to my map the Olympic Peninsula has 29 waterfalls.  They all require some level of walking or hiking.  Some harder than others.  Ludlow Falls is an easy one as the trail is well maintained and not too far or steep.  In the typical nanny state  fashion there is a large green fence that “protects’ you from falling in and/or getting too close.  In order to get a clean shot you have to pre-focus,  compose,  then raise your tripod higher than you can reach and use the remote release. This photo is of the upper end of the falls.  In order to get the lower end you would have to wade upstream and around the fence.  That would be better done in the summer.  This day was very cold.

 

Port Ludlow, WA
Port Ludlow, WA

Bloedel Reserve

My first post of 2014 comes from the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA.  We were on the island visiting my son’s family and took the four grandkids there for a hike.  It was cold, raining, and cloudy.  There was very little in bloom but I did find this Golden Weeping Willow which is a hybrid and has this wonderful winter color.

The Reserve’s 150 acres has natural woodlands, landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, a Reflection Pool and the Bloedels’ former estate home.  Portions of the property over look the sound.

Bainbridge Island, WA
Bainbridge Island, WA

Wailua Falls

A trip to Kauai has to include these iconic falls  The viewing area was packed.  Trying to find an open space and keeping folks away long enough for a mid day long exposure took some negotiations. Still didn’t get the exact shot I wanted but next time I’ll try early or late to avoid the crowds.

Kauai
Kauai

Tahoe Rocks

I have no idea what these rock piles are but assume they’re man made.  No one that I talked to seemed to know. They do add some interest to one of the sparkling blue coves of Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe

 

 

Emerald Bay Snowfall

There is a reason it’s called Emerald Bay, however, this photo doesn’t show you why.  I’ll post the iconic shot tomorrow but I wanted you to see what it looked like our first morning in South Lake Tahoe last week.  I have all wheel drive and needed it to get up the mountain. Had the camera wrapped up like a baby between shots to keep it warm and dry.

S. Lake Tahoe
S. Lake Tahoe

Mt. Shasta

During our drive home from Palouse the timing worked out that the sun was coming up on Mt Shasta.  Couldn’t resist one of those iconic shots.

Shasta California
Shasta California