This weekend brought absolutely gorgeous weather, and after a long week I was ready to hit the open road and throw myself into the wide open mountains and take in some sunshine. We headed out through Darrington and up through Route 20, zipping down two-lane roads through open farmlands until the land buckled and gave way to the great Northern Cascades. Stopping every so often to chase down the afternoon sunlight, we ended near Diablo Lake, where there was clear evidence of earlier fires in recent years. We caught the sunset over the snowy peaks surrounding the lake before heading home. A great tease of what should be a beautiful summer full of adventure!
Nice quiet evening, a calm between downpours. A beach empty except for another photographer or two. Stillness, but changing light. The sun never broke through the clouds, but did illuminate their changing shapes across the horizon. I kept wishing for a person to photograph because the lighting was just perfect, but the driftwood and pier posts had to do.
Christine and I met last Wednesday evening for a portrait shoot on the University of Washington Campus. Having only visited once before to check out the famous cherry blossoms on the quad, I was unaware of the beauty of the rest of campus! So much beautiful architecture and the landscaping was thoughtfully kept yet still embodied that wild Washington sensibility. Then there was Christine, a total natural in front of the camera. A singer, her beauty shines both in and out! So much fun to capture these images.
Jeanne is a beautiful soul and a lovely subject! We had a great sunny day in Chicago and took advantage with some new professional headshots. Jeanne is a coach, and I wanted to capture her warm spirit in my images.
Traveling to Portland is something we do with some frequency. We love to visit our family there, and usually try to find some expedition to share while we're there. The Saturday Market is always a good choice, but I was completely taken off guard with the Lan Su Chinese Garden. It takes up one city block and from the outside looks like a white concrete wall with nothing amazing to offer on the inside. However, that one little city block packs a serious punch. Gorgeous walkways with thoughtfully placed stone footpaths and intricate designs in windows and walls lace the garden. Vines creep up the pristine white walls and flowers cover absolutely everything. There is a large koi pond in the center with footbridges crisscrossing to various gazebos and pavilions. It's a winding labyrinth of beauty socked in the middle of the grungy city. Lan Su is a must see if you're in Portland!
Another sunny day had me so excited that I took advantage of the (now-later-and-later) sunset and headed to Carkeek Park, a natural go-to for fascinating views of the Sound and the Olympics. Thinking I'd spend most of my time snapping at the water, I became transfixed with the beautiful veins and ridges of driftwood. The sunlight was dramatic and the sky stark in contrast. Each time I checked the preview and saw the clean lines and simple composition, I felt channeled to the great Georgia O'Keeffe. A good day's shooting!