• Viewing 3 Seasons From Riffe Lake

    Fall in the Pacific Northwest is a treasure that needs to be experienced; words, or at least my words, fall short of doing it justice. However, apparently I can make a pun. But having 3 of the 4 seasons in one weekend, or in one view, is something that takes it to the next level. Where did I get to experience this visual treasure? Riffe Lake. R...
  • Solar Eclipse Footage From Astoria

    This took much longer than I had hoped but as the saying goes, “Life gets in the way” sometimes. In this case ‘life’ being family, friends and work. Also, I use these ‘shorts’ to experiment and try new techniques. Still, I would have liked to have this one out sooner, especially when the subject is the solar eclipse. Filming The Solar ...
  • Cape Disappointment Wrapped In Fall

    Friends and family are a blessing to be sure. Without them I think life would be rather hollow. But having them visit back to back right in the middle of some of the best Pacific Northwest camping season was starting to feel a bit claustrophobic. What better way to shake off the dust then to head down to Cape Disappointment and it’s two iconic ...
  • Soulful Joy At The Top Of Canopy At Deception Pass

    This weekend Theresa and I traveled to Deception Pass to do something which was a grand departure from our usual routine, but something that has intrigued me since I first saw the technique demonstrated on some documentary involving the upper canopy of a forest. We booked a class with AdventureTerra to ‘Canopy Climb’; that is we used fixed ...
  • Marine Layer Threatens Solar Eclipse

    I’m a list kind of guy; have them for everything. For the solar eclipse I had half a dozen revolving around the various projects that I’d be trying to juggle during those 4 hours. On the big morning it looked like all my list were going to be good for was to start a campfire as the a thick marine layer was blanketing the horizon and effectiv...
  • Covering Solar Eclipse for The Daily Astorian

    I started planning for the solar eclipse 6 months ago. That involved getting up at 4am to hit Oregon’s website and reserving a campsite. Three months earlier I had received an email from Oregon’s State Park stating that they were opening up reservations on the path of totality early. In the time it took to drive to the office and start my ...
  • Update on Green Crab Monitoring Site 277

    It took awhile, but I was finally assigned a monitoring site. For those of you just catching up with the story, this is the effort by the Washington Sea Grant Crab Team to monitor for the invasive European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas). The delay was two-fold; we were waiting for the necessary permits from Tacoma Parks, and the fact that the ...
  • Taking a POS Boat To Chisik Island

    Here’s the irony, right before the drama started I had just stated, “Every time I come to Alaska I get pushed out of my comfort zone.” Oh but I should have know better to jinks the trip. It was like spitting into the wind. POS Boat I’m not sure if this is true for everyone, but I suspect it is, but when in Alaska you might as well throw ...
  • Returning to the Wild Wild West Side of Cook Inlet

    Budget constraints kept them out of the field last year, but I’m happy to be headed back North to our last frontier to join the Alaska DNR Geologist while they survey the west side of Cook Inlet. It’s quite the operation and last time I learned a great deal. Apparently the same group is coming out this year and I’m anxious to rekindle old ...
  • Capturing the Milky Way over Mount St. Helens

    Last weekend I teamed up with Matt for another lesson In advanced photography. This time we wanted to take advantage of the New Moon and try to capture the Milky Way. The question being would the weather cooperate stay clear. Many of the roads on Mt. Rainier are still closed so the next item on the list was Mount St. Helens. Mount St. Helens For ...