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Thankfully we were prepared with wet weather gear for our hike to Marian Lake as it was pouring with heavy rain.

I even got to used my plastic camera protector (purchased off ebay) for the first time!!


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To fully appreciate how awesome last night was for photography…you have to first take into account how stressful the days leading up to it were


As always, the short version. PART 1


We moved. 3 and ½ weeks ago I called the folks at Dish Network to let them know…they said they were busy…but the soonest appointment they had was a week later from 12-5pm. I would need to be home the entire time to wait for the installer to put in the new dish, etc.


The day arrived (about 2 weeks ago) and I waited…with my two boys, and two dogs…all day. They never showed up. Usually I take the boys on some sort of outing every day, even if it’s just to the store for groceries. We had nothing to do but sit and fight…which we did awesomely. I called Dish Network and let them know the issue…


Apparently, there was someone who used to have my new phone number who wasn’t exactly a good Dish customer…and somehow…when I told the people this was my NEW number…and it should be attached to my EXISITING account…they failed to do so…and somehow just decided to cancel the install rather than call.


They were sorry though…and said they would cover my cost for the days I was without service. Really? I don’t have to pay for days I didn’t use your service? THANKS! They rescheduled….for this past Monday.


Again, we were forced to stay home from 12-5pm while we waited for the installer. This time rather than simple bickering my kids decided full blown meltdowns were in order. My oldest flipped his skull over some Lego toys…to the point if I were much more elderly, I’d need to call someone about elder abuse. Needless to say he spent the rest of the day in his room, and his Legos are mine for the rest of the week.


The little one was just whining, because he didn’t have a nap. He couldn’t take a nap…even though we were HOME….because my dad was installing a new door in our bathroom…thus sawing, and nailing, and making too much noise for anyone to sleep. I had to put up with his cranky butt. Needless to say, he too spent a lot of time in his room.


5pm rolled around and the Dish guy was nowhere to be seen. Awesome. Wasted day #2.

I called the folks at Dish…and there’s isn’t an option on the number pad for. “So you’re cable guy didn’t show up…you’re pissed, and you want someone to deal with it.” I ended up just pushing numbers until someone came on the line…The guy put me on hold and somehow I ended up on with the local dispatch guy for our area who basically told me. “We’re not going to get out today…the installer is too behind…we can schedule you for 5 days from now, from 12-5pm.”


Well that’s just not going to WORK! We’ve been without Hannah Montana in our house for 3 weeks, and my son is going nutty. The guy assured me he would get someone out sooner…but he didn’t know when.


Again. Awesome.


Meltdowns are still in full force…my dad is fixing a door. The little dog whizzed on the carpet…my wife calls me to tell me the sod for our backyard is coming Thursday….oh yeah, while this is all going down. I’m preparing Cornish game hens for dinner…and am trying to shove oranges and onions in chicken carcasses.




The cable guy calls, and says he’ll work late, and show up in 30 minutes…if we want him to.


Uh. Yeah.


He shows up, begins the install as we’re eating dinner. He’s trying to discuss the wiring situation, my youngest isn’t eating…just messing around. My dad is finishing up, trying to tell us he needs a thing-a-ma-jiggie to finish the job, an do we have one? We don’t. Dinner is finished…the kids are yelling at the dogs, who are trying to get in…The cable guy is still telling me about wiring…and I need to make a decision on it…The sink has clogged…..because let’s face it, life wasn’t stressful enough right then.


I’m trying to plunge one side…and figure it out…turning on the garbage disposal, and what not…making my kids stop running around getting the dogs worked up…the sink decides it’s not getting my full undivided attention, and throws up on me….projectile style.

Now I’m covered in cucumber peels, left over dinner, and water….my kids are laughing at me…as is my wife. The cable guy has come back in to tell me about more wires. The dogs are riled up MORE now that I’m riled up…and the kids are riled up. I’m not sure if the wiring discussion fired anyone up….but there was definitely some chaos going on in the kitchen at that point.


Eventually thing wound down…and the day ended. I don’t remember how…so maybe I just dropped from exhaustion someplace.


The next day was just about as fun.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend. This is the Cedar Creek behind the Grist Mill in Woodland Washington.


Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Exposure 6 sec

Aperture f/22.0

Focal Length 17 mm

ISO Speed 50

Exposure Bias 0 EV

Otter Creek on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia…Best viewed on black...




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Shot in between rain showers in the Gorge. I thought it was time for some more moss in my photostream! Hope you all are having a great weekend!!!!!


Camera:Nikon D300



Focal Length:16 mm


ISO Speed:100

Exposure Bias:0 EV


Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.



Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.

Now for the color version. B/W version posted yesterday.


I didn't spend much time in the Yukon, primarily driving thru on my way to Alaska. Was impressed with the undisturbed immensity of pure nature, no signs of humanity. Liked that. Must say though that I didn't like large portions of the AlCan highway thru the Yukon. The roads were horrendous, worst I've experienced. But then they have to deal with permafrost and frost heaves that destroy sections of the road each winter. Can't expect them to be great when dealing with that continual issue.


Was also impressed with the Capital, Whitehorse. Very clean, modern and well laid out.


Hope to make that drive again some year.


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Happy Friday

One of my favorite small creeks. Didn't make it there this year.

In the Jemez, northern New Mexico

One of the two waterfalls along Yukon's Rancheria Creek. I like the look of flowing waters in b/w. The other falls in comments.


Thanks for your visit. Always appreciated.

Here's another from my recent travels. Thanks for the opinions on my previous post! I'm grateful for the input. Chip


Due to more strict enforcement of their rules, Flickr has asked me and many others to take down info such as links to personal websites and workshop information. However, it is still allowed to have such information in one's Flickr Profile.

Jonathan Creek running through Centennial Park in Moncton, New Brunswick. So nice to see spring.

I was just about to post this shot when I noticed a leg of a tripod coming into the shot from the left. I blame Tony and Jeremy for that; the two guys with me on this trip. I just don't know how I missed this leg the first go at editing.

Wow! Highest Position Explore #95 September 9, 2011 Thank You!


I finally got a picture of Sunbeam Creek that I like! I have probably shot this creek more than ten different times, but never got a comp that I liked. The conditions of perfect snow melt and light finally afforded me this chance. This creek is just down the road from where I took this sunrise shot:


The road crosses this little creek, and if you are not paying attention, you will miss it! I wore my wading boots so I would be fearless walking through the flowing water. I set my tripod up and got low to the water to snap the exposures.


This is a combination of three exposures (-2,0,+2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then cropped, ran through Topaz Adjust for details, and burned some shadows in Photoshop. I moved to Lightroom and did some noise removal as well as pulling back the color a bit as well as bumped the contrast.


Thank you for your views comments and faves. I appreciate them. I am sorry if you have added me as a new contact recently, as I have had so many requests, it has been hard to visit everyone's photo streams. Please do not be offended if I have not added you as a contact yet.


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Hey folks... It's been a while since I last posted a shot. Here's Still Creek up near the Mt Hood Wilderness.


Hope the year 2010's working well for all you guys out there!

Monongalia County

West Virginia


Wonderful to hike near the creek.


Slippery Rock Creek at McConnells Mill State Park

My very first use of my new B+W 110 ND-Filter (10 stop). It is sooo fun to use it, because it offers so many new opportunities to me and gives pictures a very interesting atmosphere!


Stay tuned for more photos :)

Heavy Spring Rains create a fast moving creek

Alabama beauty at its best.

This is a tremendous place to visit. It requires a pretty decent hike to get to it....and someone who knows where they're going. There is no established trail, with only some pink ribbons tied to various trees as a guide when you first start out. But when you get down into the canyon, there is no trail, only a creekbed to follow.


Luckily, we had Tony (The Jolly Swagman) for a guide. I've seen Eagle Creek Falls in Charlie Seifred's book Alabama Canyons and have wanted to visit this beautiful place for years. It was worth the wait.

The sun rises over the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho. Fall Creek Falls is in the lower left.


I've taken this shot before but just as the Nikon D800 ad says..."SORRY BUT YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO RESHOOT EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER SHOT."


One of the fun and challenging aspects of photography is progression, doing something new or better, learning a new skill or method. Jay Masiel said that while art is thousands of years old, photography is a little over a hundred years old. We have barely scratched the surface of what can be done! So...shoot it again, make it better, make it unique, make it new again and relish every step of this journey that has no end.


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We have just finalized plans for our Yellowstone Fall Workshop. You can get more information on my blog.


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We took a trip to the olympics over the holiday weekend to see what the fuss was over Sol Duc Falls. First sighting here, and it was everything the hype promised. Truly worth the trip anytime you're in the area. But it's not just the falls. Along the side of the trail is the most pristine and lush forest I've ever seen. The forest is so ancient that the understory is mosly cleared and everywhere you look the hillsides are oozing water. Creeks everywhere. With sometimes six inches or more of moss carpet smoothing over the ground, taking back fallen trees to the earth.


Years ago, someone shared a poem about hiking alone into the woods and laying down in a forest creek to let the water wash away daily cares. The sentiment always stuck with me and the next time I'm here in summer, it might just be to lounge in a creekbed.

Trying out a new ND filter for some long exposures. This was for 77 seconds. Taken in Lithia Park, Ashland, OR.

These falls are right in Sooke Potholes Park, most people bypass them for the main attraction - the potholes.

Roberts creek in Cliff Gilker park on the Sunshine coast in BC

Pretty much no mater where you are in the mountains of North Carolina, you are next to a creek.

Yet another visit at one of my favorite creek, Snogge Creek. This christmas was one of the warmest over the past years in southern Sweden and on Boxing Day this image was produced. Not a snowflake in miles around and the colors was a vibrant

mix of autumn and spring.


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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada


Best viewed large.


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Orton effect on the Oak Creek Version 1 image.

Shot in Madison Indiana..


Best viewed @ original size..

Fall colors along Starvation Creek in the Columbia River Gorge from 2013.

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