Hello everyone! It’s time to dust this thing off before we get into the woods.
This week was our opportunity to help the local Washington Trails Association chapter fix some erosion and drainage issues on a trail. The hope was for the trail to endure many more seasons before we would have to touch it up. Locally, we had a long, hard winter. Two months of record-setting rainfall served as bookends to a winter of top-5 recorded snowfall. That meant five months of moisture running across this trail, quickly built last fall to replace a social trail following an old lumber skid road that went straight up the hill.
Here’s Goddess repairing the back slope after the rain and snow melt pushed dirt down and across the trail. That narrows the trail, which leads to other problems later. So it’s best to clear the dirt and keep the trail wide.
Two days later I was back, finishing some drainage issues that I couldn’t finish the other day, then helped reroute more of the trail to give it better drainage. To be sure, the building of new trail is significantly harder than repairing existing trail. One tree is still upright in the middle of the new tread, closely guarding its roots from our digging, prying, and cutting. But the next crew will clear it, I have no doubt.
So this week was a great opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and get the brain rethinking how gravity works and water flows. All in all, a good warm-up to a summer of trail work throughout the region.
Seoul, South Korea
“The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice”. – Mark Twain
Some days we just need a bit of glass or plastic to keep our faces away from the constant stream of…
Unlike last year, where we had a front row seat to the shenanigans in Cologne, Germany, Goddess and I will be sitting in a quiet house, watching as the next round of 4-6″ of snow falls. No riot police for us this year.
While we lived in Germany, we were introduced to a curious NYE tradition, the annual showing of a TV skit from 1963 called “Dinner for One“, or more accurately Der 90. Geburtstag. Starting at around dinner time, the skit gets 20 or more showings on various TV channels until midnight.
It’s a fun tradition. Just not one where you should try to keep up with James.
Happy New Year, everyone!
This photo has become a tradition for this blog on each Christmas Eve since 2010. This ornament is appropriate, as it was spied that year hanging in a vendor’s booth at the Christmas Market in Vienna, Austria.
I do believe I missed last year, but we were busy traveling the world. Goddess and I spent the first half of this year continuing those travels, spending time with friends and family all over the world. We’ve settled down for a spell to see how that suits us.
Know that our wish for you is to have a peaceful end of the calendar year adhering to whatever practices bring you comfort and joy.
Hopefully you will find a bit of relaxation in there too.
We’ve been quite busy here at the homestead.
But not so busy that I couldn’t chisel out some time to catch opening day, a powder day, at one of the local ski resorts. Less than an hour, door to door. A brilliant day of rediscovering my boarding legs for the season.
This isn’t a picture of that day.
Moonset, White Sands National Monument
Hopefully the last weeks of autumn (for those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere) are treating you well.
Boardman Tree Farm, Morrow County, Oregon
A fantastic tree farm full of beautiful Pacific Albus, easily accessible off of the highway, which also makes it very popular for photographers, regardless of the season.
Unfortunately, it was recently sold and is already being turned into plots for potatoes, like the field in the foreground.
So if you are in the Pacific Northwest and want to catch a glimpse of its beauty, you better hurry. The news reports state that it will take years to clear the trees, as each plot will be allowed to grow to commercial viability. But once they are gone, they are gone.
Mount Shasta, California, on a crisp autumn afternoon last month.
I had already captured quite a few images of the mountain a few miles back on the highway. Then I caught a glimpse of this plane as I was driving. Luckily there was a pull-out up ahead and we’re glad that we have functional anti-lock brakes. Most importantly, I’m glad that I have an understanding Goddess.
“Hi, I’m Bill and I don’t have much patience.”
Except when there’s a camera in front of me and I’m waiting for the right light. Then I’ll find something deep inside that keeps me rooted, long past the time when most others would give up.
This was a morning of waking up hours before sunrise, covered in frost, then walking the next dune over to get into position. The full moon dropping towards the western horizon, the skies to the east gradually turning pink.
Then the hope of direct sunlight.
Ignoring the view over the mountains to the east, focused on the dune top to the north.
Catching one of those very few seconds where the light hit everything just right. Not too much, not too little.
Patience. I should really try it more often.
With the holidays upon us, regardless of which holidays you observe, it has been a long time since I have run a special on my photographs.
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Thank you for your constant viewing and comments. I do appreciate each and every one of you.
Enjoying the post-sunset colors at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.
Taken a year ago, returning to that spot where she said yes so many years before that have led to many days like today. And she still puts up with me, including waking up the next morning with a heavy layer of frost coating our sleeping bags.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you, my Goddess!