Some History


On this page is a picture that has my wife and youngest son many years ago. While myself and my other three sons may be just as good-looking, or not, nobody has ever taken our picture in such scenic settings. And that is what this paragraph is about, all the pictures I wish I had taken. I remember not too long after my wife and I married we had a box camera that we took a few pictures with. It had a medium size roll of film and seems to me we got 12 4x6 prints from each. And the pictures weren't too bad. Except I never took any of anything that mattered. Later we bought a polaroid. Yeh, wow. Then we graduated to an instamatic which I dropped and repaired myself. It didn't focus real good after that, though. Next came a used, make that abused, 35mm with a scratched lens. Still not an SLR either. And finally about 1979 an interchangable lens Canon A-1. Except I never felt I could afford more than the 50mm lens it came with. Then I started taking pictures. Slides. I accumulated a thousand or so over the next 15 years before the camera was stolen. Out of all that time and the shoeboxes and the slides and the many times I camped and traveled around in the Gifford Pinchot NF, not even one usable picture of Mt St Helens before.
    Know what I mean?
mt Adams across takhlakh lake

Mt Adams


Mt. Adams across Takhlakh Lake. Here it is in 2004. The first time I saw it from this viewpoint was in the early 1960's. Previously I had only seen the other side where I lived and attended high school in the mid-1950's in Trout Lake, Washington. After moving to Tacoma and getting married, my wife and I discovered the mountains north slope and the rest of the Gifford Pinchot NF. My love for all, the mountain, the forest, and my wife, continue to this day.
Canoe on a lake

Solitude


Solitude! In 1981, midsummer, we camped here. It may have been midweek, but no fee was paid, no reservation was neccessary and the campground wasn't half full. Even though I now title this picture "Solitude", even then I had the feeling it was getting crowded. Probably because fifteen years earlier, when my older children were small, we would most likely have had the campground to ourselves during the week.
    Of course, by the time I took the picture above, the campground was full, reservations were required, there was a fee to camp and even parking in the day area required a fee or yearly permit.
Woman and child on a log

Perfect


1981. My wife and our youngest son at Takhlakh Lake. This picture has a great deal of meaning to me. First and foremost, as one might expect, is the love for my wife and youngest son. And the feeling of peace and beauty that early autumn in the mountains always gives me.
    The photo itself, with the color, the background, and position of the subjects is so just right. The sunbeams, which normally would be most unwelcome, add to the ephemeral quality of this moment in time.
    My camera at the time was a Canon A-1, my only lens a 50mm f:1.8. I had a small darkroom in a walkin closet and was trying to learn photography from books, magazines and experience. I developed the film and printed several poor 8 x 10 prints all of which were either foggy or terribly color cast. When I had to move and sold the equipment my negatives got misplaced. So this picture has been salvaged by scanning a bad print and using the computer to rebuild it.
    Don't tell me it isn't perfect!
Sailboat in Cove

Sailboat in Penn Cove


This sailboat in Penn Cove was photographed from Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island. This is only about 25% of the original picture. I didn't yet have the ability to "see" the picture or to adjust my equipment quickly as things were happening. Even so, I am happy to have this much of that moment.
    A pleasant shirt-sleeve day, we were taking time to explore where we hadn't been before. I had just purchased the camper below, having bought the truck a year earlier. This was the first time in several years that we had the covenience of this type of travel and the sense of freedom and well-being I had on this day, in this place is a pleasant memory.
    When I say "we" I am of course referring to myself and this girl I run around with, my wife, Carolyn.
A pickup and camper

Home Away from Home


Here we have our "home away from home" parked beside a lake in the potholes area of eastern Washington. We try to return in the early fall of each year to this spot. The access is closed after September each year and we find that just prior to that we can have the area pretty much to ourselves. Usually there is a variety of waterfowl and migrating shorebirds there at that time. As you see in the background, this trip we were treated to the company of quite a few American White Pelicans.
Pectoral Sandpiper standing beside a pop can

Darn Litter!


First thought; more ugly litter! Reflection; How much better it is than it might have been. The anti-litter campaign has truly made a difference. We are more aware of the ugly it causes and most of us try to do our part. The recepticles placed in convenient places, the work crews along the highways, even the stiff fines for violation, are things to be grateful for. Whatever would it be like if it had continued as it was going before.
    The bird is a Pectoral Sandpiper. The location is a Pacific ocean beach near Grayland, Washington. The litter, though still ugly, is in a very small part of this lovely creatures habitat.
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