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Redwood National Park, California


Took a trip into the Redwood National Park for a weekend. Looking around, I could see the diversity of life; beginnings, middles, endings, in an infinite circle (yes, hakuna matatta). I liked this particular fern because it was poking out from the side of a fallen redwood giant. A lyric came to mind: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Simple truths that we often forget.

Exploring Washington: Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass (website)! If you love blown art glass, or are new to the world, this is a pretty spectacular re/introduction. Best of all, (non-sponsored insertion) you can get a two-for-one deal with a ride to the top of the Space Needle -AND- Chihuly Gardens! Tourist-y activities set!

I loved not only the pieces, but the use of light – creates shapes, shadows – art in itself.





Plus you can see the Space Needle in the reflection of the orbs outside 😉

Exploring Washington: Downtown Seattle

Went to downtown Seattle to do a few tourist-y things with my brother and his girlfriend. So, please excuse the equally tourist-y photographs from the top of the Space Needle (with Mt. Rainier) and of the night time view of the Space Needle. I am exploring Washington, after all.. 😉






Exploring Washington: West Japanese Gulch Trail, Tails and Trails Dog Park, Mukilteo

An interesting trail to find.. one random summer afternoon, I decided I wanted to hike. Much to my delight, the head of it is actually at a dog park! So before you start, you can entertain yourself by watching puppies lope around before starting. Note: I may or may not be a “crazy dog lady” so this may or may not be entertaining or even worthwhile to mention for others. Shame to my apartment for not allowing pets! Just kidding, my apartment is great, please don’t kick me out~

Be forewarned: THERE IS NO DESIGNATED TRAIL. There are several sections that branch off into 2-3-4 different directions, and you have to just choose one and hope your GPS is working so you can find your way home. I inadvertently ended up following someone through the trails for a little while before she turned around and headed back, distraught at there being no actual set trail. As I went along, I found that this trail also runs alongside a few neighborhoods (much to my Californian surprise – trees, wilderness and forest right next to housing tracks??) so if you really do get lost… it wouldn’t be too bad (or so I imagine). You still get cellphone reception here (or at least I did, with AT&T – unintentional product placement). Also, if you really, really don’t like spider/cob webs… this may not be the trail for you. I’m sure I was nothing short of a spectacle: walking around, occasionally flailing my arms as I walked through some particularly closely placed branches or bushes. (It never fails though, the moment I don’t flail my arms is the moment I run through some cobwebs).

I must have wandered around for a good four (4) miles.. actually, my Nike+ run app read out “four miles completed!” as I was a few feet away from the parking lot. I admittedly didn’t turn on the app quite at the beginning – hindsight 15/20 – so who knows what my actual distance was. Ah, well. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike.

I have to admit, this montage was more of a new feature I learned on Photoshop CS6 – but I thought it was more interesting than 8 single images. Washington has some beautiful colors! (and by that, I mean anything other than that California mostly-brown-with-some-rare-green).


Exploring Washington: Gas Works Park, Seattle

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is a beast on full frame. Here it is around 16mm: still vignetting at the corners- but look at the view!


The price is pretty good though- $600 for the Tokina versus the $2400 it would cost for the Canon 14mm (however, it is aspherical – no distortions! or at least as clean as you can get for being so wide). So either I need to win the lottery, or find me a sugar daddy.. hmm.. both highly unlikely. Darn.

Anyway, I’d have to say my go-to lens for just exploring has to be my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 — see below