Francis Road

Sunsets never seem to get old and today was no exception.  This was near the skagit river along Francis Road in Mount Vernon.  We just had our baby girl Remy, so these are the first photos I have taken in a while.

Larabee and Little Mountain

Today we got out to finally enjoy some of our long awaited weather here is Western Washington.  My wife and I climbed around the rocks at Larabee State Park on Chuckanut drive.  Then Headed up Little Mountain in Mount Vernon for  a picnic Lunch and plenty of dappled light in the woods a great way to avoid the heat.

Northern State Hospital

Here are some photos from the Historical Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.  I have always wanted to go here and now so much of it is off limits to the public.  The only parts your allowed to visit is the farm land surrounding the hospital which was in operation from 1909 to 1973.  The county owns the farmland and has made it into a park for all to enjoy. The state still owns the hospital part and as of right now its for sale and is currently occupied by Job Corps and some other non profits.  Its amazing how much stuff is still just laying around the grounds, old machinery, doors, tables, hinges, wires, sinks, food carts, all worn and rusty buy you can still envision the people working there.

Wiley Morning – Fir Island, Washington

7:00 on Fir Island, I had never been out to Wiley Slough on the south side of the Island, but I was in for a real treat.  It started out pretty foggy and very cold, it ended clear and still very cold.  The first image is just after the sun came up from behind Cultus Mountain.  There are actually a couple of duck hunters in the lower left side of the photo but way too dark to see them.

Seattle

I go to Seattle all the time and have always wanted to go up in the Columbia Tower (Thats the really tall one).  I finally did and got this great photo of south Seattle with the Smith Tower in the foreground and the stadiums in the back.

Mt Baker

We had nothing better to do on this fine Saturday in September. Why not head up highway 542 and see how far we can get up the snow.  We made it to the upper parking lot of the ski resort and hiked up to Artist point which still had ten feet of snow.  The image above is a panorama stitched together from nine photos.  The image below is what I first thought to be Picture Lake but later discovered it to be Highwood Lake. Oh well no big deal the lake and Mt Shuksan behind are going nowhere so we will return.   I got to ride my mountain bike down the rest of the highway from here.

Padilla Bay Bike Ride

Every night this week after work my wife and I would race out to Padilla Bay with our bikes and a picnic dinner to catch these amazing sunsets.  Usually we are lucky to get a night or two of ok sunsets, but for the whole week with the awesome colors.  The top image is a couple of heron on pilings neer the beginning of the trail.  The building is right around the corner.  The upper right is another heron with Fidalgo Island behind.  The lower left photo is my favorite of the bunch the colors are unreal.  The center image with the three pilings was just asking to be taken each time I rode by and this was the best moment for it.  The last one in the lower right was taken on the last night when I did not take my regular camera, it was taken with my crappy little cell phone, this is also why you cannot find it in the Photography section of my website.