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    Silver Lake Lighted Boat Parade

    This weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the annual Silver Lake Lighted Boat Parade, both from the shore and from my drone. I unfortunately did not know the exact route the parade would take (it is very much a community event without a lot of easily available info available online), so I...
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    Flying and hiking in through the mist on Mt. Elinor

    Some days in the mountains are blessed by the soothing rays of the summer sun, and endless vistas stretch on into the distant horizon. Other days are drenched in a soothing blanket of fog that obscures the landscape so that mystery drips from every dew jeweled wildflower. We may not have seen...
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    Chehalis River Discovery Trail

    The Chehalis River Discovery Trail winds through quiet farmland and along the lush banks of the Chehalis River. Eagles soar overhead, fish leap for insects, and the air is loud with bird song. Ancient cottonwoods may still be found growing on the riverbank, and newly planted woodlands will one...
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    Flying over Butter Creek

    Hidden behind the battlements of the towering Tatoosh Mountains is the verdant forested valley of Butter Creek - a quiet emerald paradise scattered with remnant patches of ancient old growth forest. From the hidden waters of the rushing creek to the snow fields of Unicorn Peak, this is a...
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    Flying under and through a covered bridge!

    For more than a hundred years the Grays River Covered Bridge has kept travelers safe and dry in this particularly soggy corner of the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1905, this is the only covered bridge still in use by vehicles in Washington State. The quiet pastoral valley of the Grays River is a...
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    Long Beach Sandsations Festival video

    I filmed this video of the "Sandsations" sand sculpture festival in Long Beach last week - enjoy!
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    Spectacular Skies of Early Summer in SW Washington

    Thunderstorms rumble and vivid sunsets flare in the sultry humid days of early summer in Washington State. Green fields and reflecting lakes glow with verdant life in the wake of the cleansing rains that sweep across the landscape. I filmed the aerial portions of this video with my DJI Mavic 2...
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    Spring on the Prairie

    The prairies of Southwest Washington burst with a sea of Camas flowers in spring. The wildflowers of these meadows fill their air with their heady scent, and the skies are loud with birdsong. A brisk wind blows away the fog of morning to reveal a vivid blue sky, brightening to glorious sunset...
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    Aerial Adventures at White Pass

    Towering clouds sail like the tall ships of a past age cross the crest of the Cascade Mountains. At White Pass, winter is still going strong, and so is the ski season. Here at the edge of the Goat Rocks mountains, the scenery is splendid indeed - from volcanoes, to canyons, to frozen alpine lakes.
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    Wild Skies of March

    Storms race across the wide fields and low forested hills of the Cowlitz Prairies on a wild day in March, their shadows swirling over the landscape like living inkblots. This wild sky is reflected in marshes, lakes, and distant rivers that cut through the wide plain on their way from snow capped...
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    Cascade Snowshoeing Adventure - almost crashed due to ice!

    I filmed this video last week on a snowshoeing trip in the Cascade Mountains, I also put together a photo gallery on my blog: Illuminations from the attic: Snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains The snowshoeing was a lot of fun, and the forst was spectacular under a thing coat of sparkling snow...
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    Flying over Floodwaters

    After heavy winter snow blanketed the lowlands of Western Washington came days of warmer weather and rain. The result was an inundated landscape of overflowing rivers and lakes. Everywhere is the sound of water running, falling, and roaring as it races to join the mighty and swollen Columbia.
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    Willamette Valley Sunset

    The golden rays of sunset pierce the thick haze that hangs in the air over the pastoral quilt of the Willamette valley. The warm light paints the forest cloaked valleys of Silver Falls State Park, and in the distance the volcanic peaks of the Cascades - Hood, Jefferson, and the Three Sisters -...
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    Flying over the Cowlitz River Trout Hatchery

    The last light of day splashes down on the still pools, the dappled rays catching in glittering brilliance the spray from leaping trout. The cool water of the surging river glides down through brush clad banks banks towards its confluence with the mighty Columbia. I filmed this video late last...
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    Misty morning on the Cowlitz River

    Winter fog flows along the chill waters of the mighty Cowlitz River, cloaking the small rural town of Toledo, Washington in a veil of mist. Lakes and ponds glisten in the light of an early January morning. I'd wanted to fly at this location for awhile now - the water filled gravel pit is a...
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    Green Fields: Sunrise in the Cowlitz Valley

    Even in depths of the winter the Pacific Northwest is green and beautiful. The farms and forests of the lowlands blend together into a patchwork quilt of pastoral quietude. Flying overhead in the fresh light of a January dawn, one is transported beyond the mundane world of rural America into a...