Photographers love to look back on a year’s harvest of photos and I am no exception. In this post I’m going to include a few photographs from the first half of the year that meant something to me for one reason or another, along with some brief descriptions.
2017 was a year that Pam and I took a big leap of faith and left the stability we’d established in Portland and relocated to the Olympic Peninsula. This had been a dream of ours for some years and though it was something of a scary transition, we haven’t regretted it once.
The photos below are all from before we moved, though some are from scouting trips to the peninsula.
January was bitter cold in Portland, as it was all along the Pacific Northwest. We had huge icicles hanging from the gutters on the side of our rental that made for a nice photo opportunity. I was playing around with the temperature adjustment on the photo below and really liked how it turned to a beautiful gold color.
In early February, Portland hosts the “Portland Winter Lights Festival.” It’s a fun celebration of light in the midst of darkness. One of my favorite displays was this arrangement of lighted rabbits.
Near the end of February, Pam and I took a ride east into the Columbia River Gorge and went to one of our favorite spots along the lower Hood River. On the way, I saw this incredible view of Mt. Hood and pulled over to take some photos. As I did, an eagle circled for several minutes coming in and out of the frame of the mountain and clouds. Though the color looks kind of weird in this photo, it is an accurate depiction of how the scene really looked. That was one of the reasons I pulled over – the blues were unique.
I have taken many photos of Blue Herons. There are only a handful that I’m happy with. Below is one of them – taken in late March at the Reed College Nature Reserve.
A few days later, I was taking a walk outside of the Chinese Garden in Old Town/Chinatown in Portland. I took several photos of these pink-tinged white magnolias at the peak of their bloom. This was my favorite.
In the Milwaukie neighborhood, in front of the Waldorf school where Pam worked, is a spectacular pink magnolia tree. We waited for weeks for it to bloom. One afternoon, I snapped this photo and was delighted by the bokeh (out of focus background) and by the way one of the unfurling leaves looks like a grasshopper.
Here’s a shot of my very favorite lake, Lake Crescent, taken during a vacation/scouting trip to the Olympic Peninsula in April.
During the same April vacation we visited Fort Worden near Port Townsend. I became very excited as I realized I had found another great place to explore my ICM experimentations.
In May, I made a solo trip to Yachats, my favorite spot on the Oregon coast. I had so much fun shooting waves from the side by positioning myself on rocks where water rushed into a channel. The light was great and the water was a beautiful turquoise color.
This was taken in our front yard in Portland. There was a bush that I used for insect nature study. I took this in June when the ants were setting up their herds of aphids on the stems of the bush. I loved how the ants were transparent with the backlighting.
During another scouting trip to the peninsula, I pulled over and climbed out on a log to get some reflection shots at Beaver Lake.
This is one of the last photos I took in Portland before the move. I went one last time to the Rhododendron Garden. It was a place I went to many times to practice photography, beginning soon after I purchased my first Canon Powershot. Over the years, I have learned that the best way to get a dragonfly shot is to settle into a spot where they might be likely to land and wait for them to come to you instead of chasing after them.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading (and looking)! My next post will be a review of the second half of the year after we moved to Sequim.