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Climb Every Mountain

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I finally made my way to the Tacoma Museum of Glass. This is the outside of the signature cone (that houses the hot shop beneath).

And the interior…

Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm


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I made this image at Ruby Beach on Thursday evening. I had taken the day off to go fishing with friends Geoff and Clint, leaving Seattle at 2 a.m. in order to make it to the boat (in Westport) by 5. We got back to the harbor at 5 p.m., leaving me 3 hours to make the 130-something miles up to Ruby. Needless to say, I was dog tired when I got there. But as soon as I hit the beach, the fatigue disappeared.

Ruby Beach, Jefferson County, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

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We had a scorcher of a day. 95 degrees, a new record according to the National Weather Service. Without a cloud in the sky, I headed to the Edmonds pier to try some water abstracts. It is salmon season and the fish are running, so both pier and water were packed with fishermen. Here is a pair, trolling in a nice old skiff.

Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

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Star Light, Star Bright

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We left town at ~10:30. I-90 seemed unusually busy, even past Issaquah. Made our way to Rattlesnake Lake (exit 32, ~4 miles S). Seemed like a great idea until we got to the lake. It was packed! Cars parked on both sides of the street for 1/2, maybe 3/4 mile. So we went further, to Hyak on Snoqualmie Pass. Found an open area with a decent Northeastern view and even here, we were far from alone. Must have been 10-12 other vehicles, with about twice as many driving through during the 1-1/2 hours we were there.

The meteor show was not as spectacular as predicted – we saw about 15. However there were 2 that were truly wonderul. Large and bright with nice long tails, it was not hard to imagine the intense crackling-burning as they hurled through the atmosphere. The glow from one even lit up some close low-lying clouds.

But the highlight of the night was surely the sky itself. With no moon in sight, the celestial superstars had come out to play. I found the white glittering band that bisected the sky – the Milky Way – the most spectacular. Duane, who does a fair amount of backcountry camping, said that he has not seen such an amazing show in years.

We were blessed last night.

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

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Ream Fisher Family

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It all started off innocently with the purchase of a travel magazine; my weakness is the-path-less-traveled feature, particularly if it involves a coastal destination. One thing led to another and two months after that fateful day, I found myself in Sihanoukville (Cambodia), on the Gulf of Thailand. I made this image at the Ream National Park, on the outskirts of Sihanoukville. At the time that the area was designated a national park (some 17 years ago), several hundred fisher families called the river and estuary home. Today, a sturdy few remain, surviving on whatever the sea and land provide. In a country barely starting to recover from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge, life is, needless to say, a struggle. Yet wherever we went, this was typical of the kind of welcome that we received.

Ream National Park, Kompong Som Province, Kingdom of Cambodia.

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August 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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