Mt. Rainier and the Lightroom 4 Seminar

For the first two days of last week, I was in a stitch awaiting Wednesday so I could get on with my adventure.  Wednesday finally arrived and I left about quarter to nine and headed up to meet the Houston family on Mt. Rainier.  Trip up there was uneventful (thank goodness) and I arrived at the Paradise Lodge in good time.  After a short time there Tim and Tamara arrived from their 13 day hike around and over the top of Mt. Rainier.  We all enjoyed a great evening at the lodge, heading down to Cougar Campground later in the evening where Jody and girls and Kelley were camping.

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Marsha, myself and Tamara (Tim was sleeping at the lodge) went back up to Paradise Lodge for the evening and I captured some photos of the inside of the lodge.  This is something I have wanted to do ever since being there in 2010-so dream full-filled.

 

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This is a really great place with all the hand-painted lamp shades and custom built furniture.  Beautiful to say the least.

On my way up to the lodge, about a mile away I spied a beautiful little meadow full of wild flowers and just glowing in the sunlight.  I decided not to stop then, but come back the next morning and catch the “Golden Hour” sunlight.  HAH!  What a brain f..t.  The next morning was foggy and cloudy and no sun shine so the wild flowers were not brilliant.  I took a lot of shots trying to get something, but I got nothing of that “special meadow”.  I did get a couple of wild flower shot elsewhere though…….

 

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The main thing I wanted to get a good shot of was Christine Falls, which I was able to do together with the little falls located just about 200 feet up the road.

 

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The trip from Mt. Rainier to Cabela’s in Lacy and then on in to Seattle was unbelievable.  Took almost as long to do that as to go from home to Mt. Rainier.  I will never understand why traffic just stops for no reason!  Had a great room just one block from the convention center and here is my view:

 

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The seminar with Matt Kloskowski was fantastic!  Lot of people attending and excellent education.  Matt is such a great teacher and he certainly knows his stuff.

Left there after the seminar and went to my daughter’s place in McMinnville for the night.  Next morning we shot the bow some and then went up to Tigard to the bow show and then on to my brother Larry’s place in Portland for a short visit.  Larry has just recently moved back to Portland from the LA area after 30 years, so it was great to see him and I am very glad he is back in the Northwest.

All in all, an excellent adventure and a great learning experience.  I think I could be a Lightroom/Photoshop/Photography seminar junkie!

 

 

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Old Cemeteries

Lately, I have had this yen to go shoot old Cemeteries, partly because that is the feature in the upcoming “Prineville Territories” magazine and partly because I really find those old headstones fascinating.  The craftmanship way back when was fantastic and the artisan’s who did the work were truely artistic of nature.  Had a thought the other day that maybe I was looking for a place for me…..quickly dispatched that idea!  Too much to do.  With a couple of the following photos, I put a texture to because of the unweildy background.  Hope you like them.Image

Upper Cemetery out of Mitchell, OR

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Richmond, OR Cemetery.  Some early burial dates here.

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These are taken at the Gray Butte Cemetery in Central OR.

This next photo is taken also at Grey Butte Cemetery and shows the stark reality of the Forest Fire burning up near Mt. Jefferson right now.  Hopefully they will get it under control soon.  Lot of fires around the country.  Bad deal to watch the forests burn up.

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Dufur Threshing Bee

For the first time for me, and the second year for my shooting friend Judy Neill, we attended the Dufur Threshing Bee last Saturday in Dufur, Oregon.  Dufur is a small farming community south of The Dalles, OR on highway 197.  They get together every year and people from all over the country come to enjoy the old time way of harvesting grain.  It was a grand time with plenty of photo ops throughout the day.  Judy and I both took over 500 photos each!  They have a parade, barbecues, things to sell, live music, demonstrations of tyre setting, threshing, shocking, plowing, old tractor pulling, old car show and many other things going on.  It is a wonderful way to spend a weekend enjoying sights and sounds of a wonderful era. Following are a few photos from the Dufur Threshing Bee.  Hope you enjoy!

East Lake and Paulina Falls

We spent the last 4 days camped at East Lake with friends and had a GREAT TIME!  Fishing wasn’t terrific (at least for us) but we did manage to catch and release 5 or there-about.  One of the friends with us had has Grand-daughter with him and she was absolutely delightful.  Kept us completely entertained all the while.  This was her first fishing trip, so she really had some fun and so did we.  The ladies took this photo of myself, Aaliyah, Duane and Buck and my boat “Tommy” (named for my late, best friend Tom Houston).

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For the first time ever (and I have been to this area many times), we did the hike to Paulina Falls and what  a beautiful sight we were treated to.  I will tell you true, this is really spectacular.

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We hiked up the creek a little ways and there were several areas of wild flowers and then I hiked down below the falls and found a place to set up to take some shots only to see a group of young kids enjoying the falls themselves.  After a short time, they left and went downstream to catch the trail back up, so I was able to get a few shots off.

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There are more of these on my SmugMug web site (joehudspeth.smugmug.com), so please take a look. The entire Newberry Crater area is just fantastic with so many beautiful areas to see and visit.  Plus-you get to fish!