Post Trip : Washington State
Returning from Washington State a few weeks ago I have now gotten through all of my pictures. I am very excited to be able to share some of my first releases in the coming weeks! The first of which will be released on the first of August here on the blog and in my newsletter! If you would like to know a little more about the trip itself, scroll down!
I headed out early morning for the start of my trip and spent the first night between Montana and Idaho on Lolo Pass. The following morning waking up and making oatmeal in the parking lot with a small stove and some freshly brewed coffee started the day. Smelling the fresh scent of the spruce and pine trees you know it's going to be a good day!
Driving down the pass into Idaho I knew I would be photographing that morning in Idaho and to no surprise of my own I spend hours photographing this new to me area. There are three new releases that will come from this area alone. The forests were lush and pristine and the rapids and water were perfect!
Heading out of Idaho and into Washington State is always somewhat of a let down. You are leaving beautiful wilderness and driving into boring nothingness until you get further west. Hoping to change this boredom I traveled through the Palouse and was not able to find a composition that made me want to photograph it.
Driving into the rain, which is my favorite shooting weather, I headed for the Northern Cascades. Hiking and shooting in the rain that evening chilled me to the core and I was ready for a warm bed. I cooked some soup out in the rain, dried off, and the settled into my van for the evening. The following day I took off for some back roads and glacial runoff streams alive with the color turquoise. I grabbed a few great shots that morning and one will be released here soon!
Over the following days I found myself jumping all over the Western part of the state photographing little nooks and crannies you cannot find no matter how much research you do.
I was able to finally photograph a mill that I had wanted to add to my portfolio for the last five years. Driving down the road to that location was easily the most excited I have been for a photograph in a long time. That evening after nailing the shot I headed up into deep wilderness and hiked into a waterfall that up until 2008 wasn't known to exist. Getting to this waterfall was no easy feat as there is technically no trail. The terrain was incredibly unforgiving and the waterfall was one of the most impressive I have ever seen. So impressive in fact that the spray coming off made it to where I was unable to get a shot without my lens becoming soaked and the image quality being next to nothing.
Getting everything I wanted in Washington I headed down for the Oregon border. Upon arriving the weather was hotter than back home (near Omaha, NE) and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I hiked to a waterfall I had wanted to see and the sun was so intense on the falls I never even turned my camera on. Not being the clear sky type, I headed to Wyoming.
Staying in the Tetons on my final night I sat on the banks of the Snake River and watched a young moose and two elk forage their way down the shore as a coyote came calling in. Waking up near the historic Mormon Barns I grabbed an amazing shot just before dawn then headed home to see my girls.
This last shot I took will be my first release from this trip! Keep an eye for the blog on the first of August and if you are not already, sign up for my newsletter to never miss any of the action!