Tonight I was just about to dive into a good book when I took a look out over the bay. The clouds over the refinery were aglow and combined with the boat sitting out on the bay it made for an interesting composition.
Inspired by photos from a fellow photographer recently, I made up my mind to head to Lake Padden this morning. Temperature at my place as hovering in the high 20s, so I knew it would be cold. But when I got up to Lake Padden the gauge in the car read 21 degrees. In addition, it didn’t take me long to see that the lake was frozen. Not just a little frozen. Thick ice. There was even a growing group of folks playing hockey on the lake. What a beautiful morning.
Several years have passed since the last time I’d ventured over the North Cascades Highway to Winthrop, so it was a wonderful surprise when Lori surprised me with a getaway to Winthrop to celebrate our 26th anniversary. Our weekend was filled with many new sites as well some familiar ones we had not seen for a while.
One of the things I look forward to every year is the annual trip to Orcas Island. The island is filled with endless treasures including Cascade Lake and Cascade Falls in Moran State Park, Mount Constitution (which I didn’t actually get to the top of this year), North Beach, the Saturday Farmer’s Market and so much more. This year new visits to Olga, Mountain Lake, Buck Bay, and the Eastsound Fly-in and Car Show.
I had a prompt earlier this week from a friend about a barn out in Ferndale she thought I would be interested in photographing. So today I made a preliminary look at it and many others in Ferndale. Will have to go back out when there is not the smoky haze nor direct sun. All the old barns I see make me wonder about all the ones that have fallen. So much history…gone forever. That’s a big part of the motivation for me to shoot barns. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.