My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013


I am presenting these images from 2013 in the hopes that you find something you like. That being said, there are some images here only I might like, and I’m good with that. I started taking more “odd” photos in 2013, experimenting with blue and playing with colored tonic water poured over fruit and vegetables. While I love the mountains and travel, there are a lot of subject matter that interest me that will never get the “oooohhh” and “ahhhhh”s that those picture garner. But that’s what photography is for me, endless exploration and experimentation to present a view of what is in front of me.

Some of these images made the cut because they are stand-alone pretty. Some made the cut because they hold memories for me and my family (and I know my wife will be reading this post so I want to help jog her memory of the happy times we have shared). And then some….well, I’ll group these images by style to make it easier. Let’s start with the pretty stuff and then move into family memories (there were too many to show them all) and then the odd stuff you might not know me for.

This post will be gathered in a compilation my friend Jim Goldstein puts together of various photographers’ “Best of 2013” lists. If you would like to join in, check out this link. I’m wondering if this list will be included as Jim suggests (rightly so) narrowing your list to five or ten images. I have 32 in this list. I don’t follow direction well.

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Image Descriptions

1. Cho Oyu and Photographers, Nepal

2. Sunset from 39,000′, somewhere over California, USA

3. Machermo Range And Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Nepal

4. Himalayas and stars through a windows, Machermo, Nepal

5. Yak and Kangtega, Nepal

6. Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

7. Mt. Baker at sunset, Washington, USA

8. Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

9. Photographer and the Moon, near Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

10. Sun through the trees, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

11. Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains from Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

12. Sunset on the Washington Coast, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

13. Temple Of The Mad Man, Bhutan

14. Monks at ceremony, Jakar, Bhutan

15. Blossoms and field, Jakar, Bhutan

16. My daughter and her friend exploring trees, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

17. SMORES!!!! Sequoia National Park, California, USA

18. Looking up, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

19. My wife and daughter at a Papohaku Beach, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

20. My daughter flying a kite, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

21. Sunrise over Maui aboard the UnCruise Adventures Safari Explorer, Hawaii, USA

22. Jessie breaks open coconuts, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

23. A mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of California, USA

24. Military gravestones, Medical Lake, Washington, USA

25. Playing with LEDs, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

26. Rust and waves, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada

27. Moths to a flame (look closely and you’ll see the repeating pattern as the light hit them), Clinton, Washington, USA

28. Spinning dancer, Paro, Bhutan

29. Nature’s ladder, Washington, USA

30. Keeping pace with the falls, Oregon, USA

31. How to make an okay sunset even better (panning blur), Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

32. Sunset on our second to last night on our honeymoon 🙂

Photo Of The Day – Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Title: Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Location: Costa Rica, Central America Description: One of the more obviously named amphibians, red-eye tree frogs blend remarkably well with their background when their radiant eyes are closed. Camera Canon 10D (look it up 🙂 ) Lens Canon 28-135mm EF Shutter Speed 1/250 Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Orange

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Blue Morpho Butterfly

Title: Blue Morpho Butterfly Location: Costa Rica, Central America Description: Large and beautiful in flight, this Morpho butterfly is equally exquisite while resting on a leaf in Costa Rica. Camera Canon 10D Lens Canon 100-400mm L Shutter Speed 1/400 Aperture f/7.1 ISO 800 Focal Length 400mm Click HERE Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bench With A View

Title: Bench With A View Location: Jaco, Costa Rica, Central America Description: Nestled up against the Pacific Ocean as the sun goes for a dip, this bench is a perfect spot to enjoy the calm of a Costa Rica sunset. Camera Canon 7D Lens Tamron 18-270 Shutter Speed Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Costa Rica Sunset

Title: Costa Rica Sunset Location: Jaco, Costa Rica Description: It’s day one of my three  day surfing camp with Del Mar Surf Camp and I couldn’t be welcomed with a better sunset. June can bring changing weather and the other sunsets couldn’t hold a candle to this first Continue Reading →

Sunsets From Around The World

Sunsets are a subject that never grow old for me. Maybe it is because I live in Seattle and don’t see them every day (or sometimes, for a month or more). Or maybe it is just the riot of colors and saturation, the calmness, that comes at the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – In The Surf

Title: In The Surf Location: Jaco, Costa Rica Description: I was on vacation and trying not to take too many photos. It was a crazy idea. Just enjoy a trip without a camera? Obviously I couldn’t handle it. Photograph Creative Commons Copyright Peter West Carey

Photo Of The Day – Great Blue Heron

Description: This Great Blue Heron was snapped on the Pacific Shore of Costa Rica, on the Peninsula de Osa… just before trying to save my equipment from the big wave coming to crush me in the rocks. Photograph Copyright Mathieu Rinfret

Photo Of The Day – Flowers in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest – JoAnna Haugen

Title: Flowers in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Location: Costa Rica, Central America Description: This photo was taken in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica. I found the forest to be fairly overwhelming, with huge trees and thick undergrowth. In order to really appreciate what Continue Reading →

Costa Rica In Pictures

In 2006 I took a short trip to Costa Rica which was, admittedly, not photography focused. I know, it happens. Yes, a woman was involved. It happens. Here are a few shots from that trip when we took excursions around the country. I will be returning to Costa Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Little Demon

Title: Little Demon Description: This is how yesterday’s Lurking Demon starts out.  All so small and kinda cute.  Notice the spikes on the backs in both photos. Location: Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, Central America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print or Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lurking Demon

Title: Lurking Demon Description: This guy (or gal) is not one I would want to meet in the waters without a boat. So many scales and spikes! Location: Costa Rica, Central America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print or may be licensed Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Templo Waterfall, Costa Rica

Title: Templo Waterfall Location: Costa Rica Settings: ISO 800 Focal Length 28mm (45mm Equiv) Shutter Speed 1/160 Aperture f/8 Exp Comp -2/3 Camera Canon EOS 10D Lens Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM Description: Waterfall shots like this can be hard because of all the spray.  This fall plunged Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – What Is This Plant?

Title: What Is This Plant? Location: Rainforest Costa Rica Description: I still can’t figure out what this plant is, four years later.  Please help me out!  Leave a comment if you know what this plant is.  Found in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Thanks! Photograph Copyright Peter West Continue Reading →