Photo Of The Day – Crazy Waves

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Title: Crazy Waves

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description:With winds topping 30kts, wind waves are swept across Puget Sound and create a frothy chaos.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed .8 seconds
Aperture f/16
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – The Seattle Great Wheel

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Title: The Seattle Great Wheel

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Contrasted against a gray Monday morning, the Seattle Great Wheel carriers locals and tourists alike to a unique view of the city and Elliot Bay.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 235mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Title: Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Along the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon side, is a vast network of cascading waterfalls emptying into the might Columbia River. These waterfalls bring rain and snowmelt down from the Cascades and over a steep cut in the basaltic rocks.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 5 seconds
Aperture f/11
ISO 100
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayaks And The Wilderness

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Title: Kayaks And The Wilderness

Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Kayaks wait for guests to head out across the icy waters of Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve in Alaska, USA.

Camera Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens Canon 14mm II L
Shutter Speed 1/160
Aperture f/7.1
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

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Title: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

Location: California, USA, North America

Description: Just two of the over 200 dolphins who accompanied us on a whale watching cruise out of Newport Beach, California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/2000
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 400
Focal Length 105mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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Title: Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Getting a good spot at Mesa Arch can be tricky and require a lack of sleep. Here, photographers are lined up for the classic ‘front-on’ shot of the arch 1.5 hours before sunset. Some play with light painting while waiting for the sun.

Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
Shutter Speed 5 seconds
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 2000
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

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Title: Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Location: Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Three kayaks are lined up for guests to paddle through the glacial waters of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/500
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 65mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Fireball Sunset

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Title: Fireball Sunset

Location: Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America

Description: The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean last night from Palos Verdes, California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

Title: Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

Description: Kayakers explore the icy waters in front of Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The kayaks were launched from the M/V Wilderness Explorer, run by Un-Cruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/640
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Maui, Hawaii Panorama Exploration

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Title: Maui, Hawaii Panorama Exploration

Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA

Description: Shot from the Uplands of Maui at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farms, this panorama is .81 gigapixels in size. Zoom in and see if you can spot the plane taking off or surfers on the waves.

This image was shot with a Gigapan EPIC Pro head from Borrowlenses.com and stitched with AutoPano Giga.

The panorama was made with a Canon 7D and 28-300mm L lens. It was composed of 98 images shot in Manual Mode at ISO 100, 135mm, f/9, 1/400. The Gigapan EPIC Pro was lent to me from Borrowlenses.com.

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Sorry For The Deluge, Here’s A Pretty Hawk Photo

Right Outside My Window

For those who subscribe to the RSS or email feed for The Carey Adventures, I apologize for the deluge of posts you saw yesterday and today (Friday). My instance of WordPress, the software that runs this site, was having problems and not sending out posts for two weeks. When I finally found the cause, it unleashed those two weeks of posts, plus three more this morning. I hope you at least enjoyed the images!

I set most Photo Of The Day posts to appear around 4-7AM Pacific Time so they are delivered in the morning in America and in the evening in other places this blog has a following, like India. Hopefully it did not turn you off to the content on the site.

Please accept this photo of a hawk, shot this morning, as an “I’m sorry” card for you.

Right Outside My Window

Some mornings are luckier than others. This morning I was sitting in my office and noticed a larger than normal bird fly to the pine tree in my neighbor’s yard. Taking a moment to look away from the daily flood of tweets and links and updates and whatnot, I spied a hawk just 100′ from me, at my level, more or less. Hastily, but cautiously so as to not spook it, I removed the bug screen from my window and took some test shots. As the bird was greatly back-lit by the gray morning clouds, I over exposed by a couple of stops, picked a high ISO to increase my shutter speed and steadied myself on the window sill.
The beautiful bird looked around for about three minutes, staring at me on occasion and then the moment I was waiting for; he started to stand and take off. This shot is just seconds after he or she lifted from the branch in search of breakfast.
I hope your morning has a little magic in it! And have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day – Sunset And The Cliffs

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Title: Sunset And The Cliffs

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: From the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, the sun cuts dramatic shapes around cliffs and buttes before setting across the horizon. This viewpoint is a short walk at the end of the road and an excellent place to enjoy the splendor of the park.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture f/8
ISO 100
Focal Length 70mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Tugboat Under The Sun

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Title: Tugboat Under The Sun

Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA, North America

Description: A lone tug ferries a barge toward Seattle along Puget Sound as the sun sets behind a bank of clouds and the Olympic Mountains.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/2500
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 320
Focal Length 250mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Breaching Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Alaska, USA

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Location: Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Every summer humpback whales head to the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage to feed. The nutrient rich waters help the animals grow before they head South to breed and calve in the warm waters of Hawaii and Mexico.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 400mm L
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 800
Focal Length 400mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Mt. Shuksan

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Title: Mt. Shuksan

Location: Whatcom County, Washington, USA, North America

Description: One of the most photographed mountains in the world, this view of Mt. Shuksan is an easy drive and walk.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/6400
Aperture f/3.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm

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Photo Of The Day – Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

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Title: Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: A short walk from the White Rim Trail, the Colorado River continues to eat away at Canyonlands National Park, making the landscape more dramatic year after year.

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Photo Of The Day – Hovering

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Title: Hovering

Location: Orange County, California, USA, North America

Description: A hawk hovers over the hills of Orange County, California, during sunset.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal Length 300mm

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Touring Hawaii Via Helicopter

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Peter-West-Carey-Hawaii2012-1103-0155Taking off in a helicopter is unlike any commercial airline flight you have ever experienced. As forward thrust is not needed, there is no ‘pinned to your seat’ feeling. Your seat simply starts lifting into the air with what feels like effortless will despite the roar of the engine and blades above you.

While I flew over 100,000 miles last year in airplanes, it was the 250 miles we flew around Hawaii, The Big Island that are the most memorable.

Below are our images from the trip with Paradise Helicopters and our gracious pilot Koji Sato. The images are in chronological order and take off from the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, circle the island counterclockwise and return to the same resort. Some of the highlights you will see in the images are:

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For the photographers in the crowd, all images were shot with a Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm lens thanks to Borrowlenses.com. All but a few were shot at 14mm. That’s a mighty fine lens.

Thanks also goes to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Big Island Visitors Bureau and Paradise Helicopters for hosting this helicopter trip we’ll never forget. The words and images are my own, so is the adrenaline rush I feel when thinking back to this trip.

Photo Of the Day – Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Title: Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America

Description: Out past the congestion of LA, along the California Coast, Point Vicente Lighthouse stands guard over the Pacific while warning sailors of the constant danger of the rocks at its base.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/6
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal Length 135mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Los Angeles Below The Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles Below The Griffith Observatory

Title: Los Angeles Below The Griffith Observatory

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America

Description: The lights of Los Angeles, California spread out below the Griffith Observatory. While the immense city lights make this an unlikely spot to view the stars, it is, in fact, an easy way to get away from a fair amount of city light pollution and reconnect with the immensity of the universe above.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 8 seconds
Aperture f/3.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 10mm

 

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View On The Forest Floor In An Alaska Rainforest

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What’s lurking on the floor of an Alaskan rainforest? Plenty!

For my daughter, girlfriend and I, cruising with InnerSea Discoveries in Alaska’s Inside Passage this last summer allowed more than one opportunity to take a small skiff ashore and wander in pristine temperate rainforest. Not only that, I also was teaching photography to guests aboard the 80 passenger boat and had ample opportunity to capture life close to the ground.

The images below were taken in and around Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. As luck and planning would have it, I’ll be teaching aboard another sailing with InnerSea Discoveries this April in Hawaii, where there is a whole different kind of rainforest. If you’re interested in joining us, check out the April 6th sailing at this link.

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Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Mesa Arch is lit from light bouncing off the cliff face below it. A unique phenomena, this daily event (weather permitting) always draws a crowd of photographers. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 8-15mm
Shutter Speed 1/10
Aperture f/20
ISO 100
Focal Length 13mm

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Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Location: Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: A breaching humpback whale makes a graceful arch while playing in the waters of Alaska.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 400mm L
Shutter Speed 1/4000
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 200
Focal Length 400mm

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Top 10 Photos Of 2012

Daybreak, Canyonlands National Park

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me to be included in Jim’s list as there is some stunning images shared on his site. If you would like to join in with your best images, follow the instructions on this post.

I picked my image for a few different reason. Most are because, for me, the images were technically difficult or rewarding to shoot. Some were just opportune moments and then there are fun or wonderful memories for me alone to enjoy. I hope the images tell you a story of the different locations where they were shot all over the world. And how beautiful our world and life can be.

For this year’s entry, I submit to you, my viewing audience, my 10 favorite images from 2012 in chronological order. Click each image for a larger version if you like.

Dinner For Two - Velas Vallarta

Shot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, at the Velas Vallarta Resort, this image was not set up for me, but for a lucky couple. It was too perfect of a setting to not shoot while before they showed up. I used a reverse graduated neutral density filter (3 stop) to hold back the sun on the horizon while metering for the foreground.

There was a lot of work in Lightroom on this one to balance the light and I have been very happy with the result. It was hard to not sit down and soak up the setting before the intended guests showed up.

Canon 7D, Canon EF 10-22mm lens, ISO100, 10mm, f/6.3, 1/60

Sunset From Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, India

Another shot that was technically hard, and another image to use the reverse graduated neutral density filter by Singh-Ray, the sunset in India is often a time when no filter can be used, simply because the haze mutes the brightness of our star. I wanted to ensure the ancient fort and the massive city of millions was well exposed and this filter helped with that.

Shot with a tripod and patience. What appear as ants on the sand hill below are Indians playing soccer and picnicking. What you can’t experience in this image is the call to Muslim call to prayer which had just started while I was instructing one of my photo tour guests on the use of the filter.

Canon 7D, Canon EF 10-22mm lens, ISO 100, 10mm, f/9, 1/10

Resting Tiger, India

A Bengal Tiger relaxes in the heat of the morning as she is surrounded by about 12 jeeps full of tourists eager to glimpse this beautiful creature. She soon got up from her spot and proceeded to walk to a water hole while the vehicles all jockeyed for the best photography position.

I have other pictures I enjoy more, pictures where she is walking through the jungle, but nothing captures her grandeur like a nice close-up. Shot in Ranthambore National Park, India, while leading a photo tour.

Canon 7D, Canon 28-300mm L, ISO 250, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/320

Layers - Oman

Oman was a fun and exciting trip with my girlfriend taken in the heat before summer. In this image, the sun was getting ready to set and I simply stopped by the side of the road as the layers in the mountains were too gorgeous to not shoot. We spent a week in the country and were happy to find so many stereotypes purveyed by popular US media were not the case.

The people we interacted with were kind and warm, one of them even driving 8km out of their way, and back again, to bring us jumper cables. Then he climbed under the car and beat on the started, refusing my offer to compensate him and instead accepting a handshake and “Shukran” for his effort. It is a county to which I plan to return and explore more.

Canon 7D, Canon 28-300mm L, ISO 100, 235mm, f/9, 1/800

Sabrina Being Dangerous

Traveling with my daughter is almost always fun. No so much when it gets very hot (as it was for us in Jordan in the summer) but even then she plays along with my silly ideas. I picked this image because I love her and traveling with her. We were fortunately enough to be guests of Jordan and shown the many wonderful sites the small country has to offer.

Amazingly stable in an area of unrest (they have welcomed decades of refuges from Iraq, Syrian and Palestine) this was my third Islamic country for the year (UAE and Oman being the others) and another place to which I will return for more lasting memories.

Canon 7D, Canon EF 10-22mm lens, ISO 800, 15mm, f/18, 1/60

The Treasury At Night

Petra in Jordan is one of those places people talk about being a “Once in a lifetime” trip and I pray it is not for me. I want to go back and explore for a couple of days. The architecture and hiding places. The majesty. The colors. In this photo Sabrina and I were granted special permission to go inside The Treasury, something that is not allowed these days, to get a shot I have had in mind since booking our trip.

The shot is taken after the Petra By Night cultrual event which is well worth the price of admission. While many shots show the outside of the The Treasury at night, I was very happy with the results from this unique angle.

Canon 7D, EF 10-22mm lens, ISO 640, 10mm, f/6.3, 30 seconds

Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Talk about unforgettable, watching humpback whales breach and bubblenet feed in the chilly waters of Alaska was a jaw-dropping gorgeous trip for Sabrina, my girlfriend and I. We went of separate trips (one week with my daughter, one week with my girlfriend) over the course of two weeks while I shot and taught photography aboard two great vessels run by InnerSea Discoveries.

These boats only hold 80 guests and bring nature up close and personal. Shot of renting a 20′ runabout, this is the best way to view whales in Alaska. Not to mention the delicious food and inspiring locations we visit. This was my first time photographing humpback whales and I’m severely hooked. We’ll be heading to Hawaii in April for another photo themed cruise if you want to join us!

Canon 7D, Canon 400mm L, ISO 200, 400mm, f/2.8, 1/4000

Daybreak, Canyonlands National Park

I love Southern Utah. Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce….so much great country to explore! I joined fellow Puget Sound photographer Michael Riffle and his wife for a few days of shooting in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in beautiful weather in October. Not only that, I was lucky to borrow a Nikon D800E and 14-24mm lens for the trip. I was in landscape photographer heaven and this trip was unforgettable.

Up early for each sunrise and up late for some start photography. One image is just not enough, so here are some more from that trip. While I love traveling internationally, Southern Utah makes an undisputed argument for never having to journey far to see world class landscapes that could fill a lifetime of exploration. I hope to return here in 2013.

Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm, ISO 50, 14mm, f/7.1, 1/13

Lava Lake

I consider Hawaii to be international travel. While the money is the same and they mostly speak English, the land is so different from mainland USA that it seems a world away. That and the resurgence of colorful Hawaiian culture makes the islands feel warm and inviting. So warm, they even have lava, which is one thing you can see here and in few other places.

This was a special trip shared with my girlfriend and the chance to witness the island being created while flying over P u’u O’o, an active, sputtering hot spot on the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, was a highlight for me. Located on Hawaii, The Big Island, this channel into magma beneath the surface is best viewed from a helicopter, thanks to Paradise Helicopters. If I could, I’d also include an image from our time SCUBA diving with manta rays.

Canon 7D, Canon 28-300mm L, ISO 1250, 170mm, f/5.6, 1/6400

Above The Sunset

My last favorite shot from 2012 is not from some exotic destination nor far reaching corner of the planet. In late 2011 I fell in love with an amazing woman who happens to live not in Washington, but in California. As my schedule permits, I am able to fly down the coast and spend time with her often and while the regular flights might seem monotonous after a while, I have always been awed by what I see out the window when passing geography I have seen dozens of times already. In this case, I picked a window seat knowing the sun would be setting close to touchdown in Southern California and I was rewarded with an amazing display. After the sun set below the high clouds at around 20,000′, there was still sunlight beaming below. You know how you see clouds just catch fire when on the ground? It’s equally amazing from the sky. Below the clouds is Channel Islands National Park, an area we plan to explore together in 2013.

Canon 1D X, Canon 28-300mm L, ISO 640, 170mm, f/7.1, 1/320, Seat 3F

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It is true that picking just 10 images from a whole year of images (I shot more than 30,000 images in 2012) can painful. But it’s also fun. And I thank Jim for putting on this event to help me appreciate what 2012 brought to me in photographs.

I also want to thank those who helped me get to and take these photos, including, Velas Vallarta, Jordan Tourism Board, Mahfouz – our tour guide in Jordan, InnerSea Discoveries, BorrowLenses.com, Hawaii Island Visitor Bureau and Paradise Helicopters. And the two best travel companions I can ask for on many of these trips, my daughter and my girlfriend.

Photo Of The Day – Orange County Sunset Panorama

Orange County Sunset Panorama

Orange County Sunset Panorama

Title: Orange County Sunset Panorama

Location: Orange County, California, USA, North America

Description: The hills over Orange County, California, are a wonderful location to capture beautiful sunsets, especially when clouds roll in off the Pacific Ocean. Panorama stitched from 20 individual images.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/400
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 200
Focal Length 28mm

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Photo Of The Day – Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise

Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise

Title: Below Mesa Arch At Sunrise

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: A unique view of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park just after sunrise.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 8-15mm
Shutter Speed 1/10
Aperture f/20
ISO 100
Focal Length 8mm

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Photo Of The Day – Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise

Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise

 

Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise

 

Title: Deserted Delicate Arch At Sunrise

Location: Arches National park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Delicate Arch stands basking in morning sun as nary a soul is to be found at this normally crowded and popular landmark. Early morning, while not the ‘perfect’ time to catch this majestic arch in the best of light, is still a exemplary time to render unique views without the crowds.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 8-15mm
Shutter Speed 1/800
Aperture f/8
ISO 400
Focal Length 9mm

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Photo Of The Day – Lava Lake

Lava Lake

Title: Lava Lake

Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Description: The Pu’u O’o cone holds a small pond of molten lava, spurting and splashing in wave after wave of activity. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/6400
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 1250
Focal Length 170mm

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Photo Of The Day – Soaring Clouds

Soaring Clouds

Soaring Clouds

Title: Soaring Clouds

Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: A single cloud swirls into the shape of a raptor above Dark Angel and other rock formations in Arches National Park, Utah.

Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 16-25mm L
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture f/7.1
ISO 50
Focal Length 16mm

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Photo Of The Day – Fire Off The Stern

Fire Off The Stern

Title: Fire Off The Stern

Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA, North America

Description: As the sun sets behind Whidbey Island, Washington high clouds put on a display from the stern railing of a Washington State Ferry.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon EF 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 1/40
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 10mm

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A Day With The Mission Ridge Ski Patrol

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Peter-West-Carey-101218-113655-9279Approaching the top of the ski lift, I nervously fumble with my poles and camera bag, remembering just in time to keep my tips up. It is my first time on skis in 15 years and I am hoping the skills will come back to me, quickly. A light snow is blowing across my face as I regret forgetting my ski goggles at home, choosing instead to squint through the flurries.

“Are you ready?” asks Aaron Taylor, the Assistant Patrol Director for Mission Ridge Resort, just outside of Wenatchee, Washington.

“I hope so. It’s been a long while,” I reply with a halfhearted smile and rising pulse. “I’ll try not to knock you over.”

“Don’t worry about it. You’ll be fine,” are the last words I hear before the chairlift crests the exit ramp and I am sent skidding and sliding sideways into Aaron in a vain attempt to hold my balance and protect my pride for eminent bruising. My efforts fail as I knock Aaron’s skis with my own, nearly toppling him, before I crashing into fresh powder at the side of the exit ramp.

“Are you okay?” Aaron asks. When I nod, he turns his attention to one of the resort’s volunteer staff, instructing her to rope off the area to the left of the lift until a proper barricade can be brought up the ridge.

It’s going to be a long day following the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol.

Aaron Taylor of the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol

Aaron Taylor of the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol

I know the ski patrol is there to help when things go wrong. More than once I have seen them assisting an injured skier down the slopes either on the chairlift or in a toboggan. Until today, that has been my only impression of their duties; help injured skiers. Sometimes they also yell at skiers who fail to obey posted warnings or are skiing recklessly. Surely it is a comfortable job with only a few hours of work being rewarded by an annual lift pass? Today is the day I find out my simple view of a professional ski patrol member’s duties is only the tip of the iceberg.

Dusting myself off, I look around the top of the ridge and noticed only red and blue coats milling about. The red coats are volunteer ski patrol and the blue coats are the six paid staff who work year round at the resort. They are the first ones on the ridge each morning, arriving hours before the first guests and, on most days, well before sunrise. Aaron chats with a few of the volunteers before we begin our first run.

The first guests of the day ski past us and Aaron waves “Hi” as they pass. He knows more than half of the regular skiers by name and most know him and his group, lifting a pole to wave to them. I’m taken aback at first as my impression of ski patrollers has been as disciplinarians, someone to avoid. I ask Aaron about this when he pauses to wipe off a bright orange “Thin Cover” sign.

“Because we are only 15 minutes from Wentachee and the only ski hill in the area, there is a larger family atmosphere here than you might find in other ski areas. I’ve only had to pull a lift pass from a few kids in my entire time with Mission Ridge.” He goes on to explain the patrol’s philosophy on managing the rule breakers: Most often those skiing out of bounds or too fast in areas marked “Slow” are younger kids. In these instances the patrol will require the offender to write a short essay describing what they did wrong and why it was dangerous.

“Parents tend to like that approach,” because it helps not only educate the youth on the dangers of reckless skiing, it also educates their friends when the teen explains he can’t go skiing. The pro patrollers favor education over restriction and it has helped to build a cooperative, welcoming atmosphere on the ridge.

Following Aaron down a blue run along the Northern edge of the resort, he stops me at a display set back from the trail. Encrusted in wind blown snow is a descriptive sign next to a six foot wide piece of metal. While I am pulling out my camera and Aaron is dutifully cleaning off the sign, a skier glides close and touches the metal display with the tip of his ski pole, causing it to resonate a dull clanking sound. As he cleans the sign, Aaron reads the story of an ill-fated training mission in 1944 when an Army Air Force B-24 Liberator airplane clipped a wing while attempting to clear the ridge.

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The resulting crash killed all aboard, scattering debris over a wide swath of the ridge cliffs more than 20 years before the resort opened. The metal on display is a section of the bomber’s wing. When he spots my perplexed look, Aaron explains the superstition behind displaying the wing. At one time the wing section was removed from the ridge. Coincidentally, that is the only year the ridge did not receive enough snow to open for business. The wing section was returned the next year and now skiers will go out of their way to give the metal a tap for good luck. Even when this particular run is closed, the patrol will receive special requests from guests wishing to be escorted to the sign to pay homage.

Peter-West-Carey-101218-101436-9232Aaron races down the mountain to move warning signs to thinly covered areas. Mission Ridge will often only receive 120 inches of snow fall a year compared to the 300 inches many Western Washington resorts encounter. This has lead to an extensive snow blowing operation yet it does not cover the entire mountain. When we reach the bottom of the run, Aaron is carrying three of the warning markers and hands them to a volunteer, assigning him an area to cover.

As we start our second run down the ridge, I am worried about holding back Aaron from his regular duties. I haven’t seen him rescue anyone or yell at someone to slow down. Surely I am hindering him from his key responsibilities. While directing patrollers is a large part of his job, Aaron deadpans, “If this ridge can’t run without me, I’m not doing my job right.”

Indeed, a large part of a pro patroller’s job is hidden from guests’ view. Walking into the patrol hut atop Lift 2 I am greeted with smells of fresh brewed espresso, a slight musty nylon hint and a stern growl from the Search & Rescue dog sitting in the corner, letting me know who’s hut this is. The walls are adorned with packs, gloves, helmets and other gear from the five patrollers inside. On one wall is a massive chart and Aaron explains how they record precipitation, snow pack, moisture content of the snow, temperatures and other data to be able to predict conditions on the ridge. Pulling the top page back reveals years of history to use as reference. Every day, well before the ski season starts, patrollers head out to collect these readings and correlate with data from automated weather stations.

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Beyond basic weather tracking, the charts help with an important aspect of the patrol’s duties; avalanche control, or AC. Aaron and other pro patrollers have attended local and national training in avalanche prediction and management in order to insure safe operation of the resort. Mission Ridge and the patrollers offer their knowledge twice a month during the winter in free Avalanche Awareness classes held in the basement of the patrol hut, a hut built by donations from a memorial started after patroller Steve Burchett lost his life during an avalanche control operation. That memorial fund now helps secure avalanche training for the greater snow activity community as well as more advanced training for regular members of the volunteer ski patrol.

On the days of avalanche control, a wake up call is sent at 3:30am to insure all members of the pro patrol are on hand. At 5am the patrollers meet and two are sent for the explosives. Each operation requires patrollers to work in tandem for safety reasons. The ski patrol will typically be on the mountain from well before sunrise until opening time at 9am, working to clear unstable snow. Aaron and another pro patroller, Marco, demonstrate the body signals they use to communicate when setting charges, bobbing their bodies as if doubling over from being gut punched. The method is needed because high wind often carries voices off the ridge and clear communication is vital for safety.

If the charges don’t start a controlled avalanche, the patrollers often have to ski cut a dicey patch. This entails skiing on what is known to be unstable snow in order to purposefully trigger an avalanche, while insuring enough room for the patroller to exit the area before being swept away with the slide. If I ever encounter a cranky patroller in the future, it’s possible they have been up since 3:30am performing this type of work for my safety and everyone visiting the Ridge. As Marco preferred to jokingly frame it, “We’re all just superheros in training.”

Patrol radios come to life with a call from a volunteer on the ridge.

Peter-West-Carey-101218-114657-9360“Go ahead,” Aaron answers.
“We have an injury just above the Terrain Park. Possible busted ankle.”
“Copy that 82, thank you very much. Break. Is there any controller near Midway?” Aaron asks from the warmth of the patrol hut.
“This is Jody, I’m at Midway”
“Could you respond just above the temporary Terrain Park? Injured skier. Possible ankle.”
“Copy that. and I will get on it,” comes the response.

While the patrollers in the hut debate why the Ridge still uses inches instead of centimeters, with a lone Canadian defending the metric system, a little more than two minutes pass before the radios come back to life, letting the dispatcher know a toboggan has arrived for the injured skier.

“Affirmative and we’ll be taking the guest down to the first aid room in about three minutes.”
“Copy. I’ll log both of those times.”

The time elapsed from the patroller first encountering and assessing the injured skier until the time the skier arrives in the Ridge’s first aid room is approximately seven minutes. The communication is swift and exacting and all the times are recorded on a spreadsheet for data logging. Two minutes and forty-five seconds after the last transmission the voice on the radio calls out a crackled, “Patrol to Dispatch. We have left the scene.”

Peter-West-Carey-101218-111835-9251Aaron informs me true search and rescue efforts are few and far in between. He has only witnessed one helicopter evacuation in his time at Mission Ridge, although the patrol has been alerted to a few skiers ending up in nearby Ellensburg after skiing out of bounds, a walk of about eight miles in ski boots through the woods before encountering a house with a phone. Another time a group of nine youths skied into the wrong bowl to the East of the groomed runs and stopped when they realized what had happened. One of the skiers called his mom, also skiing at the ridge, who happened to be riding the chairlift with Aaron at that moment. She handed the phone to Aaron and before they both reached the top of the lift, he had coordinated with other patrollers, who located the group and were en route to direct them safely to the lodge.

Aaron shows me the lower floor of the patrol hut, the space where Avalanche Awareness classes are offered. It is a small, twelve foot by twelve foot concrete basement. A picnic table sits in the middle and Aaron explains that it was damaged, so the patrol is fixing it. Rolls of webbed barricade sit in one corner, defrosting to make them pliable for their next assignment on the ridge. A few power tools line a workbench, spare toboggans are propped up against one wall and a massive water jug sits in a corner.

This room is testament to the unseen duties of the pro patrol. During the Summer and Fall months the crew is busy fixing and maintaining the grounds. Ski runs are sometimes widened and facilities are spruced up. It’s work that is put off during the non-stop ski season and keeps the patrollers busy year round.

On our last chairlift ride Aaron points to a group of half a dozen red jacketed patrollers all facing one in blue. “More training,” he states. With up to 30 volunteers in red jackets on the ridge during busy weekends, the effort to keep them fully trained on avalanche safety, CPR/First Aid, weather prediction, skier safety and more can be daunting. But the job is not without its rewards, especially in the quiet moments.

Peter-West-Carey-101218-111959-9255Off the lift and back at the patrol hut Marco reflects on his favorite time to be on the ridge. “When the sun’s coming up, everyone is asleep and the sky turns orange for just a bit.” The others in the hut nod in agreement. “Then it’s time to check the runs, position signs, run barricades…” His voice trails off while he turns back to the espresso machine to refill his cup.

On my final run down the ridge I at last catch a glimpse of Aaron doing what I presumed he does all day long; stopping to help a downed skier. I was lagging behind and he took off when he spotted a snowboarder sitting in the snow while her friend stood over her. Before I reached the scene, two volunteer patrollers arrived, one taking a position uphill like a human traffic cone and the other offering assistance. Aaron stayed long enough to make sure the snowboarder was OK while one of the volunteers helped her walk down the mountain.

Exhausted, my day with the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol comes to an end even before the lights for night skiing come to life. Aaron shakes my hand at the base of the hill before heading back to the lifts, asking, “Is there anything else you need?”

I reflect on all the work he and the rest of the ski patrol perform daily to insure all the visitors to Mission Ridge have a fun and safe time on the snow.

“No thanks. You have done more than I can ask for already. Thank you.”

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Photo Of The Day – Grand Canyon From The Sky

Grand Canyon From The Sky

Grand Canyon From The Sky

Title: Grand Canyon From The Sky

Location: Arizona, USA, North America

Description: The Grand Canyon stretches North beneath a clear Arizona sky.

Camera Canon Powershot SD630
Lens —-
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 82
Focal Length 5.8mm

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Photo Of The Day – Lightning Storm Sweeps Zihuatanejo Bay

Lightning Storm Sweeps Zihuatanejo Bay

Lightning Storm Sweeps Zihuatanejo Bay

Title: Lightning Storm Sweeps Zihuatanejo Bay

Location: Zihuantanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, North America

Description: Storm clouds churned up by Hurricane Irene unleash their power over Zihuatanejo Bay in Mexico.

Camera Canon Rebel Xti
Lens Canon 18-200mm
Shutter Speed 30 Seconds
Aperture f/3.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 18mm

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Photo Of The Day – M/V Kittitas

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Title: M/V Kittitas

Description: The Washington State Ferry Kittitas passes Hat Island on the way to Mukilteo, Washington.

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Photo Of The Day – Langley Marina At Sunset

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Title: Langley Marina At Sunset

Description: Facing the Cascade Mountains and a passing storm, Langley Marina enjoys a calm evening.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 1/40
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 22mm

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