Picnic on the top of the world

Eagle Point and Guano Point along the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, November 2008. Over 4,700 feet down to the canyon floor. Can you see the eagle?

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The colors of Sunset Beach

Walking Sunset Beach on Oahu in 2014, I glanced over at my sister. Besides being one of my favorite people in one of her favorite places, I love the way the color of her bright shirt plays off the color of the water. It’s one of my favorite shots.

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Columbia River Gorge

Hubs and I escaped for a few days this weekend to one of the prettiest parts of our state: the stunning Columbia River Gorge. In the summer months, crowds flock here for hiking, camping, wine tastings, and wind surfing. While our off-season winter escape involved mostly snowy vistas and romantic snuggles by the fireplace, we’re looking forward to returning in warmer weather to hike Beacon Rock or Horsethief Butte, catch a summer concert at Maryhill Winery, and gaze at the stars at the Goldendale Observatory.

For this trip, we stayed at the Skamania Lodge. It’s by far the best spot to stay in the area, and with a spa and s’mores by the outdoor bonfire, we’ll likely be back. We especially enjoyed the excellent food and impressive array of activities. But be warned, walls are surprisingly thin; ear plugs are a necessity for decent sleep.

Snow in Seattle

It snowed in our neck of the woods this week. While we could easily drive less than an hour to some of the most beautiful, snow-covered mountains in the entire country, it’s pretty rare to get accumulation of any kind in the lower metropolitan area. We Seattleites have a tendency to get excited – and mildly put out – whenever the white stuff actually covers our own yards.

Open doors

Am I the only person who always takes photos of doors and doorways? No matter where I go on this planet, I always bring home at least one photo of a door. Simple doors, ornate doors, cathedral doors, alleyway doors, ivy-covered doors…my hard drive is filled with them!

The quiet of NYC

It’s very easy to get lost in the fast pace of New York City. Even I, a self-proclaimed city girl, find myself exhausted by the bustle and the noise after awhile. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t delicious pockets of quiet in the Big Apple. And perhaps it’s the stark contrast to the noise that makes the peace that much more striking.

Some of my favorite quiet moments were found in Central Park, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, an early morning on Liberty Island, and taking in the evening lights at Top of the Rock.