Signs of spring

Spring has been out in force in Seattle for a few weeks now. In honor of the season's spread to the rest of the country (or at least its beginnings), I raided my photographic archive to find images of springs past. From Washington, D.C. cherry blossoms, to new growth silhouetted at sunset in Michigan, to the flowering colors of Monet's garden in Giverny, France, here's a little peek into the past five years on springtime.

Winter Color

Winter can be a difficult season to photograph, especially in landscapes already dominated by muted colors. So on a recent trip to the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington, in the heart of sagebrush country, I expected to come home with a memory card full of images of landscapes bathed in late winter light, playing with contrast rather than color. To my surprise, the images from the trip that kept drawing my eye as I edited were full of color. In Cowiche Canyon, just west of Yakima, deep red dogwood and white aspen stood out against brilliant blue skies. Greying sage provided a perfect backdrop to highlight reddish orange sumac berries lingering on after the autumn. The lesson learned from this experience in Yakima? Always keep an eye out for unexpected color.

Paradise at Mount Rainier

As I continue to explore my new surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, this past weekend took me to Mount Rainier National Park. With a group of friends we carpooled to the Paradise area, on the south slopes of Mount Rainier. Although we intended to snowshoe, the snow in the area was so packed that snowshoes were unnecessary. Our hike to Glacier Point provided fantastic views of the Tatoosh Mountain Range as well as fellow volcanic peaks Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. From Pacific tidepools to snow covered volcanoes, the Pacific Northwest continues to furnish ample opportunities for photographic adventures. Below are a few photos from the trip to Mount Rainier. Visit my Pacific Northwest gallery for more of my photos from the area.

North by Northwest

Before moving to Seattle, the first thing people would say to me when I mentioned my relocation plans was always, "I hope you like rain." Well, my first weekend as an official resident of the Pacific Northwest certainly contradicts the mistaken impression that all it every does here is rain. I spent a wonderful weekend exploring the Olympic Peninsula from Lake Quinault Lodge, hiking, relaxing, and enjoying the extraordinarily sunny February weather. On the way back to Seattle, my travel companions and I stopped to explore some tide pools along the Pacific Coast, where the morning sun was almost blinding. The trip culminated with a beautiful sunset ferry ride from Port Townsend to Coupeville. Below is a selection of photos from my introductory weekend as an official resident of the Pacific Northwest.

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Click! Weld County

Charlotte the Pig
Charlotte the Pig

UPDATE:

My photograph of Charlotte the Pig won the award for "Most Humorous" in the Greeley's Tribune's Click! Weld County competition. Thanks to everyone who voted and supported!

I've entered some photographs in the annual "Click! Weld County" photo contest sponsored by the Greeley Tribune. Visit this link and search for "weaverll" to see my submissions and if you like what you see, please vote before January 30. There are some great ones so browse away.

Below are links to vote for each of my individual submissions. Thanks for your support!

Click! 2014 Color
Click! 2014 Color
Click! 2014 Color
Click! 2014 Color
Click! 2014 Humor
Click! 2014 Humor
Click! 2014 Black & White
Click! 2014 Black & White

Quelques jours à Paris

This time last year, I spent a few days in Paris, my first visit to the beautiful city. I'd previously had marginal desire to visit the City of Lights, but upon entering the city I found myself quickly falling in love with its winding streets and romantic architecture. Wandering Paris, one is struck by the relative "newness" of so much of the architecture, since the medieval city was largely demolished under Emperor Napoleon III to make way for the more modern city plan of Georges-Eugène Haussmann. You can read more about Haussmann's Paris at the Art History Archive. Below are some photographs I took on my iPhone 5 while exploring Paris in January 2014.

Going "Totally Local"

"Totally Local" at the Madison & Main Gallery
"Totally Local" at the Madison & Main Gallery

The new year has started off well in the world of my photography. Late last year I had a few photographs accepted into a gallery show in my hometown of Greeley, Colorado. This is the first time I've had photographs featured in a show and I couldn't be more honored or excited. Called "Totally Local," the show, at the Madison & Main Gallery, features local artists working in a variety of mediums from jewelry to clay to paint to photography. The show opened January 5th and runs until February 27th. If you find yourself in Greeley, stop by the gallery at 927 16th Street to check out the wonderful artwork. Below is a selection of my photographs on display.

Vernal Equinox

It is officially the first day of spring, although here in London it's been feeling like springtime for almost a month. In honor of the Vernal Equinox here are a few photos taken on an early spring-like day in Hyde Park. All photos taken on my Canon 60D and edited using Adobe Lightroom.

Snowy day, dream away

Sometimes you need a snow day to remember what quiet and calm sound like. All photos taken on my iPhone 5 using ProCamera and edited with Snapseed and VSCOcam. For more mobile photography, check out my Tumblr blog.

Remembrance Day

In Britain, today is called Remembrance Day. Wreaths of red poppies are placed at monuments to honor the men and women who have fought and fallen in war. Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday, I went to the Cenotaph on Whitehall to honor the men and women I know who are veterans of or currently serve in the armed services. For me, today is also a day to remember those who chose a different path, the men who refused to take up arms against another human being. This morning at 11am I observed a moment of silence at the Conscientious Objectors Stone in Tavistock Square in honor of my grandfather, great uncle, and uncle who chose that second path. Today I also remember "the peaceful men."

(Photos taken on my iPhone 5 and edited in Snapseed and VSCO Cam.)

The High Line

For such a large city, New York is full of a surprising amount of green space, Central Park being the most obvious. But one of the most unique outdoor spaces in New York is the High Line, a repurposed freight rail track elevated above the streets of Chelsea on Manhattan's West Side. The track opened to trains in 1934 and closed in 1980. (Fun fact: The last train carried three carloads of frozen turkeys.) The first section opened to the public on June 9, 2009. The third and final section is scheduled to open within the next two years. You can learn more about the High Line on their website. Whatever the season, the High Line is a beautiful place to visit. In the summer, it's an especially fun place for people-watching. Here are a few photos from my last visit there, in June 2013.

New Year's 2012>13

For ten years, some high school friends and I have spent the transition from old to new year somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. Three of us make up the core cast, with a rotating cast of supporting characters from year to year. Regardless of who is present, the days we spend in the mountains are full of reflection, nature, and a healthy dose of spontaneous fun. We just finished our planning for the next adventure, so I thought I'd share a few photographs from our most recent adventure, celebrating the shift from 2012 to 2013. We spent the transition at the Snow Mountain Ranch, near Granby, Colorado.