Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fall colors in Cowiche Canyon

Oct. 26, 2013:

Jenneka and I found some beautiful scenery and colors when we walked through Cowiche Canyon, near Yakima, WA.  Accompanying us were my parents' cairn terriers Cambo and Duncan. I just couldn’t get over the beautiful reds and oranges of the turning leaves, and Jenneka (and the dogs) was most patient as I stopped every couple minutes to take pictures.

These are my favorite photos, and the rest of the set I have posted here.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Garibaldi Lake

June 19, 2013

In the summer of 2012, my friend Ryan Kopke and I took a few days to backpack up at Garibaldi Lake in BC.  These are my ten favorite photos from that beautiful area, including a couple stitched panoramas.  I was amazed at the wildflowers to be seen in August, and I was thrilled with the dramatic clouds that made many of the shots.

I've posted the rest of the set here.

Coming back down, Ryan takes a quick route.

Enjoying dinner by the lake.

Panorama of the lake and surrounding mountains from Black Tusk.

Panorama of evening by the lake.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The future lies ahead

May 30, 2013

This is my first non-photo post, and it’s a good time for one.  There have been many developments in my life lately!

M's game J&J
At the Mariners game 4/26/13
Last week I officially graduated with a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Exegesis from the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) at Trinity Western University.  For those of you who have read the ‘About’ page you know that my goal is to be involved in Bible translation, with a people group that does not have a Bible in their mother tongue yet.  There are over 2,000 languages where such a project has not even been started!  Now that I have graduated it’s on to the next step, whatever that may be.

However, another development helps with that.  I have officially been accepted with Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) as of today.  PBT’s primary mission is to facilitate this kind of Bible translation.  They are much like Wycliffe Bible Translators (for those of you who are familiar with them) though smaller.  The coming days will likely reveal next steps for moving forward with PBT.  I don’t know where in the wide world I might be eventually going, and the timing is completely in God’s hands as well.

Another amazing development in my life is I recently began dating a wonderful woman.  It’s still hard to believe that God has brought Jenneka into my life; what an expression of grace!  Currently we are dating at a distance, because I am moving back to Washington for the time being, while she is continuing to study at CanIL.

How this all fits together, I don’t know yet.  But I find it all so exciting and am expectantly looking to God for his leading and timing.  Please pray for me!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Old Way Round motorcycle trip: Top 10 photos

Feb. 27, 2013

Here are my ten favorite photos from my 2011 Old West themed motorcycle trip with my chum Ben, in no particular order.  Ben's blog about the trip, Old Way Round, has the story.  I have the rest of the photos from the trip posted here.

It was beautiful riding in Montana.
Hole in the Wall Canyon, WY, was gorgeous.  We camped out here.  I like the shadows in this photo.
This photo from my sleeping back still chokes me up.
The focus here is far from sharp, but I don't care. It seems to add to the mood and I do love this photo of Ben.
We're riding out from Hole in the Wall. A great windy, dusty road through the bluffs.
Okay, I just get a kick out of this one (no pun intended). What happens when I bust down this door in St Elmo, CO? Ben took this pic. 

Who isn't a sucker for a ghost town in sepia tone?
Such interesting geography in Utah
The lightning, cloud edge, and campfire glow make this one of my favorites.
Ben and I at the Bullock Hotel in Deadwood, SD. I like the composition of this photo, not to mention how bad-ass we look.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sunset and fog over Vancouver, BC

Feb. 19, 2013

I took these photos from the ridge west of Buntzen Lake, overlooking Vancouver BC and Burrard Inlet.  Several friends and I were on an intrepid dayhike and found ourselves on the ridge at sunset (which was great for photography but bad for hiking back in the dark).  The fog in the lowlands beautifully obscured the city, and created a real sense of drama and distance.  One can see the mountains of Vancouver Island in the distance, over the fog-shrouded Strait of Georgia.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Alaska road trip: Panorama photos

Feb. 16, 2013

Here are a few stiched panoramas from the 2012 Alaska trip.  I used Microsoft ICE to combine the photos.

A 180-degree panorama of the harbor in Whittier, AK.  It is a composite of 6 images.

River valley flanked by mountains in Denali National Park, AK.  It is a composite of 5 images.

The same valley with a closer look at the range on the west side.  Composite of 5 images.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alaska road trip: Top 10 photos

Feb. 14, 2013

In May 2012, Nate and Gunnhild Bremer and I hit the road from Langley, BC, on a three-week trip to Alaska and back.  We camped out the whole way, including a backpacking trip in Denali National Park.  Here are my 10 favorite photos from that trip.  I posted the whole set here.

A willow in the Yukon.  I was enjoying my new Canon EF L-lens.

Some peaks in the St Elias range in the Yukon.

Some windsurfers at Turnagain Arm off the Kenai peninsula.

The willow ptarmigan is Alaska's state bird.  I like how the wings turned out in the photo.

One of our camps in Denali National Park

A shrike looking cute in hopes of getting some food.

This black bear was the best, swaying 30 feet in the air eating buds off the cedar trees.

Aww, a baby mountain goat in Jasper, Alberta.

Encountering this big-horned sheep in Alberta was a treat.

This isn't my favorite photograph, but seeing these two grizzlies playing in Jasper was an amazing experience.

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