like a birch tree

There are approximately two reasons I'd want a smart phone:  1) Hopefully it'd lock better than my current phone to cut back on pocket dialing, and 2) for an app like "take a picture of a leaf and the phone will tell you what kind of plant that is."  I always wish I was more up on my trees.  I believe this is a birch tree though.  I know my oaks and fir trees, and can spot a Ponderosa pine from a mile away.  I'm not so up on my other trees, or underbrush at all.  I did receive a pretty bitchen bird feeder for Christmas, so maybe I'll get up on my birds.  There have been some blue beauties in the neighborhood.


Hot air balloonin



above: the XA2 with I'm guessing super market film.  Below: The mamiya 6 with portra nc160 I'm pretty sure.

baby man!

happy holidays to everyone!

sunny Klickitat

honda problems



My favorite part about this town was the smoke coming out of so many chimneys.  We also saw some meat hanging out (to dry?  I guess you have to age meat), which Jake got a picture of but I kind of chickened out.  I guess I shy away, sometimes, from taking pictures with a subject in the frame.  I almost took a picture of a trailer in a parking lot there, and thought I did actually, but it maybe appears I didn't.  We walked along the river and there were tons of dead salmon on the banks, huge fish rotting.  All the locals were talking about how we had to get 2 miles up river where the bald eagles were pecking away at the spawners.  They were trying to get us to leave maybe.  Jake hates bald eagles so he wanted to go to take pictures that would slander the birds.  I was more interested in some wild turkeys, but the bar didn't open till four.  We'd be on the road by then, in search of sunset shots from another small town.  I got five pictures in Wishram at dusk, and had a world-class one lined up when my camera froze.  I hiked back to their restaurant and Jake and I ate some world-class small town cheeseburgers.  He was gloveless and therefore may have been 2-3 deep by the time I got there.  The Past Time Tavern there has some wonderful Christmas decorations.  Pictures forthcoming.


Hell of a place


scary fence post

I guess on the plus side if google crashes and all my pictures from all time are gone:
  • I still have most the negatives, stored in a somewhat organized fashion
  • it'll be a good exercise in letting go, esp. to almost worthless data in an age of omnipresent almost worthless data
  • Maybe a good incentive to create real photo-albums for the shelf at home
  • The internet is a lousy place for the family photo-album anyways
  • Blogging is passe
  • Maybe I'll retire at the 5 year anniversary of charlie brown's dad.
  • Let the countdown commence.
  • Wait that's more than a year away
  • Let the countdown commence anyways.
  • Lists are good fun.

scary woods

I previously thought this one was up but google is being really wonky lately.  C'mon google!  I need you now that quickstop is going offline.  This is a good place to put all my eggs, right?

klickitat again


I saw this on my first trip (brother and I stumbled upon the town on an aimless day of driving out in the gorge) and knew the place would be ripe for an occupation by Jake and I. It really worked out too!


beacon rock

beacon rock

Brother and I climbed Beacon Rock in Washington.  Also, not all the pictures are getting uploaded.  Whatever Google!


I'm guessing this is the Klickitat River


Yesterday P was stopped on the street by someone who recognized her from the blog.  I think her name was Hope.  Hi Hope!  Glad you like it and keep tuning in.  Plus P was like “yeah I’m finally famous!”   Wild stuff.

still got it!

Klickitat WA