Lupine Season – Rainier’s Naches Peak Loop Trail

I love this trail. Its short and sweet, does a nice loop back to the parking lot and has tons of wildflowers and mountain scenery.   The lupine is strong now, especially up by the tarn on the south side of the loop. Lupine is also filling in around the Tipsoo lakes as well. Lots of hikers today of all sorts, everyone enjoying the weather and the flowers. Car-camped and then headed over to Paradise for morning flower shots.Mount Rainier Naches Loop WildflowersMount Rainier Naches Loop WildflowersMount Rainier Naches Loop Wildflowers and RainierMount Adams AlpenglowMount Rainier Naches Loop Wildflowers

Mount St. Helens Loowit Trail Wildflowers

Decided to visit the Loowit trail again and hike a bit farther in search of some blazing Paintbrush color. We were’t disappointed. We got to the trailhead at about 6pm just as the UW and WSU research vans were pulling through the normally closed gate. We started hiking and prepared to come out by headlamp if necessary. Basically the farther you get into this trail, the more flowers. Wonderous sights and scents, happy hummingbirds and trail dust greeted us. We got about as far as we wanted to go, turned around and started backtracking and taking photos. Got back to the car about 10pm and drove back to Seattle where i began placating my irritated cat.Loowit Trail Mount St. Helens Wildflowers

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Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden – Soft Rose Bokeh

May/June is Rose time for me.  Warmer, longer evenings allow serene walks through some of my favorite local gardens.  The Rose Garden in the Woodland Park Zoo is one of my special places. I’m slowly learning the varieties of roses and hybrids. Aside from that, its a thin depth of field floral bokeh paradise.  I walk around smelling the blooms and looking for combinations of foreground flowers and interesting backgrounds.  My favorite lens for this used to be my Canon 85mm f/1.2;  Now its my Zeiss 85mm Otus 1.4.  In these gardens I find peace and creative outlet.  Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden  More of my floral works:  Mike Reid Photography

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Canon 11-24mm Another Opinion

Pros: Does 11mm. Substantial for the cost. Sharp. Does a nice job of making Nikon 14-24 shooters defensive.
Cons:
Canon colors. Has no soul. Superwide is a thrill for only so long.

This is an amazing piece of engineering. Everyone raves about it and calls it a game changer. I rented it twice and then bought. I’ve tried to like it, honestly. Its super sharp, substantially built. Does a nice job of making Nikon 14-24 shooters defensive. But it has no soul. The images don’t make the hairs go up on my back. Zeiss is my home.
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Canon 11-24mm at Dalles Ranch

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Canon 11-24mm Tulip Fields in Skagit, Washington

I rented the Canon 11-24mm lens to try it out on my Sony A7R2 up in the Skagit Valley tulip fields.  The ultra wide angle lens seemed like a great fit amongst the rows of flowers.  I adapted the lens onto my Sony using a Metabones III adapter and everything worked great.  Colors were typically Canon and flare was at a minimum. #svtulipfest #roozengaarde #canon

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Canon 11-24mm lens on Sony A7r2

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Skagit Mud

Mud was definitely on the menu today in the Skagit Valley as a massive rain squall moved across the landscape.  Knowing that given a few hours later, things could be sunny again, I decided to hang out and wait for nice dusk light.  These were handheld Zeiss 85mm Otus shots. #visitskagit #laconnerdaffodils #RoozenGaarde #laconner #tulips #king5springDSC02761DSC02762DSC02764DSC02772

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Skagit Valley Mud and Daffodil Fest

The weather report claimed that Thursday afternoon would be clearish up in Skagit so I headed up around noon to get a jump on traffic.  Really beautiful conditions in the fields but seriously muddy after many days of rain.  Sony a7r2 and Zeiss 16-35mm.

 

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