Sunset over Victoria Harbour, B.C.

27 02 2011

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This is one of my favorite sunset images, shot from the ferry as we entered Victoria Harbour in British Columbia on a trip we took with my friend Sue and her mother in fall 2008. See lots more photos from that wonderful trip in the links below:

Lavender, shopping, cheese, wine, a whale, and yet another sunset

Virginia creeper-clad Fairmont Empress Hotel

Never too many flowers

Dahlias as far as the eye can see…

In the pink…

Shine on, shine on harvest moon…

Butchart Gardens, Passel #1

Butchart Gardens, Passel #2

Visual and aural overload at Pike Place

Cabin in the woods

If it’s Thursday, this must be Bloedel.

There’s a baer in them thar woods!

Wildlife in Spokane

Sunsets over Bainbridge Island





Cover girl Jennifer Cheng

17 07 2009

JenCheng CoverIn May I photographed Jennifer Cheng for the July/August 2009 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). We met at Founder’s Park in Alexandria on Mother’s Day (when we scheduled the shoot, we didn’t realize it would fall on that holiday—parking was scarce and we attracted a lot of curious onlookers during the shoot!). She’s not only the cover girl for this issue—she also wrote the feature article about living with hearing loss. Jennifer was diagnosed with progressive sensorineural hearing loss ten years ago at age 17 and wears a hearing aid. She is an infectious diseases epidemiologist for the United States Public Health Services. She graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Public Health degree in International Health in May 2005 and has since been working with the Division of Immigration Health Services.

Jen AwardShe was born and raised in Seattle where her family and childhood friends still reside. She is a competitive road cyclist for Team CycleLife powered by Specialized, a promoter of women’s cycling and racing in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Read more about Team CycleLife on their blog here. I caught up with Jen again during the recent HLAA Convention in Nashville, where she received the HLAA Outstanding Young Adult Award.

Patrick Holkins, who was the cover feature for the September/October 2008 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, presented the award to Jennifer on Sunday, June 21 in Nashville.

Patrick and Jennifer are both HLAA members and have worked in HLAA’s headquarters. In 2009 Patrick launched HearingLossNation, the social network for the young and hard of hearing. Jennifer participated in the National Capital Area Walk4Hearing event last year. This year’s honorary chair for the event is Washington Redskins starting safety Reed Doughty, who was our cover feature for the November/December 2008 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. I photographed Reed and his family earlier this summer and will post a few of those photos soon.

Jen Cheng PagesJennifer’s article is available for download in pdf format here: Jen Cheng Feature. Click on the link, then click on “Jen Cheng Feature” again and the pdf will open on screen.





Family portraits in Manito Park

10 12 2008

I shot these photographs of our friends Barb and Dean with their family in beautiful Manito Park in Spokane, Washington, when we visited them in September.

I posted a blog about Barb’s beautiful Persian cat, Beaujolais, and how her modeling career put Barb and her kids through college! Click here for the story.

After we left Spokane, we headed back to Seattle, then on to Victoria, British Columbia, where I went quite photo crazy (particularly at Butchart Gardens)! Check out all the postings from our 10-day trip in the two links below:

https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2008/09/

https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2008/09/page/2/

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barbcrandellfamily





View from above

14 10 2008

I shot these photos of a glacial lake and mountains as we were nearing Seattle. Not too shabby for point-n-shoot images through an airplane window!

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The road to Spokane

1 10 2008

On Saturday morning, September 13, after our hike through the wildflower meadows around Lake Tipsoo at the crest of Chinook Pass (with Mt. Rainier as an amazing backdrop), we hit the road to Spokane. We couldn’t believe how fast the terrain changed from mountainous to Arizona-desert-like! A few hours down the road, I spotted the teapot-shaped gas station and implored Michael to turn around, knowing how much Sue would probably get a kick out of (she is an all-things-tea guru and fanatic!). I also just had to get her in the requisite “I’m a little teapot” pose. Before the business closed in 2003, it was the oldest operating gas station in the U.S. Apparently diesel was just $1.79 a gallon during its last year in operation, as evidenced by the sign.

I searched online and discovered it is called the “Zillah Teapot Gas Station.” Located in Zillah, a town about 15 miles southeast of Yakima, the gas station was built in 1922 by Jack Ainsworth as a commentary on the Teapot Dome scandal involving President Warren G. Harding and a federal petroleum reserve in Wyoming. Learn more about its origins here and here.

I told Sue we should pool our resources to buy it and put it in her backyard in Huntsville. She could turn it into either a little tea shack or a potting shed—although at a purported cost of $250,000 to move, it would be one mighty pricey tool shed…not to mention what the homeowners association might have to say about it!

Concerned residents in Zillah formed a “Friends of the Teapot Association” to raise money to move and preserve the structure. Learn about the potential new use for the actual Teapot Dome Field here and here.

The drive to Spokane took us through a vast farming region where we saw lots of signs for apples, peaches, and other edibles for sale. The photo below the farm truck image was taken at a visitor center and rest stop along the way—quite a panoramic scene (this is just one section of it) for a rest stop. We got a kick out of a sign posted at the entrance to the parking lot: “Beware of rattlesnakes and don’t feed the seagulls.” Sue’s Mom heeded the rattlesnake warning (we didn’t see any), and there were no seagulls present to sneak food to anyway. The “harvest moon” photograph at the bottom was shot from Barb and Dean’s second floor balcony later that night.

NEWSFLASH! Thanks to my fellow blogger Toni, a fused-glass artist/photographer who lives in the Tri-Cities area on the way to Spokane, I now know the lake behind the rest stop was Sprague Lake (covering 1,840 acres!) in Adams County, Washington. Thanks for the info, Toni.

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Visual and aural overload at Pike Place

22 09 2008

Color (and how). Noise (a bit too much). Flowers (unbelievably cheap). Neon. Bustle. Shops. Cars. People, so many people. Flying fish. Fruits. Vegetables. Grains. Tea. Coffee. Trinkets. Seafood. Shouting. Singing. Music. Purses. T-shirts (bought some). Jewelry (ditto). Breads. Pastries. Antiques. Street performance. Restaurants. Chocolate. Cheese. Crafts. Jellies. Jams. Visually and aurally overwhelming. Happy 101, Pike Place!

Learn more about Pike Place Market here.

Learn about Pike Place Fish here.

Take virtual tours here.

Learn about the neighborhood here.

Ooooh…love the colors on the “Taste Pike Place Market” website here.

Check out local resident Phil’s Pike Place Market blog here.

And read Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson’s review (complete with photos and videos) here.

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Sunsets over Bainbridge Island

21 09 2008

At long last, we’re back from our 10-day vacation and I’ve just begun preparing the thousands (yes, thousands) of photos I shot in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve, Mt. Rainier, Pike Place Market, on the road to Spokane (city and park images, family portraits for our hosts), The Davenport Hotel, Manito Park, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), and in Victoria (including Butchart Gardens—as you can imagine, I went a little nuts shooting everything in bloom there—we’re at the end of our gardening season here in Virginia—they’re just getting up to speed with their late summer blooms!). I have tons of photos to share and road trip stories, too.

Michael, Sue, Sue’s mom Wanda, and I met at the airport on September 10, then took the 8:30 ferry over to Bainbridge Island to visit with our first set of gracious hosts, Jim and Anne (Sue’s aunt and uncle). I photographed the ferry coming from Bainbridge (top photo) on our first crossing. The bottom photo is another sunset on our trip later in the week from Spokane (to visit former neighbors and friends, Barb and Dean) back to Bainbridge Island.

Oh, and by the way…we had sunny weather up until the last day or so of vacation. September is the month to visit the Pacific Northwest. It didn’t rain one drop until the shuttle picked us up to take us to the airport (too) early this morning. And much to my delight, most of the day at Butchart Gardens was overcast just enough to make photographing flowers a slice of heaven!

Much, much, MUCH more to come…

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