The Station Fire north of Pasadena is still burning out of control. I have been able to see flames from my office window almost every day since the fire started. Everyone and their brother has been taking photos of this fire so here are some more of mine.
Two weekends ago Lindsay and I headed up to Sequoia National Park for a quick weekend trip. We did very little research on the park and really had no idea what to expect. All we really knew was that there were some big trees in the park. The trees did not disappoint us. All the campsites in the central part of the park were full so we headed up to Grant’s Grove and found a site in Sunset Campground. The site was beautiful; situated among the tall pines, sequoias and redwood trees. Taking photos of 30 story trees from the ground. They are so big that fitting them in a single shot is difficult and giving a sense of scale is even harder. While sitting around our campfire I was staring up at the stars through the trees and decided to take some cool shots of the stars trailing through the trees as well as the obligatory tent at night shot that I take everywhere that we camp. On Saturday we went for a great hike through Redwood Canyon. Walking through a forest of giants is breathtaking. The park has the second and third largest trees in the world but I am convinced it also has the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh…….largest trees. Every single tree seemed bigger than the last.
The past couple days in Southern California have been scorching hot. Temperatures today were pushing over 100 degrees. When my car sits out in the sun on a hot day at work the thermometer usually reads something around 110-115. Today after a full day of work the car said 132 degrees. Needless to say, a few fires have broken out in the San Gabriel Mountains directly north of where I am sitting writing this. The fire burning right now is called the station fire and is three to four miles north of where I work at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It was pretty crazy to see the flames move up the mountain and crest over the top. Here are a few shots of the fire from various places in Pasadena.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Downtown Los Angeles for Jury Duty and had to park at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert hall is an amazing piece of architecture. On my second day of jury duty I brought my camera to take a couple of photos at the end of the day. The shapes and lines remind me a lot of the slot canyons found in Arizona and Utah.
Next stop on the Gorge tour was Arlington. After several days of mediocre conditions the forecast was calling for 40 knots out East in the high desert town of Arlington. We hit the road for the 70 mile drive and when we arrived we were not disappointed; big waves and big wind were waiting for us. Once again I suited up and swam out in the river in some pretty rough conditions to get some water shots. Lindsay stayed up on the beach and took some long lens shots.
After a quick coastal trip we headed back to Hood River in hopes that the weather had cooled down and the wind had picked back up. We got a little of both but not enough. I still managed to get out in the water and convince the guys to go sail so I could shoot and try out some new gear like the remote backpack camera and 14-24mm lens port.
Over the July 4th Weekend Lindsay and I took a trip up to Oregon to shoot some windsurfing photos with all of our windsurfing friends. We were hoping to generate a bunch of new material to offer to magazines, sponsors and other industry people. The weather in Hood River was not cooperating when we arrived so we decided to make a trip to the coast in search of wind and waves. Our first day was spent at Oceanside, where I managed to get some good shots from the water. The second day was at Lincoln city shooting from the beach. Lincoln City had some great cliffs that were really dramatic when shot with a super telephoto.