With 2 kids and a full time “real” job, the luxury of going somewhere “just” to take pictures is rare. I recently had one of those rare opportunities on a last minute work trip to the Seattle area. With encouragement from my better half, I took some extra days on either end of the week to see friends and spend some quality time with my camera.
On the wise advice of friends, I took some extra time driving from Bellingham to Seattle by going the way of Chuckanut Drive, along Samish Bay. Pulling off at a half a dozen scenic overlooks, I was overwhelmed by the natural beauty and the phenomenal mid autumn weather. The bright light of the sun certainly offered some challenges, but also created the context for some dramatically different photos of the same tree. The artsy, almost black and white quality of the first is one of my husband’s favorites. It’s hard to believe that the second image is the same tree, on the same day, just taken from a different viewpoint.
As I drove along Chuckanut, I struggled with whether I should hang around until sunset, which was just an hour or so away to get what I was sure would be some great sunset shots. Practicality took over as I decided to head on so that I could get to Seattle and my hotel room at a reasonable hour. That decision proved to be worthwhile. The shot below captures the farmland located just inland from the bay, with Mt. Baker in the distance. The late afternoon sun really made this shot.
Urban settings awaited me in Seattle…
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