Kyoto, Early Fall

Posted Dec 26, 2023

These are some favorite pho­tos from a recent trip to Kyoto. We arrived at the tail end of Octo­ber and stayed until mid-Novem­ber. View this gallery on Flickr to see more from the trip, includ­ing Tokyo, Nara, and Miyajima.

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

Posted Nov 02, 2023

The Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Bud­dhist tem­ple com­mon­ly called the Gold­en Pavil­ion, stands serene­ly against Kyoto’s lush land­scape. The top two floors are cov­ered in bril­liant gold leaf that glowed warm­ly in the after­noon sun on my vis­it. In spite of the crowds, it’s a place of tran­scen­dent beau­ty, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of Japan’s most icon­ic and his­toric sites.

Kyoto bell tower

Posted Oct 31, 2023

Small tower at the entrance to Otani Sobyo
October 31, 2023
Royal Palace of Madrid
January, 2023

Madrid boasts many his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al land­marks, but per­haps none are quite as grand and majes­tic as the Palace of Madrid. The palace, also known as the Pala­cio Real, is a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of Span­ish archi­tec­ture, with its ornate facades and beau­ti­ful gardens.

The tem­ple of Debod, an ancient Egypt­ian tem­ple gift­ed to Spain in the 1960s, is sit­u­at­ed a lit­tle over a mile to the north and offers a per­fect view of the palace, mak­ing it a ter­rif­ic spot to cap­ture this pho­to just before sunset. 

This scene was one of the most beau­ti­ful moments in our quick, three-day stopover in Madrid.

Sauk Mountain

Posted Oct 08, 2022

Pho­tos from a sum­mer hike on the Sauk Moun­tain trail, in the Wash­ing­ton state Cascades.

Paris in November

Posted Mar 14, 2022

iPhone pho­tos from a trip to Paris, France in Novem­ber 2021, with side trips to the Cham­pagne region and Mont-Saint-Michel.

Puerto Vallarta

Posted Sep 02, 2021

iPhone pho­tos from a trip to Puer­to Val­lar­ta, Mexico.

Pike Place Market at night

Posted Jun 10, 2021

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic was just tak­ing hold and Seat­tle was shut­ting down. I wan­dered out on a rainy night to snap a few pho­tos of the large­ly aban­doned Pike Place Mar­ket and try out a new lens fil­ter (Tiff­en 52mm Black Pro-Mist 14). It gives the pho­tos a moody glow, although I dis­cov­ered in some cas­es incom­ing light bounced off the lens, back to the inside sur­face of the fil­ter and then back again toward the lens, result­ing in an invert­ed dou­ble image (some­what vis­i­ble in the first pho­to). Worth the trou­ble though; I love the effect.

Cherry blossoms

Posted Apr 14, 2021

East Prospect Street and 21st Avenue East, Seattle
RAW on iPhone 12 Pro Max, 7:01 p.m., April 14, 2021

Jack Block Park

Posted Mar 27, 2021

Seattle skyline seen across Elliott Bay from Jack Block Park in West Seattle
March 27, 2021

Cherry Creek Falls

Posted Jul 15, 2020

Cherry Creek Falls
July 12, 2020

For Seat­tle-area folks, Cher­ry Creek Falls is rel­a­tive­ly close by, just a few miles out­side the near­by town of Duvall. 

A five mile round-trip hike through mossy rain­for­est takes you to the falls and back. At first, you’ll take what feels like a trip back in time, trav­el­ing the remains of a long-aban­doned road, pass­ing an ancient crashed car or two along the way. Even­tu­al­ly, though, you’ll leave the old road behind and delve deep­er into the for­est, fol­low­ing a net­work of paths past sev­er­al lit­tle water­ways and pos­si­bly encoun­ter­ing a few com­mu­ni­ties of bees and mos­qui­toes if you don’t keep mov­ing, before reach­ing the falls — a nice spot for a pic­nic or a lit­tle wading. 

The trip through the for­est is pic­turesque and some­times mys­te­ri­ous, though a lit­tle bush­whack­ing can occa­sion­al­ly be required. The falls are a pleas­ant reward, and this hike is an easy way to get out­side and get a lit­tle exercise.

Rialto Beach

Posted Jun 30, 2020

Washington coast in winter

Posted Feb 22, 2020

Rain, Washington Coast
Feb. 16, 2020

A pass­ing cloud dumps rain and hail at Rial­to Beach, on Wash­ing­ton state’s Pacif­ic coast, on a dark, mid-Feb­ru­ary afternoon.

All pho­tos were shot with an iPhone 11 Pro Max, most using the new Night Mode feature. 

Soumaya, Mexico City

Posted Sep 02, 2019