Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here is some evening footage of motoring south from Rickey Point Sail Club buoy field to one of our favorite anchorages - Roper Cove. Hop on for a short ride...
Here's some info on the source of the music...
Friday, October 17, 2008
Lets look first at rotors. Here is a ship bucketing water from Wannacut Lake in the upper Okanogan Valley. I caught this rotor just as it began lifting it’s bucket full of water. Notice the prop-wash on the lake’s surface as the helicopter begins lifting off.
Here's where you can find some more info if interested.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Anyway back to the “profile”. When something like this asks what my interests are or preferred books are, well I grow somewhat introspective. The clock ticks on and the evening is almost over. In fact that question caused me to wander the many different bookshelves of this part home, part private library (in fact I even photographed a few books during the wandering portion of the evening).
In any case the answer I came up with contained an inter-active element to it, in that I attempted to embed links to some of favorite authors into the answer. The “profile” portion of this format is not user friendly to that process. Learning thus by mistake it occurred to me to list out those same admired authors in a posting itself and add the inter-active links therein. Thus this posting. In the end quiet simple, but all in all part of a work in progress as I learn this media form.
Hope you enjoy whatever you are reading...
Almost anything by the following,
Lucia St. Clair Robson,
Patrick O Brian,
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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Friday, October 10, 2008
In this period of digital photography I, like many other photo-buffs have set aside my slide & film cameras. An enjoyable but unexpected aspect of digital imagery is what I've come to refer to as 'rendering' although there is probably other terms for it. This is a process where a digital image is worked in a photo editing program the result appearing more like a digital painting or sketch than photograph. Here are some examples from my nautical collection, click on the images to view a larger version:
The first image here is a watercolour style rendering of my old Lyle Hess designed sailing vessel titled "Sailing Osprey". Her colourful headsail was quiet noticeable while underway. Catherine is at the helm.
In the second image, entitled 'The Navigator" my friend and sometimes sailing mentor Ed Wood looks even more of 'the old salt' than in the non-rendered photo. Here he's at the helm of S/V Woodwind piloting a channel in the northern reaches of the Straits of Georgia, B.C. Canada.
In the third image this water colour effect highlights the waterfront of the Washington State town of La Connor. This image "La Connor" was captured from the bridge as late summers twilight settled in. Mount Baker can be seen n the background.
The fourth picture in this series, "Osprey at Matia dock" is done in a manner to reflect a black & white pen sketch. I find this effect very enjoyable.
The fifth & last picture of this series is called "Sprite" and is an image of the sailing vessel Sprite with owner / sailor / boat builder Larry Silva at the helm during a long run one September afternoon up the Inside Passage.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The fair weather sailing of 2008 is falling into memory as autumn’s leaves drop into the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest. For a few more extended weekends we will slip the moorage lines and slide off into the twilight of our Friday evenings, sometimes sailing under bright autumn stars, sometimes into rain and chill temperatures such as this weekend brought. We will stay out until a very early morning commute on Monday imposes on our retreat. Three nights and two full days aboard. In my vernacular it's called “therapy”. These outings usually end up in protected anchorages like Roper Cove pictured here. One of our favorite late season haunts. Gone are the summer boaters, the noisy beach camps. Within these temperate anchorages we listen to the call of geese, the rare loon, gobbling of turkeys. Often we hear the passage of the eagle wings before we see the bird itself.
This weekend was rainy. Made for a hang out, brew some coffee, read a book, play some Scrabble, kind of time. Pretty enjoyable really. I’ve created a small vignette of images and reflections that take you from the sailing, to the rain, to the main cabin in front of a cozy onboard fireplace and lounging boat cat.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I started firefighting in 1971 as a firefighter on the USFS Packwood Ranger District in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as a crewman on a brush disposal (BD) crew. I've since been an engine leader, held a forest warden commission, received training as a fire investigator, become a volunteer firefighter, an ambulance driver, a crew boss, a fire boss, taskforce leader, training specialist, division supervisor, incident commander type 3, elected as a fire commissioner and now serve as a fire chief. (The above photo was a little before my time but these fellas' with their burlap bags and buckets of water were pretty effective for their time).
Here are a few images of autumn in the Kettle River Valley to enjoy...
This is a photograph I call "Morning Rock". The name comes from the white vertical cliffs in the background. They are approximately 250' tall. A mountaineering friend and I were doing a lot of rock climbing in the '80s and one sunny November morning we went to lead climb the tall vertical crack you can see in the cliff face. Turned out to be more of task than we had bargained for. Our one & only failure at a first ascent. We belayed down sporting a new assortment of bruises, frayed ropes and slightly tarnished egos. But looking back now, many years later, it had been a fine way to spend a late autumn morning and we gained a good story to tell in the process.
"Kettle River Morning" is the title of this photograph. An autumn image captured just off the deck of what I call Riverhome, my log framed house along the Kettle River. As autumn settles in the river valley and temperatures drop accordingly morning mists rise off the liquid surface providing a delightful backdrop to the silhouettes of the large cottonwoods trees lining the waters edge. Its quiet enjoyable to take your cup of morning coffee, sit on the riverdeck and watch the play of morning light.
And what northern portfolio of autumn would be complete without an image of maple leaves. These leaves are special to me in that I planted this tree and three others just like it nearly 20 years ago. The four maples encase a gardenscape area I call "the Maple Room". Of course at this time of year they are exceptionally beautiful and quite photogenic.
Well that's it for this session. Remember to carry your camera with you wherever you go and take lots of photos of the changing colors of autumn.
As mentioned above my mate and I sail 70 or so days a year. We squeeze it in between busy careers. Mine as a fire chief, she the administrator of the Stonerose museum & fossil dig site (http://www.stonerosefossil.org/).
Given my strong affiliations with the water through sailing & living on the bank of a river, combined with my 30+ year career with firefighting, I've chosen Firewater as the name of this blog. Blogging as noted is a new venture for me. Of course being a neophyte this is a work in progress, and admittedly a rather rough one at that.
In summary, I've been interested in starting a blog. Not sure where it will go but that may indeed prove to be the true adventure in & of itself.