All posts by Gary

I'm a native Washingtonian. I have lived in western Washington since 1978. I grew up in eastern Washington (Colville), then went to college and worked in Spokane for a while. I have a B.S. in Physics and Math from Whitworth College. I went straight from college into the computer field. I have worked for American Sign & Indicator Corporation (in Spokane), Digital Equipment Corporation, and Washington State Ferries, and am now retired (at least part-time ). I have owned my own businesses and have done consulting and contract work. I have a wide range of interests, including photography, reading, hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling. Some friends say I have too many interests! Because of all of my varied interests, I never seem to have time to complete everything I want to. But, I am never bored. Gary

Milky Way from Edmonds

Who says you can’t see the Milky Way from Edmonds? It may be hard to see with the naked eye, but it’s there. This is a photo I shot of the Milky Way from my driveway (in the Edmonds Bowl) on August 3, 2014. Exposure was 30 seconds at F/2.8 at ISO 1600 with a 17mm lens. I did some post processing in Lightroom (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom): increased contrast, lightened the light colors (stars), darkened the darks and a few more things to make the stars stand out a bit more, but just increasing the contrast made the Milky Way obvious in the photo. The light at the bottom is from downtown Edmonds.

Milky Way from Edmonds, WA
Milky Way from Edmonds, WA

Olympics from Edmonds

The Olympic Mountains really stand out when seen from Edmonds. This photo was shot at about 8 am on January 1, 2011, just after sunrise. The best public place I have found for viewing the Olympics and the Ferries crossing Puget Sound is from the plaza behind the library. Maybe I’ll see you there one day.

Olympic Mountains and Ferry from Edmonds, WA
Olympic Mountains and Ferry from Edmonds, WA

Mushrooms, Anyone?

I was looking for fall colors and found myself at Hickman Park. The trees in Restlawn Memorial Park cemetery across the road from the park caught my eye, so I strolled through there. These mushrooms were as brilliant as any of the trees. (November 2, 2012)

Mushrooms