Saturday, May 31, 2008

out of the woods and into the light (cheesy title!)

I have a ton of catching up to do with blogging! Bethany and I have been working on a project that is getting close to being done. We're really excited about it and can't wait to show everyone. I don't like to talk about stuff before it's finished though... so more news on that later.

Today was another absolutely gorgeous day in Hood River! When the weather is nice here, you can't beat this place. It's so refreshing and just makes you feel so alive... and struck with guilt if your inside working on a computer. I tried to sit at the computer and edit photos but that lasted about 10 minutes, all I could think about was going outside and exploring on my dirtbike. So yes, I ditched work and went out and played... 3rd day in a row. I've been staying up till 4AM to make up for it though. Living like a bachelor till Bethany gets back from Santa Barbara, tomorrow!

I was riding in a kinda new area today, the east hills. It's a bit further from home (10 minutes instead of 5) so I ride here less often, but the trails seem to be a bit better and more challenging. Anyway I was cruising along a trail through these gorgeous fields of wildflowers that were all different colors, then the trail led deep into the forest. Like, really deep! The trees were huge and thick, not letting any light through. It was so dark that my headlight was actually lighting the way for me, and it wasn't even close to dark or even sunset yet. So cruising along, climbing some big hills in the trees, then I see a clearing coming up... well, quite the clearing it was! I came out of the trees and was at the top of a mountain (I think the Mt. bikers call it "Puke Point" because the hill climbs are so gnarley), greeted by this incredible view of Hood River Valley, Mt Hood, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Defiance, and even Mount Rainier in the distance. INCREDIBLE!!!

This is a pic of the forest, not the super thick part, so light was getting through here and it made a good photo.

This is me, dirtbike, and Mount Hood on top of Puke Point. I look huge and awkward because I wear a chest protector under my shirt.

This is Mt. Saint Helens at sunset... beautiful.

Lots more pics to share later, but it's 2:30AM and I have a really busy day tomorrow!


Blogger yk said...

Did you use a CPL filter
for the Mt.Hood picture?

Great pictures, by the way!

5/31/2008 2:45 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

hi yu,
Yep I did use a polarizing filter for the Mt. Hood pic. Helps bring out the clouds and saturate the sky...
Gotta love it


5/31/2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger lisa page said...

oh! I love it. Thanks for taking and posting such great pictures Blaine! Will you guys still be around Hood River in August?

5/31/2008 9:58 AM  
Blogger Mike Matas said...

wow, I love the Saint Helens one. I love that place. Keep an eye out for Big Foot.

5/31/2008 11:29 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

hey lisa, thanks! ya we'll be around in August for sure. Got lots of weddings and stuff to shoot throughout the summer in HR.
See ya in August?

5/31/2008 11:38 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

Hey Mike, haha, ya I'm bound to come across him eventually... I'll be sure to have my camera ready!

Ya Mt. Saint Helens is an awesome place, I couldn't believe how visible it was from so far away!

5/31/2008 11:40 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

your photos are gorgeous as usual, Blaine! I wish I lived that close to places that beautiful!

5/31/2008 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I get a dirt bike too? Keep safe. Love, Michigan Dad

6/01/2008 6:56 AM  

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