Backpacking the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA – From Salmon La Sac to Lake Waptus

Backpacking the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA – From Salmon La Sac to Lake Waptus

With a slight break in the weather, I decided I would head off to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and do a bit of backpacking.

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Ocean Shores, Washington

Ocean Shores, Washington

With a break in the grey weather, it was the perfect time to pack up the camera and head out to the ocean for the afternoon.

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Hiking Washington – Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene

Hiking Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene, Washington

Another favorite among locals is the Lake Serene, Bridal Veil Falls trek. Located in the Central Cascades this hike boasts a combination of powerful waterfalls, steep inclines and alpine lake views.

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Hiking Washington – Lake Blanca, Wild Sky Wilderness

Hiking Washington, Lake Blanca, Wild Sky Wilderness

Nestled deep in the Wild Sky Wilderness, Lake Blanca rests as an emerald jewel hidden behind a staircase of switchbacks.

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Hiking Washington – Mount Saint Helen’s Blast Zone, South Coldwater Trail

Hiking the Mount Saint Helen's Blast Zone – South Coldwater Trail

Located along the the Mount Saint Helens blast zone, the South Coldwater Trail takes you from wildflower meadows to ridge-lines and ends with a stunning view of Mount Saint Helens.

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Hiking Washington – Hamilton Mountain

Hiking Hamilton Mountain along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington
With waterfalls, ridge lines, cliffs, alpine views, and wildflowers, Hamilton Mountain has it all.
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Hiking Washington – Dog Mountain

Hiking Dog Mountain along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington

If you’re looking for wildflowers, a great workout, and a view of the Columbia River Gorge, then Dog Mountain is a must. Just keep in mind you won’t be the only one. So try to make it to the trailhead before 8am.
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Hiking Oregon – Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Pacific City, Oregon

When I last wrote about my trip along the Three Capes Scenic Route. It ended with me barely catching sunset at the third and final cape, Cape Kiwanda. This time, I went back to Cape Kiwanda and devoted an entire day to exploring and enjoying some of the local fare.

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Springtime on San Juan Island, Washington

Springtime on San Juan Island, Washington

My previous, and first camping trip on San Juan Island, was in the cold harsh winter. Even as such, I had a great time and wanted to go back as soon as I could. So with the weather a little bit warmer, I took some time off from work and reserved another spot at the San Juan County Park.

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Foxes of San Juan Island, Washington

Foxes of San Juan Island, Washington

Spring vacation was quickly approaching and this time I decided to do a little bit of camping on San Juan Island. During my island explorations, I came into contact with foxes on multiple occasions. Here are the photos of those encounters.

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Three Capes Scenic Route – Oregon Coastline

Three Capes Scenic Route, Oregon Coastline

Touted as one of the best scenic drives along the Oregon coast, the Three Capes Scenic Route offers not only spectacular views from the road, but also stunning parks along the shores edge.

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Backpacking La Push, WA – From Third Beach to Toleak Point

Backpacking La Push, WA – From Third Beach to Toleak Point

Easter weekend was quickly approaching and I had yet to plan anything. Taking a look at the weather revealed that once again we would have two days of pure sunshine. Last weekend I did some camping on San Juan Island. So this time I wanted to kick things up a knotch and do some backpacking along the coast at La Push in the Olympic National Park.

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Wintertime on San Juan Island, Washington

Wintertime on San Juan Island, Washington

Winters in the Pacific Northwest tend to drag on at times. It’s not the cold or the rain. It’s the constant grey skies that start to wear on you. So when I saw a weekend forecast that called for blue skies and warm weather, I decided it was time to make an early trip to the San Juan Islands.

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Hiking Oregon – Triple Falls, Oneonta Gorge

Hiking Triple Falls along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon

Back in the summer of 2012 I managed to fracture my foot. As my foot slowly healed, I started looking for an easy day hike in order to test out my progress. That’s when a friend recommended I go check out the Triple Falls in the Oneonta Gorge.

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Hiking Washington – Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Falls and Lake Deer in the Olympic National Park, Washington

Smack-dab in the middle of a Pacific Northwest winter, I came up with a stellar idea. Let’s go camping in the Olympics! Even with my over the top enthusiasm, I couldn’t find anyone else to agree with this plan. Sure, the weather might be a bit much, but that wasn’t going to stop me…nooo sir!

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Wreck of the Peter Iredale – Oregon

Wreck of the Peter Iredale

It was the last day of 2012 and I had decided instead of boozing it up, I was going to spend it camping at Fort Stevens State Park in Northern Oregon. To be honest, I only chose this location because of the Wreck of Peter Iredale. That, and its close proximity to my previous night of camping back in Cape Disappointment State Park in Southern Washington.

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Hiking Washington – Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington

Back from a Christmas break in Florida, I decided I would do something different this New Years and go camping in a couple State Parks. First up on my list was Cape Disappointment State Park in Southern Washington.

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Kayaking – Turner River, Everglades, FL (Round 2)

Kayaking Turner River in the Florida Everglades

Back in February, before moving out to the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to make one more kayak run down the Turner River. So I loaded up the car the night before and made it down to the kayak launch at first light.

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Hiking Oregon – Mount Hood, Paradise Park

Hiking Mt. Hood, Paradise Park, Oregon

Living in Portland, I always looked at the sharp point of Mt Hood and wondered when would I make my way out there. A combination of beauty and mystique, I felt like it would take a large about of planning to get involved with such a hike. However, one summers afternoon a co-worker showed me some trail maps and insisted I hike out to Paradise Park on Mt Hood. After looking at a couple photos online and doing a bit more reading, this was the push I needed to make it happen.

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Hiking Florida – Flamingo, Everglades National Park

Hiking Flamingo Trail in the Everglades National Park

One Thanksgiving, when I was visiting my family in South East Florida, I decided I would make a side trip and head down to Flamingo in the Everglades National Park. The last time I had been to the park was when I was a small child. So knowing I would be moving to the Pacific Northwest soon, I wanted to check things out one last time while it was still convenient.

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Hiking Washington – Wallace Falls State Park

Wallace Falls State Park, Washington

It’s creeping into the rainy season here in Seattle. And that means I’m either going to hide in my studio and work on releasing my older projects, or get off my butt and get out there and learn to shoot for the conditions. After talking with several friends, It was evident that I needed to go check out Wallace Falls State Park. So with moderate rain on the forecast, I packed up early Saturday morning and headed out into the grey.

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Hiking Washington – Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park, Washington

Just south of Anacortes, between Fidalgo and Whidbey Island, you’ll find Deception Pass State Park. I’ve never been up towards this part of Washington, so with the rare chance of a sunny day in the winter, I loaded up the car, left Seattle and started driving North.

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Munson Creek Falls – Tillamook, Oregon

Munson Creek Falls

The other weekend I was heading back to Portland from a trip down south. I took a new route in hopes of saving some time. As I was driving through the back roads of Tillamook, I saw a small state park sign advertising Munson Creek Falls. Seeing as how the weather was overcast and rainy, maybe I could snag a few forest shots in this obscure locale?

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Hiking Oregon – Eagle Creek Trail

There’s so much to be said for the Columbia River Gorge. And yet, I’ve seen so little of it.  Thankfully, this time I was given a chance to follow a friend to one of his preferred hikes, the Eagle Creek Trail in Bonneville, Oregon.

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Swamp Walk – Gator Hook Trail, Everglades, FL

Swamp Walk – Gator Hook Trail, Everglades, FL

Coming off my high from the swamp walk I had the week before at Sweetwater Strand. I decided I would do a mix hike/swamp walk and tackle the infamous Gator Hook Trail out on Loop Road. This roughly five mile trek can be either adventurous or very adventurous depending on how “deep” you want to get. I was all geared up for the long haul, so extra deep it is.

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Ghostly Rocks of Crab Harbor – Oregon

I’ve recently arrived to my new home in Portland, Oregon and the first free weekend I get I take my car to the coast in order to gaze across the mighty Pacific. However, things were not the same as they were in Portland. Instead of a blue horizon, I am greeted with a heavy fog. I thought all was awash (wish I had a better pun for this) until I drove a little ways north and past the rock formations near Crab Harbor.

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Swamp Walk – Sweetwater Strand, Loop Road, Everglades, FL

Swamp Walk – Sweetwater Strand, Loop Road, Everglades, FL

After my tiny taste of swamp walking back in the Okaloacoochee Slough, I was itching to get some serious swamping in. Having passed by the location once before, I decided my first real swamp walk was to be held in the Sweetwater Strand off of Loop Road.

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Back Streets of Downtown Naples, FL

Previously on nickbotner.com, well not previously, but a few posts back I posted a black and white collection of photos from the back alleys of Naples Florida. This posting is from the same collection, however this time it’s in full color.

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Birds of Tigertail Beach – Marco Island, FL

Birds of Tigertail Beach - Marco Island, FL

Early one morning, trying to figure out where I should go shooting,  I decided I would head down to Marco Island and check out Tigertail Beach. Growing up as a kid on Marco Island, I spent a lot of time at Tigertail. And from what I remembered about the beach, it had some interesting shoreline and waterways.  Perfect conditions for shorebirds and wayding birds.

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Jane’s Scenic Drive (Vintage Edition) – Everglades, FL

Here is the processed “vintage” edition of my Jane’s Scenic Drive photo blog. I took the more artistic shots and rendered them with a washed out mono or duo-tone look. If you missed the original posting, with all the details of the trip, you can check it out here.

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