’16 Calendar: Nature Calls (Again)

Feb: Long-Eared Owl.

Feb: Long-Eared Owl.

For the third edition of “Nature Calls,” every image was captured in the state of Washington.

Making calendars is not a business for me. I started a couple years ago because some friends asked me to. I make them the way I like them – spiral-bound with nice paper so the images pop and I can actually write on them. Also I use a printer I trust.

So the calendar is expensive to produce. Mine are $30 each. I also learned last year that they cost a lot to send – I get sturdy containers to protect the calendars and the postage is ridiculous – so I need to charge $5 more for shipping. You can avoid the shipping charge if you can meet me for delivery at least as close to me as Columbia City.

UPDATE: As of Dec. 10, I will accept orders for $36 each, and the calendars will be shipped only. Please be aware that shipping could take 5-10 days, depending on where it is shipped and when you order.

PayPal is the best way to do this; my account is my email address: gnbuzz @ comcast.net (without the spaces, of course). Please include the address to which you want the calendar(s) shipped.

If you want to pay another way, email me, but understand that this will add time to when you will receive your calendar.

Clicking on a thumbnail photo will generate a larger gallery of all the images that will be included. The cover photo will be a surprise!

Sol Duc Splash

Salmon Cascades in Sol Duc Valley, Olympic National Park

Salmon Cascades in Sol Duc Valley, Olympic National Park

If you’ve ever been photographically challenged by the likes of the indifferent dog, recalcitrant relative or churlish child, try Mother Nature on for size. She can be as fickle as any subject, requiring planning, alternatives and flexibility.

To wit, I recently visited my “home” national park, Olympic (Wash.), with the goal of shooting Sol Duc Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls anywhere. The weather was supposed to be cooperative – cloudy, which is the usual state of affairs in the Pacific Northwest, even in the spring and summer. Clouds and forest are allies when photographing moving water, which we’ll discuss in a moment.

However, I failed to come up with anything special, even after returning early the next morning. On the access road out, I stopped at a marked spot, “Salmon Cascades,” that I reflexively passed three times before because of a camera icon on the sign, which said to me that everybody and their brother made a cheap picture there.
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Grieving Gear

My Nikon D800 captured its own end.

My Nikon D800 captured its own end.


She’d been with me only about a year, but had photographed my wife, dog, daughters, parents, artists, raptors (though no rappers), the holidays, Seahawk heaven. She’d ushered me from sports to landscapes and wildlife, accompanied me to four national parks, four national wildlife refuges, and my 10th wedding anniversary, helped me win two competitions and get my first outdoor image published in a magazine.

I have another Nikon body that is faster, but not nearly as magical as the D800. She’s the one who helped me become a “real” photographer and for that she’ll not be forgotten.
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