I’m (basically not) famous!

If any Seattle-folk went to see Rachel Bukey read from her new novel Leap of Faith at the Elliott Bay Book Company last week, and if you happen to be huge fans of the blog, and also I suppose just ridiculously eagle-eyed, you might have noticed a certain similarity of the cover (shown here):

Leap of Faith Cover

And some of the pictures that I took of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (aka the Aurora bridge, aka the Suicide Bridge) here.  Well, as you might have guessed, that’s no coincidence.  The graphic artist who did the cover work reached out to me to ask my permission to adapt one of my shots for the cover here.  As I say, I’m happy to oblige and love working out little deals like this.  Happy to see a Seattle author work with a Seattle graphic artist to use the work of a Seattle photographer to make something new.

Is the book any good?  My copy is in the mail.  I’ll tell you later.

Apples. Lots.

I’m clearly city people.  Lake Chelan seemed like quite the agricultural showpiece.  But maybe I’m just thinking of things like these:

dole apple crates

A huge stack of apple crates ready to be filled in Chelan, Washington.

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Yeah… that’s a lot of apples

What You Can See From Bend

 

I’m calling this Panorama Version 1.  This weekend I was in Bend, OR.  One of my favorite things about the high desert of Bend is that unlike Seattle, you can really see.  There aren’t a lot of trees to get in your way and things in town are mostly flat, while to the West, the sky is ringed with mountains.  On the east side of town, Pioneer Butte rises a few hundred feet and you can drive right to the top, which I did for this shot around sunset.

Mountain peaks visible from Pioneer Butte in Bend OR

 

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I’ll put up a better shot tomorrow.  My main problem is technological – this is 8 frames stitched together and my computer barfs when it tries to do anything to it.  As for editing, I think I’m going to take out the little swipe of clouds in the top middle – it’s just too distracting up there.  I’d also like to label the peaks.  From left to right I know we have Tumalo, Broken Top, the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson, but I want to check with those in the know before claiming exactly which is which.  The radio towers in the middle are on Awbrey Butte, still in town.  More soon, including a bigger full-size shot!