Tea Fields – Indonesian highlands

My wife is from Indonesia and we went to visit her parents this summer on the island of Java.  Last time I visited a few years ago I got healthy (or unhealthy) doses of dirty, polluted streets and glitzy malls. (Their malls make ours look like a tree house, but our shopping centers make their hole-in-the-wall shops look like mouse holes.)

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Mt. St. Helens – First days of Spring

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

This photo almost has the look of a painting.  I was shooting into the sun and trying to keep it off my front lens element.  There is a huge tonal range from the clouds to the trees. Extreme light and dark, which was very hard to capture in a single exposure.  Somehow after the post processing in Lightroom, it turned out like this.

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

This is Mount Adams’ peak peeking (see how I did that?) above the Cascade Range foothills. This was just a few days after spring officially started.  If you look at the first photo in the post, you can see a tiny Mt. Adams peak on the left side of the photo. I used a 200mm lens to bring it in closer.

Mt. St. Helens valley

Mt. St. Helens valley

I ended up running down the side of the road from the vehicle turnout to find a good view not blocked by roadside trees.  The valley is very dark with evergreen trees compared to the snowy mountain, but you can see the greens of spring starting to come out in places. The view of those three rivers meeting was pretty awesome. The photo doesn’t do it justice. I needed one of those quad-copters that can carry a camera!  When I have an extra $1,000 lying around…