Stand Tall in June

Last December, I photographed this stand of trees as “Stand Tall.” It ended up being one of my ten favorite photographs of 2013. At the time, I said I was going to come back and photograph the same scene in different weather and at a different time of the year. Yesterday I did.

I’m not convinced I like the colorful scene better. So I tried a black and white version. Better, but I still like the December version best.

Which do you prefer?

My 10 Favorite Photos of 2013

Carrying a camera with me most of the time, I take a lot of pictures. I take pictures during my bicycle commute. I take pictures when I fly. I even take pictures while I wait for my flight. And I post a bunch of them.

Of the pictures I took and posted in 2013, these are nine of my favorite.

Finally, I include my favorite animated GIF from the year.

That makes an even ten. Do you have a favorite? Did I miss your favorite?

Stand Tall

With today’s warmer weather,1 I took my better camera.2 I wanted to retry yesterday’s shot. I think I like the perspective and framing better. Do you agree?

Now to wait for different weather or season…


  1. By noon, it had warmed to freezing and headed to a high of 34° 
  2. A Canon Powershot S100. I got a great deal on it last year during the week of cyber-Monday. And yes, it is a better camera than my Motorola Razr i. 

Rock Creek Trail Park Bridge

Another beautiful day in Hillsboro!

I took a bike ride,1 exploring the Rock Creek area north of Highway 26. On the way back, I traveled the same trails as last week. I aimed the camera in the opposite direction to capture the sun peering between the trees, and then went crazy2 with Google+’s photo editor to make it look a little like water color. I hope you like it.

How was your day?


  1. Only 22 miles more until 2,000 miles on the bike this year. 
  2. I’m getting more comfortable modifying the pictures from the original