Abstract Bloedel Reserve

Recently, my girlfriend and I took a trip to Seattle, and I will have plenty of photos to show you. I’m re-building my website right now, so it might take a while to get to all of them, but I wanted to start with this short abstract series that I did in Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Bloedel Reserve is an enchanting forest/botanical garden/wildlife preserve. When I was researching places to go near Seattle, I immediately knew we had to go there. Getting there without a car turned out to be easy. We just took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, and there was a bus waiting for us at the ferry terminal.

As I said, I’ll tell you more about the gardens and forests in another post, but I wanted to share these abstracts. I go through fazes with abstract photography, but I think I’m getting better at it. In the image above, I wanted to show how the light falls into the cool and shady forest, and how it almost has weight. It took me several tries to get it right, of course, but I actually feel proud of this image. I no longer feel like I’m just waving my camera around and hoping for the best.

Alcatraz in the Abstract

I have been living in the Bay Area for almost ten years now, and I see Alcatraz island all the time. I always knew that I would get around to visiting eventually. I have been to most of the touristy places in San Francisco, but Alcatraz is a little bit harder to get to. You have to buy tickets in advance and take a ferry. You can’t just go over there on a whim. Besides, it always looks so grim from a distance, did I really want to go there that badly?

Well, currently there is an installation art exhibition by the great artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The exhibit will end on April 26, 2015, so as of this writing, there is very little time left to go see it. For me, this was the perfect excuse to go and visit Alcatraz, and the infamous prison that is now such a popular tourist destination.

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