Sunday, January 29, 2006

Seattle Rocks! Go Hawks!

Savannah and I got up at 6AM today and drove down to Qwest Field to see the Seahawks off to Detroit where they are going to kick the crap out of the Steelers next Sunday. We got to the stadium at around 7:30 as the rally was to start at 8. There were thousands of people there already. Turns out they didn't plan for that many people as they had everything set up on the steps of the north entrance. By the time we got there the Fire Marshall had cut off everyone from crossing the fence and we were stuck outside. I hoisted Savannah up on my shoulders so she could watch. We got the jist of it from where we were. Mike Holmgren, Matt Hasselbeck and Shawn Alexander gave speeches, all the players were there as were the Seagals :) They're Savannah's favorite. It is pretty great being up in Seattle this time of year, I put a big banner up in the lobby of the restaurant and have been running dinner specials such as True Cod Holmgren, Hasselbeck Halibut Cheeks and 12th Man-icotti. OK, I stole the 12th Man-Icotti idea, don't tell anyone in Texas about it.

After the Seahawks, we went to the Woodland Park Zoo. Once again we had the place to ourselves pretty much. Most of the animals were pretty active, I got some good shots of the Hippos, the Tiger growled at us and we got to watch the gorilla's regurgitate their food into their hands and eat it over and over again. Love it!

Go Hawks!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Lake House

On my way down to Portland for my, I mean meeting I stopped by my Dad's house on Pattison Lake to find the water level higher than I have ever seen it. I was surprised to learn the dock is not a floating dock as it was about an inch away from being submerged. Here are some pics...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

My First Blog

I have finished my vacation and am back to the Fish House Grind. My week off was very much needed and very fun to say the least. Mostly I laid around the house, worked on my web page and edited some photo's. In addition, we drove up to Rockport, WA to view the Bald Eagles on the Skagit River. During the month of January one of the two largest gatherings of Bald Eagles in the world is about an hour and a half drive from Seattle. We saw at least 40 Eagles, probably more. I got some decent photos, but they could have been better. Next weekend I'm renting a 400mm 2.8 lens (I'd buy one but they're $6,500) to get some great photo's. After that it was back to the Woodland Park Zoo. It was a crappy day out so I had the place to myself. I was shooting photo's of the female lion with my 70-200 lens when I realized I couldn't focus on her, I backed up a bit, but still couldn't. I took my eye off the camera to see what the problem was and realized she was standing with her nose up to the glass about 4 inches away from me. She got my heart racing a bit I must admit. Anway, she's very photogenic and I've gotten some of my best photos of her. This is my first ever blog so we'll see if it works out. Hopefully I'll update it often :)