Wine & Beer Tasting, The Palouse, and the North Cascades Highway

Rich and I recently covered about 800 miles of scenic and culinary stops from Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Palouse Falls, WA., Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Wintrop, WA., and the North Cascades Highway. We sampled some great brews at Iron Horse Brewery , added to our wine collection in Walla Walla, met up with Marmots and Wild Turkeys at Palouse Falls, enjoyed jet skiing and kayaking in Coeur d'Alene and Winthrop, and ended our trip with stops at scenic view stops along the beautiful North Cascades Highway 20. Here are some of our photos!

Diablo Lake where you can boat on the lake to the Diablo Dam surrounded by the North Cascades

Diablo Lake where you can boat on the lake to the Diablo Dam surrounded by the North Cascades

We enjoyed sampling beers at Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensberg, WA.

We enjoyed sampling beers at Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensberg, WA.

Marmot on a ledge at Palouse Falls

Marmot on a ledge at Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Bridgeport Bridge, orchards and vineyards near Chief Joseph Dam, WA.

Bridgeport Bridge, orchards and vineyards near Chief Joseph Dam, WA.

Seen any wild turkeys lately?!

Seen any wild turkeys lately?!

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A Day at the Beach at Fripp Island and Exploring Savannah

There’s nothing like having your toes in the sand, the sound of the surf, finding seashell treasures on the beach, and exploring the antebellum architecture and historic squares of Savannah, Georgia, and Fripp Island, South Carolina. Our family has roots in both areas so every other year or so, we travel there to enjoy some family time and southern hospitality. Here are some favorite pictures of the trip featuring cultural photography and landscape photography of the Spanish Moss and the easy island lifestyle.

Sunrise over the marsh and palm trees at Fripp Island; a barrier island off of South Carolina

Sunrise over the marsh and palm trees at Fripp Island; a barrier island off of South Carolina

Shrimp fishing boats and the dock at Port Royal, South Carolina.

Shrimp fishing boats and the dock at Port Royal, South Carolina.

Sandpipers peck at jellyfish on the beach at Fripp Island.

Sandpipers peck at jellyfish on the beach at Fripp Island.

Large squid close to shore along the beach.

Large squid close to shore along the beach.

Osprey with the catch of the day! The Osprey hold the fish in his talons and takes off from the beach.

Osprey with the catch of the day! The Osprey hold the fish in his talons and takes off from the beach.

Even the deer like walking on the beach! We loved out time at Savannah and Fripp Island!

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Landscape and Nature Photography in Anacortes, the San Juans, and Orcas Island

Blessed with beautiful weather we recently explored scenic vista’s in Anacortes and sailed through the San Juan Island archipelago to spend a couple of days exploring Orcas Island. It was the perfect getaway! We enjoyed hiking in Moran State Park and captured beautiful views from Mount Constitution. One of my favorite spots for photography is at Deer Harbor. Contact me today to learn how to be a better photopgrapher at Tel: 240-899-5295, info@jollysiendaphotography.com.

Speed boat cruises through the San Juan Island archipelago with Mount Baker in the background.

Speed boat cruises through the San Juan Island archipelago with Mount Baker in the background.

Contrails in the blue sky and sailboats at Deer Harbor.

Contrails in the blue sky and sailboats at Deer Harbor.

Evergreen tree reflection at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park.

Evergreen tree reflection at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park.

Aerial views of the San Juan Island archipelago and the Cascade Mountains from Mount Constitution summit.

Aerial views of the San Juan Island archipelago and the Cascade Mountains from Mount Constitution summit.

Person walks the beach in the fog at Ship Harbor in Anacortes, Washington.

Person walks the beach in the fog at Ship Harbor in Anacortes, Washington.

Sunset at Cap Sante, Fidalgo Island, Anacortes.

Sunset at Cap Sante, Fidalgo Island, Anacortes.

Washington State Ferry sailings in the San Juan Islands with Mount Baker in the background.

Washington State Ferry sailings in the San Juan Islands with Mount Baker in the background.

Yep — this is a little slice of paradise! Jolly Sienda Photography captures and tells a story of our world.

Cruising around the fog around the San Juan Islands, Washington.

Cruising around the fog around the San Juan Islands, Washington.

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Wildlife Bird Photography & Landscape Photography at the Skagit Valley & Whidbey Island

Cool, pastel, winter skies…wind, clouds, and sun-breaks…golden cattails and marshland…and snow on the barren farmlands, are the perfect beacon for birds of prey! The farms in the Skagit Valley are dormant and waiting for spring; yet its a feast for birders and birds alike that survive off of the grubs, field mice, and fish in the fields and sloughs. Below are photos taken from our February 16-17 trip to Mount Vernon Skagit Valley and Whidbey Island.

Bald Eagle on a winterized tree branch at Skagit Valley, Washington

Bald Eagle on a winterized tree branch at Skagit Valley, Washington

Winter Cattails whistle and sway gently from winters wind.

Winter Cattails whistle and sway gently from winters wind.

Flock of Dunlins fly over Fir Island

Flock of Dunlins fly over Fir Island

Skagit Valley farm and farmland with a blanket of snow over the reeds and vegetation.

Skagit Valley farm and farmland with a blanket of snow over the reeds and vegetation.

The beauty of wetland reeds and cattails a long the cold, blue, inlet at Whidbey Island

The beauty of wetland reeds and cattails a long the cold, blue, inlet at Whidbey Island

Skagit Valley, Bald Eagles flying around, and foothills

Skagit Valley, Bald Eagles flying around, and foothills

Great Blue Heron looks for a fish or frog in the marsh, Whidbey Island

Great Blue Heron looks for a fish or frog in the marsh, Whidbey Island

Bald Eagles up in a tree, Skagit Valley, Washington

Bald Eagles up in a tree, Skagit Valley, Washington

Skagit Valley Eagles and Nature Photography!

When winter arrives at the Skagit Valley, Bald and Golden Eagles, Canadian Snow Geese, Hawks, and other bird of prey feast on fish, worms, mice, and more at the barren fields that lay in waiting for spring planting. For many nature photographers seeing so many varieties of birds gather in one area is special.

Bald Eagle perched on an electrical utility grid.

Bald Eagle perched on an electrical utility grid.

Seeing two Bald Eagles together is fantastic!

A pair of Bald Eagles, Skagit Valley, Washington

A pair of Bald Eagles, Skagit Valley, Washington

Eagles are so popular in this region that there is a festival in their honor! https://concrete-wa.com/skagit-eagle-festival

Bald Eagle perched on a Cedar tree

Bald Eagle perched on a Cedar tree

Canadian Snow Geese

Canadian Snow Geese

Winter sunrise over a blueberry farm and stream in the Skagit Valley

8:29 am, January 12, 2019, Winter sunrise over a blueberry field at the Skagit Valley

8:29 am, January 12, 2019, Winter sunrise over a blueberry field at the Skagit Valley

Are you interested in learning more about photography? Jolly Sienda offers one-on-one instruction and group photo sessions. For more information, please contact Jolly at 240-899-5295, email: info@jollysiendaphotography.com

Autumn Nature Photography Where You Live! Sign Up for My Photography Classes!

I enjoy all of the seasons of the year. I especially love Autumn and its rich, warm, colors; red, yellow, orange, purple, and green! When I get free time in the early morning or late afternoon to go outside into nature I’m feeling a bit of zen. Our earth gives us gifts of paradise each day to enjoy. When I get to play with my cameras and lens I’m really in the zone.

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

I’ve traveled throughout the United States in search of beautiful colorful landscapes to photograph. There are many. But, in fact, some of the best and most beautiful natural landscapes showcasing Autumn color is where I live - close to my backyard.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

And, for outdoor wedding photography — photographing a bride and groom under a blazing oak, alder, or maple tree is the best! All of my couples love this!!!

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

I also love to let myself go and be totally creative! How about this abstract photography landscape in the water. It really looks like a watercolor painting!

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

I really enjoy helping people who want to learn more about photography. If you want to see things differently, learn photography techniques, and get better pictures, please contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, message, or email at info@jollysiendaphotography.com. I do one-on-one lessons and small groups. Let’s explore our world!

Catching Autumn Color at Seabeck's Hood Canal

The sunrise, cool crisp air, crystal clear water, warm autumn color, fog layers, Olympic Mountains, seagulls, a fisherman taking his boat out to sea, tranquil and calm — this is what I feel and see as I look, linger, and take in the natural beauty of the Hood Canal, at Seabeck. A picture perfect slice of Pacific Northwest paradise.

Want to learn how to be a better photographer? Please contact me today to set up an appointment for one-on-one photography instruction. Tel: 240-899-5295 E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com . Let’s have some fun and take our photography to a new level!

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Serenity, color, light, shadows, reflections…and more.

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.