May 31, 2010

Extra Busy

The truth. What can I say about being so long gone from the blog other than that, the truth. I've been overwhelmed. A range of things lovely, wonderful and not, support the choice of the word overwhelmed. We have all been there in one way or another I'm sure. 

Still. That is no excuse for not getting online long enough to at least say I'm gone for a bit but... I will be back. No excuse and I apologize for it and thank you each (you know who you are) for checking in and caring. In my new job as with my previous job, May and June are extra busy on weekdays and weekends, so I suspect my attention to SeaMist and Sunsets will continue to be limited for awhile. 

A couple of the things that have taken place between my last post and now include a quick trip to California for a wonderful wedding, and a trip to Eastern, WA for a work related training. Following the training I took a day off and drove on to the area of WA farmland known as the Palouse. It is one of those places that makes my camera bag twitch when it's name is spoken. My hope had always been Spring or Fall for the journey. I'm so happy the Spring timing worked out.

Someone with time for setting up a tripod and who uses a more elaborate camera would have done a bang up job. The area was rich with shades of spring green, big sky, magic clouds and evidence of hard field work around every turn. 

Do Google Palouse so you can see some of the beautiful photos the experts have taken of the area. Like everywhere else, first light and last are magical times to capture images. On the Palouse that is especially true since it is a vast sea of hills. I really don't remember the last time my hand reached for my heart so often in reaction to beauty. Many of those images are locked in my head rather than in the camera as there was no place to stop. 

I haven't even had a chance to look at most of the photos yet.  But, I know this without looking; when time and schedules allow, there is much more ground to be covered in South Eastern WA and photos to be taken. Hugs to each of you!


Teresa Evangeline said...

I was unfamiliar with the Palouse. I did google it and what spectacular scenery. Thank you for sharing your photographs. I hope I get to visit it someday. I'm very grateful for this post, Chris. So good to hear from you again. Lovely way to start the day.

ProfGeo said...

Welcome back and thanks for the new photos & commentary. You are doing fine without a tripod.

BTW my word verification for this is whavatti and I think that's a valid response to a lot of things.

Basket gal said...

Glad you are back...I missed you!! Great photos and I agree with ProGeo, you are doing fine without a tripod!

Kittie Howard said...

Welcome back, Chris. Missed ya! I also think you're doing great withhout a tripod. Super photos! Two posts earlier (milestone blog) I dropped by to say I had an award for you. It's still there. Actually, I dropped in a few times. Don't feel alone. The Overwhelmed Bug nibbles on all of us now and then.

Anonymous said...

Chris: Good to hear from you. I missed the post on the day you put it up and have just come across it. Great photos. You always have such beautiful work. That photo with the power poles is really awesome! You should do something with that. Congrats on your new job. What stress it is to change jobs. Be sure and check my blog on June 27th, my first year of blogging.

Write when you can. I always enjoy your work, photos and writing.

(Sage to Meadow, Jack Matthews)

Taos Sunflower said...

Chris: No need to apologize for being so long between posts! It just happens...taking the time to make thoughtful posts, frequently, can be its own part time job. I love your photos. I have a friend who has done some glorious tapestry work based on her inspiration from the Palouse, check her out on Google when you can: Sarah Swett. Take care!

Linda Myers said...

I found you through Teresa's blog. I love your photos. I live in Western Washington and have traveled east for work. That country around the Palouse is just glorious. I wanted to stop at the rest area and just drink it in.

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Thanks for stopping by Linda. I apologize for not finding your post sooner. Couldn't agree more, glorious is the perfect word for that portion of the state. Wish the drive was doable more often so I could "drink it in" regularly. Thank you for the kind words about the photos. You and I are lucky, this Western WA of ours is a camera's dream. Enjoy these days!

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