The Dalby Waterwheel has been an icon of Mason County for over 100 years. It now sits quietly nestled among the tress along Highway 106 near the Alderbrook Resort.
"Eric's Model A"
This old Model A Ford Truck is being preserved by a man in Shelton, Washington, who has a passion for old vehicles. He restores them so that their life and heritage is preserved.
“Night time at the Log Monument”
This image is a unique view of the old sawmill band saw wheel located on the hill overlooking the Shelton Waterfront. The viewer looks through the past and into the present as traffic and time pass.
"Eagles Discussing Politics"
As I drove along Hood Canal near, coincidently Eagle Creek, I spotted these two Eagles sharing a meal and discussing Politics. One can only imagine the discussion between them.
"Claude Monet is Alive and Well"
This image of trees in their fall colors reflecting from this pond is reminiscent of paintings done by the French painter, Monet. The reflections of fall leaves, white tree trunks, and grass stimulates one's imagination for hours.
"Shelton Harbor Reflection"
This calm fall day with no wind and calm waters presented an excellent opportunity to catch a moment of beauty at the Shelton Yacht Club
By afternoons end this old derelict boat house will dismantled on the Shelton waterfront and will only be only a memory. As it waits its demise, the old boat house exhibits a beauty as never before as it is silhouetted by a spectacular Pacific Northwest Sunrise .
"Upper Satsop Lake - Olympic National Forest"
"We're Coming for You"
Criminals Beware. If you think you are bad and will not be taken. Think again. The Mason County Sheriff's Office Regional SWAT Team is coming for you . . .and you will go. From left to right: Deputy Nathan Birklid, MCSO; Officer Bret Fish Squaxin Island Police Department;, Brandon Heggie, Medical Officer FPD #5; Sgt. Travis Adams, MCSO; Deputy Mike Western, MCSO; Deputy Tim Ripp, MCSO; and Deputy Trevor Clark, MCSO
A guilt ridden man, brought to justice after a lifetime of crime will atone for his crimes. The consequences of his choices will be paid for one day at a time for many years to come. This image was taken in 2012, in the old Mason County Jail located on the third floor of the Mason County Court House.
The Satsop Silo"
Along the old route between Elma and Montesano near the little community of Satsop is this old wooden silo. As it stands magnificently alone in this field, it reminds us of a simpler time.
"The Lonely Oak"
This stately old oak stands alone in a field near Satsop, Washington, at the end of a winter day. It waits stoically for the return of spring and the return of its leaves little realizing the beauty it displays here.
"Autumn at the Johnson Family Farm"
Presented to Gary and Linda Johnson in appreciation for letting me capture this image of a magnificent old barn. This barn was built in 1924 in the Skokomish River Valley in Mason County, Washington.
"Reflection of Glowing Maples"
Each year we can expect flooding in the Skokomish Valley here in Mason County. In 2012 the flood came just as the maple trees were in their best color and I was lucky enough to be there to capture it.
"A Pack of Pipers Piping"
A visit to the beach is seldom complete without encountering many Sandpipers as they feed in groups on the beach digging up their food on the beach. Here a large group are doing what they do best.
"Wintertime for Tollie"
Simpson Logging Company Engine #7, once named Ed Elliot, stands as a symbol to the glory days of logging in Mason County. Tollie served Simpson until 1957 and was later placed on display in downtown Shelton. Today it and its caboose serve as headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce.
This art deco inspired building was completed in 1929 and has been dispensing justice to criminals since that time. This aging old structure still stands tall with a recent restoration on the outside. People who work in this building have a special relationship with it, trying to reconcile its outside beauty with its age, size and its inability to house all of the officers, employees and citizens who use it on a daily basis. In this image Criminals are warned that their life may be changing very soon.
"Summer Sunset on Hood Canal"
Along Hood Canal you can look across and see the Olympic Mountains. Sunsets on Hood Canal are very often colorful and magnificent.
"Dalby Waterwheel - Snow Covered"
The Dalby Waterwheel has been an icon of Mason County for over 100 years. It now sits snow covered, quietly nestled among the tress along Highway 106 near the Alderbrook Resort.
"Waiting to head for the Roundhouse"
The Simpson Railroad operated from 1890 until 2015. It hauled many thousands of board feet of saw logs from woods, west of Shelton. After a hard day of hauling logs, and lumber the 1200 and the 900 wait to head into the roundhouse for the night.
"Enjoying the Sunset"
This last summer I went up to Point Wilson to photograph the lighthouse. As it turned out there was much more there to photograph than just the lighthouse. I was lucky enough to catch this little seagull standing on the rocks watching the sun go down. I think I enjoyed him watching the sunset as much as he did.
"Moonrise of Mason County"
Most people do not think of a Moonrise as beautiful as a sunrise or sunset. In this image I set out to change that perception. I used a telephoto lens to bring the moon closer and enhance its detail. This moonrise captures the rising moon as it elevates itself just above the tree line east of Oakland Bay.
"The Redneck Yacht Club"
This image was captured near Humptulips in Grays Harbor County, Washington. I think this image speaks volumes. It's humorous and beautiful at the same time.
"Sunset at the Shelton Yacht Club"
Oakland Bay Super Moon"
The full moon during the month of May, 2012, was called a super moon because it came about 15000 miles closer to Earth than usual. In anticipation of this event I watched the moon rise that night from the Shelton waterfront. The Old Man in the Moon was at his grandest at that moment.
"A Stormy Day at the Mason County Court House"
This art deco inspired building was completed in 1929 and has been dispensing justice to criminals since that time. This aging old structure still stands tall with a recent restoration on the outside. People who work in this building have a special relationship with it, trying to reconcile its outside beauty with its age, size and its inability to house all of the officers, employees and citizens who use it on a daily basis.
Firey Sky at Lake Cushman
I caught this fiery sky at Lake Cushman early this spring. Lake Cushman is nestled in the Olympic Mountains just northwest of Hoodsport. Washington. This wonderful lake provides power to the City of Tacoma and countless recreational opportunities to us all.
"Christmas time in Christmas Town USA"
Night time at the Washington State Capitol"
"Dayton Peak Sunset"
I was driving in the back country of Mason County in December, 2011 in an attempt to find a nice place to watch the sun set. The objective of course was to capture the most sky possible. I found that place on the top of Dayton Peak.
"Old Tractor and the Maple Tree"
In the fall of 2012 I ran across this old tractor parked under a maple tree. While not at the end of its life it has certainly seen its share of hard work over the years. Like the tree it sits under, it is in the Autumn of it's life. Both the tree and the old tractor while old and worn, were still magnificent and beautiful.
"Reflections from the Past"
The original Olympia Brewery founded by Leopold Schmidt in the late 1800s this building was abandoned in favor of a modernized Olympia Brewery near this location in Tumwater, Washington. It is also empty and not operating. This old building adds to the character of the area. We are all hoping that a restoration will occur in the near future.
"After Dark at the Pine Tree"
The Pine Tree Restaurant is a Shelton icon. This image captured well after dark captures the essence of this Shelton landmark along with the ghostly image of a pass car.
"The Neon Project"
A few years ago Forrest and Amy Cooper undertook the "Neon Project" in Shelton, WA. The Mission was to restore the old non working neon signs in downtown Shelton to their original glory. The Ming Tree was one of those signs. Thank you Cooper Family for a job well done.