Cherry Blossom Sunrise by Jonathan Gardner

This weekend was predicted to be the peak bloom for the Cherry Blossom or Sakura in Seattle. There may be no better place to see and photograph them than on the University of Washington Campus. I am lucky that this is only about 3 miles from my house so on Saturday morning I got up at 6 am, packed my camera gear, and headed out. In this post, I’ll talk about how I captured this photograph.

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Steel Diamonds by Jonathan Gardner

A few weeks ago, Seattle brought to gridlock by a few inches of snow. While in most places that would not yield a mention, with the incline of the hills and the rare occurrence, the city was woefully unprepared. After being trapped in the house for a few days, I needed to get out and into the city.

For some reason, I tend to start trips to Downtown by heading down to Pike Place Market, and this trip was no different. After walking around the market, I headed up to the Seattle Central Library. The mid-day light was flat and overcast, so I wanted to head inside and check out the modern structure.

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Safe Harbor by Jonathan Gardner

Growing up in South Louisiana, I spent a lot of time on the water. While the Pacific Northwest is many miles away from where I grew up, it is the water that keeps me close to my roots.

I recently drove past the Shilshole Marina in Seattle on my way to Golden Gardens Park. While I was in the park to photograph the sunrise, I kept looking at the way the rough waters of the sound calmed when they hit the jetty. I took a few images from the shore but was never satisfied with the pictures.

I went home a slept on it a few nights. After a few nights, I realized I needed a change in perspective. There is no better way to change perspective than go up in the air.

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