Category: Papillon

Time To Play Catch Up Again

Once again I’ve let the blog languish without updates for way too long (over two months!) So here are some of the photo highlights to get all caught up.

Tessa watching the water splash out at Fossil Beach (May 2nd 2015)

The field by Fossil Beach (May 2nd 2015)

Buskin River (May 10 2015)
River Crossing

Bunker near Fossil Beach (May 25th 2015)
Dandelion Bunker
This was taken three weeks after the ones above. Amazing how quick it turns green around here.

Yellow Anemone (May 30th 2015)
Yellow Anemone

Shooting Star (May 30th 2015)
Shooting Star

There that takes care of the month of May. I’ll put together a couple more updates for June and July.

Catching Up Part 3: Summit Lake

Here is yet another catching up post. For these shots we were on a hike out to Summit Lake here on the island. It was a gorgeous 5 or so mile hike out to the lake. It was cloudy the whole day for the most with the Sun breaking through occasionally but unfortunately not while I was taking photos.

This was my first really long hike with the D610 and the Peak Design sling strap and it performed admirably. No discomfort at all even with the 20-35mm lens on it which weighs a total of around 3.5 pounds.

Here are the photos:
Still Not Spring (D610, Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D)

Summit and Sky (D610,Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D)

Summit Lake valley (D610, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P)

Low Clouds (D610, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P)

Tessa finds a bone (D610, 20-35mm f/2.8D)
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That is it for this trip. More catching up to do later.

More Catching Up

Too cold out right now for a walk so I figure I’ll update on here and try to catch up. This might be a really long post with a lot of photos.

Tessa and I have been getting out more for long walks usually to Fort Abercrombie and Mill Bay Beach because they are easy to walk to and a lot safer because of the bike path along Rezanof.

These first shots are with the D610 and a mix of lenses.

Knot (D610, 45mm f/2.8P):

Rocks, Mill Bay Beach (D610, 45mm f/2.8P):

Stump, Mill Bay Park (D610, 45mm f/2.8P):

Tessa, Fort Abercrombie (D610, 20-35mm f/2.8D):

Seascape, Fort Abercrombie (D610, 20-35mm f/2.8D):

Finally Update

I always seem to let this site slip with updating on Facebook and Flickr. So here are some photos from recent walks.

Tessa and I have been walking to nearby parks a few times a week lately. I’ve been taking either my Sony A6000 or the Nikon D610 and their lenses with me while we wander around. It has been getting nicer and nicer here lately although still cold it hasn’t been raining too much lately. Anyway time to start off with the photos.

These photos were from our walk down to Spruce Cape. I used the Nikon D610 and the Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D lens for these.

Setting Sun


Tessa on Ice

Bonus Tessa Picture:

I have a lot more to post so I’ll have to update a few more times before catching up.

Swampy Acres

Today was a Sunday hike around the trail called Swampy Acres with some friends and the dogs. It was incredibly beautiful out there just a bit cold and windy. We actually ran into a light flurry on the trail but it was just a few flakes.

I brought the Sony A6000 again with the 18-55mm lens for another try. I have found that getting used to the camera and the post processing has helped the camera really impress me.

Anyway here are the photos:

Barometer Mountain:

These next two are from near an old bunker along the trail.



Lastly here is a shot of Tessa this afternoon sitting in a patch of sun.

Also here is the map of the hike:

Total distance: 4.28 mi
Total Time: 01:51:21

Foggy Saturday

And another new post for me today.

Saturday morning was quite foggy and a bit wet but Tessa and I braved the mist, huge puddles, and the nasty black Kodiak mud to get out for a short walk. We ended up walking from our apartment on down along Spruce Cape RD for a little ways then turning around. We ended the fun morning trying to get Tessa washed off in the bathtub and get the mud out of her fur. I did of course lug the Nikon around and took some photos.

Civil Preparedness Warning Siren:

Silhouetted Trees:

Foggy Coast:


Burma Road

Taking advantage of any decent weather here in Kodiak is paramount to fighting cabin fever I guess. Yesterday Tessa and I went on a long hike with some friends and their dogs along the trail known as Burma Road. It was a pretty nice trail and fairly scenic. The trail goes in between Old Women’s Mountain and Barometer Mountain for around 6.5 miles. We had a nice low cloud deck which made for some awesome landscape photos of the mountains.

This was at the start of the trail looking towards Pyramid Mountain:

Here we in between the ridges of Barometer and Old Women’s:

This is one of the streams that crosses the trail. It was some really cold water running off from snowmelt.

Looking back at one of the mountains along the trail.

And of course I had to get one of Tessa:

I haven’t done this in a while so here is the GPS track of the hike:

Total distance: 6.45 mi
Total Time: 02:47:53

Hiking Through Abercrombie

Last weekend we went hiking in Fort Abercrombie again. It was a really nice hike and I got some good photos. Lately I’ve been shooting with my D610 exclusively. I find that I can get whatever I want out of the photos from it in comparison to the Sony mirrorless. There is just a huge difference in the dynamic range of the sensors and maybe a lot has to do with my familiarity with the Nikon system too.

Well here are the photos that I kept from the hike:




And here is my obligatory Tessa photo:

Post Blizzard Hike

Last weekend we had a pretty nice snowstorm. It was absolutely beautiful here on Sunday and I had a great opportunity to get some nice winter shots. It also gave me an opportunity to test out my latest lens for my D610. I really enjoyed shooting with the new lens and I was surprised how much I liked the 35-105mm focal lengths of the zoom. Well here are the photos. There are quite a few of them.

Lake Gertrude:

Winter Beach:

Pillar Mounatain from afar:

In the Woods:


Tessa in the snow:

I have a ton of macro shots from the A6000 to post at some point too.