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[PUBLIC] AUGH!

Bunny - Red Button
During the name change, I accidentally purged my friends of list. Um, please re-add me? Sorry.

TIA.

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[PUBLIC] Name Change

Gir - Oooooh
The former lj user "dreamingcrow" is now maida_mac. Since I allowed it to forward, there shouldn't be any problems for any of you. ^_^

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[Public Post] Please Help

Miffy - Sick
We've all been seeing the desperate pleas for help going around, from people who need a hand up. I've tried to help when I could, but never thought that I'd be posting one myself. While I would probably find it impossible to ask for help for me, I have no problem asking for help for a friend in need.

Two years ago, my long-time friend 'Ro recommended that I add two people to my online acquaintances. She told me that they were nifty people and that we shared some health issues. Those two people were Don & Kim Waugh. Over the years, while we have never been particularly close, we've stayed in touch on various sites.

Like me, Don has a lot of health problems, including autoimmune hepatitis and ulcerative colitis. Despite all the issues, he's always made a point of being optimistic, pushing through, and living "life in 3D".

Don's liver started failing in 2004. Everyone, including him, thought that the end was near earlier this year, as he reached stage 4 liver failure. He made it through that hospital stay and the days at home with the support of many, but largely that of his wife Kim.

On April 17th, Kim had a stroke. She passed away the next day at only 38 years old, leaving Don and her 18 year-old daughter behind.

Now, Don is trying to raise the money for a liver transplant. Lots of different people are helping out, but this is a big one. Don needs all the help that he can get. Please help if you can, whether it's by spreading the word or making a donation. Every bit helps.

Links:
* Make a donation.
* A Brand New Liver: A Benefit for Don Waugh (More information)



Thank you.

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"I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
- George Bernard Shaw

Because it amuses me...

Me - Happy Party Squid!
Explanation for those not in Seattle: We have a big huge lake, Lake Washington, down the middle of a fair chunk of the county. It splits King County into the west side and the east side, the two major metro areas Seattle and Bellevue, etc. There are only two bridge systems across it, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge on State Route 520 (SR-520) and the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial / Homer M. Hadley Memorial / East Channel Bridges on Interstate 90 (I-90). Currently, there has been a lot of work on I-90 over the water, so the 520 bridge has been seeing more use even than normal.

I have no idea at all who is "playing" it, but the 520 bridge has a Twitter account.

Name 520 Bridge
Location Middle of Lake Washington
Bio I am big bridge in middle of lake - you know, the one with no light rail on it.

520_bridge: Lot of you on me and it only five. I-90 owe me big time... At lease REI gift certificate.

everywhereist: @520_bridge - what on earth would you do with an REI gift certificate? You may be sentient, but you aren't mobile, kiddo.

520_bridge: @everywhereist I buy biggest tent at store. Make me biggest covered bridge in world.

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Spotlight: Stormy

Rain in the woods

Originally published at Pix-y Sticks. You can comment here or there.

Stormy
Stormy
Originally uploaded by dreamingcrow

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, WA, USA

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

File #20080819_008825-1

©2008 Dreaming Crow Studios: All rights reserved.

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This was taken during a trip to the Locks with the children. The photos aren’t all that great, perhaps, but I found them interesting. The full set can be found here.

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Now playing: Delerium - Truly
via FoxyTunes

Spotlight: Industrial Ballard

Rain in the woods

Originally published at Pix-y Sticks. You can comment here or there.

Industrial Ballard:  Mosaic

A short walk on the Ballard Terminal Railroad near the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, WA, USA

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

1. No Parking, 2. Ballard Oil #1, 3. Ballard Oil #2, 4. Ballard Oil #3, 5. 20080819_008709-1, 6. Private Property, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled, 10. Railroad Crossing, 11. Perspective

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

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All photos are best viewed large and in full. Please see the full set at Flickr.

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Now playing: Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
via FoxyTunes

Spotlight: First PCT Run through

Rain in the woods

Originally published at Pix-y Sticks. You can comment here or there.

My whole attempt to hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail was a comedy of errors and the tale is for another time.  Here are the results of my first run through of the photos, though.

I suggest you look at the whole set.  There are a couple that didn’t make it into the mosaic and these all look better larger.

Pacific Crest Trail Mosaic

1. Snag Creek in the early morning, 2. The Wildflower Trail, 3. Reaching for the Sky, 4. Mount Hood, 5. Table Mountain & Mount Hood, 6. The Last Day, 7. Looking ahead, 8. Flower Spike, 9. Mount Adams, 10. A Fallen Giant, 11. Alpine Lupine, 12. The Next Landmark, 13. Bare

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

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Now playing: Cake - Sheep Go to Heaven
via FoxyTunes

Teaser: Walking on the sides of mountains

Rain in the woods

Originally published at Pix-y Sticks. You can comment here or there.

Walking on the sides of mountains

The Pacific Crest Trail along the side of Table Mountain
Skamania County, north of Bonneville Dam, near Stevenson, WA, USA

August 3, 2008

©2008 Dreaming Crow Studios:  All rights reserved.

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From Wikipedia:

Table Mountain is a peak rising on the north side of the Columbia River in the US state of Washington, about four miles (6 km) north-northwest of Bonneville Dam. It is one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Columbia River Gorge. Its southeast face drops 2,400 ft (730 m) in less than one horizontal mile, and is topped by an almost vertical 800-foot (240 m) cliff.[1] Table Mountain is joined by the similar Greenleaf Peak to the northeast, and also by Hamilton Mountain to the southwest, which is lower (2,438 ft/743 m), but similarly steep and much closer to the Columbia. Together these peaks form an impressive group on the Washington side of the Gorge.

About three hundred years ago the south side of Table Mountain sheared off and dammed the Columbia River in an event known as the Bonneville Slide. The river soon carved a new bend around to the south, but for a while Native Americans living in the area could walk across. This led to the legend known as the Bridge of the Gods.

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This was the day that I walked from mile 2162.8 at 1300 feet above sea level, an ad hoc campsite, to mile 2167.3 at 3400 feet and back down to mile 2175.9 at 1420 feet to reach Rock Creek.  That is far too much elevation gain and loss in 13.1 miles for this hiker.  This particular picture was probably around 2500 feet.

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Spotlight: Into the Green

Rain in the woods

Originally published at Pix-y Sticks. You can comment here or there.

Into the Green
Along the Sand Point Trail
Olympic National Park, WA, USA
May 31, 2008

File #20080531_007780-1

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Our friends Vixy and Tony have a song called “Emerald Green” (listen | lyrics), about Seattle and its environs. Olympic National Park as a whole makes me think of that song, every time.  Emerald green IS the color of my home.

More photos to come later, I’m rather braindead today and working slow.

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Now playing: Vixy & Tony - Emerald Green
via FoxyTunes

Calendars are now available for pre-sale!

Rain in the woods

Originally published at Pix-y Sticks. You can comment here or there.

The webpage is up. For now, it is taking the place of the front page for Dreaming Crow Studios, which is still under construction. Feel free to link anyone to that page, if you so desire.

This year I will be starting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in long sections. During this summer, I plan to hike most of the length of Oregon.

When I was looking at ways to raise more money for my trip, a friend suggested that I sell photo subscriptions. This was an interesting idea and has morphed into a pre-sale of my photography from my trip.

You can sponsor my trip by pre-purchasing an item at your choice of levels. Before the end of October 2008, I will ship your order for the level that you requested. As a bonus, each pre-order will receive a hand-made greeting card that includes an actual 4×6 print.

In addition, I would be happy to discuss prints of anything that I’ve posted on here or Flickr over the years. My full website is not available at the moment, but most of my photos are, though some of them are not suitable for larger prints. My standard price for an 8×10 or 8×12 is $25, including USPS shipping in the US or Canada. Prices for other sizes and/or to other locations can be discussed via email.

If you are unable to use PayPal, but wish to make a purchase, please email me.

Thank you for your time and interest!