Dinghy Dog

A dog and its owner having a great time on their dinghy.

It’s time to head back to Bellingham and turn in the boat for the next charter guests.  We had a most wonderful vacation, probably the best one we have ever had. Will our next vacation be on a sailboat or on another tug?  Well, we are getting rather spoiled with tugs, but sailing is so much fun.  Guess we will all know when our next vacation shows up here.

Hope you enjoyed reading a bit about our adventures.

Jim & Kelli


Deception Pass

This day brought some adventure to us.  Our plan was to go through Deception Pass between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands, but timing had to be very good because of the high current possibilities in this pass.  If you do not time it right, then you could get stuck in currents running 8-knots with eddy currents that could push you into the rocks.  But, if you plan it correctly, then currents are less than 1-knot and you can pass safely.  We planned correctly and didn’t have any issues getting through.

Channel Markers

Once through the pass, then we had to navigate a pretty narrow channel to keep from running aground in the mud of the shallow bay.  It is well marked, but you can go from 15 feet of water to 3 feet of water in a very short time.  When your boat takes nearly 5 feet of water to float…well, you can see what could happen.  These are 2 markers that you line up with each other.  When they are, you are centered in the channel.

Rainbow Bridge

Our goal of the day was to reach a town named La Conner.  It is on the Swinomish Channel which is the body of water that makes Fidalgo Island an island.  Here is Rainbow Bridge at the southern part of town.

La Conner

La Conner

La Conner is a fun waterfront town with many shops and restaurants to visit.

American Tug Factory

We called ahead and made arrangements to tour the American Tug factory in town.  This particular boat dwarfs Kelli.  It is the 49 foot version of the 34 foot one we chartered.  It’s amazing what an extra 15 feet of boat does to the other dimensions.


It was a little rainy this day, so we had to be careful where we stepped.  This little guys was enjoying the rain.


For the past several years we have created a photo book showing our experiences of the year. It is fun to look back at these and see just how the Lord has had His hand on our lives. We’ve always concluded our book with a portrait of ourselves.

It isn’t often that I’m both the photographer and the subject, but that is the case here. I set up the camera with a remote trigger and pushed the button with every new pose. This is the one we liked the best.


My Lovely Wife

Every once in a while I’m allowed to get serious about capturing a portrait of my wife, Kelli.  Well, today was the day.  She is the most excellent guitar teacher here in Boise with the Childbloom Guitar Program and was in need an updated photo for her web site.  It was a gorgeous autumn day and went outside and captured a few images.  This was our favorite.



Another fun portrait session, this time with Tara, a delightful young lady who is just fun to be around.  We have known her and her family for many years and it was a privilege to be selected to capture images of her. We ventured into several places near the river in downtown Boise for these images.


Thanks for the opportunity of capturing your senior portraits, Tara.





This is my second time photographing Nico.  It seemed like only a few short years ago he and his family were posing for me in the park for some family portraits.  Now Nico is all grown up and I captured images of him for his senior portraits.  The image below was taken in “freak alley” in downtown Boise.  All the colorful artwork make for some crazy, but cool backdrops.


The best to you in the future, Nico.



Portrait season is upon us.  I should say the autumn portrait season with vibrant colors all around.

This portrait is of a longtime friend of ours and her mother, both of whom are very nice people and great subjects for a lovely portrait.  This image was captured at the Boise Train Depot.



This Easter season is turing out very special for us.  It started with an Easter Vigil with a room lit pretty much only by candlelight.  This was a time to really focus on what our Lord, Jesus did for us so long ago.  His sacrifice on the cross to pay for my (and your) sins is a gift beyond all gifts.

This image is of our two priests who are amazing, godly men to say the least.

From a technical perspective, the low light caused me to raise the ISO to 3200 and shoot at 1/8 of a second at f4.  My camera was firmly attached to a tripod due to the low shutter speed.





Self Portrait

I had fun this winter seeing what my beard would look like after not having one for many years.  My dear wife put up with the scratchiness for a while as it grew to what would be its full length.  You see, I got rid of it shortly after taking this image.

I downloaded the update to OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 7 a few days ago and used the Perfect B&W plugin to do the black and white conversion and to add a border to it.  They have a 30 day trial to their software if you want to try out some cool effects.

The lighting was a single light with no modifiers.  The black background was actually my unlit entryway.