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Returning to Paradise: Restoration and Celebration

Paradise And The Paradise Inn

The National Parks Traveler has published my Feature Story of the Paradise Inn Annex renovation. If you are planning a trip to Mount Rainier National Park and want to stay at the Inn, then check out this story to read about the amazing undertaking to renovate this historic Annex. To read the story, click on the image above.
 
Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.
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What I Did During My Christmas Vacation

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I had planned on a relatively quiet Christmas, with 9 days left of vacation time to use up.  I figured I might venture out to the nearby national wildlife refuge and maybe a nearby state park to check out the birdlife, but other than that, I had no big plans.

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Back track to December 2010.  I was visiting my sister, brother-in-law, and assorted family members for Christmas in eastern Washington. We were standing around their kitchen island conducting a whiskey taste testing (Redbreast Single Malt won hands down).  Andrew and Julie (the sister to my niece-in-law) turned to me and said how much they would like to have me photograph their wedding…..whenever they set the date. I told them that would be awesome.  We resumed our whiskey tasting.

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Fast forward to late September 2012. While talking to my sister, she mentioned that Julie and Andrew had set the wedding date for sometime in early December. This was the first I had heard of their pending wedding, and I knew I would not be able to make it because my remaining vacation days were already committed to those last two weeks of December. Sigh.

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Fast forward to early October 2012.  I received an email from Julie telling me they’d set the date for December 28 in Tacoma, Washington and would I be able to photograph their wedding if  all expenses – including the plane flight – were paid?  December 28 was during my vacation, so I was beyond thrilled to be able to say “YES” after all! (It heartened me mightily that Andrew and Julie felt so strongly about having me as their wedding photographer).

We made the plane reservation with enough time for me to first spend several days before and after Christmas with my sister, brother-in-law, and assorted relatives in eastern WA.  I had a white Christmas Eve and and a White Christmas Day and a wonderful time while there.

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Lights and ornaments and tinsel and pretty presents.   No arguments, lots of laughter, non-stop eating and a little bit of egg nog.  I soaked in the love and closeness and humor of family and the joyful screams of my great-niece and great-nephew  as they opened their gifts.  “This is the best gift ev-oh!   You actually listened!” (this coming from a 4-year old who received a pair of  Stompeez slippers).

It was a great Christmas!

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What did you do for the holidays?

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2012: Bring It On!!

I went to the grocery store today and spent more money than I had intended – even though I stuck (for the most part) to my shopping list.  I walked along the alcohol aisle and spotted a bottle of Barefoot Champagne.  I like the Barefoot brand, but have never tried their bubbly, so I bought the bottle, brought it home, and stuck it in the fridge.

Then, as my photographic imagination conjured up a plethora of photo ops, I kept taking the bottle out of the fridge to use as a prop.  All of the photos below are HDR images, created from the use of 3-5 images of the same scene but with different shutter speeds.  I’m posting everything now because I want to, and because I know I will not be up to toast in the New Year.  I am an early riser (4AM during the workweek and 6AM on days off), hence I go to bed early.  I rarely reach the midnight hour unless I am totally focused on photo editing or I am watching something really good on television.  In point of fact, I’ve already opened the champagne (surely it’s New Year’s Eve somewhere on this planet), had a glass (quite tasty), put the rest back in the fridge (I’m a lightweight in my old age), and am going to go to sleep after publishing this post.

Looking back, it’s been a good year for me photographically (workwise, it’s been odd, but photographically, it’s been wonderful).  I’ve traveled to Colorado, London, and all over Ireland this 2011; started my photography website and my Facebook Photography Page (feel free to “Like” me, and thanks!); created photo books on Blurb, and have my very own blog on WordPress.

Here’s to a good 2012 to all of you readers, to WordPress, and to my friends and family!

May 2012 be successful and happy for us all, with more good times than bad times, and when the bad times occur, may they pass out of our lives quickly.

Salud, Slainte, Cheers, Prost, Skaal, Iechye da, Mabuhay, L’Chaim, Kassutta, À votre santé, Bottoms Up!

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