I know I am lucky to work where I do. My office at Washington State University Vancouver is only steps from amazing views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and (on a clear day) Mount Adams. Located on 351 beautiful acres that was once a dairy farm, campus has six miles of running, biking and hiking trails that I can hit on my lunch break. All times of year, it is quintessential Pacific Northwest and gorgeous place to be. If only I could drag my huge Mac outside on sunny days!
One facet of my job at WSU Vancouver is photography. I'm the in-house graphic designer, but I also shoot events, campus beauty shots and photos to go in my print projects like the magazine and admissions recruitment materials. Again, I'm aware I'm lucky in that this place is my office and the subject matter is far from ugly. Here's a look at where I report Monday through Friday.
Mount Hood at sunrise, view from the outdoor amphitheater.
Two stops along the campus "Cougar Trails," a bridge over a winding creek and an interpretive, woodsy PNW trail through old growth.
Early mornings are my favorite time here.
Looking down at campus from the neighborhood above.
One of my favorite things about the Pacific Northwest: the way the clouds hang below the massive evergreens.
Mount Hood from the sports fields.
One parking lot offers an incredible view of Mount St. Helens as you enter campus.
View of the Undergraduate Building from outside of the Library.
Mount St. Helens on a frosty morning. I remember watching my Dad's VHS tape of the 1980 eruption (he was a Tacoma, WA native) and being in awe, having no idea where this active volcanic mountain was. Well, I get to see it every day!
That magical hour when the sun's on its way out and Mount Hood glows from the east.
We don't get much snow here, so winter is different. We do, however, get some occasional cold, dry mornings where the whole place is covered in frost.
The beginning of December, a wreath goes up on the Multimedia Classroom Building. Look forward to it every year.
Spring warmth on campus.
Trickling fall sunset behind the Dengerink Administration Building.
Sometimes our mountain views look fake -- I guarantee you they're real! They still shock me on clear days.
This massive tree once had two buddies next to him that were taken down to make room for this building. One lays beside the building, and the other was repurposed into a pretty cool art piece that hangs in the foyer.
One of the latest shots, from a chilly spring morning last week. Yes, I love it here!
Ok, gotta head to work.