Readers’ wildlife photos

December 22, 2021 • 8:30 am

Today we have some winter mountaineering, travel, and landscape photos from reader James Blilie. His captions are indented, and you can click on his photos to enlarge them.

Here is another batch of my landscape (and other) photos for your consideration.These are all scans of either Kodachrome 64 or Kodak Tri-X Pan black and white film, all 35mm.
First, a view of the Enchantment Basin and Prussik Peak, 1986.  This is a Kodachrome image converted to black and white in Lightroom SW:

Next a view of a rocky outcrop in the Kahiltna Glacier, Alaska, May 1987:

Skiers ascending through untracked snow at Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, November 1988:

Snowy trees in Lincoln Park, Seattle, March 1990:

Figures in a landscape:  Glacier travel, Washington Cascades, probably on Mount Baker, March 1990:

Aerial view of Mt. St. Helens, March 1990:

Street photo along the Seine, Paris, 1992:

Sunset view from Royal Basin in the Olympic Mountains, July 1994:

A long-exposure of Icicle Creek with reflected foliage colors, near Leavenworth, Washington April 1995:

A view of Mount Rainier at sunset from the North Ridge of Mount Adams, August 2000:

A young woman in Nepal, August 1991:

More figures in a landscape:  Skiers ascending to the good runs, Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, November 1988:

Finally a couple of “ringers”  First a lovely photo my Dad shot in 1950 in Bermuda:  Boats in a regatta:

This is my Dad’s photo, taken in 1952 or 1953, at Tachikawa, Japan.  This young man built for my Dad three solid-wood models of the planes my Dad flew on:  B-24, C-97, and C-54.  He’s holding the C-54, at Tachikawa City.  We still have these models.

Well, Facebook to the rescue(!).  I am a member of a Tachikawa Air Base group on FB and I posted the photo there.  One kind Japanese member of that group tracked down this man.  His name was Kozo Ozaki-san.  He passed away in 2012; but his best friend, Tetsouro Miura-san sent the photo below of Ozaki-san late in life, and said the following, “This is my best friend Kozo Ozaki-san. Mr. Ozaki died of cancer on December 19, 2012. He was 84 years old . Both I and Mr. Ozaki met well at the airplane model club. I think Mr. Ozaki was very pleased to know Mr. Jim Blili [my father].”

My equipment:  Pentax LX and K-1000 cameras, various Pentax M-series and A-series lenses; Tokina ATX 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom, a wonderful lens.  Epson Perfection V500 scanner and its native software.  Lightroom 5 software.

13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Seeing the photos of the model planes and reference to Tachikawa Air Base had me looking at the history of the place. The Americans took over Tachikawa after the war and controlled the base until it was returned to Japan in the early 1970s. This apparently took place at the same time that Okinawa went through reversion and was returned to Japanese control in 1972. These things show proof America was not going to be like Russia and did not wish to forever control other countries due to war.

  2. An excellent batch Jblilie. Of the landscapes I particularly like the Snowy Trees, beautiful and moody.

    The pics and story of the modeler take the cake though, I think.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Cheers!

      Single KR64 image. Pentax M 20mm f/4 lens, probably at 1/125 sec f/11. It did have tremendous DOF. Even at f/8 the hyperfocal range was something like 6 (4?) feet to infinity.

  3. What a great story about the model – and I love the photo of Lincoln Park. I’ve been there and it’s a fantastic city park. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

  4. These were immensely enjoyable. I remember some time back you posted a photo of your father’s model-building friend, but I don’t think you had any more information on him. Nice to see you found a connection. As a modeler myself, I appreciate Kozo Ozaki-san’s abilities.

    That icicle creek photo was a beauty. B&W landscapes can be more expressive (IMO) than color landscapes, and some of these photos prove it.

  5. That ‘outcrop’ looks like it could be a Himalayan peak—how high roughly?
    It shows how a half-sized mountain from twice as close can be more impressive seeming than the full-sized one from twice as far.

    1. It probably rises 500-1000 feet above the level of the glacier. With Mount Hunter towering ??? feet above and Foraker 10,000 above, this seemed small, though dramatic!

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