I'm finally back from a long hiatus. It's been nearly 3 whole months since I posted anything last, and I can't really say I shot much at all during that time. To top it off, my computer died in December and took EVERYTHING with it. I had backed up my photos onto another drive, but both were inside the computer and both were fried. After a long debate, I decided to send a drive off for data recovery which, while expensive, will be worth it to get my stuff back. I'm still waiting on the drive, but I finally have a working PC as of today! So unless you want to learn a hard lesson like I just did, back up anything of value. You never know when a fire, flood, hurricane, burglar, etc. could come knocking. There are a ton of options, but http://www.dropbox.com/ is great (and free) if you don't have much stuff, http://www.crashplan.com/ looks also pretty good (and potentially free/inexpensive), and https://pogoplug.com/devices has a nice idea if you have somewhere offsite to put the box. I'm still weighing my options, but both crashplan and the pogoplug look pretty good, although totally different. To get myself back into the swing of things, I'll be posting something everyday this month. Barely made it today, but there's no better time than now.
This was taken at Ruckle Creek on a hike out near Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge. The rocks were incredibly slippery and eventually I paid the price while clambering into the middle of the creek. My leg is a bit swollen from an encounter with a large stone and my camera got splashed, but nothing that can't be patched up. Everything seems to be working fine at this point, so I'm not too worried. I may post the shot I got from the middle of the creek eventually, but there are a few blurry areas, due to water on the polarizer that I was unable to wipe off.
Edit: Here's my goose egg