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CAMERA  MAMIYA 645 PRO  FILM  KODAK EKTAR 100

I'm pinching myself. Did this happen? How did a routine trip in 2014 to the high desert in central Washington get this crazy? The drama starts Saturday night. I arrive in the town of Waterville after a day of photography (highlight is Dry Falls above; geologists believe the Ice Age formation is the largest waterfall ever to exist.). I stop at a restaurant that is unusually busy. Table for six opens. Two couples ahead of me are next in line. They invite me, a stranger, to join them. Over dinner I learn: the older woman is a senior world-class swimmer. Her husband worked on oil rigs in the North Sea and survived a 50-foot wave. Great time. Emails exchanged (group shot upper left). I head to my hotel and find three guests – Gary, Ron, Pablo – sitting on the front porch. I'm invited to join them. They share hilarious stories about one another. I laugh so hard I'm in tears. Gary mentions he's friends with renowned wildlife photographer Art Wolfe and invites me to Wolfe's holiday party in West Seattle. Wife Alisa and I attend the party in December. We pose with Wolfe in his home studio. I wonder: This happened, right?

Harvest House Restaurant in Waterville WA, Waterville Wash., Waterville Plateau, Jeff King Photography
Dry Falls WA, Dry Falls Wash., Dry Falls near Coulee City, Coulee City WA, Coulee City Wash., Waterville Plateau, Kodak Ektar 100, Jeff King Photography