Admiring, Vacation

Glacier National Park August 2015

OHMYGOSH what a gorgeous place!  I have been busy shooting people lately and I haven’t had a chance to work on my vacation pics until now.  This place!  I can’t even…  There were wildfires in part of the park when we were there, so the photos aren’t as magically delicious as they could’ve been without the smoke in the air, but it was still a magnificent place.

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More to come…

Admiring, Vacation

Sympathy for the [hike to] Devil [‘s Bridge]

Please allow me to introduce myself…

{{Sorry if this causes you an unwanted ear worm, but I couldn’t resist. The hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona was not easy.  Lend a sympathetic ear and I will tell you all about it. (groan/eye roll/cheesy grin)}}

It started out pleasant enough.

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Beautiful scenery…

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Beautiful, yes, but not much shade… OH LOOK!  Mountain-shaped shade!

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cool cloud, huh?

The problemS began when we realized where we parked was nowhere near the trailhead.  We started out on a primitive trail.

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my people

About 2 miles in, we saw a sign that the trailhead was “that way” (arrow pointing farther down the road)

is that it? please tell me that's it
is that it? please tell me that’s it

About a mile after that, we saw the trail head.  The actual hike up to the bridge from that point is only 0.7 mi, but by that time, the joy of “let’s go hiking!” was gone.  It was replaced by “we came all this way and *now* we have to climb up to the top of that rock?!”  We were hot and tired (we had Camelbaks because none of us had a deliberate death wish when we started out) and the youngest in our group was just d-o-n-e-done.  Since I’m the momma, I had to surrender as well.

Long story short, the only view I got was OF Devil’s Bridge rather than FROM Devil’s Bridge.

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I was disappointed since I didn’t get the shot I had hoped to get (from the top), so I played with sun flare to make myself feel better.

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this ended up being my favorite shot

It’s funny how the little things can brighten your day.  Literally.

Admiring, Pondering, Traveling

The WONDERful Grand Canyon

We just got back from family vacation and I have to wonder why the Grand Canyon isn’t listed as one of the “wonders of the world”.  Seriously.  My first thought was, “I wonder what the people who first saw it thought?”  The thing that struck me was that there is no preamble.  You can’t see it in the distance.  A sparse forest leads up to it on the south and east rims, giving no hint that only feet away, the ground will drop away to majesty.  To be honest, it kind of snuck up on me.  Imagining early people on foot or in horses and buggies cutting through the woods, happening onto this scene…

the first picture i took at GCNP
the first picture i took at GCNP

Boggles the mind.

*more photos to come!

Admiring, Creating, Pondering, Smiling

Why I Love Photography

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I see things better from behind the lens of a camera.  I notice more details, I judge the contrast of light and dark more accurately, and generally I feel more “in the moment” than I do as a casual observer.  Taking photos makes me feel like I am thoughtfully in wonder, and that is a feeling I am addicted to.

Admiring

Welcome, Great Pumpkin

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I don’t know if it’s the colors or the smells that make Fall my favorite season. Or the cool weather that comes in to rescue me from the summer heat.  Ahhh…there are so many things that I love about fall.

I was soooo looking forward to going to the Arboretum with my camera a couple of weeks ago.  I had planned to drive through for coffee and show up early to enjoy those cool morning hours amongst the beauty of nature.
Welllll….. the day my friend and I went happened to be the last 100° day of the summer, and my hopes for drinking coffee outside were shot.  I guzzled down my coffee in the comfort of my air-conditioned car, shed the jacket I had brought, and entered the park. 
The profuse sweating began almost immediately, to the extent that strangers were coming up to me and asking me if I was feeling OK.  To which I said, “Well… except for the fact that I look like I just stepped out of the shower and peed my pants, I’m fine.”  Not kidding.  It’s days like that when I find myself completely miserable in the heat, and notice that other people are walking around without a drop of perspiration on them, that I wonder WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING LIVING IN TEXAS?!?!  Hmmph.  I digress…
Anyway, except for the weather, I had The Perfect Day.  The pumpkins were gorgeous, the skies were clear, and the sunlight dappling through the trees was amazing.
So, it leads me back to my original questions…is it the colors that I love?
Or is it the textures?
Is it nature’s lovely details?  {Seriously, does anyone pay attention to the beauty of a spider web if it’s strung across dead, overheated shrubbery?}

Is it the colors?

I stalked this little guy for a good 20 minutes

Or is it how much fun you can have making giant warthogs out of hay?

Or is it the cute names they give to pumpkins?

Favorite!

It must be all of the above because I love it all!

Happy Fall, Y’all!!

Admiring

Wednesday Wildcard Infatuation

Wildcard can be a person, place, thing or idea. Or anything else I decide to make it. 🙂

Today I am choosing to share my love for a new twit-friend, Beth Arnold. In addition to being from my home state (Go Hogs!), she did something that I am totally enamored of – she and her hubby packed it up and moved to Paris on a relative whim. I *so* admire the courage and leap of faith it took to do something like that. I hope to be similarly brave someday…

Her blog is not only informative, it is also a good read, and her tweets are chock full of interesting links. Be sure to find the link to read about her and her husband’s adventure of a lifetime, as written in his book Chasing Matisse. Fascinating. And somuchfun at the same time!

www.betharnold.com
@betharnold

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