TWOI: 10/13/17

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!  I don’t have any spooky images for you this week, but it’s still a good day!  Historically, Friday the 13ths have always been good days for me; it’s Monday the 13ths I need to watch out for!  It’s October, Halloween is just around the corner (I sort of have a thing for costumes), and autumn is in the air! It is a good day!

Now, to the images from this week on Instagram!

This first one was from our adventure to Alaska.  This was from the train up to Denali.  Look for bear pictures coming to my site in the next few weeks!

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This is much more recent – last weekend, in fact.  We went out to Sauvie Island to photograph sandhill cranes.  We were a bit far from the action for any amazing shots, but some turned out alright.  This was afterwards, as the sun was creating the horizon, illuminating the morning haze.

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This is from the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.  It’s pretty awe-inspiring to be so high above the clouds.

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I love this picture.  This was our Aggrevation board – our nightly pastime as we were waiting for the big day of the eclipse.  This little moth landed next to the marbles, attracted to the light.  I was drawn to the details of this unique shot, and it’s just one of the examples of the many things that inspire my photography on a daily basis.  Read all about that in my response to last week’s challenge, “pedestrian.”

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This is also from Hawaii – the entrance to our hillside rental house.  That place was incredible, with a huge lanai and spacious living room for hanging out.  I appreciated the flower-sprinkled threshold here, so beautiful in its simplicity.

This was also my submission for Leanne Cole’s “doors”-themed Monochrome Madness last week.

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I struggled to pick my favorite this week; these last two were so close.  I love remembering those misty mornings and crisp evenings in Yosemite.  It’s almost winter again, and I should find another national park to hit up… perhaps Yellowstone this time?

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This last one squeaked out ahead of the rest.  Perhaps it’s the strong lines.  Perhaps it’s the unusual angle.  Perhaps it’s just my simple bias toward autumn… I like it regardless!

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What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  Keep up with my daily posts on Instagram here!

Want to see your own pictures here?  I’m starting my very own monthly photo challenges beginning next week!  Stay tuned for more details on how to submit your pictures.


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TWOI: 10/6/17

I like the variety in this week’s set.

First is a shot from outside the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park.  I missed this on our first stop into the park, so I was determined to check it out on our way out.  Evidently, these two massive moose got locked in a battle – literally.  Unable to disentangle their antlers, they both died in the grass.  A backpacker later found the skeletons and brought them back to the park officials.  Now they’re on display for all to see.

This was also my submission for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

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TWOI: 9/22/17

Happy fall, everyone!  If you’ve been following my site for a while, you’ll know I simply love love love love LOVE autumn!  I can’t wait for the brilliant colors to paint the town.  Look forward to photos of the Northwest bathed in oranges, reds, and yellows very soon!

This first image from this week on Instagram hails from Costa Rica.  I thought these roots of the “walking palms” were so fascinating.  By sprouting new roots and allowing older ones to rot away, these trees can literally walk along the forest floor.

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TWOI: 9/15/17

This week on Instagram featured another fun set.

This first one is from the eclipse.  Even with most of the sun obscured like this, it was nearly full daylight out.  It just goes to show how bright the sun really is!

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Next is a shot from our Alaskan train ride.  Such a wonderful way to take in all that stunning scenery!  And I loved the reflection of the train from this angle.  You can read all about that journey here.

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This next one hits home – literally.  The northwest has been battling a number of wildfires in this dry season, and many of our favorite hiking trails have burned.  We’re all anxious for some rain.  This was from my response to this week’s challenge, “waiting.”

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This was the view from our secret cliff discovery.  The arches in that area are really interesting to photograph, and it was so cool to have the whole place to ourselves.

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Here’s another from Yosemite.  I am in love with this park – the waterfalls, the rainbows, even the snows – and I only saw a small fraction!  I’ll definitely be returning for some proper hiking.

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It was hard to decide which was my favorite between these last two.  I’m sad about the wildfires ravaging our Gorge, but the smoke did make for some fascinating pictures.  I tried for a different crop on this one; what do you think?

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And finally, this was my submission for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness last week.  I love the symmetry of the rows and rows of trees and the asymmetry of the lone tree that didn’t quite grow straight.  It reminds me that it’s beautiful to be unique.

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TWOI: 9/8/17

Happy Friday, all!

Boy, this was a really difficult week to sort these.  This set represents so many disparate aspects of my life; it’s crazy to look at sometimes.

This first one was from our eclipse weekend.  We met these pack goats at Olallie Lake, on some training missions.  This sure seems like a smart way to go backpacking!

This was also my submission for last week’s Monochrome Madness from Leanne Cole.

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Next, a wildlife shot from Tortuga Island in Costa Rica.  I chased this silly bird all over the island to get a decent shot; it was difficult to stay ahead of it.  I just love those colors!

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From tropical to freezing, this was a beautiful chilly morning in Yosemite.  We were shooting the Three Brothers for sunrise, and I turned around to see this scene: one of our fellow photographers just taking in the peaceful morning along the water’s edge.  The moon was also conveniently placed, so I had to snap a shot.

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This image of the famous Multnomah Falls hails from my most recent photo challenge response to “structure.”  Instead of going for literal interpretations for these challenges, I attempt to find a different interpretation.  This one focused on the many pieces that contribute to the experience of visiting a tourist spot, and my endeavors to find the unique in the over-shot.  You can read it here.

This response is also somewhat ironic.  Little did I know that the very afternoon prior to my posting this – lamenting its mundanity – actions were set in motion that would forever scar this iconic location.  This week’s challenge happened to cater to that topic, so look for that on Sunday.

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Next, you knew there’d be another image of the eclipse.  I played with framing and cropping on this one, as well as some slight yellow tinting.  But interestingly, though I love this picture, it wasn’t quite my favorite this week (though millimeters away – seriously, it was so difficult to choose my favorites out of these).

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I just love the colors of this one.  That day was spectacular, and the lighting was perfect.  On top of making an incredible coastal discovery, I was in high spirits.  This picture just makes me think of happy things.

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Finally, this week, bears rose to the top!  I’m finally getting to my Alaskan stories, and I adore this bear clamming on the beach.  I have so much to tell from that trip, so be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss out.

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