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 – 8/18/17

Happy Friday!  Are you excited for the eclipse on Monday?  I live right near the path of totality, so I’ve been stoked for years (not exaggerating).  I got my long lens from the rental shop last night, and I’m all packed up to go camping in eastern Oregon.  I’ll have two cameras set up (Aaron will have three), and I hope to catch everything from the shadow moving across the landscape to the solar prominences.  Look forward to pictures after we get back!

What are your plans for the eclipse?

So!  Another week of photos on the good ‘ole ‘gram.

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TWOI: 8/4/17

My home is seeing record-breaking heat this week, but we’re doing our best to stay cool.  And though I have pictures this week from frozen Yosemite and some refreshing beaches, it’s hard to imagine my being cold.

This week sure was difficult to rank – I love all of these photos!

Let’s start with a beautiful Costa Rican sunset.  We lucked out catching a couple of truly stunning evenings from our resort in Puntarenas.  The heat and humidity and haze really provided the perfect canvas for brilliant colors.

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WC: When Happy Meets Good

If you didn’t know by now, I’ll let you in on a (not-so-)little secret: I’m a bit obsessed with photography.  I experience much of my life through the lens, and I remember through pictures.

It’s difficult for me to separate photographs of good technical quality with those that have a strong sentimental tie, because I have similar reactions to both.  The former are like the good child – always doing well in school, someone who brings great pride.  The latter are also like children (they’re a piece of you), and while they may not perform as admirably, the mother loves them for all of the happy moments and experiences.

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WC: The Quest for the Edge

When I was a more casual photographer, I shot whatever caught my eye.  This mostly consisted of random moments, people, cats, and daily oddities.  My pictures generally didn’t look like others’, mostly because I was shooting things they missed.  I found an appreciation for scenic and landscape shots, but they too were mostly spontaneous – whatever I saw as I came across them.

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Costa Rica: Resort Life

We had always wanted to do an all-inclusive deal in some tropical paradise.  That way, we wouldn’t need to worry about our “room and board” beyond a single daily price – just our activities.  It worked out very well in Costa Rica, where our hotel came with unlimited fruity drinks, amazing buffets, and nightly shows.

But I didn’t expect it to also come with so many photographic opportunities.

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