TWOI: 4/23/18

Good morning, and happy Monday, yet again!  The weather is warming, and I’m getting out to shoot more, which is great!  Look forward to more adventures coming to my site; be sure to follow my blog to keep up to date with all the latest.

You should notice this set all have a consistent look.  I’m trying this out for a bit to see how it pans out.  What do you think?

I also realized there sure are a lot of beaches this week.  I assure you, that was not intentional!  Interesting how these things turn out…

This first image was from my trip to Alaska.  We backpacked 26 miles along this shore, across sand, pebbles, rocks, and boulders.  We saw bald eagles, foxes, moose tracks, and plenty of bears.  You can read all about that amazing trip here.

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Biweekly Wow: Bryce Canyon’s Fire & Ice

About two months later, and we’re finally to Part II of our little trip to Bryce and Zion National Parks.  Much like Yosemite, we ventured out to these parks in late winter not only to avoid crowds but also in the hopes of finding snow.  We were pretty disappointed in that endeavor with Zion, but Bryce was ready to deliver.

If Bryce Canyon is beautiful in the summertime, with its rust-red hoodoos and fiery vistas, snow only takes it up a notch by contrasting those rich colors with its pure white.  Continue reading

TWOI: 4/9/18

Happy Monday, yet again!  Another week, another seven images.  As always, it was hard to rank these.  Also, I’m trying something somewhat new.  Notice a color theme?  I’ll keep experimenting.  I’m working toward a more uniform feed on my Instagram account, so I’ll continue to tweak and see what works!  I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

This first image was from beautiful, tropical Hawaii.  We explored so many beaches there, each one unique.  Have you been to Hawaii?  You can read our full adventures on this trip here.

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TWOI: 4/2/18

Happy April, all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend (whether or not you celebrate the holiday) and you’re ready for a brand new week!

This week’s selection turned out well.  I usually mostly select my Instagram photos at random, though I try to pick a variety of my better images.

I’m trying something a little different with my set this week.  Check it out on my Instagram account to see it in action, and I’ll talk more about that next Monday.

This first image was from a leisurely stroll through one of Kyoto’s many shrines.  Everything was so green – even in the fall – and the views were spectacular.  I can’t wait to go back to Japan.

Sun poking through the trees along a shrine path in Kyoto | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 3/26/18

Another fun set this week.

I’ve been experimenting (again) with a few things on Instagram to improve visibility, and I have a few more ideas.  Look forward to my feed continuing to improve!

This first image was from my bush plane flight to the backwoods of Alaska to backpack and chase bears.  It was an unforgettable trip.  If you missed those stories, you can find them all right here.

A landscape of thousands of Alaskan lakes, viewed from a bush plane | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Angels Landing rock formation in Zion National Park | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Angels Landing

So I love surprises.  But sometimes, that affinity comes at my own detriment.  Because of this proclivity, I was hardly involved in the planning for our recent trip to Bryce and Zion, and I didn’t know anything about the Angels Landing hike.

I had no idea what I was about to experience.

Black and white image of the Angels Landing rock formation | LotsaSmiles Photography

We set out for a 5-mile hike.  That’s fine.  I can handle that, no problem.  There would be some elevation gain.  That’s fine, too; I’m used to such hikes from Colorado.  There will be epic views.  Awesome!  Sign me up!

Somewhere in there, I either didn’t hear or forgot all mention of chains.
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The Zion valley floor from atop the Angels Landing hike with the canyon walls dappled in spotty sunlight | LotsaSmiles Photography

Weekly Wow: Atop Angels Landing

After such a rainy start to our trip to Zion National Park, we didn’t expect the sky to clear out so beautifully.  And when it did, we further didn’t expect it to invite a few elite clouds back into the scene to perfectly diffuse the harsh sun at just the right moment, providing a spectacular view of the valley below.

Yes, we survived the famed (infamous?) Angels Landing Hike (though six people, sadly, have not), and we were in for quite a treat when we reached the top.  I have a more in-depth photostory to share with you about the full hike next week, but for now, I wanted to focus on this one photo.

View of a valley far below the summit of the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park - Weekly Wow: Atop Angels Landing | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Photostory: Zion’s Canyon Overlook

I have fallen in love with Utah and its many national parks, and I seek to add many more from across the country to my list.  We were in Utah quite recently to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands, and we couldn’t wait to return.

Photostory: Canyon Overlook | LotsaSmiles Photography | Click through to read all about our exciting adventure hiking in the dark and shooting a Zion sunrise in the rain!

We had arrived in the famed Zion National Park, and we were ready.  After a long, five-hour drive in from the Salt Lake City airport (word to the wise: Las Vegas is actually much closer), our fingers were itching for our shutters.

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TWOI: 3/5/18

Good morning, and welcome to a new week!  This week on Instagram featured shots from Hawaii, some local spots, and, hot off the press: Zion National Park!

This first one was from our trip last year to Yosemite.  A bunch of us were photographing Yosemite Falls with this field in the foreground, and this photographer wandered out into the field and into all our shots.  Momentarily annoyed, I quickly saw an opportunity to shoot a photographer in the mist.  This was my submission for last week’s Monochrome Madness by Leanne Cole.

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