TWOI: 2/16/18

This week has been crazy busy.. I’ve been scrambling to process PDXWLF photos (I’ll have a post on that soon!), entertain family, and prepare for a trip to Utah!  We just spent our first day in Zion National Park, and I can’t wait to share some of the photos – what an amazing place!

This first photo from Instagram this week was from another national park: Denali!  We had some beautiful clouds to contrast the lush landscape.  I’d love more time to explore there.

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TWOI: 2/9/18

This week on Instagram featured a lot of scenic shots.  I’m trying to shoot for a more consistent look on my Instagram, so I’m going to be a bit more particular with the images I choose to feature there.  Let me know what you think!

This first one is from Hawaii.  This was a beach we wanted to reach, but we had a really late start.  We did make it down there (through the mosquitos), just in time for sunset and a darkening trek back up the massive hill.  You can read about that adventure in depth here.

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This next one is also from our trip to Hawaii – the beautifully cracked lava fields with Mauna Kea looming in the distance.  It barely even looks like a mountain the incline is so gradual.

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We saw this little guy at the summit of the Savage River Alpine Trail in Denali National Park.  And while this isn’t quite a groundhog (he’s a ground squirrel), I chose this image for last week’s Monochrome Madness and for my February 2nd Instagram post.  These little guys are so curious!

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This is also from Denali National Park.  I couldn’t get enough of that mist.

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And another from Hawaii.  When it’s all rainy and dreary here, I dream of those tropical beaches – of a simpler time.

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Getting down to the final two, this was tough.  This was for my Weekly Wow this week, though my actual wowing picture is a panorama.  You can check it out right here.  We were clouded in for the lunar eclipse, but the city sure was beautiful that morning well before dawn.

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And finally, my top pick for this week is from beautiful Crater Lake.  It’s crazy to think this spot was a complete blizzard only 24 hours prior.  Those clouds added some nice texture to the sky, and I just love the colors.

This was also an image from my weekly challenge post this week for the theme “beloved” where I talk about how I wound up shooting the things I do.  You can read the post here.

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Which image do you like best?  I’m always curious to hear what people think, as my personal opinions seem to differ from everyone else’s.  Feel free to leave a comment below, and check out daily posts over on my Instagram account.


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Weekly Wow: Cityscape

Last week saw a spectacular celestial event: a trifecta of super moon (the moon was physically close to the earth), blue moon (second full moon within a single month), and a lunar eclipse (self-explanatory).  We woke well before the dawn to get ourselves into position and prepared to shoot this rare conjunction.

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TWOI: 2/2/18

Happy Groundhog Day!  Apparently, Phil saw his shadow, which foretells six more weeks of winter, but the weather has been rather mild in our area, so I’m not so sure.  I’m hoping for drier weather, in any case.. for the photography, of course!

This week, there were only six photos on Instagram, and here they are.

This first one is of Chicago’s illustrious Cloud Gate sculpture, fondly referred to as “The Bean.”  I had a mild obsession with this beauty when we found ourselves in Chicago for a weekend.  You can read all about that discovery and my dance with its photogenic reflections here.

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Weekly Wow: Sunrise

Welcome to my new Weekly Wow!  Wednesday Wow?  Weekly Wednesday Wow?  I’m not sure.  I can’t promise these’ll be exactly weekly, as I’ll have other stories and adventures to share, but as I mentioned before, I wanted an opportunity to focus more on fewer, better photos than spamming you with an entire album.  We’ll see how it goes!

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TWOI: 1/19/18

Happy Friday!

This week, I went back to some variety.  Alaska, Yosemite.. even a touch of Hawaii and something local.  So let’s get to it!

This first image is from my post this week on the endless Alaskan daylight.  While I do love my sunshine, it’s a bit disruptive to my circadian rhythm to be deprived of so many hours of darkness.  You can read that post here.

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TWOI: 1/12/18

Another week gone by!  January is simply flying; before I know it, it’ll be summertime again.

This week on Instagram, I focused a bit on some Yosemite pictures from last year.  It’s wintertime again, and this season reminds me so much of that trip.  Exciting news: we’ve booked flights to Bryce/Zion!  Look forward to pictures from that trip after February.  I sure hope there’s snow!

This first picture was my submission for Leanne Cole’s weekly Monochrome Madness challenge with the theme of “holidays.”  This photo was actually taken at a Lindsey Stirling concert, and these were lights on the curtained wall.  So festive!

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WC: 5 Things that Drastically Improved My Photography in 2017

I’m constantly learning.  But I love building on my skills and improving.  How boring would this world be if there was nothing new left to learn?  There aren’t as many items as last year, but while I’m finding fewer things that really improve my art each year, I hope to never stop growing.

Here are a few things that drastically improved my photography in 2017:
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TWOI: 1/5/18

Welcome to the new year!  I’m excited to see what it brings.

For this first week of 2018, I have some fun scenes.  First, a few from Alaska.

The mist and fog in Denali National Park was breathtaking.  Photos simply can’t do it justice.  It was too much to see the Great One, itself, but it sure made the scenery beautiful.

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