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!
If I have trouble choosing my favorite photos for this post, then I know I’m doing a good job over on Instagram. I want to make sure you’re seeing some awesome photos, and I like this week’s set.
This first one is from Yosemite. I just loved that black oak! It was a magnificent centerpiece to “the swamp.”
I’m constantly reminded that life is fleeting. The older I get, the faster time goes by, and the stronger my slippery grasp upon it becomes, milking every ounce of excitement, adventure, experiences, and love that I can. We live in a crazy world, and I simply never know if I’ll have another opportunity to photograph Landscape Arch standing, witness a total solar eclipse, or spend a day with my beautiful kitty. Time goes by so quickly – impermanent as a colorful sunrise – and I want to make sure it’s well spent.
Going on a photo trip can be a very interesting experience. You travel with like-minded individuals who similarly want to stop around every corner to snap a few shots. Waking up at ungodly hours to catch sunrise is a no-brainer, and no one thinks twice about a trunk loaded with more gear than clothing.
I have a thing for sunrises. I’m up early every day anyway, so I see a lot of them. And there’s nothing better than the quiet solitude that comes from being out and about long before everyone else. There aren’t any noisy kids around, no one is getting in my shots, and I get crowded, popular landmarks all to myself.
Long before we visited Arches National Park, I knew I wanted three things: sunrise, sunset, and stars. We were going to be in Moab for about a week, so we had planned on Sunday in Canyonlands, Monday for Needles (which ended up being a day to patter around Moab), a casual Tuesday to see the sights in Arches and scout for sunrise spots, sunrise (and sunset/stars) in Arches on Wednesday, an open day on Thursday, then travel on Friday. We had lots of hot sun in Island in the Sky, so I had high expectations for Arches.
This week, there were more photos from Yosemite. You should recognize the photo from D.C., Canyonlands, and our local snowpocalypse. We also got out this weekend to witness a spectacular sunrise before we get socked in with rain yet again. I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but some winters are much wetter than others!
These are in order of popularity on Instagram.
Being a photographer, of course I had certain plans on my agenda when we went to Mesa Verde (and really throughout our trip). Wherever I go, I think about sunrise and sunset opportunities. Every location is different, and I love the beautiful golden hours. I try for sunrises and sunsets as early in my trip as possible so I have other chances if the first fall through, but sometimes, even that isn’t enough.
In an effort to tackle some of my monstrous backlog, I’m going to try to post about some older adventures from time to time. This one hails from 2011.
I learned from my father many years ago one very important lesson: take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. After all, you never know when you might look back on a “no” and wish that it had been a “yes.” I strive to live every day by the mantra of “no regrets,” and thus far, it has served me well. Continue reading