TWOI: 6/11/18

I am still recovering from our incredible trip to Norway, so I didn’t post to Instagram as much as I ordinarily would have.  In fact, I pretty much just had the few pictures from Norway!

With such a phenomenally beautiful country, one can hardly take a bad photo, so it’s difficult to rank even just these!

This first one I just find so charming.  We camped at many campgrounds during our journey through Norway.  And this little guy was chilling by the fence to one of them.  I grabbed a tuft of grass and wandered over to him, and he happily accepted my gift.  Between this and the on-site trampoline (ah, camping in Norway…), I was all sorts of delighted.

A goat peering through a chainlink fence | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Preview of Norway

My apologies for the short post this week.  We just got back from an exciting trip to beautiful Norway, and this week has been a scramble of getting back to our lives, scrounging for frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets, and resting up from the long journey home (and recovering a bit from the jet lag).

Aaron looking out from a viewpoint to the fjord far below | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Bryce Canyon: Call of the Trail

After a spectacular morning being awed by Bryce, the trail called.  And this wasn’t an “oh, we should check that one out later” or even a “that trail looks interesting; let’s pack up our camera gear and go for a hike!”  Nope.  This was a “ooh, I wonder what’s down that way… I must find out now; forget that I still have all of my camera equipment on me!”

Snowy Bryce Canyon at sunrise | LotsaSmiles Photography

Trails do that to some folks.  Especially explorers like us.  And especially in a place as beautiful as Bryce.

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TWOI: 5/21/18

Good morning, and welcome to another new week!

This week’s set was very difficult to sort – I love them all for different reasons!  I hope you like them, too.

This first one is of Yosemite’s Three Brothers.  We ventured out early to catch them in the first rays of dawn, and we had to hike through several inches of snow to reach the viewpoint.  Truthfully, I didn’t make it all the way to the official spot selected for this shoot; I was too distracted by the beauty of this vantage.  But that’s ok; I like my angle better, anyway 🙂

Moody shot of the peaks of Yosemite's Three Brothers | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 5/7/18

Another week, another seven photos!  How are you folks liking the new style?  I’ve been trying it out for a while now, and though I like the new consistency it lends to my feed, I’m not always pleased with the muted colors.  I have some more ideas that I’d like to try with my Instagram, so I might be rolling some of those out soon.  I welcome your thoughts below!

This first picture was from a sunrise attempt in Tokyo.  Honestly, while we were vacationing there, we didn’t give much thought to planning an official shoot.  We merely walked across this bridge the night before, saw the cool tunnel effect the buildings lent, and noticed it also happened to face east.  We just got up the next morning and hoped for the best.

As is often the case, the sun wasn’t in the right position to shine down this canal, and it was a bit cloudy anyway.  However, I did appreciate the flock of seagulls that all took off from the water, giving me a more interesting subject to this otherwise mediocre scene.

Seagulls flying over a river between two rows of buildings | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 4/30/18

Welcome to a new week!  Last week, Instagram saw some chilly images from Yosemite, a couple of beaches, the Milky Way, and beautiful Bryce!  Which was your favorite?

This first picture is of Yosemite Falls in the selfsame national park.  We came upon these falls in the afternoon, and we loved the rainbow they cast.  We resolved to return in the morning to get sunrise on the wall and catch that rainbow… not quite thinking that our intended vantage would be the wrong angle for the rainbow.  Whoops!

Yosemite Falls illuminated by sun, viewed from across a field | LotsaSmiles Photograhy

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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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Biweekly Wow: Zion’s Canyon Overlook

I’m somewhat beginning to adopt a habit of posting my “weekly wow”s every other week, so I suppose they’re more of a “biweekly wow.”  I still have so much to share from this trip!  I hope you’re enjoying the journey.

After our rainy bust at Zion’s Canyon Overlook the morning prior, we had to give it another chance.  After all, the golden rays of dawn are supposed to be spectacular on this national park’s red rocks.

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