Zion’s Emerald Pools

Day 2 of our stay in Zion National Park was fairly low-key.  After all, we were pretty beat after the crazy climb to the top of Angels Landing!  We started the day with a cold wait for sunrise at the Canyon Overlook, and then we took a leisurely stroll to see the Zion’s Emerald Pools.

The muddy path that winds behind the trickling waterfalls at the lower of Zion's Emerald Pools

Spoiler alert: It was somewhat disappointing.

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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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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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WC: Rock Candy

I’m afraid this one will have to be really quick, as I’m on the road.  We are spending a few incredible days in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.  We’re having an absolute blast, and I’ll have some fun stories to share.  Be sure to follow my blog here so you don’t miss out!

bryce-canyon-1

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This Week on Instagram: 5/5/17

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

This is also a special post… it marks my 200th!  I can’t believe I’ve managed to write up 200 posts; that seems crazy to me!  But I’m glad to have you all with me.

This week, Instagram saw steady viewership; these were all fairly close.  I’m still trying to get more visibility (that’ll always be the goal), but consistency at least tells me my photos are consistent.  Sometimes, I feel like a slack slightly on what I post, but I generally like all of the photos this week.

First is of a beautiful morning in Yosemite Valley.  We had to come back a second day to capture this, and it was entertaining behind the camera.  If you missed it, you can read that photostory here.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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Delicate Arch

Ok, folks, here it is… our very last arch!  You didn’t think I’d run out of arches to talk about, did you?

We were having so much fun playing around Devil’s Garden that we had to actually rush a bit to get down to Delicate Arch before the started to rain again.  The morning had been so beautiful.. why did the rain come back?

But Delicate Arch was an absolute must for us, so we weren’t going to miss it!

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