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

WC: Varying my Hobbies

I tried something new.

While I understand the world is full of unique experiences and packed with far more ways to spend my time than I could logically sample in a lifetime, I still endeavor to explore as many opportunities as possible.  As a result, I end up a collector of hobbies – music, coding, hiking, writing, photography – and it’s difficult to choose which activities I wish to prioritize.

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Even when I do focus on one thing for a while, the activity splinters into a thousand variations, any one of which could demand my full attention in itself.  Continue reading

WC: A Break in the Weather

This time of year in the Pacific Northwest, it’s typically dreary.  We’ll get nice days as well, but “nice” merely means “not actively raining.”  These days are usually accompanied by a thick blanket of clouds, threatening, but not yet releasing any precipitation.

Every so often, though, we get true sun with bright blue skies.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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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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Snowpocalypse!

Ok, I know I promised more on our desert road trip, but something happened… SNOW!  Besides, I just hit 100 followers on my site, so I want to celebrate with a special post on this very beautiful phenomenon that brings me such great joy.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

So, a few things.  First, we almost never get snow in this area.  Our summers are mild, and our winters are temperate.  Generally, it only gets really cold when the clouds clear (which they are reluctant to do in the wintertime) and all the heat escapes into the atmosphere.  Clouds act as a blanket that keeps us warm.  Therefore, it’s either warm and rainy or cold and dry; we seldom see precipitation when it’s cold.

Second, I love snow.  Continue reading