TWOI: 4/23/18

Good morning, and happy Monday, yet again!  The weather is warming, and I’m getting out to shoot more, which is great!  Look forward to more adventures coming to my site; be sure to follow my blog to keep up to date with all the latest.

You should notice this set all have a consistent look.  I’m trying this out for a bit to see how it pans out.  What do you think?

I also realized there sure are a lot of beaches this week.  I assure you, that was not intentional!  Interesting how these things turn out…

This first image was from my trip to Alaska.  We backpacked 26 miles along this shore, across sand, pebbles, rocks, and boulders.  We saw bald eagles, foxes, moose tracks, and plenty of bears.  You can read all about that amazing trip here.

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TWOI: 4/16/18

Happy Monday, and welcome to a shiny new week!  First of all, I’d like to say that today is a special day.  It’s our anniversary!  Aaron and I have been together a crazy 17 years now.  And what’s also cool: this original date back in 2001 also fell on a Monday.  We’ve been on a lot of adventures since then (as this website can attest), and you can look forward to many more!

Now, getting to the photos from this week…

You might have noticed last week that I started keeping to a certain color theme.  I kept that going this week, but I additionally added a moody tone to my edits for a more uniform look.  I’ll try this for a while longer to see how it pans out.  What do you think?

This first picture was from a trip out to the Oregon coast.  We ended up having a rather remarkable day prior to this planned evening shoot, and we made a fascinating discovery that was far better than this sunset hoped to be.  That was a good day.

Cloudy sunset at an Oregon beach with seagulls on the shore | LotsaSmiles Photography

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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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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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TWOI: 3/19/18

Oh boy, this week was tough!  I really like these images this week, and I hope you do too.  But liking them so much did make it difficult to choose my favorites.

This first one looks back on the single road that stretches into Denali National Park.  We spent an entire day on a bus just like that one, hopping out periodically to snap a few shots like this one.  We had clouds while we were there, but they added some interesting texture to the sky.  You can read all about that journey here.

Shuttle bus crossing a river bridge in front of the misty mountains of Denali National Park | This Week On Instagram - LotsaSmiles Photography

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The Zion valley floor from atop the Angels Landing hike with the canyon walls dappled in spotty sunlight | LotsaSmiles Photography

Weekly Wow: Atop Angels Landing

After such a rainy start to our trip to Zion National Park, we didn’t expect the sky to clear out so beautifully.  And when it did, we further didn’t expect it to invite a few elite clouds back into the scene to perfectly diffuse the harsh sun at just the right moment, providing a spectacular view of the valley below.

Yes, we survived the famed (infamous?) Angels Landing Hike (though six people, sadly, have not), and we were in for quite a treat when we reached the top.  I have a more in-depth photostory to share with you about the full hike next week, but for now, I wanted to focus on this one photo.

View of a valley far below the summit of the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park - Weekly Wow: Atop Angels Landing | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Photostory: Zion’s Canyon Overlook

I have fallen in love with Utah and its many national parks, and I seek to add many more from across the country to my list.  We were in Utah quite recently to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands, and we couldn’t wait to return.

Photostory: Canyon Overlook | LotsaSmiles Photography | Click through to read all about our exciting adventure hiking in the dark and shooting a Zion sunrise in the rain!

We had arrived in the famed Zion National Park, and we were ready.  After a long, five-hour drive in from the Salt Lake City airport (word to the wise: Las Vegas is actually much closer), our fingers were itching for our shutters.

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TWOI: 3/5/18

Good morning, and welcome to a new week!  This week on Instagram featured shots from Hawaii, some local spots, and, hot off the press: Zion National Park!

This first one was from our trip last year to Yosemite.  A bunch of us were photographing Yosemite Falls with this field in the foreground, and this photographer wandered out into the field and into all our shots.  Momentarily annoyed, I quickly saw an opportunity to shoot a photographer in the mist.  This was my submission for last week’s Monochrome Madness by Leanne Cole.

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