The tip of Mount Adams poking above some autumn trees | LotsaSmiles Photography

Escaping Life and Recharging With Autumn Colors

It’s easy for life to run away with us.  And unfortunately, the things that bring us joy are often the victims.  Soon, this phenomenal ephemeral season will give way to rain, and I’ll have missed out on the year’s best photography.  So difficult as it was, I pressed “pause” on the have-to-dos and made some much needed time for me.

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TWO5: 10/22/18

Happy Monday, all!  Once again, we’ve survived another week.  But I’m feeling good (cue driving guitar hits by Muse (my favorite version)).  The weather in the Pacific Northwest has been simply superb for autumn photographing (look for a post on that later this week); the rains haven’t quite settled in yet.  So we’ve been able to get outside and enjoy it in full.  I love this time of year.

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Biweekly Wow: Mt. Adams in Fall

Guess what, folks??  It’s autumn!  Have I mentioned before that this is my favorite season?  I love the colors and the coolness in the air, the smells and the squash.  Of course, this is the prime time to get outside for some hikes in the gorgeous weather and to let loose the shutter to capture all of the fiery beauty of nature.  It was the promise of this very season that guided our decision to visit Japan in the fall.  Tokyo was a bit early (at the beginning of November), but we were just in time in Kyoto!

A copse of trees in full autumn color in front of Mt. Adams just before sunset | LotsaSmiles Photography

We ventured out this past weekend in search of fall color, and I’m thrilled to report we found some.

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The Nigardsbreen glacier in Norway | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Norway’s Nigardsbreen Glacier

We hiked fjords and drove through icy landscapes.  We saw incredible architecture, and we scaled hillsides without food or water.  And we even marveled at thunderous waterfalls under the never-ending daylight.

But we saved the best for last.

We had already been wow’d to the next level and beyond, and we thought nothing could possibly top our experience at the Kjenndalen glacier, but we were wrong.  We were about to be floored by the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

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Biweekly Wow: Pacific Northwest Sunset

I only have one more post planned for Norway, but I’m taking a break this week to share something a bit closer to home.  We went backpacking this summer in the spectacularly beautiful Olympic National Park, one of our closest national parks.  (Fun fact: from Portland, Olympic National Park and Crater Lake National Park are almost exactly equidistant (ONP is barely closer – by a mile).  Mount Rainier National Park is closer than both of them.. but we’ve surprisingly never been!)  Ever since my epic adventure to Alaska last year, I’ve really taken a liking to backpacking, though I still haven’t quite figured out how to bring my bag weight down with all my imperative camera gear!

This particular sunset has a story behind it (don’t most photos?).

Sun setting behind a sea rock in Olympic National Park | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Photostory: The Norwegian Glacier Quest

If you haven’t gleaned this tidbit, I’m a little tenacious.  In fact, it’s just when someone says I can’t do something that I’m spurned into action to prove them wrong.  As I’m sure you can imagine, this becomes quite dangerous when I’m in the company of another who likewise refuses to give in.  Add in the promise of a spectacular Norwegian glacier, and all hope is lost.. even when it means 4.5 miles and 3.5 hours… without food… or water…

But that’s what makes it an adventure, right?

Right…?
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The Kjenndalen glacier from the rock wall that rises right next to the glacier proper | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Discovering Norway’s Kjenndalen Glacier

Every day in Norway brought yet another magnificent wonder.  Just when we thought we had reached the ultimate level of amazement, Norway ratcheted it up another impossible level.

See this stunning waterfall?  Now feast your eyes on this!  Think this view is beautiful?  Wait till you get a load of this!

Kjenndalen from a distance, the sun illuminating just the highest points of the snow-capped wall beyond | LotsaSmiles Photography

And this was before we discovered the glaciers.

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Norway: Ascending Brekkefossen

Norway is known for it’s countless fjords, each meticulously carved by waterfalls and glacier melt. Most of these fjords are embraced by towering arms of land, rising up from the seawater in steep ridges and sharp cliffs. So it’s no wonder that most of the hikes will send adventurous hikers up thousands of feet over minimal horizontal distances.

Aaron and I don’t mind a strenuous hike here and there, but I’m all about the photos. Too much huffing and puffing, and I don’t get as much photography in. Therefore, we tend to prefer moderate hikes with wonderful scenic opportunities – much like this one.
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Bryce Canyon: Hiking the Rim Trail

These adventurous photographers spent our last day in the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park soaking up every view we possibly could!  We rose early for one last fiery sunrise, and we kept our boots on the trail as long as we could before taking the grueling trip back to Salt Lake (why, oh why didn’t any of us look at a map before we booked our flights??).  We were loath to leave, but we could only shoot so many hoodoos… right?

Close up of Bryce hoodoos | LotsaSmiles Photography

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