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Sunset behind Smith Rock in Oregon | LotsaSmiles Photography

Biweekly Wow: Sunset at Smith Rock

Smith Rock State Park is a fun playground for hikers, campers, and especially rock climbers.  As photographers, we also like to visit as there’s lots to shoot.  With the river, lofty vantages, plentiful wildlife, and the rock climbers, themselves, we wouldn’t be bored.  Smith Rock was easy to include in our recent winter trip to Central Oregon, though the day didn’t turn out the way we planned. The Crooked River winding through Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon | LotsaSmiles Photography (more…)
The waterfall at a snowy June Lake, reminiscent of a scene from Narnia | LotsaSmiles Photography

Biweekly Wow: A Trip to Narnia at June Lake

Winter is a great time to play outdoors in this region, especially when you can find some fresh snow.  We anticipated a waterfall and lots of white stuff when we ventured to June Lake, but we didn’t think we’d walk into a scene out of Narnia.  Washington is full of surprises! The waterfall at a snowy June Lake, reminiscent of a scene from Narnia | LotsaSmiles Photography (more…)
Icy waterfall downstream from Tamanawas Falls in Oregon | LotsaSmiles Photography

Biweekly Wow: Chilly Falls

Winter is not always the best time of year to photograph in the Pacific Northwest.  We so seldom get the beautiful snow I love so much; instead, it’s a lot of rain and drab cloud cover.  However, when we can find a reasonably dry day, we love to use this time of year to escape into the mountains.  There, we can find some snow – and often ice – and the landscape is much more photo worthy. This fortnight’s Biweekly Wow hails from such a trip. Icy waterfall downstream from Tamanawas Falls in Oregon | LotsaSmiles Photography (more…)
A blanket of fog envelops Seattle at dawn | LotsaSmiles Photography

Biweekly Wow: Foggy City

Aaron recently took me up to Seattle for my birthday (a surprise trip, because you know I love those).  Fortunately, he knows me quite well, because the weekend involved good food, cats, and photographic opportunities.  Though it’s painful every time, we made a point to get up early for sunrise on our last day there, and it was totally worth it. A blanket of fog envelops Seattle at dawn | LotsaSmiles Photography However, this image has a somewhat tragic story behind it. (more…)
A copse of trees stand in full autumn color in front of Mt. Adams just before sunset

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. Autumn leaves in the sunshine | LotsaSmiles Photography (more…)
Sun setting on the Washington coast in Olympic National Park | LotsaSmiles Photography

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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Biweekly Wow: Scenes of Norway

This is going to be a quick post this week.  As mentioned on Monday, I’m working on some big things for my site behind the scenes, so I’m taking it easy on the blogging.  Instead, I’ll leave you with just a few images from Norway.

I couldn’t quite decide on which “wow” picture to share this week, so you get two scenes.

Sun setting over a still lake surrounded by snow-speckled hills in Norway | LotsaSmiles Photography

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A thick layer of ice bridges a chilly stream in Norway.

Biweekly Wow: Norwegian Ice Tunnels

Exploring Norway is a new scenic wonder around every corner.  Just when we thought we had been wow’d enough for one day, something else fell across our path that renewed the amazement.  This particular day, we had already visited an adorable church and hiked a spectacular glacier (that story’s coming soon!).  We were merely on our way to another beautiful campsite for the evening.

But the landscape wanted to hold us tight, to seduce us into staying out later to soak in the natural wonders.  We were surrounded by eye candy; it’s a shock we ever slept.  How could the inside of a familiar tent ever compare to Mother Nature’s endless artwork all around us for miles in every direction?

An evening view of a Norwegian road winding through the valley | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Fluffy clouds reflect perfectly in a chilly still lake in Norway.

Biweekly Wow: Norway’s Pristine Beauty

There’s something truly stunning about places above the 60th parallel.  It’s much cooler there (usually), and frozen landscapes make for some of my favorite photography.  How could you not love the perfect white beautifully contrasting the deep blues and bright oranges?  Besides, I’m something of a sucker for snow; it transforms a scene into a magical wonderland.

Snowy lake reflecting the frozen landscape in Norway, in monochrome | LotsaSmiles Photography

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