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The sun sets over Canyonlands National Park.

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. (more…)
Evening mist descends on a wintery Yosemite Valley.

TWO5: 10/15/18

I’m keeping it simple this week; just four new photos on 500px. I can’t believe we’re already halfway through October.  Time inexorably slips by, and it just seems to go faster with each passing year.  But it is my favorite time of year: autumn!  We got out this weekend for some local fall color, so look for some of those pictures coming really soon! Boats floating at a frosty dock at sunrise on Diamond Lake in Oregon | LotsaSmiles Photography This first picture was from our trip to Crater Lake.  We camped in a cabin at the nearby Diamond Lake, and with a chilly evening (we had a blizzard at the lake) and clear skies predicted the following morning, I had a hunch we’d get some morning mist.  I pried myself out of bed, and I was rewarded with this beautiful morning scene.  You can read all about that day here. (more…)
Crater Lake's Wizard Island stands still at dusk.

TWO5: 10/8/18

Two new on Instagram; five on 500px.  TWO5: This Week on 500px! I got all 7 up this week – yay!  I have thousands of photos I want to share, but sometimes the weeks get away from me.  This week, however, was productive.
Blue hummingbird perched on a branch of a bush in Costa Rica | LotsaSmiles Photography
This first image was from our stunningly beautiful trip to Costa Rica.  We took a canopy tour in Rainmaker.  I primarily remember two things about that tour: the many tiny frogs, lizards, and snakes our guide pointed out that we otherwise never would have discerned from the lush undergrowth; and the cloud of mosquitos that surrounded his head without ever landing (and the “citronella” leaves he handed us to ward against them).  After the tour, though, I caught movement in a nearby bush – this lovely.  Those colors! (more…)

TWO5: 9/24/18

Happy Monday yet again!  The weeks keep on spinning by.  But one thing happened this weekend for which I’m excited… the first day of autumn!  If you’ve been reading for a while now, you’ll know that autumn is by far my favorite season (some might say I’m a little obsessed).  The trees here are only just beginning to turn, and I’m anxiously awaiting the height of the fall colors.  You can be sure I’ll find a trail upon which to soak it all in, and I’ll share those photos here.  Which is your favorite season?

As far as the photos this week,  have just the five I posted on 500px.

Hawaiian sunset behind tropical flowers | LotsaSmiles Photography

This first one was from our photo trip to Hawaii.  There are no bad views in paradise.  We chose our lodging well; we had a beautiful Airbnb on the hill with this spectacular view of the ocean far below.  It had plenty of room for our entire large group, and it featured an expansive lanai upon which one of our group actually slept a few times.  If only we could have just stayed there for the entire trip!

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New Blogger Stock Photos and TWO5: 9/3/18

Welcome to September!  Already a new month.. this year has gone by so quickly.  But we are just beginning to get into my favorite season, so I’m ok with that.  Is it fall yet?

This week, I got only one new photo onto Instagram and five up on 500px.  But the good news is I’ve been working on some exciting things on my website.  I’m cleaning up some things behind the scenes, and I’m now offering affordable web-quality stock images for fellow bloggers!  I only have a small selection there now, but stay tuned; I’ll be adding a lot more in the coming weeks.

Blurred autumn trees in Boardman, a new stock image available for sale | LotsaSmiles Photography
Autumn Blur – LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWO5: 8/27/18

This week, I fell a bit behind, so I didn’t get any new photos posted to Instagram (shock!).  I feel bad, but the craziness of life just got away from me this time around.  You might have noticed that I have been focusing my Instagram account on wildlife.  For now, I think I’ll continue to do that and see how folks like it.  I certainly have lots of wildlife to share!

I did manage to get five new photos posted to 500px, so here they are:

First, a minimalist scene from Washington’s expansive Palouse.  We spent a long weekend there last spring, and it was such a beautiful area to explore.  One can view rolling farmlands as far as the eye can see, and there’s no end to picturesque covered bridges and red barns to photograph.

A lone tree standing in the middle of a verdant green field in Washington's Palouse | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWO5: 8/13/18

Two photos on Instagram; five on 500px.  Here are this week’s highlights!

This first one is from the beautiful Land of the Rising Sun.  We visited many shrines and temples in Japan, most of which in Kyoto.  This particular one was just up the hill from our ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel).  Everything within the gates was meticulously cultivated and arranged for optimal zen.  It was impossible to enter one of these sanctuaries and not feel an utter sense of peace as the hustle and bustle of the city just melts away.  You can read all about that day here.

Stone path crossing a pond at a Kyoto temple | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWO5: 8/6/18

Happy new week to you all!

I’ve been talking about it for a bit, but this week, I finally followed through on the “two-five” (TWO5) idea.  This week, I posted two new photos to Instagram and five new photos to 500px.  I am also trying just wildlife photos on Instagram.  We’ll see how I like this new focus.

This first image was from our trip to Mesa Verde National Park.  We had to take a tour to get down to the actual ruins, but it was totally worth it.  These ancient Puebloans lived incredible lives carved out of these cliff faces.  Clambering down death-defying drops to access these fortresses and surviving off of corn and seep springs.  Wow…  You can read all about our full adventures at Cliff Palace and the other ruins right here.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park at dusk | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWO5: 7/30/18

Happy Monday, yet again!  Another week has come and gone; it absolutely blows me away how quickly the weeks melt by when we’re so busy.

With all the beautiful (and hot) weather, we’ve been visiting the beach, backpacking, camping, con-ing, and spending time with family.  Every weekend for the next month or so is booked, and many weekday evenings to boot!  But I’m happy with all the excitement, as it gives me lots to photograph.

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