TWOI: 10/6/17

I like the variety in this week’s set.

First is a shot from outside the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park.  I missed this on our first stop into the park, so I was determined to check it out on our way out.  Evidently, these two massive moose got locked in a battle – literally.  Unable to disentangle their antlers, they both died in the grass.  A backpacker later found the skeletons and brought them back to the park officials.  Now they’re on display for all to see.

This was also my submission for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

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This Week on Instagram: 2/17/17

I have so many pictures I’m loving from my trip to Yosemite – I hope you aren’t getting tired of seeing them!  This week, I also included a couple of pictures from the Switchfoot and Relient K concert we attended, and I threw in another from Newcon and one from the PDX Winter Light Festival.  I didn’t quite get a picture from this week’s post on sunrise at Arches, but I invite you to check out that post here on my blog, as it was a fun adventure.


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Top Pic(k)s of 2016

Ok, I know I’ve been neglecting the posts on our amazing desert road trip, but I wanted one more reflective post before returning to our next leg – Moab.  Stay tuned!

I love stats (reporting them, not calculating them), so here they are:

  • Photos taken in 2015: 21668
  • Photos taken in 2016: 26014

Yep.  I took almost 4500 more photos last year than the year prior.. and I thought I was being careful to take fewer pictures!  To be fair, over 600 of those were of Landscape Arch, alone (that post is coming soon), and nearly half of those photos are from my work at anime conventions.. don’t judge me!

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Kissing Camels, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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WC: Super Names

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.  As names have power, words have power.  Words can light fires in the minds of men.  Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.  There are seven words that will make a person love you.  There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will.  But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire.  A name is the fire itself.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

What is a name?  Names identify objects, people, places, trees, churches, lakes, storms.  But names are merely a label.  You might treasure the name given to you on the day of your birth, but that name does not define you.  Many women assume their husband’s names.  Some people choose to legally change their names to something more appealing.  But that doesn’t change who they are.

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Weekly Challenge: Failing at being a Con Photo Manager

When I saw the first challenge for this week – “It’s not this time of year without…” – I thought I’d have fun with posting some beautiful autumn pictures, odes to squash, or my anticipation of a big family Christmas.

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Ghost Neko were everywhere!

Then I saw “Mind the Gap” as the second prompt – highlighting the challenges between a goal or intent and the resulting product, and the endeavor to close that distance and realize your objective.  This is a poignant topic but an important one.

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Caitlin Glass during her Kumoricon interview

With most photographers, you see only the finished images.  You seldom see what it took to get there.  And photographers aren’t quick to tell you about their failures.

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Weekly Challenge: Transmogrified Flaneur

I knew this week’s challenge would be more difficult than usual because I’m working!  My favorite event of the year is happening this weekend – Kumoricon.  I like to do a lot of landscapes, but I also love candids, which is why I enjoy event photography.  Mix that with a healthy dose of anime addiction, and I’ve got one awesome weekend.

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