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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…)
Autumn Blur - LotsaSmiles Photography

TWO5: 10/1/18

Good morning!  Happy Monday, and happy October!  Are you ready for a new month?  Autumn came so quickly, it’s hard to believe summer is already past.  And now that it’s officially October, I can start thinking about Halloween and Kumoricon coming up at the end of the month (I’m kind of way into the con scene).  I can also get pumpkin spice lattes without the stink-eye (yeah, guilty – I like those, too).

This week, I have five new photos – two on Instagram and three on 500px.

Seagull landing on the beach in Seaside, OR | LotsaSmiles Photography

This first one is a surprisingly older photo.  I actually didn’t really care for how it was edited the first time around, but I gave it another look and a polish, and I’m pleased with the result.  This was from a trip to Seaside several years ago.  Most of the time, I only focus on my most recent photographs, but I’m glad I went back for this one.

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TWO5: 9/17/18

Two new on Instagram; five on 500px.  TWO5: This Week on 500px!

Guess what??  I finally met my goal of actually posting 7 pictures this week!  I’m getting into a better groove for these things.  I like the new wildlife focus on my Instagram account, and I love sharing my best work on 500px.

This first one was from my first foray into backpacking.  I joined some of my photo buddies in a bush plane that whisked us to the Alaskan backwoods.  There, we hiked over 20 miles along the beach in search of bears.  Along the way, we espied this majestic creature.  We ended up seeing another eagle much closer – actually in our camp.  It was an unforgettable experience.  You can read about the entire journey here.

Bald eagle in a bare tree in Alaska | LotsaSmiles Photography

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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: 8/20/18

Two new on Instagram and three on 500px this week.  More of a TWO3 than a TWO5; this week got away from me a bit!

On the other hand, I’ve been working on a version 2.0 of my new scatter photos, and I’m really excited about it.  If you’ve been following me on social media, you might have seen the preliminary result.  I spent the weekend making custom wooden frames with my expert-carpenter dad, and I love how they look!  I’ll be updating my page on scatter photos soon, so stay tuned for that!

As for the photos this week, here’s the line-up, ranked by the ones I personally like best.  This week was really tough, as I like all of these.

This first one is a fun one from Costa Rica.  We went wandering through the town of Alujuela on our first day, and these little pigeons were everywhere in the central park.  This one perked up his head just as I shot the picture, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Pigeons peeking between a fence in Alujuela, Costa Rica | 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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