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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This Week on Instagram: 7/21/17

Happy Friday!  I’ve got a little variety this week.  I love sharing these photos with you!

This first one is from the beautiful Isla de Tortuga and from my post for this week’s photo challenge, “collage.”  Take a peek at my crazy life here.

I’ll be writing about our trip to Tortuga very soon, so stay tuned!  White sand beaches, rocky coves, banana boats, and snorkeling… oh, and some more tropical wildlife!  We also just posted a video on this part of our trip over on our travel blog.  Check it out!

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This Week on Instagram: 6/30/17

Happy Friday, all!  I had a fun set of photos this week!

This first one is from Washington’s Palouse.  We took a weekend trip out there, and while it rained part of the time, we still had some beautiful weather in there, too.  This is the expansive view from Steptoe Butte.  From up top, you can espy everything from canola farms to wind farms.  It was quite the view.

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This Week on Instagram: 5/26/17

I’m always amazed by the actual reactions each week to my photos versus my expectations.  Most of the time, the Instaverse simply doesn’t like the same pictures I do.  It gives me some very interesting insight to my photography.  Am I viewing a picture better than it actually is?  Or was it simply poor timing, poor hashtags, poor algorithm?  Who can know, for sure?

Either way, I’ll continue to put my photos out there.  These are the ones I like, at least.

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This Week on Instagram: 5/12/17

I’ve got some fun landscapes this week.

This first one was from our trip to the Palouse.  A quick weekend trip to eastern Washington, most of the weekend was fairly rainy.  However, we managed to luck out with one solid day if dry yet cloudy weather.  The lighting for this photo wound up beautifully dappled.  I loved the contrast of the verdant green against the tan.

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This Week on Instagram: 5/5/17

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

This is also a special post… it marks my 200th!  I can’t believe I’ve managed to write up 200 posts; that seems crazy to me!  But I’m glad to have you all with me.

This week, Instagram saw steady viewership; these were all fairly close.  I’m still trying to get more visibility (that’ll always be the goal), but consistency at least tells me my photos are consistent.  Sometimes, I feel like a slack slightly on what I post, but I generally like all of the photos this week.

First is of a beautiful morning in Yosemite Valley.  We had to come back a second day to capture this, and it was entertaining behind the camera.  If you missed it, you can read that photostory here.

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WC: Final Rest

I love the little unexpected surprises of life.

We recently took a trip to the Palouse with some photo friends (which I’ll cover in an upcoming post), and between the towns of Dayton and Colfax, just outside the tiny speck-on-the-map of Dusty, we came across this charming little cemetery.  It’s out in the middle of nowhere, and we only stumbled upon it because we were seeking a gas station and accidentally drove too far.

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