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.

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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. Continue reading

The Nigardsbreen glacier in Norway | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Norway’s Nigardsbreen Glacier

We hiked fjords and drove through icy landscapes.  We saw incredible architecture, and we scaled hillsides without food or water.  And we even marveled at thunderous waterfalls under the never-ending daylight.

But we saved the best for last.

We had already been wow’d to the next level and beyond, and we thought nothing could possibly top our experience at the Kjenndalen glacier, but we were wrong.  We were about to be floored by the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

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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! Continue reading

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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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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Photostory: The Norwegian Glacier Quest

If you haven’t gleaned this tidbit, I’m a little tenacious.  In fact, it’s just when someone says I can’t do something that I’m spurned into action to prove them wrong.  As I’m sure you can imagine, this becomes quite dangerous when I’m in the company of another who likewise refuses to give in.  Add in the promise of a spectacular Norwegian glacier, and all hope is lost.. even when it means 4.5 miles and 3.5 hours… without food… or water…

But that’s what makes it an adventure, right?

Right…?
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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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Norway: Trollstigen

I still have lots to share from our trip to Norway!  I wanted to include the renowned Trollstigen (you can hardly visit the region without seeing this iconic zigzag road), but the harsh lighting kept my photos out of “wow” territory.

There’s no real entertaining photostory here, but we did discover a detour from the standard tourist fare.  I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.

A cairn in front of a stunning Norwegian landscape above Trollstigen | LotsaSmiles Photography

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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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