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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Biweekly Wow: Scenes of Norway

This is going to be a quick post this week.  As mentioned on Monday, I’m working on some big things for my site behind the scenes, so I’m taking it easy on the blogging.  Instead, I’ll leave you with just a few images from Norway.

I couldn’t quite decide on which “wow” picture to share this week, so you get two scenes.

Sun setting over a still lake surrounded by snow-speckled hills in Norway | 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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Biweekly Wow: Norway’s Pristine Beauty

There’s something truly stunning about places above the 60th parallel.  It’s much cooler there (usually), and frozen landscapes make for some of my favorite photography.  How could you not love the perfect white beautifully contrasting the deep blues and bright oranges?  Besides, I’m something of a sucker for snow; it transforms a scene into a magical wonderland.

Snowy lake reflecting the frozen landscape in Norway, in monochrome | 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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Biweekly Wow: Norway Reflections

You’ve read all the exciting adventures in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (and if you haven’t, you should really check them out right here!), so it’s time for the next chronicle of the year: Norway!  As you know, we travel quite a bit, and it recently dawned on us that we’ve managed an international trip every year since the inaugural foray to Japan.  Without realizing it, the travel bug bit us, and we’ve been succumbing to its call frequently.

A rocky hill perfectly reflected in a Norway fjord | LotsaSmiles Photography

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