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A copse of trees stand in full autumn color in front of Mt. Adams just before sunset

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. Autumn leaves in the sunshine | LotsaSmiles Photography (more…)
Evening mist descends on a wintery Yosemite Valley.

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. (more…)
Crater Lake's Wizard Island stands still at dusk.

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…)
Sun setting on the Washington coast in Olympic National Park | LotsaSmiles Photography

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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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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