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

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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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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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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The Kjenndalen glacier from the rock wall that rises right next to the glacier proper | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Discovering Norway’s Kjenndalen Glacier

Every day in Norway brought yet another magnificent wonder.  Just when we thought we had reached the ultimate level of amazement, Norway ratcheted it up another impossible level.

See this stunning waterfall?  Now feast your eyes on this!  Think this view is beautiful?  Wait till you get a load of this!

Kjenndalen from a distance, the sun illuminating just the highest points of the snow-capped wall beyond | LotsaSmiles Photography

And this was before we discovered the glaciers.

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Biweekly Wow: Norwegian Ice Tunnels

Exploring Norway is a new scenic wonder around every corner.  Just when we thought we had been wow’d enough for one day, something else fell across our path that renewed the amazement.  This particular day, we had already visited an adorable church and hiked a spectacular glacier (that story’s coming soon!).  We were merely on our way to another beautiful campsite for the evening.

But the landscape wanted to hold us tight, to seduce us into staying out later to soak in the natural wonders.  We were surrounded by eye candy; it’s a shock we ever slept.  How could the inside of a familiar tent ever compare to Mother Nature’s endless artwork all around us for miles in every direction?

An evening view of a Norwegian road winding through the valley | 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: 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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Jumping Through Norway

Aaron really is a good sport.  I’m always behind the camera, so he is inevitably my stalwart model.  Most of what I take of him are candids – “no, just stay right where you are and ignore me!” “walk forward… keep walking…” – but sometimes I have him pose.  And I quickly discovered he’s quite good at jumping.

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