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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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This Week on Instagram: 6/2/17

I’ll be honest – this post was scheduled about a week ahead of time.  Usually, I do these the day of, but I couldn’t be sure of my connectivity, and I wanted to make sure you still got a post.

So, instead of posting these in order of likes (since I don’t have that data yet), this is in order of my own personal preference.  I’ve commented before how I tend to like some photos more than the Instaverse masses, so I guess this is a chance to show you what an artist thinks of her own work.  I welcome you to let me know your favorites below!

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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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It was the gate the first drew us in, but it was the many unique gravestones that piqued our curiosities. (more…)

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