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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.

Now that I’ve shifted my main photo-sharing outlet to 500px, I’ve been considering focusing my Instagram efforts specifically on wildlife.  This would allow me to share more bears, moose, turtles, and crocodiles on that account.  What do you think?  Perhaps I’ll give that a try and see how it goes.

As for the latest photos, I managed to get more out there than last week!

This first one was from a trip to the Oregon Coast.  This happens to be a shot from a fun little spot we just happened to stumble upon.  We have been back a few times since then, and I’m always impressed by the views.

The rocky Oregon shoreline from a cliffside viewpoint | LotsaSmiles Photography

This picture is from a local waterfall hike.  We have many of these in the area, but this one boasts twin falls spilling into a turquoise bowl.  It was so beautiful – even more so when I repelled down the cliff a bit for a closer shot.

Silky, mossy waterfall from within the bowl | LotsaSmiles Photography

Next, speaking of moose…. This picture is one of my favorites.  I took this while visiting my parent’s cabin in Grand Lake during our summer road trip.  My dad, Aaron, and I had just settled down for a calming afternoon beverage after a sunny hike when we noticed some commotion in the parking lot.  The word, “moose” floated up to our ears, so we brushed it off (we regularly saw many in that area).  I almost didn’t bother taking my camera down there… but I caved.  Glad I did, as it was a mom-calf pair.  This little guy was so photogenic, just munching on low leaves and then staring at the camera.

Moose calf peeking from behind a tree in Grand Lake, Colorado | LotsaSmiles Photography

These last two were so difficult to rank.  I really do love them both.  This is a scene from Washington’s Palouse region.  This area consists primarily of rolling farmland hills, and it’s beautiful in different ways each of the four seasons.  I just find this image so peaceful and calming.

Green and tan rolling hills of Washington's Palouse | LotsaSmiles Photography

Finally, this one bubbled to the top.  I guess nothing quite compares with the eerie magic a good layer of fog lends to a place.  This was a morning I chanced getting up super early, and it paid off.  You can read that whole story here.

Boats tied at a frozen dock on a misty morning lake | LotsaSmiles Photography

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I’m doing with my website and posts, and what I want to offer and get out of it.  Expect some changes coming soon as this continues to grow an evolve.  Thanks, as always, for reading, and be sure to follow my blog for all the latest!

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