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Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!  I don’t have any spooky images for you this week, but it’s still a good day!  Historically, Friday the 13ths have always been good days for me; it’s Monday the 13ths I need to watch out for!  It’s October, Halloween is just around the corner (I sort of have a thing for costumes), and autumn is in the air! It is a good day!

Now, to the images from this week on Instagram!

This first one was from our adventure to Alaska.  This was from the train up to Denali.  Look for bear pictures coming to my site in the next few weeks!

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This is much more recent – last weekend, in fact.  We went out to Sauvie Island to photograph sandhill cranes.  We were a bit far from the action for any amazing shots, but some turned out alright.  This was afterwards, as the sun was creating the horizon, illuminating the morning haze.

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This is from the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.  It’s pretty awe-inspiring to be so high above the clouds.

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I love this picture.  This was our Aggrevation board – our nightly pastime as we were waiting for the big day of the eclipse.  This little moth landed next to the marbles, attracted to the light.  I was drawn to the details of this unique shot, and it’s just one of the examples of the many things that inspire my photography on a daily basis.  Read all about that in my response to last week’s challenge, “pedestrian.”

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This is also from Hawaii – the entrance to our hillside rental house.  That place was incredible, with a huge lanai and spacious living room for hanging out.  I appreciated the flower-sprinkled threshold here, so beautiful in its simplicity.

This was also my submission for Leanne Cole’s “doors”-themed Monochrome Madness last week.

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I struggled to pick my favorite this week; these last two were so close.  I love remembering those misty mornings and crisp evenings in Yosemite.  It’s almost winter again, and I should find another national park to hit up… perhaps Yellowstone this time?

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This last one squeaked out ahead of the rest.  Perhaps it’s the strong lines.  Perhaps it’s the unusual angle.  Perhaps it’s just my simple bias toward autumn… I like it regardless!

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What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  Keep up with my daily posts on Instagram here!

Want to see your own pictures here?  I’m starting my very own monthly photo challenges beginning next week!  Stay tuned for more details on how to submit your pictures.

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