Happy 2024!

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Another fun set this week.

I’ve been experimenting (again) with a few things on Instagram to improve visibility, and I have a few more ideas.  Look forward to my feed continuing to improve!

This first image was from my bush plane flight to the backwoods of Alaska to backpack and chase bears.  It was an unforgettable trip.  If you missed those stories, you can find them all right here.

A landscape of thousands of Alaskan lakes, viewed from a bush plane | LotsaSmiles Photography

Next, an image from home.  The sky was on fire this night, and it was just beautiful.  I just happened to be out and about, shooting the Portland Winter Light Festival, so I couldn’t help but aim my camera skyward.

A fiery sunset sky behind Portland's Tilikum Crossing bridge | LotsaSmiles Photography

This winter shot was from our trip to Yosemite.  I fell in love with national parks during winter while on this trip, and we visited Bryce and Zion this year (those stories are still in progress here).  You can find all of my Yosemite stories here.

While others were shooting Bridal Veil Falls, I was transfixed by this perfect reflection on the near shore.

A Yosemite peak reflected in a frozen pool | LotsaSmiles Photography

This was my submission this week for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.  Cannon Beach was particularly foggy on this particular morning, and I snatched this opportunity at an interesting silhouette.

Silhouette of a man walking in front of a foggy Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach | LotsaSmiles Photography

Next, a scene from tropical Hawaii.  This was from our visit to Cape Kumukahi (Hawaii’s east point), where the waves were crazy and the piles of lava rock were intriguing.  That paradise sky and those stunningly clear waters…

A towering pile of rocks at a Hawaiian beach | LotsaSmiles Photography

I had a tough time deciding between these last two photos.  While this one looks somewhat similar to the above, the snow should be a hint that those waters are much much colder.  Believe it or not, but that island was completely invisible the night prior – hidden by a white-out blizzard.  You can read about that visit here (on our travel blog).

Snow-capped Wizard Island in Crater Lake on a partly cloudy day | LotsaSmiles Photography

And finally, this week’s favorite is from our amazing hike to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park.  The views there are phenomenal, and I’d love more time to explore that beautiful park.  That photostory was posted this week, and you can read it here.

A tree clinging to the hogsback at the summit of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, overlooking the dappled valley far below | LotsaSmiles Photography

Join me next Monday for the next set, or follow me on Instagram to keep up with the daily posts.  I also love hearing your thoughts, so please don’t be shy in the comments below 🙂

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