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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Hello from Paradise!

I don’t have time to write a full blog post this week for the weekly challenge, as we’re currently lazing on a tropical beach in Costa Rica, celebrating Aaron’s birthday!  I promise I’ll write all about it when I get back…

For now, I just have this image from one of our last trips to paradise: an unexpected, work-sponsored getaway to Miami.  I should write about that soon too, as it was one of those experiences where we could take advantage of a rare opportunity – no regrets!

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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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