Monday, February 20, 2017

Waterfalls in Zion National Park

Waterfall in Zion National Park

Two photog friends and I spent a fun and drizzly day shooting waterfalls in Zion.  The magic only happens after lots of rain.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunrise in Snow Canyon

I needed my sunglasses on a sunrise walk in beautiful Snow Canyon.  
A great way to start the day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day's End!

  A beautiful end to Valentine's Day!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Hugs and kisses to warm the soul,
words that are thoughtful and sweet,
and strawberries covered in chocolate to eat.
Sounds like a perfect Valentine's Day to me!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fire Lake, Utah (2)

Fire Lake, Ivins, Utah

I love how the sunset light lit up the foreground rocks.  These are the mountains I see from our southern Utah winter home and this was taken about 3-4 miles from home.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fire Lake, Ivins, Utah

Fire Lake, Ivins, Utah

I think I know how Fire Lake got its name.  This is how it looks at sunset on a beautiful winter day.  If you look really close on the right side of the photo above the lake you can see some of the homes of Kayenta blending in beautifully with this spectacular scenery.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Frozen in Time

And the Title is......

'Frozen in Time'....or how about, 'Death by Ice'.....'Frozen Pink'....'Cold Snap'....'Lost Gravity'....'God's Tears'?????  All suggestions from FB and IG. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Frozen Flowers

Bored....picked up flowers at grocery store.....submerged in water....put in freezer.....put frozen 'flower block' next to window....attached Lensbaby to camera....started clicking.....HAD FUN and got my artistic 'fix' for the day!!! (P.S. I declare this RED WEEK in honor of Valentine's Day!)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Gunlock Resevoir

Gunlock Reservoir, Utah

Even a winter palette of grays and browns, (with a touch of orange), can make an interesting landscape. Oh, and a beautiful blue sky with puffy clouds helps too!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mount Routi, Moorea

The island of Moorea, just a short ferry ride from Tahiti, is the most beautiful tropical paradise I have visited. This is Mount Routi and Cooks Bay.  We were able to visit this magical place two times during our 18 month stay in the South Pacific.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Seven Day Nature Photo Challenge

Arenal Volcano, Cost Rica

A Facebook friend has challenged me to post a favorite nature photo for seven days, so thought I post them here as well.  For my first day, I'm choosing a photo that represents a magical experience for me. We had just checked into our lodge room at Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. It was cloudy and rainy on our ride there and we couldn't see the volcano. We brought our bags to the room and unpacked. Probably took about 15 minutes. I finally went to the sliding glass door that led to the balcony, pulled back the drapes, and this was our view! We sat on the balcony and enjoyed one of the most beautiful scenes ever!!  (I'm having trouble with FB and blogger adding saturation to my photos during upload.  It is true the colors were stunning, but the greens here are too vibrant.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gunlock, Utah

Gunlock, Utah

This was taken a few miles from my southern Utah home.  One doesn't have to go to far away places to find interesting scenes to enjoy and photograph.  I try to remember that a far away place to me is someone else's backyard!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ivins, Utah

Ivins, Utah

After days and days of rain and gloomy weather, today was glorious in southern Utah with mild temperatures, beautiful blue skies, 3D clouds and winter light making the red cliffs vibrant. The photography 'gods' knew I needed a spiritual boost today and led me to this view, just a few miles from our home. I was first surprised and then in awe to see this temporary waterfall, and several smaller ones, formed from all the recent rain. I have been in this area many times, (Ivins, Utah), and never knew this happened. (I just noticed the similarities in this photo and my last post taken in Kauai.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

I'm still in Kauai......in my mind!  This is Waimea Canyon, with a glimpse of Waipoo Falls in the background.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Snow Canyon, Utah

One more photo from our walk in Snow Canyon. Around the bend is Johnson Arch.

 (The arch is fairly impressive but hard to photograph as it sits directly in front of another cliff face so it is difficult to see through it. I've never taken a picture of it that I like.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Snow Canyon, Utah

Snow Canyon in Winter

What a lovely day for a hike in Snow Canyon, Utah. It was nice to be in 'Snow' without being in 'snow'!!! (Grinning)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lensbaby test





Lensbaby

I think I'm in love!  These are my first photos with a new speciality lens that creates beautiful bokeh, and soft focus backgrounds, great for macro, nature and flowers.  
(This is a 'spikey' bush right outside my back door right after a rain storm.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Fun

A day RZR riding is better than, well.........any other day!
Especially in winter when it is snowing at home.
(Colors are weird because photo taken through a windshield.)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Robins in Winter

Robins in Winter

Who says to look for robins in the spring? We have flocks of them eating the berries off the tree outside our bedroom window on this very cold and snowy day in American Fork, Utah. When they look at me, I wonder if they know how toasty warm I am on the other side of the glass!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Today on Temple Square

Today on Temple Square

It is hard for me to hate winter and snow when I look at scenes like this!! (For those who might want to duplicate this composition, it was taken through the window in the Presidents Room, Mezzanine level, Joseph Smith Memorial Building.)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017



Gunlock Reservoir
(Taken a few days before Christmas)
  
HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! The sun sets on another year. Hopefully it has been one filled with fond memories, personal growth, fun times, and gratitude to have been given the gift of life for one more year and having had the courage and determination to live through the challenges and heartaches many of us have also had to face. May we all look forward to 2017 with renewed hope, faith, fortitude and the desire to be better people, live healthier lives, speak kinder words, and enjoy new experiences to the fullest!
(....oh, and find more great photo ops!!)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiness to the LORD

'Holiness to the Lord.  The House of the LORD'

It took the early Mormon pioneers 40 years to built this beautiful temple to worship their God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas on Temple Square (2)

Christmas Lights On Steroids! 

I thought this was an interesting contrast between the simple glow of a lantern trying to compete with what looks like a zillion Christmas tree lights in the background.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas on Temple Square



Salt Lake Temple

Christmas on Temple Square. There is nothing that puts me in the Christmas spirit more that visiting Temple Square at Christmas time....even if I was surrounded by thousands of other people enjoying the experience. It is a beautiful place to remember the reason for the season!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fall & Winter

I'll Be the One Wearing Yellow Mom!

Sometimes photography is about noticing the details or seeing something common in an unusual way. This effect was created in camera with a specialty lens.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kauai

Took this on a walk near the Marriott Beach Resort in Lihu'e

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Good Morning Snow!

Good Morning Snow! 

This was the view outside my bedroom window this morning. Jeff took the screen off the window, and I could take pictures with my pjs on....and keep warm at the same time. My kind of winter photography. haha

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Salt Pond Beach, Kauai

Now can we just go back to Kauai to relax on the beach, reflect on a wonderful Thanksgiving, and recuperate from an exhausting Black Friday?? 
 Pretty please with sugar on top!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FRIENDS! 

I hope you are able to spend the day enjoying the blessings of gathering with family and friends, eating good food, having fun, laughing out loud, watching children play, sharing memories, maybe taking a nap, but especially having a grateful heart for life, liberty, and being able to pursue what makes you happy.... (This might help with the laughing part.  'Still life' taken on my kitchen table in natural light:)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Beautiful Po'ipu Beach, Kauai

Po'ipu Beach, Kauai

A high school friend of mine owns a place near here, right on the beach and gets to see this view!  Lucky man!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Napali Coast, Kauai

Napali Coast, Kauai
as seen from Kalalau Lookout

We sailed in a catamaran to go snorkeling and then to view the Napali Coast, but the ocean was so rough and the sun so intense that there was no chance of taking any decent photos. But on another day I was well rewarded to get this view of the coast from Kalalau Lookout. This scene took my breath away! The soft overcast day and a polarizer filter on my camera lens really made the lush green foliage and brilliant aqua ocean pop with color.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fishing in Paradise - Kauai

Imagine catching your breakfast and being able to experience this beautiful sunrise at the same time! 
Another Kauai morning to enjoy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Supermoon Over Emery, Utah

Supermoon Over Emery, Utah

I felt guilty standing at my front door to take a shot of this beautiful moon, (last post). TOO lazy! So yesterday afternoon I took a little trip to tiny Emery, Utah, population under 300. My husband's grandparents homesteaded there and Jeff spent his childhood summers down on the farm. This is the old church (now on the historic register I believe), where he went to church on Sundays and watched movies on Wednesdays.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Supermoon

GOOD MORNING big, beautiful MOON!

Thank you for shinning on my front porch. This is the composition of a lazy, doesn't want to go out in the cold, photographer! Taken around 7:00 am this morning.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Kauai Sunrise

Oh what a beautiful morning in Kauai!!  
This was taken a few yards outside our hotel room.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kauai, Hawaii (2)

KAUAI, Hawaii

THANK YOU VETERANS for keeping us safe, for protecting our freedom to enjoy ALL that is beautiful in this GREAT country!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai

I managed to get out of this beach chair to take a few photos!! We had such an awesome week in Kauai, beautiful weather, great friends, spectacular scenery!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Aspen Abstract

Aspen Abstract

Sometimes I find interesting compositions when I least expect it. Coming home over the Alpine Loop, most of the beautiful fall leaves had already disappeared and the aspens were barren and boring. But I rounded a bend and spotted this scene just as the late afternoon sun was filtering through this grove, creating beautiful highlights and low lights. The pop of color from the small aspen tree still retaining its leaves added some contrast to the scene. (I call this an abstract, because I did some post editing to give it a unique look.)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mt. Timpamogos Temple in Fall

Color Coordinated!

Last of the yellow/gold leaves framing Angel Moroni on the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.