Thursday, December 14, 2017

Penelope

Penny

I've been cleaning out photo files this morning and decided to share a photo of Penelope, (we call her Penny). She is a labradoodle, who joined our family a few weeks ago at age 5 months old. We hope she ends up as a medium sized dog weighing around 30 pounds. I don't know what I was thinking.....it's like having a mischievous toddler in the house again......but we couldn't resist that face. I promised her there would be no pink hair bows, no embarrassing Christmas sweaters and no rides in a doggie stroller!! However, we may have to get her googles when she rides with us in the RZR, (ATV)!!! Haha

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Salt Lake Temple in the Mist

Salt Lake Temple in the Mist
(that sounds better than 'inversion' or 'smog')

I am such a wimp! It is so hard for me to take photos outside when it is cold, because it doesn't matter how many layers I have on, my fingers still go numb and stiff when trying to work with my camera. Nevertheless, I always force myself to spend an evening on Temple Square at Christmas time. Last night I went early at dusk before the crowd, and when I could photograph the temple and lights with a beautiful deep blue sky as a backdrop. It didn't dawn on me until I was half way there that the horrible inversion/smog/fog we are having right now would not make that possible. I went anyway, and even though breathing the air was probably not good for the lungs, it sure made for some mystical, misty photos.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

St George LDS Temple & Christmas Lights

St. George LDS Temple

(25 second exposure at f/4.5 aperture turned lights into starbursts.)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Supermoon, Ivins, Utah

Supermoon, Fire Lake, Ivins, Utah

Last Saturday's supermoon reflecting on Fire Lake in Ivins, Utah. I totally forgot about the supermoon and was in my car driving at dusk when I glanced out the side window and saw this spectacular moon barely above the horizon. Luckily I had my camera and immediately knew the closest place to find a decent composition was Fire Lake. I raced back there, jumped out of the car and stumbled down toward the lake. By then the moon was just barely peeking over the cliff. This image accurately portrays the scene as my eyes saw it. But this is not what my camera saw. Even with my lack of preparation, (and no tripod, or light to see my camera dials), I was still able to snap multiple exposures at various settings. Back home on the computer I combined the best ones, then did more editing to compensate for blur, noise, tilt, etc. Despite my lack of competence, and manipulations, I hope you enjoy this final image.

Friday, December 1, 2017

St. George Temple

St. George Temple
Christmas 2017

We are spending a few beautiful days at our little casita in southern Utah. Shortly before sunset there was a pretty boring blue sky, but I decided to go take photos of the St. George Temple anyway. I was delighted when a few minutes later, a few wispy clouds drifted by and then the sky turned a lovely magenta. Lucky me!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

One Last Garden Flower

 One Last Garden Flower for 2017........
maybe!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Winter's Coming!

Winter is just around the corner in the mountains of southern Utah's red rock country!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Last Flower - 2017

I had to post one last flower image of the season to tide me over until Spring!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings

Enjoying the last sun rays of a beautiful day. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. At dinnertime we gathered around the table and each said what we were most thankful for this year. It was all about our family and loving relationships. We are so blessed. I hope you had a blessed day as well!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gunlock Fall

Gunlock Reservoir

Hello Santa Clara! After the fun and excitement of Lake Powell and then wedding festivities, we are spending a quiet Thanksgiving get-away in southern Utah. I immediately went searching for some remaining fall color and was rewarded with this view near Gunlock Reservoir, taken just before sunset.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Goodbye Lake Powell Until Next Year!

Goodbye Lake Powell Until Next Year! 

We vacation in the early fall to enjoy the warm water, while avoiding the extreme heat of summer. Another bonus is that there are less people. I always keep peaceful scenes of tranquility like this one in my mind's eye and on my computer screen to help me get through the cold, snowy winter months ahead.....oh wait, we just go to southern Utah and spend those months hiking and photographing in Zion National Park! So blessed!

Monday, November 20, 2017

One more Lake Powell Sunrise

One more Lake Powell sunrise. Every morning for 10 days there was another great photo op, and all I had to do was walk a few yards from the houseboat and point my camera in any direction!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another Beautiful Lake Powell Sunrise

My grandson and I enjoying a beautiful sunrise walk. Every year we spend 10 days in the Halls Bay area of Lake Powell.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Magical Sky - Lake Powell

It is amazing that almost every day at Lake Powell we are treated to a beautiful sunrise or sunset, and often both. Each one is unique and magical and reminds me that where ever our earthly challenges are, no matter how severe or debilitating, we all share the same glorious sky. We can glimpse into the heavens and enjoy the beauty we see and we can ponder the limitless possibilities of eternity.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lake Powell Flowers

Many people think of Lake Powell as a barren landscape of only red cliffs and blue water, like this first photo. But there is also desert vegetation and plants, and even a few tiny flowers still blooming in October like the two following photos:








Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mt. Timpanogos After Sunset

Mt. Timpanogos bathed in beautiful post sunset color, photographed from the American Fork Boat Harbor. I needed a little down time after wedding festivities and only had to drive about 10 minutes from home to enjoy this view.

Friday, November 10, 2017

DEAR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS!  I want to thank all of you who have encouraged and supported me in doing what I love to do....take pictures and share them with you!  Through the years this blog has also become my 'photo journal' where I can return and remember what I've enjoyed photographing in the past, and I will continue to post my photos and photo commentary here.  I also enjoy seeing the creative work of my fellow photographers, but I 'look' much more than I comment because of time restraints.  Maybe you are like me in this regard.  Several years ago I was urged to post my photos on Facebook (and Instagram), because I was told "this is where everyone is posting photos these days".  I finally did so, and was amazed and humbled at how many photography 'friends' I acquired in a short time.  So if you are among my blogger friends who are finding it easier and quicker to connect through other ways, here are additional places you can find me:  Facebook - Karen Lund Larsen    Instagram - Karen Larsen Photography   

tyler & Ashley - November 9, 2017

Tyler & Ashley
November 9, 2017

There are some amazing days that are so perfect, so beautiful, so uplifting, they will be etched in my memory forever. Yesterday was one of those days! Our wonderful son, (and youngest), married a remarkable young woman for time and eternity, (as we believe in our faith). They adore each other and are a perfect match in every way. Tyler describes Ashley as the sweetest and kindest girl he has every met. We are so happy for them!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Lake Powell Sunset 2017

Lake Powell 2017

Tucked away for the night in our own little corner of beautiful Lake Powell.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bedroom View - Lake Powell

Bedroom View - Lake Powell

Here is one reason why I love Lake Powell. I get to wake up in the morning, look out my bedroom window, (in the houseboat), and see mornings like this!! (Taken a few weeks ago.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tyler & Ashley Engagement Photos





We are so thrilled that our youngest son will be getting married in a week.  He has found a lovely and sweet young woman and we love her already!

(I learned a long time ago at our oldest son's wedding that one cannot be the official photographer and the mother of the groom at the same time.  But taking photos before the wedding is fun.)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lake Powell Sunset

Lake Powell Sunset

I took a photo of the birds before the moon rose, and then another after the moon peeked out from behind the mountain, then combined them.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lake Powell Sunset - 2017

Lake Powell, Utah

Finally getting around to editing photos from Lake Powell taken at the beginning of the month. LP sunsets are the best!!! This tranquil, peaceful scene was taken from the back of the houseboat. You'd never guess that behind me, in the front of the houseboat, there was a noisy, happy, wonderful group of children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends creating memories to last a lifetime!



Friday, October 20, 2017

Golden Leaves


Lo! I am come to autumn,
When all the leaves are gold;
Grey hairs and golden leaves cry out
The year and I are old.

                                              --Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Golden Utah Aspens

When I have to shoot in the middle of the day, (which usually means unattractive harsh light for landscapes), I try to embrace the sun and all the interesting ways that various camera lenses and settings affect direct sunlight. Besides, in a few months we'll be anxious for more sun and warmth!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mt. Timpanogos with Fall Colors

Mt. Timpanogos

For those not familiar with northern Utah, this is the northern side of this beautiful mountain, or what I call the 'backside'.  Usually my photos are of the south side which I think shows off its beauty better.  This backside view is reached by a beautiful winding road called the Alpine Loop.  It starts about 10 minutes from my home, and has an elevation of around 8000 ft, (Mt. Timpanogos itself is around 11,800 ft in elevation).  On the other side of the summit is Robert Redford's Sundance Ski Resort, and the Loop eventually ends in Provo Canyon.  Such a beautiful drive!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beautiful Mt. Timpanogos, Utah

Beautiful Mt. Timpanogos, Utah
Seasons Collide!

I never get tired of seeing the beauty of this mountain in all the seasons.  I'm so lucky to live in its shadow!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

American Fork Canyon in Fall


American Fork Canyon, Utah
After the snow, the sunshine came!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Aspen and Volcanic Rock

Aspen and Volcanic Rock
A common sight in Utah Mountains!

Monday, September 25, 2017

First Day of Autumn - 2017

Near Cedar Breaks National Monument
Utah

This is one of my favorite little spots for fall color near Cedar Breaks National Monument in southern Utah. It has most all of my favorite mountain elements....aspens, pines, and a peaceful little stream. I was so happy to discover that the huge wildfire that consumed over 50,000 acres in this area several months ago, came very close, but spared this beautiful area. I enjoyed a colorful first day of autumn here, even though it was cold and windy, at around 10,000 feet in elevation.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

California Beach Girl

California Coast

While many are welcoming the beginning of autumn, I'm busy saying a sad farewell to the end of another glorious summer.... 
 I'm still that California beach girl at heart!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Caterpillar

Well this is out of my comfort zone! Finally, a living creature that moves slow enough for me to take a picture!!  It almost looks fake.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

McGown Peak, Sawtooth National Forrest, Idaho

McGown Peak 
Sawtooth National Forrest, Idaho

Sometimes it just takes moving the camera a few feet left, right, up or down to create a more attractive composition. I changed my perspective down a couple of feet to keep the tree from blocking the background, and I like how the shape of the branch nestles into the shape of the mountain.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Twin Falls Idaho Temple

Twin Falls, Idaho Temple

Hope your Sunday is a day of rest, peace and worship.

Monet Pond, Ashton Gardens, Utah

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point, Utah

Sunflowers show off their bright fall colors, complimented by a dreamy background of foliage and dappled light. Taken near the Monet Pond at Ashton Gardens. I think this kind of looks Monet...ish.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point, Utah


Ashton Gardens
Thanksgving Point, Utah

This was one of those times where I combined two photos to make a more pleasing composition.  Both were taken the same day, at the same place, but from a different perspective.  I loved how the morning light was shining on this single water lily, but from the angle I wanted to shoot, there was nothing but boring, dark, murky water behind it.  (For those who know my photography well, you know I rarely take nature photos with a plain background.  In fact, I believe that an interesting background is one of the main parts of a composition that turns an average image into a great image.)  Anyway, first I knelt down and composed my shot of the lily so it would appear in the bottom left hand corner of the frame.  Then I stood up and composed an image of a patch of lilies that formed a diagonal and was a short distance behind my main subject lily.  I locked focus on the main lily, then recomposed on the background patch of lilies so that they would appear soft and out of focus.  I always shoot three bracketed shots; one set for a normal exposure, one set 1 stop over exposed and one set 1 stop underexposed.  (My camera then takes all three shots automatically with one click of the shutter.)  Camera settings were:  1/640 sec, f/6.4, 250 ISO and I was using a 200 mm lens handheld.  When viewing all the shots at home on my computer, I found I liked the underexposed shots the best for two reasons;  first and most important was that it made for a more dramatic and interesting image with the lily much lighter than the background, and second, it hid all the murky, ugly stuff under the surface of the water.  Editing was simple.  I combined the two in PS, cropped, sharpened, and added a bit of vibrance and contrast.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Alta, Utah

Alta, Utah

A beautiful summer morning near Alta Ski Resort. Can you almost feel the crisp mountain air and smell the pines!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Disneyland


Happy 47th Anniversay to Us!

I think adults with grown up children fall into one of two categories......
those who say, "Thank heavens I never have to go to Disneyland again"........
or....... 
the other category!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Albion Basin, Utah


Albion Basin, Utah

Two more floral images from Albion Basin, Utah. I often find satisfaction in finding small glimpses of simple beauty that go unnoticed by passers by who are looking for something spectacular to photograph.