Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

It is wonderful to be able to travel to 'far away places with strange sounding names' and capture the rare or exotic, but we can all enjoy the beauty in the seemingly simple, every day wonders of nature if we just slow down and take time to observe and appreciate.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tiny HIker

Tiny Hiker

Photography has taught me to appreciate the small and simple vignettes in nature. While hiking in the mountains behind my home, I sat on a boulder to rest and take in the grand view of rugged Mt. Timpanogos. But I soon became fascinated watching this tiny little hiker, who was about a 1/4 inch long. It took him quite awhile to figure out where he was going.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Milk Thistle

  Milk Thistle (I think)

I know these are considered obnoxious weeds, but they are just so darn photogenic!

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (I think)

I know these are considered obnoxious weeds, but they are just so darn photogenic!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Grand View Near Mackay, Idaho

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Flower Dance

Flower Dance

Even a dead tree stump can be part of an interesting composition when surrounded by new life. This was taken in the same area as my last post.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Borah Peak, Idaho

 Borah Peak, Idaho
12,662 feet elevation

Still posting from our trip to Idaho, and this day we saw many beautiful and rugged Alpine like peaks, including Borah Peak, the highest mountain in Idaho.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Babbling Brook - Mackay, Idaho

This babbling little brook danced all the way down to join Wild horse Creek, near Mackay, Idaho.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wild horse Creek, Mackay Idaho

Here is another view of Wild horse Creek near Mackay, Idaho. For you nature lovers, there were beautiful camping spots along this crystal clear river/creek with views of rugged mountains including the highest peak in Idaho. (More photos to come.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wild horse Creek, Idaho

Wild horse Creek, Idaho

I usually don't take my camera when we are ATV riding with a group as no one has the patience to stop every few minutes for me to take photos. This time, however, I did take my camera on a group ride near Mackay, Idaho. We stopped to eat lunch in a beautiful wooded area by Wild horse Creek. I gulped down my lunch, then spent my time taking photos.

For you non photographers out there, sometimes it's all about luck!  in order to get moving water to look soft and dreamy, you need to set your camera for a slow shutter speed which usually requires using a tripod to avoid camera shake so the still objects won't be blurry. I had no tripod, but I must have had very steady hands that day! Photographers often call this technique 'veiling' because when used on a waterfall, the result looks like a wedding veil.

For you photographers out there, here are my camera settings:  1/6 sec, f/18, 200 ISO.  This was shot at midday. I used a polarizer filter and waited for the sun to go behind a cloud. I also bracketed 3 shots to get the best exposure.



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

With Gossamer Wings!

With Gossamer Wings!
I love how the light shows off his wings.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Independence Day - The 4th of July

Let Freedom Ring!!

The inscription on the Liberty Bell says, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof". Happy Independence Day!