Friday, April 29, 2016

Arches National Park & La Sal Mountains

Sunset Golden Hour with Moon in Arches National Park
(Caught Between Day and Night!)

When I finished taking the photo in my last post, and was walking back to the car, I looked east and saw this beautiful scene. The orange rocks and the La Sal Mountains in the background were brilliantly illuminated by the setting sun while the moon was announcing that nighttime was close at hand.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Skyline Arch - Arches National Park

Skyline Arch (I think)

Just before sunset is the perfect time to capture the intense color of the red and orange rocks and cliffs in southern Utah.  We spent a few fun days with our ATV group riding in Moab, and then a couple extra days to relax and take photos.  Moab, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are all within a short distance from each other, and we enjoyed spending some time in each area.  (Can you see the person who posed so nicely for my photo?)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Poppy on Temple Square

Poppy on Temple Square

I always look for interesting backgrounds for floral photos. I liked this bright yellow poppy isolated in front of the large fountain on Temple Square.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sunbeams and Blossoms

Sunbeams and Blossoms on Temple Square

Sunbeams and Blossoms! Temple Square is now filled with hundreds of varieties of spring blossoms and flowering trees. It is unbelievably beautiful. There is color everywhere. I really believe it is not possible to take a bad picture at this time in this place! (Well, maybe there is an exception or two!) The mixture of the scent of hyacinths and the other flowers is heavenly. There is nothing more peaceful, inspiring, or rejuvenating than strolling slowing among this beauty early in the morning and drinking it all in. It is natural to focus one's attention downward at the flowerbeds, but looking heavenward reveals new scenes of beauty as well.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Double Vision

Double Vision

Tack sharp exposure? Double vision? Blurred? Out of focus? In flower photography, anything is acceptable. One can purposely choose to create a 'soft focus' presentation..... or create an 'artistic' look to make the most out of of a bad exposure....or be pleasantly surprised when a shot just turns out weird!! All in the eye of the photographer.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring on Temple Square

Wish this was my Spring garden!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring on Temple Square

Spring on Temple Square

Every spring I spend at least one morning in this beautiful, sacred place, and today was a perfect day!  The temperature was perfect, the flowers were perfect, the sky was perfect!  What a perfect way to start a Saturday!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bleeding Hearts

Beautiful Bleeding Hearts in my Garden

These dainty and lovely early spring blooms are only around for a short time, and not as showy as some of the other spring flowers, but they are high up on my favorite flower list.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dreamy Daffodils

 Dreamy Daffys

I was surprised to see these cream colored daffys in my garden......I don't remember planting any cream colored ones.  I thought they were all a standard yellow variety.  Can daffodils change color from year to year??  I photographed these daffodils in front of a neutral background to create a mono color look.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Magnolia in my Yard

Spring Magnolia Blossoms

Spring blooms have come to northern Utah.  It is always striking to see the lovely rebirth of delicate flowers against still winter-like backgrounds of somber browns and grays. This magnolia bush is in my front yard and is just bursting with blooms.