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Mount Rainier Wild Flower Season – Paradise at Sunrise

13 Aug

Mount Rainier is one of the top destinations in the Northwest during the summer season. The wildflower season is much anticipated and short lived. On sunny, warm weekends, the traffic is lined up for miles to get into the park (think of the drive through Currituck to the Outer Banks on a Saturday afternoon during July).

For the past two years, our summer has come later and later, therefore the wildflowers are blooming later and later (in case you didn’t know, it takes a while for a glacier to melt!) This past weekend, I met up with a group of photographers and headed out at 3am (the 1:45am alarm came way too early)to hit Mount Rainier at sunrise.

We beat the traffic up to Paradise but only because we might be slightly coo-coo. We were heading out for the day just as all the bar hoppers were headed home to crash.

While everyone was turned toward Mount Rainier, I looked backward over the waterfall and saw this:

The wildflowers weren’t at their peak yet so most of the flower shots below were taken on the drive down, along the sides of the road. Luckily the park service has accounted for random stops and created extra pull out areas and parking spots for us photographers who can’t wait to jump out of the car and get a few shots off.

This is the waterfall featured in the shot above – just further down the mountain.

Thanks to Sharon, I have a few shots of me in action too 🙂

And the resulting shot:


1st Day of Summer

10 Jul

I’ve been on for a few months now. I joined so I could get out and meet new people who like photography as much as I do. One of the meetups recently was at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. The first official day of summer and the weather was gorgeous, Rico and Catalina decided join me too. It was past Catalina’s bedtime but we chanced it anyway and I’m so glad we did. She slept in her stroller the entire time, despite loud trains rambling by. She may not nap very well during the day, but at night, this child sleeps great (crossing my fingers that I didn’t just jinx us!)!!

Tulips 2012

14 May

In April, the girls and I took a trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Afterward, we ate a delicious breakfast at the Tulalip Resort Casino‘s Eagles Buffet. We were probably the youngest bunch in the whole crowd but the food was delicious!

PS Thanks, Mandy, for breakfast – I drove us 2 hours north before realizing I didn’t bring my purse! Oops!

Then we walked some of the calories off at the outlet mall.

The last two photos are from Mandy – group photo time!

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Signs of Spring – UW Cherry Trees 2012

20 Apr

A few weekends ago, Rico and Catalina joined me on another photo excursion. This time to the University of Washington. It’s the first time I’d been on campus – I can’t believe how big it was! Much bigger than UNC-Greensboro! And steep! Pushing a baby stroller up to the campus from the parking lot – not fun 😦 But it was worth it to see these gorgeous trees 🙂

El Paso Texas {Landscape/Travel Photographer}

12 Apr

We drove 27 hours south to El Paso this past weekend to visit Rico’s grandmother (and then 30 hrs back through California). I’m happy to say we survived the drive without killing each other! When we were leaving Oregon, we caught this:

On the way down, we stopped at Arches National Park in Utah. I rented a 12-24mm wide angle lens and what a beauty it was. It’s the reason I was able to make the sky look so big! It’s definitely on my dream lens list!

See that little hole in the rock below… I hiked up and climbed through that…

To get this shot!

And this one!

If you look closely – you can see where I had to climb to get these shots! But it was so worth it!

El Paso was a balmy 85 degrees with not a cloud in the sky the entire time we were there. Lovely! I met Rico’s grandmother, Theresia for the first time 🙂

I love her smile in this one!

We were able to get a little tourist action in while we were there. These are pictures from the Mission Trail:

Ysleta Mission

Socorro Mission

San Elizario Mission

On the way out of town, we stopped by his grandmothers old house, where Rico used to spend most of his summers when he was younger.

See what I mean about the cloudless blue skies??

Overall, a great trip but I am so happy to be out of the car! Now it’s time to catch up on our DVR shows since we’re up to 81% space filled ::yikes::

New Mexico Wild Horses Part 3

12 Apr

Now on to my final images from my New Mexico Wild Horse workshop!

I love his scrunched up nose!

We did see some really cool action shots as well. From what I’ve been told, we were really lucky to see so many territorial stands during our trip. This behavior is much more common during the spring when mating season is in full bloom.

Surprisingly (at least to me), this following photo ended up being one of my favorites of the series. I love both versions, color and black & white.

And an appropriate way to end (this one happens to be my favorite) …

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New Mexico Wild Horses Part 2

12 Apr

I stayed up way past my bedtime last night because I got engrossed to working on these 😀 Critiques always welcome!

NM Wild Horses (51) nwm
NM Wild Horses (52) nwm
NM Wild Horses (53) nwm
NM Wild Horses (54) nwm
NM Wild Horses (55) nwm
NM Wild Horses (56) nwm
NM Wild Horses (58) nwm
I can’t decide which of the following two I like better…a mama and her baby…
NM Wild Horses (60) nwm
NM Wild Horses (59) nwm
And a soon to be mama!
NM Wild Horses (61) nwm
NM Wild Horses (63) nwm
NM Wild Horses (57) nwm

Tired of horses yet??

I’m not!

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