Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yellowstone Steam

These are some images I took a few years ago at Yellowstone National Park.  My husband and I drove across the state to visit the park the first weekend the roads were open in the spring.  Because there are fewer visitors and possible avalanches in the winter, many of the park's roads are closed for a few months out of the year.  We went in April, when everything was still covered in snow, and the cold weather made the steam from the hot springs particularly visible.  I think I didn't share these photos before because I was not happy with how much the steam obscured, but looking at these again, I quite like that about them. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Elk Outtakes

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  It was a holiday here in America, and it was so nice to spend a few extra days at home with my  husband.  I didn't take a single photo this weekend - sometimes I go a while without and that's ok by me - so I have some older shots to share with you this week.  Here are a few more of the elk in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  the expression on that elk in the first shot just makes me laugh every time I see it.  If you look closely in the other two shots, it has the same sort of look, though it doesn't look nearly as goofy as it does in the first with its neck craned at that angle.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanks So Much!

I neglected to post anything here yesterday, as it was Thanksgiving Day here in America.  I just checked in for a quick minute today, and to my surprise, I see there are now 100 of you following this blog.  That is just amazing and flattering and flabbergasting all at once.  I just wanted to thank each and every one of you that checks in to see what I'm up to around here.  I'm so thankful that you are along with me on my artistic journey, and that I have you all to encourage me and give me the valuable feedback that helps me get better at my photography.  It means so much to me, really.  Thank you.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rolling Plains Dusted in Snow

I took these shots two weekends ago on my way home from church in Guernsey.  There are these cool cliffs that rise up from the rolling plains and I have always wanted to shoot them dusted with snow.  I finally passed them at just the right time, and I like the effect of the snow hanging heavy in the air.  It looks sort of like fog looks, except that it is even more dense.  It looks this way nearly every time that it snows.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Foggy Eve

We went to go see Harry Potter this weekend, and when the theater let out, Wheatland was covered in a pretty evening fog.  I am not very experienced shooting fog, so even though it was REALLY cold out, I grabbed my camera and my tripod from home and went back out.  I wish these images conveyed just how pretty/spooky it was, but they fall a bit short.  But, as they say, practice makes perfect (eventually).

Monday, November 22, 2010

New In My Shop

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I sold my photographs at my first craft show, here in town.  It was a little slower than I imagined, but I walked away with a (small) profit, so I can't complain.  Hopefully it helped to let folks here in town just know that I am here.  Everyone was so nice and welcoming.

I wanted to let you know that I have added two new Wyoming prints to my shop.  The first is a sweet message I found carved in an aspen trunk when we were exploring the Snowy Range in September.  The second I have posted here on the blog before, of a rapidly approaching thunderstorm here on the plains.

Also, just so you all know, I will be traveling quite a bit in December, and though I think I might close my shop.  So if you are thinking of ordering a photo and would like it in time for the holidays, make sure you order by November 30th.   I know that is a bit inconvenient, but I am unsure if I will have internet access every day on the road, and I would rather close my shop than not be able to run it properly.  I can't believe the holidays are so quickly approaching, can you?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wildflower Week

Well, this week has flown by for me, how about you?  I hope you've enjoyed the wildflowers...I have yet more pictures but we'll save those for another time. 

Last night was our gallery walk, and I think it was a success.  I saw lots of folks at every stop, and had a great time meeting some new people. 

Tonight and tomorrow morning I'm doing my first craft show, ever.  If anyone local is reading this, I'll be at West Elementary Friday, 5-8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Come by and say "hi!"  I'm always happy to meet my neighbors. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wildflower Week & Gallery Walk

It is Thursday already - can you believe it?  Tonight is our "Wheatland Gallery Walk," so if you're local, come out and enjoy refreshments while seeing some of the best art Platte County has to offer, from 5-8 P.M.  There are three places participating:

Gilchrist Gallery - 867 Gilchrist Street
Wyoming Trails Gallery - 1004 16th Street
Mark Koons Woodworking - 802 14th Street

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wildflower Week

I have a book that identifies the wildflowers of Wyoming...I meant to look all of these up and share the proper names with you.  But I forgot.  Until now. But, I'm about to step out the door to work my shift at the gallery, so the identity of these pretty purple flowers will have to remain a mystery. 

Hope your week is going well!  I've been quite a busy bee but I'm checking things off my list, left and right!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wildflower Week

Here are some more wildflower shots from the Snowy Range Mountains, taken in late July.  The last photo gives you a good idea what the area looks like that time of year.  Snow is still piled here and there, but it has mostly melted off and it is finally warm enough for the flowers to spring up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wildflower Week

Happy Monday, everyone!  I have a lot on my agenda this week: decorating Gilchrist Gallery for the holidays, working at the gallery, participating in the "Gallery Walk" in Wheatland this week, getting ready for this weekend's craft show (my first) and beginning work on some freelance graphic design work.  Whew! Luckily I am feeling quite full of manic energy so I am sure it will all get done.  Though you  may need to remind me to eat...I forget that sometimes when I feel like this.  So to make things a little easier on myself, I have have dubbed this week at the blog "Wildflower Week."  I have lots of shots of pretty little Wyoming wildflowers that I've been meaning to share.  Since I chose them and resized them a while back, I thought they would be great to share this week, even though they are truly covered in snow by now.  Plus, if you are feeling bummed by the beginings of winter, maybe thinking about the spring flowers that so need the moisture from the snow now will make you smile.  At least I hope so.

Here's hoping we all have a great week!

P.S. I've also been putting together some of the Mosaic Monday posts for the Female Photographers of Etsy blog.  Check out the latest one to see some of the other talented ladies of Etsy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Home On The Range

Not too long ago we were driving around on the plains, looking for antelope.  The only ones we spotted were far away, on private land, but it was a lovely day to drive around, nonetheless.  You can see Laramie Peak in the distance.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fallen Leaves

I didn't get these photos posted quickly enough, since, as you know, everything is covered in snow right now.  But, when we had our first really cold night last week, these beautiful leaves fell and covered the sidewalk.  I loved how they were naturally strewn about, at the height of their golden color.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

First Snow

I had an appointment in Guernsey yesterday, and though all morning I was dreading the thought of driving in the snow, I was overcome when I stepped outside and saw the way everything looked laced with the first snow of the season.  I snapped this in front of my house, looking down the sidewalk.  The snow was so fresh and undisturbed and it was truly magical.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Autumn is Over

It looks nothing like this outside today.  It is in fact, quite grey, and most of the leaves were knocked off the trees by last night's serious winds.  It is just starting to snow, though it isn't sticking yet.  I'm feeling quite gloomy about it all, though I have enjoyed such a prolonged and beautiful fall I can't be too sad.  Autumn looked like it did in these photos for weeks longer than it usually does, and for that I am grateful. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Purple Coreopsis

I thought I'd share some of the pretty purple coreopsis I planted in my back yard garden, to give you a shot of color this Monday.  I'm afraid we've had a freeze finally, and these little blooms are no more, but no matter; they will be back next year.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn Reading, Part II

I think I may have shared yesterday's photos prematurely.  This happens sometimes.  I take photos, and I want to share them in a timely fashion.  I worry that if I show you photos of, say, golden aspens weeks after they are bare, that somehow you will enjoy them less.  So I try to get fresh photos out there quickly.  But sometimes I have a nagging feeling that I don't listen to.  Like yesterday's photos.  I liked them, but the one I liked the most was the one I didn't want to like.  I should have listened to myself and taken a few more vertical shots at the time, but I was really trying to make the shot similar to the horizontal winter version.  But the books looked best like this, and I reshot two days later to take care of some deep shadows that were bugging me.  I should have waited until I had the best shot possible to share.  It is perhaps what I find most difficult about blogging - the balance between being timely and putting forth my best quality.  Does anyone else feel this way?  I can take six months to decide what I like best from a shoot, but I also hate for images to languish on my hard drive.  Anyway, for better or worse, you get to see my process a bit, and know that I am far from a perfect photographer.  I really, really like this image that I am sharing today.  I might not have been so quick to retake it if I were not so eager to share it with you, so maybe this all works out for the best.  Who knows how long it would take for me to love my images if I didn't have anyone to share them with?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Autumn Reading

The leaves are really beginning to cover the yard, and I wanted to photograph them in some way, but they aren't all that colorful or diverse, so I thought I'd like to photograph something on them or in them.  My lovely Reader's Digest Condensed Classics came to mind.  Happy was on hand to help, as usual.