Friday, December 8, 2017

Full Moon

I can't say the latest supermoon looked any larger to my eye than normal, but it sure was beautiful.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Saxonburg Christmas Parade

Friday night we went up to Saxonburg to eat Thanksgiving leftovers with the family.  After, we walked down to Main Street for the Christmas parade.  It was a small town event, just like I remembered from childhood, except that it was after dark!  The band's instruments were glowing.  The dance team had lit Christmas wreaths as props.  Every float, bus and fire truck was decked out with lights.  It was a beautiful way to kick off our holiday season.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Postcard Sets

I've been putting together some new postcard sets for the Wings and Wildlife Art Show this weekend at the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh.  This one is called "Western Animals" and features five of my favorite prints from my time living out in Wyoming.  They are available for $5 at the show or in my shop.

This set is "Pennsylvania Woodlands" and features five of my favorite photos from the state I now call home.  You can find these at the art show or in my shop.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  My nephew is joining us this year, hence the four jack-o-lanterns.  Can you guess which mine?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Isle of Palms Sunrise

I got up three mornings in a row to shoot the sunrise when I stayed at the Isle of Palms in June.  Each time was a little different.  This was my favorite shot that included the beach houses that line the shore.

I just added this as a print in my shop.  Find it here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Moana Character Portrait

I've been taking portraits of my daughter in her favorite costumes.  Here, she is being Moana, and we took it this summer on the Isle of Palms.  Bless her heart, she got up to see the sun rise with her Grammy and me at 5:30 in the morning.  She walked all the way down to the pier, running at times toward the rising sun, and alternately looking for seashells.  Then she tolerated about 15 minutes of this portrait session before she called it.  I needed a nap later that day but she never did!

I love this one from a different day, but even at 8 a.m. the light is so inferior.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Milky Way, Reworked

I liked my Milky Way shot that I took up in the mountains in Wyoming, but I thought it could be better so I reworked it a bit.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rear View Sunset

We drove across North Dakota and headed for Detroit Lakes in Minnesota.  We were a little behind schedule getting there, or we would have pulled over to take a photo of the incredible sunset that was occurring behind us.  I watched it in the side view mirror for a while before I thought to shoot it that way.  It was too pretty not to try.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Greybull Sentinel

We drove north through Greybull before exiting Wyoming into Montana.  Greybull is a lovely town and I would have liked to have spent more time there.  There were cute motels and huge murals, but this horse keeping watch over the main drag was my favorite little detail.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bison Herd of Thermopolis

We witnessed the eclipse on Monday, and then left Tuesday morning.  We were about an hour and a half from Yellowstone, so we had to swing by for a drive through.  But when we got to Moran Junction, it was as we suspected - traffic was at a standstill (that's still 28 miles away from the entrance to the park).  There were an estimated 500,000 additional vehicles in the state of Wyoming and I think half of them tried to visit Yellowstone (just like us, haha).  So we turned around and headed back to Dubois for for lunch, and then changed our route to go through Thermopolis, WY.  It's one of our favorite places in the state, with the world's largest hot springs that are free to the public (or you can pay to go to the waterpark that has curly slides) and even an RV park right at the springs (best RV park value in the country!).  It was a bit warm to enjoy the water, but we came instead to see the bison at Hot Springs State Park.  We promised my daughter bison, and there is a herd that roams the park there.  And I'm pretty sure I was as excited to see the bison as my five-year-old.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Golden Afternoon in the Meadow

The sunsets were my favorite time of day on our camping trip.  There were really no great colors in the clouds, but rather it was the golden light that flooded our meadow, touching every grassy blade, that was so magical.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Milky Way

There was no light pollution where we were camping, so I wanted to try photographing the Milky Way.  I always assumed you needed far more advanced equipment than what I have, but I was wrong.  This is with my Nikon D810, and while I am sure you can get better results with different equipment, I was quite pleased with my first try.  I spent three nights after the sun set, bundled up in my winter coat, flashlighting the bushes for bears, and fiddling with the settings on my camera until I was happy.

Monday, September 25, 2017


We were surprised to find wildflowers everywhere we looked.  We were above 10,000 feet so August is when the weather is just right for them to bloom.  This is lupine, backlit by the setting sun.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our Beautiful Meadow

Our beautiful meadow, which we had all to ourselves during the eclipse.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Moon Lake

Moon Lake was at the end of the road we had driven to find our camping spot.  Fishing was a bust, but it sure was pretty!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Truck Camping

The Toyota Tundra, in its native habitat, haha.  We bought this awesome vehicle when we lived in Wyoming, and loved it because it could go nearly anywhere, and also because it is like driving a sofa.  Even after 12 hours in the car, your body doesn't feel too bad.  My husband built a platform in the back and put in a foam mattress topper.  Boy, was that nice to sleep on.  Except all the karate moves my child does in her sleep.  But waaaaaaay better than sleeping on the ground.  He also installed some solar panels so we had lights inside the truck bed, and a place to charge our devices.  Because, not gonna lie, it was nice to let the little one watch some t.v. on those chilly mornings while we read.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Good fishing

My husband found an excellent lake to fish on our trip.  We had to blaze a trail over rock fields, through the forest, and through some tall bushes that lined the lake (I was on high bear alert - eek) but it was totally worth it.  He pulled out so many brook trout - and threw back all but what we could eat.  And let me tell you, they were the best eating trout I have ever tasted.  And not a bear in sight.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Solar Eclipse

We knew southeastern Wyoming was going to get a lot of folks coming up from the Denver area, so we decided to go up in the Shoshone National Forest to view the solar eclipse.  I was not really set up to take photos... this was a last minute trip... but I liked this one where the flare is crescent shaped. Mostly I just looked up in wonder - it was truly an amazing sight.  I loved how awed my daughter was, too.  When it was over, she said, "But I want every day to be eclipse day."  Goober.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Road Home

We got the chance to visit some old friends in Guernsey, WY on our trip.  Since we had moved back east, they had bought a beautiful piece of property along the North Platte River and built a home. They had us over for dinner and showed us their place, and we of course started daydreaming about having a place like this one day for ourselves.  This photo is looking up their road.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Near Guernsey

Isn't this beautiful country?  It looked a little greener than normal because the area had just gotten some good rains right before we came.  This is a view from the Oregon Trail Ruts path.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Let's Go Fly A Kite

I packed the kite for our trip to Wyoming, because it is frequently windy there.  We hadn't had a chance to fly it here this spring, but it got a workout on this trip.  Bri knew a good piece of public land between Wheatland and Guernsey so we pulled it out and had a blast.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Painted Lady

We found this painted lady butterfly feeding on the thistle at Register Cliff in Wyoming.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Register Cliff


On our way to Guernsey we did a little sightseeing.  First we stopped at Register Cliff, where pioneers on the Oregon Trail would stop to carve their names into the limestone bluffs and camp along the North Platte River.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Open Road

After our night at Johnson Reservoir, we spent the day around Wheatland, WY, where we used to live.  We had lunch at the diner, bought some groceries at the Safeway to fill up our cooler, and hit the Shopko (no longer a Pamaida) for a few things we had forgotten.  Then we drove past Greyrocks Reservoir on the way to Guernsey.  I always loved driving this back way between the towns we lived in and worked in.  It's still as beautiful as ever... some things never change.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Good Times in Wyoming

Hi everybody!  This has been our busiest summer yet.  Not only did we go to Virginia, South Carolina and California, but we also just returned from a road trip to Wyoming.  We used the eclipse as a reason to get back there - my first time since we moved away six years ago.  And boy did it feel good to see those big skies and empty roads.  

Our first night we camped at a little reservoir that my husband likes to fish.  My photographer friend Leah Yetter came on over from Wheatland and spent the afternoon with us as we fished, caught crayfish, and cooked up some supper.  Boy, was it good to see her again!

We tried out our back-of-the-truck camping rig that my husband had built.  Sadly, we got rid of the truck camper we used to have, so my husband built a platform in the back of our truck.  He covered it with a nice foam mattress topper, and built slide-out drawers underneath.  It worked great.  We had a nice first night camping, and enjoyed a lazy morning the next day, spent glassing the mountains and watching my daughter put on a concert.