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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Somerset Farm


I was just in Somerset, PA, doing what I love most - driving down roads I have never traveled on.  It was a beautiful morning, with the kind of skies you see after a storm system has passed through.  The hills were emerald green in that bright sunlight.  Everything looked fresh and new and I thoroughly enjoyed the pastoral scenery.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Daddy's Hat


This is one of my favorite photos of my daughter.  I took it last year, at the end of our Yosemite Trip.  We were waiting for the boys to get their fill of sunshine and fishing, and in the meantime we were playing around the picnic area.  She adores this boonie cover that my husband had in the Marine Corps.  And for once, she's not making a silly face.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Looking Down



I have been wanting to go to Kinzua State Park in Pennsylvania since I heard about it several years ago.  It's basically the remains of a railroad tressle that used to bridge the gorge.  It was destroyed in a tornado a few years back.  It was only partially rebuilt, as a way for people to walk out and look over the gorgeous landscape.  I had fun looking down, taking photos, just as autumn was hitting its stride.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunrise Paddleboarders at Isle of Palms




I just returned from a wonderful week at the Isle of Palms in South Carolina.  I grew up near here, but had never actually stayed at the beach overnight.  It was so nice to just roll out of bed, slide on some sandals and my camera pack to photograph the sunrise.  No getting up at 4 a.m. to drive an hour and probably forget something and get my car all sandy on the return.  Nope!  Island life is glorious.  

I, of course, took lots of sunrise images but these were my favorite.  When the beach was so empty, it felt like Mother Nature and the paddleboarders were putting on a show just for me.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bluets




I just loved seeing these wild bluets dotting the open spaces under trees, popping up among the  moss at Keystone State Park during our trip this spring.  They are so tiny, so delicate, but it's amazing how much they change the landscape, cheering up even the most dreary of spring mornings with their presence.  When the sun did finally begin to shine, it lit up these pretty little flowers as in the first image.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Approaching Doran Beach


I somehow never shared this one from last summer's trip to the Pacific.  It's the path to Doran Beach, at Bodega Bay.  I love all the ice plant (I think that's what the reddish vegetation is) and the beach grasses against the blue sky.  I can feel the breeze on my face just by looking at this image.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yosemite Forest


As I start to look ahead to this summer, I also spent some time looking back at the last one.  I found this late afternoon picture from Yosemite that I really liked.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dogwood Blooms


I have been wanting to add a dogwood bloom to the flower collection for some time now, and this year I made a concerted effort to go out and shoot them.  I took lots of photos of wild dogwoods (to come later) but this was my favorite shot, of a tree at my daughter's school.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

In the Driver's Seat


Cool girl alert!  W was having a blast playing in the driver's seat while I unloaded groceries the other day.  She is always uniquely herself, this day in cat ears and some ridiculous sunglasses that we got at an Easter egg hunt.  She thought she was pretty cool, too, with a big-girl seat belt and the seat pulled up so she could reach the steering wheel.  What a blessing it is that it's so easy to make her happy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Shadyside At Night


I took this long exposure several years ago in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, out of a car window if I can remember correctly.  I love how all the neon lights convey the energy of the neighborhood's night life.

You can find it here in my shop.