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Alaska: BP World Ice Art Championship
Alaska in the winter and spring months is a frozen land of snow and ice and what can be done to a block of ice with a large chainsaw, chisels, imagination, and hard work is absolutely astonishing. While in Alaska, I had the opportunity to visit the BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks. With temperatures in the single digits and teens, it was ideal weather for the ice. What I'd like to show you in today's blog is the beauty in the variety of the sculptures rather than so much technical information...it's like you get to travel along with me on vacation and see the sights :) And, like most of my blogs, this one is PACKED with pictures!!! Let's go!
Alaska: Northern Lights Take 2
My second night in Alaska was absolutely magical as we watched the Northern Lights dance above the rooftops and then took a drive up on to Ester Dome to get a bigger view of the sky. It was quite a snowy road up, up, up the mountain but when we got to the top...the view was amazing! Just look at them dance!!!
Alaska: Northern Lights Take 1
The Universe is a vast and beautiful place and standing here on the globe of the Earth as it spins is only a fraction of what there is out there to "ooh" and "ahhh" over. Standing outside on the Alaskan hill looking up through the aspens as the bands of green light literally danced with the stars and the moon was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. What made this even more special was that it followed an afternoon of my brother-in-law's Celebration of Life...lots of great memories shared, laughter, tears, hugs and those moments that make life so rich. He gave us a gift that night in the sky over one of his favorite places in the world...Alaska. A night I will never forget.
Alaska: The Flight
A celebration of life. That's how it started. With my brother-in-law's passing a month ago my trip to Alaska was to offer support to my sister-in-law and my nieces and to attend his Celebration of Life, but I was also looking forward to this trip as a trip...a getaway, a chance to hang out with family we don't see often enough and do things together...Alaska things...in the cold and snow. I fought feelings of guilt over this excitement when on the plane I realized that it was a weekend about the celebration of life. Not just the life of my brother in-law but of all of ours.
Through the Window
Lately, I have been mesmerized by the winter sky and the way the trees reach up to touch it, like a thousand magic wands changing the colors and the shades of light and the textures of the clouds. But what's a girl to do when the temperatures are in the low teens and the wind is howling across the Indiana Tundra at gusts over 40 mph? She stands at the window and peers out with her camera like she is looking through the magic mirror and captures it all through the window.
Fun with Senior Moments
We've all had them...Senior Moments...you know the "Where's my glasses?", "What do you mean I asked you that ten minutes ago?", and "What's your name again?" I'll admit it...I've had some of those Senior Moments, but those aren't what I'm going to share with you today! If you've ever wondered what it's like to work with me, today I'm highlighting some of the seniors I worked with over the summer and fall...locations, creative ideas, personalities...the fun stuff!
Creative Images with Lensbaby
I'm sure you're wondering, "What the heck is a Lensbaby?" and I don't remember how I came across this fun little lens manufacturer but I'm glad I did! The Lensbaby lenses are designed to swivel so that you can focus on one area of your shot and allow the rest to blur at varying degrees of softness. I like creating shots that are a little more out-of-the-box and thought this little lens would be a perfect new addition to my camera bag.
So, come along with me and see what I did...it will be an adventure, I promise!
What's in my (mom's) bag?
All artists have their artistic roots buried somewhere in their DNA and you don't have to look too far back in my family tree to find mine. Meet my mommy...and let's take a look inside her camera bag! (This blog reminds me of the time I was in kindergarten and took my little 3 year old sister for show and tell! True story!!!)
Playing with Fire
If you've ever wondered if I really DO take pictures of anything, this is the proof! We heat our home with wood and during the winter, feeding the wood stove is a part of the feeding schedule when we feed the horses. I'm a little cold body and have always appreciated the heat of the fire as well as the beauty of it. How many times do you remember as a kid that you sat around a fire with a stick to poke at it making the adults around very uneasy? C'mon...you know you did! I didn't realize that I would be mesmerized by the beauty of the red hot coals inside when I trudged out to the stove all bundled up. I of course did not immediately fill the stove ... I ran back inside to get Fiona!
From the Pages of a Magazine
While I love taking pictures of the horses and the lovely light in the morning and evenings, the clouds took a toll on my creativity a bit and I had grey overcast skies and pictures that didn't pop. While warming up from the cold one day I settled on the couch under a blanket to read a magazine and one of the photographs really caught my eye and I thought it would be fun to recreate it.
Cloudy with a Chance of Inspiration
These are the days that make winter such a long season...clouds...day in...day out...dreary...cold. Did I mention winter is a long season?! What to do when there are no lovely sunrises and sunsets, golden hours or light and shadows?
You grab your camera and go outside and LOOK for something interesting. Searching for inspiration is not like looking for Snipes...you actually find it!
Come see what I found...and how I transform this ordinary leaf into something magical!
My Golden Light Obsession
Somewhere in my photography journey I became aware of this magical time called the Golden Hour. It is the hour after sunrise and the hour just before sunset and the light is just perfect...soft, flattering, and well, golden. In these photos, if you photograph your subject with the sun at their back you can get some really gorgeous pictures, no matter what your subject is.
Evening Run (the horses)
An hour before the sun sets there is a wildness in the air and the horses run! Sometimes by the time I see it happening and I run to grab Fiona, there isn't much Run Time left but I do my best to capture them.
The Splendor of Gratitude
So, here we are, the day after Thanksgiving and the scent of gratitude is something that may still be lingering in the air. At least, I hope it is! I've learned that the feeling of gratitude can get you pretty far in life as well as help out in times of stress. It is something we can tap into and sometimes it can be felt when you are in a place or with certain people in your life.
It Could Have Been a Blizzard!
The days of autumn and Indian Summer are officially over and it's not even Thanksgiving yet! Old Man Winter must have missed us all summer and decided to start his visit earlier this year.
Um...I wasn't ready!
A Trip to Missouri
I never thought this day would come...the day my youngest is old enough to be looking at colleges and thinking about what she wants to be when she grows up, which even when she is 70 she will still be my little girl and not quite grown up yet.
An October Evening
This was the magical lighting that drew me outside with Fiona. That soft, late afternoon light warming the backs of the horses, the little dust particles and insects floating through the air...how could I stay inside with all of that magic waiting for me?!
Total Eclipse of the Moon
I had been planning to do this blog every two weeks and had some golden evening shots of the horses to share but...there was this astronomical, astrological, magical event that happened right above our farm that I set my alarm for 4:30 am to get up in time to capture and so, you get to hear about the lunar eclipse :)