The Cascades falls are the surprise waiting at the end of a cool and forested two mile hike just a few miles from my home. This trek is very popular among the local college students. These four braved the slippery rock at the base of the falls before going for a cold swim in the pool. I am so very lucky to live in a place with so much gorgeous scenery nearby.
This image is an oldie, but has long been one of my favorites. It was shot on the mission trip in the Southwest. My photography friends and I were working on a lesson on shadow. I find this shadow of a young Navajo boy jumping rope is simple, yet storytelling. I’m hopeful that I will be aware of other interesting shadow opportunities that I encounter.
The unusual beauty of cactus always surprises me. This cactus was especially colorful, and helped to remind me that interest and beauty can be found even in what appears to be ordinary and unexciting. The constant challenge comes in allowing myself to see it.
Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed places on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is historically interesting, as it was constructed in 1903, and has operated as a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, a sawmill, and a gristmill. It is extremely picturesque, with the setting putting on various shows of color, depending on the season. If you are ever fortunate enough to find yourself on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, be sure to spend a little time exploring Mabry Mill.
My husband has a new toy! He’s owned a Harley for a couple of years now, but recently upgraded to a bigger bike. Yesterday, we broke it in on the Blue Ridge Parkway with my sister and her husband. We had a great time, and enjoyed the Parkway in summer green. Beautiful!
Red has got to be one of my very favorite colors. For me, it brings about a feeling of happiness. There are several interesting facts about red by those who study such things. For example, red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. The color red even affects us physically! It increases enthusiasm, stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate, encourages action and confidence, and even provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety.* Why wouldn’t it be a favorite?
About this time last summer, I made my very first trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado. It will, most certainly, not be my last. At every turn, there is a scene like the one in this image. The deep colors of the water below, offset by the bright whites in the clouds above and the never ending shades of green in between are calming not only to my eye, but also to my soul. I have always found the Rocky Mountains to be majestic, and this trip certainly reinforced my love for all things Rocky.
This gorgeous scene was one we came upon while exploring beautiful Arches National Park a few years ago. The colors of the desert are so rich and rewarding at certain times of the day. I love the reds and oranges in the rocks in this shot, and the rising moon just made it a “must shoot” situation. I am so grateful to have traveled to so many stunning places across the beautiful United States.
This purple flowering chicory image is actually the opposite view from an earlier post – Morning Light. These weedy looking wildflowers grow abundantly this time of year here in Virginia. I love the almost beaded look of the center. These flowers are more showy in the morning, and tend to close up later in the day. I guess this is one of those incentives for waking up early.
A visit to The Painted Desert, in Arizona, this summer, treated us to the strange and beautiful colors of the hot, dry sand. The various layers of color in the canvas here reveal millions of years of work by Mother Nature. It’s an interesting, albeit desolate, place to visit. We happened to travel through in the heat of the day – not the best time for making nice photographs. This park is another one of those places that changes dramatically depending on the time of day and conditions. An unexpected highlight for us was meeting a young woman who was working in the park. She was kind and knowledgeable, and gave us some personal insight into this fascinating desert. I’m so grateful that there are people like her (and her husband) who find it important to love and share our nation’s natural treasures.