Desert Moonrise

moonrise in the desert

Desert Moonrise

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.

Bee

red and yellow zinnia with bee

Bee

The bright red color of this zinnia is what originally caught my eye, but once I noticed the bee buzzing around it, I began shooting away hoping to get a decent shot of it at work.  This image was taken with a new lens, and I really like the way the petals seem to pop out of it.  Once again, I am reminded of the simplistic beauty of my surroundings!

17 Days

old navajo jewelry sign in bluff utah

17 Days

As the countdown to the mission trip, 2012 continues, the shot of this old sign brings excitement to my spirit!  It is found on the side of an old structure in Bluff, Utah, a small town of around 300 people, located in the San Juan River Valley.  Bluff is the heaven that our mission teams calls home for a week that can only be described as… well… I cannot find the words to describe it, other than such a blessing.  If you’ve never been on a mission trip, I highly recommend it… not only for what you will share with others, but also for what they will share with you!  17 days…

Self Portrait

Valley of the Gods shadow

Self Portrait

On one of the many visits I’ve been blessed enough to enjoy to Valley of the Gods, near Mexican Hat, Utah, my friends and I were charged with looking for shots of shadow.  We were there awaiting the sunset, so it was the perfect time to explore and find myself among the gorgeous, red sandstone rock formations.  Considered a smaller version of Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods is a unique, primitive valley dotted with huge sandstone mesas, cliffs, and hoodoos, and traversed by a 17 mile dirt road.  It is almost other worldly.  What better place to spend an evening with friends waiting for the sun to set and the first stars to appear?

Smokestacks

smokestaks along the Cumberland River

Smokestacks

In the summer of 2006, almost all of my family met in Nashville to embark on a several day trip on a river barge with RiverBarge Excursion Line.  It was fun, relaxing, and scenic.  Along the banks of the Cumberland River, these smokestacks at the Cumberland Power Plant shot above the treeline and begged to be photographed.  Built in 1970, and standing 1,001 feet tall, these are some of the tallest chimneys in the world.

Serenity

Covered Bridge

Serenity

Yesterday, was near Spring weather perfection in the New River Valley.  By mid afternoon, I had worked, worked out, and been at the computer for hours.  Thankfully, I finally hit a point where I hopped in the car to go shoot some pictures.  We are very lucky here in southwest Virginia, to have several historic covered bridges dotting the countryside.  This one, Link’s Farm Covered Bridge, is located in Giles County.  It was built in 1912, and its 49′ length spans Sinking Creek.  As with so many landscapes and structures here in Virginia, this bridge evokes a different sentiment with each and every season.  On this particular Spring day, I found myself very aware of the serenity of the setting.  The scenery, along with the sound of the babbling creek, was refreshing to the soul.