Wedding Photographer …….. Not.

 

I’ve shot a handful of weddings over the years.  Always as a friend or family member helping to keep expenses down.  Never charged anyone and I’ve always cautioned that I’m not a wedding photographer and not to expect professional results.  I’ve had varying degrees of success.  Of course most who request this kind of help just want some memories and even snapshots can provide that.  My son Gabe was the latest victim of my kindness.  He and Erika went through a fast wedding planning process (roughly a month) and Erika’s brother and I provided photographic services.  When I hear what most professional wedding photographers ask for their services it always seems exorbitant ……… and then I go through one of these exercises and I get just a clue of how much hard work is involved. :)  But it was challenging and fun and it was a great wedding.

 

 

 

Rolling and Tumbling

Took a short trip to Rocky Mountain National Park this last week …….. first outing of the summer.  Managed a couple of short day hikes during our 2 night stay.  First night there I took a quick drive up to Bear Lake where the mosquito population is quite healthy.  I forgot to apply any repellent that evening so a few shots of the lake and Longs Peak and I headed back to camp before the mosquitos could do more damage. I liked the still section of water where the reflection of the clouds seem to float isolated from the rest of the reflected scene. It creates an unusual but pleasant tension to the scene.

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Heat Lovers

Yellowstone is a land of enchantment, with it’s majestic waterfalls, abundant wildlife and unique geothermal features.  It’s the latter that is home to some of Yellowstone’s more unusual residents.Thriving in the ultra hot ( sometimes approaching 200 degrees) environment of Norris Geyser Basin and Middle Geyser Basin, thermophiles, including cyanidium algae, cynobacteria and various other microbes, color the steam covered landscape of some of these hot Yellowstone attractions.

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Trees Of The Garden

No, not a breakdown of Garden of the Gods tree species ……… just a few images featuring trees from around the park. The old pine upon the ridge, the junipers up on White Rock,  the Cottonwood along camp creek, the surface rooted juniper on Rattlesnake Ridge …….. these are like old friends and I’ll continue to visit and photograph as opportunity arises. Continue reading