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June 18th, 2014 | in Photography, Scenic | Leave a comment

The day proved just perfect! Some clouds, warmer, not much breeze, great day to be out on the water. I had already decided I wanted to do this trip and there was only 1 day during our stay to do it and today was the day! Mark N and Jon/Sue decided to take the trip also.

 

Fjord Express to Juneau

 

The dad/owner/Glen and daughter Libby were our crew and you could not ask for a better one! We got a continental breakfast (huge healthy blueberry muffin, juice, coffee), had lunch in Juneau and then dinner on the boat was some really great Salmon chowder & multi-grain roll. Just enough to keep you very happy.

 

Glen knew the route, he does it all the time. From Skagway, you head over to Haines to either drop off or pick up (it is a ferry service after all) and then it’s on down to Juneau. Depending on how much wildlife you see on the way down, you get about 1 hour or a little more in Juneau to look around old town/eat then they pick you back up for a trip to Mendenhall Glacier.

 

We saw eagles, humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, black bear, and deer. We were hoping for orcas but that didn’t happen. All the humpies were worth the trip! There were parts of the trip where the water (Lynn Canal) was just like glass, perfect for reflection picture taking Winking smile

 

I would recommend this trip to any and all, it is definitely in our top 5 things so far this trip!

 

Here is a little picture journey of our day.

 

 

 

until the next time ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Our first trip to North Dakota and I collected another Nat’l Park stamp. TRNP was a lot more than we expected. I didn’t realize they too had wild horses (not mustangs though), but also Bison, Sheep (if you can find them) and others. The Bison were everywhere! Even on the front lawn of the visitor center while we were there.
 

So here are a few pictures that I took while Jim played chauffeur (he does an excellent job of that!). I yell stop and he tries to find a spot to pull over so that I can take that perfect picture. We actually had horses on the road in front of us, that he had to stop then!

 

 

Stay Free ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in Photography | Leave a comment

This was a special treat, my gift to myself for Mothers Day :) We drove down to Hot Springs, SD to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary to do a 2 hour tour. We lucked out and we were the only ones that signed up so we got a private tour with David. He and his wife run the café on the property, but he also does tours.
 
He was very knowledgeable and we had a great time! He took us all over, found lots of bands (over 600 truly wild mustangs) of horses and took lots of pictures. I have plans to create a picture book for my granddaughter Ava, just another way to enjoy the memories.
 

It was a really fun Mother’s Day, thanks honey!
 

 

Lace

1 week old Lace


 

Run Wild; Run Free! ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Ok, another redo, but again it’s about the search for animals :) and we found the Rocky Mtn Sheep this time! Yeah! It’s always a great drive, it definitely looked different in May than it did in July (the last time we were here).
 

so here are a few pictures:
 

 

Keep on truckin’! ~ Kim

May 22nd, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Yes, we were here 3 years ago; yes, it hasn’t changed much, but… We got to see more animals this trip! That is one of the parts that I absolutely love. We also got to see Mt. Rushmore lit up at night for the first time. That was special too… We also spent more time, not in a big hurry so we got to relax and truly enjoy the area more.
 

Did some beer tasting in Rapid City, Hill City & Spearfish… my pint beer glass collection is growing nicely :) Did some wine tasting too in Hill City! go figure, Naked Winery of South Dakota (which is also home of Sick N Twisted Brewery); they just opened a tasting room in Bend, OR.
 

So here is the slide show of pictures that I thought were the best :) You can always ask me to give you a full slide show (it may take months).
 


 

Be well, we are having a blast ~ Kim

April 29th, 2014 | in Photography | Leave a comment

Jim came and woke me up to tell me about the crescent moon hanging on the horizon and the dawn colors just starting. I couldn’t help myself! but I did go back to bed after I took the shots.

 

Dawn on the North Platte River

Dawn on the North Platte River

 

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Tree in the dawn

 

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Dawn with crescent moon

 

Had a little color in the sky the previous evening, but mostly was taking a picture of how lonely it looked in the park… we were the only ones there for the night.

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Dusk in a lonely RV Park

 

that’s all folks!

 

Kim

April 19th, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Our first extended stop is in Sulphur, OK. This is the home of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. I needed more stamps :) My original hope was to do some hiking/walking (and that is out), look for wild flowers (too early), and just check out the area.

 

We went into the park and took a few pictures, so here they are:

 

Chickasaw proof

 

Purple Flowers

 

water skipper

 

Nature Center

 

Still Waters

 

Waiting

 

Palisade Springs

 

So it begins 😉

Kim

July 23rd, 2013 | in Photography | Leave a comment

Yeah, I did post this on Facebook, but just wanted to post a few here too, just in case. Not everyone is on Facebook, but I can’t imagine I have anyone reading this blog that isn’t :)

 

I asked Jim to drive me to the coast, I wanted to take pictures of some of the historic bridges near Florence, Oregon and he was a real trooper. I planned out which ones to visit and of course made sure that we were near Mo’s for dinner. It was an early dinner, and then we hit the road to take the pictures.

 

I have new software that takes 3 pictures, merges them together and makes a better picture out of them. They are taken at different brackets so one is under exposed, one is normal and one is over exposed. This process is called HDR. Then, I used the same software to play with the final results, giving them different looks. It’s fun, it’s artistic, it’s just one more way to share.

 

So here are a few of the pictures I took, of course there are more on FB.

 

Looking across the Siuslaw River to Old Town Florence and Mo's.

Looking across the Siuslaw River to Old Town Florence and Mo’s.

 

Looking out towards the ocean and the Siuslaw River Bridge.

Looking out towards the ocean and the Siuslaw River Bridge.

 

another view of the Siuslaw Bridge

Heceta Head Lighthouse

 

Cape Creek Bridge

Cape Creek Bridge

 

Oregon beach between Florence & Waldport

Oregon beach between Florence & Waldport

 

Changing light on the beach

Changing light on the beach

 

 

It was a fun day, a longer day, but the drive was beautiful, and came home to an almost full moon. Thanks Jim for the chance to practice more on my photography!

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 10th, 2013 | in Photography | 1 comment

I was bored, well, not so much, but I just wanted to get up and move around so I started walking and looking at the flowers that were growing along the train track near Davis Cabinets.  where we were getting some work done on the RV. I noticed a lot of wild sweet peas growing and there were a lot  of bees buzzing, so decided I needed to try and get a few pictures. Practice, practice, practice!

 

So here are a few of the pictures I took:

 

Bee 1

Bee 1

 

Bee 2

Bee 2

 

Bee 3

Bee 3

 

 

Bee 4

Bee 4

 

More RV updates coming and also a brief (do I know what that word means?) description of our travel plans for the rest of the summer!

 

 

 

June 23rd, 2013 | in Photography | Leave a comment

I keep trying to take decent pictures of the moon, thought I would have a better chance if the moon was at it’s fullest for the year. Jim and I drove up the hill behind us, towards Issaquah Highlands. It didn’t seem like it would make a good enough picture, we just weren’t sure where the moon would rise. So we continued East to find higher ground. We got really close to Fall City and found a side road that had a good view of the hills that the moon would rise over. Somehow, I knew it would rise (based on the angle of the shadows of the sun setting) between the hills. Didn’t have the best location but it worked 😉 So here are a few shots that I took:

First View

First View

 

continuing to rise

continuing to rise

 

higher

higher

 

going to lose it to the clouds

going to lose it to the clouds

 

Thanks Jim for driving me around until we found a spot that would work.