Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sadie



Sadie joined our family when Beki was 2 years old and Ari, 5. She was a pretty special kitty, one of the friendliest and gentlest I've known. She turned 16 this past year. She decided she'd had enough of this life and refused to eat. Yesterday morning, we had to put her to sleep...that was really hard. We will miss you Sadie-girl!






Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jason 2012 - Part 2

Jason was a huge help in photographing in this new location.  He was easy-going and such a natural in front of the camera.  Best wishes as you head off to college in the fall.





Monument Valley, Navajo Nation, Utah

Monument Valley was an incredible place to see.  We arrived in the evening and photographed the setting sun shining on the monuments.  The next morning we took a photo tour with a young Navajo guy named Larsen who caught my enthusiasm and showed us some great rock formations.  He spent way more time with us than was required.  We ate lunch at the restaurant outside of the park and then started on our drive to Sedona.  These are better viewed on the slideshow.  Just click on one of the photos.



This photo was created by John.










Photo courtesy of John.




Known as "The Dragon," this mountain formation could not be photographed as one pic.  It took four photos to create this panoramic.
Can you see it? 


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mariellen 2012

I had the privilege of photographing Mariellen for her senior portraits a couple weeks ago.  We had a lot of fun down in the Soulard Market area.  It was a bit cool that evening and the wind was not cooperating, but we were persistent and it paid off.  Wish Mariellen the best as she heads off to college this fall.






Friday, May 11, 2012

Canyon De Chelly

Our second stop on our way to Monument Valley was Canyon De Chelly.  I hadn't seen any pictures, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  It was breathtaking.  Not near as big as the Grand Canyon, but beautiful and worth the stop.  We almost decided not to stop, but we were so close and we might not get that way again anytime soon, so we went.  Because it's spring, the valley was full of lush green foliage, a beautiful contrast to the red rocks and blue skies.







Petrified Forest and Painted Desert

Our visit out west last week was awesome! I'm sure I'm incapable of describing the grandeur in my own words. There were so many incredible moments, I don't know if I'll be able to post all that I'd like. We started out at the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert area, around to Canyon De Chelly, to Monument Valley, and on down to Sedona. I could make several books with all the photos I've gotten on this trip.

Petrified Forest wasn't quite what I expected, however, it was neat to see. The ancient trees are turned to stone. There are stories, or rumors, that if you remove any piece of the forest, you will be cursed. I read a letter sent by a woman who was sending back her piece of wood to the forest claiming that nothing but bad had happened to her since she had removed that piece of wood. I am not superstitious, however, we did not take any wood with us. We touched it, sat on it, then left it behind for those who follow to enjoy. The Painted Desert was pretty cool to see.  We only had a few minutes the first night since we pulled into the park 45 minutes before closing.  So we went back first thing in the morning.












Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spring

This spring has been unusually warm this year.  I haven't been able to get out to photograph as much as I'd like, but I was able to get out a few times and capture some of God's handiwork.  The trees have all been in full bloom making gorgeous photos to work with.










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