Friday, January 30, 2015

Photographing Winter Cold - my #Frifotos Five

Winter is a beautiful time for nature photography, when the snow falls and decorates the trees, and the ground is covered in a blanket of white. The quietness of falling snow, and the resulting visual impact it has, is nothing short of magical.

As a native of southern California, who doesn't have to shovel or drive or layer up or deal with all the hassles of winter weather, I am ever fascinated by snow. If I am somewhere and snow begins to fall, I am the first one out the door with the camera. I play like a child on the tubing hills, squealing and laughing all the way down. When I've had enough, I take peaceful walks in nature. I experience every snowfall as if it were my first. Cold? Of course, but I'm pleasantly distracted.

Since today's #FriFotos theme on twitter is "cold", I took that as a cue to begin editing and sharing images from my trip to Chicago last week. Rather than try to share everything at once, I've just picked five, which I'll call my Frifotos Five. Enjoy!

All of the above images were taken in Forest Preserves around Chicago. But wait, I have a bonus share. I'd longed dreamed of photographing bison in snow. American Bison are part of our national heritage, and thus are protected and cared for on the government land of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), near Batavia, also outside Chicago. So in keeping with the theme of "cold", I certainly was as I watched this beautiful animal in the snow...but it just warmed my heart.

Please enjoy and share your own "cold" photos on twitter today by using the #frifotos hashtag. And you'll find more of my snowy cold images from my recent trip on my Instagram feed. Thanks for checking out my take on "cold", and keep warm!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Road Trip for Cameras: Arizona National Parks & Monuments

When it came time to retire my beloved Canon 5DMII, I decided to take it out for one more spectacular road trip, so I could fill its sensor with colors and textures through one last journey. It deserved a proper farewell tour, and it was time for another "road trip for cameras."

Although it had traveled to over 50 countries with me, my 5DMII shutter had never opened upon one of the most photographed places right here in the US, the Grand Canyon.

In fact, I had not been there myself since digital cameras appeared on the scene....or iphones for that matter! With an annual National Park pass in hand, I was ready to update my digital stock, and my instagram feed, with the beautiful protected parks of the American southwest.

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Arizona has so many parks, well beyond the Grand Canyon, so it made perfect sense to visit my next-door-neighbor state with camera and iphone (and family and dogs too) by car. Starting at the Grand Canyon's South Rim, we worked our way top to bottom through the state, all the way south to Arizona's border with Mexico.

And here are the National Parks and Monuments that we visited, as seen through the lens of my 5DMII:

Grand Canyon

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Painted Desert National Historic Landmark

Petrified Forest National Park

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Road Trips for Cameras. Check out these other Road Trips: California's Central Coast, Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, and the Guysborough Galleries.

This post is dedicated to Jambo.