Rain and Cheer

We had an unexpectedly hot summer. I felt much relaxed when the temperature began to drop in the last ten days or so. And, YES, it finally rained. Even the rain lasted only ten minutes, the fresh and chilly air has cheered me up greatly.

Raindrops laced the flower and highlighted the edges of the pedals. Dahlia is beautiful that is out of the question. My joy is to pry in and explore the sudden charm completely unexpected.

Not diligently working to edit pictures lately. Just to show you couple random shots in the rain.

Renaissance Faire

Some improvement is made that I am not as intimidated to ask people for taking their pictures. And yet, in lots of cases, I don’t really care for posing shots or seconds of a made-up smile. I enjoyed more of people’s dressing styles, design details, and natural expressions.

Have never been to a Renaissance Faire, I was stunned by the exceptional environment. Gorgeous sky and rolling green hills with colorful patches here in Kings Valley.

The couple is properly dressed for the occasion. Their body gesture rhythmed and the paces flowed as they enjoyed themselves. The smile comes from within and I found it truly beautiful.

I followed this lady (upper left) wherever she went just for her beautiful hat with a blue feather. Though I have face-to-faced with all the characters here, I found their back or sides is more attractive than the front. All natural and all truthful.

Thought she is a deer with ‘antlers’, but she is a tree lady with ‘branches’.  She (middle) was photographed without knowing … I like her head adornment and the unique headband matching the pattern of her blouse. The man (right) posed for me, but he shows what he is, naturally.

If I want to choose the best costume at the fair, this man (below) is my pick. You don’t need to have a fit and slender body to look good in your apparel. He is simply the best man to wear that outfit, don’t you agree?

Understand they are just dressed for fun, but it is not ‘politically correct’. Maybe priests had girlfriends in Renaissance days?:-) Not sure who originated the idea for the priests and nuns to live their lives alone. We are human beings and should live a normal human life.

I like to photograph at the festival where there is a unique theme on its own and the setting is far more interesting than street photography.

Lost in Vegas

Las Vegas was not, is not, and won’t be my destination. It is, however, my convenient transit point to Utah national parks. Wrongly booked my return date, I ended up having to spend one more day here. I thought I would be overwhelmed by boredom, but not at all. You will see why.

I also dreamed of a jackpot, but I don’t even know how to use a modern slot machine. Besides I was overwhelmed by all sorts of the designs in my surroundings that I did not even consider to come close to the gambling table.

Looking around, I found my favorite flower vase,

Looking up, there are endless ceiling intererst:

Those glamourous casino hotels have characteristics of their own. My interest in architecture is my drive to visit them. However, the content of such hotels is too much for me. If not for a few eye-opening architectural designs, I would not want to stay indoors a bit longer.

Two white door frames welcome you into the restaurant; One hotel concierge is located at the bottom of a wood structure with a bar in the mid-level. I don’t even know how to describe the design.

In Vegas, the walk paths either lead you to a casino or a gift shop. I stayed away from the casino, but I love window browsing and enjoying the creative pieces of work. Chocolate dripping from the ceiling and down right in front of you. Simple fluorescent lights to showcase a fashion red and the whimsical bar stools…

Having hometown gourmet in a foreign place is like having fresh water in the desert. I was tired of expensive restaurants and buffets, so happy to enjoy a simple bowl of shrimp wonton noodle soup. 

Have steaming hot food in an outdoor cafe in Vegas, under 110 degree? Nop. These are cold water mist…

Too much to go on, I don’t want to get you lost either. Las Vegas is not my travel destination, but it is definitely a great place for street photography.

Still ‘Twisting’

So busy this summer going around the places, but not necessarily prolific with my photography. Lensbaby has recently released a few brand-new lenses, but I am still dwelling on Twist 60.

My friend Nancy makes a beautiful model. Thanks to her that she permits me to post her pictures. I simply love the twisted background. Light is crucial as well as color and texture.


Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock is one of the popular spots on Oregon Coast. Instead of going to busy Tonovolna Beach, we stopped at less-populated  Acadia Beach. The view is just as good or better than trying to dodge the crowd for a shot at Tonovolna.

 

Grand Canyon – South Rim

This is the Grand Canyon I first visited more than twenty years ago. It remains the same as what I remembered. Added safety rails are probably the only thing different.

I did not know how to take a good picture then, and now I am still a bit bewildered with the massive scale of the rock formation. Different angle makes significantly different images. I could have edited the picture below to pop the colors, but the steaming heat and hazy air create the ancient flare that I like.

My fear for the height makes me envious of those who are daringly standing on the edge of the rock looking down…

Natural Sculpture – Lower Antelope Canyon

natural It’s unusual for me not to post anything in a week. And yet it’s quite challenging to travel in the 110-degree temperature. Besides, I’d decided not to carry my laptop also no editing or posting through any handheld devices.  Below are again ‘vacation pictures’. Busing time is long while stops for photography is short.

Two years ago I visited upper Antelope Canyon with a large crowd and I did it again as a tourist this time except that the location is the lower section of the canyon. Walk path at lower canyon seems to be narrower, but the light condition is better. I could manage OK for handheld shots.

How nature has made her way to formulate our environment is inspiring. I can just look at the curves, shades, and colors for hours. I know if I go back the next time, I will bring home another set of images, completely different.

Mount Rainier

It’s a majestic mountain under the sunset light. I enjoyed the peace, the colors and the layers.

So many iconic images created in the popular Paradise area. I feel that I don’t need to step into the already over-populated zone.  Played a little with my Lensbaby and came out couple favs. 

Almost everyone is looking into the mountain. I happened to see the charm of the lodge.

A simple path among the sea of the trees. Mountain does not need to be my subject. I found the casual pace of the visitors bring me calmness and inner joy.

Duck in the Pond

Last week is probably the first time in the last five years that I skipped my weekly blog. Friends visit me from distance. I have been too busy to do much of anything besides rekindling the friendship with precious youth buddies.

A short break strolling at local Delta Pond yesterday, I found this mama Woodduck and her babies entertaining themselves in the steaming hot day.

Oregon Coast – Cape Perpetua

On the top of Cape Perpetua, the highest point of Oregon Coast, you will have a good glance at the beautiful coastline.  View Closer,

and Farther, I love the layer of the hazy mountain range and the white water lines.
or peek through the trees,