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,

 

Iris, Iris, Iris

Five years ago when I first came to Shriner’s Iris Garden, I was overwhelmed by the vast varieties of Iris there and did not know where to start. I often think Iris and Rhoderdendron are gorgeous flowers, but they are not my favorite macro subjects. I am glad that I decided to go back and seek new angles to photograph them.

Ruching (wrinkles), to me, is the most charming part of Iris. They look like dancing Flamingo with their beautiful skirts sweeping in the wind. The color combination in a flower is amazing and the delicate details are intriguing.  I have to admit that I have found my new love.

As much as I like the natural look, texturing flower images is one of my most favorite things to do, so I did. I cannot say I like one more than the other. They are attractive in their own way and I like them both. Nature presents her Original and we are here to offer our human touch.

Baby Peregrine Falcon

It’s a newborn, has not learned to fly. Parents are apparently out-about fetching food. The baby stayed down and alert.

Watched the baby napping with eyes closed for seconds, moving around to test out his strength, and eventually stood up, I could not take my eyes off him.

Nature itself is a beauty. Pondering how the newborn naturally knows how to adapt to the habitat.

Twisted

Ever since I began to experiment with Lensbaby, my visual world has been turned and twisted around. I am no longer an advocate of tack sharp images. To me, the beauty is in subtlety, in vagueness, and in obscurity.  Reality is usually not as pretty as fantasy.

Had a little fun with Lensbaby Twist 60 this morning. There are certainly many twisted hidden in this lens. I love it. Just to share with you couple of examples.

Palouse- Painted Earth

Almost all the photographers have pressed their footprints here. In case you have not been here, Palouse region is located in eastern Washington, Colfax and Pullman area.

Crop field is just one of the subjects, but it is also the one I have been so addicted to. The wrapped-around rolling hills with the ever-changing lines, curves, and colors can take your breath away.

Imagine how God is manipulating his color pallet and painting it away.