We just returned from a ski vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From the airplane’s initial descent, we could see that it was a gorgeous spot. A large valley, where the town of Jackson is located, is surrounded by the incredible Teton mountains. The snow covered ground with the deep blue skies and snow capped mountains, was truly a sight to see. These shots were taken with my iPhone from the ski slopes, where the views were amazing!!
These shots of Bighorn Sheep are from our recent trip to Wyoming. We loved seeing these beautiful animals up close and watching them interact. These two individuals walked up to each other, stared each other down, then locked horns. After which they stood next to each other licking the dirt. So cool!!
Below are a a few shots of the gorgeous sunset from Aruba, where we were a few days ago. Nothing like the current state in the northeast! A few of these are ‘regular’ sots and a few are with camera movement. There’s nothing like being on a beach and shooting a sunrise or sunset for me! Perhaps I’ll venture out in the snowstorm and take a peek at the beach later today… we’ll see!!
Happy New Year! I took some slow shutter speed shots of the ocean from my recent trip to Florida. I was excited to use my new camera, so I thought I would break it in on location, toes in the sand, photographing the Atlantic Ocean… my favorite place! The first 3 are using a slow shutter speed with my new camera, and the last 2 are using the show shutter app on my iphone. I like the painterly effect it provides! What do you think?
Last weekend, after many visits to see our sons in New Orleans, we finally took one of the swamp tours that are so popular down there. I thought it was wonderful, mostly for the scenery and landscape, which is completely different from New England, but also for the alligators and other animals we saw. We went down a river and then into a bayou, all of which were beautiful. Everyone enjoyed watching the gators jump out of the water to grab food from the tour guide, they are powerful, scary animals!
Venice is one of the most incredible places we have ever visited! Everything from the amazing architecture and history to way the locals navigate the waters in their gondolas and motor boats is fascinating. We loved our trip there this past summer and would love to go back again. It is just stunning!
We just loved our recent trip to Italy, which included a tour of the beautiful city of Florence. Our hotel overlooked the Arno river, which was just a feast for the eyes. Florence is an easy city to get around and it has so many interesting and unique places to tour, including ancient Roman baths, the cathedral, which is so huge that it’s hard to capture, and the famous statues. However, even with so much to see and learn, favorites were delicious gelato, the pasta and the shopping!
Of course I decided to use some camera movement and see what I could get while I was visiting Monet’s gardens. I generally like this technique (as you know if you’ve seen my posts in the past)! I think it works particularly well with a colorful subject such as this. What do you think?
The other side of Monet’s gardens, across from the flower gardens, are the famous pond and the water lilies. The gardens here are just as beautiful and lush, although very different, as those in front of his home. Walking through here, it was easy to imagine how he came up with those beautiful paintings of the water lilies, which have always been some of my favorites. The weeping willows, the water lilies, the japanese bridge, flowering plants and bamboo all create amazingly gorgeous surroundings. I wish I had more time there to really explore with my camera. One of the hardest things was trying to get photos without people in them because it’s such a popular destination. In the last image you can see his home in the distance. Imagine having this view every day!
It was a thrill to be able to visit Monet’s home at Giverny and view the amazing gardens there. As expected, the gardens are lush and beautiful with flowers blooming everywhere. There are two sections of the property, the area near his home and another area across the road, with the pond and the famous water lilies. Here are some shots of the gorgeous gardens in front of the house. I could have stayed there shooting for days!