My husband and I took a quick trip to Salt Lake City over the weekend. We have good friends that are stuck there (healing from a car accident), and we wanted to go visit them. I didn't take my "good" camera - just my phone - but took several photos anyway!
my dear friend Carol....so thankful she survived the accident and will be home soon!
the famed LDS temple and it's reflection
some reflections and sights at the botanical garden
(which would be much more beautiful in warmer weather!)
I've lived in some very snowy places ..... Vermont, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. However, the past 10 years we've lived in Portland, OR where it hardly ever snows. 17 months ago we moved an hour east to Hood River and it snows here!
I mentioned living in Vermont...both of my daughters were born there. We lived in Richmond which is just a few miles from Jericho - which is where William Bentley (aka Snowflake Bentley) grew up and lived. When I moved away from VT, a friend gifted me a framed set of his prints.
This is a wonderful picture book about his passion and work.
Little did I know that one day...10 years later, I would be inspired by another photographer on instagram to try my hand at photographing snowflakes. I bought myself an olloclip (macro lens attachment for my iphone) and started practicing.
Now, 4 years later I'm using a macro lens on my dslr and still improving my technique. I get giddy when I capture the beautiful and usually hidden details of a snowflake.
Here are some I photographed this week. Some are better than others, but I love how different each flake is.
Here's a peek behind the scenes. Once I discover the snowflakes are the kind I want to photograph, I take a couple backdrops - scarves, boot, t-shirt...and I wait for the flakes to land on them.
Here are a couple straight out of camera shots.
It's snowing again so I think I'll head outside....
We've had snow in our forecast for days, but until this morning we just kept getting rain. We went to bed with rain and woke up to a winter wonderland! I think fresh snow is so pretty, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to get some photos before it started blowing and melting.
This first born daughter of mine just keeps getting older and older.
This is what I wrote and posted to facebook...
Happy Birthday to our Sydney Grace. This girl is an amazing human being, and I love watching her navigate her way from childhood to adulthood. She blows us away with her artistic skills. She's a loyal friend and sweet sister. She's smart and funny. She loves Jesus. Kevin and I are truly blessed to have her. Now please pray for us because she is old enough to get a driver's permit.
The new year started out beautifully! January 1st was rainy and sunny and rainy and sunny - perfect conditions for rainbows. We've actually had several days with several rainbow sightings. I love that we can often see full rainbows right in our backyard.
One of my intentions for 2020 is to spend a little more time here on my blog. I've let facebook and instagram rule my online presence, and I miss writing and posting here. I'm really going to try to do better.
On our way home from Portland last week, we took a few minutes to stop and appreciate Multnomah Falls. We don't stop often (maybe once a year), but when we do take the time to stop, it never disappoints.
these are the upper falls as seen from the parking lot
and these are the lower falls as seen from standing right in front of them