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Flower Emotion

This week I’m meeting with my little AAUW photo group- and the topic is emotions in photos. We didn’t have a presentation on this, so I felt like I was flying blind with this theme. I chose a photograph of one of my grandsons looking APPREHENSIVE as he got on the school bus to kindergarten, another of a group of children looking GLEEful as they frolicked on the beach- and then three flower photos (one HAPPY cosmos and two echinacea). I had bought the echinacea at last weekend’s farmer’s market and decided yesterday to photograph them in their current state of WILT.

Here is DEJECTED:

 

And here is FRAZZLED:

 

 

 

 

 

Red Sun

No, the skies weren’t really this dark. But the sun was a vivid red due to smoky skies.

 

The Sinking Sun

Eagle River, Alaska

Land of the Midnight Sun

Our visit to Alaska this year took place during the longest days of summer. I was fascinated by the constant sun which glowed bright red with the smoky haze in the air- which I found challenging to capture with my camera. The photo below was taken about 11:15pm from a viewpoint in Eagle River. The sky was actually lighter than it appears here- and the sun was much redder (notice the reflection in the water!). I will be posting more of my sun images in the near future.

26!

We have just returned from a visit to our daughter’s family in Alaska. While the best part of the trip was family time with our dear ones, the best family ACTIVITY was hands-down the 26 glacier cruise on Prince William Sound. We had a few doubts, because the sky has been hazy and smoky due to the ongoing Kenai fire- but despite that, it was a glorious day!

And what are those specks in the foreground, you ask? Sea otters!  We saw dozens- and I grew so used to them, I didn’t even realize they were in this shot at first!

Clouds at Bell Rock

While Lonnie and our friends Kathryn and Scott were walking part of the trail up Sedona’s Bell Rock in April, I amused myself taking photos. I’ve photographed Bell Rock so many times (and never in “good light”) that it was hard to find a new approach- hence this partial view emphasizing the clouds.

Happy Fourth of July

As you drive into Prescott, you see the absolute biggest flag ever. This was taken from the Walmart parking lot- perhaps a first for me!

A Day at the Beach

Crystal Cove

Beach Bareness

I never get tired of photographing an uncluttered beach. This was taken at Crystal Cove, which was soon to be packed with people.

Watching the Watchers

As we headed out to dinner one night, I caught a glimpse of this trio watching the surfer below.

Ordinary View?

Just another day in Laguna. . .

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Seaweed Impressions

Tidepool

Examining tidepools

The Guys

I love hanging out with these good-looking guys! Here is a 3 generation photo from Father’s Day-

Contemplating the Vast

I think it’s the vastness of the Pacific that first absorbs us when we catch our first glimpse of it. And then it’s being mesmerized by the waves- but I think everyone is pulled back to the horizon eventually, contemplating the sheer size of this body of water.

We made a quick trip to Southern California to see our son and family for Father’s Day. The family was at work and daycare when we arrived, so we spent a couple hours at Crystal Cove, north of Laguna. No, that is not my husband in the photo- and I don’t think those children were with that gentleman.