Eklutna Lake- Two Ways

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Our son-in-law took us for a drive over to Eklutna Lake, which was not yet completely frozen. The icy shoreline proved irresistible to kids and dog who immediately were running and sliding and having a great time.

I realized I haven’t posted as many black and whites as usual- and I do love black and white. So I converted today’s image into a monochrome, although I think I like it better in color.

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Five

This row of trees seems to stand guard at the gap in the mountains at the nature center. In browsing through other photos of this area, I noticed everyone seems to take a photo of these same trees. They are somewhat ragtag and gawky looking, but there is just something about them!

At sunset, everything seemed to have a rosy glow.

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I did another edit in black and white, but couldn’t seem to get the effect I wanted. Then I added a teal color layer and a texture, which gives it a snowy look. Just playing!

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Brrrr!

I think all my Alaska photos should be titled Brrrr– it was cold. We didn’t spend a lot of time outside, but I did accompany Justin and Caitlin- and Penny, the golden retriever, on a quick walk at the Eagle River Nature Center, at the Chugach State Park. I saw¬†a very different scene from¬†my visit in August!

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That’s ice on the trees; the only snow was on the mountains. I think this photo was taken around three- thirty.

Fence Fantasy

Here’s a glimpse of part of the fence¬†on the board walk at the Upper Terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone National Park. ¬†I was fascinated by the frozen steam and fog (rime ice) that clung to the railings, as well as to the trees in this magical place.

20151128-MMA_6359_melinda_andersonI had fun in Texture Effects adding a bit of color and texture (Flat Neon preset- majorly edited) to the background.

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After I took the image back into Lightroom, I couldn’t leave well-enough alone- so I played with¬†color to emphasize how icy and cold it was.

20151128-MMA_6362_melinda_anderson-Edit-2My idea of fun on a Friday!