Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument


"A Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument will help preserve this area’s uniquely rich beauty while protecting for future generations our American Southwestern prehistory. The wealth of archaeological treasures found here reveal the daily lives of those who populated the region 14,000 years ago. Here we can still see stacked stone houses and envision the daily lives of people who raised their families, worshiped, and found solace among the Monument’s stunning red rocks and deep, quiet canyons."  

Saturday, July 18, 2015



"I'd rather be in the mountains thinking about God
 than be sitting in church thinking about the mountains. "
John Muir 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tangled


"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." 
— James A. Michener

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness

Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it
just live it. 
C.S. Lewis

Friday, July 10, 2015




"Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul


There may be lovers who hold out their hands But they'll never love you like I can, can, can..."


Lyrics by Sam Smith

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sunday, July 05, 2015


This mysterious land of enchantment, a siren song seducing many an explorer, writer, poet, miner, photographer, artist and even those seeking healing of the metaphysical kind. An indescribable allure that promises those of a curious nature to provide endless fascination. For those suffering the ills of industrialized urbanization the open road and vast empty spaces has long inspired romantic notions, uplifted spirits, encouraged self-discovery and delivered an unabashed sense of freedom. Imbued with a magical charm and a tangible presence of ancient people you're entering the realm of 
-Valerie Millett

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Call Of The Canyon

"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction, but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you."  HMurakami

The exciting and terrifying thing about life is that it can change direction on a dime or a whim. I pretty much cringe at the thought of change, but can't deny that it's almost always a *gift when it's all said and done. This Summer will be about change. Home and family life... changing, work is changing and more importantly perspective is changing. Moving forward is always good, if not totally chaotic. 

I happen to walk past my cat and the image was just too ironic to not stop and grab my iPhone. We were thinking the same thing, the cat just said it so much more eloquently, I think. 
I love a good storm.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

― Jeannette Walls


The sense of self awareness, detecting the processes of personal maturation in exciting minute increments.  Maturation of thought, evolution of ideals and an unwillingness to waste time.  Time is precious, life is terminal. Drink it in.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Friday, May 01, 2015


Valerie Millett



“Privacy - like eating and breathing - is one of life's basic requirements.” ― Katherine Nevill

What I've come to realize in photography is that the nature of the relationship between the landscape and the photographer is a very private one, sacred perhaps.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015



"You're the light, you're the night

You're the color of my blood

You're the cure, you're the pain

You're the only thing I wanna touch

Never knew that it could mean so much, so much…"

Lyrics-Love Me Like You Do

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Luminous Landscape




I was happily outed by the prestigious online mecca for all things photographic "The Luminous Landscape" in a article called "Portrait Of An Emerging Photographer".  
The site boasts a readership of over 1.2 million hits a month. 


Founded over 15 years ago by Michael Reichmann,  a professional photographer for over 45 years with an impressive background to say the least!  Together with Kevin Raber who also has spent over 40 years in the industry and is now the new CEO of Luminous Landscapes, the place is taking on a bit of a transformation, literally.  The new layout for the site was unveiled recently and is modern, colorful and visually exciting. 
The Luminous Landscape site has been an essential resource for my continuing photographic education from equipment reviews to video tutorials to discovering new and inspiring works from others in the craft. 
I'm happy to announce that I've written my second Lula essay, entitled "Life After Luminous"  and I'll be returning several times a year as a contributor. I couldn't be more excited to be part of such an extraordinary presence in the photographic community.   

If you enjoyed the essay, leave a note: HERE



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Me



I had a couple of hours to come up with a bio and photo of myself for a photography project I was working on.  To be truthful, I knew I had to do it but procrastinated hugely.   I was actually on my way out to hike with my dog and had to turn around when I got an email  to  get it done today.

I'm distinctly more comfortable behind the camera.  Nuff said.  

I completed the task at hand, sent off my bio and photo. My favorite of the self-portraits is this one. To those who have said, 

"Step out from behind that camera!" 


 I say this:  As in life, I've given the camera ( my photography), the spotlight.  


My work says so much more about me than a bio shot ever could.  As in the photo, I see myself as simply the girl behind it all.  I'm not hiding, just content to be quiet, understated and observing, Introspective. 


With one eye, I see the world as it is and with the other, I see the world behind the lens. There are two very different worlds I live in. 

 The beautiful amber light from the late afternoon sun brings forth the element I cherish and seek to capture, the warm glow of natural light. Perfect side light now seen falling on auburn hair, a gift from my mother.  


oh ya, this is a bio...so

This is me...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


“My storm is my own...Enter if you dare.
However, bear in mind 
that the tempest of desire is fraught with unpredictability
 from the highest peaks to the depths of the abyss. 
Do not expect a smooth ride, 
but expect a true and passionate one...” 

― Virginia Alison

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015


 " Fire & Ice" 
Romancing The American Southwest 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure, without a loss of enthusiasm” 
– Sir Winston Churchill

Only a few months after buying my first full-frame DSLR I ventured off to Utah to see Zion National Park in the winter of 2012 after having fallen in love with Utah, I had been there just 4 weeks before shooting the fall colors. Completely overwhelmed by the landscapes but in a good way. Utterly overwhelmed as a newbie photographer having never even shot a sunset. 


Saturday, April 04, 2015



"On rare occasions, we’ll still align.
 I will pass through your shadow and bask in your sunlight; 
my face awash in gold and red and 
I’ll remember the way things were.
 But lunar eclipses, they’re few and far between 
and they’re not enough to save us." 

— Stephanie Georgopulos

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I Feel The Sun....


I've been mindful of a great expanse of emotions.
 I've been awed and I've been terrified. Seen monsters and miracles. 
Breathlessly excited and down to counting my last breath.
 Been deeply in love and even deeper in loss. 
When this existence is over should I be asked, Where did you find your wonderment?

I would say, I found it on a deserted and frozen sand dune.
 I looked around when I was alone and cold 
and as the dark sky began to glow with hues of elusive warmth, 
I forgot my woes. 
The shivering was replaced by a warm euphoria 
and I felt baptized by the light of a star that came all that way just to shine on me
 as I realized I had a place in the cosmic order of it all.

I closed my eyes because of all the things I've felt in my life, 
nothing compared to the warming  promises of the sun
 who asks not for whom it shines, 
it just shines.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

"I do not exist to impress the world. 
 I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. " 
Richard Bach



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Outdoor Photographer Magazine


Published in the Black and White Issue, August 2014

Starry Starry Night

Voices On The Edge

“You may encounter many defeats, 
but you must not be defeated. 
In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, 
so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 
― Maya Angelou

The Blue Lakes Trail, Colorado

The year of preparation and anticipation buzzed by me since I'd read the article in Outdoor Photographer Magazine featuring the Blue Lakes Trail in Colorado. Nestled between rugged ridges and peaks over 13,000 feet in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness area sits the Blue Lakes Pass. Within the pass, this trail visits three spectacular glacial cirques, meanders past a breathtaking waterfall, all the while set among fields of seasonal wildflowers.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Crucial Elements

Canyon Sunrise 


I often feel like I live my life lurking around in the dark. I head off to work in the dark and more often than not as I move into a new landscape to shoot I'm heading in to catch the twilight hour or sunrise, thus traveling or hiking in the dark.  I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that this causes a bit of apprehension and anxiety, especially in an area I've not traveled in before. Going down the wrong dirt road in the pitch of darkness, navigating dark trails even with headlamps, encountering the wildlife on the move, all this can get ones adrenaline pumping. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Published : Popular Photography Magazine 2015



"Popular Photography Magazine, 
formerly known as Popular Photography & Imaging, also called Pop Photo, is a monthly American consumer magazine that has the largest circulation of any imaging magazine, with an editorial staff twice the size of its nearest competitor"

Needless to say, 
I'm estatic! 
"Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings." 
— Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

The Blue Hills, Southern Utah 

Sunday, March 08, 2015


"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; 
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." 
— Sarah Williams

Wednesday, March 04, 2015


A snowy "Natural Bridge" in Bryce Canyon National Park 

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, 
but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” 
Arthur Schopenhauer

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Grand Canyon 

"Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets." 
— Jeri Smith-Ready


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Hint Of Grandeur


“Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” 
― Arthur Schopenhauer

The Grand Canyon at sunrise 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

"This is how I would die 
into the love I have for you: 
As pieces of cloud 
dissolve in sunlight." 
— Rumi

Desert View, Grand Canyon

Monday, February 02, 2015

Photographer Of The Month





I share the calendar spot-light with some of my absolute favorite photographers! 
Thank you, Aperture Academy for a thought-provoking interview and a fine platform. 
To see my name up there with the likes of  Art Wolfe, Guy Tal, David Cobb and Paul Marcellini and Stephen Oachs to name a few. 

Sunday, February 01, 2015


The Grand Canyon

“Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets.” 

― Jeri Smith-Ready