Monday, December 31, 2012

The Illusion


On the road again. One of my favorite places to be and heading to a new location to photograph.   Adding a Winter portfolio with new locations, testing out the new camera and another year under my belt of experience. Most importantly, I wanted to see Zion and Bryce in a full-blown Winter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dreams Are Calling...An Arizona Winter


I'd never seen the Enchanted Forest like this before as many years as I've hiked here. It was visually intricate and full of contrasts.  Walking in, no one else on the trail, breathtakingly almost hauntingly ~ beautiful. Wanting to be lost in it, it became a different time and place, the landscape still and serene. Scene after scene of pure perfection, untouched snow, perfect icicles, the frozen creek that moaned and cracked.

The sounds of the icicles dripping and the howl and hum of the trees as the remnant of the storm passed by.  An occasional snow flurry now and then. The heartbeat of the forest.
I crave these moments, knowing with certainty that these things are real and true 
and have meaning.  So much of the world now happens in a virtual reality that I find myself 
wanting to be here. 
Shut down, cancel and walk away. 
This is real life.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Subtle Comfort


Oak Creek

The vibrancy of Spring may not be here, 
  and the color palette of Autumn is no longer near. 

The landscape is dormant and stark, 

dreary and dark. 
Cold and wet  
hard to stir the spirit 
to move beyond the comfort of warm and dry
and thoughts of long summer days gone by.

 There is an exquisite beauty in the somberness of Winter.

 The landscape is quiet and reverent, 
no boldness of color, 
but the subtle hues will draw you nearer and nearer
 to the whispering moments of 
grace. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Friendship


"A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably." 
William Penn 


Was a subject I thought about hiking around this snowy scene, kept my mind company for hours. Trying to dissect and discern the anatomy of a true "friendship" and how as time goes by, mere acquaintances have less value to me. Quality over quantity. Content to spend a great deal of my time solitary yet finding comfort in trusting someone to be always on the other side of humanity when you stretch out your hand. Touch base. A soft place to land. Be grounded, find comfort. Let's face it, a good friend, is a good find.

Monday, December 17, 2012

White Knight


"The night is darkening round me, The wild winds coldly blow; 
But a tyrant spell has bound me And I cannot, cannot go. 
The giant trees are bending Their bare boughs weighed with snow. 
And the storm is fast descending, And yet I cannot go.
Clouds beyond clouds above me, Wastes beyond wastes below;
 But nothing drear can move me; I will not, cannot go." 
Emily Bronte 

I'd seen snow in the enchanted forest before but never just hours after a good snow storm. Just when thought I knew her so well, she became this ethereal white vision that took me away to another place and time and defied my every attempt to put it into words what it felt like. Definitely, suffering from a bit of sensory overload that somewhat stalled the photographer in me, at times, overwhelmed by it all. How do you possibly capture this?
How DO you make sense of it..compositionally?  You don't...you just, be for now.

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Season In Love

The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power.
 ~Northern Advocate
I've always called Autumn, the season in Love.  It's like the feeling of new romance each year. Awaiting the moment with great anticipation and wanting to be drenched in it, 
immersed in it  forever.Yet, like love, sometimes it's fleeting.  Leaving you with fond memories and always wanting more. I can't wait to fall in love again...next year

Thursday, December 06, 2012

On the road in Zion National Park


Bent in fiery wicked pose of Autumns color. Nestled in pastures, corralled by man-made fences. Standing in reverent grace beneath huge monolithic red walls. Zion was bewitchingly captivatingly stunningly brilliant with 
....Trees

 Contentment

On a recent trip to Colorado to photograph the Fall colors. In the company of the awesome Australian Pro-photographer Pete Dobre, we were driving back from having shot in Aspen when this magnificent sunset dropped down in front of us. We pulled off to the side of the road and photographed this stunning scene.  I love the little farm homes nestled under the snow covered peaks and the glow of a watercolor inspired sky.

Saturday, December 01, 2012


I spent my Thanksgiving in Zion National Park, Utah.  I've been enchanted by the Fall colors and the farms. The interplay of the amber light on the white farm structures and the delicate appearance of the trees as they transition into Winter. The unmistakable Zionesque landscape in the background.  I had so much fun going from farm to farm.