“Consider this your permission to indulge that inner anarchist. Stop following the path you ought to take; follow instead the one you long to take.”
― David duChemin,
I am so grateful that I was able to travel during the summer. My destinations included Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and the surrounding area. This trip was during my last week of summer break. Since it was at the end of the summer, I am just now getting the chance to dive into the images that I took there.
I find that images look different
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
― J.K. Rowling,
Although it is not yet autumn, there were signs of the coming season everywhere this past weekend in the North Carolina mountains. The temperatures were shifting from one season to another. Sweaters and jackets that had been packed away and forgotten were suddenly a necessity.
My husband, Randy, and I were on our way to an event in
“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”
This weekend was a weekend of transition. The temperature became cooler and I could feel the world starting to make its transition from one season to the next. I, personally, was working to make my
“And when you see light like this, trust me, it’s like a strawberry sundae with sprinkles.”
― Joe McNally,
The theme park, Carowinds, has been a special place for me since childhood. While a young child, I couldn’t wait for my parents to take me to Carowinds for a day of adventure. As an older child (sixteen), I began my first job there. It was an amazing place to work as a teenager. I worked for several seasons and made friendships that last to this day. Now,
“Following that scavenger hunt of curiosity can lead you to amazing, unexpected places.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert,
I am always looking for ways to learn and grow as a photographer. A couple of years ago, I learned about
“Somber Yellowstone Park and its colored hot springs, baby geysers, rainbows of bubbling mud – symbols of my passion.”
― Vladimir Nabokov,
This summer was my second opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park. The first time I traveled to Yellowstone was with my family two summers ago. The second time I traveled there was with a group of great friends and fellow photographers this summer. Both times visiting Yellowstone National Park, I was most captivated by
“Yellowstone, a place so special and awe-inspiring that after exploring it in 1871, the Hayden Expedition conceived of the original concept of the world’s first national park—and set-aside of 2. 2 million acres containing more than ten thousand thermal features, canyons, waterfalls, and wildlife—so no man or corporation could ever own it.”
― C.J. Box,
This summer I had the opportunity to experience Yellowstone for the second time with some very dear friends and fellow photographers. I will break up my experience in Yellowstone into several posts. For this first post, I would like to begin the journey at
“Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good.”
― Neil Gaiman,
When I was a child, one of the biggest vacations my family and I took included a visit to