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Our Trip To Yellowstone | Travel and nature photography

September 28th, 2011

Bob and I just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone with Austin Lehman Adventures.  I can’t imagine a better way to see Yellowstone for the first time. We were able to relax and really enjoy ourselves thanks to our wonderful tour guides Jeff & Tatiana! They took such great care of us and were full of surprises! We’ll always remember the fun we had and treasure the new friendships with others in our group. Everything was so beautiful some of these shots look fake, but I took them all except for a few when we were on the rafts. Here’s a video of some of my favorite images.

 

Bob and I just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone with Austin Lehman Adventures.  I can’t imagine a better way to see Yellowstone for the first time. We were able to relax and really enjoy ourselves thanks to our wonderful tour guides Jeff & Tatiana! They took such great care of us and were full of surprises! We’ll always remember the fun we had and treasure the new friendships with others in our group. Everything was so beautiful some of these shots look fake, but I took them all except for a few when we were on the rafts. Here’s a video of some of my favorite images.

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San Antonio – Imaging USA

January 23rd, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

 

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

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South America Day 2 – from Argentina to Uruguay

June 23rd, 2010

On this morning we are crossing the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires Argentina to Colonia Uruguay. This river is a combination of the Uruguay River and the Parana River. It separates the borders of Argentina and Uruguay and opens to the Atlantic Ocean. It took about one hour for our ferry (Buquebus) to cross to Colonia.

We were greeted when we arrived in Uruguay by the family that would be hosting us with for the week. They took us into the old part of Colonia so I could take pictures. This place was amazing – I could have stayed there and taken photographs all day. Colonia del Sacramento was the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata and was founded in 1680. For years it operated as a contraband port, evading the strictures imposed on trade by the Spanish crown. Today it is a resort city, a port, and the trade center for a rich agricultural region (http://gosouthamerica.about.com/cs/southamerica/a/UruColSacto.htm). I wish this area was close enough for photo shoots!

From here we had to drive a little over an hour to the ranch where we would be staying for the week. We stopped in a little town along the way to pick up another truck which gave me the opportunity to hop out and snap a few pictures. The schools in Uruguay are very crowded so students only go half a day. We were there around noon so the morning students were leaving and the afternoon students were arriving. What was interesting was their transportation. Almost all were on bikes or scooters. We actually  saw one scooter with an entire family of 5, but were in the car and I couldn’t get a shot. This is a public school and the students wear white uniforms. They were so kind and loved looking at the pictures I took. This is a very safe town and they don’t even lock their homes or bikes.

Here’s our home for the week – Virgen De La Ayuda. Javier, who cooked amazing meals for us every day, actually picked oranges off that tree and squeezed fresh orange juice for us – awesome!

Tomorrow Isabel and I make a trip to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.


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On this morning we are crossing the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires Argentina to Colonia Uruguay. This river is a combination of the Uruguay River and the Parana River. It separates the borders of Argentina and Uruguay and opens to the Atlantic Ocean. It took about one hour for our ferry (Buquebus) to cross to Colonia.

We were greeted when we arrived in Uruguay by the family that would be hosting us with for the week. They took us into the old part of Colonia so I could take pictures. This place was amazing – I could have stayed there and taken photographs all day. Colonia del Sacramento was the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata and was founded in 1680. For years it operated as a contraband port, evading the strictures imposed on trade by the Spanish crown. Today it is a resort city, a port, and the trade center for a rich agricultural region (http://gosouthamerica.about.com/cs/southamerica/a/UruColSacto.htm). I wish this area was close enough for photo shoots!

From here we had to drive a little over an hour to the ranch where we would be staying for the week. We stopped in a little town along the way to pick up another truck which gave me the opportunity to hop out and snap a few pictures. The schools in Uruguay are very crowded so students only go half a day. We were there around noon so the morning students were leaving and the afternoon students were arriving. What was interesting was their transportation. Almost all were on bikes or scooters. We actually  saw one scooter with an entire family of 5, but were in the car and I couldn’t get a shot. This is a public school and the students wear white uniforms. They were so kind and loved looking at the pictures I took. This is a very safe town and they don’t even lock their homes or bikes.

Here’s our home for the week – Virgen De La Ayuda. Javier, who cooked amazing meals for us every day, actually picked oranges off that tree and squeezed fresh orange juice for us – awesome!

Tomorrow Isabel and I make a trip to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

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South America

June 22nd, 2010

Hola!

We are back from our amazing trip to South America. It was a once in a lifetime trip from the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina to our stay at a ranch in the country of Uruguay (and no Internet service).  I have so many pictures I thought I’d share a few each day. Today’s post is day 1 of our trip.

After a 10 hour flight overnight from Atlanta, we arrived in Buenos Aires to a downpour, but that didn’t stop us from going out to see some of the city.

Here are some views from our hotel for the night – Bisonte Palace Hotel. I thought it was so ingenious that you had to put your room key in a slot for the electricity (lights & air) to work in the room. What a great way to conserve energy!

We had a great steak dinner that night at LaChacra. Argentina is known for having wonderful beef and they often cook it in a type of barbecue called parilla.

Back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. We take a ferry (Buquebus) across the Rio De La Plata in the morning to Colonia, Uruguay. I’ll post those pictures por la mañana (in the morning).

Gracias to everyone who has waited so patiently for your images to be posted while I was away. I did several shoots just before leaving and should have all of your  images edited and galleries posted by the end of this week.


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Hola!

We are back from our amazing trip to South America. It was a once in a lifetime trip from the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina to our stay at a ranch in the country of Uruguay (and no Internet service).  I have so many pictures I thought I’d share a few each day. Today’s post is day 1 of our trip.

After a 10 hour flight overnight from Atlanta, we arrived in Buenos Aires to a downpour, but that didn’t stop us from going out to see some of the city.

Here are some views from our hotel for the night – Bisonte Palace Hotel. I thought it was so ingenious that you had to put your room key in a slot for the electricity (lights & air) to work in the room. What a great way to conserve energy!

We had a great steak dinner that night at LaChacra. Argentina is known for having wonderful beef and they often cook it in a type of barbecue called parilla.

Back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. We take a ferry (Buquebus) across the Rio De La Plata in the morning to Colonia, Uruguay. I’ll post those pictures por la mañana (in the morning).

Gracias to everyone who has waited so patiently for your images to be posted while I was away. I did several shoots just before leaving and should have all of your  images edited and galleries posted by the end of this week.

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Vegas

March 12th, 2010

Arrived home from Vegas late Wednesday night. You should have heard the uproar on the plane when the pilot announced it was 76 degrees in St. Louis (it was 49 degrees in Vegas)! Even with the chilly weather we had a wonderful week. Other than WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) convention, the highlight of the week for me was the Cirque Du Soleil Show “Ka”. Wow, Amazing, unbelieveable! I learned so much at the convention – it was awesome!

12,000 photographers with an 8 am class makes for a long line at Starbucks!

Bob's favorite hangout - 62 big screen TV's - all sports all the time!

Notice only little kids in the pool - Mom is bundled up across the pool and the lifeguard looks like he's freezing!


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Arrived home from Vegas late Wednesday night. You should have heard the uproar on the plane when the pilot announced it was 76 degrees in St. Louis (it was 49 degrees in Vegas)! Even with the chilly weather we had a wonderful week. Other than WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) convention, the highlight of the week for me was the Cirque Du Soleil Show “Ka”. Wow, Amazing, unbelieveable! I learned so much at the convention – it was awesome!

12,000 photographers with an 8 am class makes for a long line at Starbucks!

Bob's favorite hangout - 62 big screen TV's - all sports all the time!

Notice only little kids in the pool - Mom is bundled up across the pool and the lifeguard looks like he's freezing!

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Chinatown & Little Italy

February 14th, 2010
We arrived in New Jersey to visit our son Cody at Seton Hall University yesterday.  After a quick check-in we headed out to Chinatown in New York City. This was Bob’s first visit and I couldn’t believe he actually seemed to enjoy shopping – especially the bartering!

Chinese Valentines

I love the Chinese markets – even though I don’t know what most of it is!

From Chinatown we walked down Mulberry street to Little Italy. Had the most awesome pizza, wine & canoli’s – definitely not a part of our Jenny Craig plan!

Loved this guy at the restaurant in Little Italy - so much fun! It reminded me of my dad when he sang "That's Amore".


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We arrived in New Jersey to visit our son Cody at Seton Hall University yesterday.  After a quick check-in we headed out to Chinatown in New York City. This was Bob’s first visit and I couldn’t believe he actually seemed to enjoy shopping – especially the bartering!

Chinese Valentines

I love the Chinese markets – even though I don’t know what most of it is!

From Chinatown we walked down Mulberry street to Little Italy. Had the most awesome pizza, wine & canoli’s – definitely not a part of our Jenny Craig plan!

Loved this guy at the restaurant in Little Italy - so much fun! It reminded me of my dad when he sang "That's Amore".

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Best of 2009

January 28th, 2010

A few of my favorite images from 2009!

 

A few of my favorite images from 2009!