It has been a while since my last post. I hope everyone is doing well! I am a little more than half way done with my internship and things have gotten very busy. On a recent trip to Boston, my husband and I went to the New England Aquarium. This octopus was one of the exhibits and I thought he was so cool! There were some other awesome sea animals there as well which I will post later. If you haven't been to this aquarium, I highly recommend it. It gets pretty busy, but it is certainly a fun place to visit. More to come soon!
My husband helped to bring out the sky in the shot above. It was overcast, but he used a few different layers, adjusted the levels in photoshop and got surprisingly good results! I really like the contrast between the red flowers and the blue sky.
I know I havent posted in a while, but thought I would check in and say Happy belated Thanksgiving, and Happy Holidays! The signs of fall were few and far between here in Southern CA, but surprisingly some leaves have changed color. It is December, however, and the leaves on a few trees have just started to change. It will never compare to fall in New England, but it is exciting nonetheless! I hope everyone is doing well!
We went on a hike through Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills a few weeks ago. It is a decent hike, although it was pretty crowded and the trails were a little bit rundown. The views were great, but I would recommend hiking in Griffith Park over Runyon Canyon. It is very dog friendly, however, the loop is pretty quick and easy. Here are some pics I took during the hike. The internship is going well, things have been really busy, and I've missed blogging the past few weeks. I hope everyone is doing well!
I came across these beautiful flowers and thought I would share them today. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent their well-wishes and kind thoughts! The fire seems to be dying down a little bit. Yesterday the air was much clearer, so we are all hoping for the best. Interestingly, and quite sadly, the fire has now been labelled an arson. Because two firefighters were killed trying to fight this fire, it will be investigated as a homicide. The fire has cost $37 million to fight thus far. For more information check out THIS article from the LA times. I hope you are all doing well and that you have a great Labor Day Weekend!!
Thank you Gayle from Planet M Files for passing along the Lovely Blog Award to me! I truly appreciate it and will be passing along all the awards soon. When you have a second, please head on over to Gayle's blog. It has lovely recipes, great photos and many wonderful stories. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
I decided to take some pictures of the wildfires that are in the San Gabriel Mountains at the moment. I was hoping to get better pictures, but these will suffice. The wildfires are currently threatening the communication towers as well as a historical observatory on top of Mount Wilson. Hopefully they will soon be under control! The other night my husband and I walked down our street and we could see flames throughout the mountain ridges. I didn't have my camera, but if we go back out tonight perhaps I can capture some images. For more information about the current wildfires in LA check out the LA TIMES. For a map of the area including where the fire is and where it is heading please click HERE. We are in Pasadena, which is close by, but the fire seems to be heading in the other direction towards Acton. It is pretty scary! For a very cool time lapse of the fire done by anosmicovni check out the video below. I only hope to one day be able to capture something like that. It is amazing! He also has some amazing images on his flickr page of the fire. MUCH better than the ones I have here. I will keep trying though!
I also wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow I am starting my internship in psychology so I will have less time to take pictures and post them on my blog. Although I am excited to start my internship I am sad about having less time for photography! I will still do my best to take pictures as well as peruse all the wonderful photography blogs I have come across.
A special thank you to Icy BC at Reach Beyond Limits for the wonderful awards! It was so kind and thoughtful of you to pass them along to me. I love them. Everyone should check out Icy's blog, it has wonderful images, great stories and many helpful tips. Thanks Icy!!
A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to check out a new area of Los Angeles. We went on a hike up to Griffith Observatory. It was very hot so we decided to do a short loop of only 1.5 miles total. It is straight up one way, and straight down on the way back, but the hike boasts beautiful views of downtown LA as well as the Hollywood sign. There are a variety of trails around that area and we hope to go back soon for a longer hike. I think you can even hike up to the Hollywood sign itself, which would be fun! For more information on the observatory check out THEIR OFFICIAL SITE. For more information on hikes around there check out MODERN HIKER If you don't feel like hiking, however, you can also drive up to the observatory to get the same views.
While in AZ my family and I did some bird watching. We put some food in the hummingbird feeders and I don't think I have ever seen so many hummingbirds in my life! They are beautiful. My dad actually took this picture with my camera. It is the best one out of all the pictures that we took! I think it is an amazing picture. Their wings move so fast, that in most of the pictures we took you couldn't even see them. Don't you think my dad should start his own photo blog?!
I finally got a tripod and have been experimenting with night-time photography. This shot was taken in AZ. I used the bulb setting and the exposure was 3 minutes long. Pretty fun!! By the way, that's the big dipper behind those clouds!
Photography has always been an interest of mine, but I have never had the time to pursue it. I love taking pictures of landscapes and beautiful scenery including citiscapes and architecture. I have just begun to learn about photography so let me know what you think! Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I hope you keep checking back for new pictures and updates!