Monday, August 31, 2009

Los Angeles Wildfires

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.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Textures, Colors and Lines


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!!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Hike to Griffith Observatory

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.

Sleeping puppy

Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009


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?!


Friday, August 14, 2009

The Prince and the Pea

This is my dog Rex, and this picture reminded me of the story The Princess and the Pea! I also love the reflection in the windows behind him.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Miss Marzipan

Night Sky

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!

Baby Bella

I am in Arizona visiting my family and I got to visit my aunt and uncle's new baby horse named Bella. She is about two months old. Isn't she beautiful?!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Vintage Flower

I was playing around with textures and other techniques in photoshop and come up with this. It is pretty fun!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sun Bathing

I tired to get a good picture of this little dragonfly the other day, but it was somewhat difficult. This one came out pretty well though! Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Synchronized Swimming

I took four pictures of this little baby turtle swimming in a pond and then decided to work on them within photoshop. With the help of my husband, I compiled all four pictures into one document and then used the auto-blend technique to blend the pictures together and make it look like one. I think it worked pretty well! This little guy was so cute, and he almost made it to the edge of the pond while we were there. I'm sure he will just keep on trying! Make sure to click on the picture to get a better view!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009