Posts Tagged With: Nature

Motorcycle Trips and PhotoStudio 6

A couple of weekends ago I took a trip to the wonderful (and luckily close-by) Ouray, Colorado with my husband on our big, loud Yamaha RoadStar cruiser. We spent the night at the Box Canyon Lodge, which is an amazing place to stay if you ever get the chance. They have fabulous rooms, spring-fed hot tubs, amazing views, and since it is in Ouray it is within walking distance of everything. On Sunday we drove over Red Mountain Pass to the town of Silverton for lunch. Before we stopped we drove up Molas Pass a little way and found a caravan of Ford test vehicles at the overlook. Including a future model Mustang. It Was Gorgeous.

A few days ago I finally bought the editing software that I downloaded a trial of a long time ago and really liked. ArcSoft PhotoStudio6. It’s simple to use, feature-rich, and works wonderfully. It has HDR and RAW editing features, great enhancement ability and pretty much every other feature I could ask for. I only have two minor complaints: the first would be that you can’t reorder layers, they are stacked on the front as you make them, the second is that there are no fancy presets for HDR editing. The sliders work well, but some ‘artistic’ presets would be a nice addition. I’m more than happy that I finally decided to actually buy it.

Here are the results of the two combined – the trip and the software.
Enjoy!

 

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Out and About

I went out wandering on Thursday with the kiddos. We went to a little garden by the river and to the duck pond at the park. It was a pretty great day, with some pretty great pictures, too!

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Spring Blossoms

This has been quite the week for flowers here in the Grand Valley. Montrose has been abloom with white and purple and red. Iā€™m loving the spring season so far!

 

 

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Spring is Here!

It is finally that time of year! The snow is gone from the valley, we’ve had multiple days in the 60’s, and everything is coming into life and leaf. That’s right, we have spring here in our little corner of the world.

 

 

 

 

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Discovering the Boardwalk

This past week I decided to take a little stroll down by the river while waiting to pick up my older daughter from school. I new of a little spot with a path that goes down to the edge of the river. I didn’t know, however that there is and amazingly gorgeous boardwalk that goes almost all the way there. I can’t wait to go wander around again when things really start greening up this spring!

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Lunchtime

On Monday a friend told me about a bald eagle he’d seen scavenging an elk carcass out west of town. Wednesday, when I finally had a chance to go out for a photo session, I went to see if said eagle was still hanging around. He was. It turns out he was eating a sheep, not an elk. Fitting, since the field he was in has a flock in it almost constantly.
I got a few good shots in before he retreated to a high branch with Mrs. Eagle.

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The Early Birds

This weekend we stayed up at our camper. My favorite part is that our bedroom window faces east, so the rising sun shines through. Sunday morning I woke up bright and early with the time change. I looked out the side window and happened to see a bird sitting up on the weather vane on top of the shop. I believe it was a starling. More of them came and went in the first minutes of daylight. It was gorgeous.

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An Exciting Weekend

This weekend was absolutely great.

2am Saturday I headed toward Littleton, CO with the hubby and the oldest munchkin. At 8am we went into Roxborough State Park. Once we were there I headed off on a little adventure while they hung out and went on a walk.

In the park I met up with a group for a photo walk workshop. The group consisted of myself, 4 other photographers, and our leader, Colorado landscape photographer, John Fielder. Yup. (If you don’t know who that is, just do yourself a favor and hit up Google image search right now – then you can finish reading this) The five of us that were there were winners in a photography contest put on by Denver radio station KOSI101. We went on a 3 hour walk around one of the trails in the park and got some great advice, great ideas, great tips, and of course great pictures. It was an amazing experience!

After my photography outing I met back up with the family and we headed into Denver to the Downtown Aquarium. The big munchkin hadn’t been there before and she absolutely loved it – especially the sharks and the tiger.

I haven’t had a chance to process all of my pictures just yet, but here is a little taste.

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Sunset Walk at the Canal

Last night I decided to grab the kiddos and take a walk along the canal by my in-laws’ house just before sunset. They got to run, I got to take pictures. It was completely win/win!

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Mule Riding on the Plateau

I recently got the opportunity to do two of my favorite things in one day, thanks to one of my favorite customers from work. Horseback riding and taking pictures. Actually, we didn’t ride horses, we rode mules, but that’s just a technicality.

We went out on a four-hour-long mule ride on the Uncompahgre Plateau. We headed out with the intention of getting some wildlife pictures – however, the day was quite windy and a little on the chilly side – it seemed that the residents of the forest were fairly well hunkered down. It was still an amazing day, and I got a few pictures of the very gnarled aspen trees that we saw, among other forest-y things.

I rather like the way they turned out.

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