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October 31, 2011 // Personal / Travel Photography
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After leaving the Dolomite Mountains, we headed to our final destination before departing Italy - Venice!  I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Venice!  I just knew I would love all the colors, masks, pigeons :-), gondolas and waterways.  It did not disappoint!  We arrived at sunset on the first day and spent the rest of the night walking around the old city.  All the small alleyways and canals added to the mystery and intrigue of the place.  It was like stepping back into Victorian times ... simply breathtaking!

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Whenever I travel it seems I always see a Westie and I have to take a photo for my mom ... she has two :-).
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I LOVED all the pigeons ... how fun!
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This is Kevin in St. Marks Square when he was a little boy.  Not much has changed since that day in the 60's :-).
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We saw so many brides that day ... I think we counted 5 total.  Couldn't resist taking photos :-).
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Yet another bride.
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After leaving Tuscany, we continued north to the Dolomite Mountains.  Their beauty was immense and staggering beyond words!  We loved everything about this region.  From our amazing hotel, to the shear grandeur of the peaks surrounding us, to the melodic sounds of cow bells ringing across open meadows, to the crisp autumn air, this was the kind of place that fills your soul with peace ... it was magical!  On our last night, we took a chairlift to the top of the mountain and hiked back down into town at sunset.  Along the way, we encountered a really sweet cow (I named her Bessy - original I know :-)) who joined us on our walk.  She was so sweet she even licked me ... I have never been licked by a cow :-).  We just loved this place!

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Josefin Wahss :

Love, love this area. And i do love your photos of it. And if you remember, I love cows too! I'll by one of those cow shots with mountains in the bakgrund. How much? Love To the both of you from Europe :)

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After we left Rome, we drove north into Tuscany.  We spent a couple of days exploring the Chianti region.  Before we left, I had seen a photo in our guide book of a cart filled with old chianti flasks and decided I had to find it and photograph it myself.  Kevin said there was no way I would find that cart and I have to admit that I wasn't too confident I would either.  We didn't plan on exact places to stay on this part of the trip, instead opting to just find somewhere along the way.  We found a really charming B&B in an old hamlet for our overnight stay and what do you think was sitting right in front of me ... that exact cart I had seen in the guide book!!  I was so happy and proud of myself ... though I guess a little luck didn't hurt :-)!

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October 31, 2011 // Personal / Travel Photography
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A couple of weeks ago we headed over to Italy for a wedding / vacation!  Our first stop was Rome, where the wedding took place.  We spent three days there, most of which was related to the wedding, so we only had a small bit of time to take personal photos.  We did however, have time on the last evening to go to the Ancient City and the Colosseum, which were spectacular!  It is really humbling to stand in the shadow of an ancient world rich in so much history!


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This past August we went to the Big Island of Hawaii to photograph two weddings.  After we were done, we spent two weeks exploring this very large Island ... by Hawaii standards anyways.  What we found was an Island ripe with rugged beauty; active volcanoes giving birth to new land dotted with high, cold mountains harboring glimpses of the heavens and stars so close you feel as though you can almost touch them; oh, and then there are the secret lagoons and isolated beaches full of sea turtles ... plenty and plenty and plenty of sea turtles ... we love sea turtles :-)!  Below is a record of our journey through the images we took!

 

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Amanda M.:

omg these photos are gorgeous! I love them!!

(02.20.11 @ 02:38 PM)

 

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While we were on the Big Island of Hawaii, we took a boat trip to view the lava flows.  It was spectacular to witness ... one of the most amazing acts of nature we have ever seen!

 

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Photos and moments captured along the way!

 

Utah

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Buffalo Jam :-) ... seriously ... that is what they call it in the park
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A photo for you mom!  She has two westies also :-).
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Old Faithful and a little Americana
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Lunch in Yellowstone
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Though it may look like it, this bison is not attacking ... just moving downhill :-).
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Yes, that is hail ... a lot of it!
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Mountain Pass in Montana.  It was soooo cold up there :-).
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The prairies of North Dakota 
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Sunflowers in North Dakota
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This is our "Dare to be Different" photo :-).
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Here she is ... Salem Sue, the world's largest cow!!!  I love cows and was so excited to see this roadside oddity in North Dakota - how awesome :-)!!
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
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A couple of weeks ago we headed out to the Sierra Nevada range of California where we had a destination wedding to photograph.  Kevin used to live in these mountains and has a real passion for them ... especially Yosemite National Park, so this was a real treat for him to go back home, if even for a very short time.

 

I personally have never been to this part of the world so I was like a kid in a candy store!  Every turn revealed something new and wonderful.  We started our trip near Sequoia National Park where the wedding was to be held.  We spent the first day scouting the area and grabbing some nice nature shots along the way.  The day after the wedding we headed north to Yosemite National Park.  We were on a tight timeline as this was already Thursday and we had to be in the White Mountains of Arizona for another wedding by Saturday.  Hence, we weren't there during the best time of the day, but it was specatcular none-the-less!!  As we passed through, we stopped frequently to take travel shots (I used to do a lot of trvel photography and really enjoy it), landscape shots (duh...), and of course those must have, silly tourist shots.  We stopped for lunch at the famed Ahwahnee Hotel and then headed on through the park over the Tioga Pass to the eastern side of the Sierras. A big highlight along the way was sighting a black bear in a field feeding ... a really awesome sight!!!

 

We made our way to Mono Lake, a world-famous lake amongst landscape photographers, for sunset.  I have always wanted to take landscapes of Mono Lake and was quite happy with what we got given the tight time frame.  We had dinner in Mammoth Lakes (Kevin lived there and it is one of his favorite places) and stayed in Bishop.  Before heading home the next day we stopped in at Mountian Light Gallery which was founded by the late Galen Rowell.  He was an amazingly talented photographer.  I once attended one of his seminars when I was in college in Florida and he was nothing short of inspirational.  It was a treat to walk though his gallery!

 

An impressive view of Yosemite Valley.

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Yosemite Falls was flowing very well!
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The Ahwahnee Hotel and the view from our table at lunch.
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The view of El Capitan from El Capitan meadow ... one of Kevin's favorite places in the world.
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This is a black bear, not a brown bear - I swear it is.
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A view of Tenaya Lake.
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Tuolumne Meadows ... and one of my favorite photos of the day :-).
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A view of Tioga Lake from Tioga Pass ... very impressive!!
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Mono Lake and it's famous tufa towers.
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Most people visit Mono Lake to photograph it's exotic tufa formations.  Me, I had to photograph the millions of Alkali Flies that cover the lake's shores ... definitely got some wierd looks as I lay flat on the muddy banks :-).  These were actually really hard to get and after many frames these emerged as a couple of my favorites. A side note: These flies are very polite ... they do not like touching humans, making my job much easier :-).
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Told you this was a photographer's paradise :-).
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This is my absolute favorite ... I love the pastel colors, very serene.
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The many hues of sunset.
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I didn't believe Kevin when he told me that this plant's official name is "Snow Plant"... then I saw it on an identification sign in Yosemite :-).  Guess I should put more faith in him :-).
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Scouting around Shaver Lake for the wedding.  Wait until you see what this area looked like the next day for couple formals ....
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I have to say ... when we rounded the corner and I first laid eyes on the giant sequoias, it was breathtaking!!!
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This is where the wedding was held ... what a spectaclular spot for a ceremony!!
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Shaver Lake.
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A really cool old cottonwood charcoal kiln on the eastern slopes of the Sierras.
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Owen's Dry Lake.
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Lisa:

Tina,
Great shots of Yosemite!!! I went there with James last year it was awesome. I've got a funny picutre of me sitting inside a Great Sequoia.

~Lisa

(06.28.09 @ 06:01 PM)
Josefin Wahss:

Wonderful pictures and beautiful people! I remember that tufa formation. And the flies. The reflections in Tioga lake, and the view from the Ahwahnee dining room. Further, I forgot my bikini in a tree at the Bishop campground, and we found no ice cream on the top of the upper Yosemite fall. Fortunately, we found sequoias as big as evrything else in USA.
Memories....;)
Looking forward to see more picures from the area!!

(06.28.09 @ 08:51 PM)
Hussey Photography:

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!
I've GOT to go there!!!!
That's INCREDIBLE!!! What amazing shots!
I love the 4 shots of the different hues of sunset! So cool!!!

Great job!

-Tim

(07.01.09 @ 05:24 PM)
clippingimages:

excellent photographs.....................

(12.26.10 @ 04:57 AM)
kushibo:

I came here looking for large pictures of lava flowing into the sea, but I stuck around to look at all the non-Hawaii photos as well.

Very nice. I'll my s.o. stop by here to take a look at all the places on the Mainland where I'd like to take her later.

(06.01.11 @ 01:18 AM)