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Happy Father’s Day

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by lilybug1960

The Patriarch Tree 061716a copy

Happy Father’s Day.
The Patriarch Tree stands tall and strong in the valley below the Tetons. I visited it for the first time back in the early 90’s. It is a thousand year old Bristlecone Pine tree that had been struck by lightning at some point. The group we took out on Friday was less than enthusiastic at the idea of hiking to see a tree, but once we got to the tree, the light in their eyes was fantastic. How does this tie in with Father’s Day? The tree is named “The Patriarch” because it stands tall and strong alone with smaller trees nearby but to me it is the one that stands tallest and truest above all the others. My father took me to the Tetons in 1976, and although we didn’t visit the tree, my future journeys there would. I can never go to the tree without thinking of my first visit to the Tetons. I look and see the camera in my hand and the mountains around me, and I give thanks to my Dad who made my life’s vision possible so many years ago. My Dad, has not been to the tree, but I would love to take him there. Thank you Dad for not only being a Father but a provider of visions and dreams.
Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f5, 1/800th of a second, ISO 100, handheld utilizing the VC feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

It never happens overnight…

Posted in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2014 by lilybug1960

It never happens overnight.

I am often approached by photographers that want to do this for a living. First, I encourage everyone to chase their dreams. I do try to warn folks that it never happens overnight, if it did it could disappear just as quickly. If a steady pay check that never varies week to week is a necessity, look somewhere else. Things take time. I truly believe if you are in a job that constricts who you are, that is when you learn to live with less money but much more happiness. I have Evelyn, my 2 golden girls, and I get to express my creative side each and every day…yes I am truly blessed in my opinion.

Today’s photo is an example in several ways as to how it takes time. Just as the caterpillar took time to become a butterfly, it took almost 2 1/2 years from the time Scholastic Books contacted me about using several of my images for a book. I don’t get paid until it was published. Hang in there, chase your dreams, it doesn’t happen overnight, but the chase is worth the reward. Keep your eyes out for “Fly Away” on Library Book shelves soon, I have 3 whole pages of the 8 page book! I know I have several friends that would pick it up because it has big print and lots of pictures…

Fly Away books copy