Five Fact Friday: Reflections of You

~i have been a rockclimber for twenty-five years~
~one time i spent two nights and three days on a "big wall" in Yosemite~
~i also spent three months hiking the appalachian trail alone; i was 19~
~i heat my entire house (600 sq. feet) with this little lovely "Fatso"~
~i have a thing for photographing bones~
~sometimes i have to drive across flash flood areas to get to and from town~
~i have an amazing family~
Ni Hao Yall


Thank You to everyone who made my Photo Show possible and successful.  The crowd was amazing; the music was perfect (Thank You, Generation!) and the food/wine was plentiful.  To all those who have supported me (and continue to support me) by purchasing my art, again, I Thank You. 
To the land that inspired this entire body of work:  you are my muse; thank you for revealing your secrets to me.  
To my family:  it simply wouldn't have been possible.  Thank you for the space and freedom to explore.    My heart is full and my love is BIG.

Study on Moving Water#1

I have an interest in moving water and the many ways to photograph it.  This is shot at an f/32 and 8 sec.
I was sitting in Walnut Creek waiting for the breeze to stop so the leaves wouldn't blur.  I also used a circular polarizing filter and a neutral density filter so I could get the shutter speed slow enough.
I used a tripod (necessary) and a remote.  I sat in the water with the tripod so I could hold it stable against the flowing water.
I processed it in ACR (adobe camera raw) and photoshop.

In My Wild Place

Here I am in my wild place:  staring up at Juniper Mesa.  Thinking about how I will manage when I leave.
It's all good; new adventures on the horizon.
Okay, so I am also thinking of my beautiful Man who is in Yosemite Valley climbing the Nose on El Cap!  Positive vibes his way please.

Hazy Summer Chica

~I spend hours following the horses around in the afternoons to get the "perfect" shot.  Back lit, sun-flares, simplicity, connection.  Out of thirty shots, I might get one very special moment.  This is my favorite for this week.~
Used the texture "Bent Edges" from Kim Klassen

The Daily Wyatt
Sunday Snapshot

Beautiful Forgotten Bottles

As I settle into my last summer here at Walnut Creek, I find myself wandering around remembering (before I'm even gone) all the things I love so deeply about this place.  From the way the mesa looks at sunrise to the way the light filters through the windows in the early morning and late afternoon.  Inside or out, I have camera in hand, capturing it all with the intense love I feel for this place.  This is my sixth summer here (and my last.)  So this summer I can bet nearly all of my posts will be in honor of the Creek (Apache/Walnut) and the Mesa (Juniper) I hold so dear.  This, of course, includes things like the way the late afternoon sun lights the bottles I have collected and put on the old window sill.

Here is the same photo before editing.


Needing Less

Gray morning at Walnut Creek. These mornings are rare around here. It is also quiet (no one up yet) which is also rare. We sat at the creek on a sandy bank on New Year’s Day. The sun shone warm on the sand and I wrote while Kevin slept, Kiva ran around with the dogs, and the boys carved. Town day yesterday, lots of errands. Going to town more than twice a week can really feel overwhelming. I do not like the feeling of being around so many people, stores, sounds, smells, ideas, fashion and media (things that try to change who I am, what I wear, how I smell, what I do, etc.) We bought a lot of “things” in town. We were proper American consumers: thank you notes, books, massage for Kevin, coffee, lunch out, pants, movie rental, wooden crates, rubber stamps and ink...Yikes. I’m sure the list goes on. Out to blow that Christmas money. Not a good feeling, really. The good feelings are here on the land with my family and animals and wilderness. Few needs, daily chores, coyotes and ravens.