I recently embarked on a 40 mile backpacking trip during an outdoorsy camp I went to in the heart of the Adirondack’s. While packing various fleece items, bug-spray, assorted mis-matched woolen socks and such, I looked over to my Nikon sitting on a nearby shelf. Do I really need to take this, I thought, looking down to my already overstuffed backpack. Something in me, despite the fact that it could get smashed, permanently lost or just flat out be a waste of space, realized sometimes you need to take opportunities to capture shots that you can only get while being attacked by mosquitos in the middle of the woods. After long days of hiking 7-11 miles, I would sit down in a mess of sleeping bags, dig out my camera and wander about, snapping shots of all the magnificent wilderness that surrounded me. One of the nights we slept on the summit of a mountain and woke up to witness a truly spectacular sunrise that bled stunning oranges and reds all over the neighboring mountain ranges. Thankfully, my Nikon did not get smashed or lost in the process of the trip and I found it to certainly not be a waste of space. Now I can look at this old camera of mine with a new fondness, knowing its traveled with me through the rough and rocky, and collected so many memories along the way. Here are an assortment of shots I took during my time on trail!
At the end of a weekend in Maine, my family and I headed up to serene New Harbor and took a walk down Pemaquid Point. The afternoon had reached a boiling point and my bare feet had to quickly hop from one barnacle covered boulder to the next, as I ventured down the long stretch of rock, rising from the vivid, turquoise water. I had fun experimenting with different shutter speeds on my camera, which gave an ethereal look to the water. Children of all ages enjoyed standing atop the massive slabs of rock as if they ruled the world, and older folk sat in the calm of the afternoon, dipping their feet into title pools. I found pleasure in taking loads of pictures while swiftly moving through the sea breezes with gravel covered feet. It sure proved to be a perfect afternoon!
On a recent trip to Colorado, I had the pleasure of visiting one of the best outdoor theaters anyone could ask for. Red Rocks is geologically beautiful with massive natural formations of clay colored rock, and has hosted historic bands such as U2 and The Beatles! During the summer it plays its role as an amazing venue to go see a concert at, but during the spring, athletes are running up, down, right and left along the benches that create a steep semi circle around the stage, perfect for training on! Spring is a great time to motivate yourself to go and get active! Since spring isn’t blistering hot or down right freezing, there’s no excuse not to go outside and get some exercise and enjoy nature! I was so impressed to see the vast range of ages working hard to either run or do any other form of exercise, and pushing through the sweaty heat that had been hanging over Colorado for that previous week. Hope you enjoy these pictures and get motivated to get out and do some exercise!