How to take Sunset Photos at Chocorua Lake

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Chocorua Lake in New Hampshire in 2017
Last year, I visited my good buddy, Larry, at his new home in North Andover, Massachusetts.  I timed it so I could find Eastern fall foliage to shoot. One of my photography passions is shooting the wide spectrum of fall colors which is not as common in northern California. So, Larry was patient and kind to chauffeur me around the surrounding areas in search of scenic fall foliage. We stumbled and found Chocorua Lake at the end of day in New Hamshire. I love the orange, gold, red and green colors in the leaves. I always strive to shoot the photos with the light in the background.  It is ideal to shoot as the sun is setting since the light is more subtle.  One has to be quick to get the ideal light before the sunsets. The spectacular lighting is the key for your photographs.  Also utilizing the natural light to highlight your scene is essential. Also there is a certain glow in the leaves which makes this scene pretty. Sunsets are great to experience. Hope this post will encourage plans for an outing to enjoy the special light at sunset and take some great scenic shots. Scenic photos are one time events to capture, since the exact scene is only temporary.
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Fenway Park will be Rocking on Saturday during the ALCS

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View from the Right Field Corner at Fenway Park

So, this Saturday, baseball fans will be eager to watch the Astros versus the Red Sox at Fenway Park to start the American League Championship Series.  This will be an interesting game with two well matched teams.

I took this photograph during my 2017 tour of Fenway Park! If you look at my blog, you are aware of my passion to take stadium photographs.  I took a lot of Candlestick Park photographs while I studied for my Fine Art Photography degree at the Academy of Art. I wonder if I have the largest collection of Candlestick Park photographs 

Fenway park has an interesting seating arrangement. Even the stripes created by the lawn mower are a little curved to match the field configuration. I wish I had more time to roam around this empty stadium to take more photographs. I love finding “art” in a stadium structure.

We are all looking forward to the rocking excitement that will happen at this Saturday’s ballgame! There’s nothing better than watching two equal teams compete and see who will be the AL representative for the 2018 World Series.

Where is Peek-A-Boo Canyon?

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Peek-A-Boo Canyon Magnet Pin

Last year, we enjoyed a family road trip thru a few states. We drove to Kenab, Utah. My parents carefully planned all the details for each day of our trip. They previously visited these sites and wanted their children to enjoy their experiences.

So, my mom reserved an off-road tour to go see Peek-A-Boo Canyon aka Mystic Slot Canyon in Kenab, Utah. It was a fun roller coaster ride to this canyon. It was worth the bumpy ride to see the amazing colors of this canyon. It was also a very serene time taking our time to hike thru the canyon.  Unlike the popular Antelope Canyon, this canyon was more isolated and quieter. We did not see lots of tourists visiting which made this hike very enjoyable.

I made this magnet pin to add to my Etsy store. My wife has been wearing this pin for a while and matching with her clothing. She normally wears these colors. Wearing this pin helps her to remember the beauty of this slot canyon and appreciate the time we spent there.

Even if you have not had the opportunity to visit this slot canyon, we would like everyone to experience the beauty of Peek-A-Boo canyon by wearing this magnet pin.   We are blessed with many beautiful sites in our world. It is difficult for us to visit all the wonderful natural sites. But we can share the pretty sites by wearing a magnet pin. We can appreciate and learn about how beautiful our world is. Incorporating nature into our day to day life gives a different perspective of our world. It can calm us. It can remind us we need to take time to visit nature.

Just as my parents wanted to share their experience of these wonderful sites with their family, we also want to share Nature with you thru our photos and products.

Please take a look at our Etsy store to see our collection of magnet pins!

See below is our YouTube explanation about how we can enjoy beautiful sites in a different way by wearing a magnet pin!

Back of the Photo Magnet Pin with the magnet in the middle

Falling for Marymere Falls at Olympic National Park

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Marymere Falls is a wonderful sight at Olympic National Park in the State of Washington.  We hiked up the Marymere Falls Trail which begins with the tunnel we posted yesterday in our blog.  It is a pleasant hike of 1.7 mile.

We initially walked past Lake Crescent before the tunnel.  After the tunnel, we crossed 2 bridges to get to the falls.

The falls with the surrounding green moss reminds me of a woman with flowing “green” hair.  It’s a good reminder that all of us should “let our hair down” at times to relax, be uninhibited and just have fun.  If we would practice this on a regular basis, we might be able to lower our blood pressure and enjoy the moments in our life better.

Photos are good reminders of things we ought to do.  So let your hair down and enjoy!

 

What did we see at the Hoh Rainforest?

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One does not have to visit Chile, New Zealand or southern Australia to find a rain forest.  We visited the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in the state of Washington.

As a result of enormous amount of rain – 12 to 14 feet/year, there were wonderful trees decorated with moss varieties and ferns.

I love the draping effect of the growth on the branches.  The variety of growth in this tree is beautiful.

It reminds us that beauty does not need to conform to any particular convention.  Society promotes beauty to conform to certain standards.  Just as this tree’s beauty is a reflection of the rain and other environmental factors which cause the variety of growth, our individual standard of beauty should be a reflection of our internal processes and experiences which will effect the outward appearance.  May we focus on our inward growth to improve our outward persona.

See below is a link to learn more about the Hoh Rain Forest.

What are Temperate Rain Forests?

How to find Marymere Falls at Olympic National Park?

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We visited Olympic National Park in Washington State this past summer.  Our family loves road trips.  So we spent almost a week driving up north enjoying the greenery as we traveled to our destination.

My mother wanted to see Marymere Falls.

This interesting stone tunnel is near the Storm King Ranger Station which leads to the falls.  Highway 101 is above this tunnel.

It’s interesting to see the ridges of the metal sides.

In life, we may go through “tunnel” periods.  When we are in a tunnel, it may be a little mundane inside.  It could be a little dark.  It could be a little cold.  But we have to remember there is an exit to get out of the tunnel if we keep walking.  It could be far away or not as far as we anticipate.  We just need to remember to keep going to get out of the tunnel to see the light.

Outside the tunnel, our goal was to walk to the falls. Our goal in life should always be to seek to get out of the “tunnel” periods to see the light and beautiful views that are waiting for us.  Perseverance brings blessings and beauty in life.

We know this was true as we went on this hike.  I will share more photographs what is on the other side of the tunnel.

Pregame Fuji Photo Day at Candlestick Park

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I loved Fuji Photo Day at Candlestick Park on Saturday, May 14, 1988.  Fans were allowed on the field before the game to take pictures of the players and the ballpark.  I loved walking on the pristine and immaculate grass.  I wish I could have preserved a piece of the field to bring home.  Fuji Photo Day was one of my top favorite events at the Stick besides Opening Day and the Post Season games.

Fans were able to get on the field 2 hours before the game.  I wish AT&T Park would have a similar event now.  I would roam around and go crazy shooting photographs.

I do not remember who the gentleman is in this photograph. I really like his SF Giants shirt.  I am not sure if he was an usher.

The SF Giants player in the background is Joe Price.  He played for SF Giants from 1987 to 1989 as a left handed pitcher.   The SF Giants defeated the New York Mets 3-2 with Mike Krukow getting the win and Ron Darling taking the loss.

Just wondering if any other SF Giants fans who visited Candlestick Park also have good memories of the Fuji Photo Day events?  Please share any memories from this event too.  From my interaction on social media, I have heard how fans really treasure the fun moments at Candlestick Park.

 

Who is Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia?

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We traveled thru Old Town in Cartegena, Colombia with a small group from our Princess Cruise ship.  One person heard about this Catholic Church in Old Town – Church of St. Peter Claver and requested to visit it.

As we were reviewing Tony’s photographs of this beautiful church, I found the below link that explained who is Peter Claver.  He was born in Catalonia, Spain in 1580 and attended Jesuit college in Barcelona.  He traveled to the Indies.  Later he arrived in Cartegena where he completed his studies and was ordained as a priest.

African slave trade was prevalent during this time. Many Africans were captured and shipped across the ocean to Cartegena.  They suffered a difficult life of clearing land and working in the minds.  Their life was not their own.

Peter Claver declared himself the “slave of the Negroes forever”.  He ministered to these Africans and boarded every slave ship.  Peter cared for their physical needs of medicine, food etc.  He baptized many of these people – estimate is about 300,000 people.

In 1650, he contracted the plague which lingered in him until his death in 1654.  Unfortunately, he did not receive the same care he showed to others during his illness.

About Peter Claver

When we visited this wonderful church with his name, we had no idea about the sacrifice and love exhibited by Peter Claver.

Photographs are more than just images we enjoy.  There are stories behind the images which teach valuable lessons.  If we can learn something from Peter Claver’s life to serve others in need, then his personal sacrifice will continue to be a blessing.

Costa Rican Creature

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We took a tour in Limon, Costa Rica.  During the walking portion, the guide pointed out this creature.

We love the bright turquoise and black spots on the amphibian.

It reminds at home we are usually always rushing to our daily destinations and thinking about our to do lists for the day. We are so preoccupied we don’t pay attention to our surroundings.

This frog is a Poison Dart Frog or Poison Arrow frog. It is very beautiful.  The tour guide warned us to be careful not to get poisoned by this creature.

Link about Costa Rican Frogs

This is reminder that things which are attractive can also be harmful for us.  We all are attracted to beautiful things.  But things of beauty may be expensive by what we have to spend to obtain.  They also can be costly depending on the consequences of possessing or seeking the attractive object or being.  Beauty is good to admire. Wisdom is understanding if that beauty will cause us future harm.  Appreciate beauty and understand if that beauty is pure or has hurtful consequences.

 

Experiencing Cartagena, Colombia

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One of the ports we stopped at was Cartagena, Colombia during our Princess Panama Canal cruise.

We decided not to book a tour from the ship and explore on our own.  After determining which cab or van would give us the best deal to go and see Old Town, we found a nice driver with a van to take us.  His name was….

We only had a few hours to see this section of Cartagena.  One passeger requested to see the big Catholic church in this area.

We drove past the big wall around the Old Town, and the van maneuvered around the busy roads to get us into this area.

We were able to walk thru the square to go to the church.  Of course there are many vendors seeking to sell souvenirs to us.

Once I started walking, a woman had a bag of coffee candy.  I bargained and got an extra dollar off. I quickly bought the candy.  When we tried the candy at home about a month later, it turned out to be the one of best coffee candy we ever had.

We loved walking quickly thru these streets as seen above. The architecture was so interesting as well as the different colors of the building.  The golden dome of the church is in the horizon.

We loved the character of Cartagena’s old town and the architecture designs .