Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #233: A One Lens Walk


Happy Sunday! Anne from Slow Shutter Speed is the lovely hostess for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she has chosen a fun topic – One Lens Walk.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #228: Diagonals


Patti is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she is challenging everyone to look at diagonal lines.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home


Tina from Travels and Trifles is hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the prompt is “Home Sweet Home” and here’s the specifics for this prompt:

If a foreigner were to spend a week or a month traveling your home country with you, where would you take them? What sights would you tell them to be sure to see?

-Tina
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#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge #Leather and Brown


Leather nowadays comes in all kind of colors – red, blue, green – all it takes is a little dye. However, for this week’s #SundayStills challenge, the color focused on is leathery brown. Hope you enjoy my gallery of browns.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #226: Textures


Jude from the blog, Cornwall in Colours, is the guest-host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the interesting theme of Textures was chosen.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #225: Wildlife Close to Home


Anne Sandler from Slow Shutter Speed is heading this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she has chosen one of my favorite topic and something I photograph when I get the chance and that is Wildlife Close to Home.

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#SundayStills: #Paths and #Trails to my Happy Places


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #224: Exposure


This week, it’s Sofia’s turn to lead the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she has chosen one of my favorite topics – Exposure.

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#SundayStills: Nature is Sure #Mysterious


I agree with Terri, nature is mysterious. It can turn such thing as a tree into a fossil if it lived long enough.

Looking at the topic this week, which is mysterious, I thought about my visit to the Petrified Forest State Park in 2021. Note that this is the state park in Utah, not the national park in Arizona. Petrified Forest State Park is much smaller but it’s still an awesome place to visit.

We paid our entrance fee, parked the car, and spent a few hours exploring the park on foot, which is kind of mandatory given the petrified forest is located along a single trail.

It’s sure a mystery how these trees managed to survive this long as all around them, civilization thrived. I’d bet these trees have seen things, encountered plenty of natural events, and probably once lived with dinosaurs. It’s just amazing to think of all the things that have happened to these trees to have it survive to today. Nature is sure a wonderful mystery.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #222: Mountains are Calling


Amy from the blog – The World is a Book… – is hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #222 and she has chosen a topic I am all too familiar with – Mountains are calling and boy, are they calling!

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Wordless Wednesday: Autumn 2022 Finale


#SundayStills: Autumn’s Fleeting Moments


Seeing full-blown autumn colors can definitely classify as a fleeting moment as it’s constantly changing from near peak to peak to past peak. Yesterday was most likely the last real weekend to see autumn colors as we are expecting the temperature to drop about 10-degrees and rain this coming weekend. In my opinion, once rain comes, autumn colors are no longer pretty.

Yesterday’s trip was all my mom’s idea. She saw one of her co-workers post photos of Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon and thought it was pretty. Next thing I knew, she was calling her sister and brother-in-law (BIL), asking them if they were interested. Of course, they were. They’re off every other weekends and after this weekend, they will be working all the way into November. So I wrote, probably the last weekend for autumn colors.

Her BIL was driving. It’s always him who drives and it was a good thing it was him who was driving because I ended up sorta tricking everyone to go to the place I wanted to go.

The whole trip, for me, was full of fleeting moments because I was traveling with three adults who did not want to walk. My mom has back pain and can’t walk a few steps without complaining. She’s currently waiting to do surgery to fix that problem. Meanwhile, her sister and BIL just didn’t want to walk. They aren’t out of shape, they just prefer to sit and look at their phones all day.

Thankfully, they let me roam, for a very short time at least like a dog on a leash. If I venture too far, my phone instantaneously rings, one of them telling me to get back to the car. So I needed to walk fast and take as many photos as I could so I can have it for memory.

This was the my first time going to Provo Canyon. I’ve always stuck to the Alpine Loop as it’s closer to home and I happen to think it’s more beautiful up by Mount Timpanogos with all the aspen trees. If you’ve ever been in the area, you’ll know what I mean. Even in summer, it’s beautiful with its white trunks and its leaves dancing to the breeze. I made a trip there back in August (before the accident) and couldn’t get enough of the place.

I fell in love with this picture as soon as I blew it up on my laptop. Another fleeting moment as we were parked in one of those tiny turnout on the road and as soon as I got out of the car, my mom began yelling, “How can you do such thing?” She was talking about how I led her BIL to the Alpine Loop when I knew fully that it’d be a narrow road that required drivers of one direction to yield to oncoming traffic.

I drove on this road before and didn’t encounter any problem. The only one that might have a problem might be my mom as she doesn’t do well in narrow road situations.

Anyway, I ignored her and focused on finding compositions. After all, I only get this one shot and everyone was waiting on me, so I must make it quick despite I could stare at this golden landscape for hours, maybe days.

The Alpine Loop was surprisingly crowded. I’ve never seen so much traffic that it was backed up. Perhaps maybe because many people knows to come here to see fall colors and that this would probably be the last weekend of 2022 to see such color.

After my accident, I became very anxious whenever something comes too close to the passenger side of the car, almost like a kind of claustrophobia. With the traffic, my uncle was forced to steer the car toward the trees a few times, causing me to panic as I seem to be doing quite a bit lately. These were definitely moments I didn’t want to remember from the trip and was relieve when we were no longer on the narrow road.

All in all, I am very grateful for the trip as I got a photos for memories despite my time there was very limited. I guess my goal to see autumn colors in 2022 is now fulfilled.

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CFFC: Texture


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CFFC: Smooth


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#SundayStills – No #Dessert but Plenty of #Desert


The theme for this week’s SundayStills is a bit quirky – Dessert or Desert.

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#SundayStills – All About #Roadtrip


The theme for this week’s SundayStills is all about road trips, whether it’s recent or long past. For the last few years, I’ve had at least one road trip each year. They were all memorable in one way or another and I still find myself reflecting on them from time to time.

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CFFC: Brings a Smile to My Face


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CFFC: City Structures


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Warriors Over the Wasatch Airshow 2022


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CFFC: Landscape


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203: Local Vistas


This week on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #203, hostess Anne Sandler from Slow Shutter Speed is challenging everyone to show a few of the vistas around them.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #202: Minimalism/Maximalism


Sofia from Photographias is the hostess for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge with the theme of Minimalism/Maximalism.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind


Ann-Christine from Leya is hosting Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #201 and she has chosen the theme Three of a Kind but according to the prompt, it’s not the three of a kind one usually thinks about. This three of a kind is sort of like telling a story with 3 photos. I’ll try my best on this one.

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