What was the cutest thing YOU saw this summer?

27 Jul
From Fauna

This little cutie-pie was the cutest thing I’ve seen . . . so far at least!  Oh, and I have to give credit where it is due . . . I did not take this picture.  My husband did.  My camera card was full so he snapped a few amazing cute pics on his camera.  We saw this little guy (gal?) hanging out by the side of the road at Mesa Verde National Park.  So special.

Focus on the little things . . .

26 Jul

Blue Damselfly

One of my goals on my trip was to get better at using my new camera.  I love taking Macro shots but was having a little trouble with focusing.  I think I figured it out while shooting one of the hundreds of damselflies at the Pahrangat National Wildlife Area.  I love how the head is in focus and the tail, closer to me, is not.
Wild Rose

I was able to get focused on this wild rose bud in the Eastern Sierra mountains using the same technique . . . and waiting for the breeze to stop moving it wildly.

Flower, Silverton, CO

Sometimes the camera can do it for you but sometimes you need to force it to capture what you want.

Butterfly at Pecos National Monument

And, sometimes you just have to shoot lots and lots of pictures and hope that the breeze, the flittering butterfly, and your camera conspire to get what you were hoping for.

Skill or luck . . . I’ll take the good results whenever I can.

My sister went to London and . . .

24 Jul

. . . all I got was this utterly amazing Cath Kidston cosmetic bag!  I love my sister!  She’s THE BEST!

Cath Kidson bag from London!

Before or After?

18 Jul

Before . . .

Poppy, Silverton, CO

After . . .

Poppy! (Silverton, CO)

Your votes?

Coolest Birds in Utah (well, sort of)

17 Jul

Ravens over Bryce

(Continuing in my series of photos of bird silhouettes with clouds and sky)

When we went to Bryce Canyon, I was not up for hiking.  We’d hiked the Virgin Narrows the day before and my body was done!  It’s an amazing hike that should be on everyone’s bucket list!  I’ve done it twice now and I’d do it again in a heartbeat but it’s tough and I had a fall that wrenched my shoulder so I wasn’t hiking at Bryce.

So, I stayed topside while Greg, Gage, and Ruth descended into the hoodoo-filled landscape.  Never fear . . . there was a family of ravens to keep me entertained.  There were two parents and four offspring.  They were working on flying successfully above the canyon.  I must have shot a hundred pictures of them.  Don’t worry, I won’t share them all!

Raven at Bryce

Ravens over Bryce

Ravens at Bryce

Oh, and the real coolest bird in Utah?  Well, there are California Condors at Zion.  Greg saw one but I didn’t.  Disappointment.

Coolest Bird in Colorado

16 Jul

When you get to go to a National Park for the first time, you — if you are me — find yourself hoping you’ll see something cool.  We had a great drive to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park through the amazing Colorado towns of Silverton and Ouray.

We stopped at the first overlook and admired the spectacular view.  Then a spectacular bird flew over us . . .

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle!

Charmer

30 Jun

Rock Wren, Chaco Canyon, NM

 

Charming chatterer
Sneaks up close for a good look
Poses  for pictures

© 2011, Liza Lee Miller

When we travel

22 Jun

Apache PlumeApache Plume, a desert wildflower in the rose family

I am kinder and gentler
when we travel.
My world narrows down to a smaller place
which confuses as we are driving into new vistas
each day.

I am kinder and gentler
when we travel.
200 square feet that flies down the road
is a world I can manage

I am kinder and gentler
when we travel.
Clear in vision.
Focused ahead.

I am kinder and gentler when we travel.

© 2011, Liza Lee Miller.  All Rights Reserved.

We’re heading off again . . .

12 Jun

FMC on Hwy 41

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

2 May

glowy blue flowers

I am still processing last night’s news about Osama bin Laden’s death.  I have read varying responses on the internet this morning from friends. My feelings are starting to come together on this.

I celebrated last night, watching the crowds in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on the news.  Hearing their chants of USA and their spontaneous bursts into “The Star Spangled Banner” was very moving.  I was moved as our president spoke about what happened on 9/11 and how he took the action he did.  But at the same time, I’m also repelled by the hateful talk I’ve seen as well.  I’m proud of the soldiers and intelligence officers who made this happen and I’m relieved that this evil man won’t have the opportunity to kill more innocent people.  But, I’m frightened by the thought of what will be done in his name.

May you live in interesting times is a blessing and a curse, isn’t it?