Struggles & Rebirth

Now that our site is entirely switched over to the new platform (yay!), it’s time to get back to shooting and updating the site more regularly with fun, new stuff!

Last weekend was the start of the shooting fun.  We took what my husband and I jokingly call a “JoAnn hike.”  That’s a hike where photography is the main focus, as opposed to an “Aaron hike” where we’re trying to scale a mountain or reach a destination before the weather turns or it gets dark.

It’s one of those things that, as much as we joke about it, it’s been a constant struggle for us to balance things out so both of us have a blast on a hike.  My husband loves to cover a lot of ground on a hike to go see some truly awesome sites, but my camera and shooting slows us down (no matter how much I try to travel light or shoot quickly).  The photography hikes are just the opposite – shooting is the primary objective, so I can take as much time as I want composing shots, stopping along the trail whenever something catches my eye, and so on.  While we’ve gotten closer to achieving a balance of both on regular hikes – especially when we’re traveling far from home – some days we do better than others.

But enough about managing the goals of a hike… if you’re on our site and reading this, you’ve got to be wondering, “Did ya get anything good?”  Well, I think the answer to that is yes (though you can be the judge!).

For this trip, I decided we should make an early morning run up to Rocky Mountain National Park.  (The beauty of having moved to our new home in Colorado is that Rocky is barely an hour from our house – so spoiled!!)  I was debating doing a new trail versus something old and familiar.  Since nothing new was jumping out at me, I opted for something familiar like a comfy sweatshirt… the trail up to Loch Vale.

“The Loch” is a pretty popular trail because about 3/4 of a mile into it, there’s a gorgeous waterfall called Alberta Falls.  From there, the trail leads up to several other amazing lakes and other journeys, so we’ve been on this trail a fair bit over the years.  Each time we go up the trail, I’m always looking for little things that I may have never noticed before or making mental notes about the light at the time of day, etc.  For this hike, I got to put that studying to good use!

While I didn’t come away with a huge haul of shots I liked enough to share on the site, I did have a few I was really pleased with.  Better yet was that I found my long-atrophied creative eye and muscle coming back to life the further we went up the trail!  So here’s a gallery of the best shots I brought home from this adventure… (click the images to see a larger version)

Enjoy the shots and by all means, leave me some feedback about the shots, the site, or anything else on your mind!  I’d love to hear from you as we kick things back into gear!!



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