So Dreadfully Behind, It’s Still Winter!

I have no idea where 2018 has gotten to.  As I write, it’s mid-August and I just came across pictures from back in February that I hadn’t processed!  Clearly life got a little busy and – quite honestly – saying goodbye to our little girl Sydney back in June threw me for quite a loop.  Pictures were definitely the last thing on my mind as we went through that.  (I’m sure at some point I’ll write a post about that – I’ll be sure to hydrate myself before I write since it’s bound to be a teary one.)

So here we are late-summer, looking back at snowshoe pictures I took in February during the one and only time we got out on the trails this winter.  We trekked up the winter trail to one of our favorite places – Loch Vale (a.k.a. The Loch).  The winter trail is pretty easy until the last quarter-mile or so when it gets pretty steep.  It’s worth the trip though!

As usual, it was really blustery when we reached The Loch itself.  We had to find some shelter out of the wind just to eat our lunch.  Luckily for me, we plopped ourselves down for a nosh right near a really interesting curl of snow on a rock.  I think that’s the one thing that I took the most pictures of during our hike!  Though it was tricky to avoid over-exposing the picture using my phone, I did snag a few shots that I was fond of…

The Loch is a good hike any time of year, though winter is probably our favorite because it’s not nearly as crowded as it is other times of year.  Naturally, that comes with trade-offs that you have to prepare for… like bundling up and leaning into powerful winds to get up there in the first place!  Totally worth it though…


– JC

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!!