Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Week #2 What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common

What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common? A strong subject, one that can evoke emotion. Here three examples.

As a landscape photographer the main emotion I try to evoke is a sense of awe especially in the beauty of our earth.

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Occasionally I’ll bring other emotions into the photo thru people. Here we have the playfulness of a child and the loss of a mother.

 

 

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Travel Theme: Outdoors

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

 

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Sunday Nature Quote: Home

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

Gary Snyder

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Mormon Row, Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer

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What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?

Leu Gardens, OrlandoI love travel, all types of travel, but I’m particularly fond of my days happily wandering the US; boondocking and exploring…the life of adventure. But I also love planning for a trip. I spent weeks planning my first extended trip west and months planning for my “jubilee journey“. I love planning, I’m a planner and while I do use GPS to find an exact street address I prefer maps for seeing the bigger picture. I love the feel of paper in hand and seeing where a highway begins and ends. I map out trips to new places, this is just part of the journey; planning what beautiful places to visit, when and how long to spend at each.

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But all this planning is just a guide and I rarely, ok never, make it to all the places I planned on. With map in hand and itinerary packed away only to be found when I return home I set out with eyes wide open and observant of any enticing distractions. I love the freedom of traveling the open road and a rigid itinerary takes away from that freedom. With caution to the wind and wind up my tailpipe I head to my first destination but I ALWAYS get sidetracked. Allowing myself the freedom to follow the signs along the road guiding me to some unknown adventure awaiting me in some unexpected place is the sheer joy of travel. In the end locations change, a one night stay turns into five, places are left out to only be regretted later, new jewels in the landscape are found and I always arrive home wondering how soon I can leave again.

Grand Teton National Park, WY

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge: Atmospheric

 

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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For the Love of Geography – Cirque

A cirque is a semicircular shaped bedrock feature high on mountainside partially surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs. Cirques are created by the advancing and retreating of glaciers. The basin becomes deeper and wider in diameter each year as it continues to be eroded. An interesting feature of a cirque is the tarn or glacial lake which results from melting glaciers.

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Cirque, Grand Teton, Wyoming

Sometimes multiple cirques will form, the rock in between is an arête, a steep ridge dividing the two cirques. When three cirques form the result is a glacial horn (or pyramidal peak) such as the Matterhorn in the Alps or Irene’s Arête in the Tetons.

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Cirques and arêtes, Mount Moran, Wyoming

Photos taken at Grand Teton National Park

Sunday Nature Quote: Nature as Metaphor

“The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.”

~ ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson  ~ ~

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Lake Jenny & Grand Teton, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming