Saturday, July 3, 2010

Recharging the batteries.

Life has been pretty busy for me since, ...oh... 2005. Work, family, church, photography and graphic design makes "me" time pretty scarce.

Sometimes I feel like I need to recharge the ol' batteries, but the batteries are the non-rechargeable kind. My family took off for Shakamak State Park for a week of camping. We took our two nephews along with us to share in our adventures.

Our cabin was close to the lake so we got to wake up to some great views of the water and the woods. I can't say that it was an entirely restful week, but we did have fun and it was a whole lot better than working my job. Of course, I brought my camera and spent some time photographing and enjoying God's creation.

Here are a few pictures from our trip. Enjoy!

The happy campers...

The boys and I enjoyed daily bike rides.

Oops. Man down...

The bug spray was a-flowin'

I love back-lit tree leaves! They just glow.

I love the texture in these photos.

Some close-ups that I thought were fun...

These little guys are so ugly and so beautiful at the same time.

I see why the "real" nature photographers have 8 foot long zoom lenses when they photograph animals in nature. I had to get as close as I could without scaring this bird away. It was hard to do.

I scoped out this dock one day and thought it would be a neat place to photograph at sunrise. It was so peaceful. There was some pretty neat "smoke" on the water too.

I love the contrast of the dead, white barked trees against the living trees.

These lily pads seemed lonely.

I found a secluded picnic area one evening and was amazed at the light shining in during sunset. I didn't get the chance to go back to photograph during that time, but I did go over during the early morning. The mood wasn't at all the same, but it did offer some nice photographs. Ah, maybe next year.

It was a great vacation. I can't wait to go back next year.