Category Archives: Nature

It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day

Sunrise: A New Dawn

Sunrise: A New Dawn

“It’s a new dawn.

It’s a new day.

It’s a new life for me.

And I’m feeling good.”

 

These lyrics from “Feeling Good” (sung by many such as Michael Bublé, Nina Simone, and Muse, among others) pretty accurately sum up my life right now.  And I love sunrise pictures for the exact reason that’s described by these specific lyrics:  it’s a new dawn.  Which then means it’s a new day.  Which is a time for starting over.

 

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That Calm Time of Day

Following Ducks

I’ve found through my life that the most calm times of the day are right as the sun’s rays are breaking above the horizon and just as the hues of the light are changing from yellow to orange to red to dark.  In other words, dawn and dusk.

In this case, for me, it was dusk and ducks.

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Into Nature

Amongst the Trees

This weekend I am escaping!  I am escaping the confines of technology, or responsibility, and of everyday life.

This weekend, I am going camping.   Continue reading

Unfocused

Focus: Hanging Basket

I’m back.  I’m back from my RV trip (see many of the preceding posts), I’m back from Skate for Hope (an incredible ice show in Columbus), and I’m back from Tennessee (where I continued my vacation with my family).

I’m glad to be back.  As much as I love to travel, there’s something about coming home to your own room, your own bed, that is incredibly comforting, especially after a month away.  However, now that I’m home, I’ve realized I have decisions to make (though, honestly, when do we not have decisions to make?!)   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 15

Splash!

So I’m going to start this post off really exciting.  Ready?  This morning I started my day…   Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park

Doublet Pool: Blue and Bubbling

We drove up, parked the RV, and walked up, just as it made it’s grand eruption:  Old Faithful!  We were finally in Yellowstone!

The crowd around Old Faithful

And yes, we did arrive just as Old Faithful erupted; it was actually pretty incredible timing.  My sisters and my dad and I then proceeded to walk around the geysers near Old Faithful, which were really cool.  They’re all boiling and bubbling and steaming, and the water is so clear!  (One of these, it the picture taken above of Doublet Pool.)  However, it smelled.  Like sulfur.  Which, if any of you know what that smells like, is exactly like rotten eggs.  Dad says the reason it smells so bad is because Old Faithful is really a monster that farts ever 40-90 minutes!  While I know better then that (I’m not that naïve anymore, Dad!), I was starting to think we shouldn’t have eaten eggs that morning for breakfast…   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 11/The Grand Tetons

Sun Shining on the Grand Tetons

Today our destination was the Grand Tetons!

First, however, we worried about where we were going to spend the night (after all, there aren’t any Walmarts in this area).  So we hurried over towards the Grand Tetons, driving through Jackson, WY – a very quaint, nice little city – until we reached the Colter Bay RV Park… just in time.  We claimed the second to last spot in the entire RV park.

Finally, we headed off to see the Grand Tetons.   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 10

The Waterfall at Nunns Park

So we (sadly) left Zion this morning with the intention of driving over nine hours up to Jackson, Wyoming.  Upon looking at the map, I realized that we’d be driving right past Provo, Utah, where a good friend of mine lived.  We decided this would be the perfect place to make a pit stop.   Continue reading

Zion National Park

Wading Through the Narrows

I have quite a few Latter-Day Saint friends at home, so had heard a lot about Zion National Park before even coming here!  Among being told of the gorgeous landscapes and scenery that I’d be sure to encounter, I’d been recommended to do many different hikes (especially if I wanted to be ambitious), most notably Angels Landing and the Narrows.   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 9

Entrance to Zion

Today we drove to Zion National Park, starting our day early with the hopes of having a lot of time to hike and enjoy the scenery.  On the way, I figured I’d work on editing a few photos on my computer… and was greeted with a black screen.  My computer wouldn’t start.  With my heart in my mouth for about an hour, I worked on trying to repair my laptop, and prayed to God that I didn’t lose any of my photos.

My computer finally turned on, and I immediately spent the following hour saving all my pictures to a memory card.  In the meantime, the rest of my family worked on planning out our day and figuring out what we were going to do.  This was what was decided:   Continue reading