June 2017: Dreamy at Share Six | Fort Collins, Colorado Lifestyle and Fine Art Photographer

The June blog circle theme at Share Six is DREAMY / DREAMS. I hope you’ll take the time to link around the full blog circle (next link at the bottom), and then submit to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages for a chance to be featured.

Macro photography feeds my soul. I passionately love looking at the world – particularly the natural world – from new and different perspectives. Although it may sound odd to some, macro photography reminds me of my snorkeling experiences, in that it leads me to observe things I simply don’t see everyday. I refer to my macro botanical work as “buds and bugs” as I also love witnessing life at the scale of insects when shooting macro.

For this themed post, I took a little time to shoot in my gardens, something I hadn’t done in recent months. As an aside, you know how when you go biking or running, you often become aware of hills you hadn’t noticed before? The same thing happens when shooting macro in nature and breezes. Those tiny breezes magnify so much. I say this to say the breezes – nay – the WIND – in recent days made several of the subjects I wanted to include unusable, for lack of focus as the plants swayed about! In any event, I love the abstract qualities and the delicious, dreamy bokeh in these images, and hope you enjoy them, too!

I sincerely appreciate you dropping by to check out my take on DREAMY / DREAMS. Next in the blog circle is the highly talented Ceri Herd Photography! Please link over and see the post Ceri  has generated for the theme. For a chance to be featured at Share Six, please submit your DREAMY OR DREAMS images to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages (tag #sharesix and #sharesix_dreamy or #sharesix_dreams) by July 5th.

Tulips, Part Deux; Fort Collins, Colorado Fine Art Photographer

Because they are so beautiful to my eye, I am grabbing all of my recent tulip shots and plopping them in here. I took many of them yesterday, but you may recognize the bottom ones from my first tulip post. All of these beauties are growing at my home. The lovely gardens established by the previous owners are the gifts that keep on giving.

 

Week 16 | RED; Fort Collins, Colorado Fine Art Photographer

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Thanks so much for the feature, Life’s Experience p52! ~ Tori

Psst! Do you know what my favorite color is? Yup, you guessed it; RED! I just cannot begin to tell you how my heart delighted in viewing all of this past week’s submissions! There is just som…

Click for the Rest from the Source: Week 16 | RED

 

Recent Published, Featured, and Top Honor Images; Fort Collins, Colorado Photographer

Back in February, I published a blog post including some of my recently published images, and here is the next installment! For more information about these and other published images, please visit Industry Honors, here on my website, or my related Facebook Album. Thank you so much for your interest in my work!

2014 Sample Summer Shots

I want to share some of the natural beauty of Western North Carolina in this post (with more posts on the same topic to come, pending my available time to pull the images together). During my trip to Asheville and the surrounding area this summer, with my young kids in tow, we spent time in downtown Asheville, Black Mountain, and Hendersonville. We spent a lot MORE time in natural settings such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, Pisgah National Park, DuPont State Forest, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am a mountain girl at heart and one of saddest views I endure is when I look back on the Blue Ridge Mountains in my rear-view mirror.  Alas, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Still, with all the insanity that traveling solo with my kids was, I captured some lovely and fun moments and places. I can’t wait until my next visit, beautiful Asheville and your awesome people! — Hope you enjoy!

PS – Some of these images are currently available for purchase in my Etsy Shop, and others can be made available if there’s interest!

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

 

After the rain
After the rain

 

Dahlia and hosta, after the rain
Dahlia and hosta, after the rain

 

DuPont State Forest, NC
DuPont State Forest, NC

 

Between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
Between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC

 

After the rain
After the rain

 

Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

 

Bee balm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bee balm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Craggy Gardens, NC
Craggy Gardens, NC

 

Bee and Coneflower, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bee and Coneflower, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Rooster, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
Rooster, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

New Etsy Shop + Dusting off My Old Macro Lens

It has always been my goal to shoot lifestyle photography alongside my own photographic journeys, such as travel and nature photography. Inspired by a recent request to provide macro photography for several gallery canvases, I dusted off my old, failing macro lens and started playing a little with it on Friday, for the first time in years. My husband surprised me with the macro lens and a used Nikon FM2 camera, to pair with the Nikon FM camera I already had. Having both accomplished my goal and need of having color film in one camera and black and white in the other. When he bought the lens for me, some 10-15 years ago, unbeknownst to him, it was wrecked. Still, with some patience, I can pull some lovely images out of it. See below and let me know what you think. Click the “detail” images (square) for a much larger version of those. I took a number of shots over the weekend and will be adding more to my brand new Etsy shop soon! So if you are interested in viewing or purchasing my fine art prints, please click on over to my RootsAndTwigs Etsy Shop or contact me directly! Thanks!

 

Dandelion
Dandelion

 

Dandelion Detail
Dandelion Detail

 

Echinacea
Echinacea

 

Echinacea Detail
Echinacea Detail

 

Echinops
Echinops

 

Echinops Detail
Echinops Detail