March 28, 2011

A Burst of Spring

Pink Cherry Blossoms get plenty of attention, but the white ones are quite lovely too.

White Cherry Blossoms

I would have loved to shoot these beauties against a vibrant blue sky, but I'm afraid I had to settle for bright overcast today. I'm crossing my fingers for a sunny day before the blossoms fall off!

March 23, 2011

Goodbye to an Icon


A rare jewel indeed.

March 21, 2011

Going Holga

Does this cute little camera look scary to you?

Holga on White

It's just a toy after all. At least that's what I keep telling myself, but I have to admit I'm a little nervous to dive into shooting with film. Will all of my photos turn out over/under exposed? Will this $40 toy turn into a film & developing fee money pit? Will I run screaming back to the land of digital? Stay tuned to find out...

March 11, 2011

The Most Beautiful Sight

It just wouldn't be right to tell you about my Alaskan adventure without sharing a shot of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous mountains.

Mountains from the Plane

They went on forever....
Have a wonderful weekend, hope you see something beautiful!

March 10, 2011

Poppytalk Mad March Lookbook

Jan from Poppytalk has really outdone herself with the Mad March Lookbook:

Isn't the layout wonderful? & so many gorgeous goodies! I'm partial to page 23 :)

March 9, 2011

All Dressed Up & Ready to Go

We had the opportunity to hang out in the staging area for the Scottish musher Wattie McDonald. The mushers & some of the handlers showed their Scottish pride in kilts & knee-high socks, (& nothing on their legs, brrrr!) but the dogs stole the show in their red plaid coats & black booties.

Doesn't Varmit look pleased with the make-over?

Varmit Gets a Make-Over

Once in your uniform, you can close your eyes & visualize the course (these are elite athletes after all).

Waiting in Plaid

Meet Miss Congeniality, she was so sweet & kept coming over to us for more noggin scratches.

Pretty in Plaid

Despite being enthralled with the dogs, I did actually manage to get in a couple of shots of the musher.

The Scotts

It was a cold & sunny morning, there were more than a few "eyes closed" photos. This is Wattie's fellow Scotsman & 2nd sled musher Kevin Thain in full costume, making sure his eyes were open for the photo.

Surprised Scott

That's where the photos stop for the morning, because we were invited to run the dogs up to the start - sometimes you gotta put the camera down & jump into the action!

March 8, 2011

It's All About the Doggies

After a hearty breakfast, we put our dozens of layers of sweaters & fleece back on & headed out to see the real stars of the Iditarod - the dogs! The excitement of the dogs was palpable, they really want to run. Waiting is the hardest part for them, but there are a variety of ways they get through it.

Some of them get chatty:

C'mon Let's Go!

some are anxious, some more meditative:

Different Ways to Wait For Your Turn

some know the drill & are calm but watchful:

Keeping an Eye on the Neighbors

but when the booties are on & the sled is ready to go, they know it's almost their turn, & they just have to jump for joy!

Jump for Joy

March 7, 2011

The Plan

Remember when I told you that I had an amazing photo opportunity this weekend?

Iditarod: AM Agenda

Well, it was in Anchorage Alaska, for the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod, & it all started with a breakfast plan...

March 4, 2011

A Different Kind of Pola

I'm thinking of all things cold & snowy today....

California Polar Bear

& I'm literally jumping up & down yelling "wooooo!" right now (no joke) because I am so excited for the photo opportunities I have this weekend! I hope to get some goodies to share with you next week :) Have a wonderful adventurous weekend!