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Snow Beautiful, Yellowstone National Park

The Good, the fun, and the random, all in one...

We visited Yellowstone National Park, back in October, and were lucky enough to experience early winter there. During our stay, we had weather that ranged from nice fall days, to blistery winter days; it was the winter days that I loved the most. 

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

Snow has a way of drastically changing the landscape of the land into a fairytale panorama. We happened upon this guy as we entered the park. No worries, I didn't play buffalo wishpeerer, like so many others at Yellowstone National Park. I value my life too much to get out of my vehicle when these beasts are so close. 

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection
Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

The last morning we were at the park, was an amazing moment in time. The hoarfrost (I know not exactly snow, but still beautiful) had covered the land in a thin layer, and everything was all aglow. Because it was so bitterly cold, the various mudpots, geysers, and hot spring were all putting on a spectacular show for us. 

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

"Color is everything, black and white is more" ~Dominic Rouse

Shade of Winter | Snow Beautiful | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life-n-Reflection

Life Thru the Lens 20/52.... Custer State Park, S.D. and Wind Cave National Park

The Random....

Did you know that the buffalo is now the national mammal of the United States? This statues is not to be confused with the national emblem, and national animal, of the U.S. the bald eagle. Oh course, it comes with no additional species protection, but.... stop me now before I digress into a conversation about how it is NEVER a good idea to try to pet a bison. Or, take a selfie with one.

The Good....

I captured these beauties in Custer State Park, one of our favorite places to visit in The Black Hills. 

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Tips for taking photos of wildlife....

  • A zoom lens is a must so that you can keep a safe distance from the animals, both for your protection and theirs.
  • A camera bean bag is a terrific aid in keeping your camera steady when you are capturing wildlife through an open window of a car. (You can see the one I use in the sidebar.)
  • Always use common sense, if the animals seem agitated move on from your location.
  • Never, never, never approach wildlife!!! With all the events taking place in Yellowstone and in our local area, what seems like common sense must be reiterated... these are wild animals they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. No shot is ever worth the loss of your life.
  • Wait for it. Take your time and just simple watch the animals for a while. A good shot never happens right away. We waited for this big guy to gradually make his way towards us before I got the shot I wanted. 
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The Fun....

We head down to the southern Black Hills quite often, and on rainy day in the early spring we went buffalo baby hunting. Unfortunately, we were a bit early, which was a bummer, but we did happen to come upon these fluffy bison in Wind Cave National Park. We might, or might not have, sat there for about 30 minutes watching these guys. We were quite amused, we have never seen buffalo with such shaggy hair on their heads. 

Winde Cave National Park | Life Thur the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

Since we did not find the treasure I was hunting for, I thought I might as well try my hand at taking photos specifically for a panorama. This shot is made up of 13 shots total and then stitched together in Photoshop. I am pretty happy since it was my first try at a stitched panorama. But, there is always room to improve...

1. I should have taken my shots in portrait view so that the short side of my photo would have been bigger pixel wise. My overall shot ended up being 13047 by 3165. Not bad, but I would have to upsize on the short side to print this, because (very basically speaking) I could print a 43 by 12 picture. I'd want it to be bigger than 12 inches on the short side. 

2. I forgot my tripod, or I should say I just didn't bring it. I was not planning on shooting a pano on this particular day.

3. It was sprinkling which made for a really pretty sky, but I needed an umbrella to protect the lens from water. My camera is waterproof, but keeping sprinkles off the lens is always a challenge without an umbrella. 

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Life thru the Lens 6/52... WWI in Kemmel, Belgium (Part I)

I decided to share a throw back today because I have not had a ton of camera time these last few weeks. And, because I have not shared most of our last few years of travel in Europe. To be honest, most of the pictures of our trips still lay in their folders unedited. It wasn't until this last year that I was able to look through them without being tumbled back into the deep abyss of grief over having to leave Europe. I loved, no, I love Europe immensely. 

We took several trips during our last year in Germany, but one of my favorites was our Belgium circle. During our time in Europe we toured WWII sites extensively, but lacked in visiting WWI sites. So, in an effort to fix that problem, we took a long weekend and toured through some of the Belgium WWI countryside. Our trip took us through Gent, Kemmel, Yprese, and then Brugge. 

It's important to place your feet on a historical moment, to intertwine your soul in the tangible pieces of what was. In doing so, the vales of a time past are released and one is able to feel the emotion of what was. 

We began our trip in the trenches...

I find it necessary to find beauty where death prevailed. It's in the beauty that we overcome the sadness of war, and honor the lives of those lost. Because, when all is said and done and the horror of war is swept away all the bodies buried were someones loved one.

Come back next week for Part II of our Belgium weekend getaway. Until then..... 

I have been steadily working on culling and editing photos to begin my Etsy shop, once again. I have decided to focus on fine art card(s) and fine art print(s) all in the square. I really love Instagram's square format, so I decided to be inspired and head that way for my store. It will be up and running by the end of this month. 

 Did you see that I am giving away a set of birthday cards at the end of this month. Hope on over to this post to enter for your chance to win. 

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life thru the lens 20:52... iris dreams

We went to Saint Louis for Mother's Day weekend. It was a quick in and out trip for a wedding, but while we were there I decided that I wanted to visit the botanical gardens for my Mother's Day gift. I finally ordered my new lens and I wanted to try it out. 

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My lens is a dedicated 105mm, f 2.8, macro 1:1 lens... I have been wishing for this lens for a while now. The bokeh on this baby is dreamy. And, as luck would have, it the irises where in full bloom at the botanical gardens. 

It was rainy all weekend, and I did not capture the photos of downtown St. Louis that I envisioned, so I was worried the botanical gardens would be a lost cause. But, the skies parted and I had three full hours of full immersion in the beauty of macro photography. 

We returned home on Monday and all week I was a day behind. It is funny to me how one simple twist of my schedule can offset things for an entire week. So, needless to say, I did not make it around to everyone's sites to gush over your photos. I'll be by later today for that.... which, for me, that is not a bad thing, it means I will be able to sit with you a bit longer :-D. 

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If you stop by my Instagram feed @lisa.kerner you can find a few more photos from our trip. And, I also have some prints up on my Society6 Site as well. I'll be adding a few more photos, and phone cases, to my store throughout the week.

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