Life Thru the Lens 5/52... life on the trail

The Good....

The Thinker and I missed hiking. For three years we lived in a place that did not have trails easily accessible to us. After living in Germany for seven years, where we could walk out our backdoor and find a plethora of trails to explore, it was painful to live in a place without that option. We are both outdoor people and there is nothing like a long hike to clear our minds and recenter our worlds. 

We are both out of shape though. We used to be able to knock out 22 miles (easily) in a day. So, we have decided to hit a trail any time it is nice enough to head outdoors. This last week, while the eastern part of the nation was being pounded with snow, we were living the high life in 50-60 degree weather. 

We would take the snow though. We bought snowshoes at the beginning of winter and have not had the chance to use them. The snow that we have had was not enough to snowshoe in, and the snow that is left is icy because it has gone through several cycles of being warm enough to melt one day and then being in the negatives the next. I am not a huge fan of a frigid winter with no snow. 

The Random...

The logging company has been through our woods marking trees to be cut down. I understand the purpose of logging, and to some extent I support it because we have felt the tragedy of forest fires in our are. Still, it hurts to know so many trees will be missing one day. 

The Fun...

The sun is still setting rather early here, so we often find ourselves running out of light when we hike. I do not normally mind that, but since we know there are mountain lions roaming our paths I am not  a huge fan to find myself walking along one at dusk. But still, to miss this view and the sunset is also heartbreaking. I think I'll just have to toughen up and be brave; not to mention buy some bear spray. 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Trough My Lens MondayImage-in-ing, Our World Tuesday,Random-osity and Friday Photo Journal.


1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and/or link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.


~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~The link-up will open at 8:00 A.M. Mountain Time. 

friday randomness... why phoneography is a legitimate art

I have been pondering an article, or many articles, that I have read over the last year about phoneography not being a legitimate form of art. Over the year, I have come up with five random reasons why I think phoneography is a legitimate art form....

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1. If you ponder on phone cameras just a bit, you will realize that they are no different than the first point and shoot digital cameras that emerged into our creative culture in the early 90's. If those cameras could be used as a legitimate form of photography, then why are phone cameras not given the same credit?

2. I've read the argument that the reason phoneography is not legitimate is that you have no control over the settings of the photo you take. Doesn't that fly in the face of the argument that it is not the equipment that makes a good photo, but the photographer?

3. Phoneograph will teach you a ton about light and perspective, if you let it. Honestly, I find it much more challenging to capture a quality photo with a phone camera than I do my big camera. I have to think about the lighting, and my perspective, much more thoroughly when I am using my phone because I can not rely on the settings to create the "look" I am going for. To me, any form of instrument that teaches you about light and perspective is legitimate in the art world.

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4. People are making brilliantly creative photos with phones... isn't art really all in the eye of the beholder?

5. Many feel that the apps used to alter a photo is cheating... but how do you distinguish that from Photoshop? If it is creative leeway to alter a photo in Photoshop then the same should ring true when a phone photo is altered with an app.

None of these reasons are too scientific, they are merely my thought process put forth on paper. And, putting pen to paper is also an art form, so maybe I am a wee bit biased in this entire thought process :-).

We went out on the ATV's last Saturday. It was a fun was to celebrate Spring; the weather was fantastically warm. I realized a few things while we were out there.


~Although it was a ton of fun, I am getting older, and I was extremely sore the next day from all the jostling around.


~Just because a puddle looks like a puddle, does not mean it is a puddle. The Thinker decided to try his fate with a puddle and as we capsized, and I stepped off I found out it was about three feet deep. YUCK!

~ It is way more fun to ATV in the mountains, or at the very least on an open piece of land. We were on an 80 acre bit of land, which wasn't much of a challenge after a couple hours. Although, it is nice that we have a place to ride, so I guess we cannot complain too much :-D.


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~The best part was finding this beach totally made out of old bricks. I would like to learn the history of the site. Was it a dumping ground, or was there a magnificent house laid out on that beach by a tornado?

~ I do love this lake, and would like to truly capture it someday. It is chalk full of old dead trees jutting out of the waters. The trees give the lake an eery feeling, which I love.

I'll be sharing more of our ATV adventures on my Instagram feed this weekend, come by and check it out.

Linking with Friday Finds, Friday Unfolded, Little Things Thursday, The Good, The Random, The Fun, A Rural Journal, Check Out That View