As Terry mentioned in last week's Massey Monday, our little Brittany Spaniel likes to quickly establish the perimeter when we set up our backcountry campsites. Once that perimeter is established, she keeps a constant watch on anything and everything happening around us. During our last backpacking trip into the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, she kept watch over Island Lake.
When we're out backpacking and shooting the sunset, she's either exploring or watching over us. #masseyrocks.
Drink at Hand: St. George Terroir Gin and Tonic
Hey hey hey...I'm finally getting around to posting a Thirsty Thursday. I definitely poured myself a yummy drink tonight. The St. George Terroir gin is one of my favorite.
But, I digress, you're here for a photo or two. Tonight I'll just share one. Back in May Terry and I took our dream vacation to Iceland. We spent the better part of two weeks cruising around the country in a Dodge Durango in which the back had been converted to a nice sleeping space. We drove where we wanted, took photos, and parked wherever we wanted each night to sleep. The weather wasn't ideal (rainy and windy), but that country is so beautiful, we didn't care.
I had two things I wanted to see in Iceland. One was Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall you can walk behind. The other was Jokulsarlon, the black sand beach where huge chunks of ice from a nearby glacial lagoon wash ashore. We found both. And they were awesome.
Here's a photo from our second stop at Jokulsarlon. We camped on this beach, so all I had to do was stumble out of the Durango and into the windy morning light. Interesting Iceland trivia: sunrise in Iceland in May is at about 3:00 am. No joke. Luckily I like early mornings, and this is what I came away with...
I'm already plotting our return to Iceland. It was incredible. In the mean time, I have plenty more photos to help me relive our vacation.
On the trail near Dinkey Lakes, CA. What a goof!
It's been about a year since we last went backpacking. Fortunately, for Massey, it's like she never left. Totally in her element.
She's usually in front of us when we're backpacking. This photo was no different. Personally, I think she likes to enjoy the view before we get there.
Drink in Hand: Ice Water
Since we returned from Iceland, we've been stuck in two worlds...as far as photography is concerned. Our beloved Aperture is dead and we are migrating to Lightroom. Our Iceland images are the first of ours to live completely within the Lightroom workflow. While there are many things that Lightroom does better than Aperture, I'll miss its simplicity and the way the image was the highlight of the application. Such is life...adapt and overcome. I only really say this because learning a new tool is time consuming so processing images has slowed to a crawl. We're learning fast, but unlearning years of process and workflow is slow.
So, for tonight, it's just one image from Iceland. One of the many shots of moving water that we captured. More to come soon...promise.
She's been away from her trusted snoozin' spots for a few weeks. She spent the weekend getting reacquainted with warm sunbeams and soft blankies.
It only takes a little noise or movement in the grass and she's off on the chase.
She was my dog. I needed company when we were living two time zones apart. I drove to that farm in the middle of nowhere Texas to buy her. He was so mad when I did. I house trained her. I let her fall asleep on my lap every night when I got home from work because she wouldn't relax otherwise. She was my best friend. I was her's. Then she and I moved back to California. He was so smitten over this energetic furball. Somehow she became his dog. But I can't be mad because the two of them together is just about the cutest thing imaginable.
Drink at Hand: La Marca Prosecco
Thirsty Thursday here again! Time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. I'm knee-deep in editing a wedding we shot last weekend (yay!) so just one photo tonight.
During my #desertpixelpedal trip I was trying to get from Moab to Zion ahead of a winter storm. I was getting close to the destination and part of me wanted to push through, but I could tell the sunset was shaping up nicely. The pre-frontal clouds were adding a lot of texture to the sky. So, I stopped. And here's what I got.
Then I hopped back in the car and kept driving.
It started snowing just as I was unpacking the car at the hotel in Hurricane. Perfect timing. So glad I took the time to stop.