Take the Opportunity When It Presents Itself

This afternoon, I had my six-month dental visit…and so I left my “day job” a little earlier than usual. Good news…as always…No cavities! LOL!

Anyway…after leaving the dentist’s office, I noticed the trees on top of our local mountain were beautifully dusted in fresh snow from the storm earlier in the day. I couldn’t resist the urge for a drive up the mountain with my camera…which I always have with me. Being so blessed to live where opportunities like this are within a 20 minute drive, I just couldn’t pass it up.

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I headed towards the mountain and almost changed my mind just as I got to the turnoff…and I’m so glad I turned left and didn’t change my mind. The drive up was absolutely magical! The line between where the snow existed and where it didn’t was as if someone had painted it that way. The closer I got to the top, the more beautiful it was. Every needle on every branch of every pine…and every crooked branch of every aspen tree… was dusted with frost and snow.

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The conditions couldn’t have been better. Not only was the landscape beautiful…but, the road was clear and dry. Perfect for someone like me who hates to drive the mountain road in the winter…but LOVES to photograph scenes with fresh snow.

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When I’m taking photos, I not only use my Canon…but I also use my iPhone. All the photos in this post were taken with my iPhone with limited editing with the apps Snapseed and Lightroom.

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This last photo (above) is my favorite from my little drive.

So, I urge you to take every photo opportunity possible when they present themselves. You never know when it will happen again. Pause for a moment! Take the time! Enjoy!

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Meet Little Miss Freddie

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~ Above: Me and Freddie at my office right after my husband adopted her. ~

Little Miss Freddie…a mix of border collie and black lab…came into our lives at the age of eight weeks on my 49th birthday in 2017. My husband called me at work and asked “What are you doing for lunch?” Since it was my birthday, I thought he was asking me out on a lunch date. Instead, he said “You want to go look at puppies?” Heck YEAH! Who DOESN’T want to go look at puppies!!?? Duh! Come to find out…my mother-in-law had called my husband earlier in the day and told him about “free” puppies she had seen advertised in the paper.

Having been without our two golden retrievers, Nugget and Comanche, for nearly four years, the topic of raising another dog had recently come up in conversation on occasion. My husband was more ready than I was…and it was discussed that he needed a K9 companion when working in remote areas during the summer months. Being retired, my husband would be spending the most time with the new pup and be the most involved in training. With that in mind, I told him I would be fine with which ever puppy he selected and to just go ahead and adopt one in the litter his mom told him about. He stopped by my office right after adopting her. She was adorable, of course.

~ Above: Freddie’s first time at the cabin on the mountain. ~

My husband had always wanted a dog named Freddie…so, that is how we ended up with a girl dog named Freddie. After a friend suggested it, I decided Freddie could be short for Fredericka and I like to give my mother-in-law a bad time by insisting that since the “free puppy” was her idea, Freddie’s middle name would be Kathryn…Little Miss Fredericka Kathryn.

Freddie immediately showed her intelligence and fit into our active lifestyle perfectly. We take her on hikes, she loves riding on the 4-wheeler, and being a very active breed, she goes on five or six-mile runs daily alongside the 4-wheeler usually with my husband.

She is a joy and is learning new things every day. She has been with us now for a year and every day is a new adventure.

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~ Freddie sitting on the stump of a tree my husband had just cut down. ~

~ Helping my husband drive…and on the 4-wheeler…seeing her first cow (a big bull) ~

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~ In her new coat on Christmas Day at the Cabin.”

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~ Enjoying the Wyoming sunset. ~

The Woman Behind My Camera

I’m just an average gal…nothing too complicated. I’ve got a love for simple things…the great outdoors…dogs, cats, and every cuddly creature in between…and photography, of course.

I’m a 4th generation Wyoming native and love the natural beauty surrounding me every day here in my home state. Being able to share that beauty with others is a joy and a blessing.

Between 1988 and 1990, I attended the Colorado Institute of Art (now known as the Art Institute of Colorado) and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications. I’ve had a career in Graphic Design now for the past 28 years. I cannot believe it’s been that many years! Time gets away too fast!

In the past few years I’ve been able to blend my graphic design experience and love for photography and create note cards featuring my photos. It’s something I absolutely LOVE doing. It’s an enjoyable outlet…and something I hope to be able to do for many years to come.

You can see my work in my Etsy shop at: Paws Fur a Moment Photography

Saturday Morning Photo Excursion

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~~the photos in this blog post were all captured with my iPhone…photos from my Canon T3i will be featured in another post to follow soon~~

As we were eating breakfast this morning, the clouds started rolling in along the top of Casper Mountain here in Casper, Wyoming. I love this view from our kitchen window. We are truly blessed to live where we do.

I knew the rolling clouds wouldn’t last long…so I grabbed my camera (Canon T3i), hopped in my Chevy Trailblazer I call “Blaze”, and took the short drive to a favorite area across the highway.

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Just a short three and a half mile drive from our house, I had the area to myself, the meadolarks were singing, bluebirds were flying around, and the clouds continued to roll across the top of the mountain.

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It was just a short photo excursion…but a great way to start the day and get away from things for a few minutes. And there’s no shortage of photo oportunities in this area…or any area…if you just learn to see them.

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On my way back home…I stopped to take a photo of this fence post. As I composed the shot in my viewfinder, I noticed the vertebrae bone someone had placed at the top of the post! It made me laugh and say to myself “well, that’s cool!” Once again…something I’ve seen by just taking time to look and notice.

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Thank you to whoever placed the bone there.