I'm Anne!  I don't know what to say about myself other than I work a regular desk job and try to get outside as much as I can.  These are my ramblings.

Take out the trash

July 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

My computer has been yelling at me for some time now that I am almost out of space.  What that means to me is that my updates aren’t installing and things aren’t running too fast.  I understand from my IT husband that we can install a larger drive and this will give me more space so things will run better.  What I know, deep down, is that my photo hoarding is root of this problem and it is time to clean house.

One of the many images I permanently deleted today.  It is not my best work...
One of the many images I permanently deleted today. It is not my best work…

In my physical life, I am a great purger of unnecessary stuff; just yesterday I took donations to the public library and Goodwill.  My technical life, on the other hand, is a nightmare world of ill-named files, copies of copies of copies of bad photographs, duplicate music files, and half-written blog posts that I will never finish.  My computer hard drive is the junk drawer of my life.

I decided to go through my photos and clean house.  Thanks to digital camera technology I can take gazillions of photos.  Today I permanently deleted about a thousand, maybe more, but it’s a start, right?

4am Always Sucks

June 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Bierstadt Lake after an early morning start. We had the trail and the lake to ourselves for 2 hours! I hate the waking up, but I love the experience once I get out there.

I’m not one of those people who wake up before my alarm with enthusiasm to start the day.  I work a regular 8-5 job Monday through Friday so when the weekend comes around I can’t wait to turn it off and just relax into my day.  Unfortunately that rarely happens.  Instead I set my alarm for 4am (sometimes earlier) and prepare for the grind that will be the next morning.

I will wake up grumbling and grumpy as I put on whatever clothes I laid out the night before.  I will make a cup of coffee, the one highlight of the early morning, and pout as I drive to a trailhead I have already mapped out.  My mood is only slightly sweetened when I get outside to a quiet natural place and hoist my too-heavy backpack.  My mood sours again as I start walking and every muscle tells me to go back to bed.

The first 5 minutes of every morning hike are the same:  Why do I do this?  Is there any picture worth this (answer: yes, if I get one with a unicorn)?  I tell myself there are plenty of people living happy lives who are still in bed right now and I hate them a little for it at this moment.  Then it happens…magic.  I turn a corner or look up from my internal rant and see something.  It can be a grand view catching first light, a deer quietly standing in a meadow, a stream babbling nearby, a small patch of wildflowers, but it makes me stop and smile.  The rest of the hike is fun after this point and I can’t wait to do it over and over again.

But 4AM always sucks.


June 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Disclaimer: I am relatively tech savvy…relatively.

I can get around a computer, camera, photography programs, etc without much incident.  When it comes to things that are hip, I am a little bit of a dunce (do people even say “hip” anymore?).  I just figured out the purpose of hashtags for crying out loud!  Ugh.

Recently I started noticing on texts and posts I would get a little alien emoji (I recently learned that this was a word).  I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what this little alien in a box was about.  It was showing up everywhere!  I complained to my techie husband about this stupid alien and he hadn’t seen it.  He looked it up and figured out that because I hadn’t updated my iPhone to the latest operating system I couldn’t see some newer emojis so Apple inserted the damn alien.

Mystery solved!


June 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

bull My hubby and I made a quick road trip from Denver to So. Cal. this past weekend.  We didn’t have much time for sightseeing so our time off the highway consisted of various gas stations and relative’s houses.  Even with this limited repertoire of sights to see, there was some interesting things to behold.  We found this bull early one morning at a Sinclair gas station in Utah.  Sinclair normally has a dinosaur roaming around the parking lot, but not here.  Weird!

I’m going to try blogging…again.

June 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

As you can see from the time lapse since my last post, I don’t blog well.  Or at all.  I have things to say, anecdotes about nature, my (lack of) grace in nature, photography, and so on, but every time I sit down to write something I draw a blank.  I want to sound witty, smart, and thoughtful, but what comes out is disjointed and forced.  The pressure I put on myself to present insightful nuggets of truth has left me with nothing to say.  For those of you that know me, it is a rare day when I have nothing to say!IMG_1419

I have decided to lighten up and give this blogging thing a try…again.  This time I will write about whatever I want.  You see, I am not just a photographer.  I like to hike, love the sound of birds (and like feeding them in my backyard), I work out from time to time and am currently trying yoga.  There is more to my life than the pursuit of a beautiful photograph, so it would make sense that I could blog about more than photography.  Let’s see how this goes, shall we?
Thanks for reading.