Grand Lake, Colorado: The Next Place You Should Visit

So, I have had the pleasure of traveling to the opposite side of the globe (Australia) and back, been honored to capture photos though out France and England and had my share of awesome stories along the way. One of the biggest regrets I have now in adulthood is having not learned photography until I was in my 20's and not having some of my larger trips documented correctly. But I have vowed to come home with at least a few keepers every time I go somewhere. As you may know, I recently got married to the love of my life who is so supportive of my passion and I can't thank her enough for being the muse that she is to my work.

Well for the honeymoon, we headed to a mountain house in Grand Lake, Colorado. It's a sleepy little mountain town that buzzes with activity during the summer season and winter skiing season. But just like Myrtle Beach, when the tourists leave, the town goes in to a bit of a shut down mode. Unlike Myrtle Beach though, the people that are left are the sweetest people that seem like they never have visitors. I know that sounds strange, but I mean it in a good way; everywhere we went, we felt like honored guests who they were happy to play tour guide with.

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We did go hiking up on a trail right out of grand lake, which is in a valley, and started making our way up the mountains on this path. The path led to Adams Falls and Lone Pine lake where we found plenty of places to enjoy the wonderful views and great air we were able to take in. Nothing beats hiking up a mountain. We went 14 miles without even knowing it! All in all it was an absolutely wonderful trip and I am so glad we were able . Hope you enjoy the photos!

Photo Safari! How to make the best of your zoo trip.

I have always enjoyed visiting zoos. I have been to zoos all around the country and even in other parts of the world, but not until recent did I decide to start taking photos while I was there! I have not had the chance of going on a dedicated photo safari yet so while I am saving up my pennies, I will enjoy taking photos of wildlife inside of zoos! This blog post has some photos I took while at the Denver Zoo. Honeymoon-304

More after the jump!

Pros of photographing zoo wildlife:

-They are more than likely ALWAYS there. Zoo animals do not migrate so other than the occasional periods where they need to be housed inside or are in transition to new habitats, you pretty much know where they are going to be.

-You have prime set up locations for your photos. Not only are you safe at a zoo, they also set up viewing areas in places where people can best see the animals. Though a low to the ground wide angle shot of a lion sleeping would be the desired photo you want on your Flickr or Facebook page, you can almost always guarantee a shot from the walkways and viewing areas.

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-Go on an Overcast Day. Though you can go any time, there are always less people at the zoo on an overcast day and the animals are normally more active.

-Get to know your zookeeper. Make sure you say hello to your friendly neighborhood zookeepers. They are generally full of knowledge you can use for your blog and may even give you access to something you wouldn't normally be able to. I remember once as a kid, we had gone to a zoo in some city we were visiting. It was still considered a winter month and was bitterly cold and lightly raining on and off. We were one of the only families there that day and I think the zookeeper felt bad that we did not have much to see, so he walked us through an indoor area that was not readily available to public. What a treat!

-Macro lenses work great in aquarium areas. I don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner, but after seeing a young girl chase a fish inside of a tank with her father's iPhone I decided to to give it a try with my camera and the 70-200 2.8 (which has a close focusing feature) I had attached in stead of digging through my bag for my macro specific lens.

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