Been a bit quiet of late as you may have noticed….but with the summer seeming to be on it’s way, I’m planning on being out and about more in the coming months. I had a busy May Day bank holiday – pics are already on flickr – and I’ve plans for the coming Spring bank holiday if the nice weather holds out. Looking forward to a good summer of photography here :)
Someone posted this link to me on facebook…..it’s a great little read for anyone interested in photography…. http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/02/18/found-at-auction-the-unseen-photographs-of-a-legend-that-never-was/
Well with just two more days until I go back to work I’m frantically trying to get through all the holiday photos….we managed to lose a couple of hundred of the 1100 so far….more filtering to follow tomorrow me thinks! What pains me, though, is that I’ve come back from America with masses of great family holiday snaps yet very few good and even fewer great photos. I’m kinda gutted really, I could’ve and should’ve done better :(
It took me most of Saturday and a part of Sunday but I’ve finally got all our photos uploaded to my pc. Between me, Denise and Steph the final photo count was 1,146 photos. Now comes the task of going through them to get rid of the really bad ones, then going through again and getting rid of the bad ones then sifting through again and getting rid of anything else that isn’t good, then go through them again to see which ones we want to print for an album. Finally I’ll go through them one more time to see if I can find a few worthy of putting out on the web. I could be gone for some time….if I’ve not returned by next week send a search party :o\
We’re finally home and so is 40% of our luggage the other 60% having been put on the next flight and currently scheduled for delivery to us today (thanks Delta!). As much as I love our holidays in America, it really is nice to get home to my own bed, a decent shower and a proper bacon butty!!! We’ve had a great time, and done and seen some amazing things.
Now, it’s time to start going through the 900+ photos we all took on a full sized screen and seeing how good and how bad they really were! And to start planning and saving for the next one. We’re thinking in two years time and going somewhere different and giving the desert a miss. Personally I’m thinking exploring more of Colorado and doing a bit of Wyoming to take in the one place I’d love to go…Yellowstone National Park.
Highlights of the holiday for me? The ride in the Hummer Limo, the view from the top of Stratosphere and most definately the best thing for me was the wild deer by the side of the road on the way back from the Grand Canyon….especially the one that looked straight down my lens as I photographed her. Truly amazing!
Ok so updating my blog every day didn’t exactly work….I had good intentions but wifi has been a bit hit and miss and since we got back to Vegas on Monday we’ve had so much to fit in. So here’s a quickie of what we’ve been up to this week….
And Monday night this was us having an epic time in Sin City
And I have to say what a blast it was…we had an amazing time swigging champagne and waving at the tourists on the street…I swear they thought we were famous cos they all kept taking photos of us lol
So now we’re on our last day and who’d have thought it….President Obama is in town too….we were just about to head out up The Strip but found we couldn’t get out of the motel onto any of the streets as the police had cordoned it all off. There were a few people gathering so we went to rubberneck too. We found a friendly policeman who told us that the Pres was heading past en route to the airport so I got my camera out and set it up to get a photo….unfortunately the motorcade was going much faster than I expected….
Eventually we got out and we headed up to the top of Stratosphere for what has to be the most spectacular view of Las Vegas I’ve ever seen…definately well worth the $18 entrance fee. Just a shame they don’t allow tripods up there
So that’s pretty much it for this holiday…..hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve managed to post and I’m going to try and keep this blog running. TTFN
It’s now Sunday morning here and am just stopping by to say hello before we go for a breakfast buffet at Golden Corral. On the way down here we stopped at Sedona and had a pink jeep tour and got tossed around the desert for 2 1/2 hours….here’s us
and here’s the view from the middle of the desert…..
While we were in Sedona we did manage to find a fair bit of wildlife again….this little chap was just lazing in the sun….
And we found this guy hiding under a rock…..
Has to be said that this has been a great year for wildlife – we’ve seen more this year than ever before. Today we’re heading back up to Kingman and then to Oatman on Monday where wild donkeys freely roam the town so expect some cute donkey pics then lol.
See ya soon
Well it’s been a great few days – so much for updating this every day….just not had the wifi to get online. So far we’ve eaten lots, swam and shopped. We’ve also been and looked at a big hole in the ground called the Grand Canyon. Hopefully, I’ve got a good panorama or two to put together when we get home! Impressive and awe inspiring as the Grand Canyon is, though, the best bit was on the drive back to Flagstaff when a pair of wild deer ran across the road in front of us. I just happened to have left my camera on the centre console so after I stood on the brakes and slowed down I grabbed the trusty Nikon and snapped a couple of shots off.
We stopped and went in search of them – me doing a quick change to my 55-300mm lens and Denise manning the camcorder. Much to our surprise and delight, there was a whole herd of deer just grazing in the woods a few yards from the road. Snapping like a lunatic I couldn’t believe my luck when this girl looked straight down my lens….
Such an amazing moment! Anyway, today is our last of three days in Flagstaff, early tomorrow morning we’re heading to Sedona for a Pink Jeep tour where we get bounced around the desert in a pink jeep for 2 1/2 hours then heading on down to Phoenix where, according to local news and weather reports, monsoons are in full swing! More to follow then :)