Photo trip to Columbia River Gorge for Autumn Color and Cool Photography Ops!!

Had a great time this past week exploring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We made the loop, driving on Highway 84 (Oregon) and Highway 14 (Washington) going to Maryhill, Washington, up to Hood River, Oregon, White Salmon, Washington, and too Trout Lake, Washington. Both Mount Adams and Mount Hood shined with new snow and the mountains were surrounded by beautiful Autumn color. Here are some landscape photo pics from the trip!

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 Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

 Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

 Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

 Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Autumn Nature Photography Where You Live! Sign Up for My Photography Classes!

I enjoy all of the seasons of the year. I especially love Autumn and its rich, warm, colors; red, yellow, orange, purple, and green! When I get free time in the early morning or late afternoon to go outside into nature I’m feeling a bit of zen. Our earth gives us gifts of paradise each day to enjoy. When I get to play with my cameras and lens I’m really in the zone.

 Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

I’ve traveled throughout the United States in search of beautiful colorful landscapes to photograph. There are many. But, in fact, some of the best and most beautiful natural landscapes showcasing Autumn color is where I live - close to my backyard.

 Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden

 The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

And, for outdoor wedding photography — photographing a bride and groom under a blazing oak, alder, or maple tree is the best! All of my couples love this!!!

 Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

I also love to let myself go and be totally creative! How about this abstract photography landscape in the water. It really looks like a watercolor painting!

 Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

I really enjoy helping people who want to learn more about photography. If you want to see things differently, learn photography techniques, and get better pictures, please contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, message, or email at info@jollysiendaphotography.com. I do one-on-one lessons and small groups. Let’s explore our world!

Catching Autumn Color at Seabeck's Hood Canal

The sunrise, cool crisp air, crystal clear water, warm autumn color, fog layers, Olympic Mountains, seagulls, a fisherman taking his boat out to sea, tranquil and calm — this is what I feel and see as I look, linger, and take in the natural beauty of the Hood Canal, at Seabeck. A picture perfect slice of Pacific Northwest paradise.

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 Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Serenity, color, light, shadows, reflections…and more.

 Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

 Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

 The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

Rich Autumn Color is Dreamy for Nature and Landscape Photographers

Look in your backyard and grab your camera! This is the time of year to capture autumns richest colors at their peak. In my Kitsap Peninsula, Washington backyard, we love our beautiful Red Maple tree. In fact, this photo is one of my best fine art photography print sellers! Everyone loves the oriental style tree line and the warm red color or the leaves. And, I didn’t have to hop on a plane and fly to New England to get this fall color!

 Maple Tree, Bremerton, Washington.

Maple Tree, Bremerton, Washington.

I’m amazed at the variety of colors of the trees found in Washington State and throughout the West. From New Mexico to the Olympic Peninsula and Canada there is so much beauty! Americas nature playground provides a bountiful display for landscape and nature photographers.

Get out there and enjoy! Here’s my friend Rachel Zachary taking a walk along the burning Aspens along the Rio Grand near Taos, New Mexico. So relaxing!

Better hurry — the color won’t last long.

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Taking a walk along the golden Aspen trees

Adventure Travel Photography in Morocco!

Traveling to Morocco has been on my bucket list for years! I spent one day in Tangiers in 1987 (ferry crossing from Spain). The intriguing sights, sounds, smells, and overall exotic feel called my name. Dreams can come true! In April 2018, my partner and I spent 17 days exploring Morocco. We traveled by car over 1,400 miles, passing through seaside towns, lush green agricultural landscapes, small villages each with their own mosque, up and down through the Rif and the Atlas Mountains, rode camels at the amazing Sahara Desert, and traveled through the rugged and tropical Dades Gorge -- all of this was now ours to share with you!

Our driver, Ali, told me daily, "Keep your camera ready because you never know what you're going to see." Boy, was he right!

Photographing the people, places, and culture of Morocco ignited my senses, made me SMILE,  and fueled my passion to capture the best in international photojournalism. Ali was right, you never know what could be around the corner.

Exotic Morocco will bring me wonderful memories that will last a lifetime! How about you? Reach out to me if you are interested in travel photography. I'd love to hear from you!

Travel Photography Caribbean Style! Explore, Color, Light, Angles & More!

People ask me all of the time -- what's your favorite type of photography? And, I answer by saying, "I love all kinds of photography: portraits, weddings, landscapes, food, etc." However, when I'm traveling and seeing new places I'm sooooo happy!! I'm on sensory overload. There's so much to see! And, I'm paying close attention to what's happening in the moment and how I will take pictures in different settings. I love this challenge!

 Herd of goats stand on a large lava rock, St. Kitts, Caribbean.

Herd of goats stand on a large lava rock, St. Kitts, Caribbean.

Often I'll tell our driver, "Stop the car!" And, I'm jumping out and running to get the shot! Like I did for the goat scene in St. Kitts. 

I'm also drawn to color, shapes, and changing light. I'm always thinking about the light source and adjusting my camera dials to experiment with different ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings. 

Left to right: St Kitts yellow barn and palms; Sunrise after the storm at St. Lucia; Afternoon sun in St. Kitts lights up row houses after a tropical rainstorm.

 Woman selling plants on the street in Antigua, Caribbean.

Woman selling plants on the street in Antigua, Caribbean.

I enjoy photographing people too using their natural surroundings. In Antigua, Caribbean, I got down low, almost on the ground, and photographed my subject using different angles which adds dimension and interest. It's all about experimentation and seeing what works!

 After a long day of travel photography, I treat myself to an awe moment on this deserted beach on the Island of St. Lucia. Simply paradise!

After a long day of travel photography, I treat myself to an awe moment on this deserted beach on the Island of St. Lucia. Simply paradise!

Daytrip to the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades Highway for landscape photography

I love where we live in the Pacific Northwest! In just three hours or less you can explore mountain ranges, lush agricultural valleys, seashore, and more!

Snow topped Sauk Mountain over the Skagit River

We stopped in Edison, WA and ate delicious paella outside at Slough Food's sundeck. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 The scenery along the North Cascades Highway is breathtaking!

The scenery along the North Cascades Highway is breathtaking!

 Sauk River and the Cascade Mountains

Sauk River and the Cascade Mountains

 I'm told the wildflower trail up to Mount Sauk is beautiful in July

I'm told the wildflower trail up to Mount Sauk is beautiful in July

 Daffodil fields at the Skagit Valley

Daffodil fields at the Skagit Valley

On St. Patrick's Day, we photographed the daffodils in the Skagit Valley and drove to Concrete, Washington, to see a portion of the beautiful North Cascades Highway. Can't wait to explore more of this region once the entire highway re-opens. Portions of the North Cascades Highway closes due to snow every year. 

 Paella served at Slough Food in Edison, WA.

Paella served at Slough Food in Edison, WA.

 Whitehorse Mountain near Darrington, WA.

Whitehorse Mountain near Darrington, WA.

 So happy for spring! Daffodils along the Skagit Valley, Washington

So happy for spring! Daffodils along the Skagit Valley, Washington

Enjoying nature photography and travel photography in sunny Florida

I recently visited relatives in southern Florida and went on an airboat to photograph and see wildlife at Everglades National Park. We had so much fun!! I shot the sunset at Juno Beach as high surf and waves crashed onto Juno Beach's pier. We also checked out the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. What a blast!!! Check out the seven new photos below. I LOVE travel photography and nature photography!!!

 Great Blue Heron flies over the Everglades

Great Blue Heron flies over the Everglades

 Here I am holding my Canon camera with a 70 x 200 lens with Richard Anderson and Linda Anderson on an airboat in the Everglades!

Here I am holding my Canon camera with a 70 x 200 lens with Richard Anderson and Linda Anderson on an airboat in the Everglades!

 We saw lots of alligators in the wetlands!

We saw lots of alligators in the wetlands!

 Rose early to catch the sunrise and high surf at Juno Beach

Rose early to catch the sunrise and high surf at Juno Beach

Sunburst and waves at the pier dock at Juno Beach
 Pastel sunrise greets boats along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach, Florida.

Pastel sunrise greets boats along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach, Florida.

Two Pacific Northwest Coastal Sunsets, Same Day, Only One Hour Apart.

It's amazing how quickly light can change within a short period of time. Since, I am also a landscape photographer, I am always interested and chasing the light. The first image below of Samish Bay, along the Chuckanut Drive view point, was taken at 4:29 pm. The next shot was taken at 5:27 pm, just a couple of miles up the road, at the boat marina overlooking Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Washington.  The light changed so dramatically in just an hour!

Prayers for the people and life in California

I write this today with a heavy heart as the world watches the horrifying news feeds from California. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who are suffering and have lost so much. You can rebuild, but life is priceless.

It's been a really rough year for the State of California; first Sonoma and Napa, and now raging wildfires up and down Highway 101 in Southern California.

I took this landscape photography picture in January 2017 at Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego County, at sunset.

Person in a hoodie watches the sunsets glow on the sand at Torre