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

Let's Celebrate International Cat Day!

For all the lovable cats in the world and to those kitty's that need a home -- we're thinking of you today, August 8, 2018, on International Cat Day!

I adopted my beloved Topaz 11 years ago from a shelter. He's a character and so loving. He is gregarious and follows me around the house like a dog --- but he's a cat! I took this picture of dear Topaz recently with a 150 x 600 lens.

 Topaz I love you!

Topaz I love you!

When I travel I enjoy taking pictures of cats in unique settings....doing what cats do...sleeping, staring, and just being adorable kitties! The cats below, from left to right, were photographed in Kotor, Montengro and Alexandria, Virginia.

Give a cat a loving home. They will give you so much back in return!

Cats peaking through a screen window

Photography in Your Flower Garden

Whether you're a professional photographer or learning about photography a great way to learn and practice your skills is to go out into your yard and photograph the flowers in your garden. I love to experiment with wide angle and macro lens for this.

This is a great way to understand color, texture, depth of field, design, and to train your photography eyes. Don't get discouraged. Let the natural world pull you in and keep practicing with you camera. Over time, I know you will be thrilled with your results! When you are -- make up some prints of your flowers and display them on your wall as a fine art photography gallery! So pretty!!

See something you love! Please let me know! I'd love to hear from you. Fine art photography by Jolly Sienda Photography is available on this website or by contacting me.

Cat's are Quirky, Curious, Interesting, and Fun Creatures for Travel Photography

When I'm traveling I'm always looking for interesting subjects to photograph. Cats are unique because they have attitude and presence. They make a statement wherever they are. And, I love photographing them!

 Tuxedo cat sits on a window ledge of a tole painted building, Oberammergau, Germany. This cat reminded me of my kitty, Topaz, also a Tuxedo cat and a charmer!   

Tuxedo cat sits on a window ledge of a tole painted building, Oberammergau, Germany. This cat reminded me of my kitty, Topaz, also a Tuxedo cat and a charmer!

 

I love to catch cats when they could care less about me watching them. However, sometimes,  cats are eager and willing to be the stars in the picture!  From the left, cats on a bench in Kotor, Montenegro; center is an orange tabby cat on stucco stairs in Mykonos, Greece; right is a cat watching us eat at a marina in Kusadasi, Turkey.

It's really nice when you have great light, shadows, and textures to work with in your photo; and, there is the cat in the space. This is a photo I've sold many time from my fine art photography collection. I took the picture while traveling in Mykonos, Greece. It was taken at sunset.

Red Door and the Calico Cat at Sunset, fine art photography

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.

Horses are lovely to photograph!

I've been attracted to nature photographer and photographing horses for many years. Fortunately, I've been able to witness them gracefully galloping with a buggy, or as the sun rises and leaves a beautiful glow on their manes. I think horses are lovely and they are very cooperative to portrait photography!

Two horses lean over a fence together with a mountain view in th
A pony and a horse stand in a wheat field in the early morning l
 Equestrian Photography by Jolly Sienda Photography

Equestrian Photography by Jolly Sienda Photography

Amish team of horses in the early morning light before the heat
An Amish Grey Buggy and Horse, Clop Along the Road