Elizabeth Brown Photography: Blog http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Elizabeth Brown Photography info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:03:00 GMT Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:03:00 GMT http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u804169092-o650862311-50.jpg Elizabeth Brown Photography: Blog http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog 120 90 Story Behind the Photo: Golden Gate Bridge http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-golden-gate-bridge Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA When I made plans to travel to San Francisco for the first time, Baker Beach was at the top of my list for places to visit. As a huge fan of Ansel Adams, I had long admired his photos from Baker Beach of the Golden Gate Bridge. After a long day of traveling cross country with layovers in every time zone in between, my husband and I landed in San Francisco about two hours before sunset and made to Baker Beach just in time for this shot.  As one of the most internationally recognizable symbols of San Francisco, this photo of the Golden Gate Bridge is one of my favorites from that trip. We are planning to head back to the area this fall, and I might just have to visit Baker Beach again!

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) California Coastal Scenes Golden Gate Photography San Francisco bridge http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-golden-gate-bridge Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Greenhouse Frog http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-greenhouse-frog

While this photo may not suggest it, Greenhouse Frogs are in fact tiny. This one is only about the size of a quarter and had taken a dip in the pool before posing for this photo. Greenhouse frogs are one of the most common frogs in Florida and live anywhere that is warm and humid, as the name 'greenhouse' suggests. Fully grown they are about an inch long and are easily recognized by their chirpy song-like calls. This particular frog and it's family lives under a plant on my patio and sing most humid nights, or when the plants are freshly watered. 

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Florida Photography amphibian animal frog http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-greenhouse-frog Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Afternoon Storm http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-afternoon-storm An afternoon storm at Three Rooker Bar at Anclote Key Preserve State Park, Dunedin, FL.Afternoon Storm

Thanks to the sea breezes from the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts that converge over the Florida peninsula and usually push westerly, storms pop up most afternoons along the west coast. On this day in early July, my family had been enjoying an afternoon with friends anchored just offshore at Three Rooker Bar at Anclote Key Preserve just west of Tarpon Springs, FL.  Around 3:00 pm, the sky started to cloud up and typical rainy season storms started to approach the Gulf from the east. Since the line was too long to outrun, we 'battened down the hatches' and prepared for the impending rain. The storm only lasted about twenty minutes and was by no means violent, but the cloudy skies beforehand made for some amazing photos. 

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Coastal Scenes Florida Photography boat storm weather http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-afternoon-storm Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Water Lily http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-water-lily Water LilyWater Lilies

This water lily was photographed at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, FL. It was a typical late afternoon in rainy season and while out photographing the tropical plants in bloom, an afternoon thunderstorm moved through. During rainy season it's common for storms to move through quickly allowing the the sun back out within minutes to truly make things steamy. On this afternoon, it took a little while for the cloud cover to pass, giving me the opportunity to take a few photos with the freshly fallen rain without harsh lighting from the sun. As it turns out, the rain is what really added interest to many of my photos from that visit.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Florida Photography flower foliage rain water lily http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-water-lily Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Sea Kayak http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-sea-kayak Sea Kayak, Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin, FLSea Kayak

This weekend we are expecting highs in the upper 80's and plentiful sunshine before our typical afternoon thunderstorms. With such warm temperatures, the only ways to stay cool are to be on the water or in the air conditioning!  Many people will be out this weekend in their kayaks getting some great exercise while enjoying the water like only they can. With little water needed to float and virtually no impact to the sensitive sea grass beds in along our shores, kayaking opens a whole new world that few others can reach. A favorite destination for many kayakers are Caladesi and Honeymoon Island State Parks. The mangrove lined coves along the sound side of the islands are only accessible via kayak and are teaming with wildlife, making them a must see.

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Story Behind the Photo: Pacific Sunset http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-pacific-sunset Pacific Sunset, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, CAPacific Sunset

My family and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in the San Diego area and are still talking about what a great trip it was! My husband and I have been to California several times, but this was the first trip for our daughter and she finally saw what we've been raving about.

The weather was positively refreshing with highs around 70 degrees and far less humidity than we are used to at home in the Tampa Bay area. By far, our favorite spot was La Jolla Cove, just north of San Diego. The coastline is beautiful with miles of rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are a few sandy beaches tucked here and there, and plenty of tide pools to explore at low tide. In addition to all of the beautiful views, there are harbor seals and sea lions that seemed to be at every turn which totally delighted my daughter. It will come as no surprise to most of you that  I just loved seeing the stunning sunsets each night.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) California Coastal Jolla La Pacific Scene Shoreline beach coast diego ocean san sunset http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/7/story-behind-the-photo-pacific-sunset Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Osprey http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-osprey Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, FLOsprey

As I've mentioned in the past, Ospreys are one of my favorite birds. Now that I think about it, my fascination started when my family would spend as much as we possibly could on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our trip from Virginia Beach included a drive over the Wright Memorial Bridge, named after the famous Orville and Wilbur Wright who first took flight in Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. Along that drive, Osprey nests were easy to spot on the power poles and eventually the platforms provided for them along side the bridge. For me, seeing an Osprey today is just as exciting as it was when I was a kid and when I drive along the local bridges and causeways in the Tampa Bay area, I've always got an eye out to spot one.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Birds Florida Photography osprey http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-osprey Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Monterey Peninsula http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-monterey-peninsula Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CAMonterey Peninsula

The 17-Mile Drive along the Monterey Peninsula winds through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, California. Touted as one of the most scenic drives in the country, the views absolutely lived up to their reputation. The rocky coastline hints at the uneven rocky surface below that help make the sea look especially restless here. Every now and then between the crashing waves I was able to catch a glimpse of a few sea otters  bobbing up and down and marveled at how adept they were at navigating those rocks. In addition to the treacherous shoreline, it was an extremely windy day when this photo was taken, making the waves seem particularly spectacular.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) 17-mile drive California Coastal Scenes Photography beach ca 1 california carmel coast coastal landscape landscape monterey nature ocean outdoors pacific pebble beach places route 1 scenic sea shore travel west coast http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-monterey-peninsula Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Little Blue Heron http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-little-blue-heron Little Blue Heron, Palm Harbor, FLLittle Blue Heron

After a recent fishing trip, my husband was filleting his catch at the marina before heading home for the day. This always draws quite a crowd...not people admiring the catch for the day, but shorebirds hoping for a snack. The feathered opportunists of the afternoon were this little Blue Heron, a few Brown Pelicans and a Great White Egret, all watching intently looking for any chance that they might have a free lunch. While the pelicans are a given at any marina along the Gulf, Little Blue Herons are a treat to see. Little Blue Herons are small herons that are easily recognizable because they are as named, all blue. That is unless they are juveniles. In their first year, Little Blue Herons are actually all white. This heron is the only species to have such a dramatic color change as they age to adulthood. 

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Birds Coastal Scenes Florida Photography heron little blue heron shorebird http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-little-blue-heron Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Pigeon Point Light Station http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-pigeon-point-light-station  

Pigeon Point Light Station, Pescadero, CAPigeon Point Light Station

On a trip to explore the coast of California, my husband and I took our time driving south along the Pacific Coast Highway taking in the scenery. While I expected Big Sur to be beautiful, I was just as taken with the beautiful rocky shoreline between San Francisco and Monterey. Pescadero especially was beautiful, with Bean Hollow State Beach as a stand out thanks to its "pebble beach". Another beautiful spot in Pescadero is at the Pigeon Point Light Station. When we turned towards the light station from the highway, the parking area was full, so we drove a little further along the coastal road looking for a place to turn around. While we meandered along the winding road, a huge mass of Ice Plants appeared that seemed to go right up to the Pacific Ocean itself. I decided to get out and snap a few photos, and then turned to see this beautiful view of the light station. As it turns out, this view from our remote stop in the road was much better than anything I could have had from the parking lot at the light station itself. Every now and then a detour is a good thing!

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) California Coastal Scenes Photography Shore beach coast coastal landscape landscape nature ocean outdoors pacific places scenic sea travel http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/6/story-behind-the-photo-pigeon-point-light-station Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Honeymoon Island State Park http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/5/story-behind-the-photo-honeymoon-island-state-park Honeymoon Island State ParkHoneymoon Island State Park Taken at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, FL, this is likely my single favorite photograph in my collection. Many of you will recognize this photo as I use it as a "signature photo" of sorts on several social media sites and on this PhotoBlog. It was taken back in August of 2007 on a stroll from the main beaches around to the pet beach on Hurricane Pass. There were typical afternoon thunderstorms in the area, and the building clouds are really what got my attention that afternoon. This spot right were Hurricane Pass meets the Gulf of Mexico was the perfect location to capture the golden sea oats in the foreground with the beautiful blue sky and striking white clouds above.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Coastal Scenes Florida Photography Shore beach coast coastal landscape gulf gulf of mexico landscape nature oats ocean outdoors places scenic sea travel http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2013/5/story-behind-the-photo-honeymoon-island-state-park Fri, 24 May 2013 21:40:13 GMT
Ten Favorite Photos of 2011 http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2012/1/-T-e-n--F-a-v-o-r-i-t-e--P-h-o-t-o-s--o-f--2-0-1-1 Now that 2012 is underway, it’s time to take a look back at a few favorite photos from 2011. The highlights of my year included two trips with my husband, one to the Southwestern US and one to Puerto Rico. Both were new experiences for us, and both left us wanting more.  My favorite photos from the Southwest are by far those from Antelope Canyon. While not the most serene to actually visit thanks to the many tourists and photographers, the photos from that visit amaze me every time I look at them. The expanse of the Grand Canyon was breathtaking, and I was really surprised by all of the trees and the surrounding forest. I’d always imagined the surrounding area to be desolate.

While the Grand Canyon was on my bucket list, I must say that I fell in love with Bryce Canyon. The intense colors of the hoodoos against the blue sky was simply beautiful, but the most memorable was the quiet  serenity of our day there.  We’ll be back for sure with much more time to explore. On a completely different note, Puerto Rico was a fantastic getaway, and surprisingly easy to get to. The ability to be in 2500 feet of crystal clear water in only a 20-minute boat ride was amazing! My favorite spots were the rain forest at El Yunque and streets of Old San Juan with the beautiful architecture and brilliant colors.

As usual, it was hard to narrow my favorite photos down to only ten this year. There isn’t really any rhyme or reason for why these photos are my favorites, but there is something about each one that I love. Enjoy the photos and have a wonderful 2012!

Upper Antelope CanyonAntelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page AZ.

Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park, UT.Kolob Canyon

Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park, UT.

La Coca Falls, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto RicoLa Coca Falls

La Coca Falls, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico.

Upper Antelope CanyonAntelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ.

Ponderosa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.Ponderosa Point

Ponderosa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

"GaritaGarita

"Garita' along the city wall of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Powell Point. Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ.Powell Point

Powell Point. Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ.

Agua Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, UTAgua Canyon

Agua Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

Spanish Colonial Architecture in Old San Juan. San Juan, Puerto RicoSpanish Colonial Architecture in Old San Juan

Spanish Colonial Architecture in Old San Juan. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ.Antelope Canyon

Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ.

 

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Antelope Canyon Architecture Arizona Caribbean Coastal Scenes Colorado Plateau Desert Scenes El Yunque Foliage Forest Grand Canyon Kolob Canyon News Update Old San Juan Photography Puerto Rico Travel Utah Waterfall canyon desert http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2012/1/-T-e-n--F-a-v-o-r-i-t-e--P-h-o-t-o-s--o-f--2-0-1-1 Sat, 07 Jan 2012 09:54:06 GMT
News: Photo Featured in Museum Magazine http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/12/-N-e-w-s--P-h-o-t-o--F-e-a-t-u-r-e-d--i-n--M-u-s-e-u-m--M-a-g-a-z-i-n-e Anyone out there speak Afrikaans?Culna - Magazine of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

About six weeks ago, I was contacted by the Editor of Culna – Magazine of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa, about the use of one of my photos for the magazine.  Yes, South Africa, as in the other side of the world from me in about every way.

Culna is published annually in November and is distributed free to all schools and libraries in the Free State Province of South Africa, all museum patrons and is also featured on the museum website. All articles are written by museum staff members and the content relates to current exhibits at the museum.

My photo, “Scallop Shells” was used to help illustrate an article entitled “Skulp - onbewoonde huise van die natuur” by Ancilia van Staden. The article touches on the importance of shells in history and promotes the museum’s shell exhibit. As the article is written in Afrikaans, I only know this because I was able to harness the power of Google Translate to read it!

van Staden, Ancilia. "Skupe - onbewoonde huise van die natuur." Culna 1 Nov. 2011: 24-25


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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Magazine News Update Photography Print Shell http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/12/-N-e-w-s--P-h-o-t-o--F-e-a-t-u-r-e-d--i-n--M-u-s-e-u-m--M-a-g-a-z-i-n-e Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:37:10 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: El Gato http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/11/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--E-l--G-a-t-o El Gato. Cat in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.El Gato

If you are avid reader of the PhotoBlog, you’ve likely been wondering if what rock I’ve been hiding under for the last few months. I wish that I’d been on some exotic assignment taking photos at the ends of the earth but I’ve just been busy juggling too many things at once and something had to give. While photography is my passion, it is unfortunately not how I pay the bills and my ‘real job’ was exceptionally demanding in the last few months. Add to that ensuring that I spent quality time with my family and it left little time for shooting new photos or blogging.

Fall hasn’t been completely devoid of new photos, though. There was a trip to Puerto Rico in mid-October, and a long weekend in Raleigh, NC to see some fall colors a couple of weeks ago. All of the photos from Puerto Rico are up on my website, and I’m hoping to have the fall foliage photos up soon. In the last few months I have also been sneaking in some time here and there to get through a backlog of photos that need to be edited, and feel good that I’m getting caught up.

Now that things aren’t so hectic, it’s time to start blogging again, and that brings me to this photo from San Juan, Puerto Rico. While strolling through Old San Juan and trying to take in all of the beautiful historic architecture, it seems like there was something new to see around every corner. The bright Caribbean colors with bright white trim and were absolutely beautiful and gave each building its own character. While admiring the intense school-bus-yellow on this building, a black and white cat wondered by and added a little of his own character to the photo.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Architecture Photography Puerto Rico San Juan Travel cat http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/11/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--E-l--G-a-t-o Wed, 30 Nov 2011 06:05:27 GMT
Story Behind The Photo: World Trade Center http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/9/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--T-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--W-o-r-l-d--T-r-a-d-e--C-e-n-t-e-r My husband (then boyfriend) surprised me with a trip to New York City in December of 2000. I had always wanted to visit the city, especially at the holidays specifically to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. Armed with my 35mm SLR and several rolls of film, we left Atlanta on Friday, December 1st, on an early flight into LaGuardia. We didn’t know it when we boarded, but we somehow lucked out and were seated where we had a great view of the city while flying in. When we caught our first glimpse of the Manhattan skyline, the most recognizable buildings were the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Lower Manhattan Skyline, December 1, 2000.

That weekend was filled with a typical tourist’s visit to the city including Times Square, Fifth Avenue, The Empire State Building, Central Park and of course Rockefeller Center to see the famous tree. I feel like we walked all over Midtown Manhattan and were exhausted and nearly frozen each night when we crawled into bed. On our last day in the city, we talked about visiting the Statue of Liberty, but wouldn’t have time before we needed to head back to the airport. We decided that a trip to see the World Trade Center would be a great compromise and could see the Statue of Liberty from there.

I choose to shoot with black and white film that day, hoping I’d capture some classic views of the city. Knowing that it would help me keep my photos more organized, I stopped to take a photo at the entrance to the south tower where we were headed to the observation deck.

2 World Trade Center Sign, New York, New York. December 3, 2000.

My husband and I still can’t remember who then decided to look up and take a photo of the building itself, but I am so glad now that one of us had the foresight to do it.

World Trade Center South Tower, New York, New York. December 3, 2000.

On September 11, 2001, I was attending a training class in the Atlanta suburbs where I lived at the time. The class started at 8:30 am, and like all good participants ready to learn something new, my cell phone was off so that there were no interruptions in the class. At our first break just after 10:00 am, each attendee turned their phones on and found a quiet place to call their offices or loved ones to check in and talk to someone while stretching their legs. I called my husband to see if he wanted to meet me for lunch since he was scheduled to be near the location of my training class that afternoon.

Before I could even ask him about lunch, he told me about the events unfolding in New York. As he said that America was under attack and that one of the towers of the World Trade Center was gone. I couldn’t comprehend what he was telling me and asked him several times to repeat himself and to slow down. As I was trying to understand, I noticed that others on their cell phones looked confused and upset and someone inside had turned on the television. We all sat in silence and watched the second tower collapse and were then sent home for the day.

On this tenth anniversary of that horrific day in American history, my thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones. Our country changed forever on September 11, 2001 and we will never forget.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) 9/11 America New York Photography September 11th World Trade Center http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/9/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--T-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--W-o-r-l-d--T-r-a-d-e--C-e-n-t-e-r Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:10:38 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Spotted Jelly http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/8/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--S-p-o-t-t-e-d--J-e-l-l-y Spotted Jelly, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CASpotted Jelly

In my previous post this week I highlighted a favorite image from the jelly exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Along with the enormous Pacific Sea Nettles and striking crimson Sea Nettles, there are several smaller displays that offer lots of character. This Spotted Jelly was going against the flow allowing the light from above to highlight the intricate detail in it’s tentacles. While crowds were gathered around the larger tanks, I enjoyed my time watching these little guys for a while uninterrupted.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) California Marine Life Photography Spotted Jelly http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/8/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--S-p-o-t-t-e-d--J-e-l-l-y Wed, 03 Aug 2011 05:05:34 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Sea Nettle http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/8/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--S-e-a--N-e-t-t-l-e Sea Nettle, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CASea Nettle

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has one of the largest live jelly displays in the country, and it is simply stunning. The entire aquarium is fantastic, but something about that exhibit made it one of my favorite parts of my trip to the west coast last year. While the huge Pacific Sea Nettle display is one of the most photographed and recognizable in the exhibit, I found this lone sea nettle to be striking against the blue background of the display and was captivated.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) California Marine Life Photography Sea Nettle http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/8/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--S-e-a--N-e-t-t-l-e Mon, 01 Aug 2011 05:05:44 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Kolob Canyon Erosion http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/7/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--K-o-l-o-b--C-a-n-y-o-n--E-r-o-s-i-o-n Kolob Canyon Hanging Valley, Zion National Park, UTKolob Canyon

Like many other national parks in the Southwest, Kolob Canyon was formed over thousands of years thanks to several types of erosion. A combination of uplift along several fault lines and downcutting from nearby streams and creeks helped form the main finger canyons in Kolob Canyon and shaped the landscape.  This photo shows what is known as a hanging valley, formed when uplifting of the rocks along the canyon wall created a gap that water naturally runs through after it rains. After heavy rains waterfalls can appear, but they are usually gone within a few minutes. The dark streaks along the rocks are iron and manganese deposits and are an easy way to identify these sometimes waterfalls and hanging valleys.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Colorado Plateau Desert Scenes Kolob Canyon Photography Travel Utah http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/7/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--K-o-l-o-b--C-a-n-y-o-n--E-r-o-s-i-o-n Fri, 29 Jul 2011 05:05:08 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Kolob Canyon Views http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/7/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--K-o-l-o-b--C-a-n-y-o-n--V-i-e-w-s Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park, UTKolob Canyon

As I mentioned earlier this week, Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park was a nice surprise on our trip through southern Utah last month. After traveling along a 5-mile scenic drive while also climbing 1000 ft, were were rewarded with this stunning view from Timber Creek Overlook. The photo I shared earlier was from the same location, but looking towards the north and this perspective is looking towards the northeast. Here you will see the two peaks of  Timber Top Mountain to the left and Shuntavi Butte to the far right. While Shuntavi Butte may look small in comparison to its surroundings, the elevation is a respectable 6995 feet.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Colorado Plateau Desert Scenes Kolob Canyon Photography Utah http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/7/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--K-o-l-o-b--C-a-n-y-o-n--V-i-e-w-s Wed, 27 Jul 2011 05:05:59 GMT
Story Behind the Photo: Kolob Canyon http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/7/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--K-o-l-o-b--C-a-n-y-o-n Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park, UTKolob Canyon

Kolob Canyon is one of the little known sections of Zion National Park. While the park enjoys roughly 3 million visitors per year, only ten percent of those visitors ever see Kolob Canyon. The one hour drive from the main Zion National Park visitors center is likely the reason for fewer visitors, but those that do visit are in for a treat.

After absolutely falling in love with Bryce Canyon, my husband and I were headed south on Interstate 15 back towards Las Vegas, where we were flying out the next day to head home. I had seen on several maps that Kolob Canyon was on our way, so we decided to stop and were so glad we did. From the highway, there is no way to know the beauty that is waiting just around the bend known as Kolob Canyon. With steep red-rock cliffs and stunning views that go on for miles, I was delighted for the surprise views and it was an unexpected highlight. This view is one of many from the Timber Creek Overlook.

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info@elizabethbrownphotography.com (Elizabeth Brown Photography) Colorado Plateau Desert Scenes Kolob Canyon Travel Utah http://www.elizabethbrownphotography.com/blog/2011/7/-S-t-o-r-y--B-e-h-i-n-d--t-h-e--P-h-o-t-o--K-o-l-o-b--C-a-n-y-o-n Mon, 25 Jul 2011 05:05:52 GMT