I get the honor of a backstage pass into the life of my boys tonight... and I could not love them more than I do right now. Parenting is hard. And so worth it. And nothing is more important.
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I missed most of the lunar eclipse due to overcast skies in Portland. But towards the end there was a break in the clouds as the Moon began exiting the umbra. The red was gone, but in its place the clouds created a mini moon halo. Special thanks to my photo assistant Kylo who quietly sniffed the grass around my feet and stayed on alert for any wild rabbits that might knock my tripod over. They say this one is called a super wolf blood moon so maybe that explains why he’s been extra hyper tonight. His puppy wolf blood is just itching to run wild 🐶🐺💉🌗
Totality #SuperBloodWolfMoon#LunarEclipse2019 Nikon DS3500 | Lens 70-300mm at max 300. Shot from the ground up - no tripods and sub 40F weather had my hands shaking a bit. However, no howling tonight. See you again in 2 years🥂
Yesterday's hike reminded me of the importance of being prepared & to not do dumb stuff for your photos. We saw so many people who were not prepared at all. So many people in normal shoes (some even wearing bright white ones) knowing this trail is wet, muddy, slippery, & likely either snowing or icy at the lake (at least I hope they knew...always read trip reports & try to figure out conditions to the best of your ability before you go). You literally have to cross mini falls & creeks & your feet will definitely get wet if not wearing waterproof boots. People wearing normal street clothes you would see at the mall knowing it would be cold. No backpacks with them which means not equipped if something went wrong. People walking out to the middle of the lake when it only had a thin layer of ice, much thinner than it's been looking in past trip reports & you can see it melting on the edges & hear it popping while walking the perimeter of the lake. I will never walk on a frozen lake. I've seen too many movies of people falling in & not being able to get out because current underneath or ice breaking around them as they try to pull themselves up. Not worth it for a picture guys. Also cutting through woods & not staying on trail & damaging things just so they can get to the lake faster. There was more I saw but these were just the few. I hate being the person to call it out because once upon a time Joe & I were inexperienced & weren't always prepared as well as we should have been, even now sometimes we do things spur of the moment, but some of the things I saw yesterday were pretty ridiculous & you see it a lot on popular trails. I think it's even more important to be prepared in the winter time when conditions are pretty rough & always changing. Sometimes I feel people hike & go on trails literally just for a pic on Instagram & to see any blatant disrespect for nature & trail conditions always gets to me a little. #heatherlake#winter#lake#washington#pnw#upperleftusa#pnwonderland#pnwlife#hike#hiking#beautiful#outdoors#nature#getoutside#optoutside#blogger#roamtheplanet#exploretocreate#welivetoexplore#pnwcollective#northwestisbest#womenwhoexplore#womenwhohike#snow