This photo was taken while wandering the streets of Bruges, Belgium, and was the first time I had ever seen baby swans in person. They're adorable little fluffballs, and it was fun watching them act all cute and innocent while their massive parents stood watch. Apparently some of these swans can grow to more than 5 feet in length, with a 10 foot wingspan, weighing over 30 lbs. Gorgeous birds... that can really mess you up.
"Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments."
I took this photo this summer while visiting Prague. In case you're unfamiliar, these are love locks. Lovers will often etch their names into the outside of a lock, find somewhere romantic or meaningful, engage the locking mechanism and then throw away the key. It's meant to represent their unbreakable love.
"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I swear I don't travel specifically to encounter coyotes, but for whatever reason I tend to come across them quite often. Here's one I had the privilege of photographing while in Tahoe for New Year's Eve.
"The coyote works with only himself and his family. In the heat of the prairies, the coyote survives through its own talent. When it appears, it reminds us to look within ourselves and use our human resourcefulness to soar above our problems."
I've been meaning to share this photo with you for a while now. But... here's the story: I've needed to get a new computer for a while, as the one I was using was getting old and slow. So I ordered a new laptop and waited a few weeks for its assembly and arrival. 4 days before it arrives my old computer dies. Won't even turn on. Meanwhile, I inexplicably (stupidly) wasn't backing up my photography nearly as often as I should have, all of which was on the computer that just died. Thankfully I have a wizard of a computer guy, and he was able to reconstruct the damaged hard drive and recover all of my photography for me. And now I can finally share them with you! Naive on my part, and a massive lesson learned.
I've never taken the time to examine frost in such detail before, but I learned a lot after taking this photo. Frost is basically just a bunch of little ice cylinders stacked on top of each other.
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."