Picture Pick Friyay: More Fall Photos

Yes, we have more fall photos for you guys. I guess we are little obsessed with this time of the year. These were taken in Washington two weeks ago. My son and I visited the local pumpkin patch, and while we were driving there I thought to myself, I need to show Miles these trees so he can photograph them.

I’m crazy about all of Miles’ photography, but there is something about his landscape shots that speak to my soul. Maybe they stand out because landscape photography is his favorite and his passion is reflected in those images.

As soon as he got home for work, I told him, “We are going for a drive.”

Autumn Trees

We packed up the kiddo and the camera gear and off we went. We drove past this tunnel of trees and Miles pulled over. I didn’t even notice this beautiful canopy the first time I drove past. Miles has a great eye.

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Does the picture above look like a painting?

Autumn Trees

It started pouring rain, but Miles captured a few more dramatic shots.

Autumn Trees

Autumn Trees

Autumn Trees

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

-Rachel & Miles McKee

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MILESMCKEEPHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

Picture Pick FriYAY: Niagara Falls, NY

As many of you know, we visited my brother and his family in NY at the beginning of October. Miles and I got to see Niagara Falls for the first time, and it was breath taking.

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Maid Of The Mist

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Niagara Falls

Maid of The Mist

Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love and Cheers,

Rachel McKee

 

Picture Pick FriYay: Fall Fever

“This year is growing old gracefully…just like a stately old lady who knows she can be charming even with gray hair and wrinkles. We’ve had lovely days and delicious twilights.”

-Anne of Avonlea L.M. Montgomery

 

Methow Valley, Washington Fall

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Methow Valley, Washington Fall

-Rachel & Miles McKee

 

 

Illuminated Literation Is On Instagram

After seven years of being with a photographer, I’m finally learning photography. I’ve been hesitant because my husbands camera is so much more complex than a point and shoot, not to mention the post production process and using Lightroom (an editing program). I don’t think I give enough kudos to Miles and the other photographers that I follow. (You guys rock!)

My Illuminated Literation Instagram account is  what the hip kids call a #bookstagram account. All of my pictures so far are focused on books. If you would like to learn more about #bookstagram visit the blog Paper Fury and read How To Fabulously Get Started on #Bookstagram.

If you would like to follow me, and watch me hone my photography skills, my Instagram account is called Illuminted_Literation. (If you click the hyperlink it will take you to the account.)

If you do follow, and you also have a public account for your blog or any other interest, please comment on one of my pictures and let me know so I can follow you back.

I (hesitantly) would like share a few of my photos that I have posted thus far. No laughing. I realize you are used to seeing Miles’ pictures on Illuminated Literation and in full disclosure he took the cover image for this post. (I’m not that good with a selfie stick. Although, I guess a real photographer would use a tripod.)

Aesop's Fables

Grimm Maurice Sendak

Grimm Maurice Sendak

When I began my #bookstagram account I thought it would be filled with pictures from my YA collection, but so far most of my photographs are illustrated children’s books. I use the term “children’s” books very generically here because Mama doesn’t share these books with Little Destructo.

Again, if you would like to follow Illuminated Literation the #bookstagram account is Illuminated_Literation.

Cheers to new hobbies.

Rachel McKee

Picture Pick FriYAY: Indian Creek, Utah

Miles captured these photos of the Indian Creek, Moab, Utah area while climbing with his buddy in 2009.

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Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love & Cheers,

Rachel McKee

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY MILESMCKEEPHOTOGRAPHY.

Picture Pick FriYAY: Lowell

Good morning Bloggers and happy Friday! These photos are from around this time two years ago. I was feeling the urge to be creative, so I took a photo walk around an area in Everett called Lowell. I think it’s really cool to see what kind of compositions we can find when we take it slow and look around. Now, having a camera with us all the time (phone) helps us look for photo opportunities all around, but a lot of the time I think we are in too much of a rush to stop and spend a few minutes with a subject that interests us. I am going to slow down and see what my eyes are drawn to this weekend and perhaps you will do the same.

 

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-Miles

Picture Pick FriYAY: Tuolumne Meadows, Ca

This is Miles popping in to say “hello”.

I visited Toulumme Meadows California in May, 2009 while road-tripping with my best friend. I hope you enjoy these photos from the trip.

Have a great weekend.

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tuolumne meadows

If you have any questions about the photography featured today, please comment below.

Miles McKee

 

Picture Pick FriYAY: Northern California

Hello blog buddies! Happy FriYAY! Today I want to share with you some pictures from our Northern California trip in January, 2013. We visited Point Reyes National Seashore and Castello di Amorosa. (The most beautiful winery I have ever seen.)

Miles and I visited my brother (Shane) and my sister-in-law (Jen) while my brother was stationed in Petaluma, California. This trip was pre-kiddos, which seems so long ago. Wow, how our lives have changed in three years!

Point Reyes National Seashore

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Shane

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Shane & Jen at “H” Ranch.
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Me & Miles at “H” Ranch.
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We are goofey.

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Castello di Amorosa

“Castello di Amorosa appears to be an authentic castle for one reason only: it is an authentic castle, though fancified. We either used construction methods and materials that would have been used 1,000 years ago, or we used very old hand-made materials that had survived up to modern times. A fireplace predating Christopher Columbus adorns the Great Hall, and Iron Maiden from the late Renaissance dominates the torture chamber. A wrought iron dragon from the times of Napoleon hovers over the massive main door. More than 8,000 tons of stone were chiseled, not sawed, by hand to be absolutely authentic. Nearly 200 containers of old, hand made materials were shipped from Europe to lend authenticity.” (Castello di Amorosa-Blog)

 

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I’m standing in the doorway to one of the surrounding buildings of Castello di Amorosa.
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Miles is standing in front of an outer building at Castello di Amorosa.

If you have any questions about the places that I feature, the trip, or the photography itself, please ask away in the comment section. I would be happy to answer your questions. Unless it’s photography-technique related, I will have Miles answer those.

I encourage you to read about the fascinating history behind Castello di Amorosa on their blog.

The white barn that we are standing in at Point Reyes is called “H Ranch”. The hisorical barn is a relic from early dairy settlers who built their dairy farms at Point Reyes during the 19th century. The land was plotted and given a letter in the alphabet to represent each farm. To read more about early dairy farming at Point Reyes visit the National Park Service website here.

Love & Cheers,

Rachel McKee

Picture Pick FriYAY!: Wallace Falls

I hope everyone had a great week. I’ve been battling a cold so I’m a bit groggy, if I have any crazy typos I blame the cold medicine.

Two weeks ago, we hiked Wallace Falls located in Gold Bar, Washington. It’s about a five-mile hike round-trip if you go to the very top of the falls. We had a great time. Leif soaked up all the nature he could handle on the way up in his backpack, and then slept on the way down (What a way to hike, right?). We brought Zeus along too. He was a little resentful that he had to stay on the leash, but it was a really busy day and sometimes a super happy rottweiler can look like a crazy attack rottweiler to parents and children.

Have a wonderful weekend, I’m going paint-balling (is that a verb?) for the first time today. I’m definitely going to be the wounded gazelle that gets picked-off first.

Wallace Falls Hike Washington

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Wallace Falls Hike Washington

Wallace Falls Hike Washington

Wallace Falls Hike Washington

Wallace Falls Hike Washington

Wallace Falls Hike Washington

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Happy FriYAY!

-Rachel McKee