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I am an avid photographer specializing in portraiture, particularly high school seniors and families. I also sell my fine art nature prints on my website. When I can, I blog here about my nature escapades. I get out as much as I can, which isn't often anymore.

Hello….Spring?! | Minnesota Nature Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I was enjoying the beautiful 30 degree weather, compared to the frozen temps we had in January and February. I went on several hikes so hopefully have some new material to write about. I even have two new lenses I’ve been trying out!

Then Spring hit. This past Friday we got 5-6 inches of snow and last night it was 10 degrees. Factor in the wind chill and it was -4 below zero. What the actual……?

So we’ve been hibernating and I’ve been working on editing some portraits and doing some SEO for my other website.  Thought I’d pop on and share my 3 sunset shots I got within 10 minutes of each other on one of the nice nights a couple of weeks ago. I had just finished up on a headshot portrait session and was on my way home. I took the first two with my iPhone 6s Plus, and the last with my new 24mm 2.8 lens.

Hopefully, I’ll have time this Spring Break to make a couple of more posts 🙂  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunset at the Pit, Elk River, Minnesota
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Winter Sunset Downtown Elk River, Minnesota
Winter Sunset at Bailey Point
Winter Sunset at Bailey Point
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SKOL and the Snow | Minnesota Nature Photography

This past Sunday was an exciting one in Minnesota. Our beloved Minnesota Vikings moved on to the NFC Championship game this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re not a Vikings fan, you just don’t get it. And that’s ok!  No, it wasn’t the Super Bowl, it wasn’t even a championship game. However, if you’ve been a Vikings fan for as long as I have (and many more), it felt like it!  Year after year we have had heart break. So many games that were decided at the last minute because of a missed field goal, interception, etc. It NEVER goes our way. Until this past weekend. Not sure if I’ve come down from the high yet!  I am hoping to get a group together to head down to Minneapolis this week to catch some evening shots of some landmarks that have turned purple in honor of our Minnesota Vikings.  SKOL!

At any rate, while the Vikings were playing INSIDE in the warm temps, the snow was falling OUTSIDE in quite frigid temps. I wasn’t able to venture further than my own back yard (I live in an apartment so not much was available, and I was feeling a bit under the weather), but I grabbed a few pretties in the snow before the big game.  Enjoy!

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Happy New Year! | Elk River Nature Photography

This holiday leaves me a little happy, a little sad, and somewhere in between. I’m sad because every year I promise myself I’m going to get back at my nature blog and post. And every year I manage to break that promise. I started a 52 week challenge at the beginning of 2017 and it peetered out.  Working 3 jobs has clearly taken its toll on my nature blogging.  I am missing my parents and my brother so much this week. Holidays are so rough when you have loved ones in heaven. I wish Heaven had visiting hours and wasn’t so far away!

So many things happened in 2017. Good and bad.  I had a tremendous year with my senior and family portrait photography business.  Check out my website here if you wish, www.frommomentstomemories.net. It keeps me busy and adds income in the summer months when I’m not working at the school. It also supplements my income in the fall months. However, it takes me away from so much. My sidekick, my nature walks and blogging, and “me” time.

On a somber note, my sidekick has been diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthastatic Tachycardia Syndrome), EDS (Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome), Chronic migraines with seizures, Chronic Fatigue, Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis and a plethora of other chronic issues.  All due to her HPV vaccination she received in 2013. She has been going downhill health wise since the end of her freshman year in high school. Unfortunately she had to leave school physically in the middle of her junior year and start online studies.  She has a debilitating neurological disorder that doctors still are challenged by.  She suffers from migraines and seizures every day. All together it is called “Dysautonomia”, which is an umbrella term meaning she has a dysfunction of her autonomic nervous system. There is no cure.

I graduated from my online degree program in December of 2016 and ending up getting a job as a Personal Care Attendant for her.  I work part-time in the mornings at the school while she is sleeping, and go home and take care of her in the afternoons/evenings as my job.  I am fortunate that my state recognizes family members as PCA’s, because I can’t leave her home alone for more than a couple of hours at a time.  This summer and fall, I scheduled portrait sessions around my PCA schedule. When she felt up to it, she came along and was a tremendous help with posing, putting kids at ease, playing with the little ones, etc. She helps so much with the administrative side of my business.

She was able to attend her senior prom in May, and graduated from high school in June, and I couldn’t have been prouder.  It was so hard for her, and I saw what she went through just to get it done. Now her friends have gone off to college, and she is stuck at home with this debilitating health issue.  She is not able to keep a job, as she is always having to call in sick. We have been to the Mayo and several specialists. She has also tried 13 different meds and 3 bouts of Botox. Sigh. It has been so difficult to see her deteriorate when she was such an active, vibrant, social teenager. She has her good days and bad days, and I pray for more good days. We have an upcoming appointment with at Neurologist at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in Autonomic Disorders. We are hopeful.

I started selling my nature prints through my website, and may join the crowd on getting them onto Fine Art America in the upcoming weeks.   I am really hoping to at least try to blog a couple of times a month in 2018, but I am not going to promise anything anymore.

I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, that is not my intent, just wanted to explain a little about my life and whereabouts the last few months.  Nature photography has gotten me through many things, including the passing of my mom, and soon after, my dad. It is so relaxing and refreshing to be able to get out into nature and just be.  I have found a little time throughout the year to take a nature photo here and there, and will share my year with you here.

I enjoy popping on once in a while and reading up on my fave nature photographer/bloggers here on WordPress.  I may not always comment, just know that I am lurking every now and again and hope to do more in the coming year!

Here are a few of my faves from this past year.

I sincerely hope you all have a safe and happy new year!

 

 

 

 

52 Week Photo Challenge – Week 11 – Green

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I live in Minnesota. Yes, the calendar says it’s Spring. However, Mother Nature doesn’t go by the calendar around here.  When Punxatawney Phil comes out of his den on February 2 (Groundhog Day), everyone anxiously awaits whether there will be  six more weeks of  winter. Except Minnesotans. We all know there is ALWAYS at least six more weeks of winter. And then some.

When I left for work this morning, it was only 17 degrees outside. We do not have ANY green grass, buds on trees, leaves, etc. Nothing starts greening up around here until at least late April/early May. MAYBE. Yes, we have loooong winters.  I maybe should’ve put Green toward the middle of the calendar as far as my challenge goes.

My sidekick and I were out and about on Saturday and we came across this cute antique sign in an antique store. It’s green, so I went with it. Makes me want to start a garden.

Looking forward to Spring pics this week.  If I can find it anywhere….

Have a great week!

Sheila

52 Week Photo Challenge – Week 10 – Books

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Will I ever be on time with my posts? Let’s take bets. UM……..probably not!  this was a fun little photo.  The week got away from me as usual. By day, I have two PT jobs. One is at a school. I love our little school library, and thought this was a great perspective for my category BOOKS. I grabbed this with my iPhone 6S+ and added a Pretty Preset to the editing in Lightroom.

Gotta run, but super excited to see everyone’s GREEN photos this week.  Have a great St. Patty’s day if you celebrate!

 

TTFN,

Sheila

52 Week Challenge – Weeks 8 & 9 – Depth of Field and From Below

So I’m posting two weeks together tonight. The last couple of weeks have gotten the better of me.  I even had Week 8 “Depth of Field” done several days before my “deadline” but wasn’t able to post.

Anyhoo, my daughter wasn’t feeling well and quite frankly rarely does, unfortunately. She suffers from several chronic illnesses, which is a blog post for another time.  In the mean time, I brought her home some beautiful roses to cheer her up. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get some great depth of field photos with my 85mm glass. My favorite lens!

Don’t you agree?

 

Spring Roses 2017

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In Week 9, I had an idea of getting under a tree or some type of landscape situation for “From Below”. I fell behind in getting photos and last night gave me the opportunity I was looking for. We had some terrible thunderstorms last night and in fact, about 7 miles away a tornado touched down and did some damage. This panoramic photo was taken by my daughter with my iPhone 6+ from our deck. It was a weird weather night, and the earliest a tornado has been recorded in Minnesota history.

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Still think global warning is a farce?

Next up this week:  Books.  Should be easy, as my house is full of them. However, I may venture out to see what I can find.

Have a great week everyone!

Sheila

52 Week Photo Challenge – Week 7 – Red

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I definitely had something else in mind when I thought of Red for this week. It coincided with Valentine’s Day, so one would think. Nada. I’ve been crazy running around, my daughter hasn’t been feeling well, I just wasn’t feeling it.  But this works!

Lots of RED stuff at the market!  Tomatoes, and I don’t even like them. HAHA.  But they look good in a photo!  WHO KNEW? I took this with my iPhone 6+, I don’t always have my DSLR with me. I brought it into Lightroom, threw a matte preset on it, and called it a day.

Hoping to get out and get some hiking in this weekend. It’s been unseasonably warm for Minnesota, and we are supposed to get nailed with a snow storm on Friday. With my birthday weekend coming up, I am not surprised. Many a birthday party has been cancelled over the UM…50???? years since I’ve been around. Yikes, 50. The sound of it just… well…makes me shiver. But hey, can’t do anything about it so I might as well embrace it. Onward and upward I say!

Hope everyone has a great week. Next up for Week 8 on the challenge, Depth of Field. My favorite!! Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Sheila