Treasures in the Midst of Chaos


A Christmas photo posted in January!

The rush of the holidays is over and January is the month when we finally slow down from our Thanksgiving to Christmas marathon. The holiday decorations are carefully packed and stored and we start to think about our goals for the new year.

Companies start advertising ways to get organized:
-Organize our homes with new storage containers
-Organize our lives with new fitness goals
-Organize our finances by reevaluating our career or searching for a new job

This is certainly a change from the last two months and our busy preparations for the holidays, gift giving, acts of kindness, making a list (and checking it twice!) and trying to meet that delicate balance of time with family and friends.

This photo was taken in Salt Lake City.  The lobby below was a crowded meeting place for families who were seeing the Christmas lights at Temple Square.  In the midst of this chaos, I paused and looked up.  The treasure was a beautiful chandelier and vibrant stained glass windows.  It reminded me, once again, to not get so caught up in the tidal wave of commotion surrounding me that I miss the truly exceptional treasures that often go unnoticed by the crowd.

Sunset from

When is Photo Editing Necessary?

photo-editingSunset from Photography221B.comThese two photos do not have filters or any type of photo editing.  Nature provided the vibrant colors in the sunset!  The colors are different in each photo because they were taken a minute apart and the sun had changed its position.

Sunsets are extremely beautiful for the very reason that they are constantly changing!

Unfortunately, in these pictures there are several power lines that could not be avoided and they are seen crossing through the top of these two photos.

As a photographer it becomes necessary to decide whether to use a photo editing program to remove the unwanted lines, or keep them as part of the story.

This is what I enjoy most about the creative aspects of photography!  The photographer gets to decide.  I like to think of these two photos as a brilliant combination between nature and man and for now, I intend to keep the power lines.


The following photos are currently on display as part of the Focus exhibit.  Since the photos are hanging in the gallery with just the titles, I wanted to let you know a little bit more about what I was thinking when I took them.


Forgotten Flower



Forgotten Flower

One could have easily missed seeing this flower when walking through the garden because it was located near the ground. Many of us go through life focusing on things at eye level. Without expanding our perspectives, we miss opportunities to view beautiful works of art like this white flower.






The Salt Lake City Capitol building is often photographed from the same angle. With this photo, however, I chose to focus on a corridor that is not usually seen in photos. It reminds me to focus on a broad range of perspectives in life as well as politics.

mindful minute




Mindful Minute

In my rush to get home at the end of a long day I noticed this amazing sunset. I immediately pulled over and captured this scene on my phone. The sunset lasted for only a few minutes and then it was gone. This photo reminds me to not rush through life, but rather take mindful minutes every day to focus on, and appreciate, this beautiful world.





The photographs from this exhibit are available for purchase.



Blue Sky

Blue SkyWhen I was a child I remember being fascinated with clouds and blue skies. Lately, because of a strange combination of pollution, bad weather (and more pollution) we have been experiencing thick, heavy air that hurts my lungs just looking at it.

You can imagine my excitement after a recent storm when clear blue sky appeared through the clouds!  It was absolutely beautiful.  I will never again take clean air for granted.

Unfortunately, the clear air did not last for very long.  It is fortunate that I snapped this reminder with my phone.  I am going to start taking more photos and post them on Instagram.

Take time to appreciate all of the beautiful things surrounding you.