Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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we visited yellowstone a few weeks ago. it was spur-of-the-moment and short, but wonderful as long as i don't think about the freezing/busted air mattress nights. our dear friends the crandalls let me borrow a few lenses and i am so pumped to buy one now. you can easily tell which pictures are out of the fancy lenses.

this would be a very apt christmas card picture. this is so us. that japanese tourist really captured our dynamic.


james is maybe the most outdoors-loving person i know. he also used to believe he was native american. (and part tiger, but that's another post.) and he had never been to yellowstone. the bison were his favorite. you can probably tell.


i used to be a city girl, but more and more i'm drawn to nature. the bucolic life for me! the real world is just rough and sad sometimes. a lot of the time. like a bison would never get on facebook and have their facts messed up and call you a hateful person. you know? i appreciate that about them.

the last time i visited yellowstone, i was maybe ten. it was the summer my parents and neil and i hiked 100 miles in 5 states. (is that right mom?) i probably complained through 99 of those miles. it's such a great memory now. more and more i realize how nostalgia drives me.

23 comments:

communikate. said...

whoa? someone really did that on fb? that's uber lame.

you know what else is uber lame? the fact that you didn't come to yellowstone sooner so we could actually meet up?! okay, it's not lame, i'm really glad you made it up there.

it's one of my favorite places in the world. the beauty and simplicity makes my heart skip just thinking about it.

David and Shalynna said...

I've never been to Yellow Stone. I'm kind of offended you didn't invite us. We have our own blow up mattress. Just kidding- tell Jamie not to take that comment seriously. I can picture him apologizing for not inviting us.

A camera or a lens do not make a photographer a photographer- it's your eye for beauty! (Does that sound cheesy?) You seriously have talent and I always love your photos. Nevertheless, I'm glad you enjoyed the lenses. Maybe someday I'll learn how to use David's camera equipment.

I'm very nostalgic too. It's a blessing and a curse.

I love your comment on the Christmas card picture. Every post of yours has good photos and usually very witty descriptions!

Love ya! (Decided to make this the longest comment ever:).

Bye!

Miss MyKelle J said...

Isn't it great using a nicer lens than what you are used to?! My friend let me borrow his for a couple months and it has been heaven... hard to let go {sigh}

It looks like you had a good trip too! So jealous!

Brooke said...

What great photos...but I am lame and can't tell the difference in your lenses! We also went through Yellowstone this past summer but it was more of a hassle than a pleasure. We were on our way to Idaho Falls and it was definitely the longer route! It was beautiful though, I can't deny that. We were set back by waiting for over 45 minutes at a stand still because a few miles up the road, there was a bear sighting and everyone felt the need to stop right where they were at and gape. Needless to say, we never even saw that bear. Hmph. But anyway, I guess that is too much info.

amyegodfrey said...

I love these pictures, and I'm sorry, but I'm not sure which ones came from the better lens, either. Jamie is so funny. He cracks me up. You all are beautiful. I love Yellowstone, too. We could all move to Salmon?

Here Dwells Happiness said...

Love the pixs of your trip. LOL, the first one of Pearl is so hilarious. So, so typical of kiddos. Missing you lots tonight.

Anonymous said...

That summer of hiking may have seemed like a hundred miles, but it was only 50. We did 5 national parks and a wilderness area over 8 or 9 days. North Rim, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Teton, Yellowstone, and the Frank Church Wilderness area in central Idaho. I'd love to do it again!
Why do I have to sign up for a google account every single time i post??? grr AG

my mudda' calls me jack said...

beautiful beautiful beautiful

i'm feeling nostalgic about your past hiking adventuring, too.

miss you guys. would love to go tackle a mountain with our fams sometime.

my mudda' calls me jack said...

oh and pearl looks EXACTLY like you in the first pic. i thought it was a pic. from your childhood or something.

angela hardison said...

i probably should visit yellowstone. cause every time i see photos of it i really really wish i was there.

(also, i laughed out loud about the bison/fb comment.)

Veronica said...

man, everyone i know is going to yellowstone lately. i'm really jealous. but this is motivating me to find kentucky's version of yellowstone. i'll let you know how it goes.

Sarah said...

you guys are so adventurous. beautiful photos, ab!

abby said...

i guess i was flattering myself about which pictures were the fancy ones. mostly i like the first two. they were with a 50mm.

only 50 miles?! are you sure? i don't believe it.

i love you, blog friends.

Swicks said...

chello. totally have season passes to jello-stone. fyi, if you ever want to go again, lemme know- i'll hook a sista up!

Allred Fam said...

this is great, made me laugh....

I love yellowstone too! how fun! AND you know (or not) my family is always laughing and making fun of those people that walk right up close to thousand pound animals roaming wild to catch a pic....

ha ha :)

chelebug said...

beautiful pictures! It looks like a great time to go. i LOVE camping (it's a Sharp thing I think, at least I feel like loving the outdoors is in my blood), but I think I'm getting too old to sleep on the ground, or maybe not camping for so long has made me "soft".

Jordan said...

These shots make me ache for the West.

I wonder, though, if the real world is not actually nature. And we are all living in a cement dream.

Emily said...

Bison are awesome, frills.

Emily said...

PS--you should use that photo for the Christmas cards because you look gorgeous, and what else matters? And, words cannot express how much this faction of the family adores your husband, which is only amplified by that look of utter joy next to the awesome bison.

ashley cooper said...

Newer reader of your blog, and I love IT!! Your family is so cute! I'm going to take a wild guess, are you guys BYU fans??? Just wondering? ;) haha I am in AZ an LDS mother of a one year old boy and a full time student and wife. I find your blog inspirational...A little sappy, i know, but true. I love that you guys go on so many family trips..looks like fun!! New blogging friend in AZ!! -ashley

kate lines said...

we love yellowstone! we were just there a few weekends ago.

i'd really like you steal your kids. and if you'd like me to stop saying that... i totally will.

JMay said...

Oh em gee. Your family is absolutely beautiful!!!

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