When you move from the Rocky mountains to California, you are blindsided to the existing landscapes inland of the Pacific ocean. I previously resided in Santa Barbara/ Ventura area of California and now I am living alongside the redwoods and coast in Santa Cruz. What a trip to hike through ancient forests and end with a a gorgeous cove sunset.
When I first arrived into Santa Cruz, my close friends invited me to stay at their cabin in June Lake. As far as getting there, I really thought nothing of it. Due to the Detwiler wildfire, we decided to drive north of Yosemite to dodge all the smoke. Besides a few grades nearby Yosemite, I imagined a flat highway, straight shot there. I was terribly mistaken as we began our route over Sonora pass, hwy 108. The craziest mountain pass I’ve yet to experience. Comparable to some of the mountain passes in CO. The grades increased to 26 percent and my Subaru was practically vertical! We pulled over on the side of the road where we saw some others having a snowball fight and trekked through at least 4 ft of snow to stand on top a rock. Although the lighting was wonky, snapping a photo was a must! The best part was, I had shorts on!
June Lake was unreal. Snowcapped peaks, turquoise water and eighty degrees outside. Talk about expanding our horizons! The cabin was everything we could ask for during our short getaway to the mountains. Annnd, the evidence!
The Roaring Fork Valley is one of the most profound settings in nature I have ever lived. Some of the most meditative qualities for me personally surround this area. Natural hot springs, rocky mountains, snowy trails, family, endless rivers and historic downtowns. I was very fortunate to grow up in this beautiful country and where ever I may live, my family will always refer to this valley as home, sweet home. The places that have surrounded you are apart of you and build your character. Never stop doing what you<3.
One of my dearest friends, Kayla McKenzie boosted my day with a little bit of paint and color – I shot this image on the Nikon D600 camera body and I am absolutely in love! The quality is absolutely amazing. The photograph almost seems three-dimensional! I highly recommend this bad boy.
I must say, Big Sur is one of the most glorious places in nature I’ve EVER explored. This past weekend I went camping with some friends in the whimsical depths of Los Padres National Forest. Being surrounded by all those Redwood trees is really something else. the air was sugar to the lungs. Amazing views and good times… check it out!
This past weekend I showcased some of my work in RAW’s Gallery: Mixology down in Ventura, CA. I was able to exhibit my solar eclipse series which shows several phases of the moon passing between earth and the sun. I spontaneously drove all the way up to Pyramid Lake, NV from Santa Barbara the night before it happened to catch this one! I also threw in an astrological photo project I put together a whiles back that I could never forget! It was so fun to paint full body murals on these ladies and then photograph the outcome! In the beginning of my college career, my original focus of study was Studio Art, so it’s really special when I can apply that passion into my photography as well.
A close friend and I got really crazy and decided to splatter paint the frames to match the color scheme of the body murals.
Once the night was over, I noticed this silly, backwards compass engraved into the sidewalk on my way back to my car. The highlight of my night…
A little bit of video play with a travel theme self bio!
Hello friends and family!
I am sending my loving hellos from LONG and short miles away. I have great news for all of you! Elyse Marie Photography has a potential gallery opportunity hosted by the art organization RAW natural born artists, but I need all of your kind support to make this happen!
Here’s the catch: I have to sell twenty $10 tickets for RAW before the event on July 26th to earn the wall space to exhibit my work!
If all of you purchased a few tickets to this upcoming event, I can showcase my photography! Even if you cannot make it, please donate a ticket or two anyways!!! Here is the ticket link:
If you have any questions call me! (240) 676-1490
Grateful for all of your consideration and much love to all!
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