As the eternal optimist, I’ve often been accused of viewing the world through rose-colored lenses. Why not take my optimism to the next level? Artistic Earth Photography showcases the world as I see it. My hope is to inspire others to view the world as I do – in all of its wild artistic beauty. Enjoy!

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All the Things that Did Not Kill Me

(Reasons to Travel) Original Post: April 23, 2016  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a “bit” of a worrywart.  Okay, it’s true.  I’m a flat-out crazy person sometimes.  In my own mind, I’ve already encountered every possible awful scenario that has ever existed.  My imagination is my own worst enemy.  I’ve been through floods, fires, … Continue reading All the Things that Did Not Kill Me

Chicago on a Saturday

Original Post: April 23, 2016 Remember the feeling when you were a kid and Christmas day finally arrived?  It’s simultaneously amazing and disappointing.  The day is here, but all of the weeks of anticipation are gone…  There are tons of amazing new things to play with, loud family gathered around the dinner table, dozens of … Continue reading Chicago on a Saturday

You Can’t Have it All

Original Post: February 15, 2016 They say all good things must come to an end, and perhaps that’s why I’ve put off posting this last blog entry!   On day 21, we were up at 5:30 due to a crying baby in the camp site across from us (seriously – what is with these parents???) and … Continue reading You Can’t Have it All

The Race

Original Post: November 30, 2015 Surely you must think that I’ve died since I have sorely neglected this blog for the past month and a half.  At least part of that is due to NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, a frantic November scurry to get 50,000 words written by each participating aspiring novelist.  As … Continue reading The Race

Brake Lights

Original Post: October 11, 2015 We got up at 5:30 am to try our hand at spotting wildlife.  We’d been told by Kirk that wolves and bears are frequently spotted in the Lamar Valley, and Nate had wanted to fish Pebble Creek, so off we went.  Unlike Yosemite, Yellowstone is wonderfully laid out, with roads … Continue reading Brake Lights

More than Just Potatoes

Original Post: September 8, 2015 There came a point in our trip when we knew it would be time to turn around and head back home.  Crater Lake didn’t really count (even though we’d changed directions), as it was still an amazing destination that I’d planned as part of the itinerary. Idaho, however, was…well… Idaho. … Continue reading More than Just Potatoes

It’s Only an Ankle

Original Post: September 1, 2015 Day 16 – Crater Lake!  It was “only” a 3 1/2 hour drive from the Redwood National Forest, but it’s funny how on this trip, the shorter drives felt longer.  We arrived at the campground at 12:30, set up camp, ate some lunch, and realized it was already time to get … Continue reading It’s Only an Ankle

No Moonbows for You!

Original Post: August 17, 2015 Day 2 at Yosemite.  At least we were prepared for Tioga Pass Road today.  We woke early, figuring we’d start the day off right.  That meant fishing in the stream in the meadow directly across from the campground, of course.  Nate caught several cutthroat trout, hooting and hollering each time … Continue reading No Moonbows for You!

To See a Giant

Original Post: August 11, 2015 Though we could have enjoyed the coast forever (And really, who couldn’t?), we packed up early and hit the road for Sequoia National Park to meet with The General.  (Sherman, that is.)  We were on our way early and fully prepared for hitting LA traffic in full-on rush hour.  Yeah. … Continue reading To See a Giant

Viva Las Vegas

Original Post: August 6, 2015 Bring on the crazy!  Day 9 meant Vegas time.  Life in Las Vegas is supposed to be pretty fast, right?  Everything on television and in the books, at least, seems to imply that’s the case. Oh, but didn’t your mother ever tell you that not everything you see on TV … Continue reading Viva Las Vegas

No Encore, Please

Original Post: July 31, 2015 We had packed up and gotten on the road by 7 am, determined not to be in the the canyons of Zion when the temperature rose above 90.  We’ve certainly had enough of that to last a lifetime.  Plus, we needed to reach Antelope Canyon Tours in Arizona by 9 am to make … Continue reading No Encore, Please

Hot Stuff

Original Post: July 29, 2015 As if driving through the Utah landscape wasn’t torture enough, we faced another scorching day.  Leaving Bryce, we found the first place to shower since we’d left Missouri and I swore I heard a heavenly choir when I stepped into that shower stall.  Or perhaps that was me.  The bathroom … Continue reading Hot Stuff

The Longest Drive

Original Post: July 27, 2015 The title of this post might be slightly misleading.  The drive from Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness to Arches National Park was hardly the longest drive.  Not even close, in fact, but there’s something about the Utah scenery (or lack thereof) that makes the drive exceptionally monotonous.  The desert is initially amazing … Continue reading The Longest Drive

Here We Go…To Kansas

Original Post: July 21, 2015 It should come as no surprise to anyone that Kansas was not on my hotspot list.  I mean, other than Dorothy, who have you ever known to actually WANT to go to Kansas?  (I think even Toto would have opted out if he’d been given the chance, but dammit…Dorothy just … Continue reading Here We Go…To Kansas

Let the Real Vacation Begin

Original Post: July 19, 2015 It wasn’t as though we weren’t already on vacation, but somehow it just didn’t feel like it when we were visiting someplace we’d seen before. Day two was the start of the real excitement for me, and the beginning of the “real” vacation.  I couldn’t wait to see the miles … Continue reading Let the Real Vacation Begin

19 States in 22 Days

Original Post: July 17, 2015 The original plan was 22 states in 22 days, but who’s counting?   I have wanted to travel cross-country for almost as long as I can remember.  I began formulating an actual “road plan” when I was 18 and had I done it the summer I turned 19 as I’d … Continue reading 19 States in 22 Days