July 2007 Archive - Divine Reflections Photography Blog

Destination: California, Oregon, and Washington

We're going to be out of town for the next month. In celebration of our new daughters, we're going to take a family trip up the California coast and through Western Oregon and Washington. Some of the highlights of our trip are going to include playing at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, seeing the sights in Seattle, camping in the San Juan Islands, and visiting Mount St Helens. We're very excited about our month together!

We'll try to make a few blog updates along the way. It depends on how much time we have to edit pictures and what kind of internet connections we can find, though. We can promise that we'll have lots of pictures to share when we return in mid-August.

If you're on the website to place an order for fine art prints or images from your portrait session or event, feel free to go ahead and place your order. We'll get back to processing those as soon as we return.

Posted by Greg on July 13, 2007 at 5:00PM.

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Website Enhancements

I've just made a couple of improvements to our website that I'd like to point out:

  1. Payment by credit card or bank account. Now when you've finished shopping in our galleries, there is an option on the cart to pay using Paypal. Please note that you do not need a Paypal account in order to take advantage of this payment option.
  2. Blog popup images. If you click on a thumbnail sized image, a larger image will pop up on the same page. Just click the image to close it when you're finished.

We hope that these improvements make your experience on the divinereflectionsphoto.com website even better. Thanks for visiting!

Posted by Greg on July 8, 2007 at 4:00PM.

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Lucy - Four Months

It is hard to believe that Little Lucy is already 4 months old! Lucy is so adorable and has the expressions and personality to prove it. It took Lucy a little while to warm up to the idea of a photo shoot, but soon she was giving me the awesome expressions she is famous for. Mommy and Daddy took turns with Lucy, and even big brother Ethan got in on the fun this time. Josh (daddy) delighted us with super yummy chocolate cookies that rocked! We had a blast. Thanks Josh and Summer; enjoy your pictures!

Posted by Crystal on July 5, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Yosemite and Tahoe Vacation

The day after our adoption party, we left for vacation! My parents had come from North Carolina for a visit, so they came too. We traveled to Yosemite and to Lake Tahoe on our trip.

The first day was spent finishing up the packing that had been delayed because we were so busy with our party. Then we drove to Yosemite and set up our campsite at the Hodgdon Meadows campground. We found a level spot (sort of) for our tent and propped up the stove so the pans didn't slide onto the dirt below.

The next day we started seeing the sights. We started off by driving into Yosemite Valley and having a picnic lunch in the Bridalveil Fall parking lot. Then we joined a bunch of other tourists in taking the short walk to Bridalveil Fall.

By this point, the little kids needed a nap, so we decided to take a drive to Glacier Point so they could sleep in the car. Glacier Point is an overlook on the edge of the rim of Yosemite Valley. From there, we had awe-inspiring views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls. It was truly beautiful. The overlook is on the edge of a vertical cliff that is over 2800 feet tall. That's almost two miles! It made my legs shaky even though I was protected by a sturdy guardrail.

Glacier Point Vista

Glacier Point Vista

Rachelle and Ariana at Glacier Point

The next day, we decided to stay in the valley itself. We found a picnic area that was right next to the Merced River. It had a great view of Yosemite Falls as well. We ate our sandwiches and then turned the kids loose to play in the creek.

Our next stop was the trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls. We walked the easy trail to the bridge across the creek below the falls. Normally at this time of year, we would have gotten soaked from the spray off of the falls. This year, though, there wasn't a lot of snow over the winter, so the waterfall was at a much lower flow level than usual. Not only did we not get drenched from walking across the bridge, the rocks at the base of the waterfall were dry. So, we climbed as high as we could.

Tuolumne Meadows

Rachelle and Ariana at Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

The next day was our travel day from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe. We started by driving the Tioga Road through the Yosemite high country. We drove through Tuolomne Meadows, through the Tioga Pass, and past Mono Lake. We then took a winding road through Markleeville and the Sierra Nevada mountains. The scenery along the way was breathtakingly beautiful. At the end of our journey was Sugar Pine State Park on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. This campground had large, level sites with lots of room for the kids to run and play. We set up camp for our two night stay.

Tuolumne Meadows

View from Highway 89


Thursday was spent relaxing on the beach at Lake Tahoe. We drove the few miles to D.L. Blick State Park, where we were told there was a nice beach. We were correctly informed. The beach was flat and sandy, and the water was blue and very cold. We -- actually the kids and Crystal -- swam, we played ball, and we cooked dinner at the picnic tables across the parking lot from the beach. The kids even made friends with Bob the goose. Ariana even tried her hand with the camera. She got a great picture of Bob the Goose and some excellent photos of our foster son.

Girls at Lake Tahoe

Ariana, Emily, and Bob (the Goose)

The next morning we had to pack up our camping gear so we could head home at the end of the day. Once we had the car loaded, we went on a hike. There is a small lake very close to Lake Tahoe called Cascade Lake. It is so named because a 200 foot waterfall drops just at the edge of the lake. We all hiked about half a mile or so until we saw the picturesque waterfall. At that point Crystal, Mom, and Rachelle hung out with the little kids because the trail got quite steep. Dad, Ariana, and I kept following the trail until we got to the top of the falls. Again, I couldn't get too close because of my hate-hate relationship with heights, but I did get close enough for a couple of pictures. After we took in the scenery, we walked back to the car and made the drive back to Chico.

Ariana and Poppaw at Cascade Falls

Emily after Cascade Falls Hike

Ariana at Cascade Lake

Posted by Greg on July 2, 2007 at 9:15PM.

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