Picturing the Exotic Aquatic

Posted by on August 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm :: 2 Comments

There is an entire quartet of July birthdays in Jason’s family. This year it was wisely decided that they should all be celebrated in unison. With summer showing off in the mountains, taking the party uphill was practically a no-brainer.

A slow shutter speed transformed this stream of water into a delicate cascading fabric.

A slow shutter speed transformed this stream of water into a delicate cascading fabric.

The details of this water's path, forever immobilized by my quick shutter, are fascinating.

The details of this water’s path, forever immobilized by my quick shutter, are fascinating.

Carley wanted a picture of her new family and I was happy to accommodate.

Carley wanted a picture of her new family and I was happy to accommodate.

The clan met at the mouth of American Fork Canyon on a sunny afternoon ready to begin their vehicular ascent. We stopped for a lovely picnic lunch in the shade along our route before continuing on to our destination, Cascade Springs. For the two people in Utah that are unfamiliar with Cascade Springs, it’s an unexpected oasis of clear pools, lush vegetation and idyllic streams. Since peaceful water features aren’t too common in this desert, Cascade Springs attracts many gawkers and can get a bit crowded at times.

The sun was in the wrong place but this picture of Jason's parents and Aiden turned out alright.

The sun was in the wrong place but this picture of Jason’s parents and Aiden turned out alright.

Here I again captured a split-second of time and made movement motionless.

Here I again captured a split-second of time and made movement motionless.

Poor Jason gets suckered into being my subject material far too often but what a great subject he makes.

Poor Jason gets suckered into being my subject material far too often but what a great subject he makes.

Getting Sabins to behave for pictures is a photographer's worst nightmare. This is the best I could do with all of them wiggling.

Getting Sabins to behave for pictures is a photographer’s worst nightmare. This is the best I could do with all of them wiggling.

Those serene ponds and tumbling falls provided the perfect opportunity for me to practice my newfound photography skills. While not every picture I snapped turned out perfect thanks to the glaring sun, I got some pretty great shots of the scenery and the family.

Jason lurked like a troll under this bridge to vex the girls overhead.

Jason lurked like a troll under this bridge to vex the girls overhead.

You couldn't ask for a more beautiful backdrop than the one provided by these obliging aspens.

You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful backdrop than the one provided by these obliging aspens.

I love how my colorful shirt and trendy shades contrast with the natural setting in this picture.

I love how my colorful shirt and trendy shades contrast with the natural setting in this picture.

After the Sabins backtracked down the canyon, Jason and I lingered at the springs for some more picture taking and then headed to the Horse Flat Trail for some hiking. Along our secluded rambling route my camera, once again, found its way out. I captured everything from the graceful aspens to my stylish hubby. A little exercise and a lot of shooting make for a pleasant afternoon.

Happy birthday to me and the other July three!

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