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The Lake

I think I’ve mentioned before that Dante and I love to go for walks down to and around a nearby lake, especially now that it’s light out later! It’s a man-made lake (like most around here), but the city has done a wonderful job with all the landscaping and the wildlife it’s drawn. We’re never alone there – it’s popular as a fishing spot and there’s always people out jogging, walking their dogs or biking.

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Lately it seems that Southern California plant life has decided it’s now spring, and the smell of jasmine and orange blossoms is heavenly (my favorite scent, actually), making the walk even more enjoyable. So earlier this week I made sure to bring the camera instead of the iPhone and tried to capture the warm, golden feel that is our evening walk around the lake. I kept it simple and only brought my 50mm lens, but if you’re into wildlife photography this is a great spot for it – besides the usual ducks and geese, we’ve seen swans, cranes and turtles.

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{Photographer geek-out moment: after five years of owning the 50mm 1.4 lens, I still get giddy about the gorgeous pinky-red sun flare it creates!}

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On the way there and back we take this little trail in between houses, so charming when we see hoofprints from local horses too:

And the fact that my allergies are always riotous by the time we get home? Totally worth it.

xoxo

Evening Walk

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk

As much as I hate the heat, I do so love the gorgeous late afternoon light in the summer. So I grabbed my camera when hell froze over and we all took a walk around the neighborhood together. It helps that my dad has been ordered to walk daily as part of his post-surgery regimen. :)

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Shadows

The people in my parent’s neighborhood take such pride in their homes, we’re always admiring somebody’s door or flowers or lighting.

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Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Flowers

Anja has grown so much, she’s so much better on leash – except when she decides to cross in front of whoever’s walking her to smell something. Lars and Sarah have gotten good at staying upright when that happens. :)

Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Anja Sits
Ellingsen Photography Summer Evening Family Dog Walk Anja Sits

I feel more relaxed just looking at these photos. Hope you feel the same!

xo