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"Friends Make Life More Beautiful..."

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.


I don't know who said that, but friends do make life more beautiful. This was our first morning with the workshop. We left the Lodge at 5:15AM to head to McGee Creek for a sunrise shot, and hopefully get some Alpen Glow.

I and my friend Dali chose to go with the group taking the long hike in. It was just about 2 miles up to the spot our guide wanted to shoot.

We stayed pretty long out there- back where you see that snow capped mountain...we were back there in that valley. We stayed so long we were late for breakfast which was at 9:30AM.

I dropped off my gear at the car then went to the breakfast truck- we were having a picnic breakfast, when I walked around the truck I stopped in my tracks and exclaimed, "RAINEY!" There in front of me dressed from head to toe in Camouflage was my friend Rainey. I was totally floored.


She is a wonderful Bird Photographer I met through my good friend Alex.

She was part of the workshop and had been here for the week. We, neither of us realized the other was going to be doing this workshop! I hugged her repeatedly for several minutes. I was so surprised to see her.

Had it been a Birding workshop or event I wouldn't have been as surprised. She was just as surprised and we both were thrilled to see each other way out here in the middle of no where.


Being so late back as we were a lot of the group had left so we had fewer cars to get the rest of us to the next location. This actually turned out well for me and Rainey. She had one spot in her car which I took. We spent the rest of this day together. She made the day much more fun, and beautiful for me.


This meadow is on the road out of McGee Creek. Jeff Sullivan wanted to show us this meadow and the view. We spent 20 minutes shooting here. Out there in the middle right is a corral...for cattle I think.


PP- Vibrance, clarity, levels, sharpened a bit, resized.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 17-35mm @19mm, f14, 1/100s, ISO 200, Manual Mode, On a Tripod, Singh Ray LB ColorCombo/Warming Polarizer, CS5


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Taken on October 9, 2010